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March 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Lawmakers OK bill to seal ‘great majority’ of juvenile court records

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers have struck a compromise on a long-debated bill that would eventually lead to the sealing of “the great majority” of  juvenile court records, in the words of the proposal’s biggest supporter. The state House voted 97-1 on Tuesday morning to approve an amended version of House Bill 1651, after  a unanimous…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: juvenile records, Ruth Kagi, Steve O'Ban

February 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Gun-violence victims complain about treatment at hearing

OLYMPIA — A group of gun-violence victims delivered a letter to state Senate leaders Friday, complaining they were disrespected at a committee hearing last week. The eight victims, a mix of survivors and family members of people who died in shootings, wrote that the structure of a Senate Law & Justice Committee hearing on gun-sale…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Judy, Jeannie Darneille, Mike Padden

January 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Senate again weighs requiring lawyers for foster children

OLYMPIA — The state Senate is once again weighing a bill to require legal representation for foster children, a proposal that social-service advocates consider as a top priority. The Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee held a Monday morning hearing on the proposal, which sailed through the state House last year but stalled in the Senate amid…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Casey Trupin, foster care system, legal representation