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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we begin Week Five, Day 30 of the scheduled 105-day session, it's a significant and busy week in the House Community Safety, Justice and Reentry Committee, where I serve as ranking Republican.

Public safety bills considered

This afternoon at 4 p.m., Feb. 7, two of my bills will receive public hearings in the committee. They include:

  • House Bill 1512, also known as the “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Persons and Lucian Act.” The bill is recommended by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP) Task Force and the Office of the Attorney General. It would provide resources for immediate actions that need to take place when a person vanishes. The bill recognizes missing and murdered indigenous people, an issue I first brought to the forefront in 2018 legislation. It is also named after four-year-old Lucian Munguia, who was reported missing on Sept. 10 from Sarg Hubbard Park, and drowned in the Yakima River. Learn more from my news release.
  • House Bill 1564 would prohibit over-the-counter, at home, and/or self-collected sexual assault evidence kits from being sold or provided to the public, including college students who have been targeted for marketing of DYI kits. These kits provide false hope to sexual assault survivors because they are not admissible in any Washington court due to potential of cross-contamination, spoliation, and validity. Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a cease and desist notification to one of the companies marketing their kits to university students. He joins other numerous attorneys general from states across the nation that have also sent similar letters to these companies. This bill would stop companies from profiting at the expense of rape victims. Read more about this in my news release. Watch the KING 5 story. Listen to my interview on KIT Radio, Yakima.

On Thursday morning at 8 a.m., the committee will consider two police vehicle pursuit bills.

  • House Bill 1363, a bipartisan measure I cosponsored, would restore a “reasonable suspicion” standard to pursuit policies. The law was changed to “probable cause” in 2021. This change made it much harder for police to engage in a pursuit of a suspected criminal. Criminals also knew about the change in the law, so they took advantage of it, frequently taking off when stopped by law enforcement.
  • House Bill 1586 would have the state's Criminal Justice Training Commission establish a committee to study a statewide pursuit policy.

I believe we must restore the ability for police to do their jobs, including pursuing, stopping and questioning suspects and arresting criminals. I also think we must pass this legislation THIS session and not wait for the completion of a study to act. Too many lives are at stake NOW!

I encourage you to follow these important bills. You can watch the public hearings on TVW.

The links to the videos will also work after the hearing if you wish to watch later.

2023 session – Where we are in the process

The 2023 session began Jan. 9. To date, 788 bills have been introduced in the House, 729 in the Senate. Only 34 House bills have passed the House and 19 Senate bills have passed the Senate. We are now in the process of hearing bills in their respective committees and passing those that the committee chair will allow to be brought forth for executive session.

Our next big deadline will be Friday, Feb. 17. That's the last day for committees to take action on non-fiscal bills in their house of origin. Between now and Feb. 17, our days will be primarily involved in our committees and some floor action. You can get more information about our schedule from the 2023 Session Cutoff Calendar.

Legislative updates and redistricting

Some of you may be receiving this legislative update for the first time. Part of that is because of the redistricting that took place last year. Washington state's 14th District has changed. Formerly the district included Skamania and Klickitat counties, and the east part of Clark County and the west part of Yakima county. Under the new boundaries, all of Klickitat County remains in the 14th District, including White Salmon, Bingen and Goldendale. A larger portion of Yakima County is in the 14th District, including all of the Yakama Reservation, the west side of Yakima, Selah, White Swan, and the southeastern portion of the Yakima Valley, including Wapato, Toppenish, Mabton and Grandview.

Click here to view a map of the new 14th Legislative District.

If you are not sure which legislative district you live in, you can find out by entering your address into the Legislature's District Finder tool here.

I will be sending updates throughout the session and interim. Please feel free to share with others who may be interested in following the Legislature and staying informed about our state government. If you do not want to receive legislative updates, you can use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this page.

Watch my Legislative Video Update to learn more about my key legislation

I invite you to discover more about legislation I have sponsored, much of it at the request of constituents like you, by watching my video. Click here.

Other legislation I'm working on. . . (not covered in the video)

Get informed! Stay involved!

Most of the legislation I sponsor comes from ideas constituents like you bring to me. I am here to serve you and solve issues that face our families, businesses and citizens across our district. Your input and feedback are helpful to me and other legislators as we represent you in Olympia. Below are some helpful websites.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia. I'm very grateful.

Honored to serve you,

Gina Mosbrucker

State Representative Gina Mosbrucker, 14th Legislative District
431 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(425) 800-4421 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000