2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

5
Jan

2017 Legislative Session – Legislative Priorities

Download PDFJustice, Health & Safety for all Washingtonians Counties play an essential role in keeping Washington residents safe and secure by preserving public health and wellbeing, protecting public safety, and safeguarding justice. Enactment of the Washington State Association of Counties’ 2017 Legislative priorities will help counties sustain the basic government services that ensure justice, and protect the health and safety
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5
Jan

2017 Legislative Session – Public Defense

Increased Funding for Trial Court Public Defense The state’s financial contribution to the constitutional right for effective and adequate legal representation can only be described as wholly inadequate. Despite the legislature’s continued recognition of the state’s obligation that “effective legal representation must be provided for indigent persons…consistent with the constitutional requirements of fairness, equal protection, and due process,” our state
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4
Jan

2017 Legislative Session – Safe Livable Washington

Increase Revenue for Public Safety & Criminal Justice Services Counties are facing a financial crisis that is putting millions of Washingtonians’ safety at risk. The current method of financing county services is fundamentally broken. The few available revenue options are either inadequate, restricted, or unreliable. Counties need stable revenue streams to provide essential services such as public safety and criminal
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15
Dec

2017 Legislative Session – Public Records Act

Update the Public Records Act Every day, local government officials ensure transparency in government and serve as stewards of public resources by effectively implementing the Public Records Act (PRA). However, advances in technology and increases in the volume and complexity of records requests are undermining the PRA. This act must be updated to reflect 21st century realities in order to
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