Local GOP legislators want registers for domestic violent offenders

House Rep Brad Klippert (Republican of the State House)

Basically based on his decades of law enforcement work, an 8th District MP tabled a bill that would create a state registry for domestic violent offenders

REP. AS A DEPUTY, KLIPPERT SEEN MANY TRAGICAL IT INCIDENTS

Brad Kilppert, who co-serves with Matt Boehnke as the 8th Ward Legislator for Kennewick, Richland, and southern Benton Counties, has served as the deputy sheriff’s department in Benton County for decades.

For this reason, he submitted a draft law HB 1678, which would create a state register for domestic violent offenders.

THE REGISTRATION WOULD BE SAVED BY THE WSP

The register would, according to the law, refer to “serious” IT offenders and would include name, age, address and other pertinent information and would be maintained by the Washington State Patrol. It would be publicly available.

It would also provide a much faster way to find out if a suspect or culprit has committed serious DP 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 into the legislature a few years ago, called “Tina’s Law,” after a woman who was beaten to death by her boyfriend who later turned out to be an extensive computer background. This bill didn’t make it to the vote, but Klippert hopes it will be different this time.

The legislature began its 2022 session on Monday of this week.

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