A state lawmaker wants to force politicians who learn they are suspects in a criminal investigation to publicly disclose that fact.
A grand-jury investigation involving State Auditor Troy Kelley prompted the proposal in the state Senate.
Kelley has not been charged with any crime.
Sen. Steve O’Ban filed a bill Wednesday requiring statewide elected officials and candidates for those jobs to annually report whether they know of any criminal investigation targeting them.
As a state House member, Democrat Kelley fended off a challenge from Tacoma Republican O’Ban in 2010.
Voters statewide elect nine executive-branch officials and nine state Supreme Court justices. The bill doesn’t apply to lawmakers, but O’Ban said he wants to subject them to disclosure, too.
The bill is a long shot to become law this year. Deadlines to advance non-budget bills have already passed.