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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.

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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.”

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Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

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Idaho lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would set legal requirements for doctors who prescribe abortion-inducing medication.

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Legislative moves to limit school immunization exemptions are drawing vocal opposition from some parents. Opponents of mandatory vaccination crowded a public hearing at the state capitol in Olympia Tuesday, and the scene could repeat itself in Salem Wednesday.

Idaho Lawmakers Revise Abortion Bill At Doctors’ Request

Feb 17, 2015
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Idaho lawmakers took the advice of doctors Tuesday on changes to a bill that would regulate abortion-inducing medication. Physicians said certain requirements in the original bill would be impossible to fulfill in some cases.

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Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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