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21st LD Telephone town hall on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 pm

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo, and Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, will host a telephone town hall on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 pm to update their constituents on what is happening in Olympia during the special legislative session. Constituents can participate one of two ways: a wide swath of constituents across the district will receive a call a few minutes before the town hall begins, inviting them to stay on the line; or, if they don’t receive … Continue reading

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Measure to test all rape kits signed into law today

This morning, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a measure sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall to test all rape kits. Under House Bill 1068, law enforcement must submit a request for testing to the crime lab within 30 days of receipt of a sexual assault examination kit. The new law also creates a task force to review best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations and for reducing the number of existing untested rape kits. Read more about … Continue reading

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Making the special session special

Halfway through the special session, Senate budget leads are still refusing to enter into serious negotiations with the House to produce a compromise budget.  This is frustrating, but I was privileged to put politics aside for a day and host a wonderful group of students and parents from Auburn’s Camelot Elementary School.  Being able to meet the leaders of tomorrow and their families is a genuine honor.  Our future is truly in good hands.

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Inslee signs DNA preservation bill into law

Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Rep. Tina Orwall’s measure requiring that DNA products secured in connection with a felony violent or sex offense be preserved: throughout the length of the defendant’s sentence when convicted in connection with the case; for 99 years or until the defendant’s death when the defendant was convicted and sentenced to a determinate plus sentence in connection with the case; for 99 years or throughout the period of the statute of limitations when the … Continue reading

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Foster youth with medical concerns to receive extended care

Foster youth often face a difficult transition into adulthood when services typically end. Legislation signed into law Monday, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain and Rep. Tina Orwall, will provide extended benefits to young adults ages 19-21 with medical conditions who do not already qualify for extended foster care, which requires them to be enrolled in school, job training or employed. Services include foster care placement, medical services, transitional living services and help meeting their basic needs.

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