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10

Mar

2017

Emergency notice bill gets hearing in Senate, local governments offer input

HB 1540, requiring public notices in languages other than English, received a hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday, March 9.

6

Mar

2017

Emergency notification bills move out of both chambers

Bills that would require emergency notices in languages other than English, HB 1540 and SB 5046, were voted out of the House and Senate last week.

17

Feb

2017

Competing bills on emergency notices in multiple languages move forward

There are bills in the House and Senate that require local governments to provide emergency notices to significant segments of non-English speaking populations.

3

Feb

2017

Bills would require cities to provide emergency notices in languages other than English

HB 1540, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), and SB 5046, Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Tukwila), would require city emergency management departments to provide emergency notices in languages represented by their communities who speak a language other than English.

28

Apr

2016

Voting Rights and district elections proposals fail to pass

For the past several years, voting rights proponents have advanced a bill that would allow members of a protected class to file an action against a local government in the case of polarized voting.

11

Mar

2016

Voting Rights Act fails to pass Legislature

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) once again failed to pass the Legislature. However, this was the fourth year a VRA bill has been introduced and it made it further in the process than ever before.

4

Mar

2016

Electronic signatures bill passes Legislature

A bill authorizing local governments to use electronic signatures has passed the Legislature.

26

Feb

2016

Voting Rights bill gets striking amendment, still on the move

HB 1745, Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Seattle), was heard in the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee where it was amended with a striking amendment and voted out of the committee.

19

Feb

2016

Redistricting bill fails to make cutoff, but could still move

BT SB 6129, allowing cities, towns, code cities and counties to choose to conduct district-based elections, Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn), failed to advance by the February 17 cutoff deadline.

19

Feb

2016

Electronic signatures bill passes House

A bill authorizing local governments to use electronic signatures has passed the House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

19

Feb

2016

Binding mediation bill dies

SB 6645, Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn), failed to make the February 17 cutoff deadline and is considered dead.

12

Feb

2016

Bill concerning emergency management notices in other languages on the move, AWC working on amendments

SB 6530, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Beacon Hill), would require local emergency management departments in communities where at least five percent of the population speaks a language other than English to provide written and verbal notices of public health, safety, or welfare risks in the languages represented in the community.

5

Feb

2016

Bill would require public health, safety and welfare notices to be provided in languages represented in community

SB 6530, Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Beacon Hill), would require local emergency management departments in communities where at least five percent of the population speaks a language other than English to provide written and verbal notices of public health, safety, or welfare risks in the languages represented in the community.

5

Feb

2016

Hearing scheduled for bill that requires cities to enter into binding mediation in certain circumstances

A new bill proposed by Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) would require a city, town or county to enter into mediation if another city, town or county brings forward a request for mediation.

29

Jan

2016

Voting Rights Act bill is on the move

Back again, the Voting Rights Act, HB 1745, Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Seattle), was introduced and is moving through the 2016 Legislature.
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