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2011 House Bill 1547: Concerning the deportation of criminal alien offenders
Introduced by Rep. Jeannie Darneille (Tacoma) (D) on January 25, 2011
Eliminates language from current law that will allow for the release of certain criminal alien offenders to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency without approval by the Secretary of the Department of Corrections. This act takes effect March 15, 2011, and applies retroactively and prospectively.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee on January 25, 2011
Referred to the House Ways & Means Committee on January 25, 2011
Substitute offered in the House on February 17, 2011
Requires the Secretary to have reached an agreement with the ICE that once an alien offender has been turned over to the ICE and placed on conditional release status, that offender will remain in total confinement at a facility operated by the ICE pending the offender's return to his or her country of origin.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 17, 2011
Referred in the House on February 26, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Charles Ross, (Naches) (R) on March 2, 2011
To restore language that prevents an offender serving a sentence that is defined as a crime against a person but is not a violent or sex offense from being placed on conditional release status.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (Seattle) (D) on March 2, 2011
To provide a striking amendment.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (Seattle) (D) on March 2, 2011
To require a court order for the Department of Corrections (DOC) to conditionally release an alien offender for removal. The amendment also requires that the court, pursuant to a request from the DOC, issue an order for conditional release if the DOC has given the offender 30 days notice that DOC intends to seek conditional release and if the offender has had reasonable access to communication with consular officials or legal counsel of the offender's choice, at no expense to the state, among other things.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2011
To remove the requirement that the Secretary of the Department of Corrections (Secretary) make a finding that a placement of an alien offender on conditional release status is in the best interests of the state. Requires the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) that once an alien offender has been turned over to the ICE and placed on conditional release status, that offender will remain in total confinement pending the offender's return to his or her country of origin.
Received in the Senate on March 4, 2011
Referred to the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee on March 4, 2011
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 25, 2011
To provide that an offender who is serving a sentence for a crime against person that is not a violent offense or sex offense may be conditionally released to ICE. A warrant for the arrest of an offender conditionally released to ICE must remain in effect indefinitely.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 25, 2011
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 31, 2011
Received in the House on April 14, 2011
Failed by voice vote in the House on April 14, 2011
House refuses to concur with the Senate amendments and asks the Senate to recede from its amendments.
Received in the Senate on April 21, 2011
Senate recedes from its amendments.
Received in the House on April 21, 2011
House concurs with the Senate amendments.
Signed with partial veto by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 29, 2011

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