Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Friday, January 16, the fifth day of the 105-day legislative session


“Time is of the essence in getting treatment for people who are mentally ill. We must give parents this needed tool.”

Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, on reintroducing “Joel’s Law,” a law that would give family members more power to get their mentally ill relatives detained and treated. The law is named after Joel Reuter, a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by Seattle police in 2013.

Friday in the Legislature

House Bill 1015 seeks to allow DUI offenders to vacate their convictions if more than 10 years have passed since offenders completed their sentencing terms, the offenders have completed alcohol dependency treatment and have gone five years without relapse, and they have met all other conditions for vacation, including not having had another crime already wiped from their record. The House Committee on Public Safety will hear the bill at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L O’Brien Building.

The House Committee Business and Financial Services may vote on House Bill 1054, which allows debt collection agencies to collect transaction fees for electronic payments. The agency can collect up to $10 per transaction, or 3 percent of the transaction, depending on which is greater. The committees meets at 10 a.m. in Room B of the John L. O’Brien building.

Monday in the Legislature

The Senate Committee on Mental Health and Housing is hearing a bill that would allocate a portion of the tax on recreational marijuana sales to programs to help people with mental illness or chemical dependency disorders. Senate Bill 5078 would require that 22 percent of the money the Basic Health Plan Trust Account receives through Initiative 502’s excise tax go toward such programs. The bill will be heard at 10 a.m. Monday in Hearing Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg building.

Bill introductions

House Bill 1193 was introduced Thursday, concerning the recordkeeping of pistol owners in the state. The bill would prohibit the Department of Licensing from keeping copies and records of applications for pistols or records of pistol transfers. The bill also would require that the Department of Licensing eliminate records and copies of applications for pistol purchases and pistol transfers from their database.

Senate Bill 5198 was also introduced Thursday. The bill seeks to allow motorcycle riders who are at least 18 years old to ride without a helmet.