Dorn’s Notification Law Being Heard in Senate
OLYMPIA — March 15, 2011 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s requested legislation that would strengthen notification to schools that certain criminals have been released, House Bill 1549, is being heard by the Senate Human Services and Corrections committee at 1:30 p.m. today.
The legislation would require that, no later than 30 days prior to the release of a youth, who is convicted of a violent offense, a sex offense or stalking and who is currently incarcerated in an adult facility, public officials must notify the district in which the youth lives or plans on living. This mirrors law currently in place for offenders released from juvenile institutions.
“The safety of our schools should never be compromised,” Dorn said. “If school officials are notified about a juvenile offender in their area, they can make better decisions so that all students are safe.”
The bill passed the House on Feb. 28 by a 96-0 vote. It received a first reading in the Senate on March 2.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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