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13
Jan
Washington Capitol

State Legislature Gavels in a New Session with Focus on Funding

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.

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9
Jan
Washington Capitol

And They’re Off! State Legislature Begins Heavy Session

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.

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5
Aug

4 Important Changes to Washington DUI Laws

Police officer giving a roadside sobriety test.
With new legislation now in effect, it is important to keep DUI clients informed on sentencing and licensing changes. Here are four updates.

Police officer giving a roadside sobriety test.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 »

1
Jun

State Law Revision Intends to Help Juvenile Offenders with Mental Issues and Addiction

Teenage boy in handcuffs
Will a revised state law better serve at-risk juvenile offenders or will it simply quash their freedom to stay in their community?

Teenage boy in handcuffsOn 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 »

18
May

Legislative Update: Two New DUI Bills for Washington State

Police officer conducts a traffic stop to give sobriety test to young man.
In recent years, aggressive new DUI laws and amendments have passed in the state Legislature. This year was no different.

Police officer conducts a traffic stop to give sobriety test to young man.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 »