Everett Herald
Need a bag? Your choices may soon be paper or thick plastic

Washington is on the cusp of outlawing thin plastic carry-out bags and promoting paper bags as an alternative. A bill imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, if signed, would preempt similar prohibitions in force in four cities in Snohomish County.

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Bill to ban solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes in state Legislature

A bill to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles has passed in the state Legislature. The legislation was requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who reported studies have shown solitary confinement to be both emotionally and psychologically damaging for youth. Solitary confinement can also worsen stress and other mental conditions.

Washington State Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General’s legislative proposal to ban solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes Legislature

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request legislation to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles passed the Washington State Legislature today, in a strong bipartisan vote of 36-13. There is a growing national consensus that placing juveniles in solitary confinement is inhumane and does not improve behavior. Studies have shown solitary confinement to be … READ MORE

Herald and News
Tribal casino sports betting bill advances in WA Legislature

A bill to allow Washington tribal casinos to offer betting on sports events is moving forward in the Legislature. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Monday approved House Bill 2638 without amendment and sent it to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Edmonds Beacon
Strom Peterson’s gamble: Sports betting in tribal facilities

Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) is betting that citizens want legalize gambling. On Feb.13, the Washington House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Peterson to legalize sports betting in tribal gambling facilities.