Washington is already one of the most restrictive states for payday loan lenders, now a bipartisan bill in the state House would get rid of the system altogether. Continue reading Bill would eliminate payday loans, create new lending system
Senate Bill 5215 would use unclaimed lottery prize money to fund child exploitation investigations. Sen. Pam Roach is prime sponsor of the bill to allocate up to $2 million every two years Washington’s branch of Internet Crimes Against Children, one of 61 national task forces dedicated to ending child exploitation online. Continue reading ‘Alicia’s Law’ would fund child exploitation task force in Washington state
Joel’s Law, which enables families to petition courts to review a designated mental health professional's decision not to detain a person with mental illness, passes unanimously in the House. Continue reading Joel’s Law passes unanimously in the House
Whether the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots reign supreme on Super Bowl XLIX, area food banks will win after a bet between Gov. Jay Inslee and the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Continue reading Food banks to win in governors’ Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl bet
Here's our 15-minute recap of Wednesday's legislative activities on "Legislative Review." We cover a bill known as "Sheena's Law" named after the victim of a murder-suicide in Spokane. Plus, mobile home owners and landlords clash over a bill that would make changes to leases. The show also has highlights from a debate over a bill known by supporters as the Early Start Act. Continue reading Wednesday recap on ‘Legislative Review’
The House Judiciary Committee hearing reviewed Sheena's Law and three other mental health bills Wednesday which would add additional standards to commit someone into mental health treatment and give the court alternatives to long-term hospitalization. Continue reading Sheena’s Law, other mental health bills get hearing in House committee
Here's our 15-minute recap of Tuesday's legislative activities on "Legislative Review." It includes the public hearing on Gov. Jay Inslee's carbon pollution plan, as well as several voting measures. Plus, an effort to train more officers on how to deal with the mentally ill. Continue reading Tuesday recap on ‘Legislative Review’
The state's ballots and voters pamphlets could look different in upcoming elections if bills considered in a House committee Tuesday get passed. Continue reading Bills call for responses to initiative fiscal statements, tighter rules for write-ins
After months at odds about how to train more doctors, the state’s top two universities agree: Washington State University can establish and operate a new medical school if the University of Washington can expand its own program. Continue reading WSU, UW propose fixes to doctor shortage
Here's our recap of Monday's legislative activities. We cover the debate over raising the state's minimum wage and requiring paid sick leave. The show also has details about the $20 million cost of an involuntary treatment bill, known as "Joel's Law." Plus, an effort to reimburse doctors who use telemedicine to connect with patients. Continue reading Monday recap on ‘Legislative Review’
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