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Tag: Roger Goodman


Governor approves tougher DUI penalties

Washington is about to get tougher DUI laws.

Under a bill Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Tuesday, the state will rely heavily on ignition interlock devices, which detect the alcohol in a driver’s breath, to crack down on drinking and driving.

“With this legislation we’ll get enough of these ignition interlock devices into the universe of drunk drivers’ cars to show that it is really one of the best options to reduce the carnage on our highways,” said Rep. Roger Goodman, the primary sponsor of House Bill 1789.

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House Democrats ask AG McKenna about Gov. Gregoire’s claim on marijuana bill

In vetoing the medical marijuana bill, Gov. Chris Gregoire cited worries about a potential threat to state employees. Advocates for the bill, though, say the federal government can’t prosecute state employees just for doing their job in regulating pot.

House Democrats are asking Attorney General Rob McKenna who’s right.

They wrote McKenna, a Republican likely to run for governor next year, on Monday asking him for his legal advice.

The questions come as medical-marijuana advocates push for action during the ongoing 30-day special session on some kind of legal scheme that would be acceptable to the governor — including patient arrest protections and some form of official sanction for marijuana dispensaries. Read more »


Rep. Goodman’s DUI impound bill moves on

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed on a bill this morning that would require a 12-hour impound on cars belonging to people who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Rep. Roger Goodman, the primary sponsor of HB 1017, said the bill would prevent situations where people arrested for driving drunk get their cars back too soon.

Though all 13 members of the committee voted to send the bill on, Rep. Brad Klippert, who works as a patrol officer in Benton County, said he had some reservations about the measure because it requires that the vehicle be

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