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More than 3,000 12- to 14-year-olds were charged with crimes in Washington over the last six years; bill would presume this age group incapable of committing crime in an effort to keep more juveniles out of detention; prosecutors worry this would create too many additional procedures and clog courts
Bill would allow homeless people to survive in public without fear of obstruction; law prohibits discrimination based on housing status
Proposed bill designates fourth Saturday of September as Public Lands Day; lawmakers aim to preserve and protect public lands; holiday would promote connection between people and environment
Senate panel holds hearing on providing legislators exceptions to state law.
Would create state Office of H-2A Compliance and Farm Labor; aims to increase domestic worker hiring; program to be supported by fees paid by farmers.
Washington state sheriffs call upon Second Amendment rights; opposition of gun law sparks lawsuits in Washington state; some sheriffs refuse to uphold gun control initiative
Records have been damaged, but none has been lost, officials said.
October could be designated Filipino American History Month.
Tiny homes are an affordable housing option that are difficult to zone in both urban and rural communities.
Legislation would fund previously passed bill that established low-interest loans through state.
Most sheriffs take part in movement; court challenge on measure by gun rights groups is underway.
State employees could be immune to public disclosure on harassment claims; lawmakers seek privacy protection for agency employees.
Bills heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to protect tenant rights; evictions a growing problem that disproportionately affect state’s vulnerable populations, backers say.
Legislation would remove death penalty from state statute, comes after Gov. Inslee’s moratorium and Supreme Court ruling suspending death sentences.
Bill would implement two-year suicide prevention program, increases mental health promotion.
Substitute House Bill 1064, adds training requirements for law enforcement officers to de-escalate situations and expands training in the areas of mental health and first aid to help avoid the use of deadly force.
Would make recommendations to Legislature this year; seeks to make to make tax system that “better serves” Washington residents.
The B&O tax is state’s major business tax, according to committee documents. The tax is imposed against a company’s gross income and does not deduct the cost of doing business.
Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation that makes exceptions for good dogs of outlawed pedigree.