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Declaring War on Financial Abuse of Older People

Published on April 17, 2017,

Last Tuesday, Representative Roger Goodman’s Vulnerable Adult Bill (HB 1153) was passed by a unanimous vote. Rep. Goodman said he hopes the measure will result in giving “victims the justice they deserve, and making sure their abusers are held accountable for their crimes.”


Washington ready to fight if necessary to keep its legal pot

Published on February 24, 2017,

“I can’t imagine the federal government using limited resources to try to bring down a new, regulated system that has worked so well,” said state Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland. “Prohibition was an unmitigated failure. The war on drugs is already winding down, and this administration will try to ramp it up again at its own peril.”


Stiffer Sentences for Theft from the Vulnerable

Published on February 15, 2017,

“Could one grandmother’s story end up changing state law? The Seattle widow lost more than two-hundred thousand dollars in a scam, and her granddaughter hopes that gets the attention of state lawmakers.”



Seahawks’ Baldwin speaks to legislative panel on police deadly force

Published on November 21, 2016,

Thank You!

Published on November 10, 2016,

Thanks SO much for helping me to secure my position in the State Legislature! Your support helped propel me to a SIXTH term, with more than 62% of the vote!


Our victory is somewhat bittersweet in view of the national election. However, you can count on me to keep standing up for children and families and for safe communities, and to keep working hard to preserve our high quality of life here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Please keep in touch with any questions or comments you may have. I want to remain accessible and responsive to your concerns. It’s an honor to represent you.

Thanks again for your support!



The Seattle Times Endorses Roger!

Published on September 16, 2016,

The right man for the job!


News Reports on Deadly Task Force

Published on September 16, 2016,


Roger Goodman (chair) and The Deadly Force Task Force took on some tough issues in a marathon meeting last Tuesday. Here are the news reports:

Roger with Gerald Hankerson – President of the Alaska, Oregon, Washington State Area Conference of the NAACP and President of the Seattle King County NAACP.


Task Force Tackles Community Policing and the Use of Deadly Force.

Published on July 14, 2016,
Roger with task force member Dr. Karen Johnson – Chairwoman of The Black Alliance of Thurston County


Election 2016

Published on July 12, 2016,
Goodman Has A Decade of Public Safety Experience The Kirkland Reporter

DUI Legislative News Conference

Published on March 10, 2016,
Bipartisan Legislative Team Announces Stronger DUI Laws in Washington TVW

Bipartisan Last Minute Push to Toughen DUI Statutes

Published on March 7, 2016,
With the legislative session scheduled to end Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers Monday pushed for the passage of three bills that would strengthen DUI penalties. The Seattle Times

Legislators push for tougher DUI laws

Published on March 7, 2016,
Flanked by the families of people killed by drunk drivers, lawmakers from all four caucuses called Monday morning for tougher state DUI laws. The Spokesman-Review

Drunk Driving Victims, Lawmakers Urge Passage of Stronger DUI Laws

Published on March 7, 2016,
The last minute push for action on Roger’s House Bill 2700 and Senate Bill 5105. Both bills expand existing DUI laws. The Capitol Record

Plea for Harsher DUI Penalties

Published on March 7, 2016,
Kiro 7 news reports on DUI victims’ pleas for tougher DUI Bills (video). Kiro

Roger is Leading the Fight for More Reasonable Sentencing Guidelines

Published on March 3, 2016,
State parole plan would allow three-strikes prisoners to apply for early release. The Seattle Times

Legislature Criminalizes the Sale of Counterfeit Air Bags

Published on March 3, 2016,
The problem of counterfeit, faulty airbags was brought to the attention of lawmakers by auto manufacturers. The Capitol Record

Roger’s Legislation to Toughen DUI Laws and Protect the Elderly Making Strides in Olympia

Published on February 24, 2016,
Goodman legislation to strengthen DUI laws, protect vulnerable adults pass House Both of Goodman’s bills passed the State House last week with strong bipartisan support and will receive public hearings this week in the State Senate. Kirkland Reporter

45th LD Legislators Discuss I-405 Toll Lane Issues at the Town Hall Meeting

Published on February 20, 2016,
During a Feb. 20 town hall meeting at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond), Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) and Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) discussed their demands that WSDOT allow drivers to use the I-405 toll lanes for free during holidays, weekdays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and weekends.

