2021 Washington Criminal Justice Key Votes

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
April 15, 2021 WA HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
April 14, 2021 WA HB 1320 Amends Protection Order Laws to include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Anti-Harassment, Vulnerable Adult, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 42)
April 14, 2021 WA HB 1267 Establishes the Office of Independent Investigations within the Governor's Office to Investigate Deadly Use of Force Incidents Involving Police Officers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
April 11, 2021 WA HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
April 10, 2021 WA HB 1127 Increases Security and Privacy for COVID-19 Health Data Collected by Private Entities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
April 10, 2021 WA HB 1320 Amends Protection Order Laws to include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Anti-Harassment, Vulnerable Adult, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
April 10, 2021 WA HB 1411 Prohibits the Automatic Disqualification of Individuals with Criminal Records from Providing Care to Vulnerable Adults or Children Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
April 9, 2021 WA HB 1267 Establishes the Office of Independent Investigations within the Governor's Office to Investigate Deadly Use of Force Incidents Involving Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
April 3, 2021 WA HB 1214 Establishes the Category of Safety and Security Staff for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
March 24, 2021 WA HB 1078 Extends Voting Rights to Citizens on Parole Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
March 2, 2021 WA HB 1214 Establishes the Category of Safety and Security Staff for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - House (67 - 30)
March 1, 2021 WA SB 5164 Authorizes Resentencing of Certain Individuals Charged With Robbery Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
March 1, 2021 WA HB 1411 Prohibits the Automatic Disqualification of Individuals with Criminal Records from Providing Care to Vulnerable Adults or Children Bill Passed - House (58 - 39)
Feb. 27, 2021 WA HB 1054 Prohibits Chokeholds, No-Knock Warrants, and Other Police Tactics Bill Passed - House (54 - 43)
Feb. 25, 2021 WA SB 5038 Prohibits Open Carry Near the State Capitol or Public Demonstrations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
Feb. 25, 2021 WA SB 5051 Expands the Role of the State's Law Enforcement Oversight Agency Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 19)
Feb. 24, 2021 WA HB 1078 Extends Voting Rights to Citizens on Parole Bill Passed - House (57 - 41)
Feb. 23, 2021 WA HB 1090 Prohibits the State from Contracting with Private For-Profit Prisons and Detention Facilities Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
Feb. 12, 2021 WA HB 1072 Repeals Restrictions on Legal Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
Feb. 10, 2021 WA HB 1089 Authorizes the State Auditor to Audit Deadly Force Investigations Bill Passed - House (80 - 18)
Feb. 10, 2021 WA HB 1088 Amends Requirements for Law Enforcement Potential Impeachment Disclosures Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
Feb. 1, 2021 WA HB 1368 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
Jan. 27, 2021 WA SB 5044 Requires Anti-Racism and Equity Training in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/15 HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
4/14 HB 1320 Amends Protection Order Laws to include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Anti-Harassment, Vulnerable Adult, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 42)
4/14 HB 1267 Establishes the Office of Independent Investigations within the Governor's Office to Investigate Deadly Use of Force Incidents Involving Police Officers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
4/11 HB 1140 Requires Law Enforcement Provide Attorney Access to Juveniles Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 19)
4/10 HB 1127 Increases Security and Privacy for COVID-19 Health Data Collected by Private Entities Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
4/10 HB 1320 Amends Protection Order Laws to include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Anti-Harassment, Vulnerable Adult, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
4/10 HB 1411 Prohibits the Automatic Disqualification of Individuals with Criminal Records from Providing Care to Vulnerable Adults or Children Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
4/09 HB 1267 Establishes the Office of Independent Investigations within the Governor's Office to Investigate Deadly Use of Force Incidents Involving Police Officers Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
4/03 HB 1214 Establishes the Category of Safety and Security Staff for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 13)
3/24 HB 1078 Extends Voting Rights to Citizens on Parole Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
3/02 HB 1214 Establishes the Category of Safety and Security Staff for K-12 Schools Bill Passed - House (67 - 30)
3/01 SB 5164 Authorizes Resentencing of Certain Individuals Charged With Robbery Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 21)
3/01 HB 1411 Prohibits the Automatic Disqualification of Individuals with Criminal Records from Providing Care to Vulnerable Adults or Children Bill Passed - House (58 - 39)
2/27 HB 1054 Prohibits Chokeholds, No-Knock Warrants, and Other Police Tactics Bill Passed - House (54 - 43)
2/25 SB 5038 Prohibits Open Carry Near the State Capitol or Public Demonstrations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 20)
2/25 SB 5051 Expands the Role of the State's Law Enforcement Oversight Agency Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 19)
2/24 HB 1078 Extends Voting Rights to Citizens on Parole Bill Passed - House (57 - 41)
2/23 HB 1090 Prohibits the State from Contracting with Private For-Profit Prisons and Detention Facilities Bill Passed - House (76 - 21)
2/12 HB 1072 Repeals Restrictions on Legal Aid for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (56 - 40)
2/10 HB 1089 Authorizes the State Auditor to Audit Deadly Force Investigations Bill Passed - House (80 - 18)
2/10 HB 1088 Amends Requirements for Law Enforcement Potential Impeachment Disclosures Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
2/01 HB 1368 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
1/27 SB 5044 Requires Anti-Racism and Equity Training in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)

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