Republican leaders say one senator should not stand in the way of fixing police pursuit laws


House and Senate Republicans said in a meeting with reporters that Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, should not be allowed to stand in the way of a bipartisan desire to fix police pursuit laws. Dhingra, who chairs the Senate's Law & Justice Committee, has publicly expressed her reluctance to allow a hearing for legislation authorizing police to pursue suspects based on reasonable suspicion rather than the stricter standard of probable cause put into place in 2021.

Lawmakers also tried to forecast bipartisan cooperation on transportation, talked about how to fix the state's troubled Employment Security Department and responded to an anticipated change in federal COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. Speaking with the media were House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, and Reps. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, and Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, as well as Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and Sens. Shelly Short, R-Addy, and Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake.

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