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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »