WA lawmakers weigh legal options after ‘disruptive’ protests in state capitol

  • August 11, 2021

The Washington State Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit demonstrations on Capitol grounds.

The bill, SB1421, would also prohibit “disruptions” and would require protesters to have a permit.

The legislation comes after violent protests erupted last month at the Capitol and prompted Governor Jay Inslee to call for the state to shut down the Capitol.

The protests sparked a wave of anti-government sentiment in the state and prompted Inslee and the legislature to close the Capitol in the midst of a legislative session.

“If we don’t get this right, we are going to lose our democracy,” Inslee said in a speech.

The Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff and Julie Tate contributed to this report.