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2020 LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
The 2020 Washington Legislative Session began on January 13, 2020 and ended on March 12, 2020.
It was a fast 60 days, and we are thrilled to share that most of our priority bills passed. These bills will protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and ensure that all students have access to accurate and inclusive sexual health education. Let’s take a look at some of these successes below.
Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
√ Curbing abusive litigation (SB 6268): Survivors of domestic violence may seek civil protection orders to limit contact with their abuser, but even with a protective order, some abusers continue to exert power and control. Abusive litigation occurs when abusers use the legal system to control, harass, intimidate, coerce, and impoverish survivors. This bill offers survivors protections against this conduct and provides judges with a streamlined method to address abusive litigation clogging up the court system.
√ Addressing campus sexual misconduct (HB 2327): More than one in five women and nearly one in four transgender and gender non-conforming students are sexually assaulted in college. Requiring colleges and universities to complete investigations, make written findings, and document substantiated findings in an employee’s record are minimum steps to ensure accountability and improve campus safety. This bill will do just that. In addition to documentation requirements, HB 2327 also prohibits nondisclosure agreements in sexual misconduct settlements in higher education and requires all applicants applying for jobs as faculty, instructors, staff, advisers, counselors, coaches at post-secondary institutions to authorize the disclosure of any sexual misconduct findings from current or former employment.
Expanding Sexual and Reproductive Health Care:
√ Comprehensive sexual health education (SB 5395): It took several years, but comprehensive sexual health education will now be mandatory in Washington schools! This bill will require all public schools, beginning in kindergarten, to provide medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally competent sex education that is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. School districts still have flexibility in designing a curriculum within certain parameters, and parents are still able to opt out. The curriculum must include information about affirmative consent for older students so they can better recognize inappropriate behavior and their right to reject it.
√ Holding insurance companies accountable (HB 2554): This bill will impose a fee on insurance carriers that, for any reason, opt out of providing any legally required benefit, like abortion care. In addition, the bill would require health carriers and the Health Benefit Exchange to tell consumers when those benefits are excluded from their health plans. The bill was modeled in large part after a bill that Oregon passed in 2019.
Working for Economic Justice:
X Domestic workers bill of rights (HB 2511) Unfortunately, we were disappointed that the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, HB 2511 did not make it through the session. Domestic workers are the backbone of our economy, providing essential work such as caregiving for children and the elderly. They also cook, shop, garden, and do other household maintenance that enables families to thrive in Washington. The bill would have prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against domestic workers and provided meal and rest breaks and other employee protections. Legal Voice was part of an extensive coalition composed of government stakeholders, community leaders, unions, and others. We’ll be ready to return to push for these protections next year!
We are excited about the progress made this session. A big shout-out to our legislative champions for sponsoring and fighting for these bills as well as to our community partners for their leadership and advocacy. Finally, thank YOU for contacting your legislators, educating your peers, sending postcards and emails, and raising your voice on the issues that matter most to our communities! We’ll be back in Olympia in 2021, even stronger!
PAST SESSION UPDATES
What is Microblading/Ombré Shading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique that involves using a handheld tool (pen) with tiny, fine-point needles that make up a small, disposable blade. The needles finely scratch the surface of the skin creating featherweight strokes on the epidermis layer of the skin. The technique creates thin, crisp lines giving the illusion of realistic, natural hair like strokes.
How do I know which service is best for me? Microblading or Ombré shading?
Microblading is best suited for people with a Dry skin type and typically looks best when you have a little bit of brow hair already but just want a fuller, natural look. Women under the age of 50 also have a better chance of the Microblading lasting longer.
What is Color Correction?
For those with previous work done and do not need reshaping, only new color installation into remaining shape. Please send a picture of your brows prior to booking to make sure brow goals are achievable.
What is Brow Correction?
Brow Correction is for those with previous work done and would like to get your brows reshaped (if possible) and color corrected. Please send a picture of your brows before booking to make sure we can achieve your desired brow goals.
Do I need a touch-up? And how much does it cost?
How long will it last? And does it hurt?
Your brows (after touch-up) can last anywhere from 1-3 years. This also depends on your healing process and care, how active of a lifestyle you have, weather conditions, skin conditions, how often you exfoliate, age, etc.
What are the requirements to get my brows done?
-Not suggested for people with Diabetes, as it takes longer to heal thus giving more opportunity for infection.
What is Brow Removal?
This procedure is done by using the tool of choice, and depositing a saline based solution into the unwanted tattooed area. This process pulls unwanted pigment to the surface of the skin and lightens area. This procedure usually takes a minimum of 2 treatments, and depending on density of the pigment may take up to 6. Please send me a clear picture of the tattoo before booking so we can discuss.
What is the aftercare and how long does it takes to heal?
For the first 7 days after you get your brows done:
What is a Hyaluron Pen & what can it do?
Also known as hyapens, fog injection devices, SERA pens, and nebulizer injector guns, the Hyaluron Pen is a small handheld medical device that is being used to “inject” hyaluronic acid fillers into areas of the face using pressurized air. No needles are used!!! The Hyaluron Pen was originally created for diabetic patients.
How long does the fat dissolvant last?
Luckily, the Fat Dissolvent product results are permanent! These target those fat cells and shrink the size of them. The most common area is the under chin.
Does it hurt?
No! I've done it to myself several times for lip fillers, and the most it feels like is a flick! There is lidocaine inside of the product, so the more I inject, the more numb you become.
How long does the Lip Filler last?
All lip fillers are different and depend person to person. If you've had lip filler done before, as you know, the product will build and thus making each time last longer. If you haven't, I tell people depending on your lifestyle and metabolism, it can break down anywhere from 3-8 months.
Am I a good canidate for lash extesions?
I would say people with medium length natural, healthy lashes are good canidates. If your lashes are too short and thin, they will most likely break off and droop when you get lash extensions.
How long do they last?
Depending if you are a daily make-up wearer, swimmer, or you work out a lot, can really depend on how long you lashes will last you. I typically see people back every 2 or 3 weeks for fills.
Should I get Volume or Classic?
Volume Lashing is a technique used to achieve a fuller, fluffier look. With this method, anywhere between 3-8 super fine extensions are fanned out and applied to a single natural lash. This is the perfect solution if you have sparse lashes or gaps, or tend to wear a lot of makeup!