Taylor McAvoy

First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine their own content. SB 5064, sponsored by… Continue reading

 

Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state is a step closer to being signed into law. SB 6052 passed by… Continue reading

 

‘Ban the Box’ bill advances in the state House of Representatives | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives on a 52-46 vote. HB 1298… Continue reading

 

Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries and to parents of adults. Under current… Continue reading

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition for students from low and middle income… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider a plan to help homeless college students | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A pilot project before lawmakers would provide funding for six college districts to provide services for homeless students. The plan requires the Washington… Continue reading

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis. HB… Continue reading

Proposed law would make tampons and pads free for community college students | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Amid national and state-wide awareness of women’s healthcare, Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require community and technical colleges to… Continue reading

State Senate advances bill that would require health plans to cover contraception and abortion | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The state Senate approved a measure that would provide greater access to birth control and other reproductive health services, including abortions. Passed by… Continue reading

A bill before lawmakers would outlaw concealed carry on private property | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposal before lawmakers could make it a crime for someone to carry a concealed weapon into a friend’s home without permission. The… Continue reading

Students lobby for state funded tuition grants | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - University of Washington students from the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses met with lawmakers in support of higher education bills during the annual… Continue reading

Affirmative action could make a comeback in Washington state | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Seattle area Democratic lawmakers could repeal a 20-year-old voter initiative meant to outlaw preferences based on race and gender in college admission, public… Continue reading

Workplace bullying and sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Proposals before the state Legislature would grant new protections from sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The bills come after national reports… Continue reading

Perpetrators of domestic violence harassment could lose firearm rights | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed bill would add harassment to a list of domestic violence crimes for which someone can have their firearm rights revoked. SB… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider a bill to raise the legal tobacco age | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years… Continue reading

Once again, lawmakers consider requiring health plans to cover abortions | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill to expand birth control choices for women is before the Legislature for the fifth year in a row. Senate Bill 6219,… Continue reading

LGBTQ bills advance in the Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Two LGBTQ rights bills passed the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 16. SB 5722 bans the practice of… Continue reading

Hundreds attend the 40th annual March For Life on Roe v. Wade anniversary | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Under a sea of umbrellas, hundreds of pro-life activists held roses and signs on the steps of the Capitol Legislative Building in Olympia… Continue reading

Seattle Women’s March 2.0 | Photo gallery

Taylor McAvoy of the WNPA Olympia News Bureau was on the scene of the Seattle Women’s March 2.0 in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 20. Here… Continue reading

Lawmakers advance a voluntary waiver of gun rights for those at risk | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate… Continue reading