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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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Seattle Times: Police officers who witness excessive force must intervene, Washington state Senate votes

Seattle Times: Police officers who witness excessive force must intervene, Washington state Senate votes

A bill to curb excessive force by law-enforcement officers got the approval of the Washington state Senate on Tuesday, becoming the first piece of police accountability legislation to pass out of a chamber this year. “You have to make sure that these good, honorable, ethical law-enforcement officers have the tools they need to stop the bad apples,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra, ...

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Columbia Basin Herald: Pregnancy services bill passes Senate

Columbia Basin Herald: Pregnancy services bill passes Senate

A bill that would ensure women can receive services for pregnancy complications passed in the Senate in a 29-20 vote during a virtual floor debate Wednesday. Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, shared a story during the debate about a woman who was turned away by a Bellingham Catholic hospital three times in 2019. The woman nearly died from an infection threatening her ...

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Bellevue Reporter: Inslee names Karen A. Johnson director of new state Office of Equity

Bellevue Reporter: Inslee names Karen A. Johnson director of new state Office of Equity

Karen A. Johnson will be the director of the newly created state Office of Equity. Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, applauded the appointment, which is effective March 8. “The Office of Equity Task Force benefitted tremendously from the great experience and strong moral force that Dr. Johnson brought to the table,” said Dhingra, who sponsored the Senate companion to the legislation creating the ...

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Seattle Times: Fund a national suicide-prevention response network

Seattle Times: Fund a national suicide-prevention response network

By Tina Orwall and Manka Dhingra Special to The Times Imagine you have a family member or friend who is in such emotional pain that they are struggling with suicidal thoughts and have a plan to take their life. What do you do? Who do you call? Since calling 911 is the only option to seek emergency help in life-threatening situations, people in ...

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The Daily World: Lawmakers want to ban openly carrying firearms at state Capitol, protests

The Daily World: Lawmakers want to ban openly carrying firearms at state Capitol, protests

OLYMPIA — Openly carrying firearms or other weapons at public demonstrations and the Capitol Campus could become prohibited if a state Senate bill passes this session. In its first public hearing, the bill received some support from Democratic lawmakers and gun reform advocates, while Republicans and gun rights supporters said it goes too far. “It’s time,” bill sponsor Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, ...

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Pew: State Capitols Reckon With Racism in Policing

Pew: State Capitols Reckon With Racism in Policing

Racial equity is on the docket in state capitols this year. It’s been eight months since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. Millions marched to declare Black lives matter and demand changes to police accountability, tactics and biases. This anti-racist movement, built over decades, has seeped into state capitols nationwide and promises to bring significant changes to housing, health care access and policing ...

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Auburn Reporter: Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

Auburn Reporter: Mags, open carry at protests and AR-15s on Olympia’s agenda

A number of bills concerning firearms are being considered by the Legislature this year as lawmakers in Olympia decide whether to place restrictions on high-capacity magazines, semi-automatic rifles and the open carrying of guns in some public places. Some of the bills have been proposed before, like banning the sale or transfer of high capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles like AR-15s. ...

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KIRO7: State lawmakers promise quick passage of COVID-19 rescue package

KIRO7: State lawmakers promise quick passage of COVID-19 rescue package

Green Lake Strength and Conditioning can offer small classes under the current Phase One of Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 safety orders -- but like most small businesses, it’s been a tough year. “We were basically shut down in April and May. We ran some online classes, but we weren’t collecting any, any membership payments at that time,” said co-owner Nate Mueller. That’s why ...

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Kent Reporter: Legislators of color will have impact on 2021 session

Kent Reporter: Legislators of color will have impact on 2021 session

The 2021 session of the Legislature has kicked off with virtual participation in deference to the coronavirus. Leadership of each legislative session usually comes from the four corners, which are the leaders of each house and party. Democrats include Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) and Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington), and their Republican counterparts, Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm) ...

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