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

17

Jun

2016

Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) needs more funding to meet recruitment needs

In last month’s Legislative Bulletin, we told you about the $2.4 million shortage in the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) budget to fund the police officer training classes that will be necessary to avoid a substantial backlog for new recruits to get into the Academy.

20

May

2016

Now might be the time to implement a conditional fireworks ordinance

With fire season and 4th of July fast approaching, your community may be asking what local fireworks regulations you can adopt.

20

May

2016

Basic Law Enforcement Academy needs more funding to meet recruitment needs

The Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) operates the State’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) that trains all new police officers.

28

Apr

2016

Body cameras take center stage in 2016, other AWC priorities not as successful

2016 was a relatively quiet year for public safety and criminal justice legislation.

11

Mar

2016

Governor to hold race and equity summit in April, cities encouraged to attend

On April 15, Governor Inslee will host a Race and Equity summit, bringing together groups and activists to discuss collaborative efforts to ensure that every Washingtonian has an equal and fair opportunity for success statewide.

11

Mar

2016

Body camera bill passes Legislature, on to Governor for signature

AWC priority bill HB 2362, regarding police body-worn cameras, has passed the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature.

4

Mar

2016

Relicensing bill passes Legislature, calls on task force to study issue during interim

SB 6360, Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place), requires the Attorney General’s office to convene a work group to look at the creation of a statewide relicensing program that will enable drivers whose licenses have been suspended because of delinquent fines to consolidate their fines into a simple and affordable payment plan.

26

Feb

2016

Police body-worn camera bill still on the move

HB 2362 regarding policy body-worn cameras is still alive.

26

Feb

2016

Senate relicensing bill moves, House version fails to make cutoff

HB 2659/SB 6360, regarding a plan development to consolidate traffic-based financial obligations, both received public hearings in the House and Senate over the past week.

26

Feb

2016

Senate budget cuts Basic Law Enforcement Academy funds

On February 24 the Senate released its budget with big changes to the funding structure of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA), greatly shifting the burden to local governments.

19

Feb

2016

Law & justice bills, where are they post-cutoff?

AWC is following several public safety and law and justice bills that are still on the move this session.

19

Feb

2016

Police body-worn camera bill still has a chance

HB 2362 sponsored by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) still has a chance to pass the House despite missing the cutoff on February 17.

19

Feb

2016

Relicensing bills move, House version will need amendment in Senate

SB 6360/HB 2659, Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) and Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), would create a statewide relicensing program for drivers whose licenses have been suspended for delinquent fines.

19

Feb

2016

Fireworks bill fails to advance

AWC priority bill, HB 2348, Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee), failed to advance out of the House and is considered dead.

12

Feb

2016

Fireworks bill needs push, please contact your legislator today

AWC priority bill, HB 2348, allowing local governments to implement fireworks regulations and bans during times of emergency, is stuck in the House Rules Committee and needs to be pulled to the House floor in order for it to stay alive.
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