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

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 climate change and writing a two-year state budget. Democrats have solid majorities in both the House and Senate and will set ...

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

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 than a week later, state senators Manka Dhingra (D-45) and Jaime Pedersen (D-43) filed a related bill that would expand ...

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Patch: Washington's 2021 Legislative Agenda Includes New Police Measures

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 most debates and votes in both chambers. The Seattle Times reports a limited number of state senators will be permitted on ...

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

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 $107 and a $5 gift card. Chippy or no, a conviction would send Letellier to prison for life under Washington’s three-strikes ...

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

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 to Damien Wongwai, owner and operator of Bull’s Eye Indoor Range in Tacoma. He told a member of the Editorial Board ...

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

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 a case as an arresting officer, investigator, or witness is in question because of a history of dishonesty or misconduct. The term ...

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

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 industry — and quickly. Before the latest COVID-19 restrictions were introduced last week, the Washington Hospitality Association already had estimated 35% ...

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Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: As smoke clears in Seattle from 2021 #defundSPD budget fight, state Democrats focus on bad cops

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: As smoke clears in Seattle from 2021 #defundSPD budget fight, state Democrats focus on bad cops

Monday, the City Council is set to hold its final vote on a 2021 budget for Seattle that will leave both #defundSPD and pro-police spending activists along with Mayor Jenny Durkan mostly unsatisfied. That is the nature of compromise. In the city, this will bring a nearly 17% cut to the city’s 2021 policing budget along with important changes to reduce the size and ...

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KOMO: State lawmakers differ on whether special session is needed or wait until January

KOMO: State lawmakers differ on whether special session is needed or wait until January

The last time the Washington state legislature officially met was at the end of the regular session in March just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning in the state and the U.S. But as a new legislative session nears, some members are advocating for a special session to be called this year instead of waiting until January 2021. It ...

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IndiaWest: SALDEF Releases First-Ever National Sikh Survey: 96% Registered to Vote, Yet Majority Feel Alienated from Political System

IndiaWest: SALDEF Releases First-Ever National Sikh Survey: 96% Registered to Vote, Yet Majority Feel Alienated from Political System

Approximately 93 percent of Sikh American citizens are registered to vote, and 96 percent of those registered voters have said they are voting in the 2020 election Nov. 3, reported the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund in the findings of its first-ever National Sikh Survey. Speaking at the survey’s launch on Oct. 27, SALDEF Chair Kavneet Singh lauded the ...

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