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BREAKING: Senator Murray Rallies to Protect the Right to Abortion Alongside Washington State Women Leaders

BREAKING: Senator Murray Rallies to Protect the Right to Abortion Alongside Washington State Women Leaders

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Washington state women leaders at a Seattle Planned Parenthood clinic to sound the alarm about the urgent need to protect the right to abortion and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), in the wake of news that the Supreme ...

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Auburn Examiner: Looking Back on Washington’s 2022 Legislative Session

Auburn Examiner: Looking Back on Washington’s 2022 Legislative Session

The State Legislature concluded their 60-day lawmaking in Olympia on March 10, with Sine Die, which is Latin for “without a day.” Among those legislators retiring after the 2022 legislative session is Rep. Jesse Johnson (LD30).

The 2022 Washington State Legislature passed several key pieces of legislation, overhauling taxation, protective orders, and updating past law enforcement legislation from the 2021 ...

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Crosscut: WA proposed budget funds stipends to attract low-income board members

Crosscut: WA proposed budget funds stipends to attract low-income board members

$50,000 is allocated for constituents to help shape boards and commissions with their lived experiences. Drayton Jackson was homeless for two decades, living in shelters in New York City and, later, Washington state. Over the years, he compiled notes on what it's like to experience homelessness and how policymakers could help, and now he uses that knowledge and experience to lead ...

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Crosscut: WA officials want to end fees charged to parents for kids' jail time

Crosscut: WA officials want to end fees charged to parents for kids' jail time

Hundreds of families owe the state a total of $1.1 million in outstanding detention fees, a practice made legal in WA 45 years ago.

The day that Tracy Oakes learned his son had been stopped by police and arrested for riding in a stolen car was a bad one. The afternoon he learned that 16-year-old Trace would be sentenced to nearly ...

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Auburn Examiner: Auburn Legislative Representatives to Host Town Halls

Auburn Examiner: Auburn Legislative Representatives to Host Town Halls

Representatives from the 30th and 31st Legislative Districts will be hosting two separate town halls this week. The town halls will be an opportunity for legislative representatives to update participants on their priorities and on other key issues facing the Legislature. Click here to read more...

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Auburn Examiner: Auburn Legislative Representatives to Host Town Halls

Auburn Examiner: Auburn Legislative Representatives to Host Town Halls

Representatives from the 30th and 31st Legislative Districts will be hosting two separate town halls this week. The town halls will be an opportunity for legislative representatives to update participants on their priorities and on other key issues facing the Legislature.

30th Legislative District

The 30th District includes Federal Way, Algona, Pacific, Milton, Des Moines and Auburn.

Senator Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), Representative Jesse ...

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Seattle Times: Washington’s ‘huge investments’ in early childhood development praised in national report

Seattle Times: Washington’s ‘huge investments’ in early childhood development praised in national report

Jenn Smith, Education Lab engagement editor / Washington is emerging as a leader in adopting effective early childhood policies and strategies over the past year, according to a new national report. The accolades come after state lawmakers greatly expanded child care initiatives the 2021 Legislative session by passing the Fair Start for Kids Act. The state ...

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The Chronicle: Sweeping Childcare Reform Moving in Washington Legislature

The Chronicle: Sweeping Childcare Reform Moving in Washington Legislature

By Sydney Brown / For The Chronicle

Early childhood care and education in the state would see sweeping reform through the expansion of affordable child health and learning services, if a bill in the state Legislature wins approval.

“This is a gamechanger for kids and families across our state,” said Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way, the bill’s sponsor.

Senate Bill 5237 would fund ...

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Washington State Wire: Senate bill that would expand accessible, affordable child care has first hearing in the House

Washington State Wire: Senate bill that would expand accessible, affordable child care has first hearing in the House

Senate Bill 5237, which would expand accessible, affordable childcare and early childhood development programs, had its first hearing in the House Committee on Children, Youth and Families on Thursday. This bill, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson (D – Federal Way), passed out of the Senate on March 6 with a vote of 28 in favor and 21 against the bill.

Specifically ...

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The Seattle Times: They’re raising grandkids with little help, and during a pandemic. Can’t we lend them a hand?

The Seattle Times: They’re raising grandkids with little help, and during a pandemic. Can’t we lend them a hand?

Most days, the massive unfairness of the world cannot crush Ollie Reeves. Most days, the 76-year-old calls on her faith in God and family to help her raise her two grandchildren, Montrey, 14, and Destiny, 10, amid a pandemic. Most days, the retiree plunges into her savings, accumulated as a Boeing shuttle driver, to pay for food, clothes and medical bills. But occasionally, ...

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