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Inslee signs Wylie’s “foot spa” bill to crack down on human trafficking and prostitution

OLYMPIA—This morning Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill that imposes new criminal penalties on massage and reflexology business owners who knowingly allow unlicensed practice in their businesses.  This bill is intended to solve the problem of massage parlors that are a cover for the sex trade industry. “We have this new law thanks to neighbors and city leaders in my community pulling together and speaking up about a problem that the city of Vancouver did not have the … Continue reading

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Snohomish lawmakers successfully add $152 million in projects to transportation package proposal

OLYMPIA—Last night the House Transportation Committee approved amended versions of both the Transportation Revenue bill, ESSB 5987, on a 17-8 vote, and the Transportation spending bill, ESSB 5988, on a 16-9 vote.  Dozens of amendments were offered in the 3.5 hour executive session; among those approved were projects and improvements sponsored by Snohomish area lawmakers Reps. Mike Sells, Lillian Ortiz-Self and Luis Moscoso, which focused specifically on the Snohomish area, totaling $152 million worth of transportation projects. “These don’t come … Continue reading

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Seattle Times Article – State Dems, GOP not far apart on transportation plan

State Dems, GOP not far apart on transportation plan Originally published April 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm Updated April 13, 2015 at 7:47 pm State House Democrats released a transportation plan Monday that is similar to the Republican proposal that already passed the Senate, funding projects with an 11.7-cent boost in the gas tax. “This project list is not all that different from what we had passed out of the House in 2013,” said Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle. By Joseph … Continue reading

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Orwall’s DNA bills headed to Inslee’s desk

OLYMPIA—Two measures relating to DNA evidence were approved by the Senate and are on their way to Gov. Inslee’s desk for his signature. Justice isn’t very well served when more than 6,000 rape kits are currently sitting on police department shelves across the state with no testing date in sight. But that’s about to change thanks to a measure requiring that all sexual examination kits be tested going forward. The main reason given for not testing these kits is that … Continue reading

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House passes YEAR Act

OLYMPIA – Today, in a 95-2 vote the House passed Senate Bill 5564, the Youth Equality and Reintegration ACT (YEAR Act). State Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle sponsored the House companion bill. “Being poor isn’t a crime. And it shouldn’t mean a life sentence,” said Kagi on the House Floor. “All children who make mistakes, rich or poor, deserve a second chance. But currently the system is too burdensome, adding thousands of dollars in court fees to a sentence, so only … Continue reading

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