Legislative Bulletin

14
Jan

Olympia Update – Week 1

Washington’s 105-day legislative session started on Monday with both houses landing in solid Democrat control after this year’s election.  The size of the majorities, combined with a new majority leader in the senate and the announcement that Speaker Chopp will step down after this year, along with Governor Inslee’s presidential campaign exploration, should add up to a year potentially unlike

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14
Jan

Funding for Public Defense Services

We have, once again, found wonderful sponsors for our bills to fund trial court public defense services.  Rep. Chapman is the prime sponsor for HB 1086 and Sen. Braun is the prime sponsor for the companion bill, SB 5098. In 1963 the Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that the provision of Sixth Amendment lawyers for indigent people is

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14
Jan

Proposals Focused on Housing Affordability

A lot of activity has been going on in the background developing legislative proposals focused on land use, but only a few have been officially filed at the time of this post.  As expected, much of the conversation has been about planning for affordable housing and considering minimum density requirements, especially in urban areas and near mass transit.  It’s reasonable

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14
Jan

The 2019 transportation landscape

Just like that we are off and running. It’s day one, and hundreds of bills have been introduced, including a number of transportation-related legislation. Serious conversations are underway around a potential transportation revenue package by Senator Steve Hobbs, and House Transportation chair, Jake Fey, is interested in a “green transportation” package that would include electric vehicle incentives and electric vehicle

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