Tag Archives: State of Washington

Efforts to change vaccine exemption laws take shape

As health officials identified a new case from a measles outbreak in Washington state, lawmakers weighed two measures that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children. Source: Efforts to change vaccine exemption laws take shape;

Vancouver-area measles outbreak jumps by nearly 10 people in 3 days

In little more than a week, nearly 10 more people have been diagnosed with measles, breaking a weeklong lull in new cases. Clark County Public Health identified a child who was unvaccinated and has measles Monday afternoon after a morning update said there were no new cases. Source: Vancouver-area measles outbreak jumps by nearly 10 […]
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Washington Lawmakers Advance Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Amid Measles Outbreak

Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus. The House Health Care and Wellness Committee approved House Bill 1638 on a 10-5 vote. The full House […]
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Washington takes up tiny-house legislation

Tiny houses are a trendy housing option and are often considered affordable, but zoning requirements and other laws make them legally difficult. A tiny house is usually between 100-400 square feet, but can range up to 1,000 square feet. Source: Washington takes up tiny-house legislation;

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Consider Ending Vaccine Exemptions

Hundreds of people turned up at the Washington State Legislature Friday for a public hearing on measles. The measles outbreak in Southwest Washington has prompted legislators to consider no longer allowing parents to exempt their children from the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine — for philosophical or personal reasons. Source: Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Consider Ending […]
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53 Measles Cases Confirmed In Clark County, Washington

There are 53 confirmed measles cases and two suspected cases in the Vancouver area as of Feb. 10. Four cases are confirmed in Oregon. Clark County Public Health reported no new confirmed cases of measles Saturday in the Vancouver, Washington, area’s ongoing outbreak. The number stands at 53 confirmed cases of measles and two suspected cases in […]
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Federal, Washington Officials Spar Over Water Quality Regulations At Dams

Washington regulators want water at dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to meet state standards. They say that would make it safer for imperiled salmon, especially during hot summers. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is putting a stop to those plans — for now. The Washington Department of Ecology recently opened up a public […]
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Northwest Lawmakers Grapple With Death Penalty Legislation

Four Bills in Washington’s legislature this year offer differing views on the death penalty following a state Supreme Court decision last year.  A similar debate is playing out in Oregon. Companion bills in Washington’s House and Senate would replace a death sentence with life in prison without parole for anyone convicted of first degree aggravated […]
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Washington state to regulate federal dams on Columbia, Snake to cool hot water, aid salmon 

Dams and climate change are the leading cause of high temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers that are killing salmon, according to an EPA draft analysis. Now the state wants to get involved. Summer temperatures in portions of the Columbia and Snake rivers are up by 1.5 degrees Celsius since 1960 because of the […]
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Vaccination Bill | Venture Capital | Prescribed Burns – OPB’s Think Out Loud

After an outbreak of measles in Washington and Oregon, Washington Rep. Monica Stonier is proposing a bill that would stop allowing vaccine exemptions for personal and philosophical reasons. We talk to Stonier about the bill. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new smoke rules last week that should make it easier to use prescribed burns to […]
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