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09 Apr
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Washington State Wire: When and why the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs changed their position on ESSB 5226

At a press conference Tuesday, Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D – Seattle) said that the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) did not fully support ESSB 5226 until an amendment from Sen. Annette Cleveland (D – Vancouver) was added. ...

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A coho salmon attempts to leap into a culvert at Otto Jarstad Park in Bremerton in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the state fix 425 Western Washington fish passages. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun, File)
30 Mar
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Seattle Times: Washington’s culvert challenge deserves federal funding

By The Seattle Times editorial board A federal court order to open up hundreds of fish passages beneath roads by 2030 has been Washington’s burden for years. This $3.7 billion undertaking deserves federal funding so it does not starve other ...

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A detainee's legs are shown chained together in the intake holding area on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the Northwest Detention Center, recently renamed the Northwest ICE Processing Center, in Tacoma
30 Mar
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KUOW: The end of for-profit prisons in Washington state is in sight

The Washington Legislature passed a bill Tuesday, effectively blocking for-profit private prisons from operating in the state. The bill would impact only one facility: the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma. The facility holds immigrants on behalf of Immigration and ...

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Michelle McClendon, a community resource consultant at Simply United Together, photographed at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac, Washington, on March 24, 2021. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)
25 Mar
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Crosscut: WA looks to end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid debt

From 2014 to 2019, Michelle McClendon was without a driver’s license after she could not afford to pay a parking ticket she incurred while living out of her Toyota Camry. She also could not afford to be relicensed, so when ...

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25 Mar
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The Columbian: In Our View: Washington’s housing issues require legislative action

At some point, Washington’s housing crunch will become a housing crisis. Meanwhile, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and legislative attempts to address housing issues will reverberate for decades to come. Most pressing is a looming deadline for an eviction ...

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. (Elaine Thompson)
24 Mar
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The Spokesman-Review: State and federal lawmakers push gun control bills in wake of Georgia, Colorado shootings

WASHINGTON – Democrats moved Tuesday to revive efforts in Congress to change gun laws after two high-profile mass shootings less than a week apart, but a stubborn partisan divide threatens to block even modest reforms. After a 21-year-old man shot ...

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Image courtesy of Volta Charging.
24 Mar
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Clean Technica: “Clean Cars 2030” Targets 2030 For Phasing Out Gasmobiles In Washington State, 5 Years Ahead Of California!

Olympia, WA — Clean Cars 2030 (originally HB 1204), groundbreaking legislation that calls for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington State to be electric vehicles (EVs), took one step closer to becoming law ...

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23 Mar
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KOMO News: Boulder, Atlanta mass shootings stirring up gun debate in Washington state

The mass shootings in Boulder and Atlanta are igniting new calls for gun control and a heated debate all over the country. Here in Washington state, one high profile bill is still alive in the state legislature after previous gun ...

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Seattle police officers form a line to drive protesters down a street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, July 25, 2020. Over the summer of 2020, Seattle Police Department officers often faced protests in the street and at times used riot gear, gas masks, aerosol irritants and blast balls to disperse crowds. A bill to restrict police use of tear gas and neck restraints is advancing in Washington's Legislature, but some police accountability measures seem to have fizzled out. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)
22 Mar
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Crosscut: Police accountability agenda loses some teeth in WA Legislature

After last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Washington state lawmakers set out to enact a sweeping collection of police accountability reforms in 2021. Some of those measures are advancing swiftly through the Legislature, including a proposal to ban chokeholds and ...

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17 Mar
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STAT News: Washington may become the second state to distribute its own generic drugs

A bill moving through the Washington legislature may make the state only the second in the U.S. with hopes of distributing its own line of generic drugs, an idea hatched last year in California as a way to combat the ...

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