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KUOW: Washington State Patrol, criticized for lack of diversity, removes psychologist from hiring decision

KUOW: Washington State Patrol, criticized for lack of diversity, removes psychologist from hiring decision

The Washington State Patrol permanently stripped its staff psychologist of his power to approve or reject trooper candidates, a role that for nearly 30 years shaped the agency’s ranks. Under criticism for a lack of progress to diversify the force, WSP Chief John Batiste recently made the long-term shift to an ...

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Sequim Gazette: Sequim senator seeks improvements to police accountability laws

Sequim Gazette: Sequim senator seeks improvements to police accountability laws

A state senator from Sequim says police accountability laws passed in 2021 would be improved in several areas by legislation introduced early this legislative session. “Every year the Legislature passes laws that wind up getting adjusted and updated with clean-up legislation in subsequent years, and it’s no different with the police ...

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Patch News: WA Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Adjust Governor's Emergency Powers

Patch News: WA Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Adjust Governor's Emergency Powers

OLYMPIA, WA — New legislation introduced in Olympia Tuesday would increase state lawmakers' authority over the governor's emergency powers while the legislature is not in session. Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton)'s Senate Bill 5909 would add legislative checks to state of emergency declarations and "prohibitive emergency orders" after 90 days. "The pandemic made it ...

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KUOW: Washington bill aims to stop controversial cougar hunts in Klickitat County

KUOW: Washington bill aims to stop controversial cougar hunts in Klickitat County

A new bill in the Washington Senate aims to stop a controversial policy in Klickitat County, where the sheriff deputized six hound handlers to track and kill any cougars he deemed to be a safety threat. In 2019, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer established the posse who are dispatched to calls ...

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Port Townsend Leader: Inconvenient truth: Forest climate proposal won’t work | Guest Viewpoint

Port Townsend Leader: Inconvenient truth: Forest climate proposal won’t work | Guest Viewpoint

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege

Two former state officials’ recent proposal to discontinue timber harvests on trust lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources would be bold, ambitious and a game-changer.

It would also be a disaster — not just for our post-pandemic economy but for our efforts to reduce carbon ...

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Sequim Gazette: Guest opinion: Forest climate proposal won’t work

Sequim Gazette: Guest opinion: Forest climate proposal won’t work

Two former state officials’ recent proposal to discontinue timber harvests on trust lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources would be bold, ambitious and a game-changer.

It would also be a disaster — not just for our post-pandemic economy but for our efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

I don’t say this ...

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STAT News: Washington may become the second state to distribute its own generic drugs

STAT News: Washington may become the second state to distribute its own generic drugs

A bill moving through the Washington legislature may make the state only the second in the U.S. with hopes of distributing its own line of generic drugs, an idea hatched last year in California as a way to combat the rising cost of prescription medicines that are straining government budgets.

The ...

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NBC Right Now: Ag work week bill passed by Senate

NBC Right Now: Ag work week bill passed by Senate

OLYMPIA — Washington would be the first state in the nation to bring the 40-hour work week to agricultural workers, some of the nation’s lowest-paid workers, under a bill passed by the state Senate.

Farmworkers were exempted from the original federal Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938.

A late compromise negotiated ...

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Lawmakers say students could pay for Republican inaction

Lawmakers say students could pay for Republican inaction

On Wednesday, the Daily World of Aberdeen published an op-ed in which my 24th District seatmates, Rep. Mike Chapman and Rep. Steve Tharinger, called on Republicans to join Democrats in voting to postpone the so-called levy cliff that would force draconian cuts on K-12 schools. You can read the full ...

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