Washington State Office of the Attorney General
AG Ferguson’s bill banning solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes House with bipartisan support

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request legislation to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles passed the Washington State House of Representatives today, in a strong bipartisan vote of 76-20. There is a growing national consensus that placing juveniles in solitary confinement is inhumane and does not improve behavior. Studies have shown solitary confinement … READ MORE

Toxic-Free Future
Congress Directs FAA to Stop Requiring Toxic Firefighting Foams at Airports

(Seattle, WA) – Today Congress directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow airports to use firefighting foam free of highly fluorinated chemicals or PFAS. PFAS-containing firefighting foam is responsible for the contamination of drinking water of millions of Americans across the country, including in the Washington state communities of Issaquah, Whidbey Island, and Airway … READ MORE

The Seattle Times
The Times recommends: Strom Peterson for Legislative District 21, House Position 1

State Rep. Strom Peterson is a Democrat who is progressive on social issues like gun control, yet mindful of how increased traffic and property taxes can burden his constituents. Voters in the 21st Legislative District — which includes Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Everett — should send him back to the Legislature for another two years. … READ MORE

Amid Opioid Crisis, Drug Take-Backs Gain Popularity

Like millions of people across the country, Strom Peterson has a personal connection to the opioid epidemic. The Washington state representative lost a cousin to a heroin overdose. That tragedy, he says, led him “to really dig in and see what could be done.”

My Edmonds News
Peterson-sponsored drug take-back legislation passes State Senate on a unanimous vote

The Washington Senate Tuesday passed House Bill 1047, also known as the Secure Drug Take Back Act, on a unanimous vote of 49-0. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, would create a first-in-the-nation requirement for drug manufacturers to implement a secure, statewide system of collection and disposal for unused, expired and leftover medications. … READ MORE