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

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. But after assessing public testimony offered by WASPC and following up with the organization to hear about how their stance ...

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Columbia Basin Herald: Police reform: Bill in Washington Legislature moves closer to finish line

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 use of chokeholds and neck restraints during the course of an officer’s duties, according to the bill’s text. The Criminal Justice ...

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KXLY: Washington Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics, gear

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 pushed the bill through on a 27-22 vote Tuesday night over the objections of Republicans who warned it would endanger officers ...

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

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 Jinkins and members of the Rules Committee, the coalition urged House Democrats to add “minor clarifying language” before approving the legislation.

"The ...

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AP News: Lawmakers in Olympia on verge of major policing overhaul

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 passing bills out of the house where they were introduced elapsed, most of the key bills had been approved. Hearings were ...

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The Pew Charitable Trusts: Human Composting Gains Ground

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 burial” options, which can include wilderness burials, traditional interments in eco-friendly containers and human composting.

This year, some lawmakers in Oregon and ...

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The Stranger: Washington Senate Finally Passes Capital Gains Tax

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. Mark Mullet, Steve Hobbs, Annette Cleveland, and Tim Sheldon.

The bill will now head back to the House for approval, which it ...

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KIRO 7: Washington Senate approves police accountability bill

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 prohibiting chokeholds and neck restraints, this bill takes aim at a more obscure but powerful aspect of police policy: decertification. Under the ...

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