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Seattle Times Editorial: Legislature should remove voting barrier for ex-felons

Seattle Times Editorial: Legislature should remove voting barrier for ex-felons

The first ex-inmate elected to the Washington Legislature is a fitting leader for a reform of how the state treats former offenders. Washington should join 18 other states in restoring voting rights for all felons not in prison. Lawmakers should enact House Bill 1078, introduced by first-term Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton. As the 2020 election denouement has ...

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Spokesman Review: Senate panel OKs tougher penalties for threatening elections workers

Spokesman Review: Senate panel OKs tougher penalties for threatening elections workers

OLYMPIA – Harassing an elections worker in Washington could result in a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine, under a bill sent to the full state Senate Thursday. The proposal was prompted by reports of threats and harassment around the country in the wake of last November’s presidential election, Sen. David Frockt, the bill’s sponsor, told the Senate Law and ...

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The Center Square: Washington homeless advocates say shelters no place for police

The Center Square: Washington homeless advocates say shelters no place for police

Homes, jobs, and sobriety are three solutions lawmakers and homeless advocates argue will help house Washington’s homeless population who both groups agree the state is failing to serve. In past years, states around the country have begun revising laws on homeless camps in response to a 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which upheld a 9th Circuit Court decision, Martin v. ...

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Columbia Basin Herald: Bill to supply federal aid for Washingtonians moves to governor’s desk

Columbia Basin Herald: Bill to supply federal aid for Washingtonians moves to governor’s desk

Legislation that would provide Washingtonians $2.2 billion worth of federal funding passed the Senate floor Wednesday in a 47-2 vote. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1368 would allocate $2.2 billion to K-12 public schools, public health, individuals and families, as well as housing and business assistance, according to the bill’s text. Click here to read more...

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Pew: ‘Tidal Wave’ of Evictions, Utility Shutoffs Tests Lawmakers

Pew: ‘Tidal Wave’ of Evictions, Utility Shutoffs Tests Lawmakers

Photo: Rogelio V. Solis The Associated Press
Edward Jaros lost his job on a Los Angeles movie set during the pandemic and has been unable to find work, leaving him facing hunger and eviction. “I owe about $21,000 and there’s no hope of me paying that,” Jaros said this week. “I’ve applied for and have [rent] relief, but it goes ...

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Everett Herald Editorial: Leave firearms out of protests, public spaces

Everett Herald Editorial: Leave firearms out of protests, public spaces

As we’ve seen throughout last year’s unrest and up to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, public demonstrations — where passions and personal convictions were already running hot — became an even more volatile and too often deadly mix when firearms and other weapons were brandished. Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old Illinois resident, crossed state lines, armed with an AR-15-style ...

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AP: Senate committee approves open carry ban at Capitol, rallies

AP: Senate committee approves open carry ban at Capitol, rallies

A Senate committee on Thursday approved a measure that would ban the open carry of guns and other weapons on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington state. The measure passed the Senate Law and Justice committee on a 5-4 party line vote and now heads to the Senate Rules Committee, the last stop before ...

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Chinook Observer: Bill would ban open-carry weapons at peaceful state Capitol protests

Chinook Observer: Bill would ban open-carry weapons at peaceful state Capitol protests

OLYMPIA — A proposed ban on open-carry weapons during public demonstrations sparked a heated debate on whether the bill unreasonably restricts the Second Amendment to secure the protections of the First. The Senate Law & Justice Committee voted Jan. 28 to send Senate Bill 5038 to the House in a 5-4 vote, with Democrat committee members voting together in the majority. Sen. ...

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KUOW: WA lawmakers consider funding tenant legal representation as renters, landlords reel financially from pandemic

KUOW: WA lawmakers consider funding tenant legal representation as renters, landlords reel financially from pandemic

PHOTO: CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER First of all, the eviction process is a civil lawsuit. So, the answer to dealing with the potential surge in evictions had to do with the court process out of the gate. I am an attorney by trade. I know the value of having good representation when you're in court. We looked at the data from other ...

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Seattle Times Editorial: Legislature, ban high-capacity magazines and assault weapons now

Seattle Times Editorial: Legislature, ban high-capacity magazines and assault weapons now

In each of the last four years, some state lawmakers have blocked the path of firearms laws that would make Washington a safer place. Lawmakers must now get it right and approve bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Washington should finally join the growing list of states that prohibit these potentially destructive devices. Nine other states, including California, have laws ...

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