Leona Vaughn

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

By Leona Vaughn WNPA News Service Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax on products that are fundamental to their… Continue reading

 

Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools

By Leona Vaughn WNPA News Service Public school students will soon have a greater understanding of their sexuality, sexual abuse and the importance of consent… Continue reading

 

Washington state Legislature bans single-use plastic bags

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

 

New laws to deal with arrests at courthouses, hairstyles, domestic worker treatment

By Leona Vaughn WNPA News Service Several bills poised to become signed into law this session would directly affect many Washington state residents. House Bill… Continue reading

Undocumented students could soon be eligible for college loans

Senate bill 6561 creates a program for them to receive financial for pursuing higher education

Informed consent will soon be a requirement for pelvic exams in Washington state

Senate bill 5282 requires informed consent for a health care provider to perform pelvic exams.

State lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from warrantless arrests at court

Immigrants say fear of arrest makes them avoid courthouses

Lawmakers move to lower cost of insulin in state

By Leona Vaughn WNPA News Service Bringing down the cost of insulin for people with diabetes is the goal behind two Senate bills and one… Continue reading

Lawmakers move to ban styrofoam food containers in Washington state

Studies suggest styrofoam products pose a threat to the environment and human health

Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement

Studies suggest solitary confinement is psychologically damaging, and can lead teens to suicide

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Bills in House, Senate allow for more incarcerated people to be eligible for sentencing alternative

Lawmakers propose plan to treat mentally ill people without their consent

Bill plans pilot program placing people who are incapacitated in executorship, appoint guardian

Senate moves to eliminate death penalty

Bill would eliminate death penalty from state law; capital crime punishment would be life in prison

Democratic lawmakers propose law to protect domestic worker rights

Proposed law would protect health, safety of domestic workers, many of whom are female immigrants

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines

Supporters say fewer bullets would increase safety; opponents say it would infringe on gun rights

Sen. Mona Das, D-Kent, the primary sponsor of SB 5323, speaking on the bill. Photo courtesy of Hannah Sabio-Howell/communications specialist, Sen. Mona Das

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out

Senate passes bill that would ban single-use plastic bags, place 8-cent fee on reusable plastic bags

Sen. Mona Das, D-Kent, the primary sponsor of SB 5323, speaking on the bill. Photo courtesy of Hannah Sabio-Howell/communications specialist, Sen. Mona Das

Governor talks up state’s positives, areas to improve in State of the State Address

By Leona Vaughn WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday,… Continue reading