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2021 Senate Bill 5051: Concerning state oversight and accountability of peace officers and corrections officers
Introduced by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (Seattle) (D) on January 11, 2021
Referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 21, 2021
Expands the background investigation requirements for persons applying for peace officer, reserve officer, and corrections officer positions. • Expands the conduct for which the certification of a peace officer or a corrections officer may be revoked.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 22, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 15, 2021
Modifies the priorities and composition of the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC). • Expands the background investigation requirements for persons applying for peace officer, reserve officer, and corrections officer positions. • Expands the conduct for which the certification of a peace officer or a corrections officer may be revoked. • Requires employing agencies to report all separation and disciplinary matters regarding a certified officer to the CJTC. • Removes confidentiality of complaints, investigations, and disciplinary actions for certified officers and requires information be maintained on a publicly searchable database.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 17, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on February 25, 2021
(1) Removes certain responsibilities from the CJTC. (2) Changes commission membership. (3) Removes ability to suspend certification. (4) Changes the background check process. (5) Clarifies circumstances requiring decertification. (6) Restores current law regarding public disclosure of investigative files. (7) Clarifies duty to report decertification actions to the national index.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Sharon Brown (Kennewick) (R) on February 25, 2021
Adds a referendum clause to submit the bill to a vote of the people.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Sharon Brown (Kennewick) (R) on February 25, 2021
Requires the commission to await notification of a finding from the employing agency before proceeding with disciplinary proceedings.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Conway (South Tacoma) (D) on February 25, 2021
Clarifies that suspension of an officer's certification cannot be the sole basis for not continuing to maintain the officer's retirement or health care benefits.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 25, 2021
Requires clear, cogent, and convincing evidence in an administrative hearing to determine whether an officer's certification should be denied or revoked.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes superfluous language regarding compliance with laws during delivery of law enforcement and correctional services..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Chris Gildon (Puyallup) (R) on February 25, 2021
Clarifies that all Washington law enforcement may require applicants to take a psychological examination.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes suspension as a power or duty of the criminal justice training commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 25, 2021
Changes the definition of "reserve officer" to exclude limited authority peace officers, persons employed as security by public institutions, and persons employed for the purpose of providing security to a public school.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes security guards at public institutions and K-12 public schools from the definition of "reserve officer.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes language stating that when this act conflicts with collective bargaining agreements, this act will control.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Holy (Cheney) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes language stating that a civil penalty may be levied in addition to disciplinary action.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Honeyford (Grandview) (R) on February 25, 2021
Restores use of term "prisoners" in the definition of "corrections officer.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Honeyford (Grandview) (R) on February 25, 2021
Restores one police chief and one sheriff to the Washington state criminal justice training commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) (R) on February 25, 2021
Restores current law and adds two additional members of the public (one additional east of the cascades and one additional west of the cascades) to the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) (R) on February 25, 2021
Nonaction by the employing agency precludes action by the CJTC to suspend or revoke an officer's certification.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim McCune, (R-Graham) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes the prohibition against the tribal member having previously been employed in the last 10 years as a peace officer.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ron Muzzall (Oak Harbor) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes language related to a duty to intervene and report conduct that is not currently in RCW from the mandatory decertification subsection.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ron Muzzall (Oak Harbor) (R) on February 25, 2021
Adds a hold harmless provision for agency and prior employers for potential liability arising from the release of information.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes language regarding social media access by the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 25, 2021
Adds another member of law enforcement with at least 10 years of experience to the Washington state criminal justice training commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Padden (Spokane Valley) (R) on February 25, 2021
Declares the entire act invalid if any provision of the act is held to be invalid.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (Seattle) (D) on February 25, 2021
Aligns the hearings panel for hearing a certification action of a tribal police officer with the composition of a hearings panel for a peace officer or corrections officer by removing the member who is a certified Washington peace officer and adding a member of the public who is not a prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, or law enforcement officer.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on February 25, 2021
Changes the annual summary reporting requirement to a biennial requirement.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes the additional requirement that one commission member of the certification hearing panel for a correctional or tribal officer must be a civilian and allows them to be either a civilian with oversight or auditing experience over law enforcement, or one of five private persons, or a tribal member under RCW 43.101.030(1) (f) through (h).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on February 25, 2021
Adds a section that clarifies which provisions control when this act conflicts with other regulations, ordinances, MOUs, policies, practices, or CBAs.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 25, 2021
Restores the current law definition of convicted regarding nolo contendere pleas.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes duplicative language regarding the priorities of the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes provisions that change duties of the CJTC. Removes changes to CJTC certification authority. Retains changes to Commission composition and meeting schedule. Retains reporting requirements.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 25, 2021
Restores current RCW 43.101.180.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on February 25, 2021
Restores current law regarding public disclosure of contents of personnel action reports.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes elected peace officers from definition of "law enforcement personnel.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on February 25, 2021
Clarifies who may submit a written complaint to the commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Lynda Wilson (Clark County) (R) on February 25, 2021
Removes language authorizing the commission's ability to proceed with discipline regardless of whether an arbitrator or other appellate decision maker overturns the discipline imposed by the officer's employing agency or whether the agency settles an appeal of that action that precludes action by the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 25, 2021
Received in the House on February 27, 2021
Referred to the House Public Safety Committee on February 27, 2021
Referred by Rep. Peter Abbarno (Centralia City) (R) on March 24, 2021
Received in the Senate on April 21, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 18, 2021

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