Woodinville Weekly

Fascinating Bipartisan Discussion of Police Accountability and Body Camera Laws in WA

Published on February 18, 2016,

Don’t miss this interesting video

Interesting discussion on police accountability & body camera legislation with Roger Goodman (D – House Public Safety Committee Chair) and Dave Hayes (R – Ranking House Public Safety Committee Member and Police Officer). The discussion is the first half hour of the program and begins at 2:02 minutes.

Inside Olympia

Roger’s Co-sponsored Bill to Address Police Shootings Clears the House

Published on February 17, 2016,

House Bill 2908, which will create a police oversight task force passed out of the House yesterday on a 98-0 vote

Kirkland Reporter

Support for raising tobacco and vapor product minimum age

Published on January 20, 2016,
Washington Attorney General wants to Raise the Smoking Age KPLU
Most Washington Voters Back Increase in Smoking Age KOMO News

Roger Named Vice Chair of the NCSL’s Law & Criminal Justice Committee

Published on July 31, 2015,
Goodman appointed vice chair of National Conference on State Legislatures’ Law and Criminal Justice Committee

Kirkland Reporter

Inslee Signs Roger’s Bill Allowing Use of Fire Resources in Other Emergencies

Published on May 8, 2015,

House Bill 1389, which Inslee signed Thursday, ensures that firefighting resources can be mobilized statewide to respond to natural disasters, outbreaks of contagious disease and nonfire emergencies.

Inslee signs law allowing use of fire resources in other emergencies


Funding For Emergency Food Assistance Program

Published on May 7, 2014,
Representative Larry Springer And Representative Roger Goodman Instrumental In Securing $800,000 In Funding For Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) Kirkland Views (blog)

Gun Safety Bill a Model for Other States – New York Times

Published on April 28, 2014,
Great editorial in Sunday’s New York Times about Roger’s gun Safety bill HB1840. The article is set against an NRA convention. “The surprising twist in the enactment of the Washington law was that the N.R.A. traditionally has fought hard against such legislation as a violation of Second Amendment freedom — but not this time.” read more… April 26, 2014

Fire Service Mobilization – Oso Disaster

Published on April 4, 2014,

Photo Courtesy of The National Guard

State law delayed firefighters’ response to mudslide Everett Herald

Rep. Roger Goodman’s bill, HB 1840, will keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders

Published on March 28, 2014,

Governor signs bill to save lives of domestic violence victims

HB 1840, signed into law by Governor Inslee today, was the only gun safety bill to pass the legislature this session.

Sponsored by state Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when a protection order is issued against a domestic violence offender he must surrender his firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

Rep. Goodman said, “At the most volatile time in an abusive relationship, offenders will be required to surrender their firearms. It just makes sense to take deadly weapons out of the equation. If the protection order expires or is lifted, or if the offender is acquitted, firearms rights are then restored.”

Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders. More than half of the homicide victims in this country are women killed at the hands of their intimate partners, usually with a firearm.

“Domestic violence is about control; the abuser controlling the victim’s life,” said Grace Huang, Public Policy Coordinator for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “For some victims, getting a protection order is the first step in taking their lives back. And that’s threatening to the abuser and where we often see guns come into play.”

But it took several tries before a compromise could be made with the gun rights lobby. The passage of this bill has come after years of hard work by advocates and legislators.

“Changing this law will literally save lives,” said Rep. Goodman. “It will give law enforcement and the courts the ability to disarm known dangerous people; and it will bring peace of mind to those in danger. This bipartisan compromise and common sense approach is a victory for everyone.”

HB 1840 goes into effect December 1st of this year.


Bill Will Provide Foster Children with Attorneys

Published on March 11, 2014,
Legislature passes Rep. Goodman-sponsored bill to protect foster children Kirkland Reporter

Legislature Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Foster Children

Published on March 7, 2014,

OLYMPIA – Today in a unanimous vote the House passed SB 6126, which will provide at-risk youth with attorneys to help them through the foster care system.

In most states all foster children have lawyers, but Washington ranks 48th in the nation in the degree of legal representation offered to foster youth. Some counties in Washington offer attorneys, but most do not, leaving foster youth at the whim of “justice by geography.”

