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 By Leona Vaughn    News

Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools

Public school students will soon have a greater understanding of their sexuality, sexual abuse and the importance of consent under a new law passed by Washington state legislators. Senate Bill 5395 requires all public schools in... — Updated 3/10/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Lawmakers move to ban styrofoam food containers in Washington state

Lawmakers plan to eliminate the use of styrofoam food-service products in Washington state by enacting a bill to stop its sale and distribution. Senate bill 6213, sponsored by Senator Mona Das, D- Kent, and its companion House... — Updated 2/14/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement

Washington state lawmakers plan to ban solitary confinement as a form of punishment in juvenile detention facilities. “Nationally, there’s a growing consensus that solitary confinement is both unconstitutional and inhumane,... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Lawmakers propose a plan to treat mentally ill people without their consent

People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are... — Updated 2/11/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences. Senate Bill 6211 was heard by the Law and... — Updated 2/11/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

Gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate. Supporters cite safety concerns, while opponents argue the measure, which cleared the Senate... — Updated 1/24/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out

In an attempt to reduce plastic pollution, a bill banning retailers from handing out free single-use plastic bags in the state of Washington is moving in the Legislature. The bill,... — Updated 1/21/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Governor talks up state's positives, notes areas to improve

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. "Washington state indeed embodies the best in... — Updated 1/21/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Five new lawmakers were sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

Two state Senators and three new House of Representatives members were welcomed into their newly appointed positions for the 2020 legislative session in Washington this week. In the House, there are currently 57 Democrats and 41... — Updated 1/21/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Complaint alleging racist language filed against Democratic lawmaker

Washington Asians for Equality and the American Coalition for Equality filed a complaint to the Secretary of Senate and Senate Counsels against Sen. Patty Kurderer, D-Bellevue, demanding an apology for her use of what they... — Updated 1/21/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

2020 legislative session opens with new Speaker of the House

The 2020 Washington State Legislative session began Monday, Jan. 13, with an opening ceremony in which Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in as Speaker of the House. Rep.... — Updated 1/14/2020


WNPA Olympia News Bureau opens for 2020 Legislative session

Editor's note: As a bonus for Beacon readers, we will be publishing stories from the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association's Olympia News Bureau as the state Legislature opens... — Updated 1/14/2020


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