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Hundreds attended public hearing on transgender bathroom bill

When Kathryn Mahan was five-years-old, she knew she was different than other boys. She eventually joined the Army to leave town because she said she was treated like a “freak.” “It was awful,” she said. “I just wanted to follow the rules and be a good kid, but they taught me to hide by ridiculing me and lecturing me.” Continue reading Hundreds attended public hearing on transgender bathroom bill

Sex trafficking survivors push for bill they say would help victims start over

Stephanie Harris was working as a prostitute for two years before she met the man who would become her pimp. He wouldn't let her eat or go home until she met her quota for the day. Sometimes, she was left on Aurora Avenue in Seattle for 16 to 18 hours at a time. “After I left my pimp, I really did attempt to clean up my act,” Harris told lawmakers at a hearing of the House Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. Continue reading Sex trafficking survivors push for bill they say would help victims start over

Smoking age would rise to 21 in Washington under proposal by attorney general

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pressing for legislation that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. “Let’s be blunt,” Ferguson said at a press conference Wednesday. “Cigarettes are too easy to get if you are a teenager. This legislation will save lives.” Continue reading Smoking age would rise to 21 in Washington under proposal by attorney general
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