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Lawmakers in Olympia want to know if the Washington State Patrol (WSP) can explain its reasoning behind a decision to send letters to gun dealers throughout the state which asked for...

March 23, 2011

The House of Representatives today voted 88-4 to approve a measure that would allow the use of firearm noise suppressors that are legally registered and possessed under federal law. Rep. Matt...

Feb. 7, 2011

Patients at state mental hospitals who have been judged criminally insane will soon be severely restricted from leaving their facilities under a bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Shea and signed into...

March 31, 2010

A measure that would restrict outings for forensic patients in state custody has cleared its final hurdle and is on its way to the governor. The House of Representatives approved the...

March 8, 2010

A bill that would restrict outings for certain mentally ill people in state custody cleared the House of Representatives today with unanimous approval. Last September, criminally insane killer Phillip Paul walked...

Feb. 10, 2010

A bill prompted by the escape last fall of criminally-insane killer Phillip Paul won approval today in the House Human Services Committee. House Bill 2717, prime-sponsored by Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane...

Feb. 1, 2010

Measure the result of mentally-ill killer's escape at Spokane County Fair last September   Three days after criminally-insane killer Philip Paul walked away from an Eastern State Hospital outing during family...

Jan. 25, 2010

'Situation is outrageous, derelict,' they say In the wake of the breaking news yesterday about criminally insane murderer, Phillip Arnold Paul, escaping from chaperones while on an outing to the Spokane...

Sept. 18, 2009