Legislative Bulletin

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Feb

Pretrial Reform Task Force

WSAC participated on Washington’s Pretrial Reform Task Force that was convened by the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, the Superior Court Judges’ Association, and the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association in June 2017. There were more than 55 members on this Task Force who met over an 18-month period. The Task Force examined current pretrial practices in Washington

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21
Feb

Update on PRA Legislation

In a February 6th blog post, we updated you on the status of the litigation between the media and the legislature regarding whether the state’s public records act (PRA) applies to the legislative branch. At that time, Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-43, had introduced SB 5784, which added the legislature to the PRA but also allowed for a significant set of

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18
Feb

Snow Slowdown

For the first time in recent memory, the Washington State Legislature essentially closed for business on Monday, February 11 when roughly a foot of snow blanketed the capital. Hearings were canceled and bills were added to already long agendas for other hearings. Fewer bills were introduced this week as well. Whether that is a result of the weather or the

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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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