Rep. Roger Goodman sponsored the House companion bill, HB 1285, and has been working on this issue for years. On the bill’s passage Rep. Goodman spoke on the House floor, “These children bounce from house to house, school to school, and neighborhood to neighborhood, not knowing what’s going on. Everyone else in the courtroom has a lawyer to help them, but these vulnerable children have no one they can trust, no one to confide in so that their legal interests are protected.”

Research shows that foster children who have attorneys find permanent homes much more quickly than those who do not have attorneys. Shortening the time a child is in the foster care system saves the child from avoidable trauma, medical costs and social and emotional problems. Attorneys can also ensure that foster children remain in the same school or are placed with other family members, greatly increasing their stability and quality of life.

“In the courtroom, it is most important that the person whose future is at stake – the child – is represented,” said Rep. Goodman. “This bill is a big step forward to give our most vulnerable youth the critical support they need. Providing attorneys to foster youth will ensure they find the safe, stable, happy homes – an opportunity all children deserve.”

SB 6126 now heads to Governor Inslee’s desk where he is expected to sign it.


House Passes Bill to Save the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims

Published on February 13, 2014,

HB 1840 would keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders

OLYMPIA –Today, in a 97-0 vote, the House passed HB 1840, likely the only gun safety bill to come out of the legislature this year.

For years, advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence have called for laws to remove firearms from domestic violence offenders. More than half of the homicide victims in this country are women killed at the hands of their intimate partners, usually with a firearm.

Rep. Roger Goodman, on the bill’s passage said, “There are too many tragic deaths in our state. I think of Melissa Batten, a software developer in Redmond who secured a protection order against her estranged husband, who then shot Melissa eight times and turned the gun on himself. Melissa’s life could have been saved.”

Under federal law, when a protection order is issued against a domestic violence offender he must surrender his firearms. State law currently allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

“Enough is enough,” Goodman said. “It’s time for a common sense approach. This bill will help protect victims of domestic violence from the deadly threats of their abusers. We need to give law enforcement and the courts the ability to disarm these known dangerous people and to save lives.”

HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. At the most volatile time in an abusive relationship, offenders will be required to surrender firearms. If the protection order expires or is lifted, or if the offender is acquitted, firearms rights are then restored.

HB 1840 now heads to the Senate Law and Justice Committee for consideration.


Lawmakers Push for Class-size Improvements

Published on January 24, 2014,
The Legislature is lagging on a key aspect of the state Supreme Court’s mandates for meeting constitutional requirements to support schools Crosscut (blog)

Lawmakers Face Long Odds in Expanding Felony DUI Definition

Published on January 21, 2014,
Lawmakers Face Long Odds in Expanding Felony DUI Definition
A Senate committee held a hearing Monday on making DUI a felony the fourth time it is committed, rather than the fifth. It’s the most high-profile of several bills recently introduced about driving under the influence
The Seattle Times

News Updates

Published on July 18, 2013,
State Senate approves scaled-back overhaul of DUI laws Seattle Times June 26, 2013
End of Session DUI Interview with Roger TVW – “The Impact” April 28, 2013
State House panel delays vote on scaled-back DUI bill Seattle Times April 24, 2013
DUI Bill Interview with Roger
TVW – “The Impact” April 24, 2013
New Ideas Aimes at Toughening DUI Laws Raised Q13 Fox News April 23rd, 2013
Law enforcement, local officials question feasibility of Inslee’s DUI proposal Seattle Times April 18, 2013
Last Minute Legislative Push is on for New DUI Measure Q13 Fox April 18, 2013
State House Democrats ‘seething with anger’ after Senate kills gun control bill Seattle Times April 17, 2013
Recent Tragedies Spur Lawmakers to Eye Crackdown on Drunk Driving KOMO4 April 18, 2013
Inslee, state lawmakers unveil new bill to toughen DUI laws Q13 Fox April 17, 2013
Roger Speaking at the Governor’s News Conference on DUIs
TVW April 16, 2013
Photo of Roger delivering remarks at Governor’s News Conference KIRO7-TV April 16. 2013
Inslee to unveil plan for 10-year alcohol prohibition after 3rd DUI Seattle Times April 16, 2013
Angry Governor urges action on DUI legislation King 5 April 9, 2013
Push in Olympia to strengthen state DUI Legislation KING5 TV April 11, 2013
State lawmakers, governor meet on tougher DUI legislation Q13 Fox April 11, 2013
Lifetime driving bans among stiffer penalties mulled for DUIs KOMO News April 9, 2013
What to do if you encounter a wrong-way driver KING5 TV April 5, 2013
What can be done to try to curb fatal DUI accidents? Q13 Fox April 4, 2013
Woman hit by suspected wrong-way drunk driver dies; State Rep. calls for DUI law change Q13 Fox April 4th, 2013
Mourners take to the streets to remember victims of fatal crash KOMONews April 1st, 2013
Dui Driver in Fatal Accident was Nearly Three Times Over Legal Limit Q13 Fox March 26th, 2013

