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CBS This Morning: Washington state lawmakers pushing statewide police training reform

CBS This Morning: Washington state lawmakers pushing statewide police training reform

A dozen bills that would reform the way police are trained in Washington state are under consideration by lawmakers. Kris Van Cleave visited the state's Criminal Justice Training Center to see how that new training is encouraging officers to slow down and take a step back.

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Seattle Times: Police in Washington who see fellow officer using excessive force must intervene, Legislature says

Seattle Times: Police in Washington who see fellow officer using excessive force must intervene, Legislature says

OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill to require law enforcement officers to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force in an encounter. Senate Bill 5066 is one of a slew of proposals designed to reshape police tactics and oversight of law enforcement in the wake of last year’s protests over the death of Black people ...

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Crosscut: WA may regulate medically necessary abortions at religious hospitals

Crosscut: WA may regulate medically necessary abortions at religious hospitals

After years of trying, Washington legislators appear poised to free up doctors at Catholic hospitals to provide medically necessary abortions when pregnancies go wrong. The legislation would allow patients to sue a hospital if they are denied medical care to hasten miscarriages or terminate nonviable pregnancies that threaten the patients’ health. It also would allow providers to sue if they are ...

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Crosscut: Court’s legalization of drug possession has WA lawmakers scrambling

Crosscut: Court’s legalization of drug possession has WA lawmakers scrambling

Lawmakers in Olympia are scrambling to respond to a Washington Supreme Court decision that declared the state’s law criminalizing drug possession unconstitutional because it did not require prosecutors to prove intent. Dueling proposals reflect the range of philosophical beliefs about how the state should respond to drug possession and use — from a quick return to the status quo, to an ...

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The Stranger: Washington Proposes One Bill to End the Drug War and Several Bills to Fire It Back Up Again

The Stranger: Washington Proposes One Bill to End the Drug War and Several Bills to Fire It Back Up Again

About a month after the Washington Supreme Court struck down the state's drug possession law and effectively decriminalized controlled substances statewide, lawmakers in Olympia have introduced nine pieces of legislation to address the ruling's major ramifications, which include $100 million tabs from courts and prosecutors who now need to clear records and refund fines, plus a suddenly urgent need to expand drug ...

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Bellingham Herald: Drug possession bills emerge to address wide-reaching state Supreme Court ruling

Bellingham Herald: Drug possession bills emerge to address wide-reaching state Supreme Court ruling

A group of Democratic lawmakers have met in recent weeks, attempting to understand the decision and strategize next steps. Sen. Manka Dhingra, who works as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in King County, has framed the Blake decision as an opportunity to build on the state’s progress toward a public-health approach to substance use disorder.

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Redmond Patch: Lawmakers Consider New Drug Possession Statute For Washington

Redmond Patch: Lawmakers Consider New Drug Possession Statute For Washington

OLYMPIA, WA — State legislators are considering a new legal framework for drug possession, one month after the state's highest court struck down Washington's felony drug statute. In February, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the state's "strict liability" statute was overreaching and did not require prosecutors to establish intent to sell or use drugs. The high court's ...

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Seattle Times: With the Washington Legislature halfway through its session, here’s where policing bills stand

Seattle Times: With the Washington Legislature halfway through its session, here’s where policing bills stand

OLYMPIA — When state House lawmakers earlier this month passed a bill that creates a clear standard for when police officers can use physical force, DeVitta Briscoe said it felt like a victory moment in a football game. “Like how you see in a touchdown, I screamed in my living room,” said Briscoe, the sister of Che Taylor, who was shot ...

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King 5: Washington state justices strike down drug possession law

King 5: Washington state justices strike down drug possession law

The Washington Supreme Court has struck down the state's felony drug possession law because it doesn't require prosecutors to prove that someone knowingly or intentionally possessed drugs.

Democratic Sen. Manka Dhingra said state lawmakers can clarify, or rewrite the law, but she said the deadline has passed in the legislative session to introduce new bills.
“This ...

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AP: Senate OKs bill making police intervene to stop undue force

AP: Senate OKs bill making police intervene to stop undue force

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Tuesday approved a measure requiring police to intervene if they see a fellow officer using excessive force — one of several measures in the Legislature prompted by the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and ensuing Black Lives Matter protests last year.

Senate Bill 5066, sponsored by Redmond Democrat ...

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