In order to have a thriving economy and successful schools, we must first have safe neighborhoods where you want to live.
Our goal is to protect you by making Washington the worst place to be a criminal.
During the 2012 session we passed legislation that:
- Provided more tools for police to identify gangs;
- Lengthened the statute of limitations for prosecuting auto theft;
- Created a juvenile gang court;
- Created more severe sentences for vehicular homicide; and,
- Made our state the national leader for laws that combat human trafficking and support survivors.
In 2010, House Republicans introduced and helped pass a resolution to voters that allows judges to deny bail for violent
suspects facing their third felony, and therefore a life sentence in prison.
In order to make our communities safe it’s vital to protect our protectors.
During 2012 session we:
- Became one of only 13 states to institute a Blue Alert system. The system immediately notifies the public about a suspect on the loose suspected of injuring or killing a law enforcement officer.
- Created civil penalties and mandatory fines – up to $10,000 dollars – for anyone who harms or kills a police dog.
- Allowed corrections officers’ uniforms to be made by the private sector instead of inmates in order to increase quality and avoid a disrespectful conflict of interest.
House Republicans will continue to make you safer by putting your family before felons.
We cannot wait for tragedies to occur. Police and courts need better tools to ensure safety and prevent future crimes.
Proposed solutions include:
- Allowing local officials to file injunctions against adults proven to be members of a gang;
- Making possession of tools specifically used for car and motorcycle theft a crime; and,
- Increasing penalties for repeat offenders of driving under the influence.
Follow legislative action affecting public safety:
- Sign up for e-mail notifications from various committees.
- Follow agendas for meetings of the House Public Safety Committee.