Legislative Affairs

Legislative Agenda

Founded as a state organization in 1996 the Washington State FOP builds a dynamic and strategic future for the profession that includes advocacy at both the state and national level. The organization actively works to develop state-wide relationships that will positively grow one-voice for all of law enforcement. Nearly 3,000 officers across more than 20 local lodges throughout the state strive to develop positive and productive relationships with the communities that they serve.

2019-2020 Biennium Legislative Agenda

WAFOP: Priorities for the 2019 Biennium

1. Enact into law amendments for I-940 through HB 1064/SB 5029 which includes the FOP participating in the rule making process

2. Pass the Washington State Law Enforcement Standards for Bargaining Act

3. Seek legislative sponsorship for FOP Memorial Foundation license plate

4. Secure law enforcement labor representation on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Sentencing

5. Support legislation associated with School Resource Officers (SRO) definition and funding.

6. Secure FOP representation as a member of the Criminal Justice Training Commission

7. Create a standard for fair administration protocols for officers placed on the "Brady List"

WAFOP: Priorities for the 2020 Interim Session

1. Secure a specialty license plate to fund resources related to law enforcement health and wellness with a special focus on mental health.

U.S. Congress : Priorities for the 116th Congress

1. Support H.R. 141/S.521, the "Social Security Fairness Act"

2. Support the H.R. 1195/S. 473, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"

3. Support H.R. 1154, the “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” Support Protect & Serve Act

2020 Legislative Activities/Sessions


Regarding a specialty plate to fund law enforcement officer health and wellness with a special focus on mental health


Regarding a specialty plate to fund law enforcement officer health and wellness with a special focus on mental health.


Regarding electronic monitoring with victim notification "Tiffany Hill Act"

Legislator of the Year

2019 Legislator of the Year

The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) Legislator of the Year Award is presented to a member of the House and Senate of the Washington State Legislature for demonstrating leadership in supporting and/or advancing legislation and polices that support public safety and law enforcement.

Representative Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick) is the 2019 Washington House of Representatives Legislator of the Year. As an active law enforcement officer with Benton County Representative Klippert consistently introduces and supports legislation with public safety as the focus. In 2019 Representative Klippert was a vocal and influential leader on issues related to school safety, proactive policing and acted as a passionate supporter of the collaboration between law enforcement and community advocacy groups in the unanimous amendment of I-940.

Senator Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) is the 2019 Washington Senate Legislator of the Year. Senator Honeyford, a former law enforcement officer has consistently supported sound processes in government and been an advocate for Washington citizens that serve their communities and country. Senator Honeyford’s support of state investment in the development of mental health facilities in the 2019 capital budget will provide law enforcement more tools for working with the public suffering from unmet behavioral health needs.

WAFOP has appreciated the open dialogue concerning issues related to law enforcement and public safety that both Senator Honeyford and Representative Klippert have consistently had with our organization. As an association WAFOP membership includes nearly 3,000 officers statewide from all ranks of local, state and federal law enforcement.

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