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  • 05/18/2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Gov. Jay Inslee signed a dozen bills today that will improve accountability for law enforcement in Washington state, and will create the nation’s strongest police accountability system. The governor, joined by community members and families of those impacted, signed the bills at the Eastside Community Center in Tacoma.

    The governor signed legislation that will create an Office of Independent Investigations that reports to the governor, prohibit certain uses of force and will require more thorough oversight requirements for hiring and for reporting misconduct.

    “The crises of the past year have unmasked long-standing inequities in our society. The consciousness of our state and nation has been raised against inequity in many forms,” Inslee said. “Our moral mandate to acknowledge these hard truths crystallized in the fallout from the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, and the killing of Manny Ellis in Tacoma. The bills I am signing today respect these truths and lay a solid foundation to halt inequity’s pernicious influence in our systems of government.”

    Katrina Johnson— cousin of Charleena Lyles, who was killed in Seattle in June of 2017— praised the legislation being signed and thanked the governor and state for allowing impacted families to lead in policy discussions, as they are “experts of [their] experience.” 

    “To the impacted families, take a bow in knowing your loved ones death is not in vain,” Johnson said Tuesday. “Today, we stand united in strength and bonded together in pain and blood. We celebrate on this bill signing day, and tomorrow it is back to work on implementation.” 

    Gov. Inslee Press Updates <press@updates.gov.wa.gov>
  • 05/17/2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    The governor signed the Climate Commitment Act, environmental justice legislation, a clean fuels standard and bills related to reducing Washington’s single-use plastic waste and hydrofluorocarbon pollution. The governor also vetoed sections

    “We’ve got a heck of a job to do in the years to come. Our climate commitment, made by our legislature in 2020, is to cut climate pollution by over 50% in the next nine years, on our pathway to net-zero climate pollution by 2050. It won’t be easy, but these bills go a long ways to getting us there,” Inslee said. “Today we commit to our kids and grandkids to do the hard work, so that they will have good jobs and a safe, healthy future, here in our beautiful home state.”

    Inslee was joined by legislators, tribal members, community members and organizations, and other stakeholders as he signed legislation that secured Washington’s top position in the country battling the climate change crisis.

    The governor also issued partial vetoes for HB 1091 and SB 5126.

    Gov. Inslee Press Updates <press@updates.gov.wa.gov>

  • 05/14/2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30.

    The announcement comes after the governor paused phase movement for two weeks to review an emerging flattening trend in statewide COVID-19 data. As of this week, the plateau observed in COVID-19 activity has become a decline.

    “What we know now gives us the confidence to close this chapter in this pandemic and begin another,” Inslee said at a press conference Thursday. “This next part of our fight to save lives in Washington will focus on increasing vaccination rates and continuing to monitor variants of concern as we move toward reopening our state.”

    The full reopening could happen earlier than June 30 if 70% or more of Washingtonians over the age of 16 initiate vaccination. Washington has administered over six million doses of vaccine, and 56 percent of Washingtonians have initiated vaccination.

    Inslee also announced that Washington will fully adopt masking guidance issued by the CDC earlier this week. He stressed that this guidance is for fully vaccinated people — meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    Gov. Inslee Press Updates <press@updates.gov.wa.gov>

  • 05/13/2021 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30.

    The announcement comes after the governor paused phase movement for two weeks to review an emerging flattening trend in statewide COVID-19 data. As of today, the plateau observed in COVID-19 activity has become a decline.

    “What we know now gives us the confidence to close this chapter in this pandemic and begin another,” Inslee said at a press conference Thursday. “This next part of our fight to save lives in Washington will focus on increasing vaccination rates and continuing to monitor variants of concern as we move toward reopening our state.”

    The full reopening could happen earlier than June 30 if 70% or more of Washingtonians over the age of 16 initiate vaccination. Washington has administered over six million doses of vaccine, and 56 percent of Washingtonians have initiated vaccination.

