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Monthly Archives: March 2016

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    Sen. Liias: Washington consumers deserve to know if our state’s environmental laws were broken

Sen. Liias: Washington consumers deserve to know if our state’s environmental laws were broken

March 21st, 2016|

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, has requested in a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson that his office investigate Exxon Mobil Corp. to determine if the company has violated Washington’s environmental or consumer protection laws.

The request stems from media reports that surfaced late last year revealing Exxon scientists learned decades ago the negative impacts fossil fuels have on the environment and the role they play in the spread of climate change. The reports also state these findings were covered up by top Exxon Mobil executives.

Liias’ believes that the concealment of these findings could have violated multiple Washington laws while defrauding Washington consumers with misleading and fraudulent science.

“Washingtonians deserve to know if a major company with a powerful presence in our state went out of its way to mislead, misrepresent and out-right lie to them,” Liias said. “Consumers vote with their dollars. If these underhanded practices took place in our state, Washingtonians deserve to know to what degree and for how long this has gone on.”

Attorney Generals in New York and California have already launched similar investigations and Maryland’s AG is considering similar action.

 

VIDEO: Why Washington must pass the Voting Rights Act

March 3rd, 2016|

In his latest Washington White Board, Sen. Marko Liias explains the need to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act.

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    Legislature passes Liias bill to let students transfer college credits

Legislature passes Liias bill to let students transfer college credits

March 2nd, 2016|

Students will be able to apply class credits earned at four-year institutions of higher learning to earn degrees at two-year schools, as a result of legislation passed today by the House.

Senate Bill 6354, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, requires Washington state institutions of higher learning to develop policies to allow the transfers by Dec. 31, 2017.

“Higher education is too expensive for too many students, but this challenge is even worse for students who aren’t able to finish their degrees,” Liias said. “Creating a statewide reverse transfer system will ensure that students who aren’t able to finish a four-year degree can get an associate’s degree if they have enough credits. Giving our students credit when it’s due is an important way to encourage them to stay on the path to graduation.”

The bill also includes provisions for notifying eligible students that they make may transfer their credits.

As the bill had already passed the Senate and was not amended in the House, it now goes to Gov. Inslee to be signed into law.