Radio Story

Published on May 2, 2013,

Lawmaker wants more ignition locks


Goodman Stalking Bill Signed by Governor Inslee

Published on April 27, 2013,
Governor Inslee signs Anti-stalking Bill Kiro 7 April 27, 2013
Governor Inslee signs Stalking Protection Thr Bellingham Herald April 27, 2013
Governor Inslee signs Stalking Protection TheNewsTribune.com April 27, 2013

New Courthouse Protections

Published on April 1, 2013,

Legislature approves new courthouse protections at AG Ferguson’s request


Gun Safety Bill in the New York Times Sunday Edition – front page!

Published on March 28, 2013,
A Long But Interesting Piece About Gun Laws in Washington State The New York Times March 17, 2013

Interesting Pieces on House Bill 1840, Barring People Under Restraining Orders From Owning Guns

Published on March 25, 2013,

House Bill 1840, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman and approved 61-37 in the House last week, would bar gun ownership for many people under restraining orders keeping them away from spouses or partners.

read more


Bill would allow guns to be taken from owners judged a threat to spouse Fox 13

Death of the Drone Bill (for this year, anyway)

Published on March 17, 2013,
Bill Regulating Drones Dies The News Tribune March 17, 2013
Bill Restricting Drone Use Dies The Columbian March 17, 2013
Bill Regulating Drones Dies in Wash. Legislature KIRO TV March 17, 2013

The Drone Bill

Published on March 14, 2013,
After Boeing objects, lawmakers put drone bill on hold The Seattle Times March 15, 2013
After Boeing objects, lawmakers put drone bill on hold The Seattle Times March 15, 2013

Updates on Gun Bills

Published on March 14, 2013,
Lawmakers eye gun surrender for restraining order Komo News March 13, 2013
Abandoned bill would have required wider background checks for gun purchases The Spokesman Review March 13, 2013

House votes to ease traffic fine burden for poor

Published on March 13, 2013,

March 13, 2013

In a largely bipartisan vote, lawmakers decided to make it less likely people will lose their drivers licenses over the inability to pay a traffic fine.

State Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland
By Tom James
House lawmakers did the kind of thing Tuesday that politicians like to talk about in their speeches: They reached across the aisle (mostly) to move a bill making life easier on the poor while cutting state workloads.

The bill, HB 1601, proposes requiring Washington courts to offer a payment plan to people who are too poor to pay traffic fines all at once, with the aim of keeping minor offenders out of criminal court. Of the 98 legislators in the House, 73 voted in favor of the measure.

The bill’s sponsor, Kirkland Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman, said of those the bill aims to help: “They’re not habitual traffic offenders, they weren’t driving impaired, they just weren’t able to pay the fines.”

Poor people, Goodman said, risk falling into a legal trap after even one traffic ticket. Now when they aren’t able to pay, Goodman said, their licenses are suspended.

“Then the downward spiral begins,” Goodman said, when those same people have to choose between not driving and keeping their jobs. Those who choose to drive to work despite having suspended licenses are then often caught and arrested at some point.

By creating a payment plan, Goodman said, the bill would keep those minor offenders out of the criminal system and save criminal justice resources.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it must work its way through committees before any final vote.



Stalking bill passes both chambers

Published on March 13, 2013,

By Bill McKee | March 12, 2013 | copied from The Capitol Record

Victims of stalkers may may soon have a new law to protect them, with the approval of bills in both the Senate and the House that would create a new kind of civil protection order for stalking.

The legislation comes in response to the murder of Jennifer Paulson in 2010. Paulson was an elementary school teacher in Tacoma who was killed by a former co-worker who had stalked her for seven years.

