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22 Jul
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2019 Session Review: Improving our behavioral health system

For decades, Washington state has struggled to meet the needs of people with mental health or substance use disorders, now commonly referred to as “behavioral health.” We have relied on 19th-century models of care and have failed to invest in ...

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15 Jul
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2019 Session Review: Protecting Puget Sound Orcas

Orcas and salmon are integral to our region’s cultural identity, economy and tourism industry. Both southern resident orcas and Chinook salmon populations are declining due to the last century of development and human activity along the Puget Sound and Columbia ...

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08 Jul
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2019 Session Review: Fighting climate change

The growing threat of climate change is among the top policy, business and moral issues of our time. Human activities have caused current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases to exceed all levels measured for at least the past 800,000 years ...

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01 Jul
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2019 Session Review: Ending the cycle of debt

Many people struggle with debt. Whether the debts are incurred intentionally (such as student loans) or unexpectedly (such as emergency medical bills), they can become overwhelming for consumers. Unfortunately, Washington state’s laws have helped contribute to an endless cycle of ...

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24 Jun
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2019 Session Review: Advancing civil rights

Washington state has been fortunate for many years to have courageous champions in the state Legislature who stand up for historically-marginalized communities. Their work on behalf of communities of color, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community helped our state advance civil ...

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17 Jun
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2019 Session Review: Improving public health

When Senate Democrats met late last year to prepare for the 2019 legislative session, we agreed that access to quality health care should be one of our top priorities. Washington state has dramatically improved access to health care over the ...

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11 Jun
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2019 Session Review: Reducing gun violence

The 2019 legislative session wrapped up several weeks ago after a busy and productive 105 days in Olympia. We finished a “long” session on time for the first time in a decade. With Democrats in control of the Legislature for ...

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27 Feb
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Legislative update: Affordable housing & school construction

Last week’s historic snow disrupted school, work, and life in general for many of us. As a parent with four kids in Seattle Public Schools, I know our entire family was itching for schools to reopen. The Legislature was also ...

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31 Jan
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Pedersen bill would open up legislative records

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, introduced legislation today to subject the Legislature to the state Public Records Act and make a broad range of records available to the public and press. “The people of our state value both open ...

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22 Jan
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Sen. Pedersen's legislative update: 2019 session begins

The 2019 legislative session began on January 14. This will be a “long” regular session, because we will pass two-year operating, capital, and transportation budgets for the state before our scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 28. After the 2019 election, ...

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