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Governor approves Saldaña’s HEAL Act to ensure environmental justice

Governor approves Saldaña’s HEAL Act to ensure environmental justice

May 17, 2021 

OLYMPIA Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation that will reduce environmental health disparities and improve the health of all people in Washington state using principles of environmental justice. Senate Bill 5141, the Healthy Environment for All Act (HEAL Act), addresses the disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards suffered by Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, along ...

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Governor signs bill to protect homebuyers from faulty electrical work

Governor signs bill to protect homebuyers from faulty electrical work

April 14, 2021

OLYMPIAToday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a measure that will protect people who purchase “flipped” homes from damage or injury due to inadequately performed electrical work. Senate Bill 5267, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), requires electrical work to be performed by a certified electrician or a licensed electrical contractor in homes that are ...

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Senate passes Saldaña’s HEAL Act to ensure environmental justice

Senate passes Saldaña’s HEAL Act to ensure environmental justice

March 1, 2021

OLYMPIA Legislation passed today by the Senate would reduce environmental health disparities in Washington state and improve the health of all people in Washington using principles of environmental justice. Senate Bill 5141, also known as the HEAL Act, would address the disproportionate exposure of Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, along with low-income communities to ...

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Saldaña’s HEAL Act would ensure equitable policy implementation

Saldaña’s HEAL Act would ensure equitable policy implementation

January 14, 2021

OLYMPIA Senate Bill 5141, also known as the HEAL Act and introduced by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) this week, would reduce environmental health disparities in Washington state and improve the health of all Washington state residents using principles of environmental justice. Studies have found that people of color and low-income people are disproportionately exposed to environmental ...

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Saldaña to join Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee

Saldaña to join Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee

December 1, 2020

OLYMPIA – Starting with the 2021 legislative session, Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) will join the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee*. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on this committee to address problems that have been laid bare or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Saldaña. “We must center racial justice in our efforts to ...

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Saldaña: Changes to USPS must be undone to ensure fair election

Saldaña: Changes to USPS must be undone to ensure fair election

August 18, 2020

Deputy Senate Majority Leader Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) issued the statement below following the announcement today by the Postmaster General that he will cease operational changes to the US Postal Service until after the November election: “I am pleased and relieved that the Postmaster General has agreed to halt changes to mail service. It is important that this be ...

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Governor approves ban on use of for-profit prisons

Governor approves ban on use of for-profit prisons

OLYMPIAToday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law legislation prohibiting Washington state from contracting with private prisons. Senate Bill 6442, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), would prohibit the state from sending people to for-profit prisons outside the state. The prohibition does not apply to facilities for involuntary placement for mental health, substance use rehabilitation, juvenile rehabilitation and ...

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Governor approves bill to explore increased access to benefits for caregivers

Governor approves bill to explore increased access to benefits for caregivers

OLYMPIA Gov. Jay Inslee today signed into law a measure to explore giving access to unemployment benefits to those who become unemployed due to family caregiving responsibilities. Currently, unemployment insurance law does not allow people to collect unemployment benefits if they leave work voluntarily without “good cause.” The definition of what qualifies as “good cause” is narrow, and current ...

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Gobernador aprueba asistencia pública para víctimas de trata de personas

Gobernador aprueba asistencia pública para víctimas de trata de personas

OLYMPIA - Hoy, el Gobernador Jay Inslee aprobó legislación que amplía el acceso a la asistencia pública para las víctimas de la trata de personas.  El proyecto de ley 5164 del Senado, patrocinado por la senadora Rebecca Saldaña (Demócrata-Seattle), amplía la elegibilidad para programas estatales de asistencia alimenticia, asistencia familiar y atención médica. Según la nueva ley, los no ...

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Governor approves public assistance for human trafficking victims

Governor approves public assistance for human trafficking victims

OLYMPIA – Today, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a measure that expands access to public assistance for victims of human trafficking. Senate Bill 5164, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle), expands eligibility for state food assistance, family assistance, and medical care services programs. Under the new law, noncitizens will be able to access these programs if they have ...

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