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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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State of Reform: Q&A: Manka Dhingra makes the case for three behavioral health bills headed to executive session

State of Reform: Q&A: Manka Dhingra makes the case for three behavioral health bills headed to executive session

Senator Manka Dhingra is the Chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care. Today, the Committee held public hearings for three bills: (Concerning involuntary commitment), SB 5071 (Creating transition teams to assist specified persons under civil commitment), and SB 5074 (Establishing safe station pilot programs). All three bills were scheduled for executive session on January 22nd. Ahead of the public hearings, I ...

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The Daily Chronicle: State Senate Passes Resolution Extending COVID Emergency Orders, in First Debate of Many on Virus Restrictions

The Daily Chronicle: State Senate Passes Resolution Extending COVID Emergency Orders, in First Debate of Many on Virus Restrictions

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Senate voted Wednesday to extend Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency orders until the COVID-19 state of emergency is over, despite stiff Republican opposition. In the Legislature's first virtual floor debate, Republicans introduced two amendments to the emergency order resolution: one that would extend the proclamations until Jan. 27 and another that would require the entire state to ...

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Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber: Orwall sponsors state bill for 988 lifeline to help prevent suicides

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber: Orwall sponsors state bill for 988 lifeline to help prevent suicides

New national suicide hotline number to start in 2022 A measure introduced by state Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, will help ensure suicide prevention and behavioral health crisis services are accessible to everyone statewide. The bipartisan National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, designated 988 as the new national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline number, paving the way for states to develop ...

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The Northern Light: Lawmakers to fund vaccinations, reduce evictions, boost small businesses

The Northern Light: Lawmakers to fund vaccinations, reduce evictions, boost small businesses

Covid-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get aid out as soon as possible.

The parties are split, however, when it comes to increasing some taxes to erase a pandemic-caused revenue shortfall.

House speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) listed on January 7 some of the early ...

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The Seattle Medium: Black Lives Matter Advances Police Accountability Action To Olympia

The Seattle Medium: Black Lives Matter Advances Police Accountability Action To Olympia

Black Lives Matter Seattle King County (BLMSKC) continues to push the issue of equality under the law. But instead of the streets where protests are normally held, they are bringing their fight for equity under law and police accountability directly to the front door of state lawmakers. During a virtual townhall meeting, members of the organization expressed their desire to begin ...

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Democratic leaders discuss legislative goals for 2021 session

Democratic leaders discuss legislative goals for 2021 session

Leaders from the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses — Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, House Majority Floor Leader Monica Stonier, and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Manka Dhingra — gathered Wednesday for a virtual press conference to discuss the 2021 legislative session. The leaders addressed a variety of topics, including what bills will take precedence this session, when significant ...

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Bainbridge Island Review: Security, budget COVID-19 key issues as state legislators start session

Bainbridge Island Review: Security, budget COVID-19 key issues as state legislators start session

Increased security is expected around the Capitol building in Olympia Jan. 11 for the start of the 2021 Legislative session. The decision to add security follows the storming of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C, and incursions onto the property of the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia Wednesday, where protestors forced open a gate and advanced to the mansion porch. Gov. Jay Inslee ...

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