WASHINGTON COALITION OF CRIME VICTIM ADVOCATES
2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
March 29, 2017
Dear Advocates and Allied Professionals,
After a lot of hard work, House Bill 1739 - concerning the crime victims’ compensation program - passed the Senate Law & Justice Committee and is now in Senate Ways and Means!
Thanks to the many calls and messages that YOU helped deliver to legislators, HB - 1739 is expected to be scheduled for a hearing as early as Monday or Tuesday of next week!
Please help keep the momentum going!
We need volunteers to testify during the Senate Ways and Means hearing. If you are interested in giving testimony, please let Brad know by calling (360) 402-6900. As soon as we find out when the bill is up for a hearing, which we anticipate will be soon, we will let you know!
We need messages to legislators in support of the bill!
PLEASE CLICK HERE to view members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, who will be hearing the bill. PLEASE SEND THEM A MESSAGE!
House Bill 1739, sponsored by Rep. Mia Gregerson, would:
- Restore compensation rates for providers of services to crime victims to 100% of the workers’ compensation rate
- Eliminate the 1 year time limit for use of the 12 counseling sessions for immediate family members of homicide victims
- Eliminate the time limit for accessing the funeral benefits for homicide victims
- Increase the level of funeral benefits from $5,750 to $6170 and by an inflation factor every three years.
- Expand payment of lost wages for victims by authorizing payment for victims employed or otherwise deriving a livelihood from a lawful activity for at least 12 weeks in the 6 months preceding the event
- Replace the criminal conviction with a probable cause requirement for vehicular assault and vehicular manslaughter victims
If you would like additional information on Public Policy, including information on the State Budget, breaking news, and how to contact your legislators, you are encouraged to visit the WCCVA Public Policy Resource Page or the WCCVA Victim Advocate Action Center!
You can also contact WCCVA staff by calling the office at (360) 456-3858. You may also reach Brad Tower, WCCVA's Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or WCCVA's Executive Director, Cody Benson, at email@example.com. We always look forward to hearing from you!
As always, THANK YOU for your continued dedication to strengthening victims' rights and increasing services through support of victim centered legislation!
Please continue to watch your inbox for specific updates on bills of interest!