September 9, 2019
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New state law requires employers to display domestic violence resources

Victims of domestic violence often have few places to turn for help, but a new law will help provide a list of safety resources in all workplaces.

Employers are asked to display a poster with information about the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Washington Domestic Violence Coalition. The poster also includes a blank space for employers to provide information about local resources.

There is no penalty for failing to display the poster, but Employment Security Commissioner Suzi LeVine thinks most businesses will comply because domestic violence also affects workplace productivity.

“We all need to work together to make sure that survivors of domestic violence are able to find the help thy need so that they can escape the dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations they face,” LeVine said.

Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, introduced the legislation in light of the 560 people in Washington who were killed over the past 10 years in Washington as a result of intimate partner violence.

“In my district, we’ve had women beaten to death with a baseball bat. We’ve had infants laying next to their mother who was shot by a domestic partner. And we’ve also had a woman recently burned to death after years of domestic violence,” Mosbrucker said.

Often the only place a victim can go outside the control of their abuser is work, because the abuser wants the money the victim can make. Having safety resources at work can make a real difference, Mosbrucker said.

The posters can be downloaded from the Employment Security Department’s website.

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Lawmakers are suing Inslee for a series of one-sentence vetoes in the state's nearly $10 billion transportation budget...

In a moment of institutional solidarity, Democrats and Republicans on the House Executive Rules Committee and the Senate Facilities & Operations Committee voted unanimously to sue.

Yes, lawmakers could have convened for a vote and overridden Inslee's vetoes with a two-thirds majority of both chambers. But both parties wisely considered the importance of precedent...

Meanwhile, legislators are still smarting from another bit of sleight of hand from Inslee, which he also used to manipulate the transportation budget to his liking.

The governor snatched $175 million in leftover funds that lawmakers had appropriated for transportation projects. He redirected the money toward removing road culverts that block fish passage, a mammoth undertaking that will take several years and cost billions of dollars...

We hope Inslee, who's seeking a third term as governor after withdrawing from the Democratic presidential field, has learned a little something about executive power.

Objectionable sentences can't just disappear, and legislatively designated funds can't just float to your preferred projects. It's a pen, sir, not a magic wand.

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Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review