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Latinos, supporters rally for reform at Capitol

By | March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Latinos from around the state converged on the state Capitol Friday to lobby for immigration, education and workers’ rights legislation.

Gov. Jay Inslee pledged support for two key bills addressing voting rights and access to higher education during a rally held in the Capitol Rotunda.

The governor told the crowd he is working to help pass House Bill 1413, known as the Washington Voting Rights Act. Supporters of the bill say it would prohibit unfair elections where members of a racial, ethnic or language minority are unable to influence an election or receive adequate representation. The House passed the measure by a 53-44 vote along party lines.

Inslee also urged lawmakers in the Senate to adopt the state Dream Act, which was passed out of the House just minutes before a key deadline on Wednesday. The legislation would extend the State Need Grant program, which provides aid to low-income college students, to undocumented graduates of Washington high schools. It applies to students who have been granted “deferred action,” a status allowing immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to stay in the country. The House passed the measure 77-20.

Both bills may face opposition in the Senate, where a Republican-controlled majority holds power.

Hispanics are the fastest-growing group in Washington state, increasing by more than 71 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

A handful of Latino elected officials and other lawmakers who represent heavily Hispanic districts in Eastern Washington spoke at the rally, which was organized by the Latino Civic Alliance. Latino Legislative Day is the group’s largest event of the year.

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Marijuana legalization initiative headed for Legislature

By | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

A measure that would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Washington state has enough certified signatures to go to the Legislature for consideration, Secretary of State Sam Reed announced today.

Initiative 502 would allow people over the age of 21 to buy marijuana at stores regulated by the state Liquor Control Board. People could buy up to an ounce at a time, and it would also set a new standard for driving while under the influence of marijuana. You can read the full text here.

Sponsors of the marijuana measure submitted 354,608 signatures — far more than what’s required for a statewide proposition. Lawmakers can pass the measure, or reject it and let it go to the November ballot for voters to decide.

Earlier today, the Senate heard a bill that aims to give cities and counties more control over how they can regulate medical marijuana.

Have you registered to vote for the primary yet?

By | July 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

voteToday’s the last day you can register to vote online or by mail if you want to vote in the Aug. 16 primary. (Not excited for this year’s primary? There’s no harm in taking a few minutes now to register for the general election.)

Of course, if you miss the deadline and want to vote in the primary, you’ll still be able to register in-person at your county elections office through Aug. 8.

According to the Secretary of State’s blog, they’ll be shipping primary ballots on July 29.