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Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Update on law & justice bills

Several law and justice bills AWC has followed throughout the session continue to move. Here’s an update of where they are post-policy cutoff for bills in their opposite house of origin.

Fire & EMT bills

HB 1389, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), authorizes mobilization of risk resources regularly provided by fire departments, fire districts and regional fire protection authorities to include landslides, floods, earthquakes and contagious diseases in addition to wildfires. HB 1389 has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

E2SHB 1368, sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Olympia), removes disincentives to the voluntary formation of regional fire protection service authorities by equalizing provisions with existing laws governing fire protection district and by clarifying the formation process. E2SHB 1368 did not get out of the Senate policy committee prior to the cutoff and is considered dead for the session.

SB 5840/SHB 2007, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Dammeier (R-Puyallup) and Rep. Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup), create a supplemental payment program for government owned and operated providers that provide emergency ground transportation services to Medicaid beneficiaries and creates an intergovernmental transfer program to fund increased managed care payments for public ground EMT services. SB 5840 is in House Rules, and SHB 2007 is in Senate Rules.


SSB 5311, sponsored by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), requires crisis intervention training for new and currently employed peace officers. SSB 5311 has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

Drone bills

HB 1093, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon), primarily addresses privacy concerns around the private use of unmanned aircraft systems by prohibiting their use in Washington airspace if they have an active sensory device onboard that collects personal information about an individual without that individual’s consent, unless the federal government has authorized so. HB 1093 has been passed to the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 1639, sponsored by Rep. David Taylor (R-Moxee), addresses public agency use of unmanned aircraft systems. It prohibits state agencies from procuring drones without first receiving an appropriation from the Legislature and prohibits local agencies from procuring drones without first receiving explicit approval from its governing body. HB 1639 also specifically details what agencies can and cannot do with drone technology. HB 1639 has been passed to the Senate Rules Committee. Law enforcement has opposed this bill.

Traffic infractions, DUI & crime

SHB 2085, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), requires courts to allow a person who is assessed a monetary penalty for a traffic infraction to enter into a community restitution plan, if available, in lieu of all or part of the monetary penalty if the person is eligible or the court determines the person is indigent. SHB 2085 is in the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 1276, sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick), modifies DUI law. Each year a group of lawmakers revisit DUI legislation to respond to changing policy. To read about the bill, see this previous Bulletin article. HB 1276 has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

SSB 5037, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-Lakewood), expands the crime of organized retail theft to include circumstances where a person commits the crime with the aid of six accomplices and makes or receives an electronic communication in the planning or commission of the theft. SSB 5037 has been referred to the House Rules Committee.

Categories: Law & justice