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Status:

House: Placed on second reading in Rules Committee on January 23, 2024. 

Summary: 

  • Authorizes the Attorney General to investigate and bring actions against law enforcement and corrections agencies for violations of the Washington Constitution or state law.  
  • Requires the Attorney General to confer with the Office of Independent Investigations and United States Department of Justice.  
  • Requires the Attorney General to develop and publish model policies in consultation with various agencies and entities.

Update made on 2/8/24

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Status:

House: Continues to stay in Rules Committe since 2023. No movement on it since the beginning of the 2024 session. 

Summary: 

  • Limits officers' use of stops and detentions for non-moving violations as a primary offense, and specifies additional process requirements for traffic stops.  
  • Requires written consent before an officer may search a vehicle or passengers.  
  • Requires an officer to prepare a detailed report for each stop or detention.  
  • Creates a grant program focused on interventions for non-moving violations for low-income road users.

Last update made on 2/8/24.

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Status:

House: Passed in the House, scheduled for public hearing with the Senate in the Law & Justice Committee on February 15. 

Summary: 

  • Establishes the Office of Independent Prosecutions (OIP), led by an independent counsel, as a separate division within the Office of the Attorney General.  
  • Provides OIP with jurisdiction concurrent with county prosecuting attorneys to review investigations, and initiate and conduct prosecutions of crimes involving use of deadly force by involved officers.

Last update made on 2/8/24. 

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Status:

House: There were no hearings for this bill, and it did not make it out of committee before cutoff. This bill will not move forward in the 2024 session. 

Summary: 

  • Gives the Director of the Office of Independent Investigations (OII) the authority to prioritize incidents that occurred after the date that the office began investigating cases.  
  • Allows for OII to have access to copies of reports and necessary information as soon as possible for an investigation, which - under the recommended change - will include information from 911 emergency communication centers  
  • Extends the time from to July 2025 for reporting recommendations for expanding the scope of investigations or jurisdiction of the office based on trends, data, or reports received by the agency.  
  • Eliminates language requiring the director of OII to notify local jurisdictions that it is accepting cases, and allows local jurisdictions to notify the office if an incident occurs.  
  • Expands and provides more thorough guidelines on what and how information may be shared with an involved agency as well as who it may be shared with.

Last update made on 2/8/24. 

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