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February 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Democrats question GOP’s removal of moderate from key panel

OLYMPIA — The state House Republican Caucus has removed Rep. Mike Hope from the Judiciary Committee, a move some Democrats say was retaliation for the moderate member joining with them last year to support universal background checks for gun sales. Hope, a former Seattle police officer who lives in Lake Stevens, was replaced on the committee…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: Dan Kriastensen, Initiative 594, Jamie Pedersen

March 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Democrats in Olympia push U.S. constitutional amendment on campaign finance

OLYMPIA — Democrats used a state Senate committee hearing Tuesday to vent about how increasing political spending by corporations poses “a threat to our democracy.” State Sen. Adam Kline and state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, both from Seattle, urged the Senate Government Operations Committee to adopt a┬ámeasure to show support for an amendment to the United States…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, campaign finance, Citizens United

March 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Bill to require background checks for all gun sales appears dead in state House

OLYMPIA — Gun-control advocates in the state House conceded defeat Tuesday night on their top priority: a high-profile bill to require background checks for all gun sales. While cautioning that nothing is ever truly dead in Olympia, bill sponsor Jamie Pedersen said “it does not appear that we’re going to make it there.” “I always thought this…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, Newtown

March 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Universal background checks for gun purchases could go to voters

OLYMPIA — Supporters of a bill to require background checks for all gun sales added a referendum clause to the proposal Tuesday morning in a last-minute bid to gain support in the state House. Bill sponsor Jamie Pedersen said he believes he has the votes to pass House Bill 1588 this afternoon with the…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, Jay Inslee

February 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

State House committee approves universal background check for gun sales

Update: This post has been updated with reaction from state Rep. Jamie Pedersen about the bill’s prospects. OLYMPIA — A controversial gun control measure cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday, moving out of the state House Judiciary Committee on a 7-6 vote. One Republican supported the bill — state Rep. Mike Hope, a Seattle police officer who…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, Jay Rodne

February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Gun-laws hearing draws arguments over the Bible, Second Amendment and safety

OLYMPIA — Amid arguments over the Bible and gun-violence statistics, a state House panel Wednesday morning took up a proposal to eliminate all exceptions to required background checks for firearm sales. The proposal, House Bill 1588, is a central and controversial part of Democrats’ push to enact new restrictions in the wake of the gruesome…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, matt shea

January 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Lawmakers introduce bill to require background checks for all gun sales

OLYMPIA — A group of mostly Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday to require background checks on all gun sales — no exceptions. Currently, licensed firearms dealers at brick-and-mortar stores must conduct background checks, but private, unlicensed dealers at gun shows — or outside city gun buybacks — do not. House Bill 1588 would require…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun laws, Jamie Pedersen, Maureen Walsh