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                            HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 4240



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By Representatives Rasmussen, Brough, H. Sommers, Brumsickle, H. Myers, Tate, Spanel, Chandler, Vance, Roland, Orr, Dorn, G. Fisher, Peery, Riley, Winsley, Paris, Jones, Ogden, Scott, O'Brien, Wood, Ludwig, Basich, Bowman, Hochstatter, McLean, Lisk, Mitchell, Forner, Sheldon, J. Kohl and Brekke


Read first time 01/27/92.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.Allowing video testimony of children under ten years of age who are sexual abuse victims.


     THAT, At the next general election to be held in this state there shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the state for their approval and ratification, or rejection, an amendment to Article I, section 22 of the Constitution of the state of Washington to read as follows:


     Article I, section 22. In criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right to appear and defend in person, or by counsel, to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, to have a copy thereof, to testify in his own behalf, to meet the witnesses against him face to face, to have compulsory process to compel the attendance of witnesses in his own behalf, to have a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the county in which the offense is charged to have been committed and the right to appeal in all cases:  PROVIDED, That in criminal prosecutions involving sexual contact with a child ten years of age or younger the court may order the testimony of the victim to be taken outside the courtroom and televised live into the courtroom:  PROVIDED FURTHER, That the route traversed by any railway coach, train or public conveyance, and the water traversed by any boat shall be criminal districts; and the jurisdiction of all public offenses committed on any such railway car, coach, train, boat or other public conveyance, or at any station or depot upon such route, shall be in any county through which the said car, coach, train, boat or other public conveyance may pass during the trip or voyage, or in which the trip or voyage may begin or terminate.  In no instance shall any accused person before final judgment be compelled to advance money or fees to secure the rights herein guaranteed.


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the secretary of state shall cause notice of the foregoing constitutional amendment to be published at least four times during the four weeks next preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state.