What happens to voter initiatives during a pandemic?

You don’t have to read very far in the Washington State Constitution to understand the priority given to grassroots democracy. The second sentence in the Constitution reads: “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”  Article II doubles down on this idea, in an amendment adopted in 1911: The legislative authority of the state of Washington shall be vested in the legislature, consisting of a senate and house of representatives, which shall be called the legislature of the state …

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City, DOJ jointly file motion to terminate most of SPD consent decree

This afternoon, the City of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice jointly filed a motion asking Judge James Robart to terminate nearly all of the 2012 consent decree over the Seattle Police Department’s biased policing practices.  What would remain, assuming Robart approves the order, are the issues related to accountability and SPD’s discipline system that have dominated the discussion over the past three years.

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“Amazon Tax” bill is off the table — for now.

According to a memo issued today, Council President Lorena Gonzalez has decided that the payroll tax bill put forward by Council members Sawant and Morales does not meet the criteria for allowed Council actions under Governor Inslee’s proclamation modifying the terms of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA). As such, the Council may not continue deliberations on it while the Governor’s proclamation remains in effect, and next Wednesday’s Budget Committee meeting to discuss the bill has been cancelled.

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