Mike Hoover

18
Feb

County Public Places and Homeless Rights

A bill to grant those experiencing homelessness certain rights and access to public places, House Bill 1591, was heard this week in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary. The plight of those experiencing homelessness is terrible, and there are areas of the state, particularly in larger cities, where the problem approaches a humanitarian crisis. The bill attempts to address

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4
Feb

Election Reimbursement and Wrongful Death Bills

Bills to have the state pay for ballot return postage and also pay its proportional share of all elections—not just elections in odd-numbered years—continue to advance, and the Washington State Association of Counties continues to support these measures. This week, new bills came out which combine each of these policies into one bill. House Bill 1481 and Senate Bill 5500

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22
Jan

Wrongful death bills are moving!

The Washington State Association of Counties has long fought against various versions of expanded wrongful death tort liability and there are new bills (very similar to last year’s bills) seeking to expand these claims again this year. WSAC has never opposed the inherent policy behind wrongful death claims: these stories are tragic and heartbreaking, and counties should be liable when

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