It’s that time of session when you can pretty much tell what bills the legislature is likely to pass and you’ve seen all of the budget drafts except for the final version. Thus, we can have a pretty good understanding of how the legislative session might shape up for the counties. While there are bills that will add resources to
SB 6002 is scheduled for action by the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee at 8 am on Wednesday, February 7. Because this bill moved so fast at the start of session, the next cutoff date that applies to a Senate Bill in a House Committee is February 23, when it needs to pass out of its current House committee. In
Legislature Considers Upholding Body Cam Policy In 2016 the Legislature approved legislation that helped make the adoption of body-worn police cameras more practicable. Specifically, they addressed public records act (PRA) concerns that would have otherwise overwhelmed any benefit gained from wearing the cameras. These PRA provisions only covered jurisdiction on or after June 9, 2016, and before July 1, 2019.
This morning, on a mostly partisan vote, the Senate passed the Voting Rights Act HB 6002. Concerns voiced by County Auditors resonated with the Chamber as evidenced by an amendment sponsored by Sen. Darnielle that removed the most problematic provisions pertaining to ranked choice voting. Otherwise, the bill remains unchanged. The House is yet to pull their version to