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KOMO: Inslee, other elected officials vow to support abortion rights amid Roe v. Wade turmoil

KOMO: Inslee, other elected officials vow to support abortion rights amid Roe v. Wade turmoil

SEATTLE — A host of Washington state's top elected officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, pledged Tuesday to fight for reproductive rights amid the very real possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade court decision that legalized abortion. A leaked draft of a decision from the Supreme ...

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Seattle Times: Homelessness, behavioral health take precedence in ‘historic’ WA spending plan

Seattle Times: Homelessness, behavioral health take precedence in ‘historic’ WA spending plan

The Washington Legislature is using one of the largest infusions of federal money in state history to invest in a wide spectrum of attempts to reduce homelessness. Supported largely by surplus revenue, fewer debts and leftover federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, the extra money meant Democrats could be ambitious in their spending to address some of the state’s hot-button ...

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Spokesman-Review: Lawmakers to consider multiple gun control proposals this session

Spokesman-Review: Lawmakers to consider multiple gun control proposals this session

Lawmakers will consider multiple proposals this session to restrict access to guns in Washington. A Senate committee on Monday heard proposals involving gun rights, including one that would ban the manufacture, possession and sale of any assault weapons, and one that would allow local governments to ban open carry at public meetings or in their facilities. The sponsor of both ...

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Bloomberg: Amazon Is Focus of Push to Curb ‘Rank-and-Yank’ Worker Ratings

Bloomberg: Amazon Is Focus of Push to Curb ‘Rank-and-Yank’ Worker Ratings

For years, white-collar employees at Amazon.com Inc. have accused the company of using opaque “rank-and-yank” performance reviews to periodically cull its workforce. Now a proposed law in Amazon’s home state of Washington could make it harder for companies to terminate workers without explaining why. Employees in Washington currently have a right to their personnel records, but the existing law doesn’t clearly specify what needs to ...

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Salish Current: On the street and in the forum: tackling homelessness with meaningful solutions

Salish Current: On the street and in the forum: tackling homelessness with meaningful solutions

In discussions on tackling the issues of homelessness, some have academic cred and political cred … and some have street cred. The problem is significant, both in size and in urgency. The City of Bellingham estimates that approximately 750 people are experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County on any given night. Experts say that although lack of affordable housing isn’t ...

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

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 1 for tens of thousands of Washingtonians. However, changes to Washington’s landlord-tenant law have created new protections to help people ...

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

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 effective immediately. The law prohibits the open carry of firearms within 250 feet of permitted demonstrations and on the Capitol grounds in ...

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

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 recent years, which require courts to appoint an attorney for any tenant earning less than 200% of the federal poverty ...

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

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 public health crisis. After mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, claimed the lives of 18 people, President Joe Biden earlier ...

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The Olympian: State House votes to end eviction moratorium June 30

The Olympian: State House votes to end eviction moratorium June 30

Washington is poised to become the first state in the country to guarantee legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, with Senate Bill 5160 now approved by both chambers after its vote in the House of Representatives Thursday night. Some tenants may need to put that new guarantee to work right away because the House’s version of the bill adds a ...

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