Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

 OLYMPIA – A new law aimed at saving lives by encouraging people who witness drug overdoses to call 911 goes into effect Thursday. The “911 Good Samaritan” law provides immunity from drug possession charges to people who seek medical assistance in drug overdose situations.
Attorney General Rob McKenna and expert assistant attorneys general in his office this week will continue to fight the federal government’s attempt to permanently remove the nation’s only Congressionally-approved high-level nuclear waste repository from future consideration. 
OLYMPIA – The Washington state Law Enforcement Medal of Honor/Peace Officers’ Memorial ceremony will be held in Olympia on Friday. 
 ELLENSBURG – The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Friday charged Shellene D. Smith with Medicaid fraud. Two counts of First Degree Theft and seven counts of Medicaid False Statement were filed in Kittitas County Court.
Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced Washington has filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to prevent the federal Department of Energy (DOE) from irrevocably terminating the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository by withdrawing “with prejudice” its license application for the repository. DOE’s action would unilaterally and forever preclude any further consideration of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository
OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire today signed into law Attorney General Rob McKenna’s legislation to protect children from sexual exploitation.
The Washington State Supreme Court this morning heard the consolidated cases of three death row inmates—Cal Coburn Brown, Darold Stenson and Jonathan Lee Gentry.
 Attorney General-sponsored bills survive the committee process with overwhelming support OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna expressed his gratitude to state legislators today for allowing several AG-requested bills to be approved by key committees, setting the stage for final legislative approval.
 OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna will speak to legislators on Wednesday about the urgency of passing a bill that attacks the child pornography industry. For the first time this session, he’ll personally appear at a public hearing for legislation that upgrades state law to better prosecute those who intentionally access images and videos of child molestations.