Klippert advances ambitious agenda of law enforcement, public safety legislation

 

State Rep. Brad Klippert has made stopping violence against police and tightening the state's criminal justice system a focal point of his efforts during the Legislature's scheduled 60-day session in Olympia.

Balancing the budget without tax increases, creating an economic environment in the state that fosters job growth and prosperity, and helping kids achieve academic success, round out the goals he set for himself this year.

The Kennewick lawmaker and Benton County sheriff's deputy arrived in the capital city Jan. 11, determined to advance a body of legislation to better protect law enforcement personnel, tighten laws on criminal activity, and make communities safer.

“For members of the law enforcement profession and citizens from every walk of life, the Lakewood murders, the ambush killing of a Seattle officer, and the shooting death of a Pierce County sheriff's deputy sent shock waves of pain through all of us,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “The tragedy and loss galvanized my commitment to strengthen policies, laws and procedures that will better protect police officers and the public.”

One of the early co-sponsors of the Lakewood Police Officers Memorial Act (HB 4213), Klippert has introduced a series of measures this session, most of which are geared toward improving public safety, and are currently under consideration in the state House:

•    HB 2882 – Would change standards on when persons with mental disorders may be involuntarily detained.

•    HB 2883 – Would require sex offenders to pay a $65 fee when they register, and when they move from one county and register in their new county of residence.

•    HB 3094 – Would create a “Graduation Coach” pilot program to build relationships with students to help ensure that they stay in school and graduate with a high-quality education.

•    HB 3111 – Would require hospitals to report to law enforcement when treating patients who have sustained bullet,  gunshot or stab wounds.

•    HB 3112 – Would modify the sentencing range for assaulting a law enforcement officer or other employee of a law enforcement agency.

•    HB 3113 – Would create a sentence enhancement for the use of body armor in the commission of a crime.

•    HB 3114 – Would restrict computer access by residents of the Special Commitment Center for sex offenders on McNeil Island.

•    HB 3115 – Would improve coordination between local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Corrections.

•    HB 3117 – Would address alternatives to confinement for offenders who are being supervised for a domestic violence offense or who commit a violation while armed with a deadly weapon.

All of these proposals have earned bipartisan support.

“That illustrates the commitment and willingness of legislators on both sides of the aisle to work together to make the state of Washington a more secure and safer place for all our citizens,” Klippert concluded.

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7074

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