The legislature looks headed to get out on time on March 10th and start raising money for the fall elections. In spite of the recent controversy around body cams and the use of deadly force we are doing quite well this session. The LEOFF 2 bills appear headed for the floor in the house this week. The house leadership plans on acting on the LEOFF bills this week. I think we can expect a bill signing ceremony in the governor's office in the near future.
HB 2908 (Deadly Force) was amended in the senate to add FOP to the task force and delete the requirement mandating development of a policy regarding the use of deadly force. Michael and Carl worked with our partners WACOPS, COMPAS and WASPC to get this done at the eleventh hour. The bill now goes back to the house for concurrence.
The body cam bill EHB (2362) was amended this week in the senate and I still in Rules Committee. The task force created in this bill to look at the privacy issues surrounding the use of body cam recordings continues to evolve without consensus between stakeholders. One thing is certain that with the number of stakeholders involved in the task force and the expiration date of 2019 means this bill is far from being a finished product.
Both Liquor Control Board bills have not survived the process again this years but there will no doubt be another attempt in the 2017 legislative session.
Even though the house version of the Brady Bill (1512) passed out of the house unanimously like last year it appears it will end up exactly like last session when Senator Padden refused to give it a hearing in the senate.