The Washington Legislature has approved a bill aimed to protect health care workers who handle hazardous drugs.
The measure unanimously approved by the House directs the Department of Labor and Industries to develop rules for handling hazardous drugs, like chemotherapy drugs, that meet national occupational safety standards.
This past year, the independent nonprofit journalism outlet InvestigateWest reported that nurses who handled such drugs are exposed to health problems. The bill now head to the governor.
House lawmakers also approved a bill allowing banks and credit unions to create prize-linked savings deposits to encourage people to save money.
The measure was originally introduced by Democratic Sen. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor and sets up a lottery-like cash prize for people who put money away in the bank for at least a year.
The bill was amended by the House and must go back to the Senate for final approval.