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Governor Inslee signs a misdemeanor arrest bill

(OLYMPIA)- A bill that will allow law enforcement officers to make arrests in misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases, even if they weren’t the officer who saw the alleged crime, was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.  House Bill 2057 was introduced and prime-sponsored by Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island.

The measure is in response to a state Supreme Court ruling last year that overturned the conviction of a man who was arrested on drug charges because the arresting officer was not the officer who witnessed the alleged crime.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the 2014 session tomorrow, March 13.  House Bill 2057 becomes effective 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

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