Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Public Safety Committee

HB 1626

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Brief Description: Changing the date in which community impact statements are provided to the department of corrections.

Sponsors: Representatives Blake and J. Walsh.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Increases the amount of time a local government has to provide the Department of Corrections with a community impact statement related to new community custody housing providers from 10 to 30 business days.

Hearing Date: 2/9/17

Staff: Alex Pearson (786-7291) and Kelly Leonard (786-7147).


Prior to an offender being released from confinement to community custody, the Department of Corrections (DOC) must approve the offender's release plan. The release plan must include a proposed residence and living arrangements. The DOC may deny the offender's release plan if it determines that the plan places the community or specific victims at risk, if it violates the terms of community custody, or if it places the offender at risk to reoffend or violate the conditions of community custody.

The DOC may provide rental vouchers to the offender for a period of up to three months if the rental vouchers will result in an approved release plan. The DOC must maintain a list of approved housing providers for the voucher program. If more than two voucher recipients will be residing per dwelling unit, their rental vouchers may only be paid to a housing provider on the list.

When selecting housing providers, the DOC must consider the compatibility of the housing with the surrounding neighborhood, underlying zoning, and must limit the concentration of housing providers who provide housing to sex offenders in a single neighborhood or area.

Whenever a new housing provider requests to be added to the list, the DOC must give notice to the local law and justice council, county sheriff, or chief law enforcement officer. If the county or city government creates a community impact statement and provides it to the DOC within 10 business days of receiving notice, the DOC must consider the community impact statement in determining whether to add the housing provider to the list. If the DOC then adds the housing provider to the list, it must include the community impact statement in the notice that a provider has been added within that county.

The community impact statement may include the number and location of other special needs housing in the neighborhood and a review of services and supports in the area to assist offenders in his or her transition.

Summary of Bill:

The amount of time a local government has to submit a community impact statement is increased to 30 business days.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

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