Washington group says tax breaks, police pursuits are top priority for initiative effort

I-1474 will authorize pursuit when an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect a crime has been committed.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Sales and gasoline taxes will be reduced, and the governor’s emergency powers will be limited if the initiatives currently underway are finally approved by the legislature or voters via.

But one problem is the organization’s priorities behind the 11 initiatives that are currently in the signature collection phase.

Let’s go of Washington I-1474 will allow more police chases.

“It’s the most important reform we need right now in our state government,” said Representative Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. Walsh said he’s volunteering as a policy adviser to the organization.

Walsh said the group is trying to gather more than 400,000 signatures for petitions presented to state lawmakers in January.

“It’s coming to an end,” Walsh said, at a signature collection kiosk in Puyallup’s South Hill Mall.

If organizers collect enough signatures for initiatives to reach the legislature, lawmakers will have to enact a policy or send the issue to voters.

In 2021, lawmakers enacted new limits on when police can pursue suspects in vehicles.

By law, officers are required to determine the probable cause of a violent or sexual crime that has been committed. Suspects accused of driving under the influence may also be pursued.

Walsh said I-1474 will allow pursuit when an officer has reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed and more crimes will be considered pursueable, including theft and burglary. steal.

Law enforcement agencies have blamed the new law on an increase in crime, particularly car theft.

According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Sheriffs, car thefts are up 82% compared to this time in 2021.

“The criminals know that law enforcement, police officers and deputy sheriffs are limited in their pursuit, so they run away,” says Walsh.

Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, one of the sponsors of the 2021 law, expected the law to be up for debate regardless of the initiative’s fate.

“This is such a high priority for us, we definitely have to get the parties together and figure out what needs to be done to strike the right balance between keeping it safe,” Goodman said. public but also minimize bystanders and other traffic deaths.”

Goodman said that since the law went into effect in 2021, the state has reduced the number of car chase deaths by 80%.

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Edmund DeMarche

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