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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

16

Feb

2018

Carryover bill that affects a convicted defendant’s legal financial obligations continues to move this session

HB 1783, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) and introduced last session, changes how legal financial obligations (LFOs) are imposed on a convicted defendant.

16

Feb

2018

AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes out of Senate

SB 6408 concerns law enforcement body worn cameras, including policies related to their use and disclosure exemptions under the Public Records Act.

9

Feb

2018

Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct survives committee cutoff

SB 6188 clarifies the use of information of law enforcement officer misconduct by a law enforcement agency.

2

Feb

2018

Bill changes how law enforcement may seize property in civil asset forfeiture cases

Bill changes how law enforcement may seize property in civil asset forfeiture cases.

2

Feb

2018

AWC-supported body worn cameras bill passes out of committee

SB 6408 concerns law enforcement body worn cameras, including policies related to their use and disclosure exemptions under the Public Records Act.

2

Feb

2018

Public defense funding bill has passed first hurdle

HB 2687 passed out of House Judiciary Committee before the cutoff on February 2.

2

Feb

2018

Bills to provide funding for mental health first responders pass out of committee

SB 5970 and HB 2892 propose grant programs for local law enforcement agencies to develop and operate mental health field response teams.

29

Jan

2018

Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct has hearing in the Senate

Prosecutors have a duty to disclose to defense counsel evidence that tends to show that the defendant is not guilty.

29

Jan

2018

Hearings scheduled for bills to provide funding for mental health and law enforcement co-response programs

SB 5970 and HB 2892 propose grant programs to assist local law enforcement agencies to develop and operate mental health field response teams.

29

Jan

2018

AWC-supported body cameras bill has a hearing this week

SB 6408 concerns law enforcement body worn cameras, including policies related to their use and disclosure exemptions under the Public Record Act.

20

Jan

2018

Bill on body worn cameras introduced last week

Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) has introduced a bill concerning the use of law enforcement body worn cameras, SB 6408.

20

Jan

2018

Hearing scheduled for public defense funding bill

AWC and the Washington State Association of Counties have partnered to introduce a bill that puts the responsibility of public defense funding back on the state.

18

Dec

2017

Governor’s 2018 budget includes increased law enforcement training

The Governor’s proposed supplemental budget released on December 14 includes funding for one additional Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) class in 2019.

13

Nov

2017

Workgroup reviewing Washington’s civil asset forfeiture laws

Leaders in the House Democratic and Republican caucuses have initiated an informal workgroup to review the state’s laws on civil asset forfeiture.

6

Oct

2017

Joint policy summit on gang prevention and intervention in Tacoma on Nov. 1

On November 1, AWC is cohosting a policy summit on gang prevention and intervention with the Governor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, Washington State Association of Counties, and others.
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