Introduced by Rep. Al O'Brien, (D-Mountlake Terrace) (D) on January 17, 2007, to increase penalties for certain stalking crimes. Generally, stalking is gross misdemeanor unless specific conditions exist which upgrade the crime to a class C felony. For example, anyone stalking a law enforcement officer or a legislator would be guilty of felony stalking. This bill would add employees or volunteers of correctional agencies to the list of victims that qualify for felony stalking. See companion SB 5307.
Referred to the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee on January 17, 2007.
Substitute offered to the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee on February 8, 2007, to define "correctional agency" to include all state and locally operated agencies having direct authority to release an offender.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 21, 2007.
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 12, 2007.
Referred to the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee on February 22, 2007.
Amendment offered to the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee on March 29, 2007, to add persons who work
for the Department of Natural Resources in a correctional setting to the definition of
"correctional agency" for purposes of the section of law related to stalking.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 11, 2007.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 30, 2007.