Police vehicular pursuit Initiative 2113 passes Legislature; measure to become law June 5.

A citizen initiative approved Monday by both the House and Senate would roll back restrictions on when police can engage in vehicle pursuits. Initiative 2113 would restore “reasonable suspicion” standards to once again allow vehicular pursuit of criminal suspects by police.

Law enforcement groups have said constraints passed by the Legislature in 2021 through House Bill 1054 have emboldened criminals and contributed to an increase in crime and stolen vehicles in Washington state.

The initiative was approved by the Senate on Monday, 36-11. Later in the afternoon, it passed the House with a vote of 77-20.

Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, ranking Republican on the House Community Safety, Justice, and Reentry Committee, praised the passage of the measure, saying it will restore the ability of law enforcement officers to do their jobs.

“It’s our job to listen to the people we serve. This is a very good day,” said Mosbrucker.

“How do we stop crime if criminals can just drive away? Before this initiative, law enforcement’s ability to protect and serve was diminished by previous legislation. Crime has risen. We had more auto thefts, which deprived owners of their vehicles and possibly their ability to go to work and support their families,” added Mosbrucker.

“By passing this, we are taking the handcuffs off of law enforcement to do their job and put them back on the criminals who break the law. This initiative will help law enforcement, our heroes, make sure that we can keep people safe,” noted Mosbrucker. “I stand here with an enthusiastic yes, because police morale will go up. Communities will be safe. Crime will go down. And it will help to mend the relationships between officers and their neighborhoods, and help our communities to heal.”

The measure was one of three initiatives both the Senate and House approved Monday. Both chambers also approved Initiative 2081, which would create a Parents’ Bill of Rights, and Initiative 2111, which would prohibit state and local personal income taxes.

Under state law, the measures do not require the governor’s signature. They will become law 90 days after the regular session adjourns on March 7, which is June 5.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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