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February 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Some senators offer transportation package; others pan it

Eight members of the state Senate’s mostly-Republican Majority Coalition Caucus on Thursday unveiled a transportation proposal that would raise more than $12 billion in 12 years and include an 11.5 cent gas-tax increase over the next three years. The package includes $6.5 billion to complete projects, including the North-South Freeway in Spokane, widening I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass and…

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February 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

House passes ban on efforts to change minor’s sexual orientation

The state House on Thursday passed a ban on efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation. House Bill 2451 prevents medical practices including so-called reparative or conversion therapies and any other attempts to change a minor’s gender expression or reduce sexual attraction to members of the same sex. After a push to study the issue failed…

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February 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Republican lawmakers respond to death penalty moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s moratorium on capital punishment is a misuse of executive power, said Sen. Steve O’Ban, University Place Republican and chair of the Senate Human Services and Correction committee. “The Governor abused his power of clemency and has co-opted the role of the Legislature,” O’Ban said at a news conference with Republican lawmakers….

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February 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Adopted child’s death inspires bill to tighten system

Hana Williams OLYMPIA — The state House on Tuesday passed unanimously a bill that would change the state’s adoption process. Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, Lynnwood Democrat and prime sponsor of the House Bill 1675, said it would help fill  gaps in the regulation of Washington adoptions that were exposed after a Sedro-Woolley couple’s neglect led to…

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February 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Identifying homeless students aim of legislative bills

Brandy Sincyr tried to pretend nothing was wrong. She didn’t want anyone at school to know she was homeless. “I just faked it and acted like everything was OK,” she said. “There was a lot of downplaying and lying involved.” It was humiliating, the 22-year-old Seattle Pacific University graduate said. With her mother and sister, she left home at…

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February 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Abortion-rights advocates rally at Capitol

Abortion is a woman’s decision, pro-choice advocates say. State Sen. Steve Hobss, D-Lake Stevens, speaks at pro-choice rally. Wearing pink shirts and hoisting “I Vote Pro-Choice” signs, more than 250 activists gathered at the Capitol today to support pro-choice legislation and funding for family planning. Most were there to support House Bill 2148, the so-called Reproductive…

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January 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Setting minimum wage would be state function under GOP bill

Minimum wage is an important discussion, but it should happen at the state level, said Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia. He’s sponsoring Senate Bill 6307, which would prohibit cities and counties from enacting laws to regulate minimum wage, hours and other private employee considerations. The bill would not set a minimum wage but would reserve that action for the…

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January 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Small, medium companies could self-insure under bill

Small and medium companies should have the same opportunities as big companies, including the option to self-insure against work-related illness and injury, said Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, Senate Bill 6179 would allow employers who require “substantially similar” services or activities of their employees to join with each other to form groups that would assume liability…

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January 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Bill would prevent sexual-orientation changes efforts for minors

Rev. Manny Santiago was 16 when his parents forced him into therapy to change his sexual orientation. “It was a lot of shaming,” the 35-year-old said. “A lot of shame about your body, about who you are and the constant threat of hell.” Santiago is now pastor of University Baptist Church, a Seattle congregation that welcomes people…

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January 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

‘March for Life’ rally attracts 4,000 to Capitol

More than 4,000 gathered at the steps of the Capitol for the annual “March for Life” rally. (Photo by Ashley Stewart) OLYMPIA — Thousands showed up to share a pro-life message with lawmakers Tuesday. Holding roses and hoisting signs, more than 4,000 people gathered at the steps of the Capitol for the annual “March for Life”…

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