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

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.

24

Feb

2017

AWC continuing to work on traffic-based financial obligation work group

AWC is actively participating in a work group convened by the Office of the Attorney General on consolidation of an individual’s traffic-based financial obligations.

17

Feb

2017

Deadly force bill moves forward with amendments

SB 5073 was voted out of committee on Thursday with a vote of 5 yeas and 2 nays.

10

Feb

2017

Bill would authorize the use of automated license plate readers

Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Bainbridge Island) is sponsoring a HB 1909 to allow automated license plate reading systems in numerous situations.

10

Feb

2017

Legislation directs state to develop emergency plans for oil train accidents

Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) has developed HB 1698 that would require the state’s Department of Health to prepare emergency preparedness guidance for oil train accidents.
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