Bills Dying In Final Days Of WA Legislative Session
This is the final week of Washington’s legislative session. But already a number of proposals have met their demise – especially following a key cut-off deadline on Friday.
A big topic of conversation this year was emergency powers reform. Current Washington law gives the governor broad latitude to declare and maintain a state of emergency. A bill to give the legislative branch a bit more authority passed the Senate, but failed to come up for a vote in the House. Some advocates of reform said it didn’t go far enough.
Other bills that have died this year include reforms to the state’s redistricting commission, new rules for hospital staffing and a proposal from Governor Jay Inslee to make it a crime for politicians to incite lawlessness by lying about election outcomes. Also biting the dust, a bill to make it a crime to sell or to show a fake COVID-19 vaccine card. And a proposed expansion of Washington’s Voting Rights Act. And for the second year in a row, a bill to create an office of independent prosecution in the attorney general’s office to investigate police deadly force incidents didn’t get a vote.
By signing into law House Bill 1512, Washington state will create an online toolkit meant to assist families and law enforcement seeking to locate and recover missing persons.
The act, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Persons and Lucian Act, is in part named after Lucian Munguia, who was 4 years old when he went missing in Yakima last September. His body was recovered in December.
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On April 20, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 1177 that establishes a cold case unit specifically for missing and murdered Indigenous women and people in the state.
“This legislation will ensure that Indigenous victims of crime receive robust, thorough investigations, and potential prosecution,” Inslee said.
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