Inslee signs SB 6199, forcing home healthcare workers to pay union dues

http://mynorthwest.com/939781/inslee-signs-controversial-union-bill/

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‘The solution is assisted life’: Offered death, terminally ill Ont. man files lawsuit

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/the-solution-is-assisted-life-offered-death-terminally-ill-ont-man-files-lawsuit-1.3845190

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers slips extra payments to Washington drugmaker into budget

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/lobbying-pays-off-for-small-drugmaker-in-budget-bill/

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Twenty states sue federal government, seeking end to Obamacare

The individual mandate was previously justified as a tax. Without the penalty as a part of the new tax code, there is no longer a tax so the mandate is being challenged.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/twenty-states-sue-federal-government-seeking-end-to-obamacare-idUSKCN1GB06R

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Oxycontin Maker Quietly Worked to Weaken Legal Doctrine That Could Lead to Jail Time for Executives

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/23/purdue-pharma-oxycontin-opioid-crisis/

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State legislature divided over pro-union bills SB 6199 and SB 6079

SB 6199, would restructure how the state Department of Social and Human Services works with tens of thousands of home health care workers by contracting them under a private vendor. The bill would also create an administrative board made up of agency employees, union representatives, and staff from the governor’s office, which would set the rate paid to the contractor, and, thus, the workers.

SB 6079, would exempt public employees from public disclosure requests. Senate Democrats and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee claim that the bill aims to protect the privacy of public employees from harassment or identity theft.

Senate Republicans argue that both bills were requested by SEIU 775 — a labor union representing around 30,000 home-health care workers in Washington. They say the requested policy changes are an effort by the union to maintain its membership base in the face of a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated laws requiring public employees to pay union fees even if they are not a member.

www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/a-fight-over-the-role-of-unions-erupts-in-olympia/

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