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 By Juan Morfin    News    March 17, 2022

Standards for pursuits, use of force updated

Police can pursue and stop vehicles if they have a “reasonable suspicion” of a crime being committed under new legislation that is headed to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. The Washington State House of Representatives voted 86-12 in favor of SB...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    March 17, 2022

Use of force modified for youth, mentally ill

People with mental health problems and juveniles can be detained or restrained by law enforcement, according to new legislation on the use of force. The new law, House Bill 1735, passed the Washington State House with a 90-5 vote, and passed in the...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    March 10, 2022

Use of force modified for youth, mentally ill

People with mental health problems and juveniles can be detained or restrained by law enforcement, according to new legislation on the use of force. The new law, House Bill 1735, passed the Washington State House with a 90-5 vote, and passed in the...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    March 10, 2022

Standards for pursuits, use of force updated

Police can pursue and stop vehicles if they have a “reasonable suspicion” of a crime being committed under new legislation that is headed to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. The Washington State House of Representatives voted 86-12 in favor of SB...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 17, 2022

Covid-19 restrictions begin to relax

With data indicating a decline in cases and COVID-19 related hospitalizations, the state is entering a period where restrictions can be lifted, Gov. Jay Inslee said. While there is no date to end the universal indoor mask mandate, Inslee said the...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 17, 2022

Senate debates law enforcement use of force

The amount of force a police officer uses must be “proportional and reasonable,” a bill approved recently by the State Senate says. The bill also specifies officers will also be allowed to engage in vehicular pursuits as long as there is “reaso...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 10, 2022

Police restraint gets House bill clarification

Mental health victims and juveniles can be restrained by law enforcement when responding to requests for assistance from crisis responders. That is the thrust of House Bill 1735, which passed the state House with a 90-5 vote and went to the Senate...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 3, 2022

House, Senate agree to delay long-term care

Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program will be delayed by 18 months, as lawmakers work to correct flaws in the program. Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills Jan. 27 to delay the WA Cares payroll tax on Washington...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    February 3, 2022

New law would increase neighborhood densities

Forcing higher densities in Washington’s cities will help reduce housing costs, cut fuel emissions and put an end to exclusionary zoning, supporters of House Bill 1782 say. Critics of the idea, however, say it will require significant overhauls in...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    January 27, 2022

House and Senate vote to delay long-term care implementation

The implementation of Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program should be delayed by 18 months, lawmakers in both the House and Senate decided this week. In a floor debate Jan. 26, the Senate voted 46-3 in favor of...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    January 27, 2022

New law would force cities to increase neighborhood densities

Forcing higher densities in Washington’s cities will help reduce housing costs, cut fuel emissions and put an end to exclusionary zoning, supporters of House Bill 1782 say. Critics of the idea, however, say it will require significant overhauls in...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    January 20, 2022

Senate OKs boost for election officials safety

Election officials will get more protection from harassment if SB 5148 becomes law. The bill was approved in the Senate Jan. 12 with 48 yeas and 0 nays. It will be up to the House to approve or amend...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    January 20, 2022

Bill aims to help homeless & former foster care college students

Homeless students at community and technical colleges across the state will get the help they need if HB 1601 becomes law. If passed, the bill would provide homeless students and students who age out of the foster care system help with access to laun...

 
 By Juan Morfin    News    January 13, 2022

Bill aims to help homeless & former foster care college students

Homeless students at community and technical colleges across the state will get the help they need if HB 1601 becomes law. If passed, the bill would provide homeless students and students who age out of the foster care system help with access to laun...

 

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