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Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision introduced in Senate

Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision introduced in Senate

OLYMPIA — Legislation to amend Washington’s drug possession laws and increase participation in pretrial treatment programs was introduced in the Senate Friday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), permanently addresses the state Supreme Court’s 2021 State v. Blake ruling, which struck down the statute that made possession of controlled substances a class C felony and removed any criminal penalties for possession. In response, the Legislature established a simple misdemeanor penalty for knowing possession that same year, but it is set to expire July 1, 2023.

"Substance use disorder is not a partisan issue, it’s a human issue,” Robinson said. “This legislation is the result of many conversations with community members, law enforcement, local government leaders, behavioral health providers and more. ...

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About June

Sen. June Robinson represents Washington state’s 38th Legislative District, which includes Everett, Marysville, and the Tulalip Reservation. She serves as vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee with primary responsibility for the operating budget and revenue and is a member of the Health & Long Term Care and the Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs committees. She served in the House of Representatives from 2013 until May 2020, when she was appointed to the Senate.

Read Sen. Robinson’s full biography here.

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Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision introduced in Senate

Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision introduced in Senate

OLYMPIA — Legislation to amend Washington’s drug possession laws and increase participation in pretrial treatment programs was introduced in the Senate Friday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), permanently addresses the state Supreme Court’s 2021 State v. Blake ruling, ...

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Everett Herald: State mends a safety net that saved many in the pandemic

Everett Herald: State mends a safety net that saved many in the pandemic

Funding and more will help replenish the community health centers many relied on the past two years.

The landmark investments made this legislative session to Washington state’s health care system are akin to providing critical life support to a patient.

After two ...

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Everett Herald: Bill to set minimum hospital staffing dies in state Senate

Everett Herald: Bill to set minimum hospital staffing dies in state Senate

OLYMPIA — A fierce legislative fight over staffing levels and worker protections in hospitals is over. For now. A bill that would have limited the number of patients assigned to a nurse and imposed hefty fines on hospitals that failed to comply ...

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