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Carlyle issues statement on Washington Privacy Act

March 12th, 2020|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) issued the following statement today on Senate Bill 6281, the Washington Privacy Act.

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“In today’s era, consumer data privacy is the soul of economic, social and consumer value, and it goes to the core of our treasured constitutional rights and interests. With the federal government’s inability to move forward, state-level action is more important than ever, and I’ve long believed that Washington is the right place and this is the right time to craft comprehensive state-level legislation.

Following two historic, near-unanimous votes on proposals in the Senate this year and last, I’m deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to reach consensus with our colleagues in the House. The impasse remains a question of enforcement. As a tech entrepreneur who has worked in multiple startup companies, and in the absence of any compelling data suggesting otherwise, I continue to believe that strong attorney general enforcement to identify patterns of abuse among companies and industries is the most responsible policy and a more effective model than the House proposal to allow direct individual legal action against companies.

I’m incredibly proud that in today’s divided era we were able to generate overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation. I’m grateful for the work of my fellow Environment, Energy & Technology Committee members and colleagues on both sides of the aisle, particularly Sen. Ann Rivers, Sen. Manka Dhingra, Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Majority Leader Andy Billig. I also respect and appreciate the work of Rep. Zack Hudgins, Rep. Drew Hansen and Speaker Laurie Jinkins, despite our strong policy disagreements, and I offer my special thanks to Gov. Inslee for his strong support of consumer data privacy and our efforts to pass this bill.”



Senate passes Carlyle’s Washington Privacy Act

February 14th, 2020|

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today overwhelmingly approved the Washington Privacy Act, one of the nation’s strongest consumer data privacy protection measures.

Based on global standards and best practices, the act strengthens consumer access and control over personal data held by companies and it regulates the use of facial recognition technology.

A bipartisan group of senators voted 46-1 in favor of Senate Bill 6281, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle).

“We’re so proud that Democrats and Republicans voted together to recognize that consumer privacy is essential and that data belongs to individuals,” said Carlyle, who chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. “This bill carefully, responsibly takes the best practices from Europe, California and other states to build a data privacy regulatory framework that will help set a standard and lead the nation in bringing our data privacy laws into the 21st century.”

The comprehensive act builds on central elements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and gives Washington residents meaningful tools to determine how their personal data is used and shared. That includes the right to know who is using consumers’ data and why, the right to correct inaccurate personal data, the right to delete certain personal data, and the right to opt out of the processing of data in key areas.

The act also requires companies to disclose data management policies in order to increase transparency and establishes limits on the commercial use of facial recognition technology.

An overview of the bill is available here.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Washington residents overwhelmingly favor efforts to defend data privacy. In a Crosscut Elway poll released in January, 84 percent of respondents said consumer protections for personal online data should be strengthened.

On Wednesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Privacy Forum released a side-by-side comparison of the Washington Privacy Act with the CCPA – the only existing comprehensive consumer privacy law in the United States – and the GDPR.

The group concluded that, in the absence of a comprehensive federal law, “the Washington Privacy Act could serve as a useful regulatory model for other states and for Congress that improves upon the CCPA, provides rights to Washington residents, and helps companies build effective data protection programs.”

Washington Senate votes to eliminate death penalty

January 31st, 2020|

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today voted 28-18 on a bipartisan basis to eliminate the death penalty in Washington law and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release or parole.

Senate Bill 5339, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), makes Washington statute consistent with a 2018 decision in which the state Supreme Court invalidated the death penalty as unconstitutional after ruling it was administered in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.

The court based its conclusion on statistical evidence showing significant county-by-county variation in decisions to seek or impose the death penalty. The court noted that African-American defendants were four-and-a-half times more likely to receive a death sentence than white defendants in similar cases.

“For more than 10 years I have worked with colleagues to help build consensus that moving beyond the death penalty is in the best interest of the people of this state,” Carlyle said. “I’m deeply appreciative of the thoughtful and gracious conversation with the families of victims, and the recognition that this is a moral, policy, financial and community issue that requires deep reflection and a commitment to elevate the civic discourse.

“I’m honored to have sponsored this measure for many years because we as a civic society have moved beyond the death penalty. This legislation represents us taking a stand and taking the death penalty off the books. I’m honored the Senate has passed this for the third time in three years, bringing us in line with the position of the governor and the courts.”

The bill will now proceed to the House of Representatives.

Washington’s death penalty law, enacted in 1981, has not been enforced since 2014, when Gov. Jay Inslee placed a moratorium on state executions. Twenty other states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty, and gubernatorial moratoria are in place in four more states.

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    36th Legislative District lawmakers to host town hall before the holidays

36th Legislative District lawmakers to host town hall before the holidays

December 10th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle and his fellow 36th Legislative District lawmakers will host a town hall meeting on Dec. 15 in advance of the 2020 legislative session.

Washington’s citizen Legislature will be considering action on a variety of issues, including climate change and the environment, consumer data privacy, behavioral health, housing affordability, accountability and fairness in our state’s tax code, election security, juvenile justice and many other important issues that impact communities.

Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. No RSVP is required.

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Who: Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton and Rep. Noel Frame

What: Town hall meeting

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, from 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: National Nordic Museum, Osberg Hall, 2655 NW Market Street

Why: Engage directly with your 36th District lawmakers as they prepare to represent you in the 2020 legislative session in Olympia