Washington State Association of Counties

Washington lawmakers begin to drop bills ahead of upcoming session

BY: and - December 4, 2023

Providing striking workers with unemployment checks. Protecting unspent gift card balances for consumers. Keeping the old name for a new state building. These are among the matters Washington lawmakers are teeing up for debate in the 2024 session. Legislators on Monday could begin pre-filing bills for introduction on the session’s first day, Jan. 8. To […]

WA counties lawsuit presses state to cover more legal defense costs for the poor

BY: - October 6, 2023

The state and its 39 counties are in another legal tussle. This time it centers on how to cover the cost of counsel for those facing criminal charges who cannot afford an attorney. A lawsuit filed by counties last month asserts the state’s system for providing these people with defense services in trial courts is […]