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Monthly Archives: February 2017

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    Senate passes Liias bill to reduce incidence of bicycle injuries, deaths

Senate passes Liias bill to reduce incidence of bicycle injuries, deaths

February 28th, 2017|

A bicycle safety advisory council would be established under legislation that passed the Senate unanimously today and is now headed to the House for consideration there.

Senate Bill 5402, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, would create the Cooper Jones Bicycle Safety Advisory Council with the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating bicycle-related injuries and fatalities.

“About 400 Washingtonians every year suffer bicycle-related accidents, a number that continues to rise,” Liias said. “When cars collide with bikes, nine times out of 10 it results in an injury to the cyclist. This is a terrible trend that we must reverse.”

Liias’ bill builds on the Cooper Jones Act, which was passed in 1998 and named after a 13-year-old boy who lost his life while bicycling, to address pedestrian and bicycle issues. SB 5402 would assemble an advisory council to study trends and data on bicycle-related accidents and report its findings and recommendations to the governor in December 2018.

“As fatalities and serious injuries are on the rise for people who bike on Washington’s streets and roadways, the analysis and subsequent recommendations to be provided by this council are urgently needed,” said Alex Alston, the state policy director for Washington Bikes. “Through this Council, Washington Bikes looks forward to working with a diverse set of stakeholders to improve bicycle safety for all users.”

Liias: Our state penalizes low-income taxpayers

February 27th, 2017|

As we all know only too well, middle-class dollars don’t go as far as they once did — we’re being squeezed more than ever to pay for the various public services that ensure the health, safety and prosperity of our communities. But what if I told you that we could afford the services we need without raising taxes on the middle class? In today’s Washington Whiteboard — the first of three segments that will examine our state tax system — I take a look at the upside-down nature of our tax system and how it demands the most from those who can afford to pay the least.

You can see this short video by clicking here or on the icon below:

Hear the give-and-take from our telephone town hall

February 26th, 2017|

On Thursday, my 21st District seatmates and I had the privilege of answering constituents’ questions during a town hall meeting via telephone. You can hear the discussion by clicking this link.

On a related note, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, Rep. Strom Peterson and I will also host an in-person town hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Meadowdale High School Great Hall at 6002 168th St. in Lynnwood. I hope we’ll see you there.

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    Liias, colleagues: A business in Washington ‘doesn’t get to discriminate’

Liias, colleagues: A business in Washington ‘doesn’t get to discriminate’

February 16th, 2017|

The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBT caucus jointly released the following statement today on the state Supreme Court’s decision in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers:

“This morning, our state’s highest court unanimously confirmed discrimination is always wrong. While Washington’s constitution provides strong religious freedom protections, it doesn’t permit one’s religious beliefs to violate our anti-discrimination laws. A business providing goods and services to the public doesn’t get to discriminate against some people under the guise of religious freedom. This is a victory for equality and tolerance in the state of Washington.”

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma
Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place
Rep. Joan McBride, D-Kirkland
Rep. Beth Doglio, D-Olympia
Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle
Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle
Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood