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Legislation on illegal robocalls passes House Consumer Protection & Business Committee   

Olympia – Rep. Mari Leavitt, D-University Place, recently introduced House Bill 1051, the Robocall Spam Protection Act, holding bad actors accountable for illegal robocalls. In partnership with Attorney General Bob... READ MORE

Below are links to some news stories about legislation I am working on for the 28th District:

Suburban Times: Harrison Preparatory Student Completes House Page Program

KXLY: Heartbroken parents plea for more severe penalties for hazing

KING5: House committee debates bill that would increase penalty for hazing

KIRO7: Parents of student who died in hazing incident testify in hearing for new bill

KING5: Washington House bill to increase penalty for hazing under debate

Spokesman Review: Anti-hazing bill ‘Sam’s Law’ appears in the Washington House for the second year

The Seattle Times: WA attorney general pushes to strengthen laws against robocalls

KIMA: Washington AG proposes anti-robocall legislation to harshen punishment for scammers

NewsTalk 870 AM: Proposed Bill Would Greatly Enhance Robocall Penalties in WA

Communications Daily: Washington State AG Pushes Anti-Robocall Bill

Patch: Tougher Robocall Laws May Be Coming To Washington

The Chronicle: Attorney General Bob Ferguson Announces Partnership With State Representative on Bill Combatting Robocalls

KING5: Washington bill would ban robocallers from using fake caller ID, tapping Do Not Call Registry

Yahoo News: AG Ferguson pushes for change on state laws related to robocalls

KGMI: State AG wants to overhaul robocall laws

The Center Square: Proposed Washington law would hold carriers responsible for knowingly transmitting robocalls

KHQ – Attorney General Bob Ferguson plans to introduce Robocall Protection Act

KUOW: Washington lawmakers to target robocalls, spam in 2023 legislative session

FOX 28 Spokane: Attorney General, Seattle-area state legislator propose law to crack down on robocalls

News Tribune: DUI limits, prison wages and abortion are already on the docket for 2023 WA legislature

Q13: Inslee signs law intended to reduce hazing incidents after WSU freshman’s death

KREM2: ‘I miss Sam every day’: Sam Martinez’s mother reacts as Inslee signs Sam’s Law into effect

The Olympian: Inslee signs law intended to reduce hazing incidents

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Washington Senate unanimously passes anti-hazing bill

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Anti-hazing advocates hopeful for Sam’s Law

KUOW: Their son died in a hazing incident at WSU. They’ve since worked to change Washington’s laws around hazing

KING5: ‘Sam would be proud’: anti-hazing ‘Sam’s Law’ passes unanimously

Seattle Times: Anti-hazing bill ‘Sam’s Law’ inches closer to passing WA Legislature focusing on education, transparency

Lewiston Tribune: Anti-hazing advocates hopeful for Sam’s Law measure

Spokesman-Review: College hazing: Washington House OKs bill to bolster education and reporting of ‘barbaric acts’

The Guardian: ‘We have to adapt’: US Pacific north-west weighs plans to cope with extreme weather

New Tribune: Bills addressing college hazing in Washington moving through state Legislature

Seattle Times: Grieving WA family pushing for bills that would toughen penalties for hazing

KING 5-TV: Here are some of the bills Washington legislators are hoping to pass next session

Wahkiakum County Eagle: Families press for end to hazing

Columbia Basin Herald: Legislators consider bill to crack down on hazing

Peninsula Daily News: Bill aims to help homeless community college students

Spokesman-Review: After son’s death at WSU, family hopes loss leads to hazing legislation: ‘It’s to save a life for the one taken from us’

Northwest Public Broadcasting: Family of Sam Martinez back two anti-hazing bills in Washington

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Initial testimony for anti-hazing bill set for today

KING-5 TV: State lawmakers consider two bills that would strengthen penalties for hazing-related deaths

Columbia Basin Herald: Bills could improve extreme weather response

Kitsap Daily News: Bill aims to help homeless and former foster care college students

State of Reform: Prefiled bills that we’re watching – State of Reform

Geekwire: AWS and Washington state launch cloud training, but educators have big questions about rollout

Kitsap Sun: Legislative proposals would pay off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and remove tolling early

Washington State Wire: Leavitt, Caldier introduce bill to help foster and homeless college students

Suburban Times: CPSD Hosts Washington State Representatives Leavitt and Bronoske for Facility Tour

News Tribune: Folks aren’t happy that Inslee’s pause of COVID rollbacks came too late for Pierce County

