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News >  Crime/Public Safety

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

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2023

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.
News >  Washington

Bill would make WA clergy mandatory reporters of abuse

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2023

Mar. 8—OLYMPIA — A bill currently making its way through the Washington State Legislature would require clergy to report child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse to the authorities, according to a press release from bill author and sexual abuse survivor Sen. Noel Frame, D-Seattle. Senate Bill 5280, which unanimously passed the state Senate last week, requires clergy to report abuse allegations ...

News >  Washington

Member of WA’s ‘Sunshine Committee’ quits, cites lawmakers’ inaction

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2023

Mar. 1—OLYMPIA — A panel scrutinizing carve-outs to Washington's government transparency laws saw one of its members resign Tuesday, frustrated that the Legislature disregards recommendations on making public records more accessible. Kathy George, a public-records lawyer and member of the 13-person Sunshine Committee, stepped down during the middle of Tuesday morning's meeting. "I'm leaving. ...
News >  Pacific NW

New WA bill could reverse right to turn at most red lights. What you need to know

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2023

Feb. 28—For decades, American drivers have been able to take a free right turn at a red light, shortening intersection wait times. Washington was the first state to enact the practice back in the late '50s, and the rest of the country followed suit in the following decades. But now, Washington might be the first state to reverse the traffic law at specific designated areas. A House bill is ...
News >  Washington

Washington may make it easier to build backyard cottages in a bid to ease the housing crisis

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2023

A bill that passed the state Senate 42-6 on Monday would require cities and counties to allow for ADU construction within urban growth areas and prohibits certain regulations on the units. The proposal is one of many making its way through the Legislature this year to address the state's housing crisis, a topic that legislative leaders on both sides have made a priority. 

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