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Civil Rights Investigations

Will allow the Attorney General to efficiently and effectively ensure a baseline of quality, constitutional policing across Washington. It’s similar to the U.S. Department of Justice’s power to investigate departments for a pattern of misconduct, but because the DOJ doesn’t have capacity to investigate every department engaged in wrongdoing, House Bill 1445 provides a needed backstop. Communities cannot afford to wait for relief.
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Passed!

2023

  • Bill introduced as HB 1445 and referred to the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee
  • Bill passed out of the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on Feb. 3 and referred to Appropriations Committee
  • Bill passed out of the Appropriations Committee on Feb. 22
  • Bill placed on second reading on Mar. 3

2024

  • Bill reintroduced and picks back up in the Rules Committee
  • Bill placed on second reading on Jan. 23
  • The bill did not pass out of the House before cutoff and has died

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Passed!

2023

  • Bill introduced in the House as HB 1445

2024

  • Bill reintroduced in the House
  • The bill did not pass out of the House before cutoff and has died

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