News Props to the Washington State Legislature
posted by July 18 at 9:27 AMon
When your job includes something as boring as covering the Washington State Legislature, you cling to excitement wherever you can get it.
For me, this morning is an exciting morning. In a NYT story about the impending collapse of abstinence only education (hurrah!), my beloved Washington state leg gets the nod in the lead:
For the first time, however, Virginity Rules and 700 kindred abstinence education programs are fighting serious threats to their future. Eleven state health departments rejected abstinence education this year, while legislatures in Colorado, Iowa and Washington passed laws that could kill, or at least wound, its presence in public schools.
The accurate sex ed bill had been passing the House side in Olympia for years. In 2007 it finally moved out of the Senate. (In fact, it even passed out the Senate first this time.)
Congrats to Senators Mary Margaret Haugen and Rodney Tom, the initial sponsors, for passing an important bill this year. Tom, btw, is the State-GOP-House Member-Turned-State-Democratic-Senator who’s running against Darcy Burner in the D primary for U.S. House.
And here’s a pretty good epitaph on Bush’s failed abstinence only ed policies.