Category Archives: In The News

16 Mar
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Crosscut: Is this the year Washington state starts a public bank?

(Photo: Jovelle Tamayo for Crosscut) It’s a high-stakes year in the Washington state Legislature. If you’ve been reading the news, you’ve probably heard about proposals to provide pandemic relief, tax the rich, protect tenants from mass eviction and more. But some transformative bills ...

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15 Mar
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The Stranger: Today the Seattle City Council Will Decide Whether Tenants Facing Eviction Deserve Attorneys

As the end of Washington’s eviction moratorium approaches, state lawmakers hope to stem the tide of a potential tsunami of evictions with a bill that would establish a “right to counsel” for tenants facing eviction statewide. That’s great! But it’s ...

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11 Mar
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The Stranger: The Senate Must Not Weaken Just Cause Eviction Protections Any More than the House Already Has

Over the next few weeks lawmakers in Olympia will consider a few major pieces of legislation designed to strengthen tenant protections and help stem the tide of a potential wave of evictions set to begin at the end of the ...

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09 Mar
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The Spokesman-Review: Bill to provide property tax relief for residents rebuilding after wildfires passes state Senate

OLYMPIA – A bill that would provide tax relief to Washington residents when rebuilding homes damaged by natural disasters passed the Senate unanimously. The bill, sponsored by Ritzville Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler, began as an effort to help Eastern Washington ...

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07 Mar
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South Seattle Emerald: Democratic State Senate Sends Capital Gains Tax to House

(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.) For the first time in Washington state history, state legislators had a floor vote on a long-proposed capital gains tax. Even more novel: They passed it. On ...

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25 Feb
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KUOW – Senate votes to ban open carry of firearms at Capitol and at demonstrations

The mostly party line vote was 28 to 20. “Guns and polarized politics is a bad combination and it poses serious risks to public health and safety,” said Democratic state Sen. Patty Kuderer, the prime sponsor of the bill. In ...

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18 Feb
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Everett Herald Editorial: Unpaid traffic tickets shouldn’t bring loss of jobs

No one would dispute that monetary fines — from a $136 speeding ticket on up to $2.6 million for violating state campaign financing laws — can be effective in keeping everyone in line. We can easily think of plenty we’d ...

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03 Feb
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South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During the 2021 Legislative Session

Washington State’s 2021 legislative session kicked off on January 11 and it will go for 105 days, until April 25. Between now and then, State senators and representatives will introduce bills to the legislature, refer them to their applicable committees, ...

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27 Jan
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Seattle Times: Senate introduces bill to ban firearms at public demonstrations, Washington state Capitol

As people continue to gather for political protests outside of the state Capitol, lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the open carry of firearms on Capitol grounds and at other public demonstrations. The Capitol has long been the ...

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26 Jan
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The Olympian: State Senate Bill Would Give Tenants Right to Counsel and Stop No-Cause Evictions

Washington could become the first state in the country to provide a right to legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court. The measure is part of a Senate bill introduced last week that pairs temporary tenant protections ...

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