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09 Apr
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Washington State Wire: When and why the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs changed their position on ESSB 5226

At a press conference Tuesday, Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D – Seattle) said that the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) did not fully support ESSB 5226 until an amendment from Sen. Annette Cleveland (D – Vancouver) was added. ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
08 Apr
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Columbia Basin Herald: Police reform: Bill in Washington Legislature moves closer to finish line

The Washington state Senate passed legislation in a 27-22 vote, during a virtual debate Tuesday, to reform police tactics and equipment. The bill will now return to the House to consider the Senate’s amendments. House Bill 1054 would ban the ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
07 Apr
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KXLY: Washington Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics, gear

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas, after police killings of Black people sparked tumultuous racial-justice protests last year. Majority Democrats ...

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07 Apr
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Washington State Wire: Coalition of advocates continue pressing Democrats to change bill on debt-based license suspensions

A coalition of 61 organizations, led by the ACLU of Washington, is continuing to press Democrats to make changes to Senate Bill 5226, legislation that aims to eradicate debt-based license suspensions. In a letter this week to House Speaker Laurie ...

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FILE - In this June 6, 2014, file photo, Seattle Police SWAT team officers stand behind an armored vehicle in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Lawmakers are on the cusp of overhauling policing and police accountability in Washington state, acting with unusual urgency to curb bad behavior by officers following last year's turbulent protests for racial justice. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
11 Mar
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AP News: Lawmakers in Olympia on verge of major policing overhaul

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawmakers are on the cusp of overhauling policing and police accountability in Washington state, acting with unusual urgency to curb bad behavior by officers following last year’s turbulent protests for racial justice. As this week’s deadline for ...

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Katrina Spade, the founder and CEO of Recompose, displays a sample of compost material left from the decomposition of a cow. The Seattle, Washington, company began composting its first human bodies in December after state lawmakers legalized the practice.
08 Mar
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The Pew Charitable Trusts: Human Composting Gains Ground

Just a few months ago, facilities in Washington state began accepting bodies under the state’s new human composting option. Now, at least two more states are considering laws to allow the practice. The proposals come as more Americans seek “green ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
06 Mar
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The Stranger: Washington Senate Finally Passes Capital Gains Tax

After nine long years of effort and a long debate Saturday afternoon, the Washington state Senate narrowly passed a proposal to tax capital gains on a 25-24 vote. Democrats who joined Republicans in voting against the measure predictably included Sens. ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
27 Feb
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KIRO 7: Washington Senate approves police accountability bill

A contentious bill that passed the state Senate late Thursday could transform Washington’s police oversight agency from an anemic watchdog into a formidable instrument for police accountability. While other reform efforts in Olympia focus on high-profile police tactics, such as ...

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State Troopers sport tactical gear during a rally in Olympia outside the Washington state Capitol building last month. Jared Wenzelburger / jwenzelburger@chronline.com
24 Feb
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The Daily Chronicle: Bill Requiring Police to Intervene When Another Officer Uses Excessive Force Passes State Senate

The Washington Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would require police officers to intervene and report when they see another officer use excessive force, part of Democrats’ sweeping police accountability package. The bill passed on party lines, despite Republican opposition ...

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12 Feb
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Eco Watch: First Human-Composting Funeral Home in the US Is Open for Business

For those who have dedicated their lives to heal and protect the planet, how do you honor that sacrifice after death? This is a question that has been on the minds of environmental activists for decades. Both cremations and traditional ...

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