Introduced by Sen. Lisa Brown, (D-Spokane) (D) on January 30, 2003
To expand the crime of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes to include communicating with someone the perpetrator thinks is a minor. This bill is by request of the Attorney General. See also Companion HB 1225. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 30, 2003
Testimony in support offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 20, 2003
By Senator Brown; Christine Gregoire, Attorney General; Randy Carroll, Bellingham Police Dept.; Hush Birsenheier, Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor; and Leanne Shirley, Seattle Police Dept. They testified that predators are using the internet to target children; the internet is becoming the world's riskiest playground. These offenders can target large numbers of children without even leaving their homes. Children often do not tell their parents for fear that their computer will be taken away.
Testimony in opposition offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 20, 2003
By Michael Hanrey, WACDL. He testified the state and federal constitutions protect free speech on the internet when real children are not involved or harmed. These offenders can be presently charged with attempt to commit sex crimes
Testimony against: none offered.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 21, 2003