Legislative Update: Session Kicks Off and Police Accountability Clarification Legislation

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This year’s legislative session has begun! For the next two months we will be hard at work drafting a supplemental budget and working on legislation to... READ MORE

House Democrats Introduce Bills to Provide Clarity to Police Accountability Laws

OLYMPIA – House Democrats introduced a pair of bills last week to clarify portions of the historic police accountability package passed by the Legislature last year. Legislators passed a package... READ MORE

Video Update: Putting Police Accountability Laws Into Action, Supporting Students, and the Climate Commitment Act

Dear Friends and Neighbors, After a public outcry regarding a lack of police accountability, the Legislature passed a broad package of legislation designed to improve trust between law enforcement and... READ MORE

Media Advisory: House Public Safety Committee to Hold Work Session on Drug Policy Reform

Media Advisory: House Public Safety Committee to Hold Work Session on Drug Policy Reform November 16, 2021 WHAT: The House Public Safety Committee will hold a work session on drug... READ MORE

Attorney General’s Office: Nothing in Police Reform Legislation Prevents Police from Responding to Community Caretaker Calls

OLYMPIA – In response to concerns from some law enforcement agencies whether they have the authority to show up to community caretaking calls and calls involving a mental health crisis... READ MORE

Goodman and Johnson Statement on Implementation of Police Use of Force Bill

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Video Update: 2021 Legislative Session in Review

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature just wrapped up a truly historic lawmaking session. Operating remotely so we could stay safe and healthy, we were still able to pass landmark... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, Rental Assistance, and Banning Private Prisons

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We have reached the end of the legislative session. We adjourn Sine Die tonight! As we approach the finish line we are resolving a number of... READ MORE

House Passes Bill to Address State v. Blake Ruling

OLYMPIA – The Washington State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 5476 in response to the Washington State Supreme Court’s State v. Blake ruling today with a vote of 80-18.... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Blake Decision, Honoring Billy Frank Jr, and Strengthening the PFML Program

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Responding to the State v. Blake Decision On February 25, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in State v. Blake that Washington’s law criminalizing simple possession... READ MORE

House Introduces Legislation in Response to Supreme Court Blake Decision

OLYMPIA – House Public Safety Committee Chair Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) and Rep. Tarra Simmons (D-Bremerton) introduced House Bill 1578 today, legislation in response to the Washington State Supreme Court’s... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Vaccine Eligibility, Food Assistance for Families, and Reducing Plastic Waste

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Vaccine eligibility expands to all adults on April 15 The governor recently announced that all adults over 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting... READ MORE

Video Update: Giving Youthful Offenders a Second Chance, Capital Budget Update, and Equitable Care for Pregnant Patients

Dear Friends and Neighbors, When young people commit serious crimes, we confine them in state institutions under the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. However, compelling research shows that institutionalizing young people is... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Phase 3, 988 System, and the American Rescue Plan

Dear Friends and Neighbors, What does Phase 3 mean? On Monday, March 22nd the entire state entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery. This is possible because of the... READ MORE

Video Update: State Oversight and Accountability Act, Fair Start for Kids, and Native American Mascots

Dear Friends and Neighbors, When a police officer engages in egregious misconduct, the state should intervene and take away that officer’s certification. Unfortunately, our current system makes it very difficult... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Vaccine Update, Preparing for EVs, and Virtual Town Hall

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Vaccine updates Major announcements regarding vaccine distribution have come out recently and I want to make sure you heard the news. Our teachers and child care... READ MORE

Video Update: Updating the Civil Protection Order System, Protecting Students with Seizure Disorders, and Combatting Mass Incarceration

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week the House passed House Bill 1320, legislation I’ve introduced to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. The... READ MORE

Bill to Protect Survivors of Violence by Improving the Civil Protection Order System Passes House

OLYMPIA – A bill to improve the civil order protection system passed the House today with a 53-44 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), House Bill 1320 codifies temporary... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Special Health Care Enrollment Period, Stepping Up Our Fight Against Wildfires, and Virtual Town Hall

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Special health care enrollment period The Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) opened a special enrollment period on Feb. 15 for Washingtonians. This aligns with President Biden’s... READ MORE

Video Update: Policing Policy Leadership Team, Supporting Young Adults, and Unclaimed Money

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last summer, anguish and horror over the killing of George Floyd rippled out across this country and even the world. Here in Washington it led to... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Inside Olympia, Community Transition Services for Young People, and Strengthening Foreclosure Fairness Act

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last week, I joined the Ranking Member of the House Public Safety Committee Gina Mosbrucker on the TVW show, Inside Olympia with Austin Jenkins. This fantastic... READ MORE

Video Update: Early Action COVID Relief, Keeping High School Seniors on Track, and Public Broadband

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged our communities and our economy. Virtually no one has been left untouched. That is why we acted swiftly to pass an... READ MORE

Legislative Update: A Fair Start for Kids, 988 Suicide Prevention, and Protecting Sexual Assault Survivors

Dear Friends and Neighbors, A Fair Start for Kids: Addressing the child care crisis and economic recovery Child care was in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, and now it’s on... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Vaccines, Transportation Package, and Improving Protection Orders

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Latest on the COVID-19 Vaccine The Governor unveiled an updated COVID-19 vaccine plan earlier this week that aims to vaccinate 45,000 Washingtonians a day. Here’s the latest on what to... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Welcome to the 2021 Legislative Session

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 2021 legislative session is upon us. With the pandemic still raging arounds us, this year is going to look a little different. While the arrival... READ MORE