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2021

1
JUN

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.

25
MAY

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.

19
MAY

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.

27
APR

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.

20
APR

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.

16
MAR

Transformative tenant protections proposed for King County
A transformative tenant protections package has been officially introduced by two King County Councilmembers.

9
MAR

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.

9
MAR

$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.

9
MAR

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.

2
MAR

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.

12
FEB

King County councilmembers propose hazard pay for frontline grocery workers
Members of the King County Council introduced legislation Thursday that would require a $4 per hour hazard pay for employees at large grocery stores in unincorporated King County.

9
FEB

Councilmembers condemn preferential vaccine offerings by some area hospitals, request state prohibit such practices in legislation
In the wake of reports that three King County hospitals had offered special access to COVID-19 vaccines to donors and board members, the King County Council passed legislation Tuesday condemning the activity and requesting state lawmakers to prohibit such practices in the future.

12
JAN

King County appoints four members to 2021 districting committee
The King County Council on Tuesday appointed the first four of five members to the 2021 King County Districting Committee.

5
JAN

Balducci re-elected Chair as council embarks on busy new year
The King County Council on Tuesday unanimously re-elected Claudia Balducci as Chair, and Joe McDermott and Reagan Dunn as Vice Chairs.

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206-296-1024
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