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Improved Health Care for All Plan, Cascade Care, Passes House

OLYMPIA – Washington is one step closer to improved access to health care after the House passed HB 1523, Cascade Care. The bill, offered by House Health Care & Wellness... READ MORE

House approves stronger hate crimes legislation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State House of Representatives approved a bill that would strengthen Washington’s hate crimes statutes by a vote of 85-12 on Thursday. Under current law, crimes motivated... READ MORE

Blake’s orcas, clams and fishing bills head to Senate

OLYMPIA—Yesterday, the Washington State House of Representatives passed three of Rep. Brian Blake’s (D-Aberdeen) measures aimed at protecting orcas, celebrating clams, and increasing commercial fishing. HB 1580 passed the House... READ MORE

Slate of orca protection measures moving forward in legislature

  OLYMPIA – The state House and Senate took action today to help protect the orca population from further decline, particularly the Southern Resident orca whales, who now only number... READ MORE

Lekanoff leads legislation to save orcas by preventing oil spills

OLYMPIA – With only 74 Southern Resident orcas left in Washington waters, House lawmakers passed legislation (HB 1578) reducing threats to the iconic marine mammals by investing in oil spill... READ MORE

House approves Mead bill tackling the recycling crisis in Washington

Lawmaker’s first bill would revamp our state’s recycling system by setting up markets for plastic and other materials OLYMPIA–What can we do about all of the recyclable material in Washington... READ MORE

Rep. Thai champions school lunch periods with enough time to eat lunch

OLYMPIA – Today’s school schedules have many competing expectations for students, from performance on standardized tests to fulfilling 24-credit graduation requirements. What sometimes gets shortchanged as schools strive to meet... READ MORE

House approves Orwall bill to clear untested rape kit backlog

OLYMPIA – House lawmakers voted unanimously to pass legislation (HB 1166) addressing the backlog of over 8,000 rape kits in police custody on Wednesday evening. “Our state has been moving... READ MORE

New Bill Helps Struggling Students Avoid Food Insecurity, Financial Emergencies

OLYMPIA – Food insecurity and financial emergencies are common for many community and technical college students. Not only can that lead to financial difficulties, hunger, and even homelessness, it also... READ MORE

Leavitt Passes Bill Addressing Violence at State Hospitals

OLYMPIA – Legislation to create stricter standards for violence prevention in health care workplaces passed the state House of Representatives today by a vote of 97-0. Rep. Mari Leavitt, D-University... READ MORE