Local GOP lawmaker wants registry of domestic violence offenders

House Representative Brad Klippert (Republicans in the State House)

Largely based on his decades of law enforcement work, an 8th District House representative introduced a bill that would create a national registry of domestic violence offenders.

REPRESENTING. KLIPPERT HAS SEEN MANY TRAGIC DV INCIDENTS AS ASSISTANT

Brad Kilppert, who, along with Matt Boehnke, is the 8th Member of Parliament for the Kennewick, Richland and South Benton County District House of Representatives, worked for decades as an assistant for the County Sheriff’s Department of Benton.

It was for this reason that he introduced a bill, HB 1678, which would create a state registry for perpetrators of domestic violence.

THE REGISTER WOULD BE KEPT BY THE WSP

The register, according to the text of the bill, would apply to “serious” DV violators, and would include name, age, address and other relevant information, and would be maintained by the Patrol of the Washington State. It would be accessible to the public.

It would also provide a much faster method of finding out if a suspect or offender has committed serious DV incidents in the past. For example, an officer responding to an incident could easily access the name and information about the suspect.

A similar bill was introduced a few years ago in the Legislature called “Tina’s Law” after a woman who was beaten to death by her boyfriend who later turned out to have extensive experience in DV. This bill was not put to a vote, but Klippert hopes this time around it will be different.

The legislature began its 2022 session on Monday of this week.

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