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13

Feb

2015

Federal study concludes drivers who have used pot no more dangerous than sober drivers

In a surprising study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it was found marijuana users are not at a greater risk to crash than sober drivers.

6

Feb

2015

Body camera legislation up for debate in Legislature

Two separate bills addressing body camera protocol and policies have been introduced over the past week.

6

Feb

2015

Slew of fire bills making their way through the Legislature

Over the past few weeks a number of fire service and firefighting bills have had public hearings.
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Categories: Law & justice

30

Jan

2015

AWC priority bill to share marijuana excise tax revenue with cities scheduled for hearing

SB 5417 has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Monday, February 2 at 1:30 pm.

30

Jan

2015

Bill granting cities more authority over fireworks up for public hearing

HB 1702, sponsored by Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), adopts the National Fire Protection Association code for the regulation of manufacture and sale of fireworks.
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Categories: Law & justice

23

Jan

2015

New proposal to share marijuana excise tax revenue introduced

There continues to be a flurry of marijuana related bills being introduced. Most notably this week SB 5417 was introduced which provides for revenue sharing with local governments.

23

Jan

2015

Public safety legislation updates

It is only week two of the 2015 legislative session but dozens of public safety bills have been introduced and are making their way through the legislative process.
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Categories: Law & justice

16

Jan

2015

Marijuana already big in the first week of session

Just five days into the 105 day session, marijuana has been front and center in discussions.

16

Jan

2015

Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police hosts conference on marijuana and public health

AWC Government Relations Analyst Jane Wall travelled to Denver this week to attend the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police’s conference on marijuana legalization and its impact on public health and safety.

9

Jan

2015

Congress effectively ends federal ban on medical marijuana

In December when Congress passed their 1600+ page spending bill they quietly made history by effectively ending the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana.

19

Dec

2014

Misdemeanor Public Defense Cost workgroup wraps up, presents findings and recommendations to House Judiciary committee

The Misdemeanor Public Defense Cost workgroup, who met throughout 2014, wrapped up its work in early December and presented findings and recommendations to the House Judiciary committee.
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Categories: Law & justice

19

Dec

2014

OFM releases analysis of statewide correctional needs

The Legislature directed the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to conduct an analysis of statewide adult correctional needs, including how operational costs are incurred among local governments.
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Categories: Law & justice

18

Nov

2014

Governor’s Drone Task Force Sees Draft Legislation

Governor’s Inslee’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or better known as drones, Task Force convened on November 10, to review a first draft of proposed legislation slated for the 2015 legislative session.
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Categories: Law & justice

17

Oct

2014

Governor Inslee’s Drone Task Force Moves Forward

On April 4, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed EHB 2789 that related to technology-enhanced government surveillance (aka the “Drone” bill).
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Categories: Law & justice

17

Oct

2014

Sex Offender Housing Work Group Wrapping-up Interim Report

After the 2014 session, Legislators issued a letter to the Sex Offender Policy Board (SOPB) asking them to review policies relating to the release and housing of sex offenders in communities.
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Categories: Law & justice

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