State senator: Officials should ‘get out of ivory tower in Seattle’ over plan for heroin sites

State Sen. Mark Miloscia said he will oppose efforts to establish a public site for heroin users in his South King County district.

“These King County officials need to get out of their ivory tower in Seattle and talk to regular folks to understand the insanity of this proposal,” Miloscia said in an email.

Miloscia’s comments come on the heels of a recommendation by a county heroin task force to open two sites in the county where addicts can inject heroin under medical supervision. The sites would be an alternative to consuming in parks, alleys and other open-air spots, advocates say.

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Lawmaker to seek state bill to crack down on homeless camps

State Sen. Mark Miloscia will push legislation next year to crack down on homeless encampments and punish local governments that do not enforce regulations on encampments.

Miloscia, a Federal Way Republican who is running for state auditor, would bar local governments from setting guidelines on encampments more lenient than state standards and would sanction local governments that fail to act on unauthorized encampments.

Local governments that do not enforce the standards would face a loss of state funding, although Miloscia did not specify what source of funding.

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Bill would force changes at Western State Hospital

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In a place where change can come slowly, Senator Mark Miloscia has been laser-focused on immediate fixes for the troubled mental hospital, Western State.

"If Western State Hospital doesn't address its serious management problems, more people will die," he said.

Federal agencies could pull millions of dollars in funding on March 1st if the facility doesn't improve patient safety plans, management structure and basic hygiene.

"Most people aren't doing all the needed elements to have a robust quality management system, so they kind of spend all their time what I call faking it," Miloscia said.

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State lawmakers grill D.O.C. on early prisoner release

State lawmakers grilled Department of Corrections staff Monday about the early release of thousands of prisoners. While a computer glitch caused the problem, senators wanted to know why nothing was done about it for three years.

"What have you done in the last 30 days?" demanded Sen. Mark Miloscia, co-chair of the Senate Accountability and Reform Committee. "What review have you taken? What process have you looked at?"

"I don't think there is a performance system in place that is going to catch a mistake in a computer algorithm," answered D.O.C. Secretary Dan Pacholke.

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Lawmakers blame Western State Hospital managers for problems

SEATTLE (AP) - The head of a legislative accountability committee blamed a state health agency Wednesday for the crisis at Washington's largest psychiatric hospital.

The agency blamed Western State Hospital's problems on its inability to hire enough staff, and hospital employees blamed the Legislature for cutting funds over the years.

"The only problem with Western State Hospital is the house is burning down," Matt Zuvich, chairman of the Washington Federation of State Employees, told the Senate panel.

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Washington state bill targets online shenanigans with potential prison time

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington Senate bill proposes to turn a variety of malicious online activities into actually prosecutable crimes with prison times and fines. The Senate Law & Justice Committee held a hearing Monday on a bill by Sen. Mark Miloscia, R- Federal Way, to map out several cybercrimes and declare them felonies or misdemeanors.

Miloscia said he and numerous members of the Archdiocese of Seattle were victims of identity theft in 2014, with false federal income tax forms filed in their names to seek significant refunds. That and the Seattle region’s blossoming high-tech culture prompted him to filed the bills.

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Miloscia runs for state auditor to erase ‘shame and embarrassment’ caused by Kelley

Mark Miloscia was a Democrat in a 2012 free-for-all primary to replace longtime Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag and came up short against the self-financed campaign of state Rep. Troy Kelley.

Miloscia, now a Republican state senator from Federal Way, is running again in 2016 to erase what he calls the “shame and embarrassment” that Kelley has brought to the office.

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Lineup for state auditor race: Anyone but Kelley

It seems pretty obvious Washington’s next state auditor won’t be the current one, Troy X. Kelley.

But then who might it be?

No candidate had stepped forward as of Wednesday morning, though Republican state Sen. Mark Miloscia, of Federal Way, may do so before the week is out.

And that won’t be a shock. In fact, it’s overdue as Miloscia began recruiting himself when Kelley’s political career nose-dived earlier this year in a hailstorm of criminal charges.

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Federal Way senator Miloscia announces bid to replace indicted state auditor

State Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, announced Thursday he will run to replace embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley in 2016.

A federal grand jury handed down a 10-count indictment against Kelley last April that accused him of theft between 2002-2008. In September, eight new federal charges were filed against Kelley, including allegations that he laundered money and paid himself from funds he allegedly stole from clients of his former real estate business.

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State Sen. Mark Miloscia to run for state auditor

State Sen. Mark Miloscia will run for state auditor next year, becoming the first candidate to declare for the post occupied by indicted incumbent Troy Kelley.

Miloscia, a Republican from Federal Way, announced his campaign in emails to supporters and the media Thursday, saying Kelley has “brought shame and embarassment to our once well-respected State Auditor’s office.”

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