State Senate advances bill that would require health plans to cover contraception and abortion

OLYMPIA — The state Senate approved a measure that would provide greater access to birth control and other reproductive health services, including abortions.
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Washington health insurance market in flux

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile.
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Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

OLYMPIA — A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis.
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Bill to ban the death penalty heard in Senate committee

OLYMPIA — For the second year in a row, state lawmakers are pursuing legislation to ban the use of the death penalty in Washington.
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State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality

OLYMPIA — Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality in Washington.
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State bills allowing same-day voter registration, local redistricting to empower minorities move ahead

OLYMPIA — The state Senate passed several bills aimed at expanding access to voting and promoting minority representation in local governments through redistricting.
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State takes aim at opioid crisis

OLYMPIA — In an effort to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic, state legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee are rolling out legislation to limit opioid prescriptions and invest in drug treatment infrastructure.
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Legislature passes bill to settle water-use dispute

OLYMPIA — One of the year’s most important legislative battles in Washington state came to a surprisingly quick conclusion Jan. 18 when a water-use bill passed both chambers and was sent to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. It was signed by Gov. Inslee Jan. 19.
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Senate Democrats push safety for sanitation workers

OLYMPIA — The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was more than symbolic last week with the introduction of legislation aimed at protecting Washington state’s sanitation workers.
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Ballot initiative threat has energy industry warming to governor’s proposed carbon tax

OLYMPIA — With environmental activists threatening a carbon tax ballot initiative, some manufacturing and energy companies are opting to work with lawmakers on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s recently proposed tax rather than flat out oppose it.
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