• Bill to modify statute of limitations for certain felony sex offenses clears state House

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A bill designed to modify the statute of limitations for certain felony sex offenses cleared the state House Tuesday. 

    House Bill 1231, sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey, would end the statute of limitations and authorize the following offenses to be prosecuted at any time: 

    • Rape in the first and second degrees if the victim is less than 16 years of age. 
    • Rape of a child.
    • Child molestation. 
    • Sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree. 
    • Custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree. 
    • Sexual exploitation of a minor.

     

    "Without a doubt, this bill would tremendously benefit sexual assault survivors throughout Washington state," Griffey said in a news release

    House Bill 1231 is a pared-down version of House Bill 1234 – legislation that was also sponsored by Griffey and would have removed the statute of limitations for most felony sex offenses. 

    House Bill 1234 failed to receive a vote from the House Public Safety Committee and has been deemed ‘dead’ for the remainder of the legislative session. 

    "Survivors have waited long enough for action on this issue, and I will not stop fighting until this bill is passed and signed into law. I'm so thankful the House provided overwhelming, bipartisan support for my bill, but we're not out of the woods yet. The battle continues in the Senate, and I hope the bill will receive the same treatment in the Senate that it did today in the House," Griffey said. 


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