Seattle’s controversial ‘poverty defense’ proposal stalls out

Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who first floated the idea last fall, has not pronounced progress dead, but said she has asked advocates “to work on building more support for the concept among council members before I do more work with my colleagues to develop a bill.” 

So far, she has not heard anything more from those advocates, which include county public defenders and advocates for reforming the city’s public safety responses. Several council members told Crosscut they had not had conversations about the proposal since its last hearing during a committee work session on Dec. 8.

“I think there might be some other issues that are more front burner for them

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