HOUSE BILL 1564





                        57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House April 16, 2001

  Yeas 94   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 6, 2001

  Yeas 46   Nays 0



We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1564  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk




                          Chief Clerk

President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.              




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 1564



                     AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives Casada, Lantz, Carrell, Hurst, Esser and O'Brien


Read first time 01/30/2001.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Reenacting provisions relating to obstructing governmental operations. 

    AN ACT Relating to obstructing governmental operations; reenacting RCW 9A.76.175 and 9A.76.020; creating a new section; and declaring an emergency.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The purpose of this act is to respond to State v. Thomas, 103 Wn. App. 800, by reenacting, without changes, the law prohibiting materially false or misleading statements to public servants, enacted as sections 32 and 33, chapter 285, Laws of 1995.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 9A.76.175 and 1995 c 285 s 32 are each reenacted to read as follows:

    A person who knowingly makes a false or misleading material statement to a public servant is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.  "Material statement" means a written or oral statement reasonably likely to be relied upon by a public servant in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.


    Sec. 3.  RCW 9A.76.020 and 1995 c 285 s 33 are each reenacted to read as follows:

    (1) A person is guilty of obstructing a law enforcement officer if the person willfully hinders, delays, or obstructs any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.

    (2) "Law enforcement officer" means any general authority, limited authority, or specially commissioned Washington peace officer or federal peace officer as those terms are defined in RCW 10.93.020, and other public officers who are responsible for enforcement of fire, building, zoning, and life and safety codes.

    (3) Obstructing a law enforcement officer is a gross misdemeanor.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.


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