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The Columbian Editorial: Raise Smoking Age to 21

Washington should be first state in U.S. to take further step to promote health Published: January 27, 2015, 6:01 AM One of the strongest arguments in favor of raising the legal age for tobacco purchases inadvertently comes from the tobacco industry itself. In 1986, in a confidential memo, an executive for Philip Morris wrote, “Raising the legal minimum age for cigarette purchase to 21 could gut our key young-adult market (17-20).” It’s no secret that tobacco companies target young smokers, … Continue reading

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Bipartisan group of lawmakers seeks to replace death penalty with life in prison without parole

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced a bill today that would replace the death penalty in Washington state with a sentence of life in prison without parole. House Bill 1739, sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) and co-sponsored by Reps. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla), Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) and Chad Magendanz (R-Issaquah), would also require the convicted individual to work to pay restitution to victims and their families. “We realize this is a painfully difficult and profoundly serious public … Continue reading

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Mental Health, Child Abuse, Disasters, Lawsuits…

OLYMPIA – The House Appropriations committee will have a public hearing on Monday, January 26 to discuss an early action supplemental operating budget proposal. The bill deals with a small handful of items that need immediate attention. The committee expects to adopt a more typical supplemental budget later in the session. Issues addressed in the bill are limited to the following: Mental health: More mental health treatment capacity is created to resolve the emergency room boarding lawsuit and an expected … Continue reading

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Victims of revenge porn could seek civil liability under Orwall & Padden bills

OLYMPIA—A couple of bills introduced in the Washington State House and Senate could give victims of revenge porn some restitution by making a person civilly liable for distributing intimate images of another intentionally and without consent. Revenge porn is the online posting of explicit images of people without their permission. The identical measures were introduced simultaneously earlier today by Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, in the House, and by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, in the Senate. “Back in the … Continue reading

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Orwall bill would increase smoking age from 18 to 21

New bill would make Washington the nation’s first state to raise legal age for tobacco and vapor products to 21 OLYMPIA — Washington has long been at the forefront of the fight to protect youth from the dangers of smoking. Continuing that leadership role, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a bill that would make the state the first to raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vapor products to 21. The harmful consequences of tobacco … Continue reading

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