Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Tobacco 21 - SB 5057 / HB 1074

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Raises the sale age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21, aligning tobacco and vapor products with marijuana and alcohol. Does not increase possession penalties for those 18, 19 and 20 years of age.

High Capacity Magazines Restriction - SB 5062 / HB 1068

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Restricts the sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of ammunition magazines holding over 10 rounds. Also requires the safe and secure storage of magazines grandfathered in by being possessed before the effective date of this legislation.

Assault Weapons Ban - SB 5340 / HB 1286

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Prohibits the sale, manufacture, transfer, transport, and import of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in Washington State. Also requires safe and secure storage for assault weapons grandfathered in. 

Ghost Guns - SB 5061 / HB 1073

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Prohibits ownership or transfer of any firearm that cannot be reliably detected by a metal detector, such as a plastic 3D-printed gun. Also prohibits anyone from facilitating the manufacture or assembly of an undetectable firearm by a Washingtonian who is ineligible to own a firearm under state law.

Closing a Wage Theft Loophole - SB 5035 / HB 1072

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Closes a loophole in current law that bars the Department of Labor and Industries from issuing civil penalties for wage theft violations if the employer returns the stolen wages before a citation can be issued. This legislation will deter repeat or willful violations of the prevailing wage statute.

Driver’s License Suspension Assistance Program

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Provides individuals facing multiple traffic fines in different jurisdictions with a single point of contact to pay their fines and be relicensed by offering a system managed by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). 

Repealing the Death Penalty - SB 5339

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Eliminates the death penalty as a possible sentence for aggravated first-degree murder, and replaces it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prohibiting Pocket Service - SB 5034 / HB 1066

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Stops the practice known as “pocket service,” in which a collection agency serves a debtor with a summons and complaint but keeps the pleadings in its “pocket” instead of filing them with the court. The result of this practice is that debtors contact the court, where they receive no record of the filing. Meanwhile the clock is ticking towards the deadline, which leads to a default judgment without a debtor’s response or input. 

Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi Day 

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Creates an annual day of remembrance on January 30 to honor Fred Korematsu and Washington native Gordon Hirabayashi to celebrate their courage in standing up to injustice and to recognize the discrimination faced by Japanese Americans in their right to travel and live freely in the United States. 

Cooling Off Period - SB 5033 / HB 1067

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Establishes a one-year lobbying prohibition or “cooling off period” for elected officials, agency heads, and senior-level staff after leaving their state job. Applies to compensated activities and provides limited exceptions, such as lobbying for another public entity.

Data Breach Notification - SB 5064 / HB 1071

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Reduces the deadline for notice to consumers and the Attorney General’s Office after discovery of a breach and expands the definition of “Personally Identifiable Information” to include e-mail plus password, passport identification numbers, and other sensitive information.