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By Madeline Coats
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Bill seeks permanent solution to homeless crisis

 

February 20, 2019



A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers aims to address the rights of homeless people and their ability to survive in public.

Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-Seatac, is the primary sponsor of House Bill 1591. The representative said she seeks to create a more-permanent solution to the homeless crisis instead of quick-fix laws.

HB 1591 would allow homeless people to survive in a vehicle or public space without fear of obstruction. The bill would also permit the right to a reasonable expectation of privacy in one’s personal property.

“Chronically homeless people are frequently burdened with civil infractions and criminal charges related to homelessness,” said Gregerson at a public hearing on Tuesda...



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