Legislative Update from Washington for Good Policing

I don't know about you, but I feel like it's poignant that this week starts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will end with the inauguration of Donald Trump. It is a reality that's hard to swallow, but it's happening. No one knows what happens next. However, what we do know is state law matters more than ever, and our state law regarding police accountability is still the worst in the nation. 

Our campaign is in full swing at the legislature. This session is only a couple of weeks old. However, we're already seeing things take shape and progress is starting to feel very possible. Senate Bill 5073 looks very promising. It's possible there may be some modifications to this bill during the review period. However, what we know is it will deliver what we've been demanding. Malice, the unmeetable bar of officer prosecution will be removed.

Chances are very high before this session is over there will be other bills introduced. Most likely there will be "police reform" bills introduced by police advocates that do not address the malice clause. Those bills might introduce legislation regarding improving training and community relations and that is very important. A lot of reform needs to be done. Officer should have the training and tools to do their jobs effectively and safely. We should all support that. However, if a bill does not address the issue of malice it's not good enough.

However, "malice" must go. That is not optional.

The picture I'm trying to paint is the legislative process is going to be complicated. We've had many meetings over the last few days. Some of them have been difficult. All of them have been useful. With the high emotion of this issue and the potential for a traffic jam of bills, the next few weeks pose very unique challenges. 

That is why we've hired a lobbyist to make sure we navigate this session with the greatest chance of success. 
We need your help to support this effort. You can donate HERE.
You can also help by getting yourself one of these cool t-shirts HERE.
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We also need you to email and call your state legislators. You can find them HERE. Put it on your calendar to make contact weekly. Let them know you are demanding police reform that includes the removal of "malice" and you won't settle for anything less.

We are also holding a Lobby Day in Olympia on February 6. You can get info and confirm HERE
We need you to come and we need you to make your voice heard.

Today is a National Day of Service. There is no more powerful way to serve than helping to make sure our communities and children have a safer future. 
Thank you for everything you do.

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