    Inslee also announced that Washington will fully adopt masking guidance issued by the CDC earlier today. He stressed that this guidance is for fully vaccinated people — meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    Gov. Inslee Press Updates <press@updates.gov.wa.gov>

  • 03/31/2021 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    The Seattle office of Cozen O’Connor is currently seeking an experienced Patent Prosecution and Trademark Paralegal.  Strong writing and communication skills required, as well as strong attention to detail and ability to take ownership of large docket.  Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word and Excel) required.  Experience with IManage/Worksite, FoundationIP, and/or Corsearch a plus.  Ideal candidate will have 3+ years of relevant experience.   

    Primary Responsibilities:

    Patent

    • Domestic and international patent filing and prosecution.
    • File U.S. and PCT patent applications using USPTO EFS.
    • Assist the supervising attorneys to ensure that all docket dates and all related patent deadlines are timely met.
    • Legalization of documents.
    • Prepare reporting correspondence, status reports, response templates, etc.
    • Prepare patent filing documents and assignments.
    • Keep electronic document management system (Worksite) current.
    • Correspond with clients and foreign counsel.
    • Timely flagging events that may lead to preparation of IDSs and preparation of IDSs.
    • Proofreading issued patents and performing PTA calculation reviews.
    Trademark
    • Domestic and international trademark filing, prosecution, and maintenance.
    • Assist in preparation and filing of UDRP and TTAB actions.
    • Prepare reporting correspondence, status reports, response templates, etc.
    • Prepare and record assignments.
    • Proofing docketed information, check statuses, and deadlines for accuracy.
    • Monitoring the status of third party domestic and foreign applications.
    • Legalization of documents, coordinating with vendor and foreign associates regarding same.
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      General

    • Timely filing of all correspondence in the document management system.
    • Interact with clients and foreign counsel.
    • Prepare and assist in the preparation of all relevant written communications and IP documents.
    • Assist the supervising attorneys to ensure that all docket dates and all related deadlines are met.
    • Organize and maintain electronic files in a timely manner.
    • Administrative support: docketing and file management.
    • Additional projects and tasks as assigned.

    A four year bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate required.

    Cozen O’Connor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex, or any unlawful factor.

    APPLY HERE

  • 03/15/2021 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Gov. Inslee Press Updates: Mon, Mar 15 at 3:50 PM

    Inslee signs emergency proclamation requiring in-person education opportunities for public K-12 schools

    Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an emergency proclamation prohibiting all public K-12 schools in Washington from failing to provide opportunities in both remote instruction and on-campus, in-person instruction. The proclamation aims to address the alarming educational inequities and mental health concerns among students as a result of prolonged remote education.

    “This has been a long year for our state’s students and their families. They have lived with fear and uncertainty,” Inslee said during a press conference Friday. “The youth mental health crisis has become significantly worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is time to provide an in-person learning option to help students that need it.”

    Under the proclamation, schools will be allowed to stagger the reintroduction of students to campus. Schools will be expected to provide an in-person learning option that equates to at least 30% of instructional time by two key deadlines:

    April 5: All students in kindergarten through fifth or sixth grade (depending on the school district) must be offered a hybrid option.

    April 19: All remaining K-12 students must be offered a hybrid option.

    In addition, schools must offer students at least two days per week of on-campus, in-person instruction.

    As schools open, they must adhere to physical distancing, masking and environmental cleaning requirements set out by the state Department of Health (DOH) and worker safety requirements issued by the state Department of Labor and Industries.

    The proclamation also orders the state Health Care Authority and DOH to immediately begin work on recommendations on how to support the behavioral health needs of our children and youth over the next six to 12 months, and to address and triage the full spectrum of rising pediatric behavioral health needs.

  • 01/13/2021 4:46 PM | Anonymous


    Inslee announces updated school guidance for in-person instruction

    Safe schools matrix

     

    Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal today announced an update in the metrics used to inform local school district decisions for in-person learning. They also announced $3 million from set aside funds to be distributed to implement health and safety protocols.

