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Legislature passes halfway mark, key deadline
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Mar 14, 2019 3:49 PM 4+ day ago

A key deadline also passed Wednesday, by which time lawmakers had to get bills not related to the budget passed out their original chambers.

POLICE DEADLY FORCE: Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill amending Initiative 940, the measure voters passed in November making it easier to prosecute police officers for negligent shootings. The bill updates the standard for prosecution, alters requirements for police to render first aid, and requires the state to reimburse an officer's legal fees if they are acquitted. The changes were supported by both backers of the initiative and police groups. Due to an emergency clause, the changes take effect immediately.

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: A measure that would move the state's presidential primary from May to March passed the Legislature days after Inslee kicked off his presidential campaign; he signed it Thursday.

NATIVE AMERICAN VOTING: A proposal requiring county officials to establish at least one voting drop box on any tribal reservation if requested by the tribe ...

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