“If we had had further protection for someone like Jennifer through the court system, we could have prevented her death,” said sponsor Rep. Roger Goodman (D – Kirkland) during a floor session in the House on Monday.

Goodman’s bill expands the behaviors that qualify as felony stalking and increases criminal penalties for the crime.

The law currently allows people to get no-contact orders or protection orders for domestic violence or harassment. Both of the new bills would create another type of protection order specifically for cases of stalking.

“It is obvious that we need more protection for those who are stalked,” said Sen. Steve Conway (D – Tacoma) as he introduced a similar bill on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Conway’s bill doesn’t go quite as far in increasing penalties for stalking as Goodman’s, but it too would create a new anti-stalking protection order.

Both bills received unanimous approval in their respective chambers.


Roger’s bill to prevent stalking, HB 1383, passed the House

Published on March 11, 2013,
House Approves Anti-stalking Bill The News Tribune March 11, 2013

Roger Meets With Washington Law Enforcement

Published on March 8, 2013,
Roger with Sheriff Rahr ( Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) and the CJTC senior staff at a gathering of sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state.

Time to Crack Down on Car Prowlers

Published on March 6, 2013,
Bill Would Increase Penalty for Car Prowls Everett Herald March 6, 2013

Report on This Session’s Firearms Bills

Published on March 1, 2013,
Goodman Sponsors Firearms Bills Issaquah Reporter March 1, 2013

Bill Gives Victims a Chance For a Fresh Start

Published on February 25, 2013,
Bill to Give Sex-trafficking Victims a Break on Prostitution Convictions Passes House The Olympian February 25, 2013

News Clips From the Week of February 5, 2013

Published on February 5, 2013,

Ordering DUI Offenders to Pay Child Support for the Children of Victims

DUI Victim Compensation Bill Dies in Committee

Marijuana and Impaired Driving

New Court Order to Protect Stalking Victims



Goodman Sponsors a Bill to Make Marital Rape Illegal

Published on February 3, 2013,
House Bill 1108 Will Right a Legislative Wrong HorsesAss.org January 30, 2013

Goodman Named Chair of House Public Safety Committee

Published on December 13, 2012,
Goodman Named Chair of House Public Safety Committee Redmond Reporter December 11, 2012

A Time to Celebrate

Published on December 13, 2012,
Roger and his seatmate, Larry Springer, celebrating their re-election at the victory party in Kirkland on election night.



The Washington Secretary of State has now certified the results of the November 6th general election, so we can now say officially that WE WON!!

Our margin of victory was 13 percentage points, the largest margin in my entire career, as we garnered 56.4% of the vote in this tough “swing” district. We worked very hard and it paid off!

It is difficult to express in words how grateful I am to all of you for your ongoing support and friendship. Thanks SO much for the countless hours you devoted to volunteer work, addressing postcards, canvassing the neighborhoods, waving signs on the roadside and making thousands of get-out-the-vote telephone calls at the end of the race. Thanks also for your very generous monetary contributions that made it all possible.

Now comes the hard work in the State Legislature, as we face another budget deficit and an urgent need to increase funding for our public schools. Count on me to stand up and speak up for our public education system, and to continue my work to foster justice in our society and to protect individual rights and the most vulnerable among us.

Thanks again to each of you for your support, inspiration and friendship. We did it and it feels great! Now let’s get to work on the people’s business.

With deep appreciation,


Goodman named Chair of House Public Safety Committee

Published on December 13, 2012,

OLYMPIA – Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) has been picked to chair the House Public Safety Committee.

“In a heartbeat, a violent crime or a natural disaster can take away everything — your home, your family, your life,” Goodman said. “Our state laws must do whatever is possible to prevent crime and respond to floods, wildfires and earthquakes, because lives are literally at stake.”

Goodman, an attorney and criminal justice expert, has served as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee for the last six years, which handles non-criminal issues involving the law and courts.

“It’s important to protect citizens from crime while safeguarding individual liberties,” Goodman said. “What’s great about Washington state is that police, prosecutors, citizens and prison officials have all worked together to do things that don’t just sound tough, but actually work.”

Washington’s criminal justice laws and programs are often picked for review by the state’s Institute for Public Policy, which looks at whether new laws and programs actually reduce crime and whether reforms are cost-effective.

