WA Senate LAW - Committee Meeting
(February 14, 2019)

Thursday February 14, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Observed
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The Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee (WA Senate LAW) considers a variety of subjects relating to civil and criminal law, including issues involving public safety, law enforcement, and sentencing. Civil law topics include commercial law, probate, firearms, eminent domain, Consumer Protection Act remedies and processes.  The committee also oversees family law issues such as marriage, child support and adoption.


The Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee (WA Senate LAW) rejected an effort to amend SB 5605 before passing it to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

  • SB 5605 - "Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions" (video @ 2:45).
  • The committee previously hosted a public hearing for SB 5605 on February 12th.
  • An amendment was offered by Senator Mike Padden that “Requires that applications for vacation of a person’s record under this act must be submitted within one year of the effective date if the conviction occurred before the date, or within a year of conviction if it occurred after the effective date. Limits such vacations if the applicant has previously received two vacations for such a conviction.” Senator Jeff Holy spoke in favor of the amendment, but it was not adopted following objections raised by Chair Jamie Pedersen (video @ 9:01).
  • SB 5605 was the companion bill to HB 1500. After the adoption of Substitute HB 1500, the language of the two bills diverged.

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