Author Archives: Andy McVicar

18 May
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NWSidebar: What Renters Should Know About Tenant Right to Counsel and Eviction Law in Washington

For more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington renters who have been unable to pay their rent have at least been safe from being evicted. As of this writing, bills for that unpaid rent will come due July ...

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13 May
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KING 5: Open carry ban at state Capitol, near demonstrations signed into law in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gun owners can no longer display guns at the state Capitol in Olympia or near demonstrations anywhere in the state. Calling it “common sense” legislation, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Washington, signed the bill Wednesday afternoon. It became ...

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12 May
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Governor approves open carry weapons ban at permitted demonstrations and capitol campus

OLYMPIA – The open carry of weapons within 250 feet of permitted public demonstrations and the state capitol grounds will now be prohibited under a bill signed into law by Governor Inslee on Wednesday. SB 5038, sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer ...

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10 May
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Kuderer’s Pregnant Patient Protections Act signed into law

Kuderer’s Pregnant Patient Protections Act signed into law OLYMPIA – A bill that protects pregnant patients’ access to health care during urgent medical situations was signed into law today by Governor Inslee. Senate Bill 5140, sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), ...

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27 Apr
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2021 legislative session comes to a close

Friends: The 2021 legislative session is now history – or rather, truly historic. It was the first ever remote session, but even with all the technological and other communication challenges, I am beyond impressed by how much lawmakers were able ...

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25 Apr
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A historic budget for housing in Washington state

A historic budget for housing in Washington state Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), chair of the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee, released the following statement regarding the passage of the 2021-23 state operating budget (SB 5092) The budget lawmakers are ...

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23 Apr
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The Olympian: Lawmakers OK tenants’ civil right to counsel bill. Will it be ready to stop an eviction cliff?

A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday makes Washington the first state in the country to guarantee legal representation to low-income tenants facing eviction. Cities such as Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, and Cleveland have passed similar laws in ...

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22 Apr
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Washington becomes first state to enact right to counsel in eviction cases

OLYMPIA – A bill that would create new eviction protections for renters and expand programs to help landlords recover losses from unpaid rent as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis was signed by Governor Inslee on Thursday. Senate Bill ...

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21 Apr
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Pew Stateline: Gun Rules Advanced in Many States Even Before Recent Shootings

The spree of mass shootings over the past two months has led to renewed calls for more federal gun restrictions. But even before the most recent violence, state lawmakers were busy enacting measures designed to help solve a uniquely American ...

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20 Apr
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Kuderer’s Pregnant Patient Protections Act headed to the governor’s desk

Kuderer’s Pregnant Patient Protections Act headed to the governor’s desk OLYMPIA – A bill that would protect pregnant patients’ access to health care during urgent medical situations was approved by the Senate on Tuesday and is headed to the governor’s ...

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