Washington State Legislature

Mental Health Awareness
3:35 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention: 'Give Message Of Support And Challenge The Stigma'

Flickr Photo/ashley rose, (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Jennifer Stuber, a supporter of the legislation to educate primary care providers on identifying signs of suicidal behavior. Stuber, whose husband killed himself in 2011, believes that training health care professionals could save lives.

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Anti-Bullying Law
8:35 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Consider ‘Emotional Harm’ As Form Of Bullying

Flickr Photo/Harvey Barrison (CC BY-NC-ND)

The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of "emotional harm" against a student.

State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law.

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Education & Immigration
8:44 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Legislature Sends 'Real Hope' Act To Governor

Republican State Sen. Barbara Bailey celebrates with students following final passage of the “Real Hope Act.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:11 am

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally.

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Marijuana Regulation
8:41 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Liquor Board Rolls Back How Much Pot Producers Can Grow

File photo
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:49 pm

Applicants to grow recreational pot in Washington could have their state licenses in hand two weeks from now.

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Pay It Forward
3:43 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

New Bill Would Allow Students To Attend College First, Pay Later

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Marcie Sillman talks with John Burbank, executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, about a proposal in the state legislature that would allow college students to pay for tuition and fees after graduating.

Government
9:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington State Senators Propose Tax On Oil Train Shipments

File photo of a BNSF train.
Flickr Photo/Raymond D. Woods Jr. (CC BY-NC-ND)

Powerful members of the Washington state Senate are on board with a plan to tax crude oil shipped into the state by rail.

The money raised would pay for oil spill response and clean up.

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Lucha Libre
2:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Fight For Less Regulations

El Fénix speaks at a Latino press conference in October.
Courtesy of Amanda Ovena

David Hyde speaks with El Fénix, a local lucha libre wrestler, about a bill in Olympia that seeks to lessen safety and security regulations on the Mexican-style wrestling.

Government
8:34 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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Income Inequality
8:31 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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Mental Health
2:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike DeFelice, supervising attorney for civil commitments at the King County Public Defender's office, about a proposed bill that would give people more say over the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill family member.

Washington State Legislature
9:07 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Unveils New Gas Tax Package, Votes Lacking

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Members of the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate say they want to jumpstart talks on a gas tax package to fund roads and transit. Previous negotiations stalled out in December.

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Sex Trafficking
9:31 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Moving Past 'The Life': New Bill Would Allow Erasing Prostitution Convictions From Record

Flickr Photo/Brian

Those caught up in it call it "the life." It usually involves a pimp, coercion and prostitution.

For young victims of sex trafficking, getting out of that life and building a new one can be a monumental task. Having a rap sheet for prostitution makes it  incredibly difficult to apply for jobs, or housing, or school — the things it takes to start over.

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Education & Immigration
8:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Senator Pushes Back On College Aid For Undocumented Students

Washington state Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:34 am

A bipartisan plan in the Washington legislature to give undocumented students access to college aid is coming under fire.

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News From Olympia
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deep Divisions In Washington State Government

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the divisions down in Olympia this legislative session.

Education & Immigration
8:48 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Underfund Promise Of 'Real Hope' And 'Dreams'

Rachel Irish is a 35-year old pre-nursing student at South Puget Sound Technical College.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 3:24 pm

The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation -- after California, Texas and New Mexico -- to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid.

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