13
Feb

Bill to Fully Fund Public Defense Services Dropped – HB 2031

Olympia – On Wednesday, February 8th, our bill to fully fund public defense services, sponsored by Representative Appleton, was referred to the House Appropriations Committee as HB 2031 In 1963 the Supreme Court held, in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright, that the provision of Sixth Amendment lawyers for indigent people is a state obligation under the Fourteenth Amendment.  And

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5
Feb

Sheriffs and Police Officers Speak to the Importance of HB 1764

Olympia – Public safety officers reminded us how important HB 1764 is to the safety of our local communities. This video was recorded live on Facebook. See the the original Facebook post here. “Counties have 11% fewer employees then they had in 2008, there are 5% fewer road deputies then there were in 2008 as well” said Eric Johnson (Executive Director of

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1
Feb

Requirement for Foreign Language Public Safety Notices

State Agencies and Local Emergency Management Departments to be Required to Provide Public Safety Notices and Communications in Foreign Languages – Another Unfunded Mandate Both the Senate and the House have held hearings on SB 5046/HB 1540 which would require state agencies and local emergency management entities to provide emergency-related materials and assistance in languages other than English in circumstances

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26
Jan

Indigent Defense Bill in the Senate Doesn’t Go Far Enough

The Senate heard SB 5376, requiring the court to look at defendant’s finances. The Senate Law & Justice Committee held a hearing today on SB 5376, primed by Senator Sheldon, which would require the court to determine whether a defendant is either indigent or indigent and able to contribute to defense costs based on the defendant’s financial information. The bill

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