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MyNorthwest: Bill to create statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people unanimously passes

MyNorthwest: Bill to create statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people unanimously passes

As soon as the governor signs off on it, Washington will set up a new alert system for missing and endangered Indigenous people. The alert system, which will be the first of its kind in the nation, will be similar to existing Amber alerts or silver alerts. When activated, information about missing Indigenous women and people will be visible on highway ...

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MSN: Inslee signs bill to improve reform laws some police agencies said hindered enforcement

MSN: Inslee signs bill to improve reform laws some police agencies said hindered enforcement

OLYMPIA, Wash. (KOMO) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed into law what he calls improvements to police reform laws passed last year after hearing repeatedly from law enforcement agencies about what they said was confusion over what officers could and could not do in the wake of their passage.

When major police reforms were passed last ...

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Spokesman-Review: Bill to ban guns at school boards, ballot counting centers passes state Senate

Spokesman-Review: Bill to ban guns at school boards, ballot counting centers passes state Senate

OLYMPIA – Carrying guns and other weapons could soon become prohibited in Washington at schools, local government meetings and election-related facilities. The state Senate passed a bill 28-20 on Tuesday that bans open carry and concealed carry in a number of different settings. It will head back to the House of Representatives, who will have to OK the changes made in the ...

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Real Change: Bill introduced to expand access to courthouse dog program, with bipartisan support

Real Change: Bill introduced to expand access to courthouse dog program, with bipartisan support

The state legislature is considering a bill, sponsored by State Senator Manka Dhingra (D-Seattle), that would expand where courthouse facility dogs can go, helping traumatized witnesses who testify in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. If passed, the bill (SB 5127) would allow certified dogs to travel on public transportation to other public locations outside of the courthouse if they’re on ...

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Seattle Times: Four ways lawmakers want to improve Washington’s mental health system

Seattle Times: Four ways lawmakers want to improve Washington’s mental health system

School closures, remote work, isolation. Inflation, wildfires, a heat wave. It’s all adding up: Washingtonians’ mental well-being has been profoundly disrupted since the pandemic landed here two years ago. And just when normalcy seemed near, omicron arrived. This legislative session, lawmakers are faced with tackling a mental health system fraying at its seams. The mental health workforce is leaving the profession in ...

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NBC News: Actions of officers who didn't stop Derek Chauvin spur duty-to-intervene laws

NBC News: Actions of officers who didn't stop Derek Chauvin spur duty-to-intervene laws

Outrage at Derek Chauvin was apparent from the moment video surfaced of his knee pressed into George Floyd's neck for 9 ½ minutes.

Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder in April, became the face of intolerance, injustice and police brutality, his actions driving worldwide protests against those ills.

But the inaction ...

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Crosscut: How Crosscut's Brady List stories impacted WA police accountability

Crosscut: How Crosscut's Brady List stories impacted WA police accountability

Sometimes, a reporter’s scrutiny prompts an agency to start truly scrutinizing itself. That’s what I found while reporting for the past year and a half on police officers who land on prosecutors’ so-called Brady lists. These lists are a way for prosecutors to track police officers who have credibility issues — things like sustained findings of dishonesty, a history of filing ...

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King County News Now: Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra Named Chair of Law and Justice Committee – India West

King County News Now: Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra Named Chair of Law and Justice Committee – India West

Washington state Senator Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) has been named chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee. “I’m honored to have the trust of my colleagues to lead our efforts to ensure the effective and equitable administration of justice in our state’s court system,” said Dhingra, who previously served as vice chair of the committee, according to a press statement emailed ...

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South Seattle Emerald: Virtual Town Hall Highlights Legal Efforts to Further Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

South Seattle Emerald: Virtual Town Hall Highlights Legal Efforts to Further Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

Following a rise in domestic violence rates during the course of the pandemic, Sen. Manka Dhingra and others spoke at a town hall Wednesday, Nov. 3, highlighting new state legislation which is making it easier for survivors to seek protections from their abusers. “We wanted to make sure that we were addressing long-standing issues that were highlighted by the pandemic,” Dingra ...

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Crosscut: WA lawmakers want new police decertification law to apply to past misconduct

Crosscut: WA lawmakers want new police decertification law to apply to past misconduct

Washington House Speaker Laurie Jinkins believes Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer should resign, rather than ride the wave of a legislative debate on whether new police accountability laws apply to him. Troyer was criminally charged with lying three months after a new law took hold giving the state Criminal Justice Commission greater authority to revoke troubled police officers’ certifications — essentially, ...

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