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House approves anti-stalking measures inspired by Jennifer Paulson’s shooting

State House members voted unanimously Monday to create a new kind of court order to protect stalking victims, citing the shooting death of Tacoma teacher Jennifer Paulson as a primary motivator.

Paulson was shot and killed outside Tacoma’s Birney Elementary School in February 2010 by a man who was under an anti-harassment order not to come near her.

House Bill 1383 would allow stalking victims to apply for a special order of protection against stalkers that differs from an anti-harassment order. Under the proposed stalking protection order, judges could order accused stalkers to surrender their firearms, and anyone who

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“Human soul” debate temporarily derails House floor session Wednesday night

A proposal to let local governments sell surplus property at a discount for affordable housing projects turned into an emotional debate about humanity and the human soul on the floor of the state House Wednesday night.

Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, caused outrage among Republicans when he said that lawmakers should vote for the proposal if they had any humanity in their soul.

He later apologized, but not before bringing Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way, to tears and prompting a sardonic response from House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt about needlessly extending a floor debate that had already continued past 9:30 p.m.

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