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News Release, Published: 
Monday, May 10, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee signed ESSB 5226, a bill that falls short of the meaningful reform necessary to end debt-based license suspensions.
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Monday, May 3, 2021
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson ruled that Washington’s law authorizing automatic and mandatory license suspensions for unpaid moving violation fines without meaningful evaluation of the driver’s ability to pay the fine violates the state constitution’s right to due process.
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Monday, April 26, 2021
The Terrell Marshall Law Group and ACLU of Washington filed a class-action lawsuit against Pierce County on Monday claiming the county has violated the constitutional rights of thousands of people by referring their court debt to private collection agencies for missed payments and, in the process, punishing indigent people with additional charges despite their inability to pay.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, April 19, 2021
Youth will consult with a lawyer before waiving their constitutional rights in certain situations 
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
House Bill 1078 would restore voting rights to over 20,000 Washingtonians.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, February 22, 2021
The Players Coalition announced its support of House Bill 1078, which would restore voting rights to over 20,000 Washingtonians.

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