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‘It’s not just dollars, it’s lives’: Officials hope COVID-19 pandemic will change way public health is funded

Local health districts have become the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus, but have historically been subject to political arguments about funding when seeking resources to prepare for a pandemic. A new bill in the state Legislature would seek to provide the sort of stable funding that has been absent for public health officials since the repeal of a motor vehicle excise tax in the late 1990s. 

New law protects victims of abuse with alerts

Victims of domestic violence or abuse can receive real-time alerts of when their abuser is near, under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, three years after it was first introduced.