Rep. Lauren Davis gets her third bill passed by the House

Monday, March 11, 2019

Rep. Lauren Davis with Rep. Eric Gonzalez and Rep. Alex Hur 
She said "Very grateful to these two for their help 
on my first criminal justice reform bill!"

New representative Lauren Davis, D-32 has had her third bill passed by the state House of Representatives in Olympia.

All three bills deal with aspects of the opioid epidemic.

The first two bills Rep. Davis passed through the House were HB 1528 and HB 1529.

HB 1528 directs the Health Care Authority to establish a registry of approved recovery residences to be provided to the public. This is designed to ensure that those people who receive treatment for Substance Use Disorder have the ability to find the safe and supportive living environments they need while in recovery.

Reps Ryu, D-32 and Pollet D-46 were co-sponsors.

HB 1529 removes a limitation placed on applicants looking for work as peer counselors for sufferers of Substance Use Disorder. Current law prevents those who have been involved in the justice system from employment as peer counselors. This of course creates an issue since these counselors who suffered from Substance Use Disorder have typically been involved in the justice system before their treatment. HB 1529 gives these qualified applicants the opportunity they need to receive employment.

You can view the hearing on both of these bills at this link. The bills are covered back to back.

The third bill, HB 2066 deals with restrictions on driver's licenses.

Under current law, the Department of Licensing must revoke a person’s driver's license if they are convicted of a felony during which a motor vehicle “is used.” The term “is used” is so broad that it includes drug possession in a parked vehicle, stolen property in the trunk of a car and being a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. 

Rep. Davis commented,

Not having a license creates huge barriers to going to work, going to counseling and picking up one’s children from daycare. 
My bill, HB 2066, changes this statute to direct the Department of Licensing to only revoke a person’s license when the sentencing court determines it is in the interest of public safety to do so. It passed off the House floor 96-1!

Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46 was a co-sponsor of the bill. 

Next the bills will be sent to the Senate. If the Senate also passes the bills, they will be sent to Governor Inslee for signature and then enacted into law.

Rep. Davis represents the 32nd Legislative District which includes all of Shoreline and Woodway and portions of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and northwest Seattle.


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