Senate unanimously approves McCabe bill cracking down on voyeurism

A bill to crack down on voyeurism received unanimous approval from the state Senate Wednesday. The legislation, House Bill 1200, would create the crime of voyeurism in the second degree.

Rep. Gina McCabe, a former varsity coach and performing arts studio owner, is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1200. She says the girls she coached were her inspiration for the legislation.

“I was taken aback when my girls told me they didn't want to wear skirts during performances out of fear they would be 'upskirted,'” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “Had my bill been signed into law when some of the most recent voyeurism incidents in our state took place, victims would have had a clear course of action.”

'Upskirting' occurs when someone uses their mobile device to take a photo or record video under an individual's skirt. In July 2016, a Sea-Tac TSA agent was caught upskirting a traveler riding up an escalator, and nearly two years ago, a teacher at a Vancouver school was accused of taking inappropriate photos of female students.

Under current law, a person must prove he or she was engaged in voyeurism for the purpose of arousal or sexual gratification to be found guilty of voyeurism.

The bill now heads to the House for concurrence before making its way to the governor's desk.

The 2017 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 23.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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