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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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Seattle Times: Washington may soon be first state to guarantee lawyers for low-income tenants facing eviction

Seattle Times: Washington may soon be first state to guarantee lawyers for low-income tenants facing eviction

Washington may soon become the first state in the country to ensure that low-income tenants have legal representation when faced with an eviction, an idea lawmakers see as a way to head off a feared wave of evictions once pandemic-era rental restrictions are lifted. A bill likely to pass the state Legislature follows years of organizing by tenant advocates across the ...

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PubliCola: Post-Pandemic Renter Protections on the Line in the State Senate

PubliCola: Post-Pandemic Renter Protections on the Line in the State Senate

A bill that would bring an end to no-cause evictions in Washington (HB 1236) had a confusing day on the Senate floor on Monday. Republicans managed to get three amendments added to the bill, stripping away its protections for tenants facing no-cause evictions and exempting small rental properties from the bill entirely, before it was eventually taken off the floor. An ...

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Crosscut: King County courts continue ordering evictions, despite moratoriums

Crosscut: King County courts continue ordering evictions, despite moratoriums

(PHOTO: Crosscut) Jennifer doesn’t fit the stereotype of a tenant facing eviction. Two years ago, she thought she was on her way to buying the house she rents in an upscale King County neighborhood. She scraped together a $50,000 earnest payment, then borrowed another $50,000. But when she had trouble securing a mortgage for the balance, the LLC that owns ...

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Investigate West: Allowing Doctors To Act When Pregnancies Go Wrong

Investigate West: Allowing Doctors To Act When Pregnancies Go Wrong

After years of trying, Washington legislators appear poised to free up doctors at Catholic hospitals to provide medically necessary abortions when pregnancies go wrong. The legislation would allow patients to sue a hospital if they are denied medical care to hasten miscarriages or terminate nonviable pregnancies that threaten their health. It also would allow providers to sue if they are disciplined ...

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