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New Courthouse Protections

Legislature approves new courthouse protections at AG Ferguson’s request


Roger’s Gun Bill in the New York Times Sunday Edition – front page!

A Long But Interesting Piece About Gun Laws in Washington State The New York Times March 17, 2013

Death of the Drone Bill (for this year, anyway)

Bill Regulating Drones Dies The News Tribune March 17, 2013
Bill Restricting Drone Use Dies The Columbian March 17, 2013
Bill Regulating Drones Dies in Wash. Legislature KIRO TV March 17, 2013

The Drone Bill – read to the bottom for the quote by Roger

After Boeing objects, lawmakers put drone bill on hold The Seattle Times March 15, 2013
Boeing complaint sidelines Moxee legislator’s drone bill Yakima Herald Republic March 15, 2013

Updates on Roger’s Gun Bills

Lawmakers eye gun surrender for restraining order Komo News March 13, 2013
Abandoned bill would have required wider background checks for gun purchases The Spokesman Review March 13, 2013

House votes to ease traffic fine burden for poor

March 13, 2013

In a largely bipartisan vote, lawmakers decided to make it less likely people will lose their drivers licenses over the inability to pay a traffic fine.

State Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland
By Tom James
House lawmakers did the kind of thing Tuesday that politicians like to talk about in their speeches: They reached across the aisle (mostly) to move a bill making life easier on the poor while cutting state workloads.

The bill, HB 1601, proposes requiring Washington courts to offer a payment plan to people who are too poor to pay traffic fines all at once, with the aim of keeping minor offenders out of criminal court. Of the 98 legislators in the House, 73 voted in favor of the measure.

The bill’s sponsor, Kirkland Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman, said of those the bill aims to help: “They’re not habitual traffic offenders, they weren’t driving impaired, they just weren’t able to pay the fines.”

Poor people, Goodman said, risk falling into a legal trap after even one traffic ticket. Now when they aren’t able to pay, Goodman said, their licenses are suspended.

“Then the downward spiral begins,” Goodman said, when those same people have to choose between not driving and keeping their jobs. Those who choose to drive to work despite having suspended licenses are then often caught and arrested at some point.

By creating a payment plan, Goodman said, the bill would keep those minor offenders out of the criminal system and save criminal justice resources.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it must work its way through committees before any final vote.




  • “Norm Maleng Award” from King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence – for Roger’s groundbreaking work to reduce the harm from domestic violence and for his landmark legislation (HB 2077) that is the most comprehensive revision of our state’s domestic violence laws in 30 years.

  • Gold Crayon Award—The highest award given by The Children’s Alliance (Roger is the only legislator to win multiple times).

  • Special recognition from The Mockingbird Society, working to build a world-class foster care system in WA state for his work to improve child welfare.

  • Named “Champion for Children” by the Children’s Alliance for his work to expand early childhood education. Multiple award winner.

  • Cascade Water Alliance special recognition for Roger’s work in securing a safe water supply for the Eastside for the next 50 years.

  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology ”special friend” award for establishing a four-year Baccalaureate program in Applied Computer Science (campus in Duvall), the state’s only 4-year program at a technical college.

  • Mountains to Sound Greenway – special recognition for securing the funds to connect key hiking trails in the greenbelt along I-90.


A Time to Celebrate

Roger and his seatmate, Larry Springer, celebrating their re-election at the victory party in Kirkland on election night.



The Washington Secretary of State has now certified the results of the November 6th general election, so we can now say officially that WE WON!!

Our margin of victory was 13 percentage points, the largest margin in my entire career, as we garnered 56.4% of the vote in this tough “swing” district. We worked very hard and it paid off!

It is difficult to express in words how grateful I am to all of you for your ongoing support and friendship. Thanks SO much for the countless hours you devoted to volunteer work, addressing postcards, canvassing the neighborhoods, waving signs on the roadside and making thousands of get-out-the-vote telephone calls at the end of the race. Thanks also for your very generous monetary contributions that made it all possible.

