New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns and Tanning

By Austin Jenkins

This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The “Real Hope Act” is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday - 90-days after the Washington legislature adjourned.

There’s already a website: realhopewa.org. It gives undocumented students information on how to apply for a Washington State Need Grant. There’s no guarantee of funding because the program is already over-subscribed. But the Latino students who lobbied for the new law say just winning eligibility to the program is a major victory. Another new Washington law requires individuals who have a restraining order against them to surrender their firearms. 

The trigger for this law is if a judge finds the person poses a credible threat to the safety of an intimate partner. Also beginning this week, kids under age 18 are prohibited from using tanning beds in Washington. The only exception is if a doctor prescribes UV radiation treatment to the youth. All told some 200 new laws take effect June 12th in Washington.

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