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Tag: State Legislature


A test of humanity for Washington’s Legislature

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The impact of Washington’s looming $2 billion shortfall is coming into focus, and it is ugly indeed.

Prepping for an emergency legislative budgeting session in November, Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked her department chiefs to tell her what a 10 percent loss of funding would mean for the people their agencies serve.

Susan Dreyfus, secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, released three scenarios this week. The first scenario includes cuts backed by some kind of logic, however tenuous.

Example: Eliminating beds for 150 patients at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, including people with dementia, traumatic brain injury and histories of violent behavior. Read more »


A day in Olympia to talk about gangs

The O’Brien building, next to the State Capitol in Olympia, was the location for Wednesday’s legislative reading of HB 1126: the Gang Injunction Bill. I was there for an opportunity to testify in favor of the measure.

The place was packed.

The crowd and chaos was a refreshing example of our democratic system in action. The chairman of the committe, Mr. Hurst, seemed pleased at the interest in this bill. He explained that the number of speakers (40) required that each person would have no more than two minutes at the mike.

The gang injunction was the most significant portion

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