The House Public Safety Committee is taking testimony on law-enforcement related bills this morning in its meeting that started at 8 a.m., which is packed with people for a hearing on giving wider police powers to liquor officers, park rangers and natural-resource officers.
The House Judiciary Committee may take a vote on requiring a background check on nearly all gun sales. House Bill 1588 is perhaps the most prominent gun-control measure being considered this year. It’s sponsored by Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle.
Pedersen also is sponsoring another measure that aims to cut down on violence, House Bill 1114, which is due to receive its second committee vetting today at a 3:30 p.m. public hearing today in front of the House Appropriation Committee. The measure would set a new, less strict standard for keeping potentially dangerous people detained for treatment of a mental illness. It would also require most evaluations for such involuntary treatment to happen at state hospitals.