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South Seattle Emerald: Democratic State Senate Sends Capital Gains Tax to House

South Seattle Emerald: Democratic State Senate Sends Capital Gains Tax to House

(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)

For the first time in Washington state history, state legislators had a floor vote on a long-proposed capital gains tax. Even more novel: They passed it.

On Saturday, March 6, the Senate Democrats, led by Sen. June Robinson (D-38, Everett) pushed SB 5096 through the senate. The bill passed 25 to 24 with most of the Democratic majority, including all of Seattle’s delegation, voting for it. The entire Republican caucus, along with moderate Democratic Senators Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens), Mark Mullet (D-5, Issaquah), Annette ...

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KUOW - Senate votes to ban open carry of firearms at Capitol and at demonstrations

KUOW - Senate votes to ban open carry of firearms at Capitol and at demonstrations

The mostly party line vote was 28 to 20. “Guns and polarized politics is a bad combination and it poses serious risks to public health and safety,” said Democratic state Sen. Patty Kuderer, the prime sponsor of the bill. In her speech, Kuderer invoked several recent incidents, including the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January and the shooting deaths of two people at protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “Honestly, I don’t see any practical purpose for carrying a deadly weapon at public demonstrations or here at the Capitol,” Kuderer said. “The only purpose to do it is to intimidate ...

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Everett Herald Editorial: Unpaid traffic tickets shouldn’t bring loss of jobs

Everett Herald Editorial: Unpaid traffic tickets shouldn’t bring loss of jobs

No one would dispute that monetary fines — from a $136 speeding ticket on up to $2.6 million for violating state campaign financing laws — can be effective in keeping everyone in line. We can easily think of plenty we’d rather do with that $136 than send it to the court. Yet, for many, those fines — if they go unpaid and lead to a suspended driver’s license — become more than an annoyance, more than incentive to obey speed limits and other traffic laws. They can force an onerous choice for some between forgoing a paying job ...

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South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During the 2021 Legislative Session

South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During the 2021 Legislative Session

Washington State’s 2021 legislative session kicked off on January 11 and it will go for 105 days, until April 25. Between now and then, State senators and representatives will introduce bills to the legislature, refer them to their applicable committees, and consider the bills multiple times and at various stages before a bill is potentially passed into law. This year’s session is entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes many legislators think that fewer bills will be passed, but important legislation is still in the works. The Emerald contacted each senator and representative from the state’s 11th, 34th, ...

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Seattle Times: Senate introduces bill to ban firearms at public demonstrations, Washington state Capitol

Seattle Times: Senate introduces bill to ban firearms at public demonstrations, Washington state Capitol

As people continue to gather for political protests outside of the state Capitol, lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the open carry of firearms on Capitol grounds and at other public demonstrations. The Capitol has long been the site of armed and unarmed protests, but the bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, said that an increase in armed vigilantism is becoming an alarming trend. Senate Bill 5038 would make it a gross misdemeanor to open carry firearms and other weapons at the state Capitol campus, legislative meetings and within 1,000 feet of ...

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The Olympian: State Senate Bill Would Give Tenants Right to Counsel and Stop No-Cause Evictions

The Olympian: State Senate Bill Would Give Tenants Right to Counsel and Stop No-Cause Evictions

Washington could become the first state in the country to provide a right to legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court. The measure is part of a Senate bill introduced last week that pairs temporary tenant protections aimed at staving off mass evictions with permanent changes to ensure tenants have equal access to the housing court system. "If I've learned anything from the past ten months, it's that state policies to help ensure renters can stay in their homes and landlords can pay their bills during a public health crisis are inadequate," said Sen. Patty Kuderer, ...

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AP: State capitols step up security amid new safety concerns

AP: State capitols step up security amid new safety concerns

State capitols across the nation stepped up security Monday, deploying National Guard units, SWAT teams and extra police officers while several legislatures convened amid heightened safety concerns following last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

The protections came as the FBI issued a bulletin warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee activated hundreds of National Guard troops to help state police keep order at the state Capitol. At least two people were arrested, ...

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KING5: New Washington law caps insulin costs at $100 per month

KING5: New Washington law caps insulin costs at $100 per month

A new 2021 Washington law caps the cost of insulin at $100 per month. Under the new law, health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021 must cap insulin copayments, deductibles, and other forms of cost-sharing at $100 per 30-day supply. State Sen. Karen Keiser, a Democrat who represents south King County, filed Senate Bill 6087 in late 2019. The companion House Bill 2662 was sponsored by Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, a Republican in eastern Washington. The Washington Legislature passed HB 2662 in March 2020. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on April 3, 2020 to take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

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MyEdmondsNews: Liias reelected majority floor leader in State Senate

MyEdmondsNews: Liias reelected majority floor leader in State Senate

State Sen. Marko Liias, who represents the 21st District that includes parts of Edmonds and Lynnwood, was unanimously reelected as majority floor leader by his Senate Democratic Caucus peers on Monday, a position he has held since 2017. “It’s an honor to continue as majority floor leader,” said Liias, a Democrat who lives in Lynnwood. “Senate Democrats approach every policy discussion with the philosophy of putting people first, and that’s exactly what we need to do this session to help struggling people and families through the pandemic.” Read more here....

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Crosscut: Washington considers narrowing its eviction moratorium

Crosscut: Washington considers narrowing its eviction moratorium

Shukura Wilford hasn't lost her job, but that doesn't mean she isn't struggling to pay her rent. Were it not for the state's ban on evictions, Wilford, a single mother of three who works at Seattle Public Schools, wonders what else she'd have to give up to balance her books. Heat? Groceries? Car payments?

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