    The update to the school health and safety toolkit comes after recent data showed limited COVID-19 transmission in school environments when state health and safety protocols are implemented.

    The Department of Health suggests three categories for re-introducing in-person learning:

    • For schools in counties where COVID-19 cases are “low” (less than 50 residents per 100,000), in-person learning should be made available for all students.

    • In counties where COVID-19 cases are “moderate” (between 50 and 350 residents per 100,000), in-person learning should be phased in, starting with elementary students not already attending in person and middle school students, followed by high school students.

    • Finally, in counties where COVID-19 cases are “high” (over 350,000 per 100,000 residents), it’s recommended that schools should only offer in-person instruction for elementary and high-need students in small groups of 15 students or fewer. 

    "I have sought the opinions of state and local education administrators, as well as educators, staff, parents and school boards. And today, we are providing them more clarity and confidence in getting students back in the classroom," Inslee said during a press conference Wednesday. "Many people's lives revolve around a regular school schedule and, apart from the academics, schools provide social supports that advance healthy childhood development."

    Related to safety in schools, the governor will issue an accompanying proclamation requiring schools by law to implement health and safety measures, and mandates staff involvement in health and safety related decisions.

    Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

    Read the full in-person guidance here

     






  • 12/27/2020 4:42 PM | Anonymous


    December 27, 2020

    Inslee announces state action following Trump’s refusal to sign Pandemic Unemployment Assistance extension





    Gov. Jay Inslee announced today the state will provide funding for almost 100,000 Washingtonians who will lose federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits following President Trump’s refusal to act on the federal coronavirus relief package. The president had until midnight on December 26th to sign the sweeping relief bill to avert a lapse in PUA benefits. 

    “We are providing a bridge for some Washingtonians until the federal government finally acts. It is extremely unfortunate that the president has missed the deadline and allowed much-needed unemployment benefits to lapse for struggling workers and families. The relief bill was negotiated by his own administration, supported by both Republicans and Democrats and passed with overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. His last-minute demands can and should be dealt with separately, but instead, the president has chosen to hold the entire relief package hostage.

    “In our state, we prepared for the possibility of a lapse in benefits and in anticipating it, we developed a plan for a one-time payment for those who have been receiving PUA benefits. Because we established a state backup plan, we can take action today to help some of those harmed by the president’s decision.

    “Today, I am announcing that Washington state will provide $54 million to extend a one-time Pandemic Relief Payment to 94,555 people in our state who have been claiming PUA and will be immediately impacted by the lapse in federal benefits. The Employment Security Department will be issuing this state benefit later this week. This does not solve all the problems caused by the president’s inaction — we are doing what we can, but we simply do not have the ability to replace all of the unemployment supports in the relief package. However, for some people in our state who have been receiving PUA benefits, this will prevent an immediate loss of assistance at a time when they are most in need.

    “Families and businesses will face devastating consequences if the president continues to block the bipartisan package. Hopefully he does the right thing and ultimately signs the bill. But, even if the legislation is signed in the days ahead, thousands of Washingtonians will lose at least a week of pandemic unemployment assistance — and that is unacceptable to me.”

    This emergency payment will be issued by the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) to all PUA claimants who were in active status the week ending November 21st, and will total $550 per claimant, which equates to roughly two weeks of benefits for most PUA recipients. If signed, the federal relief package would extend federal PUA benefits through March 14, 2021.

    The PUA program provides federal unemployment benefits for those not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance, such as independent contractors and self-employed workers.

    ESD will have more information on their webpage later today at https://esd.wa.gov/



    Website link

    press@updates.gov.wa.gov 





  • 12/23/2020 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    December 23, 2020  

    Inslee announces eviction moratorium extension 

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he will extend the eviction moratorium to March 31, 2021. The current eviction moratorium was set to expire on December 31.

    "COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on Washingtonians over the last nine months," Inslee said. "I know this moratorium has been critical for many families and individuals as they cope with the impacts of this virus. People need certainty about whether the moratorium will be extended, and it is important that I provide that certainty today while we work out the final details of the moratorium."

