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11
Oct

Body Cam Task Force Meets

In 2016, the Legislature passed HB 2362 outlining establishing privacy and public records protections for those jurisdictions with a body-worn cameras program. As a reminder, the legislation included the following provisions: Directs agencies that use body-worn cameras to address certain issues in locally adopted policies including when an officer is to begin or stop a recording. Strongly encourages the legislative authority

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26
Sep

Ecology Rule Affects Solid Waste Dollars

  On December 22, 2015, the Department of Ecology filed began the process of updating rules related to Coordinated Prevention Grants, specifically, WAC 173-312 and 173-313. This process has continued through the spring and summer. During this rulemaking process, Ecology used an existing advisory committee which included members from county solid waste facilities and environmental health directors from local health

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25
Sep

Preparedness Month: Prep Your Car

September is National Preparedness Month! Each week this month we will be providing tips on how to keep you and your family safe in an emergency. This Week: Prep Your Vehicle In the event of an emergency, your vehicle can act as an alternate shelter or means of evacuation. Like your home, it is imperative to keep your vehicle in

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20
Sep

Indigent Defense in Washington

The right to counsel is embodied in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  In 1963, the United States Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright[1], ruled that the Constitution requires the states to provide defense attorneys to criminal defendants who cannot afford lawyers themselves. In Washington State, public defense services are administered, and largely funded, by county and city

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