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 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 15, 2018

Legislature passes laws targeting sexual harassment

Four key bills targeting sexual harassment passed both chambers and went to the Washington governor's desk before the end of session March. 8. SB 6313, sponsored by Senator Karen Keiser, D-Kent, makes an employment contract void if it requires an...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 8, 2018

Students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations

OLYMPIA (March 6) More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They partnered with the Alliance for Gun...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 8, 2018

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks

OLYMPIA (March 6) -- A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 8, 2018

New laws targeting sexual harassment await governor's pen

OLYMPIA (March 8) -- Four key bills targeting sexual harassment passed both chambers and were waiting to be signed by the Washington State governor before the end of session March. 8. SB 6313, sponsored by Senator Karen Keiser, D-Kent, makes an emplo...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 1, 2018

House, Senate pass ban on bump stocks

A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire, is a step closer to becoming law. SB 5992 passed the House of Representatives 56-41 last Friday largely along party lines. The bill had passed in the Senate 29-20...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    March 1, 2018

Lawmakers consider new gun legislation

With less than two weeks left in the session, state lawmakers introduced a new bill in response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. SB 6620, and its companion in the House, HB 3004,...

 

Washington moves closer to bump stock ban

OLYMPIA (Feb. 23) -- A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon's rate of fire, is a step closer to becoming law. SB 5992 passed the House of Representatives 56-41 on Friday,...

 

Legislators clash over gun legislation amid mass shooting talks

Washington State lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of gun violence in the nation. More than 10 firearm bills were introduced and led to heated debate...

 

Washington moves closer to bump stock ban

OLYMPIA (Feb. 23) -- A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire, is a step closer to becoming law. SB 5992 passed the House of Representatives 56-41 on Friday, Feb. 23 largely along party lines. The bill...

 

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students

OLYMPIA (Feb. 8) -- A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition for students from low and middle income families. SB 6101 applies to state residents enrolled in a state university or community...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Senate OKs bill on coverage for costs of abortion, conraception

OLYMPIA (Jan. 31) -- The state Senate approved a measure that would provide greater access to birth control and other reproductive health services, including abortions. Passed by a slim margin, 26-22...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Bill would outlaw concealed carry on private property

A proposal before lawmakers could make it a crime for someone to carry a concealed weapon into a friend’s home without permission. The current law allows someone to carry a concealed handgun anywhere in the state with a concealed weapon permit...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Proposed law would make tampons and pads free for community college students

Amid national and state-wide awareness of women’s healthcare, Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require community and technical colleges to provide free tampons or sanitary pads to students. Representatives in the House...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 8, 2018

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

OLYMPIA (Feb. 1) -- A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis. HB 2892 creates a grant from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chi...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 1, 2018

Workplace bullying and sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers

OLYMPIA (Jan. 26) -- Proposals before the state Legislature would grant new protections from sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The bills come after national reports about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged repeated...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    February 1, 2018

DV harassment could end in gun rights revocation

OLYMPIA (Jan. 24) -- A proposed bill would add harassment to a list of domestic violence crimes for which someone can have their firearm rights revoked. SB 6298, sponsored by Senator Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, adds harassment crimes in a domestic...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

Lawmakers advance a voluntary waiver of gun rights for those at risk

OLYMPIA (Jan. 18) -- A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously. The next step for the bill is the Rules Committee before it gets a...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

OLYMPIA (Jan. 18) -- A bill passed in the State House of Representatives last year offers some hope for people who were sexually assaulted years ago and want to see the one who harmed them prosecuted. But that hope faces some difficult challenges in...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

Once again, lawmakers consider requiring health plans to cover abortions

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19) -- A bill to expand birth control choices for women is before the Legislature for the fifth year in a row. Senate Bill 6219, also called the Reproductive Parity Act, would require health plans that offer maternity coverage to also...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 25, 2018

Bill would raise age for nicotine purchase

Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years old. SB 6048, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Redmond, was heard Jan. 22 by request of Washington State...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 18, 2018

Legislators hold hearings on firearm bills

Nearly 1,000 people from law enforcement, gun rights groups, gun violence prevention groups, veterans, and Washington State residents signed in to support or oppose contested firearm bills heard on Monday Jan. 15. Hundreds lined up along the...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 18, 2018

Lawmakers advance a voluntary waiver of gun rights for those at risk

OLYMPIA (Jan. 18) -- A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously. The next step for the bill is the Rules Committee before it gets a...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 18, 2018

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

OLYMPIA (Jan. 18) -- A bill passed in the State House of Representatives last year offers some hope for people who were sexually assaulted years ago and want to see the one who harmed them prosecuted. But that hope faces some difficult challenges in...

 
 By Taylor McAvoy    News    January 18, 2018

Once again, lawmakers consider requiring health plans to cover abortions

OLYMPIA (Jan. 19) -- A bill to expand birth control choices for women is before the Legislature for the fifth year in a row. Senate Bill 6219, also called the Reproductive Parity Act, would require health plans that offer maternity coverage to also...

 

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