    Additional details and a full announcement will come next week. 


    December 21, 2020

    Proclamation 20-83: COVID-19 Prohibitions on Travel from Countries with 501Y.V Variant Circulation

    Today Gov. Jay Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington state after visiting the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries where a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 501Y.V, has been circulating.

    Health experts believe this new variant may be more transmissible than other variants. The order applies to anyone who has been present in these countries within the prior 14 days. An individual is permitted to leave quarantine to perform certain essential activities (for example, seek medical treatment), provided that they avoid public transportation and ride-share services, wear a facial covering, separate themselves from other people to the greatest extent reasonably possible, and follow other appropriate social distancing measures. All individuals who are impacted by this order are strongly encouraged to be tested within seven days of returning to Washington.

    The full proclamation is available here.

    Proclamation 20-25.10: Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

    Gov. Inslee also updated Proclamation 20-25 and related guidance for houses of worship, weddings, and funerals. Currently, houses of worship are permitted to hold indoor services with up to 25% room capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

    The 200 person maximum attendance cap is being removed in response to the December 15, 2020 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak, which struck down Nevada’s 50-person attendance caps, interpreting the Supreme Court’s decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo to represent a ‘seismic shift in Free Exercise law.’ 

    Because the Governor believes the attendance cap will help save lives, he is converting the required 200-person cap to a recommended cap. The Governor recognizes and respects that it is the role of the courts to say what the law is. The Governor does not intend to re-impose mandatory numerical caps specific to religious services unless the Ninth Circuit or the Supreme Court clarifies the state of the law. Other minor modifications are made to align the guidance documents and the proclamation related to music and singing.

    The full proclamation is available here.


    December 20, 2020

    Inslee announces authorization of Moderna vaccine by Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

    The announcement comes after the FDA and CDC granted their initial authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Western States Workgroup, comprised of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada, have been meeting to review the data and analysis to ensure the safety and efficacy of both the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines federally authorized. The Pfizer vaccine was authorized last week and is already being administered throughout Washington state. 

    “I’m pleased that the Western States Workgroup gave their unanimous recommendation to the Moderna vaccine today and encourages immediate use of the vaccine in our states,” Inslee said. “Having two vaccines to combat COVID-19 will help us begin to recover from this destructive pandemic.”

    Workgroup members hope that their independent review inspires confidence in Washingtonians around the vaccine’s safety and efficacy. 

    The first of the Moderna vaccine doses are expected to start arriving from the federal government this week. The storage and handling of this vaccine is logistically easier and should help get the vaccine to all areas of the state.

    “We still need to be extremely vigilant in taking care of each other until the vaccine is widely available, which will still be several months from now,” Inslee said. “We must continue masking, physical distancing and not gathering with friends and family, especially during this holiday season. Our disease activity remains high, and we must work together to keep each other safe.”

    Website link

    press@updates.gov.wa.gov 



  • 12/17/2020 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    December 17, 2020

    Inslee releases 2021 – 2023 budget proposal

    Gov. Inslee announced the details of his 2021 – 2023 biennial budget proposal Thursday, which included significant funding for public health, economic supports for workers and businesses, and other services that Washingtonians need to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19.

    "We must invest in the relief, recovery and resilience of Washington. We cannot cut the things that we need most during a pandemic," Inslee said during a press conference Thursday. "In my proposed operating, capital and transportation budgets, I am investing in the people of our state."

    Inslee’s budget proposals would:

    • Continue an aggressive response to the ongoing pandemic and build more capacity for tackling future public health crises.

    • Rebuild the state’s economy and continue efforts to support households, students, workers and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

    • Address racial and economic inequity.

    • Protect previous investments in areas such as education, childcare and early learning, climate action, behavioral health reform, combating homelessness and access to health care.

    Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

    Read the proposed 2021 – 2023 Budget and Policy Highlights.

    Read the Health and Economy policy brief.

     

    Website link

    press@updates.gov.wa.gov



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