Author Archives: nicoleh

Three men are seated side by side at a picnic table, with another person's arms showing on the other side of the table. Two people have notebooks and pencils.
17 May
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New laws expand services for safe and successful reentry

  OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed two bills Wednesday that will allow more incarcerated individuals to access essential transition services proven to be effective at reducing recidivism. Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) sponsored this legislation to help adults leaving prison ...

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26 Apr
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Darneille bill requiring investigation of in-custody deaths signed into law

  OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation today that requires a fatality review following any unexpected death in a Washington jail or prison. Senate Bill 5119, sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), requires prisons and local jails across Washington ...

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View of Washington State Capitol building with surrounding cherry trees in bloom with pink blossoms. The sky is clear and deep blue.
26 Apr
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Governor approves resentencing for life sentences given based on old law

OLYMPIA – Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation requiring resentencing for individuals sentenced to life without parole due to a conviction for robbery in the second degree. In 1993, Washington became the first state to adopt a three-strikes law requiring ...

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Sen. Darneille works at a desk on the Senate floor. Surrounding desks are empty save for one senator whose face is blurred. Both are wearing N95 face masks.
21 Apr
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Updates in the last week of the legislative session

Dear neighbors, The legislative session is scheduled to come to an end this Sunday, April 25, and your legislators are working hard to finalize bills to send to the Governor’s office to be signed into law. There are some exciting ...

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Sen. Jeannie Darneille is speaking into a microphone that she is holding in one hand while gesturiing with the other hand. She is wearing a red blazer, a black face mask, and turquoise earrings, bracelet and ring.
26 Mar
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Updates from the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee

  Dear neighbors, The 2021 legislative session continues to charge full speed ahead. As chair of the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee, I’m happy to report that despite the difficulties a mostly remote session has presented, we have been ...

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08 Mar
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Virtual Town Hall this Wednesday!

Please join us, your lawmakers from the 27th Legislative District, for a virtual town hall meeting this Wednesday at 5:30. This is our chance to report on major issues before the Legislature and hear your ideas, comments and questions so ...

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Two hands holding onto a chain link fence.
01 Mar
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Senate passes Darneille relief bill for 64 serving life sentences

  OLYMPIA – Today the Senate passed legislation that would require resentencing of individuals sentenced to life without parole due to a conviction for robbery in the second degree. In 1993, Washington became the first state to adopt a three ...

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19 Feb
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Legislative Update

  Dear neighbors, Monday was the deadline for bills to be passed out of their policy committees to remain in the legislative process. This week, fiscal committees are hearing the bills that will have a financial impact, and the deadline ...

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A black and white photo of a crowd at a protest, many holding up signs. The focus is o a large sign that says "stop police brutality!!" in all capital letters.
31 Jan
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Putting an end to police violence

Dear neighbors, Last weekend a shocking incident of police use of undue deadly force rocked our community. I am horrified by this event, which took place just three blocks from my home.  My thoughts remain with those who were injured ...

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Outdoor shot of the Washington State Capitol as the sun begins to set with pink and lavender tones in the clouds.
19 Jan
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The 2021 legislative session is underway!

Dear neighbors, We started the 2021 legislative session last week, and it was unlike any other opening day in Olympia. COVID-19 is still a very real threat to the health of our communities, so we cannot hold an entirely in-person ...

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