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Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a measure that would ban so-called conversion therapy for youth.

Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes 6 Infants

May 5, 2015
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Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area, and 25 people are under quarantine.

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It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would require a doctor or nurse to be on hand when you donate a pint of blood.

Oregon Lawmakers To Schools: Let Kids Use Sunscreen

Mar 18, 2015
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Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes more opportunities to be outside. Oregon lawmakers want children to slather on the sunscreen when they hit the playground.

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Mentally ill inmates in Washington state often must wait weeks, or even months in jail for evaluations to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

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Oregon and Washington lawmakers flinched within hours of each other Wednesday when it came to toughening mandatory vaccination requirements for schoolchildren.

Northwest Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions

Mar 9, 2015

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

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Mental health is one of the top issues in the Washington legislature this year. Several measures cleared the Washington House Monday in advance of a Wednesday cut-off deadline.

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For the first time, the Washington state Senate has passed a version of “Joel’s Law.”