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Published on Friday, May 22, 2015

Governor signs several law and justice bills

Over the past weeks Governor Inslee has been busy signing bills into law lawmakers passed during the 105-day regular legislative session. Among the notable law and justice bills AWC tracked throughout the session, the Governor took action on:

HB 1382 addresses the delivery of basic firefighter training and testing. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Allyn), HB 1382 grants firefighting agencies the option of seeking reimbursement for their firefighter training expenses in lieu of obtaining training at the Academy. It also obligates the Director of Fire Protection to develop a plan for the WA State Patrol’s Fire Academy to deliver basic firefighter training and testing to all public firefighting agencies in the state. This law will go into effect July 24, 2015.

HB 1389 addresses the scope of state fire service mobilization and ensuring compliance with existing state and federal disaster response policies. Sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), HB 1389 authorizes the 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. This law will go into effect July 24, 2015.

HB 2007 concerns reimbursing cities for EMT services. Sponsored by Rep. Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup), HB 2007 creates 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. This law will go into effect July 24, 2015.

SB 5158, sponsored by Rep. John McCoy (D-Tulalip), allows call location information to be provided to law enforcement responding to an emergency. SB 5158 requires wireless telecommunications providers to provide call information for a telecommunications device (cell phone, etc.) of a user when requested by law enforcement responding to an emergency involving risk of death or serious physical harm. Law enforcement may not request this information for any other purpose and must first consult with the FBI crime center and any other databases to determine if the person requesting the information has a known history of domestic violence, stalking, etc. This law will go into effect July 24, 2015.

SB 5311 sponsored by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), requires crisis intervention training for peace officers. Under SB 5311 the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) must provide at least eight hours of crisis intervention training as part of the basic training academy for all new full-time law enforcement officers hired by general authority law enforcement agencies after July 1, 2017. After July 1, 2017, CJTC must also require that general authority peace officers complete two hours of annual crisis intervention training and pass a written exam to maintain their certification. By July 1, 2021, all general authority peace officers certified before July 1, 2017, must receive crisis intervention training similar to the basic academy's eight-hour crisis intervention training. This law will go into effect July 24, 2015.

Categories: Law & justice