Trio of Klippert bills signed into law

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Trio of Klippert bills signed into law

Three bills sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert were signed into law by the governor last week. House Bills 2017, 2280 and 2838 addressed issues concerning strengthening DUI laws, improving protections for victims of crime, and honoring Washington's farmers, ranchers and Future Farmers of America (FFA) students.
“It's an honor to have these bills signed into law, and I'm very grateful to everyone who worked so hard to help get them to the governor's desk,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “I believe we have a moral obligation to the citizens of Washington to provide for public safety. By strengthening the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as well as allowing the Department of Corrections to issue no-contact orders for offenders under their community supervision, we take a common-sense step toward protecting our citizens.”

House Bill 2280 would increase felony DUI's from a Class C to a Class B felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, fines up to $20,000 or both. House Bill 2838 authorizes the Department of Corrections to impose no-contact requirements for an offender under its supervisions in community custody based on the offender's risk to the community.

House Bill 2017 would create a special license plate issued by the Department of Licensing to honor Washington's farmers and ranchers. Funds raised from the purchase of the license plate would go toward funding education programs sponsored by Washington's chapter of the FFA.

“Washington state has a rich agriculture heritage, and I am proud to say our farmers and ranchers feed the world! That the funds raised by this license plate go to education programs in agriculture is particularly exciting. This license plate will help support the education of Washington's next generation of farmers and ranchers,” Klippert said.

The bills will go into effect June 2016.

Rep. Klippert at the signing of House Bill 2017










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