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WA lawmakers move treatment over jail time to the House

Democratic lawmakers in Olympia are working on a strategy to tackle drug possession that balances law enforcement and diversion.

Senate Bill 5536 would allow people with substance use disorder an opportunity to choose treatment over jail time.

But supporters say it will require a major investment for an airtight plan. And time is of the essence, the current law on the books expires this summer.

KUOW reporter Amy Radil joins us today to walk us through where the senate bill is at today.

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