King County Council rejects attempt to remove public homeless encampments

The King County Council has rejected a proposal intended to address homeless encampments in unincorporated King County.

The motion, which did not appear before the full council and failed at the local services committee level, would have formally provided guidelines to the King County executive’s office on the forced removal of encampments from public land.

If adopted, the proposal would establish certain thresholds which, if met, would allow the county to remove publicly placed encampments. Those thresholds largely pertain to public safety with regard to unsanitary environments or reports of criminal activity not related to possession.

The legislation was crafted with implicit acknowledgement of recent court rulings that have

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