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 By Sydney Brown    News    May 6, 2021

Legislature sends $59 billion budget to the governor

• Major transportation funding goes undone • Funnels billions to public health, childcare As the end of the mostly virtual legislative session drew near April 25, Washington state lawmakers passed a hefty $59 billion budget that will funnel m...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 29, 2021

Legislature sends $59 billion budget to the governor

• Major transportation funding goes undone • Funnels billions to public health, childcare By Washington State Journal As the end of the mostly virtual legislative session drew near April 25, Washington state lawmakers passed a hefty $59 billion...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 29, 2021

Governor gives protections to tenants, reduces help for landlords

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law an automatic right for tenants to have an attorney, though it came with a catch — Inslee sent back two parts of the bill regarding landlord rental assistance. In a memo after the April 22 bill signing, Inslee said...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 29, 2021

Working families tax credit heads for approval

A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11, with lawmakers on both sides saying the exemption for low-income earners was a long time coming. “Expanding and fully funding the Working Families Tax...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 22, 2021

Working families tax credit head for approval

A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11, with lawmakers on both sides saying the exemption for low-income earners was a long time coming. “Expanding and fully funding the Working Families Tax...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 15, 2021

Senate passes carbon cap after debate on green energy, transportation

Washington State Journal A controversial statewide cap on carbon emissions scraped through the Legislature in a 25-24 vote late April 8 after lawmakers passed a Climate Commitment Act that majority Democrats say will boost the state’s economy and...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 8, 2021

Bill kick starts effort for state universal health care

Universal health care for every state resident who wants it could come to Washington by 2026. A bill under consideration now in the state legislature establishes a healthcare commission to develop a comprehensive plan for a publicly funded health...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 8, 2021

Legislature considers childcare reforms

Early childhood care and education in the state would see sweeping reform through the expansion of affordable child health and learning services, if a bill in the state Legislature wins approval. “This is a gamechanger for kids and families across...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    April 1, 2021

WA Senate Demo spending plan would boost spending 12 %

Funding for health care, education and efforts to curb houselessness are promised in a $59.2 billion state budget proposal from the Washington Senate Democrats unveiled March 25. “This is an ambitious set of priorities that will guide a...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 25, 2021

Bill would end Native imagery for public school

Ivy Pete remembers attending high school football games in her hometown. But instead of pride for her school, she felt humiliated. Pete, a junior in high school in Spokane and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, said she experienced constant...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 25, 2021

Significant police reform on track in legislature

Limits on the use of force by police and investigations of officers who have a pattern of misconduct continue to make their way through the Legislature, with some bills winning broad approval and with some passing only on party line votes. While all...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 18, 2021

Significant police reform on track in legislature

Limits on the use of force by police and investigations of officers who have a pattern of misconduct continue to make their way through the Legislature, with some bills winning broad approval and with some passing only on party line votes. While all...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 11, 2021

State revenue forecast rosier than expected

Though unemployment and consumer uncertainty remain high, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council officials told legislators March 3 they felt optimistic a brighter economic future is on its way to Washington. Steve Lerch, the...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 11, 2021

Senate approves eviction protections

As the end of an emergency eviction moratorium looms over thousands of Washington renters, a bill requiring landlords to have just cause for evicting a tenant passed the House of Representatives in a 54-44 vote March 7. “Stopping evictions means...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021

House bill would ban certain choke holds

A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment, and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27. HB 1054 was the subject of much debate. Some...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    March 4, 2021

Police accounability legislation advances

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 towar...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    February 11, 2021

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

Homeless shelters would be located in many cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration in the state Legislature is adopted. Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, sponsored SB 5107 to...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    February 4, 2021

Bill would ban open-carry at protests

A proposed ban on open-carry weapons during public demonstrations sparked a heated debate on whether the bill unreasonably restricts the Second Amendment to secure the protections of the First. The Senate Law & Justice Committee voted Jan. 28 to...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 2021

Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Fred Thomas believes if an independent team had investigated his son’s death, the outcome would have been much different. In May 2013, 30-year-old Leonard Thomas was shot by Lakewood police sniper Brian Markert after a four-hour standoff between...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 2021

Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

Dozens of business owners — from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers — told state officials that continued COVID-19 restrictions place small businesses at risk of permanent closure, but state healthcare officials said a rush to reopen...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 28, 2021

Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny for motivation

A person who unlawfully summons the police on someone could face a civil action lawsuit under a proposed law that is gaining traction in the Legislature. Senate Bill 5135 would allow an individual to pursue civil action against a person who called...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

Dozens of business owners — from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers — told state officials that continued COVID-19 restrictions place small businesses at risk of permanent closure, but state healthcare officials said a rush to reopen...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 21, 2021

Bill promotes restoration of voting rights

Formerly incarcerated people would automatically regain their right to vote if a proposed bill in the Washington State Legislature is approved. Rep. Tarra Simmons (D-Bremerton), the first formerly incarcerated person to serve in the Legislature,...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 14, 2021

Policing, racial injustice, governor's power on Legislative agenda

This year's legislature won't just be about numbers and budgets: it will explore social inequities, the proper role of policing and just how much authority the governor is due. Gov. Jay Inslee said his budget proposal specifies funds for marginalized...

 
 By Sydney Brown    News    January 14, 2021

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address police violence and its impact on marginalized communities. If...

 

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