Local GOP lawmaker wants domestic violent offender registry
Largely based on his decades of work in law enforcement, an 8th District house official introduced a bill that would create a national registry of domestic violence offenders.
REPRESENTING. KLIPPERT HAS SEEN MANY TRAGIC DV INCIDENTS AS A DEPUTY
Brad Kilppert, who along with Matt Boehnke are the 8th District House of Representatives lawmakers for Kennewick, Richland and southern Benton County, worked for decades as a deputy in the Benton County Sheriff’s Department .
That’s why he introduced a bill, HB 1678, that would create a state registry for perpetrators of domestic violence.
THE REGISTER WOULD BE MAINTAINED BY WSP
The registry, according to the text of the bill, would apply to “serious” DV offenders, and would include name, age, address and other relevant information, and would be maintained by the DV Patrol. Washington State. It would be accessible to the public.
It would also provide a much faster method of finding out if a suspect or offender has committed serious DV incidents in the past. For example, an officer responding to an incident could easily access the suspect’s name and information.
A similar bill was introduced a few years ago in the Legislature, called “Tina’s Law” after a woman who was beaten to death by her boyfriend who later turned out to have a long DV background. That bill didn’t pass, but Klippert hopes this time around will be different.
The legislature began its 2022 session on Monday this week.