Now comes the hard work in the State Legislature, as we face another budget deficit and an urgent need to increase funding for our public schools. Count on me to stand up and speak up for our public education system, and to continue my work to foster justice in our society and to protect individual rights and the most vulnerable among us.

Thanks again to each of you for your support, inspiration and friendship. We did it and it feels great! Now let’s get to work on the people’s business.

With deep appreciation,


Goodman named Chair of House Public Safety Committee

OLYMPIA – Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) has been picked to chair the House Public Safety Committee.

“In a heartbeat, a violent crime or a natural disaster can take away everything — your home, your family, your life,” Goodman said. “Our state laws must do whatever is possible to prevent crime and respond to floods, wildfires and earthquakes, because lives are literally at stake.”

Goodman, an attorney and criminal justice expert, has served as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee for the last six years, which handles non-criminal issues involving the law and courts.

“It’s important to protect citizens from crime while safeguarding individual liberties,” Goodman said. “What’s great about Washington state is that police, prosecutors, citizens and prison officials have all worked together to do things that don’t just sound tough, but actually work.”

Washington’s criminal justice laws and programs are often picked for review by the state’s Institute for Public Policy, which looks at whether new laws and programs actually reduce crime and whether reforms are cost-effective.

“We’ve learned that some things that sound great on TV or in the newspaper actually cost a lot of money and don’t prevent crime at all,” Goodman said. “And we’ve found that things that don’t get the big headlines actually work well to stop crime and save taxpayer dollars. So it’s important to keep trying different options and testing them rigorously, because in the end, we should do what works, not just what sounds good.”

When he first arrived in the House of Representatives and got assigned to the Public Safety Committee, Goodman asked policy staff and police officers what two issues consumed most of their time and resources. They said drunk driving and domestic violence. Since then he’s worked with police, prosecutors, crime victim advocates and other lawmakers on ways to prevent domestic violence and drunk driving, and he’s won national awards for his work in this area.

“Criminals should be punished, but if that’s all you focus on, you’re missing the point,” Goodman said. “The best way to tackle crime is to prevent it from happening at all. Police officers and prosecutors like solving a case — but they like it better when they can prevent a bad situation, actually stop crime before it happens, so there’s no crime victim who got hurt or killed.”

Goodman said he appreciates hearing the stories and ideas of citizens, local police officers, sheriff deputies, prosecutors and crime victims.

“The biggest part of this job is listening,” Goodman said. “Republican or Democrat, prosecutor or defense lawyer, big city detective or small-town sheriff — everybody has stories to tell and ideas on how to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you, to make Washington state an even safer place for our families and our communities.”

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Rep. Roger Goodman


District office: 425-739-1810


Goodman Named Chair of House Public Safety Committee

Goodman Named Chair of House Public Safety Committee Redmond Reporter December 11, 2012

Goodman Sponsors a Bill to Make Marital Rape Illegal

House Bill 1108 Will Right a Legislative Wrong HorsesAss.org January 30, 2013

Report from the Public Safety Commmittee


Report on This Session’s Firearms Bills

Goodman Sponsors Firearms Bills Issaquah Reporter March 1, 2013

Time to Crack Down on Car Prowlers

Bill Would Increase Penalty for Car Prowls Everett Herald March 6, 2013

Roger Meets With Washington Law Enforcement

Roger with Sheriff Rahr ( Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) and the CJTC senior staff at a gathering of sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state.

Bill Gives Victims a Chance For a Fresh Start

Bill to Give Sex-trafficking Victims a Break on Prostitution Convictions Passes House The Olympian February 25, 2013

News Clips From the Week of February 5, 2013

Ordering DUI Offenders to Pay Child Support for the Children of Victims

DUI Victim Compensation Bill Dies in Committee

Marijuana and Impaired Driving

New Court Order to Protect Stalking Victims



Roger’s bill to prevent stalking, HB 1383, passed the House

House Approves Anti-stalking Bill The News Tribune March 11, 2013

Stalking bill passes both chambers

By Bill McKee | March 12, 2013 | copied from The Capitol Record

Victims of stalkers may may soon have a new law to protect them, with the approval of bills in both the Senate and the House that would create a new kind of civil protection order for stalking.

