Leona Vaughn

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

SB 5147 will exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax

 

Legislature bans single-use plastic bags in state

SB 5323 banning retailers from giving out single-use plastic bags for free passed in legislation

 

Sex education becomes a requirement for state public schools

Opponents fear the content could be graphic and the material too mature for children

 

New laws enacted affect courthouse arrests, hairstyles and domestic worker treatment

HB 2567 prohibits warrantless arrests within one mile of a court facility

Informed consent soon required for pelvic exams in state

Unauthorized pelvic exams are currently not illegal in Washington state

Washington State Legislature
                                Senate Bill 6561 to establish a student loan program for undocumented immigrants, is under consideration now in the House.

Undocumented students could soon be eligible for college loans

Undocumented and DACA students are currently not eligible to receive federal student loans

Washington State Legislature
                                Senate Bill 6561 to establish a student loan program for undocumented immigrants, is under consideration now in the House.

Treatment could replace prison time for drug offenders under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison… Continue reading

Senate moves to kill death penalty

Capital crime punishment would be life in prison

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

Opponents say it would infringe on their gun rights

Proposed law adds fee to plastic bags at check out

The Senate passed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags and place fee on reusable plastic bags.

Governor talks up state’s positives, notes areas to improve

Homelessness and climate among key concerns

Washington Legislature opens for 2020 session

The 2020 Washington State Legislative session began at noon Monday, Jan. 13, with an opening ceremony in which Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in… Continue reading