Klippert’s bills one step closer to law following Senate approval

Measures would expand public facilities districts and study reporting of sex offenders' Internet use

Two bills authored by Rep. Brad Klippert have won approval in the Senate and are moving steadily toward becoming law. One of the proposals would allow adjacent cities to form a super public facilities district (PFD). The second measure would study convicted sex offenders' usage of the Internet.

"It took some work to get these bills through the process, and they were both amended along the way to address various lawmakers' concerns. However, I'm excited they have met Senate approval and are close to being sent to the governor," said Klippert, R-Kennewick. "Both of these measures would be helpful for our citizens and make the 8th District a safer and more prosperous place to live."

House Bill 2299 would allow multiple contiguous cities, such as Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, to form a single public facilities district to pay for a regional project or projects. Klippert noted that if a super PFD is created, the district could propose projects such as a regional aquatic center. Voters would then be able to decide if they want to fund those regional projects.

"This would allow different public facilities districts to pool their resources and construct a project that would serve the citizens of that region. The bill has been amended so there would be no state dollars involved and competitive bidding would be required," said Klippert. "It remains a good bill."

Klippert said extensive changes were made to his other measure, House Bill 2035. As originally proposed, the bill would have required convicted sex and kidnapping offenders to report their e-mail addresses and any of their Web sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, to law enforcement upon release from custody.

The new language of the measure requires the state's Sex Offender Policy Board to study the effects of reporting of sex offenders' Internet use.

"The latest version of this legislation asks for a study to see if anyone's constitutional rights would be violated if this information was collected from sex offenders and to also determine if it would pass the muster by the state Supreme Court," added Klippert.

"My goal is to ensure the safety of Washington's citizens and that's why I wrote this bill. So I am somewhat disappointed that it has been reduced to a study," noted Klippert, who also serves as a Benton County deputy sheriff. "This bill was dead multiple times throughout the session, but because of its importance, I worked hard to breathe life back into it. So even though this becomes a study, it keeps the issue alive. Hopefully, we can come back with a new proposal that will accomplish the original intent of this bill next session."

Both bills now return to the House for concurrence. Klippert expects the measures will easily gain House approval before being sent to the governor for her consideration and signature.

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