Newsletter - In The Newshttps://wsorca.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The Newsen-us2019-12-09T16:17:38.9529223-06:00Legislation Addressing 2015 State v Larson Supreme Court Decisionhttps://wsorca.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=In The News&newsletterid=62/15/2018 4:16:11 PMThanks to the hard work of WSORCA members a revision to RCW 9A.56.360 has been passed into law, again allowing more flexibility in charging for Theft with Special Circumstances.<br><br><br><div style="margin: 0px 0px 8pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>Padden bill cracking down on retail theft clears Legislature&nbsp; </b></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 8pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">OLYMPIA &#8211; A bill making it easier for prosecutors to crack down on retail theft won final passage in the Senate Monday, sending the measure to the governor&#8217;s desk.</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 8pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The 47-1 vote in the Senate on <a href="http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5635+&amp;Year=2017" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0066cc">Senate Bill 5635</font></u></a> caps a session-long effort by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, to toughen the state&#8217;s law against retail theft with special circumstances.</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 8pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&#8220;Every time somebody steals something from a store, it drives up prices for the rest of us,&#8221; said Padden, chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and the bill&#8217;s sponsor.