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Monthly Archives: April 2015

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    Liias: Senate had a chance to protect kids and refused to consider it

Liias: Senate had a chance to protect kids and refused to consider it

April 21st, 2015|

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, released this statement today following the refusal of the Republican-controlled Senate to allow a vote on Senate Bill 5870, his legislation to protect teens from aversive behavior therapies. The bill would have established aversive mental health therapy as unprofessional conduct under the Uniform Disciplinary Act and prohibited the performance of aversive mental health therapy on a patient under the age of 18.

“I am appalled that the Republican majority killed legislation to protect kids from electric shock, ice baths, and other physical and emotional abuse, simply because they’re gay. We need to end conversion therapy once and for all.

“It’s especially disappointing to see this action just a few days after the Senate honestly and thoughtfully discussed a national day of action in which students across the country take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. SB 5870 deserved the same thoughtful consideration and debate, at the very least.

“This body, on which our citizens rely for justice and protection of their rights, had a chance to stand up for teens in communities across our state and did not. That’s very disturbing to me as both a legislator and as a person.”

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    Washington White Board: Why statewide testing is the wrong solution

Washington White Board: Why statewide testing is the wrong solution

April 10th, 2015|


Sen. Marko Liias lays out the differences between a proven evaluation system and the notion of linking evaluations to test scores.

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    Capital Budget funds Shin Center, key parks and water projects

Capital Budget funds Shin Center, key parks and water projects

April 9th, 2015|

A new Boys & Girls Club along with parks projects in Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds and at Lake Stickney are funded in the 2015 Capital Budget proposed today by the Senate, Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, announced. A project to renovate Edmonds Pier is also funded.

“Our growing communities face an ongoing need for more recreational outlets,” Liias said. “These are the kinds of projects that will make sure we have the facilities to ensure we continue to enjoy the best aspects of our incredible state and region.”

In Mukilteo, the budget funds the Shin Center, a new Boys & Girls club named in honor of the district’s long-serving former senator, Paull Shin. The 25,000-square-foot facility at Harbour Pointe will feature two gymnasiums, two ball fields, a state-of-the-art teen center, a technology center and an undersea exploration center.

“It is fitting that this center be named for Sen. Shin, because this center will do much for the people of Mukilteo just as Sen. Shin did so much for the people of Mukilteo in his long and proud career of public service,” Liias said.

In Lynnwood, the budget funds the renovation of Meadowdale Playfield.

In Edmonds, the budget funds land acquisition at Civic Center Field and the renovation of Edmonds Pier.

In Snohomish County, the budget funds Phase 1 work at Lake Stickney Park.