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Tag: Scott White

Oct.
24th

UPDATE – Coroner: Sen. White died of heart problem

The Kittitas County Coroner’s Office did an autopsy on state Sen. Scott White and concluded he died of “a cardiac event” due to an undiagnosed heart problem. The press release from Deputy Coroner Paul Sander said:

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Kittitas County Coroner's office has completed its investigation into the unexpected death of State Senator Scott White last Friday at Suncadia Lodge near Roslyn.

According to Deputy Coroner Paul Sander, an autopsy was conducted as part of the investigation earlier today. Based upon the investigation and autopsy results, it was determined that Senator

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Feb.
7th

Bill by Sen. White targets flavored tobacco products

Some flavored tobacco products might not be around in Washington for much longer.

Senate Bill 5380, which had a hearing Monday in Olympia, would ban some kinds of tobacco products in the state, a move that the measure’s supporters say will keep kids off nicotine but opponents say will hurt the economy and limit free choice.

“Limiting tobacco products that are particularly appealing to young people—the flavored and the candy-like—is a major step toward our goal of keeping all kids from starting to use tobacco,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky.

She argued that young people are curious about tobacco products that taste good and people who start using a nicotine product before they are 18 are more likely to use tobacco for the rest of their lives, driving up healthcare costs in the state.

The bill would ban tobacco products that have an aroma or flavor other than tobacco or menthol, that are marketed as such or that come in dissolvable, capsule form. It would also require all tobacco products to be displayed somewhere they are not directly accessible to buyers and it would allow county-level jurisdictions to pass tobacco regulations that are stricter than state ones.

According to the bill’s fiscal note, it would lead to a loss of tax revenue of about $21 million for the state in the 2011-13 biennium, though supporters of the bill said that the health benefits of keeping young people off tobacco would offset those losses.

Tobacco retailers in the state argued that they were saddled with enough restrictions already and that the Legislature should focus on enforcing existing laws, which prohibit anyone under 18 from buying tobacco, if their goal was to keep flavored tobacco products away from children.

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Jan.
31st

Beware any Tacoma school board member who votes to close Foss High. Bill would let 14-year-old students vote

Jason Mercier over at Washington Policy Center found this one before I did…a bill to let students 14 and older vote in school board elections.

The prime (and only) sponsor is new Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle.

Here is the bill in its entirety…

AN ACT Relating to the voting age for school board elections; and
2 amending RCW 28A.320.400.
3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
4 Sec. 1. RCW 28A.320.400 and 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28A.58.520 are each
5 amended to read as follows:
6 Qualifications of electors

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Jan.
7th

Bill by Sen. Scott White would ban smoking in cars with kids

A bill by Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, would expand Washington smoking regulations into your car, at least while children are riding there.

According to the text of the bill, which White prefiled Dec. 17, smoking pipes, cigarettes or cigars in a car with a passenger under 18 years old could be grounds for a ticket if the legislature approves it during the upcoming session.

White’s bill, SB 5016, would make smoking in your car a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement officers would have to detain a driver for some other reason before giving out a ticket for smoking, and

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