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HB 2771

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Brief Description: Transferring responsibility for administering the crime victims' compensation program from the department of labor and industries to the department of social and health services.

Sponsors: Representative O'Brien; by request of Department of Labor & Industries and Department of Social and Health Services.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Transfers the Crime Victim's Compensation Program from the Department of Labor and Industries to the Department of Social and Health Services.

Hearing Date: 1/27/10

Staff: Yvonne Walker (786-7841).


The Crime Victims Act of 1973 established the Washington's Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) to provide benefits to innocent victims of criminal acts.  The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) was assigned authority for administering the CVCP because benefits available to crime victims under the CVCP were originally based on benefits paid to injured workers under the Industrial Insurance Act.

Generally, persons injured by a criminal act in Washington, or their surviving spouses and dependents, are eligible to receive benefits (medical treatment and lost wages) under the CVCP provided that:

Criminal act is defined as: (1) an act committed or attempted in Washington, which is punishable as a felony or gross misdemeanor under the laws of Washington; (2) an act committed outside of Washington against a resident of Washington which would be compensable had it occurred inside the state, and the crime occurred in a state which does not have a CVCP; or (3) an act of terrorism. Statutory language limits the types of claims that the L&I may pay for vehicular accidents. Under the Victims of Crimes-Compensation and Assistance Act, the L&I may only pay vehicular claims when:

The CVCP is the payer of last resort for medical expenses and lost wages.

Summary of Bill:

Effective July 1, 2010, the CVCP is transferred from the L&I to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

All powers, duties, and functions of the L&I relating to the CVCP must be transferred to the DSHS. The transfer includes the following:

In addition, all rules and pending business before the L&I pertinent to the transfer of the CVCP, as well as existing contracts and obligations must remain in force and continued by the DSHS.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.