OLYMPIA – In an email promoting Thursday’s public hearings on a trio of bills that would change the ballot-initiative process, activist Tim Eyman predicted the hearing would include “fireworks.” Fireworks did ensue — but not from Eyman. After criticizing a panel of spokespeople testifying for one of the bills at the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, shut…More
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Robin Goodspeed told the state Senators on Thursday that a bill preventing efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation implies that she is lying to herself. The self-described “ex-homosexual, ex-lesbian” testified at a Senate Health Care Committee against House Bill 2451. Passed in the state House 94-4 last week, the bill would prevent medical practices including…More
OLYMPIA – A Washington State House panel this week unanimously backed banning medical therapy aimed at changing a child’s sexual orientation, a surprising outcome given concerns expressed by Republicans last month. It is unclear whether the bill will get support in the GOP-controlled state Senate, but the unanimous House committee vote will certainly help. The GOP committee members signed…More
State Rep. Marko Liias has moved from the House to the Senate to replace Paull Shin, who retired earlier this month. Liias, a Mukilteo Democrat who was appointed to the House in 2008, was sworn in Wednesday. “Sen. Paull Shin left an enormous pair of shoes to fill, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve…More