Category Archives: Roger Goodman

Goodman appointed to leadership post on National Conference of State Legislatures committee

OLYMPIA – Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), an attorney and criminal justice expert, has been appointed vice chair of the National Conference on State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Law and Criminal Justice Committee. Next week in Seattle thousands of state legislators from around the country will gather at the NCSL’s annual Legislative Summit to discuss a wide range of policy issues.  Rep. Goodman will help lead the proceedings of the NCSL’s Law & Criminal Justice Committee, including panel discussions on police body cameras, the use of DNA evidence … Continue reading

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Goodman’s disaster response bill passes legislature

OLYMPIA – Major floods, landslides and earthquakes have devastating effects, yet firefighters, who are highly-trained first responders and often closest to the scene, are currently prohibited from helping out in the most serious disasters. Washington state law prevents fire departments to be mobilized in response to disasters other than fires. This deficiency in the law kept firefighters away from the rescue and recovery efforts after the Oso landslide. House Bill 1389, sponsored by Rep. Goodman, fixes this deficiency. “Tragedies like … Continue reading

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Goodman bills bring financial health to crime victims and justice system

OLYMPIA – Yesterday, the House passed two bills sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, HB 2085 and HB 1390. These bills help poor defendants get back on their feet, ensure crime victims get restitution and help fund our criminal justice system in a fair manner. “Being poor isn’t a crime,” said Goodman. “But thousands of low-income Washingtonians have their drivers licenses suspended just because they can’t pay traffic fines.” HB 2085 fixes this problem by giving judges discretion to use … Continue reading

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Children’s Day!

Rep. Goodman’s children were able to make it down to the legislature for Children’s Day today.  Each year, children of staff and legislators get to come down and sit on the House Floor.  There is singing, a resolution read and usually pizza too! Rep. Goodman’s two kids are Children’s Day veterans but were especially excited this year as they were able to meet Governor Inslee and serve as honorary Pages in the afternoon.  It’s always lots of fun to have the family … Continue reading

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