By this post’s title, you’d think we were in a sordid film. But really we were in the House Republican Caucus room for the GOP’s weekly media availability. Notable highlights: 1. Several bills to change the gun purchase background-check expansion, the recently passed Initiative 594, were heard Monday in committee hearings. But Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, said they aren’t likely to…More
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OLYMPIA — Transgender and sex-worker activists opposing a bill to increase punishments for people soliciting prostitutes are frustrated they weren’t allow to testify last week in a committee hearing. Seattle-based Gender Justice League (GJL) and Sex Workers Outreach Project signed up Jan. 22 to speak against SB 5277, which would elevate the crime of soliciting a…More
OLYMPIA — The state Senate Law & Justice Committee approved two gun-control measures Tuesday night, an anti-violence package that some Democrats rapped as too timid a response to recent mass shootings. The meeting was the last before a Wednesday cutoff for non-budget-related proposals. The approved bills, which both already passed the House, will next go to the…More