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Washington National Guard called to protect Olympia Capitol Campus for start of legislative session

12 Jan 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee has activated the Washington State National Guard to help with security at the Capitol Campus in Olympia when the 2021 legislative session begins Monday.

Inslee has authorized up to 750 members of the Guard to be in Olympia in coordination with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and local law enforcement. These measures are in addition to the regular Capitol Campus security.

"As legislators begin their work on behalf of the people of the state of Washington, we must do whatever we can to ensure that they can do that work without fear, intimidation or harassment," Inslee said in a prepared statement Friday. "The actions we saw in both Washington, D.C. and Olympia earlier this week were completely unacceptable and will not be repeated in our state capital again."

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