2018 Legislative Update
February 18, 2018
We are thrilled that three important bills moved out of committee and were all passed by a unanimous vote in the House. These pieces of legislation will go a long way in helping to protect the youngest and most vulnerable victims of abuse and neglect in Washington State. CACWA is grateful that these bills have made it this far. However, there is more work to be done. Below is a brief summary of each bill. Please consider contacting your representatives and ask them to vote in favor of these bills.
SHB 2700/SB 6387 – Concerning the handling of child forensic interview and child interview digital recordings: This bill requires that each county update its protocol in regards to the handling of digital recordings that occur during child sexual abuse forensic interviews and investigations. These recordings are not be copied, photographed, duplicated, or otherwise reproduced unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the court.
HB 2855 – Concerning the sharing of information between participants in multidisciplinary coordination of child sexual abuse investigations: This bill authorizes participants in multidisciplinary teams to share all information about criminal child sexual investigations with other participants in the multidisciplinary team while remaining immune from any liability arising out of sharing such information.
HB 1539 – Regarding a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students:Also know as “Erin’s Law” specifies the requirements and adoption of a model curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students in kindergarten through grade 12.
For the past two years CACWA has been working hard with our partners to get authorization to hang a child abuse hotline poster in Washington State schools. And now it is a reality! We are thankful to those in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for making this possible and will soon make this poster available on their website in a format that schools can access, download and print. These posters will help go a long way in educating and empowering children to report abuse when it happens.