Leona Vaughn

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