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Thursday, January 12

Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven González addressed court inequities, funding and courthouse security on Wednesday.

‘We still have far to go’: Courts address inequities in post-pandemic world, Chief Justice González says
In the first in-person state of the judiciary address in two years, Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven González on Wednesday discussed court inequities, funding and courthouse security. González highlighted how the courts have used the pandemic as an opportunity to address inequities within the justice system. “We need to continue that work, and to do that, we need the Legislature’s continued partnership,” González said. The pandemic made the use of new technologies necessary, which made the courts more accessible for many, including people with disabilities and those unable to travel or miss work for court dates. Despite returning to an in-person session, the courts are in the process of making some of these pandemic adjustments permanent, González said. Continue reading at Spokesman Review. (TVW)

A light rail train heads out of Mt. Baker Station south toward Angle Lake, Feb. 11, 2022. This year's legislative session includes several bills that would increase density around Washington transit stations.

How WA’s legislature is addressing the housing crisis in 2023
By nearly any measure, Washington has serious housing problems. The cost of buying and renting homes has leapt skyward. More than 25,000 people are living on the street or in emergency and transitional housing across the state, an 11% increase from 2020. And according to the Washington Department of Commerce, the state will need to build one million new homes by 2044 to meet demand, and more than half of them will need to be subsidized housing affordable to low-income residents. Recognizing that there’s no silver bullet for Washington’s housing crisis, legislators and advocates are pushing a slew of bills meant to increase market-rate construction, subsidized affordable housing and renter protections. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Genna Martin)

Messages are left at a memorial in the parking lot of Kamiak High School, July 31, 2016, after a community vigil for the victims of a shooting that occurred early that morning at a home in Mukilteo, killing three Kamiak High School graduates and wounding a fourth.

Editorial: Adopt assault weapons ban, license requirement
It took the outrage over the school shooting of 19 young students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, last year to shake Congress out of lack of action — a stupor that had lasted 29 years — on passage of firearm safety legislation. Washington, among other states, has gone further in recent years. Now jointly requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee, at least two bills — Senate Bill 5265 and House Bill 1240 — are back before state lawmakers that seek to prohibit the sale, manufacture and import of assault weapons. Opponents bristle at the phrase, but the proposed legislation and other related bills, are every bit “common-sense gun laws.” Continue reading at Everett Herald. (Genna Martin)

Associated Press
Supreme Court debates union tactics in spoiled concrete case
How pay transparency may affect your job search or raise

Aberdeen Daily World
Cosmo Specialty Fibers receives new ownership group

Capital Press
WSU budget ‘leaner and meaner’ due to reduced enrollment

Everett Herald
2 Everett officers face inquiry after suspect injured in foot chase
Editorial: Adopt assault weapons ban, license requirement

The Inlander
State legislators consider employment protections for cannabis users (Keiser)

News Tribune
‘Brazen betrayal.’ Veteran Tacoma cop fired after body camera captures on-duty sex

New York Times
Panic Buttons, Classroom Locks: How Schools Have Boosted Security

Northwest Asian Weekly
Community dismayed over Sound Transit’s last workshop

Clean Air Agency board votes to lift ban on campfires in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater
The rain will fall, rivers will rise and the wind will blow Thursday
Citizen group alleges Thurston County airport proposal violates state law. Here’s why

Puget Sound Business Journal
Microsoft to give US employees unlimited time off
The number of $1M earners is surging. Here’s how many Washington added.

Seattle Times
Seattle traffic hasn’t made a U-turn to pre-pandemic levels

Spokesman Review
Washington Legislature could abolish advisory votes this session
‘We still have far to go’: Courts address inequities in post-pandemic world, Chief Justice González says

Washington Post
Inflation slowed further in December for the sixth month in a row

Yakima Herald-Republic
Mobile home park residents in Selah come together to purchase their park

Survivor, Washington lawmaker working together to reduce forced labor (Dhingra)
Record whale sightings reported near Seattle in 2022, new data reveals
Gov. Inslee supports lowering legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers, open to reforming pursuit law
Gun control legislation in Olympia causes debate over how to best prevent gun violence in Washington

Landlords, tenants look for balance in new rules on rental housing

KNKX Public Radio
Gov. Inslee leans into housing and homelessness in 2023 State of the State address

KUOW Public Radio
For some without a home, the airport is a source of shelter

Q13 TV (FOX)
Snohomish County offering grants to develop flood risk reduction projects
Proposed bill to protect WA reproductive health care providers from other states’ penalties (Keiser, Berry)

Some WA lawmakers are sidestepping the state’s Public Records Act (Jinkins)
How WA’s legislature is addressing the housing crisis in 2023 (Bateman, Taylor, Peterson)

New bill aims to allow digital driver’s licenses in Washington state (Mullet)