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Latest proposed fix for Washington’s drug possession law aims for compromise between treatment and jail

A new version of the bill to address the state's drug possession law would make possession a misdemeanor, punishable by 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. The proposal would still give some jail time to people found possessing drugs, but it also would give offenders with substance use disorder opportunities to get treatment instead. 
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Washington House Democrats release $69 billion budget proposal that factors in Inslee’s housing referendum

In addition to the $69.5 billion of state funds, the budget uses more than $300 million in funding from the state's new cap-and-trade program and additional remaining federal COVID-19 relief funds. Much of the new funding goes toward K-12 education, special education, early learning and child care, salary increases for state employees, human services and behavioral health needs. 
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Washington’s DNR wants to take part in carbon-credit markets

The state House of Representatives last week passed a bill that would authorize the department to use state lands for carbon sequestration or habitat restoration, such as reforesting land post-wildfire, planting forests on lands without trees or aquatic projects in the state's kelp forests. Those projects could then generate carbon credits, which the department could sell in carbon markets, such as Washington's cap-and-trade program.
News >  Crime/Public Safety

Washington Senate passes police pursuit bill, increasing when law enforcement can chase

The controversial bill that passed the state Senate 26-23 on Wednesday would allow law enforcement officers to pursue if they have reasonable suspicion that a person in the crime has committed or is committing a violent offense, a sex offense, a vehicle assault offense, a domestic violence assault, an escape or a driving under the influence offense.