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Tag: Jeannie Darneille


Try again for DNA collection after arrest

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Maryland DNA case should give new life to efforts that died last year in the Legislature.

Those efforts held promise for solving serious cold cases and for exonerating people who may have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.

As a House member in 2012, state Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, sponsored a bill that would have required collection of DNA samples from persons arrested for major felonies and two gross misdemeanors (stalking and violating a protection order). State law already allows for DNA collection upon conviction or

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Our endorsements in 27th and 29th district races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

There’s no safer bet in this year’s election than on a Democrat winning in two Tacoma-area districts, the 27th and 29th.

For one thing, no Republicans will be on the ballot in two of the four races to be determined Nov. 6. And in the two races that do include a GOP candidate, the Republicans’ chances of prevailing in these majority Democratic districts are slim.

Of Washington’s 49 legislative districts, the 27th – which includes Tacoma’s North End – is the seventh most Democratic-leaning. One would have to live in some parts of Seattle to be in a bluer district.

• Two Democrats are facing off in what has turned out to be one of the more contentious races this year, for the state Senate seat being vacated by Debbie Regala. Read more »


DNA-collection bill addresses civil-liberties concerns

State Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

It took Richard Nixon to go to China, Bill Clinton to reform welfare and state Rep. Jeannie Darneille to push House Bill 2588.

That legislation, which passed out of the Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee Tuesday, would require DNA samples to be collected from everyone booked for major felonies and two gross misdemeanors (stalking and violating a protection order).

Currently in this state, DNA samples are only taken upon conviction of major crimes. But in about half the other states, DNA is taken when a suspect is booked and then is entered into state and federal databases to see if it gets any matching “hits.” That system has led to solving numerous cold cases and even clearing the names of people wrongly convicted of crimes. Read more »


One close call, one easy pick in the 27th District

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

What we’re about to do is patently unfair.

The News Tribune is endorsing Laurie Jinkins for the open House seat in the 27th Legislative District.

Jinkins, the deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, every bit deserves our endorsement. But so does her opponent, Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey.

Jinkins and Fey, both Democrats, are two of the strongest candidates running for Legislature this year in any race. We’d take them over some incumbents.

But voters can’t mark two names on their ballots. There has to be a tie breaker, and this was it for us: Tacoma needs Fey on the City Council, where he has become one of the few council members with the tenure and inclination to ask critical questions.

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FDA should get tough on indoor tanning

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

It’s a shame that state Rep. Jeannie Darneille’s bill to regulate and restrict the indoor tanning industry didn’t get very far in this year’s legislative session.

Her bill would have required that indoor tanning businesses be licensed and inspected as they are in most other states – and as other personal care businesses such as hair salons already are in Washington. Most importantly, it would have banned the use of indoor tanning beds by anyone under 18 without a doctor’s prescription.

That last provision was especially important, because experts say indoor tanning is the main reason doctors are seeing more advanced cases of potentially deadly melanoma in younger and younger victims – and mostly in women because they’re more likely to use tanning beds. Cancers that dermatologists once saw mostly in old men are now showing up in twentysomethings and even teenagers.
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Tanning beds pose risk to minors, so regulate them

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

You can spot them at any local mall, the young girls with the dark tans.

Chances are, they didn’t get that healthy-looking glow at the beach. More likely they’re regular customers at one of the tanning salons that are as nearly ubiquitous as coffee shops. So many young women seem to be addicted to tanning that there’s even a name for them: tanorexics.
They may look good now – and even that’s a matter of opinion – but they’ll pay for it with early-onset wrinkles and a significantly higher risk of cancer.

In fact, tanning beds are one reason why Washington state has the fifth-highest incidence of melanoma in the nation. But it is one of only 11 states that fail to even minimally regulate them.
Dermatologists report that they are seeing more cases of melanoma in younger and younger people, and they attribute most of that increase to indoor tanning. Indeed, the World Health Organization says that the risk of melanoma jumps by 75 percent in those who begin using tanning beds before age 30. Read more »