Council approves legislation to turn City Hall Park over to County
The King County Council on Tuesday approved legislation that would seek options for King County to acquire City Hall Park from the City of Seattle and explore future plans and uses of the park, which is adjacent to the King County Courthouse, the seat of county government.
Kohl-Welles, Dunn bring legislation to spotlight human trafficking in King County, statewide
King County Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reagan Dunn on Thursday introduced legislation re-affirming the Council’s commitment to education about and the combatting of human trafficking.
Dunn, Kohl-Welles lead King County Council in recognition of National Recovery Month
King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn and Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles were joined by their fellow councilmembers Tuesday in recognizing September as Behavioral Health Recovery Month in King County.
Council approves more than $389 million for courts backlog, community supports, rental assistance, and more in latest round of emergency COVID funding
The King County Council on Tuesday approved its latest round of emergency COVID-19 funding, a supplemental budget totaling more than $389 million.
New Law Enforcement Oversight Director Appointed for King County
The King County Council has appointed Tamer Abouzeid, an attorney, mediator, community organizer and policy professional, to serve as the new director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.
Council approves requirement for electric vehicle charging in new development
The King County Council on Tuesday approved legislation adding requirements for much of new development in unincorporated King County to include charging stations and dedicated parking for electric vehicles. The legislation pushes toward one of the key goals of the Council’s Strategic Climate Action Plan.
Kohl-Welles to transfer ‘retired’ vans to organizations serving District Four
King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has designated four local organizations that will receive retired Metro Transit Vanpool vans to provide transportation assistance to people with disabilities, low-income individuals, seniors, and young people.
‘Just cause,’ other transformative tenant protections approved by Council
The King County Council on Tuesday approved a transformative tenant protections package headlined by capped move-in fees and new ‘just cause’ eviction criteria.
Two finalists identified for King County law enforcement oversight job
The King County Council announced this week that is has narrowed its search for a new director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) down to two finalists.
Facial Recognition Technology Ban Passed by King County Council
A groundbreaking proposal to ban government use of facial recognition software has been passed by the King County Council. It was approved Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 9-0. King County, home to 2.3 million people in and around Seattle, becomes the first county and one of the largest jurisdictions in the United States to pass such a ban.
Record $631 million emergency COVID budget approved by Council
A seventh round of emergency funding in response to COVID-19, this time totaling more than $631 million, was approved Tuesday by the King County Council by a vote of 8-1.
Dembowski issues statement on retirement of Public Health Director Patty Hayes
King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the retirement of Public Health Seattle - King County Directory Patty Hayes.
King County fireworks ban approved by full council
The King County Council on Tuesday approved legislation that will ban fireworks in unincorporated King County starting in 2022.
Council sends Best Starts for Kids levy renewal to voters with unanimous approval
The King County Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to send the Best Starts for Kids levy to voters, who will ultimately decide on renewing the levy for another six years. It will appear on the August 3 primary ballot.
Transformative tenant protections proposed for King County
A transformative tenant protections package has been officially introduced by two King County Councilmembers.
Climate action toolkit to empower cities and towns to act on climate is approved by King County Council
The King County Council on Tuesday approved a Climate Action Toolkit to empower King County cities and towns to take immediate local action on climate change.
$4-per-hour pandemic hazard pay for grocery workers approved by King County Council
The King County Council on Tuesday approved a proposal that adds a $4-per-hour hazard pay for employees at large grocery stores in unincorporated King County.
New law will protect virtual addiction recovery privacy
The King County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that makes it illegal in King County to hack into virtual addiction recovery and mental health meetings.
King County Council Recognizes One Year of COVID-19
King County Vice Chair Reagan Dunn on Tuesday delivered an official recognition of the one-year anniversary of King County’s State of Emergency due to COVID-19.