Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This morning, Rep. Eric Robertson, the primary Republican co-sponsor of the vehicular pursuit legislation, House Bill 1363, attempted a procedural motion to bring the measure out of the House Rules Committee and onto the House floor for a vote. This is a measure I co-sponsored. We’ve been concerned that with the house of origin cutoff tomorrow at 5 p.m., the bill may not come to the floor before the deadline.
Unfortunately, the majority party rejected the motion on a party-line vote. It’s very disappointing. Recently there were two children killed near Sunnyside because troopers couldn’t stop the person involved earlier that day. How many more innocent victims will die before the Legislature takes action?
I haven’t given up. Below is a press release I’m sharing about a rally tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Capitol steps. I hope you will join me so we can restore vehicular pursuits and protect our children.
***PROTECT OUR CHILDREN: RESTORE VEHICULAR PURSUITS***
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2023, AT 1 P.M.
WHERE: CAPITOL STEPS, Supreme Court Side
WHY: This week is the last chance for legislators to move House Bill 1363, which restores vehicular pursuits for our police officers, before an important cutoff. If the full House of Representatives does not vote for the bill, it cannot be passed this session.
Tomorrow, lawmakers, families, and crime victims will gather at the Capitol to speak about the need to restore pursuits. You will hear from the mother of a 12-year-old girl who tragically lost her life because of the failed police restrictions passed in 2021 and we will remember the two children who were killed last week in a car accident in Eastern Washington. This is our time to act.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Tell your friends and family to join us at the Capitol tomorrow and urge lawmakers to hold a vote on the House Floor for House Bill 1363.
Please call my office for further details. It is an honor to serve you!