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June 25, 2020

City Council votes to nix loitering laws

SEATTLE (AP) — Two years after a workgroup convened by the city recommended that Seattle drop its drug traffic and prostitution loitering laws, the Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously voted to eliminate the ordinances.

Seattle City Council members celebrated the vote as a move away from a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets people of color, but community groups and public defenders are now asking city leaders to decriminalize most currently enforced misdemeanors.

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