Happening in Olympia
One of the bills delivered to the Governor’s desk this session will create the framework to regulate Personal Delivery Devices (PDDs) across the state. With the passage of the bill, Washington becomes the eighth state in the country to approve PDDs on sidewalks and crosswalks. The bill passed both chambers by huge bipartisan margins. (Washington State Wire)
A state auditor’s report found that the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) misused roughly $200,000 in taxpayer dollars given to them by the Attorney General’s office. “We did not see any indication that anyone used the funds for personal use,” said Brandi Pritchard, assistant director of local audit for the auditor’s office. The attorney general’s office puts the blame on the organization, but WCCVA is saying not so fast. “The difference between what they say we owe them is money that they owe us,” said Greg Wright, the president of WCCVA’s board of directors. “They killed us, the AG’s office.” Wright contends the AG’s office began treating them differently, when the organization declined to endorse Ferguson’s legislation to repeal the death penalty. (Seattle Times)
For once we might have some good news coming out of King County on combating homelessness. The number of homeless in Seattle and King County appears to be declining, according to the latest count by All Home. “This year’s results and our local system’s data indicate progress. More people in our community are connected with services than ever before and permanent housing placements through our system continue to rise each year…” said All Home acting Director Kira Zylstra. (KING 5)
Washington Superior Court Judge Scott D. Gallina was charged with rape and other crimes that occurred in the Asotin County Courthouse. Gallina was arrested April 10 at the Asotin County courthouse on charges of second-degree rape. Gallina’s attorney says the judge denies the charges. (MyNorthwest)
The Sunnyside City Council is reconsidering a ban on recreational marijuana businesses within the city limits. The proposal being looked at requires retail marijuana shops to be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools, churches, public parks and other places that serve youth. However, a ban on growers and processors in the city would remain. (Yakima Herald)
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