Washington State

House of Representatives

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Public Safety Committee

SSB 5072

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Brief Description: Modifying the crime of failing to summon assistance.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senator Honeyford).

Brief Summary of Substitute Bill

  • Expands the crime of Failing to Summon Assistance to include circumstances where a person fails to summon assistance for another person who is injured other than as a result of a crime.

Hearing Date: 3/13/15

Staff: Cassie Jones (786-7303).


A person commits the crime of Failing to Summon Assistance if:

"Substantial bodily harm" means bodily injury that involves a temporary but substantial disfigurement, or causes a temporary but substantial loss of the function of any bodily part or organ, or that causes a fracture of any bodily part.

Failing to summon assistance is a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Summary of Bill:

A person commits the crime of failing to summon assistance if:

Failing to summon assistance remains a misdemeanor.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.