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Crosscut: Police accountability agenda loses some teeth in WA Legislature

Crosscut: Police accountability agenda loses some teeth in WA Legislature

After last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Washington state lawmakers set out to enact a sweeping collection of police accountability reforms in 2021.

Some of those measures are advancing swiftly through the Legislature, including a proposal to ban chokeholds and a bill to beef up the state’s system for decertifying police officers.

But other police reform bills have stalled — including a plan to end the qualified immunity that can shield officers from civil lawsuits and a measure to stop arbitrators from ...

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Bellingham Herald: Whatcom Prosecutor: ‘We must stop using courts and laws to act as debt collectors’

Bellingham Herald: Whatcom Prosecutor: ‘We must stop using courts and laws to act as debt collectors’

(Photo:  COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD) The role of a prosecuting attorney is to hold individuals accountable for their actions and keep Washingtonians safe. Every day, I and my staff hold individuals accountable for crimes against our state and those within it. It is important that we spend as much of our time and resources as we can on this mission and providing safety and security to victims. However, it is not our desire, nor our ...

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Edmonds Beacon: An honor for Washington Kids in Transition

Edmonds Beacon: An honor for Washington Kids in Transition

The Washington State Senate will honor Washington Kids in Transition 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, with a resolution for the good work it's done in local communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From distributing federal CARES funds from the city of Edmonds to securing an Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction grant and supporting the Edmonds Hub, children and families in the Edmonds School District have benefitted greatly from their dedication.

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My Edmonds News: 32nd District legislators hosting live virtual town hall March 15

My Edmonds News: 32nd District legislators hosting live virtual town hall March 15

Join Washington State 32nd District representatives for a live virtual town hall on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Sen. Jesse Salomon, Rep. Cindy Ryu and Rep. Lauren Davis will share their thoughts on their legislative priorities and answer questions from constituents.

The 32nd District includes portions of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Submit questions ahead of time at surveymonkey.com/r/3TDTLD9

Or submit questions live during the event by leaving a question in the comment section. You can watch the event via Facebook ...

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AP: State Senate approves open carry ban at Capitol in Olympia

AP: State Senate approves open carry ban at Capitol in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Openly carrying guns and other weapons on the Capitol campus and at or near permitted public demonstrations across Washington would be prohibited under a measure approved by the state Senate Thursday. The measure passed on a 28-20 vote and now heads to the House. In addition to prohibiting openly carried weapons in the state Capitol or on the Capitol’s grounds, the bill would bar people from carrying weapons, either on their person or in their vehicle, while attending a permitted ...

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Sequim Gazette: Police accountability bills push through Legislature

Sequim Gazette: Police accountability bills push through Legislature

Outrage over deaths of citizens in police custody sparked efforts by lawmakers to address racial equity, hiring and training, and the use of force within law enforcement. Now, nearing the halfway point in the 2021 legislative session, the steps toward major reform of police tactics have gained support from both sides, though not without controversy. “I wouldn’t argue that we have complete agreement amongst all of them but we’re continuing to work to bring people together and to move the bills,” ...

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Columbian Basin Herald: Senators approve shoreline armoring bill; Warnick votes against it

Columbian Basin Herald: Senators approve shoreline armoring bill; Warnick votes against it

State senators passed a bill that would require landowners who live near the seashore to implement a least-destructive alternative to a seawall Thursday. Senate Bill 5273 passed in a 28-21 vote. The bill would require a person — when replacing residential marine shoreline armor — to use the least-impacting alternative to protect marine wildlife, according to the bill’s text. Least-impacting alternatives include native vegetation in place of hard armor, according to the bill’s text. Another alternative could be a soft structure made ...

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My Edmonds News: Daily Legislative Report: Feb. 18, 2021 – Shoreline armoring

My Edmonds News: Daily Legislative Report: Feb. 18, 2021 – Shoreline armoring

My Edmonds News presents the Daily Legislative Report, covering the 2021 Washington State Legislature. Substitute Senate Bill 5273, sponsored by 32nd District Senator Jesse Salomon, concerning shoreline armoring, was heard on the Senate Floor. SSB5273 passed the Senate 28-21, moving onto the House for consideration.

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