Washington State Senate Approves Mental Health Decision BillThe Washington state Senate has approved a bill that would allow family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others.
Alaska Bills Address Sexual Orientation DiscriminationTwo Alaska state representatives plan to reintroduce separate bills that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Human Trafficking Bills Pass State LegislatureHouse and Senate leaders will meet to finalize legislation.
Inslee Signs Gender-Neutral Language Bill Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed off on the final installment of a six-year effort to make language in the state's copious laws gender-neutral.
State Senate Group Blocks Abortion InsuranceA Republican-dominated coalition in the Washington state Senate blocked discussion on a plan to require insurers to cover abortion Wednesday, voting down a procedural motion after a tense exchange about why the legislation has languished in the chamber.
Employers Ask Job Seekers for Facebook Passwords Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is also the focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks.
Susan Powell's Parents Want New Custody Bill in WA; Ann Rule to Write Powell StoryJosh Powell's in-laws are traveling to Olympia to discuss changes in how the state handles child protection. They also plan to meet with Seattle true crime writer Ann Rule.
NJ Legislators Hope to Woo Amazon to New JerseyLegislation designed to encourage major online retailers like Amazon.com to locate in New Jersey has been introduced, according to the Associated Press. The legislation would allow Amazon to forego sales tax collections until September of 2013 in exchange for its $65 million investment.
WA Lawmaker Proposes Tougher DUI PenaltiesA Washington state lawmaker and two county prosecutors are backing proposed legislation to increase sentencing ranges in drunken driving fatalities.