News Tribune Editorial: Showing some spine: On capital gains tax, two Pierce County Democrats break ranks

Patch.com: Lakewood Receives $3.7 Million For Quality Of Life Projects

Suburban Times: City of Lakewood secures $3.7 million in capital funding from state legislature

Suburban Times: Governor signs Leavitt bill expanding assistance programs for struggling college students

Suburban Times: Leavitt bill to expand education opportunities for incarcerated people passes state House

Trains.com: Washington state House passes rail oversight bill

Suburban Times: Leavitt rail safety bill passes state House

Suburban Times: State House passes Leavitt’s workforce training bill

Suburban Times: Leavitt bill to help struggling families passes state House

The UW Daily: Prison education bill seeks to provide second — and first — chances to Washington’s incarcerated

Suburban Times: Representative Mari Leavitt Announces 2021 Legislative Priorities

The News Tribune: Time’s up for students’ pandemic meal money, but most in WA haven’t enrolled

The News Tribune: Cocktails to-go? Tacoma officials push state to loosen regulations during coronavirus

Tacoma Weekly: Kilduff and Leavitt team up to push for rail safety

Suburban Times: Leavitt Passes New Bills to Assist Military Families

Seattle Times: Creation of state Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention awaits Inslee’s signature

Suburban Times: Kilduff and Leavitt team up to push for rail safety

Tacoma Weekly: Leavitt passes cost of living increase for retirees 

Tacoma Weekly: Leavitt’s online privacy for minors bill passes House

Suburban Times: Leavitt Passes Cost of Living Increase for Retirees

Suburban Times: Leavitt’s Washington Online Privacy for Minors Bill Passes House

Suburban Times: Leavitt Rail Safety Governance Bill Passes House

The UW Daily: Legislature looks to require total cost of degree on college acceptance letters

The News Tribune (Editorial Board): Schools don’t have to track youth head injuries in Washington. Two Pierce County legislators want to change that

Seattle Times: Washington school leaders are worried about students’ mental health. Now lawmakers are proposing fixes

FOX 21: Hospitality Supports Bill Requiring Human Trafficking Prevention Training

Seattle Times: Last year, Washington lawmakers made college free for some. This year, they want to make it more accessible.

Suburban Times: Representative Mari Leavitt Announces 2020 Legislative Priorities

Seattle Times: If you’re couch surfing and disabled, the state can reduce your cash assistance. But that could change.

The News Tribune: Letter to the editor from Rep. Leavitt: College: Financial aid form is key to success

Suburban Times: Rep. Leavitt says we can do better for our soldiers, veterans and their families

Patch.com: Veteran Reforms A Priority, Says Rep. Leavitt

KING 5 TV: Washington National Guard joins statewide training to fight wildfires

Suburban Times: New Accreditation Standards for Dual Enrollment Courses Signed into Law

Suburban Times: New State Transportation Budget to Improve I-5, DuPont-Steilacoom Road and more

Suburban Times: Pierce County Scores Big with Construction Budget Projects

Patch.com: Pierce County Benefits From State Budget Plan

The News Tribune: Editorial: Duty calls for Washington lawmakers to serve military families and veterans

Suburban Times: Leavitt Welcomes Service Members for 111th Anniversary of U.S. Army Reserve

KING 5: Washington National Guard firefighting pay raise

Suburban Times: Leavitt Law to Increase National Guard Pay for Wildland Fire Response Signed by Governor

Suburban Times: Affordable Housing Sales Tax Exemption Passes Legislature

Patch.com: UP Reps Set Date For Inaugural ‘Coffee & Conversations’

Suburban Times: Leavitt Bill to Fund PERS 1 COLA Included in House Budget

Suburban Times: Leavitt Passes First Bill Increasing National Guard Pay for Wildland Fire Response

Kirkland Reporter: National Guard could see pay bump for wildfire response

The News Tribune: Editorial: 890 assaults against staff, 9 months, 1 hospital. That’s intolerable. This small step could help

Suburban Times: Leavitt Introduces Legislation to Address Violence at State Hospitals

Suburban Times: Kilduff, Leavitt to host Telephone Town Hall, Feb. 20

Suburban Times: Kilduff, Leavitt Introduce Package of Bills to Address Public Safety

Army.mil: Proposed state legislation could provide Guardsmen equal pay during state activations

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS): Proposed state legislation could provide Guardsmen equal pay during state activations

Suburban Times: Rep. Leavitt Appointed Vice Chair of College & Workforce Development