The legislation comes in response to the murder of Jennifer Paulson in 2010. Paulson was an elementary school teacher in Tacoma who was killed by a former co-worker who had stalked her for seven years.

“If we had had further protection for someone like Jennifer through the court system, we could have prevented her death,” said sponsor Rep. Roger Goodman (D – Kirkland) during a floor session in the House on Monday.

Goodman’s bill expands the behaviors that qualify as felony stalking and increases criminal penalties for the crime.

The law currently allows people to get no-contact orders or protection orders for domestic violence or harassment. Both of the new bills would create another type of protection order specifically for cases of stalking.

“It is obvious that we need more protection for those who are stalked,” said Sen. Steve Conway (D – Tacoma) as he introduced a similar bill on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Conway’s bill doesn’t go quite as far in increasing penalties for stalking as Goodman’s, but it too would create a new anti-stalking protection order.

Both bills received unanimous approval in their respective chambers.


News Updates

State Senate approves scaled-back overhaul of DUI laws Seattle Times June 26, 2013
End of Session DUI Interview with Roger TVW – “The Impact” April 28, 2013
State House panel delays vote on scaled-back DUI bill Seattle Times April 24, 2013
DUI Bill Interview with Roger
TVW – “The Impact” April 24, 2013
New Ideas Aimes at Toughening DUI Laws Raised Q13 Fox News April 23rd, 2013
Law enforcement, local officials question feasibility of Inslee’s DUI proposal Seattle Times April 18, 2013
Last Minute Legislative Push is on for New DUI Measure Q13 Fox April 18, 2013
State House Democrats ‘seething with anger’ after Senate kills gun control bill Seattle Times April 17, 2013
Recent Tragedies Spur Lawmakers to Eye Crackdown on Drunk Driving KOMO4 April 18, 2013
Inslee, state lawmakers unveil new bill to toughen DUI laws Q13 Fox April 17, 2013
Roger Speaking at the Governor’s News Conference on DUIs
TVW April 16, 2013
Photo of Roger delivering remarks at Governor’s News Conference KIRO7-TV April 16. 2013
Inslee to unveil plan for 10-year alcohol prohibition after 3rd DUI Seattle Times April 16, 2013
Angry Governor urges action on DUI legislation King 5 April 9, 2013
Push in Olympia to strengthen state DUI Legislation KING5 TV April 11, 2013
State lawmakers, governor meet on tougher DUI legislation Q13 Fox April 11, 2013
Lifetime driving bans among stiffer penalties mulled for DUIs KOMO News April 9, 2013
What to do if you encounter a wrong-way driver KING5 TV April 5, 2013
What can be done to try to curb fatal DUI accidents? Q13 Fox April 4, 2013
Woman hit by suspected wrong-way drunk driver dies; State Rep. calls for DUI law change Q13 Fox April 4th, 2013
Mourners take to the streets to remember victims of fatal crash KOMONews April 1st, 2013
Dui Driver in Fatal Accident was Nearly Three Times Over Legal Limit Q13 Fox March 26th, 2013

Radio Story

Lawmaker wants more ignition locks


Goodman Stalking Bill Signed by Governor Inslee

Governor Inslee signs Anti-stalking Bill Kiro 7 April 27, 2013
Governor Inslee signs Stalking Protection Thr Bellingham Herald April 27, 2013
Governor Inslee signs Stalking Protection TheNewsTribune.com April 27, 2013

Interesting Pieces on House Bill 1840, Barring People Under Restraining Orders From Owning Guns

House Bill 1840, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman and approved 61-37 in the House last week, would bar gun ownership for many people under restraining orders keeping them away from spouses or partners.

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Bill would allow guns to be taken from owners judged a threat to spouse Fox 13 May 02, 2013
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