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After successful remote testimony pilot, Washington state Senate struggles to gain wider support

The state House of Representatives is ignoring the Senate’s push for technology that could widen accessibility to the lawmaking process.

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In one of American government’s many mixed messages, those who wish to share their perspective before state lawmakers are nearly always required to appear in person, sometimes requiring days of travel and time off work. Oregon joined the small handful of states that allow remote testimony earlier this year, but others, like Washington state, struggle to gain support for what supporters are calling a “common-sense technology.”

Washington state Sen. Mike Padden has secured support from the Senate for the use of remote…


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