Monthly Archives: April 2016

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    What are your priorities for Capitol Lake? Your input needed

What are your priorities for Capitol Lake? Your input needed

April 27th, 2016|

The Department of Enterprise Services is currently seeking community input on long-term goals and objectives for Capitol Lake. Your input can be provided by completing the online survey on the Capitol Lake webpage. Please note: This survey is only open until April 28.

Recurring themes on long-term goals from past input include:

  • Maintain recreational opportunities
  • Consider long-term costs and economic impacts
  • Improve sediment management
  • Improve fish and wildlife habitat
  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce flood risk, and more

The executive workgroup is made up of local and tribal government representatives working on long-term planning for Capitol Lake/Deschutes estuary, and received a briefing at the April 22 meeting on how the long-term goals and objectives for Capitol Lake evolved from 1999-2009. The workgroup will discuss how these goals may be articulated today. A summary of past input on goals and objectives may be found on the Capitol Lake website.

Enterprise Services manages the 260-acre reservoir known as Capitol Lake as part of the 486-acre Capitol Campus.

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    New legislative task force will examine use of lethal force in community policing

New legislative task force will examine use of lethal force in community policing

April 5th, 2016|


A new legislative task force has been created in Washington State to examine practices surrounding the use of lethal force by community law enforcement. Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, worked extensively with the Black Alliance of Thurston County, the House of Representatives, and Gov. Inslee’s office to pass the bill into law.

“The alarming number of increasing local and national high-profile incidents involving the use of lethal force was the inspiration for the task force,” said Fraser. “We will have a diverse group at the table to help identify alternatives and best practices so we are able to keep both law enforcement and members of the public safe from permanent harm.”

The joint legislative task force, created by the signing of House Bill 2908, will consist of 27 members and will include lawmakers, law enforcement groups, public defenders, and many advocacy groups representing the state’s communities of color.

Lethal force is the intentional application of force through the use of firearms or any other means reasonable likely to cause death or serious physical injury. Current state law authorizes the use of lethal force by officers in certain circumstances that is defined under statute. While it is not always the case, data shows the use of lethal force can often disproportionately impact people of color.

“This task force will help identify areas where we can improve relations between law enforcement and the public. It will also help answer the widespread concerns and many questions surrounding this issue in our state,” Fraser said.

The task force is required to submit a report to the Legislature on their findings by December 2016.

Japanese Sister State students visit Fraser

April 1st, 2016|

On Friday, April 1, 2016, Sen. Fraser had the pleasure of leading a tour of the Senate and Legislative Building to a group of Japanese high school students.

They are visiting from Kato City in Hyogo Prefecture, and are guests of the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association. Kato is located within Washington’s Sister State, Hyogo Prefecture.

Sen. Fraser led a friendship delegation to Hyogo Prefecture last summer. Washington State and Hyogo Prefecture have the longest sister state relationship in the United States.