18
Dec

Governor Inslees’s Budget Proposal

Last Thursday, Governor Inslee released his proposed 2019 budgets. Generally, the governor’s budgets are seen as an executive and judicial branch “wish list” that the legislature will consider along with their own priorities. The following is a summary list of the expenditures and new revenue proposed by Governor Inslee that may be of interest to the Counties. We won’t see

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5
Mar

Wrongful Death Fails to Pass House

Late last Friday the House made one more attempt to push through SB 6015, the bill that would significantly increase local government liability pertaining to wrongful death.  We had been hearing rumors all day that it might be the “5 o’clock” bill.  The 5 o’clock bill is the last bill that a chamber brings up before the 5:00 pm floor

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26
Feb

Legislature Takes Action on Public Records

Legislature Decides It’s Neither Goose nor Gander with respect to the PRA. Washington lawmakers passed a bill Friday that removed themselves from the Public Records Act — deciding that emails and other documents are off-limits and making the Legislature its own gatekeeper with respect to public disclosure. SB 6617 was introduced on Wednesday, it specifies that the Public Records Act

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19
Feb

Wrongful Death: House Hearing Senate Bill

SB 6015, Wrongful Death, passed the Senate and is very much still alive this session.  The Senate Bill is being heard this week in the House Judiciary Committee As a reminder, the House version passed both the House policy and fiscal committees respectively and perhaps only failed to pass off the House Floor since the Senate version of the bill had

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