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Everett Herald: Transportation bill moves us ahead to greener future

Everett Herald: Transportation bill moves us ahead to greener future

This year, the Washington state Legislature has the unique opportunity to remake how our state stays connected, and how Washingtonians get where we need to go. Straying from the traditional approach of past transportation packages, Move Ahead Washington is the cleanest transportation revenue package in state history. Dedicating $5.4 billion over 16 years directly in transportation approaches that reduce emissions and ...

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YakTriNews: Voting rights bill could help Latino voters in Yakima County

YakTriNews: Voting rights bill could help Latino voters in Yakima County

State legislators are considering a bill this week amending the Washington Voting Rights Act to prevent local jurisdictions from changing voting practices in ways that do not comply with state law. Senate Bill 5597 would block illegal or discriminatory changes ahead of time by requiring preclearance with the state attorney general’s office prior to making certain changes to their voting practices. “These ...

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Yakima Herald: Yakima Valley senators vote no on WA voting rights law changes

Yakima Herald: Yakima Valley senators vote no on WA voting rights law changes

A proposal to update the Washington state Voting Rights Act and make it easier to bring forward a voting rights claim passed through the Senate this month without the support of Yakima Valley lawmakers.
Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, who sponsored the bill, said the legislation would expand access to fair representation for underrepresented communities in Washington, including in Yakima ...

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Crosscut: WA cannabis revenue could go to communities hurt by war on drugs

Crosscut: WA cannabis revenue could go to communities hurt by war on drugs

Washington’s governor wants to give hundreds of millions in cannabis tax revenues to people hindered by the war on drugs. Gov. Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget, released in December, includes a plan to redistribute $125 million annually to communities facing social and economic disparities resulting from inequities in, for example, the enforcement of criminal laws and penalties for drug ...

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NW News Network: As red states impose new restrictions on voting, blue Washington presses ahead with expansions

NW News Network: As red states impose new restrictions on voting, blue Washington presses ahead with expansions

With federal voting rights legislation stalled in Congress, majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature are contemplating an expansion of a 2018 state-level voting rights law aimed at increasing minority representation. Democrats are also advancing an automatic voter registration bill modeled after similar laws in states like Oregon and Colorado that have been credited with ...

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The Olympian: Bills to strengthen workers’ rights introduced in Washington State Legislature

The Olympian: Bills to strengthen workers’ rights introduced in Washington State Legislature

Lawmakers in the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by hearing several bills that are intended to support Washington workers. Senate Bill 5835 relates to worker’s compensation benefits and is sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle. Currently, unmarried workers who file workers’ compensation claims make on average 5 percent less than their ...

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Auburn Reporter: WA lawmakers propose making companies responsible for recycling improvements

Auburn Reporter: WA lawmakers propose making companies responsible for recycling improvements

In the past few years, our recycling system has been challenged by changing recycled material markets, lack of investment in infrastructure and public education and a patchwork of different policies and processes regarding how we deal with recyclable waste across different communities. This legislative session, Washington lawmakers are proposing legislation that would make the producers and sellers of products and waste ...

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Seattle Times: Inslee, Washington Democrats push election bills, as they weigh threats to democracy

Seattle Times: Inslee, Washington Democrats push election bills, as they weigh threats to democracy

OLYMPIA — Hypothetical scenario: A candidate for county executive loses an election, then claims there’s been fraud in the county’s election office and announces that something needs to be done about it. “And supporters hear that and they decide, ‘Well, I’m going to go and firebomb the place,'” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. “And they go and firebomb the place.” “That’s not ...

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Northwest Asian Weekly: COMMENTARY: Your Climate and Air Depend on Clean Fuels

Northwest Asian Weekly: COMMENTARY: Your Climate and Air Depend on Clean Fuels

By State Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, Sam Cho, Port of Seattle Commissioner, and Rich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmerica

For Northwest Asian Weekly

Our country is in the midst of a long overdue reckoning with racial injustices and systemic inequality. While those issues have finally moved to the front of our collective focus, environmental justice and impacts of pollution and climate change on ...

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Washington State Wire: Environmental health equity bill fights its way through the committee process

Washington State Wire: Environmental health equity bill fights its way through the committee process

A bill sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña aims to reduce environmental and health disparities and improve the health of Washington state residents by implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force.

The HEAL Act, SB 5141, would establish environmental justice plan implementation, equitable community engagement and public participation, tribal consultation, assessment and budget and funding obligation requirements for various ...

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