A year’s supply of birth control? Washington lawmakers say insurance should cover it

A year’s supply of birth control? Washington lawmakers say insurance should cover it

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn and the Senate majority floor leader, said passing the bill was a priority for him this year, as well as for Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, the new chairwoman of the Senate Health Care Committee.

“I want to lower barriers to contraception for a number of reasons,” Fain said. “One, so that women can have more control over those choices, but also because there are plenty of times that women and young woman in particular need that medication for other reasons related to medical care.”

“It’s really difficult if you’re tethered to a three-month supply.”

Washington senators introduce bipartisan Washington Internet Privacy Act

Washington senators introduce bipartisan Washington Internet Privacy Act

“The public should have a reasonable right to privacy online,” Fain said. “We wouldn’t tolerate the government selling our information because we visited a particular park, or a company selling our information because we looked through its shop window at the mall. We deserve the same right to consent in our digital lives as well.”

Sexual assault protection orders could become permanent

Sexual assault protection orders could become permanent

Republican Sen. Joe Fain, sponsor of the legislation, said Senate Bill 5256 aligns sexual assault protection orders with other orders for crimes such as domestic violence, stalking or harassment.

"There's no reason why these victims should be treated any differently," Fain said. "He or she should have the opportunity to protect themselves permanently, not just temporarily."

Taking the Classroom to the Capitol with Technology

Taking the Classroom to the Capitol with Technology

Dragging a class of high school students 42 miles from their South King County classroom to the state Capitol is rarely an option during the busy school year.

But this week an Auburn High School journalism class did manage to speak directly with Joe Fain, their state senator, about legislation they were tracking in Olympia thanks to video conference technology.

Education funding leads discussion at 47th Legislative District town hall meeting

Education funding leads discussion at 47th Legislative District town hall meeting

District legislators – Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, and Reps. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington, and Pat Sullivan, D-Covington – fielded questions from more than 200 people who packed a room at the Golden Steer Steak ‘n Rib House for the town hall meeting.

Victims of sexual assault should have better protections

Victims of sexual assault should have better protections

Fain says this change has taken a long time because of concerns about misreporting and because the protection orders, which are obtained in court, can also allow a judge to limit an attacker’s gun rights. Fain says this year’s proposals strike the right balance between protecting victims and the need for sensible gun regulations.

Fain is correct. This sensible change is long overdue.

Take my gun: Bill aims to stop suicides

Take my gun: Bill aims to stop suicides

“The idea that a person, under their own volition, can make a decision about what is in their own best interest — that seems reasonable,” Fain said earlier this month. Fain said he hadn’t brought it up with other Republicans and couldn’t say what kind of reception they might give, but added that he saw “a lot of common ground” in the proposal.

“These kind of things can be bipartisan,” Fain said. “Gun violence and gun deaths affect everyone.”

Student journalists would get free-speech protection under bill in Olympia

Student journalists would get free-speech protection under bill in Olympia

Senate Bill 5064, introduced by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, would designate school media as “public forums for expression” and make students responsible for determining content so long as it is not slanderous or libelous, unjustly invades privacy, violates federal or state law or encourages students to break school rules or commit crimes.

“It’s about expanding the culture of freedom of speech and freedom of the press so that more students have an appreciation of that early on,” Fain said. “Beyond that, we need watchdogs.”

Bill to Protect Against Muslim Registry Enters State Senate

Bill to Protect Against Muslim Registry Enters State Senate

Fain, the only Republican to sponsor the bill, calls it “more of a values statement” than a practical piece of legislation. “I actually don’t have much fear that the federal government will embark on the path of a registration based on someone’s personal religious beliefs,” he says, “but since I find doing so completely objectionable, I don’t have any problem putting my name in opposition” by sponsoring the bill.

Sen. Fain honored at Forefront suicide prevention event

Sen. Fain honored at Forefront suicide prevention event

Forefront honors Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn (47th District), for his contributions to suicide prevention at the state legislative level on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at its fourth annual suicide awareness dinner, A Place for Everyone.

Washington state veteran hiring program begins Oct. 1

Washington state veteran hiring program begins Oct. 1

“Veterans offer unique skills and leadership abilities that translate directly into a variety of jobs in our state,” said Washington Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn... “With veterans doing so much for our country it is also our responsibility to help them build a bridge back to civilian life.”

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Washington Should Steer Lightly As Driverless Cars Inch Toward Mainstream

Washington Should Steer Lightly As Driverless Cars Inch Toward Mainstream

Like other states, Washington will be confronted with a big question in coming years: how its surface transportation infrastructure will be transformed by driverless cars, and what role government should play.

New state law reduces barrier to addiction recovery

New state law reduces barrier to addiction recovery

A first-in-the-nation new law providing for privileged communication between a person undergoing drug or alcohol addiction treatment and their recovery sponsor goes into effect today in Washington state.

The change sponsored by state Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, recognizes the important role sponsors play in substance abuse treatment by providing support, advice and accountability for recovering addicts.

Constitutional amendment a must for balancing state budget

Constitutional amendment a must for balancing state budget

Budgeting requires difficult decisions and a commitment to governing. In 2012, a bipartisan coalition of senators instituted an important fiscal reform: the four-year balanced-budget law. Washington is the first state with this check on budget gimmicks, our greatest defense against self-inflicted financial chaos.

Amid national push, state lawmakers consider student free-press protections

Amid national push, state lawmakers consider student free-press protections

Senate Bill 6233, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, follows a wave of efforts nationwide to clarify students’ rights to free speech in publications and broadcasts, regardless of whether students are participating in a class or if schools financially support the media.

State lawmakers want to make it easier for women to get birth control

State lawmakers want to make it easier for women to get birth control

“We have to lower the barriers to women having access to reproductive health care,” said state Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, the majority floor leader in the Senate who is a co-sponsor of both bills.

“One of the easiest ways to do that is to take a medicine and a technology that has been around for decades, that has proven to be safe, that is used by millions of women each year, and make it easier for them to access it,” Fain said.