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Senate Bill 5484 Works to Make Courts Safer

March 14, 2013

Following the shooting and stabbing in Montesano last year, the Washington State Senate approved a bipartisan measure proposed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson to extend current courthouse protections to all residents accessing the courts.

“Whether you’re a police detective, a witness or a juror, you deserve to be safe in our state’s courthouses,” said Senate Floor Leader Joe Fain of Auburn. “This is a common sense measure designed to prevent violence and preserve access to justice.”

Senate Bill 5484 extends protections currently granted to all visitors to Washington courthouses. The bill increases the penalty for misdemeanor assault in and around a courthouse to a felony, regardless of the victim, and makes committing a felony in and around a courthouse an aggravating factor for a judge to consider during sentencing.

The bill passed the Senate 40-9 and now heads to the House of Representatives, where a companion measure was introduced with similar bipartisan support.

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