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

21

Apr

2017

Basic Law Enforcement Academy needs supplemental funding – Call your legislators

AWC has been advocating for full funding of additional Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) classes for new recruits.

14

Apr

2017

Distracted driving bill passes out of the House

A bill expanding the definition of distracted driving, SB 5289, was voted out of the House on Wednesday.

7

Apr

2017

Multiple fire district bills continuing to progress in the Legislature

SB 5628 would create a mechanism for a city to establish a fire protection district with boundaries that equal the city’s boundaries.

31

Mar

2017

Increased BLEA funding provided in the House budget

The House proposed budget includes vital increased funding for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

24

Mar

2017

Law enforcement academy gets funding increase in Senate’s proposed budget

The Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) received an increase of $3.4 million for 2017-19 in the Senate’s proposed budget.

24

Mar

2017

Multiple changes proposed to the state’s criminal justice system

SB 5904 proposes numerous changes to how the state’s criminal justice system functions.

17

Mar

2017

Changes pushed on how courts handle informant testimony

SB 5038 would change how prosecutors handle testimony from informants during court proceedings. 

17

Mar

2017

Bill addressing meth contaminated property gets traction in Senate

HB 1757 would help cities and the Department of Health (DOH) respond to hotels and motels contaminated with illegal drugs.

17

Mar

2017

Efforts to reform legal financial obligations continue to move through the Legislature

A bill to reform how legal financial obligations work (LFOs), HB 1783, has moved through the House and has been sent to the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

10

Mar

2017

Public safety bills that didn’t make it past the last cutoff

The following are public safety bills AWC has been tracking that are now dead due to failing to make it past the cutoff date.

3

Mar

2017

Drug take back program continues to move through the Legislature

HB 1047 requires drug manufactures to operate a drug take-back program.

3

Mar

2017

Deadly force bill stalls in Senate but could still move later in session

The Senate bill, SB 5073, modifying the criminal liability standard for law enforcement officers using deadly force failed it make it out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee by Feb. 24, rendering the bill dead.

3

Mar

2017

Distracted driving bill on the move

SB 5289 sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center), and HB 1371 sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle), would update and replace current laws that prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones and texting while driving.

27

Feb

2017

Bill limiting use of license plate readers continues to move

A bill that would limit cities’ ability to use automated license plate readers, HB 1909, was voted out of committee last week and is now in the Rules Committee.

24

Feb

2017

Bill would establish blue ribbon panel on cybersecurity

HB 1418 directs the state’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to convene a “blue ribbon panel” to review issues relating to cyberattack, security, and response best practices.
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