Advocacy


Published on Feb 01, 2019

I-940 “fix” bill passes Legislature

Contact: Sharon Swanson, Shannon McClelland

The Washington State Legislature passed HB 1064 unanimously. The Governor is expected to sign the bill on Monday, February 4. Once signed, the bill will immediately become law due to the emergency provision.

Here is a summary of what this amended version of I-940 does:

  • Fixed an unintended consequence of I-940 that would have decertified officers when, for example, they were on military leave;
  • Cleaned up language about first aid being a "paramount duty." This created an unintended possibility of requiring officers to prioritize providing first aid despite an ongoing public safety concern, such as an active shooter;
  • The new version has a simpler and clearer definition of the deadly force standard, and balances community concerns with the challenges of law enforcement’s duty to make split-second decisions;
  • Both I-940 and HB 1064 remove "malice" from the definition of use-of-deadly-force standard;
  • Both versions require independent investigations of deadly-force incidents, a significant change. The Criminal Justice Training Commission will hold rulemaking on the definition of what constitutes an independent investigation;
  • Clarifies notifications to tribal governments when an officer’s use of deadly force results in the death of a tribal member; and
  • Adds clarification of reimbursement of defense costs if officers are acquitted or found not guilty.
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  • Select Committee on Pension Policy recommends rate change

  • Final city business license model threshold

  • Federal legislation preempting the rights of cities

  • I-1639: Gun violence prevention

  • I-1631: Clean air clean energy

  • I-1634: Taxation of groceries

  • U.S. Supreme Court issues long-awaited opinion on collecting remote sales tax

  • Special message from the AWC CEO

  • AWC’s legislative priorities process underway

  • Join state officials in discussion on Trueblood proposed agreement

  • Learn more about the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference

  • Equal Pay Opportunity Act takes effect

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund intended use plan

  • U.S. Attorneys highlight black market cannabis in OR & WA

  • Workgroup considers expanding Don’t Drip and Drive program statewide

  • Supreme Court will hear I-940 case

  • Nutrient forum update

  • New draft guidance for riparian ecosystems may present concerns

  • U.S. Supreme Court deadlock on culverts case: Ninth Circuit decision remains the law

  • July 1 deadline for new JLARC public records reporting

  • I-940: Law enforcement training and community safety

  • Statewide initiatives and referenda

  • Saying thanks & getting ready for the long 2019 legislative session

  • Puget Sound Nutrient Forum begins their work

  • See the results of most comprehensive municipal stormwater survey ever

  • Business license threshold input from business community

  • Next phase of work on water issues begin

  • Governor’s staff convenes broadband discussion

  • The Attorney General’s Office updates public disclosure model rules

  • Local Records Grant Program applications open soon

  • Local government public records consultation

  • JLARC public records reporting system open

  • Minimum wage exemption rulemaking in progress

  • ESD updates on Paid Family and Medical Leave rulemaking

  • AWC participates in state behavioral health reform discussions

  • House Rural Democratic Caucus meets with local rural stakeholders

  • FCC presentation on challenging mobile data availability

  • Housing affordability concerns reaching a boiling point

  • Alternative fuels for fleet vehicles mandate begins in June

  • Deadline for reporting lodging tax fast approaching

  • AWC highlights city infrastructure needs during Infrastructure Week

  • Register now! BUILD Transportation Grants webinars

  • Solid waste handling rule delayed

  • Improving recycling in response to China’s ban

  • Department of Revenue Partnership Meetings

  • Five things you can expect from AWC

  • Voting Rights Act resources now available

  • Culverts case heard in U.S. Supreme Court

  • Court of Appeals upholds county’s cannabis ban

  • Legislature’s action on police initiative ruled unconstitutional

  • Favorable court decision on recreational immunity

  • City B&O tax service apportionment workgroup

  • Business license threshold feedback from cities & business community

  • USDOT replaces TIGER grant program

  • Road-rail study work continues

  • Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) Advisory Committee

  • CERB introduces new rural broadband program

  • L&I taking input on new minimum wage exemption rules

  • JLARC updates public records data reporting

  • AG releases two new workplace rights guides

  • Archives offering free records management trainings

  • Poulsbo hosts Co-Responder Summit

  • Infrastructure week is May 14-21

  • 2017 Lodging tax expenditure data due soon

  • Local government partnership meetings

  • Governor approves Opportunity Zones