House approves Chambers’ first bill, which would provide cost savings to local governments

Freshman Rep. Kelly Chambers, R-Puyallup, saw her first bill approved in a near-unanimous vote by the Washington State House of Representatives early Monday afternoon.

House Bill 1764 would update the storage requirements pertaining to lost and found items that are required to be stored by local governments—typically by local police departments.

The statute governing this issue, which was written in 1979, requires the 60-day storage of items with a value of $25 or more. Because the dollar amount has never been adjusted for inflation, police departments across Washington state have become inundated with items of very little value.

House Bill 1764 would change the monetary threshold required for the appraisal, surrender, and notification of found property from $25 to $100, adjusted for inflation. Additionally, the bill would require the Office of Financial Management to adjust the threshold for inflation every five years, beginning July 1, 2025.

“When the Puyallup Police Department is spending roughly $10,000 per year storing and monitoring lost and found items, that's a concern,” said Chambers. “This bill would help ensure local governments and police departments around the state are able to devote their time and resources to far more critical priorities. I'm grateful it received such overwhelming support today, and look forward to further advocating for its passage as it moves to the Senate.”

The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to run through April 28.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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