State lawmakers began their 2017 regular session under heavy pressure to fund basic education. Fiscal committees held hearings on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2017-19 budget. The governor also urged lawmakers to work together to rebuild the state’s mental health system, in addition to funding schools.
The 2017 regular legislative session is now underway in Olympia. Lawmakers have significant issues to tackle this year, including closing a budget deficit upwards of $5 billion that encompasses fully funding basic education under the McCleary decision, mental health obligations, and other emergent public policy needs. Read on to see the WSBA’s legislative agenda.
With new legislation now in effect, it is important to keep DUI clients informed on sentencing and licensing changes. Here are four updates.
With House Bill 2700 going into effect on June 9, 2016, it is important to keep DUI clients informed on sentencing and licensing changes. Here are four updates to DUI laws that your clients may need to know. Read more
Will a revised state law better serve at-risk juvenile offenders or will it simply quash their freedom to stay in their community?
On Feb. 17, 2016, the Washington State Legislature changed the laws relating to community supervision in juvenile court to address the needs of juveniles who need more extensive mental health and/or chemical dependency treatment (see House Bill 2746).
Prior to the amendment, a juvenile sentence of community supervision included only community-based supervision. It was changed to include the possibility that the court can order the juvenile to engage in residential treatment (i.e., inpatient treatment) for mental health and/or substance abuse. Read more
In recent years, aggressive new DUI laws and amendments have passed in the state Legislature. This year was no different.
Over the course of the last few years, Washington state has seen aggressive new laws and amendments concerning DUIs get passed by the state Legislature. This last session was no different. Read more