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News >  Health

A COVID-19 ‘vaccine passport’? Local lawmakers urge caution on possibility while also longing for herd immunity

Companies including Microsoft and IBM have been developing software intended to make it easier to determine whether someone has been vaccinated against COVID-19. But the prospect of proving one's defenses against the global pandemic has some lawmakers and privacy advocates skittish about the prospect of "vaccine passports," a phenomenon that's existed in some form in the United States since outbreaks of smallpox in the 19th century. 

News >  Pacific NW

Washington Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics, gear

UPDATED: Fri., April 9, 2021

SEATTLE – The Washington state Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas, after police killings of Black people sparked tumultuous racial-justice protests last year.
News >  WA Government

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

UPDATED: Fri., April 9, 2021

OLYMPIA — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other transportation fuels.
News >  Washington

Gov. Inslee signs bill to restore voting rights to parolees

UPDATED: Wed., April 7, 2021

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill automatically restoring voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies, even if they are still on parole – a measure sponsored by a lawmaker who was herself formerly incarcerated.