Author Archives: Andy McVicar

10 Apr
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Salomon’s driver’s license suspension reform bill approved by House

OLYMPIA – A bill that takes another step toward decriminalizing poverty by removing non-payment of moving violation-based traffic infractions from a list of actions that can lead to criminal enforcement of license suspensions was approved by the House of Representatives ...

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10 Apr
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Crosscut: How fired cops win their jobs back: arbitration

Backup was only about a minute away. But by the time it arrived, Centralia Police Officer Phil Reynolds had already used his Taser three times on a handcuffed suspect in the back of his patrol car. Two days later, Reynolds ...

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10 Apr
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The Olympian: State House votes to end eviction moratorium June 30

Washington is poised to become the first state in the country to guarantee legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, with Senate Bill 5160 now approved by both chambers after its vote in the House of Representatives Thursday night. Some tenants ...

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10 Apr
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Seattle Times: Washington may soon be first state to guarantee lawyers for low-income tenants facing eviction

Washington may soon become the first state in the country to ensure that low-income tenants have legal representation when faced with an eviction, an idea lawmakers see as a way to head off a feared wave of evictions once pandemic-era ...

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08 Apr
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PubliCola: Post-Pandemic Renter Protections on the Line in the State Senate

A bill that would bring an end to no-cause evictions in Washington (HB 1236) had a confusing day on the Senate floor on Monday. Republicans managed to get three amendments added to the bill, stripping away its protections for tenants ...

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29 Mar
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Salomon’s bill to boost critical Orca food supply approved by House

OLYMPIA – A bill aimed at restoring salmon habitat for Puget Sound orcas struggling to find enough food to survive was approved by the House of Representatives on Sunday. Senate Bill 5273, sponsored by Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline), would require residential ...

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29 Mar
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Kuderer’s bill to ban open carry weapons at permitted demonstrations and Capitol campus wins House approval

OLYMPIA – A bill, SB 5038, sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), that would prohibit the open carry of firearms and other weapons on the state Capitol grounds and within 250 feet of permitted public demonstrations was approved by the ...

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25 Mar
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Kuderer’s public financial cooperative bill receives House committee approval

OLYMPIA – A bill that would create a public financial cooperative in Washington state was approved by the House Consumer Protection & Business Committee on Thursday. The new public cooperative created by SB 5188, sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), would ...

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25 Mar
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Liias’ Gender Affirming Treatment Act wins House approval

OLYMPIA – A bill that would require health insurers to cover medically necessary gender affirming treatment in their health plans was approved by the House on Wednesday. SB 5313, also known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act and is sponsored ...

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Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric J. Richey was elected to office in November 2019. ERIC J. RICHEY COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
20 Mar
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Bellingham Herald: Whatcom Prosecutor: ‘We must stop using courts and laws to act as debt collectors’

(Photo: ERIC J. RICHEY COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD) The role of a prosecuting attorney is to hold individuals accountable for their actions and keep Washingtonians safe. Every day, I and my staff hold individuals accountable for crimes against our state ...

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