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Senate approves constitutional amendment for bail

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state Senate has approved a proposed a state constitutional amendment giving judges more power to deny bail.

The measure would let judges deny bail if a suspect is charged with a crime carrying a possible life sentence and, based on evidence, is considered a danger to the community.
The amendment was spurred by the November shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers. The suspect in the case was released on bail less than a week before the shooting.

The Senate unanimously approved the constitutional amendment Thursday afternoon. It now heads to the state House, but will have to be upheld by voters in the fall to actually take effect.