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A bill prompted by a Spokane murder-suicide heads to the Senate

February 19, 2016

A bill addressing how police officers respond to attempted suicides is making it's way through the legislature in Olympia.

The "Sheena and Chris Henderson" bill was prompted by a Spokane murder-suicide in 2014. Chris Henderson was evaluated as a possible suicide threat, but didn't meet criteria to be detained so he was released from custody. He got his gun back from police and then shot and killed his wife Sheena before killing himself. Sheena's father has been working to make sure something good comes from their deaths.

Washington state House Democrats hope to alter big-business tax breaks

February 19, 2016

A group of House Democrats on Thursday announced measures that would eliminate, narrow or change tax breaks for big businesses in Washington such as the Boeing Co. and banks, saying the state's tax system unfairly favors wealthy corporations.

Legislators try again to put conditions on aerospace tax credits after latest Boeing job cuts

February 18, 2016

Reacting to Boeing's plans to cut employment in Washington state, three House Democrats are planning to introduce a new bill to connect employment to tax credits for the aerospace company.

The bill is a re-worded version of House Bill 2638, which the House Finance Committee voted down on Feb. 5, in a narrow vote mostly along party lines.

Bill inspired by Spokane murder-suicide urges mental-health help

February 16, 2016

OLYMPIA – A police officer responding to an attempted suicide could recommend a mental health professional quickly contact and offer help to the person who tried to commit suicide, under a bill that received near unanimous support in the Washington House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“This would make sure mental health emergencies are dealt with by mental health professionals,” said Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, the bill’s sponsor.

Common Ground podcast: State Reps. Riccelli & Zeiger on bipartisanship

February 8, 2016

Two members of the bipartisan under-40 caucus in the state Legislature, Reps. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) and Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup), join us to talk about cooperation and getting along across party lines in Olympia. 

Video: What They’re Watching : Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-3)

January 26, 2016

Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-3) joined State of Reform to discuss his involvement with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Council for the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative. Rep. Riccelli has his eye on preventive care among the state’s youth in combating rates of obesity and diabetes. He explains that small changes in areas like public school dining could have appreciable impacts on public health.

Letter to the Editor: Riccelli bill is needed

January 25, 2016

Three cheers for Rep. Marcus Riccelli for sponsoring a bill (HB 2610) to allow two extra commissioner seats for counties where the population exceeds 300,000 people. I feel that a five-member board eliminates some cronyism, and creates a more fair decision-making process.

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