“We’ve learned that some things that sound great on TV or in the newspaper actually cost a lot of money and don’t prevent crime at all,” Goodman said. “And we’ve found that things that don’t get the big headlines actually work well to stop crime and save taxpayer dollars. So it’s important to keep trying different options and testing them rigorously, because in the end, we should do what works, not just what sounds good.”

When he first arrived in the House of Representatives and got assigned to the Public Safety Committee, Goodman asked policy staff and police officers what two issues consumed most of their time and resources. They said drunk driving and domestic violence. Since then he’s worked with police, prosecutors, crime victim advocates and other lawmakers on ways to prevent domestic violence and drunk driving, and he’s won national awards for his work in this area.

“Criminals should be punished, but if that’s all you focus on, you’re missing the point,” Goodman said. “The best way to tackle crime is to prevent it from happening at all. Police officers and prosecutors like solving a case — but they like it better when they can prevent a bad situation, actually stop crime before it happens, so there’s no crime victim who got hurt or killed.”

Goodman said he appreciates hearing the stories and ideas of citizens, local police officers, sheriff deputies, prosecutors and crime victims.

“The biggest part of this job is listening,” Goodman said. “Republican or Democrat, prosecutor or defense lawyer, big city detective or small-town sheriff — everybody has stories to tell and ideas on how to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you, to make Washington state an even safer place for our families and our communities.”

# # #

Rep. Roger Goodman


District office: 425-739-1810



Published on October 19, 2012,

  • “Norm Maleng Award” from King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence – for Roger’s groundbreaking work to reduce the harm from domestic violence and for his landmark legislation (HB 2077) that is the most comprehensive revision of our state’s domestic violence laws in 30 years.

  • Gold Crayon Award—The highest award given by The Children’s Alliance (Roger is the only legislator to win multiple times).

  • Special recognition from The Mockingbird Society, working to build a world-class foster care system in WA state for his work to improve child welfare.

  • Named “Champion for Children” by the Children’s Alliance for his work to expand early childhood education. Multiple award winner.

  • Cascade Water Alliance special recognition for Roger’s work in securing a safe water supply for the Eastside for the next 50 years.

  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology “special friend” award for establishing a four-year Baccalaureate program in Applied Computer Science (campus in Duvall), the state’s only 4-year program at a technical college.

  • Mountains to Sound Greenway – special recognition for securing the funds to connect key hiking trails in the greenbelt along I-90.


Legislator Profile: State Representative Roger Goodman, 45th District

Published on February 28, 2017,




Washington Lawmaker Predicts Police Deadly Force Law Will Change This Year

Published on February 24, 2017,

Real results from the consensus building at the deadly force task force that Roger co-chaired.


Bill Offers a Fix for Inaccurate Jail Sentences

Published on February 8, 2017,

“The bill would require courts to fill out a standardized work sheet that accompanies offenders to prison, in hopes of avoiding the errors, poor handwriting and other problems that have led to inaccurate sentences.”



Lawmakers Consider New Traffic Safety Laws

Published on February 7, 2017,

A pair of road-safety proposals — one increasing penalties for drunk driving, the other aimed at unleashing police on distracted drivers — face important reviews in the state Legislature.


News coverage of police deadly force law (videos)

Published on February 3, 2017,
 c Lawmakers want to lower bar to prosecute police in use-of-force cases


OLYMPIA, Wash. — A new push in Olympia is underway to change the state’s use-of-force statute. Some lawmakers want to change the way police officers are trained, investigated and prosecuted in Washington. Supporters of the measure say a police officer has not been convicted of using deadly force since 1986 and they blame the state’s current statute.

 a Passionate testimony over police deadly force law


The Pierce County Prosecutor said Lakewood officers were justified in killing Daniel Covarrubias because he appeared to be threatening them with a gun that turned out …

 b Debate in Olympia: Should it be easier to charge a cop in deadly force case?


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Families of people who have been killed by police officers urged state lawmakers Tuesday to change the law protecting officers from being charged with a crime. The cops, however, say any change in the law leaves them wide open for prosecu






Olympia lawmakers weigh police deadly force bills

Published on February 2, 2017,

Lawmakers weigh police deadly force bills

Published on February 1, 2017,

Goodman Co-chair of Deadly Task Force

“Goodman’s bill implements some of the task force’s recommendations, including the collection of data when deadly force is used, funding for advanced training programs and grant proposals to obtain less lethal weapons for primary responding.”

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