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A bill sponsored by Rep. Jay Rodne to maintain mental health inpatient safety was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

May 14, 2015

Nearly two years after the death of a Seattle man struggling with bipolar disorder, Joel's Law was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee May 14.

May 14, 2015

Washington state faces a major challenge in appropriately and effectively addressing the needs of those with mental illness. Diagnosis and treatment can be complex, often involving multiple parties and sometimes including...

March 26, 2015

Last Thursday, the House passed its first two bills. More legislation is coming down the pipeline and we'll be back on the floor next week to send more bills over to...

Feb. 6, 2015

During floor action on Thursday, the House voted unanimously to pass a bill to enable family of mentally ill individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others to petition the...

Jan. 29, 2015

The 2015 legislative session began Jan. 12. This year, lawmakers are tasked with crafting a new, two-year budget. Making budget decisions can be difficult, but I'm confident that with 105 days...

Jan. 23, 2015

Rep. Jay Rodne's final e-mail update until December 2014. He discusses his work on helping those with mental illnesses get the treatment they need, the state supplemental operating budget, the outcome...

April 10, 2014

I can hardly believe we are just three weeks away from the end of the 2014 legislative session – March 13. We have been incredibly busy debating and passing legislation this...

Feb. 21, 2014

We are just about halfway through the 60-day legislative session scheduled to adjourn March 13. This week and next mark two critical deadlines: The first is the “cutoff” for bills to...

Feb. 7, 2014