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Tag: Mike Hope


Constitutional amendment cited in denying bail to ‘bondage room’ suspect

The change that voters and the Legislature made last year to the state constitution is starting to see use.

A judge cited the measure passed in reaction to the slaying of four Lakewood police officers in denying bail to John Joseph Hauff Jr., according to a statement from Lake Stevens Rep. Mike Hope, who sponsored it in the Legislature, and King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, who campaigned for voters to approve it.

According to news reports, Hauff, of Tacoma was charged with kidnapping, rape and assault after police said he met a woman in Seattle and took her to

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Eide gets her way: Stronger cell-phone crackdown passes

The final day of the legislative session brought Sen. Tracey Eide a victory on her top priority – a crackdown on driving while talking on the phone.

A bill that didn’t have the votes in the House to pass last week won easy approval there tonight, 60-37.

The House passed the tougher Senate version of the bill allowing police to pull over drivers for using a phone handset to talk or send a text message. Both are already illegal, but are secondary offenses, meaning police can only ticket drivers for them if they’ve pulled them over for speeding or some other violation. They will become primary offenses if Gov. Chris Gregoire signs the bill.

Last week, the House voted to make texting, not talking on a phone, a primary offense. But it backed down today, with many Democrats and some Republicans supporting a full ban on all use of a handheld phone. Both versions also ban all phone use in cars for teenagers, including for voice-operated phones.

Eide said last week she was disappointed but figured she had to compromise to get anything.

But today she said she had wanted all along to fight, but didn’t want to give away her game plan. It took a lot of behind the scenes work, she said.

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Bail limit passes Senate

The Senate has again passed a constitutional amendment on bail, this time in a form agreed to by lawmakers from both chambers.

Hours after reaching a deal, senators approved the amendment unanimously. The House could vote Sunday, Rep. Mike Hope said. Police groups are on board with the deal, Hope said.

There were handshakes all around as the vote went through, after remarks from senators that had more thank-yous than an award acceptance speech.

Sen. Adam Kline said: “What we have done is to balance two very important considerations: the safety and security of Washington citizens, and

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Attempted crimes added to bail limits

Senators made another move this morning to pacify their House critics when the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to allow judges to deny bail for attempted crimes.

The lack of attempted but failed crimes in a state constitutional amendment proposed Thursday by Sens. Adam Kline and Mike Carrell had drawn fire from Rep. Mike Hope.

Hope had complained someone who brings a bomb on a plane or into a building or brings a gun into a school wouldn’t be covered. But today senators amended their proposal before moving it on to fix that.

Friends and family members of the slain

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Can’t get no respect

Rep. Christopher Hurst has been taking shots at the folks across the capitol rotunda for a while now over the issue of bail. Hurst let loose with another volley today to reporters. Here are his comments about Sen. Adam Kline and Sen. Mike Carrell:

“I think there is a modicum of respect that’s necessary in the process, and one of those issues is the committee chair sitting down with the other committee chair. This is the first time in the last couple of years where Adam has said, ‘Well, when we’re done with it we’ll tell you.’

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House members pan new bail try

House members aren’t satisfied with the overtures from senators to meet them halfway on bail.

Sen. Mike Carrell and Sen. Adam Kline announced their latest proposal today for a constitutional amendment to put before voters. It would allow judges to deny bail not just for frequent offenders, as the bill that passed the Senate would do, but also for people charged with crimes “involving the intentional death of another, the intentional infliction of great bodily harm on another” and certain sex offenses.

They listed the offenses for which suspects could be detained – from murder down to first-degree child molestation – and said they would have allowed judges to lock up at least 617 more people last year.

But they wouldn’t include all Class A felonies, like the version that passed the House. Crimes like vehicular homicide, arson, robbery and burglary would not be included in the version that will now be considered by Kline’s committee.

“We need to distinguish between those things that are harmful to individuals, and those things that are bad, very bad things, but not harmful to individuals,” Carrell said.

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Overhaul sought on bail proposal

A House-Senate feud over how to change the state constitutional right to bail could get a public airing this week. If lawmakers don’t come to a resolution soon, one says, the bill could simply be sent for further study with nothing done this year.

To get around the dispute over which accused criminals should lose their automatic right to bail, Sen. Mike Carrell told me Tuesday he is fine-tuning a new, compromise proposal that he hopes will satisfy the required two-thirds majorities in both chambers.

We could find out more about the proposal Friday. Rep. Mike Hope

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Cracks in unity appearing on bail

The major proposals coming out of the House and Senate that limit the constitutional right to bail are pretty similar.

Both chambers of the Legislature have voted overwhelmingly to allow judges to deny bail in certain cases. Both of the proposals they want to send to voters would apply only to criminal suspects staring down life in prison.

Neither of them gave police groups everything they asked for. Neither of them satisfied civil libertarians.

And both changes, if they had been in effect last year, would have allowed a judge to detain Maurice Clemmons before he killed four Lakewood police

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