Video Update from Olympia
This week, the Senate passed HB 1732, which changes Washington’s bias-based offense statute to:
- Call hate crimes by name.
- Clearly state gender expression and identity are protected under this law.
- Make it easier to prosecute hate crimes.
- Create a work group to add restorative justice as an option for holding hate crime offenders accountable.
This matter is deeply personal for me as a parent raising a small child in the Jewish faith. Click here to see my floor speech regarding HB 1732.
Domestic Violence Protection
While working in the criminal justice system, I saw that if an alleged abuser posted bail before the arraignment hearing for a domestic violence charge, no order prohibiting them from possessing firearms would be entered until after the arraignment hearing. When those prohibitions were ordered, a defendant was permitted to swear they did not have any gun to surrender, and follow-up was almost never done to verify this.
HB 1225 requires law enforcement at the scene of a domestic violence incident to immediately remove guns that are in plain sign or removed subject to a consent search, and gives courts the option to return them at arraignment if the allegations are unfounded.
I will continue working on these issues, and more, as a member of both the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and the Law & Justice Committee, and as vice chair of both the Local Government and the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks committees.
I want to hear from you on what’s important and how our Legislature can do more to put people first. I encourage you to contact my office or visit me in Olympia.