Category Archives: In the News

11 Jan
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KXLY: WA Legislature to start 2021 session with heightened security

Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia Monday for a new session that will be unlike any other in state history. State lawmakers plan to conduct most of their 105-day session remotely, holding hearings on legislation and even voting via web conferencing. ...

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11 Jan
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The Seattle Times: Washington Legislature to convene amid safety concerns in largely virtual session

Washington’s 2021 legislative session was already bound to be as challenging as any in state history. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers have arranged Zoom-powered proceedings, with a limited number of legislators allowed at any one time on the House and ...

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11 Jan
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Pandemic-related relief tops state budget priority list

Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s state Legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get that aid out as soon as possible. The parties are split, however, when it comes ...

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06 Jan
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NW News Network: Five things to know about Washington’s 2021 legislative session

Amid the ongoing pandemic and threats by far-right protesters to “occupy” the Capitol, Washington lawmakers will convene Monday for what will ultimately be a mostly remote 2021 session with a focus on the ongoing response to COVID-19, police reform, addressing ...

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05 Jan
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PubliCola: Police Accountability Is On the Agenda in the Upcoming Legislative Session

On December 24, Washington State Reps. Debra Entenman (D-47) and Jesse Johnson (D-20) filed legislation that would set statewide restrictions on law enforcement tactics, including bans on chokeholds, tear gas and the use of unleashed police dogs for arrests. Less ...

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05 Jan
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Patch: Washington’s 2021 Legislative Agenda Includes New Police Measures

OLYMPIA, WA — Democratic legislators on Tuesday filed three bills related to police accountability ahead of lawmakers convening an unusual 105-day session next week. Due to ongoing coronavirus precautions, this year’s 105-day legislative session will largely take place remotely, including ...

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03 Jan
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Seattle Times: New laws lead some Washington prosecutors to rethink three-strike life sentences

Clark County Judge James Ladley couldn’t seem to believe what he was hearing. Before him was John Letellier, a 47-year-old Navy veteran accused of what a former federal prosecutor would later call a “chippy robbery” of a Subway store, netting ...

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04 Dec
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TNT Editorial: The impact of Pierce County’s pandemic-related gun sales may surprise you

Not all businesses have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the nation gun stores are doing brisk business, and here in Pierce County, firearm sales have more than doubled in 2020. Inventory is flying off the shelves, according ...

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30 Nov
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The Center Square: Washington lawmakers eye stricter standards for hiring, firing, and trying cops

Washington lawmakers are looking to make it harder for police officers to take the stand in court or get rehired if their name is on a Brady list. Brady lists are disclosures of members of law enforcement whose involvement in ...

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24 Nov
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Olympian: Hospitality Association calls relief package a ‘start’ as legislators discuss more options

In the wake of new restrictions meant to curb a surge in COVID-19 and a $135 million economic relief package aimed at taming the economic ripple they’ll cause, lawmakers are discussing what more can be done to help the hospitality ...

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