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

7

Apr

2017

Attorney General guidance on immigration enforcement

The Department of Justice (DOJ) was in the news recently announcing their plan to require cities applying for DOJ grants to certify their compliance with federal law, including Section 1373 of the U.S. Code.

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

16

Oct

2015

How long do police body cam recordings need to be kept?

Washington State Archives published a new advice sheet about body camera video retention for local law enforcement agencies.

7

Oct

2015

Senate Bill 5593 implementation webinar

AWC, the Washington State Hospital Association, and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs have planned to jointly host a webinar to provide an overview of the changes in SB 5593 to include hospital staff, as well as staff for interested law enforcement entities and governing units.
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Categories: Law & justice

11

Sep

2015

New court administrative rules take effect in January

The Washington State Supreme Court adopted new rules on access to administrative records in June that will take effect on January 1, 2016.

11

Sep

2015

Supreme Court rules private cell phone records are subject to disclosure

On August 27, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that records on a public employee’s private cell phone may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act if the private device was used to conduct public business.

11

Sep

2015

Constitutional concerns arise regarding the criminalization of homelessness laws

The United State Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed a Statement of Interest regarding ordinances which they believe criminalize homelessness.
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Categories: Law & justice

11

Sep

2015

WASPC 24/7 Sobriety Program expanding

The Washington State Legislature established a 24/7 sobriety pilot program in 2013 whereas participants submit to twenty-four hour, seven day a week testing of their blood, urine, breath, or other bodily substances in order to determine whether the presence of alcohol, marijuana, or other controlled substances exists in their body.
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Categories: Law & justice

17

Aug

2015

Seven significant Supreme Court cases for local governments

2015 was a big year for the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, many of the high court’s rulings were unfavorable for local governments.
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Categories: Law & justice

31

Jul

2015

Busy session on the law and justice front, many bills pass

During the 2015 session AWC tracked a wide variety of legal, criminal justice, and public safety legislation.

19

Jun

2015

New proposal in response to Supreme Court decision on anti-SLAPP law

In 2010, the Legislature adopted a statute to provide an expedited special motion in cases aimed at penalizing parties from bringing strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP), defined as lawsuits seeking to chill a valid exercise of free speech or public participation (anti-SLAPP legislation).
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Categories: Law & justice

19

Jun

2015

Senate hears bill on cost recovery for court ordered pre-trial supervision

The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard and took action on SB 6134 on June 17 and 18. SB 6134, sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley), addresses the ability to recover costs in excess of $150 for pre-trial supervision costs.
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Categories: Law & justice

12

Jun

2015

WASPC soliciting interest from agencies for roundtable to discuss home detention bill

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs is soliciting interest from agencies for a roundtable discussion relating to HB 1943, concerning home detention/electronic monitoring.
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Categories: Law & justice

22

May

2015

Court increases infraction fines – additional funds for local government

Earlier this year AWC partnered with the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) and the state’s Office of Public Defense to request the Supreme Court increase traffic and other infraction fines to support the need for increased public defense services.
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Categories: Law & justice

22

May

2015

Governor signs several law and justice bills

Over the past weeks Governor Inslee has been busy signing bills into law lawmakers passed during the 105-day regular legislative session.
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Categories: Law & justice

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