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House passes first paid sick and safe leave for Washington state

Today, in a 52-45 vote, the House passed HB 1313, allowing for some paid sick leave for all workers. The prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jinkins spoke in favor of its passage on the House Floor, saying, “Getting sick shouldn’t mean getting fired. You shouldn’t have to choose whether or not to stay home with a sick kid or put food on the table for your family at the end of the week. But that’s what’s happening today. One … Continue reading

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Rep. Jinkins – diabetes prevention extraordinaire!

Rep. Laurie Jinkins has lived with diabetes almost her entire life. When she was diagnosed with “childhood onset diabetes,” now known as Type 1 Diabetes, insulin pumps were huge, weighing more than 4 lbs. Thankfully, medicine has come a long way since them.  However, in the last 100 years since treatment has improved, the rates of diabetes have skyrocketed. Today, nearly 26 million children and adults in the US have diabetes.   And, it is expensive. Treating diabetes costs an estimated … Continue reading

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Jinkins named Chair of House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, elected to the House in 2010, was appointed by her colleagues as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Jinkins noted, “The jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee is very broad, and I look forward to hearing from the public on topics as varied as gun responsibility, landlord/tenant issues, civil rights and family law.” Jinkins, who received her law degree from Seattle University, has a long history in state government. She began her career in the Attorney … Continue reading

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Rep. Jinkins on World Diabetes Day

Right here in Washington state, the disease effects 1.3 million people. That figure includes our very own Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma). Rep. Jinkins offered some thoughts on the disease that has lived with for nearly 40 years. I can no longer remember a day when I didn’t seriously think about what I was eating and how much exercising I was engaging in. As I reflect on my world, I realize that being a diabetic since I was a child has … Continue reading

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Affordable, high-quality health care now available

Despite the federal government shutdown, open enrollment in our state’s health insurance exchange officially got underway this morning. Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage. “Healthplanfinder will open the doors of health care coverage to countless Washingtonians for the very first time,” said Rep. Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle), Chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. “By eliminating the fine print and making health care easier … Continue reading

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