Category Archives: In The News

A I-594 protest participants holding long guns in the House gallery
13 May
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KING 5: Open carry ban at state Capitol, near demonstrations signed into law in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gun owners can no longer display guns at the state Capitol in Olympia or near demonstrations anywhere in the state. Calling it “common sense” legislation, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Washington, signed the bill Wednesday afternoon. It became ...

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27 Apr
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Everett Herald: Workers’ protections expanded during, after covid

By Karen Keiser and Mike Sells / For The Herald We have heard a lot of talk about “essential workers” over the past year, as we depend on people whose work cannot be done remotely; tens of thousands of workers ...

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23 Apr
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The Olympian: Lawmakers OK tenants’ civil right to counsel bill. Will it be ready to stop an eviction cliff?

A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday makes Washington the first state in the country to guarantee legal representation to low-income tenants facing eviction. Cities such as Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, and Cleveland have passed similar laws in ...

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photo of four police officers on duty
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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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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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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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

By Esmy Jimenez 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 ...

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