Bills sponsored by McCabe unanimously pass Senate committee

This week, two bills sponsored by Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, received approval from the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

House Bill 1258 is known as the Travis Alert Act. Named after Travis King, an autistic child from Wapato, the bill would allow people to submit information pertaining to an individual's disability to the Enhanced 911 program so dispatchers could deliver critical information to first responders during emergencies. It would also review existing procedures and ask the Department of Health to create a training program for first responders, providing instruction for how to best respond to emergencies involving persons with special needs.

The other bill, House Bill 1200, would create the crime of voyeurism in the second degree. McCabe, a former varsity coach and performing arts studio owner, introduced the legislation after learning about the practice of “upskirting,” during which someone uses their mobile device to take a photo or record video under individuals' skirts. Under current law, a person must prove he or she was engaged in voyeurism for the purpose of arousal or sexual gratification.

“Both of these are important, common-sense safety measures,” said McCabe. “A lot of hard work and careful consideration has gone into these bills. I'm grateful for the time and energy so many advocates and people back home have put into making them a reality and helping me push them through the legislative process.”

The two bills now await Senate floor action prior to the 2017 legislative session adjournment set for April 23.


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