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Tag Archives: Safe Neighborhoods

Two NPI priority bills get concurrence and head to Governor Jay Inslee for signature

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5228 (providing flexible new revenue authority to Sound Transit) and House Bill 1630 (prohibiting the carrying of weapons at local government meetings and election sites) have completed their journey through the legislative process.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate passes two critically important gun safety bills in evening session

Excerpt: A pair of extremely important, much needed gun safety bills previously approved by the House of Representatives each received constitutional majorities in the Washington State Senate on March 1st, 2022 and are one step closer to becoming laws.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ban on high-capacity gun magazines very popular with Washingtonians, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 60% of 700 likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling (PPP) for NPI from February 17th-18th expressed support for reducing the scope of gun violence in our state by banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A huge majority of Washington voters support prohibiting guns at local government meeting facilities and election sites, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 66% of seven hundred likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI expressed support for taking action to prevent gun violence and protect our democracy while just 29% were opposed and 5% were not sure. 57% of the total surveyed expressed strong support.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Two bills to polish and refine 2021 police reform laws clear Washington State House

Excerpt: House Bill 1719 and House Bill 1735 received nearly unanimous support in Friday afternoon floor action.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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As police reform laws take effect, Republicans dust off their old fearmongering playbook

Excerpt: The Republican political strategy in this Washington is straightforward. Try to negatively define the Democrats’ legislative agenda and deploy fear to turn voters against the Evergreen State's current governing political party. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Militant right wing violence and intimidation is sadly as American as cherry pie

Excerpt: For more than half a century, the police have treated right wing demonstrators and even terrorists differently than left wing demonstrators, a distinction that was again apparent on January 6th, 2021.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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BNSF-operated train transporting Bakken crude oil derails in Whatcom County

Excerpt: There were no fatalities and no injuries were reported, though the derailment did result in an oil spill. Seven tank cars went off the tracks, with two catching fire, about twenty minutes before noon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Senate sends bill to perfect De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 to Governor Jay Inslee

Excerpt: A bill that polishes De-Escalate Washington's successful Initiative 940 has cleared the Legislature unanimously, without a single dissenting vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House unanimously passes legislation to adopt new I‑940 compromise

Excerpt: And they're off! The Washington State House of Representatives has passed its first consequential bill of the 2019 session, concerning law enforcement.
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Poll Watch: De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 enjoys overwhelming support among voters

Excerpt: An initiative that would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental-health training in addition to changing the legal standard for use of deadly force enjoys overwhelming support among voters, a new poll by the coalition supporting the measure has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory for gun responsibility! Washington State Senate passes bill banning bump stocks

Excerpt: The good news out of Olympia just keeps on coming! By a vote of twenty-nine to twenty, the Washington State Senate tonight voted to ban bump stocks, the now-infamous devices that were used in the horrific Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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De-Escalate Washington submits signatures for Initiative 940 at rainy event in Olympia

Excerpt: Washington State is slated to have at least one progressive idea on the November 2018 ballot following the submission of signatures for Initiative 940 by De-Escalate Washington, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that is seeking policing reforms to reduce the use of deadly force in our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A horrible week just got worse: Mass shooting reported in downtown Seattle

Excerpt: Author­i­ties in Seat­tle have cor­doned off an area near 3rd & Pine fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing in the heart of the city. We don’t know very much at this time, except that five peo­ple are said to be wound­ed and two have life-threat­en­ing injuries. The perpetrator(s) are unknown at this time and the inves­ti­ga­tion is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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