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Student free expression bill clears first hurdle

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Sen. Joe Fain, an Auburn Republican, discusses the bill he sponsored during the Education Committee hearing. Photo by Dan Hiestand.

Sen. Joe Fain, an Auburn Republican, discusses the bill he sponsored during the Education Committee hearing. Photo by Dan Hiestand.

Sen. Joe Fain, an Auburn Republican, discusses the bill he sponsored during the Education Committee hearing. Photo by Dan Hiestand.


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With a vote of 6-2, a Senate Education Committee passed the Student Freedom of Expression bill on Feb. 2, sending it on to the Rules Committee.

It’s not too late for your voice to be heard; the Rules Committee must decide whether to send Senate Bill 6233 on to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Read the bill online (click “Original Bill”), then tell the Senate why it’s important. (Click “Comment on this bill.”)

The Tacoma News-Tribune wrote about the bill on Feb. 3.

Read about student testimony and learn how to view the hearing in our January post.

We are trying to learn why Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, a Democrat from Bothell, cast one of the two “no” votes on the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. McAuliffe was one of the sponsors of the same bill in 2008.

Eight states have passed similar legislation, most recently North Dakota last year. Legislation is pending in several others. We’ll continue to post updates as we get them.

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