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Tag: Lakewood shootings

March
4th

Senate to vote on new bail language

The Senate is prepared to vote on a bail proposal.

Last minute tweaks are being made to the language in the compromise amendment to the bill, but Senate Democrats say this is what the amendment proposes to be written into the constitution:

“Bail may be denied for offenses punishable by the possibility of life in prison upon a showing by clear and convincing evidence of a propensity for violence that creates a substantial likelihood of danger to the community or any persons, subject to such limitations as shall be determined by the legislature.”

The language incorporates the governor’s

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March
3rd

Yet another bail proposal, but is it the last one?

Sen. Mike Carrell and Rep. Christopher Hurst were seen shaking hands today, after they and Sen. Adam Kline huddled on the Senate floor.

Considering the verbal shots being fired by Hurst at Carrell and Kline last week, are these portentous signs for the success of negotiations over the constitutional amendment on bail?

“I think we’re getting really close,” Carrell said.

A new draft has emerged from the talks between the House, Senate and Gov. Chris Gregoire. Hurst left the huddle with a document to take back to his fellow House members to see if they

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March
3rd

Morning update: Day 52

Good morning. Here’s what’s coming up today:

  • I wouldn’t be surprised to see movement soon toward a resolution of the debate over bail. Gov. Chris Gregoire is getting involved and people from both the House and Senate side of this feud seem to range from satisfied to cautiously optimistic about her contributions.
  • A number of fees, taxes and government consolidations are coming up in front of the Senate Ways and Means Committee today. The panel will take a look at eliminating the state printer and merging the agencies that predict the state’s financial future.
  • Among the matters

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March
2nd

Governor takes another stab at bail limits

Gov. Chris Gregoire is getting re-involved in the debate over who should be covered by a constitutional amendment to restrict bail.

Gregoire met with sponsors of the proposed bail limits today to try to work out a deal.

Sen. Mike Carrell said Gregoire’s office is writing up a new version of the bill with a new approach to determining which suspects should be denied bail.

The governor’s office floated the original – and so far most sweeping – version that would have given discretion to judges about whom to lock up. That one has long since been

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March
1st

Morning update: Day 50

Good morning on Day 50 of the legislative session. There are just 11 days left in regulation, but some observers are predicting overtime, as the AP’s Curt Woodward notes.

No one can say for sure, but here’s what’s certain:

  • DEATH: Lakewood police officers and police groups are urging legislators to clear the way for more extensive death benefits for family members of officers killed in the line of duty. They’re pushing for a strong version of HB 2519 that would allow survivors to collect benefits regardless of how long their loved ones held a badge; guarantee them

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Feb.
26th

Attempted crimes added to bail limits

Senators made another move this morning to pacify their House critics when the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to allow judges to deny bail for attempted crimes.

The lack of attempted but failed crimes in a state constitutional amendment proposed Thursday by Sens. Adam Kline and Mike Carrell had drawn fire from Rep. Mike Hope.

Hope had complained someone who brings a bomb on a plane or into a building or brings a gun into a school wouldn’t be covered. But today senators amended their proposal before moving it on to fix that.

Friends and family members of the slain

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Feb.
26th

Morning update: Day 47

Good morning on the last day for policy committees to hear bills this year. That deadline should make it a busy day, and legislators then plan to work through Saturday and Sunday. What to watch for:

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Feb.
25th

Can’t get no respect

Rep. Christopher Hurst has been taking shots at the folks across the capitol rotunda for a while now over the issue of bail. Hurst let loose with another volley today to reporters. Here are his comments about Sen. Adam Kline and Sen. Mike Carrell:

“I think there is a modicum of respect that’s necessary in the process, and one of those issues is the committee chair sitting down with the other committee chair. This is the first time in the last couple of years where Adam has said, ‘Well, when we’re done with it we’ll tell you.’

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