#TakeAction – March 4, 2020

Halfway through the week! Here is how you can #TakeAction today, March 4th:

🔶 Increase treatment access and education for communicable diseases- Urge your WA Senator to approve HB 1551
🔶 Prevent civil arrests near WA courthouses- tell your state Senator to approve HB 2567 on the Senate floor

1) Action: Support Responsible Control of HIV And Other Communicable Blood-Borne Diseases

This bill would enable minors (14 years of age or older) to obtain treatment to avoid HIV infection without a parent or guardian’s consent; provide for the development of educational and training materials on the prevention, transmission and treatment of blood-borne pathogens; and would replace existing statutes related to HIV counseling, testing and training with a modernized regime for dealing with sexually transmitted diseases more generally, among other things.

Background:

This comprehensive bill would:
• Would replace existing statutes related to HIV counseling, testing and training with a modernized regime for dealing with sexually transmitted diseases more generally;
• Would adopt new criminal standards and penalties applicable to the knowing transmission of HIV;
• Includes provisions to assure informed consent when testing for blood-borne pathogens is required by an insurer as a condition for obtaining or renewing coverage;
• Provides procedures for mandatory testing for blood-borne pathogens in various circumstances;
• Provides for the development of educational and training materials on the prevention, transmission and treatment of blood-borne pathogens;
• Would enable minors 14 years of age or older to obtain treatment to avoid HIV infection without a parent or guardian’s consent; and
• Would give the Board of Health rule-making authority necessary to implement the bill’s provisions.
Source:

WA State Legislature: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1551…

Urge your senator to approve HB 1551!

2) Action: Support HB 2567 – Concerning Open Courts

Call your WA Senator, urge them to approve HB 2567 on the Senate floor. This bill prohibits civil arrests inside or near state court facilities (200 documented civil arrests at courthouses over the past two years). These civil arrests, particularly immigration arrests, in and around courthouses disrupt court proceedings, create an environment of fear, and deter noncitizens from coming to court. There are also provisions in this bill to prohibit judges, court staff, court security personnel, and prosecutor’s office staff from inquiring into or collecting immigration or citizenship status information.

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