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Legislators introduce constitutional Green Amendment resolutions

Legislators introduce constitutional Green Amendment resolutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2022 Four Democratic legislators from the Washington state House and Senate have proposed twin joint resolutions – HJR 4209 and SJR 8210 – that would amend the Washington State Constitution by adding a Green Amendment to recognize every Washingtonians’ right to a clean and healthy environment. The prime sponsor in the House is Rep. Debra Lekanoff (D-Bow) with second sponsor Rep. Liz Berry (D-Seattle), partnering with the Senate prime sponsor Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) and second sponsor Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes). “If incorporated into the constitution, this amendment would ensure that the rights ...

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Trudeau proposes data-driven bill to reduce violent deaths

Trudeau proposes data-driven bill to reduce violent deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2022 Washington would take a major step to address a lack of data that has hampered law enforcement efforts to reduce violent deaths across the state, if legislation heard today is passed. Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma) filed a bill that would dramatically improve data collection on violent deaths statewide by creating a new Violence and Death Investigation Resource Center and a Criminal Justice Integrated Data System. SB 5776 would establish a Death Investigation Resource Center, to be housed in the state Department of Health and run by a forensic pathologist. The Center would ...

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Das bill to establish nation-leading Extended Producer Responsibility system gets hearing

Das bill to establish nation-leading Extended Producer Responsibility system gets hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 18, 2022 A bill sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) would create an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in which producers fund and operate an efficient, sustainable system for recycling packaging and paper products. SB 5697, also known as the RENEW Act, would require that producers achieve recycling and reuse targets and use recycled content in new products and packaging, overseen and enforced by the Washington State Department of Ecology. “The RENEW Act is about protecting both our planet and us, as consumers,” said Das. “It would shift the cost of recycling from ratepayers ...

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Randall bill would improve oversight of emergency powers

Randall bill would improve oversight of emergency powers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2022 Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) today introduced a bill to strengthen Washington state’s checks and balances on gubernatorial powers during a state of emergency. Senate Bill 5909 would add legislative oversight to declarations of states of emergency and prohibitive emergency orders during Legislative interim, adding to the oversight already in place regarding the governor’s power to waive or suspend statutes during a declared state of emergency. “The pandemic made it clear – to my neighbors and to Washingtonians in every corner of our state – that our current system of government gives a ...

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An American first: Muslim, Hindu, Sikh legislators serve together in WA Senate

An American first: Muslim, Hindu, Sikh legislators serve together in WA Senate

OLYMPIA – It has been a week of firsts in the Washington State Legislature. The swearing in of Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma) on Monday, joining Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), marked the first time in American history that Muslim, Sikh and Hindu lawmakers have served together in any state or federal legislative body. Tuesday saw Dhingra and Trudeau presiding over the Senate Law & Justice Committee as chair and vice chair, the first time two South Asian women have served in such roles together in Washington state history. “When I joined the Senate ...

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Trudeau: 'It's time we rely on more than just luck to end poverty'

Trudeau: 'It's time we rely on more than just luck to end poverty'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2022 Senate Bill 5752, known as the Washington Future Fund, today had its first public hearing in the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee. The bill would establish the nation’s first debt-free trust fund to create asset-building opportunities in the form of capital for eligible Washingtonians to help provide a pathway out of poverty. “The Washington Future Fund is a bold idea – but big issues demand bold solutions,” said Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma), the prime sponsor of the bill. “I’m so proud to work with the state treasurer’s office to address ...

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Das on Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act: 'This affects, and protects, all of us'

Das on Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act: 'This affects, and protects, all of us'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 12, 2022 The Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act, heard today by the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee, would protect consumers of cosmetic products from dozens of harmful chemicals by banning the use and distribution of those chemicals in Washington state. “Every single one of us knows someone – or is someone – who uses cosmetics,” said Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), the bill’s sponsor. “We deserve to know what’s in the cosmetics we use, and we deserve a guarantee that those things are safe.” SB 5703 bans some of the most concerning chemicals used in cosmetic products, ...

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Bill would protect domestic violence survivors from coercive abuse

Bill would protect domestic violence survivors from coercive abuse

OLYMPIA – Survivors of domestic violence in Washington state could be protected against severe emotional abuse through the civil protection order system through the passage of legislation sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland). SB 5845 and its companion HB 1901 would allow victims to file for protection against coercive control, which is a pattern of behavior that attempts to control a victim through the threat of physical, emotional or psychological harm. It includes manipulation through isolation, intimidation, threats, online stalking or economic control, among other tactics. “Research has shown that ...

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Apprenticeship bills promise stronger, more just economy

Apprenticeship bills promise stronger, more just economy

OLYMPIA — Workers in Washington state would benefit from new apprenticeship programs in growing fields, reinvigorated support for existing apprenticeships, and significantly increased state funding for apprentices at public colleges, under two bills scheduled for committee hearings on Thursday. “The ‘earn-while-you-learn’ approach, with both classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training, makes apprenticeships accessible to many—especially women and people of color—who can’t take time off work or afford to go to a traditional college or university,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), chair of the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee. “We can build a more diverse and expanded apprenticeship system that opens the door to a ...

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Nobles bill to support economic well-being for youth experiencing foster care

Nobles bill to support economic well-being for youth experiencing foster care

Olympia– State Sen. T’wina Nobles has sponsored legislation to provide financial education and support to youth experiencing foster care. Senate Bill 5824, the Fostering Finances Act, will address a gap in financial preparedness for youth who are aging out of foster care by providing an opportunity for all youth experiencing foster care to open a bank account. “When I experienced foster care, I participated in transitional and independent living programs which taught me how to budget and encouraged my growth in financial independence,” said Nobles. “The similar learning environment provided in this bill was how I truly learned ...

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