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

1

Mar

2013

Bill to change voter approval rates for fire benefit charges

Last year, the Legislature reduced the voter approval threshold for emergency services levies from 60% to a majority approval.
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22

Feb

2013

Metals theft bill moves

HB 1552 passed out of the House Public Safety Committee on February 21 with some changes.
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Categories: Law & justice

22

Feb

2013

Medical marijuana arrest protection bill advances in Senate

On February 21, the Senate Health Care Committee advanced SB 5528, which makes technical changes to existing medical marijuana laws and establishes arrest protection for qualified medical marijuana patients.

22

Feb

2013

Vacating misdemeanors including marijuana charges passed out of committee

The original language of HB 1087 allowed for an unlimited number of vacations of certain misdemeanors.

22

Feb

2013

Changes to bill allowing community service for traffic penalties

The original language of HB 1601 required all courts to offer community service as a replacement for paying traffic fines under certain conditions.
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22

Feb

2013

Hearing set for bills to reduce medical costs for jails

Costs of medical care and services are a complex issue for our corrections systems. Municipalities feel the financial strain of providing medical care for offenders.
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15

Feb

2013

Numerous bills introduced to regulate firearms

A number of proposals have been introduced on firearms, background checks, penalties, and much more.
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15

Feb

2013

Criminal Justice Training Commission seeks to ensure funding for its firing range

Identical bills in the House and Senate – HB 1613 and SB 5516 – seek to help the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) maintain its firing range.
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15

Feb

2013

Allowing failure to buckle up to be admissible in civil actions

Currently, in a civil proceeding, failing to buckle up is not considered negligence by a driver.
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15

Feb

2013

Reimbursing training and salary costs for an officer hired by another agency

Rep. Orcutt (R-Kalama) introduced HB 1802, which would require a law enforcement agency to reimburse another agency for the cost of basic law enforcement training, salary, and benefits if an officer is hired away before completing five years of service.
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Categories: Law & justice

12

Feb

2013

Time for you to talk about these critical priorities

City officials met in Olympia this week to talk to their legislators about legislation, both good and bad, that impacts their communities.

8

Feb

2013

Metal theft bill hearing to continue on February 12

HB 1552, a bill addressing concerns on metal theft was originally scheduled for hearing on February 5 in the House Public Safety Committee.
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8

Feb

2013

Marijuana discussion continues at the Legislature

The Legislature has had many work sessions in various committees during the past couple of weeks in which experts and stakeholders have spoken on the implementation of Initiative 502.

8

Feb

2013

Changes to schedule and location of Liquor Control Board public forums on I-502

The Liquor Control Board revised the public forum schedule for Initiative 502 by adding locations and changing venues to accommodate larger audiences.

8

Feb

2013

Bill would allow community service to replace fines for traffic infractions

Courts often see individuals who are unable to pay court costs for various reasons.
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Categories: Law & justice

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