Category: Politics

Thoughts and updates from our work.

During the legislative session, we are constantly seeking to keep civil legal aid top-of-mind for legislators and policymakers, in an effort to better fund the critical work being done by our alliance of providers throughout the state. Last Sunday, the Tri-City Herald published an op-ed entitled To Keep People out of Poverty, We Must Support […]

The 2018 State Legislative Session officially began earlier this week, on Monday, January 8. As you may know, this year’s session is a “short” session, meaning it is only scheduled to last for 60 days. Last year, with the hard work and support of advocates from around the state, we secured a $4.8 million increase […]

Sunday, April 23rd was the formal “sine die” to the end of the 2017 state legislative session. However, in the absence of agreement on either the state operating or capital budgets, Governor Jay Inslee called for a 30-day Special Session beginning today, Monday, April 24. As we all know, the central issue of this session […]

The Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee, Washington Supreme Court and Washington’s Board for Judicial Administration have all urged congress to protect funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which seeks to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to […]

Today, the Trump Administration released its initial budget that includes the complete elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). As a reminder, LSC administers federal civil legal aid funding, which currently accounts for approximately $6.5 million to provide critical legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in Washington State. Since LSC’s creation during the Nixon […]

In 2017, King County residents will vote on the renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy (VHSL), and the County is currently exploring the possibility of including civil legal aid as a part of the strategy for a renewed Veterans and Human Services Levy. The current VHSL, which was renewed by voters in August of […]

By Tarra Simmons, 2016 Goldmark Intern On June 24, 2016 I became the first person in our state to obtain a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity. The Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP) became available to persons with a criminal conviction on June 9, 2016 after the unanimous passage of ESHB 1553 in the 2016 […]