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

8

Feb

2013

Attacks spark bill to require security at all municipal courts

HB 1365 would require cities and counties to provide security for their courthouses.
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Categories: Law & justice

8

Feb

2013

Clarification on suspending driver’s licenses

In 2012, a bill passed that no longer requires the Department of Licensing (DOL) to suspend licenses for individuals who fail to respond to an infraction for a “non-moving violation”.
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Categories: Law & justice

8

Feb

2013

Requiring crisis intervention training for law enforcement

A bill recently introduced would require crisis intervention training for law enforcement in order to respond more effectively to emotional, mental, and behavioral related crises.
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Categories: Law & justice

1

Feb

2013

AWC supporting bills to reduce metal theft

Metal theft is a serious public safety issue that continues to plague both public and private communities.
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Categories: Law & justice

1

Feb

2013

Bill seeks to strengthen DUI laws

AWC is supporting HB 1482 proposed by Rep. Goodman (D-Kirkland).
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Categories: Law & justice

1

Feb

2013

Requiring hospitals to report bullet or stab wounds

Current law requires hospitals to report to law enforcement when treating wounds caused by gunshots or stabbing only if the patient is unconscious.
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Categories: Law & justice

25

Jan

2013

Legislature examining potential abuse of sex offender rental vouchers

HB 1232  and its companion SB 5105 address concerns with rental vouchers provided to registered sex offenders. 
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Categories: Law & justice

25

Jan

2013

Bill creates process to notify adult family homes if a sex offender is looking to live there

HB 1125, introduced by Rep. Hurst (D-Pierce County), establishes a process for notifying an adult family home when a person who is required to register as a sex offender is being released from confinement and is seeking residency in that facility. 

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Categories: Law & justice

25

Jan

2013

Helping local fire departments address call volume

SB 5145 allows a fire department to develop a community assistance referral and education program in its community. 
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Categories: Law & justice

25

Jan

2013

Increasing penalties for vehicle prowlers who are repeat offenders

On January 25, the Senate Law & Justice Committee heard testimony on SB 5053, which increases penalties for vehicle prowlers. 
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Categories: Law & justice

18

Jan

2013

WA State Supreme Court: not the intent of the legislature to fund treatment programs for indigent parties

In Washington law, a defendant charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor may be considered for a deferred prosecution program if the cause of the crime committed was a result of alcoholism, drug addiction, or mental problems. 

18

Jan

2013

Modifying the definition of indigent defense and ability to pay

SB 5020, sponsored by Sen. Sheldon (D-Potlatch) and Sen. Carrell (R-Lakewood), modifies the definition of indigent in relation to a person who cannot meet the costs or anticipated costs of counsel for a matter before the court.
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Categories: Law & justice

18

Jan

2013

A bill before the Legislature to increase penalties for vehicle prowlers

Vehicle prowl is on the rise in many of our cities.

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Categories: Law & justice

18

Jan

2013

Red-light camera images may be available via warrant to law enforcement

Traffic cameras, or red-light cameras, have often been a topic before the Legislature.
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Categories: Law & justice

18

Jan

2013

Liquor Control Board publishes a tentative timeline for I-502 implementation

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) has issued a tentative timeline for I-502 implementation.
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