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March
11th

House approves anti-stalking measures inspired by Jennifer Paulson’s shooting

State House members voted unanimously Monday to create a new kind of court order to protect stalking victims, citing the shooting death of Tacoma teacher Jennifer Paulson as a primary motivator.

Paulson was shot and killed outside Tacoma’s Birney Elementary School in February 2010 by a man who was under an anti-harassment order not to come near her.

House Bill 1383 would allow stalking victims to apply for a special order of protection against stalkers that differs from an anti-harassment order. Under the proposed stalking protection order, judges could order accused stalkers to surrender their firearms, and anyone who

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Feb.
25th

Bill to give sex trafficking victims a break on prostitution convictions passes House

A proposed law that would give sex-trafficking victims a way to clear multiple prostitution convictions from their records was voted out of the state House of Representatives Monday.

House Bill 1292 would allow victims of sex trafficking in Washington to apply to vacate past prostitution convictions, even if they have been convicted multiple times or are facing another prostitution charge.

Right now, state law only allows for the vacation of one conviction. If victims of sex trafficking have previously had a conviction vacated or are facing new criminal charges, they can’t wipe their records clean again.

Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des

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