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February 14, 2006
Legislative Roundup: McKenna’s child protection, meth and reporter shield legislation progresses

OLYMPIA - As the Legislature enters the next phase of the 2006 session, a series of bills requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna to protect children and communities, reduce crime and enhance open government continue to move toward becoming law.

Over the weekend, the state Senate approved a series of bills proposed by McKenna to increase jail time for sex offenders and to limit the places they can live and hang out to protect children at school and at play. Most of these bills are scheduled for a hearing in the House of Representatives this Friday.

ACTUALITY: “This legislative package will help keep kids and communities safer by getting tough on sex offenders and giving law enforcement and others the tools they need to keep known sex predators away from our children.”
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On Friday, the Senate passed a major methamphetamine bill to assist local communities to fight meth and facilitate the clean-up of contaminated meth sites.  It also enhances criminal penalties for meth-related crimes, and provides improved drug treatment for addicts committed to rehabilitation.

ACTUALITY: “Meth is a statewide issue, hitting our rural areas particularly hard. Ending our meth crisis is going to take a statewide, coordinated effort, and this law will ensure local communities receive the assistance they need to treat addicts, protect children and vulnerable adults, clean up meth sites and punish offenders.”
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The House of Representatives Monday approved HB 2452 which provides an absolute privilege for confidential sources and a qualified privilege for a reporters’ work product. This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m.


Contact: Janelle Guthrie, AG Media Relations Director, (360) 586-0725


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