Serving Whitman County since 1877

Articles written by Renee Diaz

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 2 of 2

  • Bill mandates recess for elementary students

    Renee Diaz, Washington State Journal|Mar 2, 2023

    OLYMPIA — Public school elementary school students would be guaranteed 30 minutes of recess daily under a bill moving through the Legislature. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5257, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles, D-Fircrest, requires 30 minutes of recess and prevents school employees from denying recess as a disciplinary measure. The bill passed the Senate, 28-21. “Play is critical to positive youth development,” Nobles said. “What we know about recess is it can lower cortisol levels. It can increase problem-solving, and it can help our...

  • Bill would exempt inmate search list from public records law

    Renee Diaz, Washington State Journal|Feb 9, 2023

    OLYMPIA — Victims and witnesses who track perpetrators in prison to know when they are released will be able to keep their identities private, if a bill that passed the Senate with 49 votes becomes law. “This bill creates a safer environment for the victims and survivors, and they are not placed again in harm’s way because of a public records request,” T’wina Nobles, D-Fircrest,, said. The state Department of Corrections provides a tracking program for victims and witnesses so they can know when the person who victimized them is released...