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
A bill sponsored by 21st District Rep. Strom Peterson that would end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature.
A bill to end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature.
An overwhelming majority of Washington voters surveyed on the Northwest Progressive Institute’s behalf agree that retailers ought to be prohibited from distributing single use plastic bags statewide to reduce pollution.
(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
Rep. Peterson stands in solidarity with the workers at Darigold, and joined them for a protest to demand action. Read an excerpt from the coverage below, and click the link at the bottom to read the full article. “A broad coalition of labor groups, farm workers’ rights groups, and dairy workers started a fast Thursday … READ MORE
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
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.”
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
The Washington State House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would ban the practice of school “lunch shaming” and ensure that every student is afforded a lunch on school days. Known as the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights, House Bill 2610 passed the House by a vote of 59-39. The bill was sponsored by … READ MORE