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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As the co-sponsor of House Bill 1363, and also an assistant ranking member on the House Transportation Committee, I want to make sure you are aware of an important public hearing in the committee today.
For the past couple of legislative sessions, I have been working on our state's vehicular pursuit law to replace the current probable cause standard — put into law in 2021 — with the reasonable suspicion standard.
As I mentioned in my e-newsletter last week, this year's effort, House Bill 1363, was voted out of the House Community Safety, Justice and Reentry Committee.
It has now been placed on the House Transportation Committee hearing schedule for today at 1:30 p.m. While I am glad to see this bill is still alive and moving through the legislative process, it has been amended considerably and does not go far enough to let our law enforcement officers do their job of keeping our communities and businesses safe while holding criminals accountable for their actions.
This is a call to action for you to be involved in the legislative process! You have until 12:30 p.m. this afternoon to have your support for this bill noted for the committee record.
I have provided step-by-step instructions below on how you can support House Bill 1363. Please know, if you do not wish to provide public or written testimony, you can simply sign in “Pro” or “Con.”
HOW TO PROVIDE INPUT – STEP-BY-STEP
- Go to House Committee Sign In;
- In the drop box select: “Transportation;”
- Under “Meetings,” choose: 2/20/23 at 1:30 p.m.;
- Under “Select an Agenda Item,” choose House Bill 1363; and
- Then select your “Type of Testimony.”
I would encourage you to choose “Written Testimony.” This is where you can tell the committee that this bill does not go far enough!
In addition, you can follow this bill's progress by signing up for alerts here: Bill Information. Type in House Bill 1363 and select enter. On the bill page, you can choose to get email notifications or RSS notifications. When you do, you will be made aware of additional public hearings and be able to voice your support.
MORE INFO ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Participating in a Committee Hearing:
Testifying in a committee hearing
During the legislative session, you can register to testify in a committee hearing either in person or remotely through Zoom.
If you frequently testify on bills, you may find it useful to create a Legislative Account. An account allows you to autofill sign-in information and view and edit your sign-in history.
Submitting written testimony to a committee
If you do not wish to testify in a committee hearing, you can still submit written testimony on a bill for the archived legislative record.
For more news on this important bill, please visit my newsroom.
I urge you to act now as the committee will be hearing the bill this afternoon! Please call or email my office if you have questions. My contact information is below.
In your service,
465 John L. O’Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
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