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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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

Olympia Update – Week 9

Last week in Olympia was one of the more dramatic in a long time, culminating in the Governor’s veto of the legislature’s attempt to largely exempt themselves from the Public Records Act. Adding to the drama, two bills that WSAC was gravely concerned about, wrongful death, and occupational disease presumptions died on Friday’s cutoff to move bills from the opposite

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