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Eco Watch: First Human-Composting Funeral Home in the US Is Open for Business

Eco Watch: First Human-Composting Funeral Home in the US Is Open for Business

For those who have dedicated their lives to heal and protect the planet, how do you honor that sacrifice after death? This is a question that has been on the minds of environmental activists for decades. Both cremations and traditional burials cause environmental damage that is not easy to reconcile. However, that is all changing with Recompose, a Seattle company ...

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KOMO News: Officials pushing for 'no bail, no jail' for non-violent offenders in King County

KOMO News: Officials pushing for 'no bail, no jail' for non-violent offenders in King County

If you attend a first appearance or bail hearing at almost any court in King County, you are most likely will hear these words from the judge: ‘I’m going to release you on your promise to appear.” It means the defendant, who may or may not be charged with a crime, is free to leave jail or remain out-of-custody with the ...

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The Stranger: Duwamish Excluded from Bill Requiring WA Schools to Teach Tribal History

The Stranger: Duwamish Excluded from Bill Requiring WA Schools to Teach Tribal History

If you’ve been in Seattle for any length of time recently, you’ve probably seen a land acknowledgement on a building, at an event, or in artwork created here: “We are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.” Nice words to say! ...

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The Post Millennial: Composting of human remains begins in Washington state

The Post Millennial: Composting of human remains begins in Washington state

Democrat Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation in 2019 making Washington the first state in the country to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. Though the new law took effect in 2020, it has been a slow rollout. Democrat State Senator Jamie Pedersen originally sponsored the bill. He told NBC that the legislation was inspired by his ...

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The Olympian: How Washington residents can weigh in during the mostly remote legislative session

The Olympian: How Washington residents can weigh in during the mostly remote legislative session

When Washington state’s part-time lawmakers kick off the 105-day 2021 legislative session in a mostly remote environment, it’ll be amid a storm of challenges. Some, such as the ongoing pandemic, are unique to the moment. Others — systemic inequity, overwhelming calls for police accountability, climate change — have long existed. All this, while under a shadow cast by recent events that ...

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Washington State Wire: Senate Democratic Campaign Chair Jamie Pedersen reacts to election results.

Washington State Wire: Senate Democratic Campaign Chair Jamie Pedersen reacts to election results.

Senator Jamie Pedersen, Chair of Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (WSDC) was optimistic on election night that his caucus would expand it’s majority. Speaking to Wire publisher DJ Wilson on election night, he said that the WSDC targeted five districts this cycle as potential pick-up opportunities: the 28th, 10th, 25th, 17th, and the 16th. As of the latest vote totals, Democrats lead in ...

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The Seattle Times: Police reform bill could bring Washington to forefront of accountability movement

The Seattle Times: Police reform bill could bring Washington to forefront of accountability movement

As police reform advocates look to sustain this summer’s public outrage, the state Legislature is taking a second look at overhauling Washington’s peace officer decertification system. That certification is required to be an officer in Washington, and revoking it can permanently take away a cop’s badge and gun. But due to weaknesses in the process, the state rarely takes that action, decertifying ...

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Washington State Wire: Q&A: Sen. Jamie Pedersen discusses tax reform, a potential special session, and the 2020 elections

Washington State Wire: Q&A: Sen. Jamie Pedersen discusses tax reform, a potential special session, and the 2020 elections

Sen. Jamie Pedersen represents the 43rd District in the Legislature and serves as the chair of the Law & Justice Committee. He also serves on the Ways & Means Committee, the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, and the Rules Committee. I called Sen. Pedersen earlier this week for his take on a few topics animating the policy conversation surrounding economic recovery in Washington State. ...

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