E-newsletter: Legislation to protect victims and the vulnerable about to be signed into law!
April 20, 2017 | By Washington House Democrats
Protecting victims and the vulnerable in our communities
The Legislature recently passed two of my bills that will create greater protections for victims and vulnerable people in our communities. HB 1153 provides protection for those who cannot care for themselves due to age, disability, disease or developmental disorder, and HB 1163 cracks down on repeat domestic violence offenders. Both bills passed off the Senate floor with strong bipartisan support and are now headed to the governor’s desk for approval!
Those who rely on others to provide them with the basic necessities of life must entrust their caregivers with their health, well-being and money. Unfortunately, people who cannot care for themselves are at high risk of being abused, both physically and financially. HB 1153 expands the scope of protection for the elderly and other vulnerable adults, increases penalties for both physical and financial abuse, and reduces barriers to prosecution.
Repeat domestic violence offenders are some of the most dangerous people in our communities, often with long histories of many other violent crimes. HB 1163 holds repeat domestic abusers accountable through harsher penalties and stricter supervision. In addition, the bill works toward improving treatment programs and risk assessments for repeat domestic violence offenders.
I have worked for years to get these measures enacted into law. I am gratified now that victims will be better able to get the justice they deserve and those who perpetrate physical or financial abuse will be held accountable for their crimes.
All best wishes,
Representative, 45th District
Washington State Legislature