Taylor McAvoy

Sexual assault survivors break silence to fight for law reform | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - One could hear a pin drop between the phrases in their stories. Nine women testified, many fighting tears, but breaking the silence. “Most… Continue reading


New laws targeting sexual harassment await governor’s pen | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Four key bills targeting sexual harassment passed both chambers and were waiting to be signed by the Washington State governor before the end… Continue reading


Student newspapers gain new free speech protections | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill expanding free speech for high school and college newspapers passed both chambers by wide margins in the last hours before the… Continue reading


Washington State expands abortion coverage | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - After five years in the making, the Reproductive Parity Act passed both chambers by slim margins and largely along party lines. SB 6219… Continue reading

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in… Continue reading

Washington students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - More than 100 students from Seattle- and Olympia-area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They… Continue reading

Lawmakers introduce a provision to allow concealed firearms on school campuses | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Republican lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow school administrators, and in some cases teachers, to carry firearms in Washington state classrooms. Conversation… Continue reading

Voluntary waiver of firearm rights is close to becoming law | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill that would allow people at risk of suicide to voluntarily give up their gun rights passed the House of Representatives by… Continue reading

Washington lawmakers introduce new gun legislation late in session | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - With less than two weeks left in the session, state lawmakers introduced a new bill in response to the high school shooting in… Continue reading

Washington State moves closer to bump stock ban | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire, is a step closer to becoming law.… Continue reading

Domestic violence survivors could get new protections from workplace discrimination | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed bill that easily passed the House of Representatives would provide discrimination protections for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. HB… Continue reading

Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of… Continue reading

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