Legislature passes $4 billion construction budget, water rights bill

Seattle Times January 18, 2018

State lawmakers late Thursday approved a $4.3 billion construction budget and legislation to address a rural water-rights debate that had stalled the spending plan since the spring of 2017. Continue Reading »

Washington’s rate of HPV vaccinations rising

Herald Net August 26, 2017

The rate of teenagers in Washington being vaccinated for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, has soared in the last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue Reading »

Connelly: Dems announce accord on $4B state capital budget

Seattle PI July 19, 2017

Negotiators in a never-ending session of the Washington Legislature finally agreed Tuesday on a $4 billion capital budget, according to announcements flowing from Democrats. The budget pays for construction at schools, college campuses, parks and environmental projects around the state. Continue Reading »

The top things you need to know about policing this week

USA Today July 7, 2017

Washington state Rep. Roger Goodman and Sen. David Frockt introduced companion pieces of legislation for a pilot program that would deploy mental-health professionals to help officers on emergency calls.   Continue Reading »

New Washington bill places mental health officials with police

KIRO 7 July 3, 2017

Adjusting laws to solve controversial police issues has been difficult in Olympia, but two lawmakers have one option they believe will gain support.

“We’ve had this very unfortunate circumstance in Seattle recently with Charleena Lyles and we can’t wait,” State Representative Roger Goodman told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross. “So Senator (David) Frockt and I have introduced companion pieces of legislation to put in place a pilot program to have trained mental health professionals as co-responders with law enforcement deployed to the scene.” Continue Reading »

Lawmakers propose mental health co-responders to help law enforcement

KING 5 June 28, 2017

The police shooting death of Charleena Lyles has now led to new legislation introduced Wednesday in Olympia. Lawmakers behind the bill hope it would help law enforcement officers avoid the use of deadly force by adding mental health professionals as “co-responders.” Continue Reading »

Good reason to change police use of force law

The Olympian June 27, 2017

The police killing of a Seattle woman on June 18 is reviving some Washington lawmakers’ interest in changing the state law on officers’ use of force.

The stalled proposal would remove the legal requirement that an officer show malice, or evil intent, before he or she can be held criminally liable in a shooting. Continue Reading »

After Seattle Police Shooting, Renewed Call For Change In Law

Spokane Public Radio June 20, 2017

A state senator from Seattle is renewing his call to rewrite Washington’s police deadly force law. Democrat David Frockt represents the legislative district where Seattle police shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Police shooting energizes efforts to change Washington’s deadly-force law

Seattle Times June 20, 2017

OLYMPIA — Sunday’s fatal shooting of a 30-year-old woman by Seattle police has energized efforts to change Washington state’s deadly-force law. Continue Reading »

EDITORIAL: Don’t deny the poor the opportunity for dental care

Seattle Times May 15, 2017

WHILE attention to the Legislature often focuses on issues that divide us and on differences in philosophy and approach, we frequently find common ground. A good example is this session’s unprecedented capital investment to improve access to dental care for low-income people through new and expanded dental clinics. Continue Reading »