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Legislative Accomplishments

Roger is the first Washington state legislator to win the “Safety Champion Award” from the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA), and this year he received national recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Just recently he also received the 2012 Norm Maleng Award from the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for his groundbreaking work in revising Washington’s domestic violence laws.

During his service in the Legislature, Roger Goodman has sponsored a total of 122 bills in the last six years, 65 of which have passed and been signed into law. With 53 percent of his bills being enacted into law, Roger is one of the most prolific and effective legislators in the United States.

Roger has led the Legislature to enact the following important legislation on a wide range of policy matters:

Enhancing Public Safety

Serving as Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and also as a senior member of the House Public Safety Committee, Roger has sought to make us safer on our roadways, in public places and in our homes.

Roger has worked especially hard to reduce drunk driving and domestic violence, which are the biggest sources of harm in our society. He has passed a dozen pieces of major legislation to address these chronic problems and his work in this area has earned him numerous awards.

Reducing Drunk Driving

Even with tougher punishments and ad campaigns, drunk drivers continue to plague our roads. People need to know that when you drive drunk and put lives at risk, it will not be tolerated. Strong sentences aren’t the only answer; we need new solutions to make our roads safer and to save more lives.

For several years Roger Goodman has worked closely with the Washington State Patrol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, judges and prosecutors to come up with innovative ways to hold drunk drivers accountable. DUIHe has passed nine bills in this area, and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission has just reported that his legislation has resulted in a 36 percent decline in alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries on Washington’s roads in the last two years, making Washington the model for the nation. Roger’s legislation has aimed at known drunk drivers, installing breathalyzers, or what are called “ignition interlock devices” in DUI offenders’ cars. If the driver has been drinking, the car won’t start and can’t get on the road.  The DUI offenders must pay for the device themselves, so there’s no taxpayer expense.

Eighty percent of drivers with a suspended license drive anyway. By installing the alcohol-detection devices, we allow them to get a special driver’s license, so they can continue to drive to work or school. These are known drunk drivers and we’ve been able to make sure they’re driving sober, saving hundreds of lives in the process.

Roger’s DUI bills enacted into law include:

HB 2130 (Chapter 474, Public Laws of 2007), strengthening the felony DUI law by properly accounting for prior DUI offenses.

HB 3254 (Chapter 282, Public Laws of 2008), a landmark bill holding DUI offenders accountable through the use of the new Ignition Interlock License.

HB 1732 (enacted in the 2009 Transportation Budget), securing a revolving fund, financed by DUI offenders, to pay for the ignition interlock devices of indigent DUI offenders.

HB 2466 (Chapter 268, Public Laws of 2010), a bill requested by the Washington State Patrol to ensure the reliability of ignition interlock technologies.

HB 2742 (Chapter 269, Public Laws of 2010), a major bill expanding the ignition interlock program and toughening other DUI penalties.

HB 1017 (Chapter 167, Public Laws of 2011, enacted by companion SB 5000), requiring a mandatory 12-hour impound of DUI offenders’ cars, preventing drunk drivers from retrieving their vehicles while they are still drunk.

HB 1789 (Chapter 293, Public Laws of 2011), another major expansion of the ignition interlock program and further toughening of other DUI penalties.

HB 2302 (Chapter 42, Public Laws of 2012), a child endangerment statute requested by the Washington State Patrol, increasing penalties for driving drunk with children in the vehicle.

HB 2443 (Chapter 183, Public Laws of 2012), another significant update to the ignition interlock program, including a major expansion of Washington State Patrol’s enforcement capability.

 

Reducing the Harm From Domestic Abuse

For several years Roger has convened a working group of experts on the chronic problem of domestic violence, including prosecutors, law enforcement, judges, treatment programs and victims and their advocates.  This work has resulted in five major pieces of legislation, helping law enforcement respond much better at the scene of a domestic dispute, giving courts better and more timely information about perpetrators and victims, improving the enforceability of no-contact orders and protection orders, and also toughening criminal penalties:

HB 2777 (Chapter 274, Public Laws of 2010), the most comprehensive revision of Washington’s domestic violence laws in more than 30 years, significantly changing the way law enforcement, prosecutors and courts handle domestic violence cases.

HB 1182 (Chapter 165, Public Laws of 2011), significantly increasing penalties for intimidating and tampering with witnesses, which is a major problem in domestic violence cases.

HB 1188 (Chapter 166, Public Laws of 2011), raising criminal sanctions for suffocation, which is a terrifying means used by domestic abusers to attack their victims.

HB 1626 (Chapter 307, Public Laws of 2011, enacted as companion SB 5579), which strengthened our state’s anti-harrassment laws.

HB 2363 (Chapter 223, Public Laws of 2012), another major revision of Washington’s domestic violence laws, toughening penalties and protecting the confidential locations of “safe houses” for domestic violence survivors and their children.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT MEASURES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES

Roger has led the Legislature to enact many other measures to improve public safety, including making more resources available for us to plan better for emergencies.  After the destructive windstorm of 2006, Roger passed a bill to provide tax credits to gas stations for installing backup generators. This program will allow fuel to be available after a disaster to keep people mobile and home generators running.
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Roger’s public safety and emergency preparedness legislation includes:

HB 1892 (Chapter 242, Public Laws of 2007), allowing the immediate impoundment of unused vehicles with expired plates from public roadways.

HB 2053 (Chapter 223, Public Laws of 2008), providing tax incentives for backup generators to keep gas stations open during power outages.

HB 1263 (Chapter 28, Public Laws of 2009, enacted as companion SB 5190), strengthening community supervision of offenders released from prison.

HB 1362 (Chapter 387, Public Laws of 2009), increasing penalties and impounding the vehicles used by those who solicit street prostitutes.

HB 1923 (Chapter 294, Public Laws of 2011), requested by Washington’s Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, tightening up the background check requirements for concealed pistol licenses.

HB 2570 (Chapter 233, Public Laws of 2012), increasing penalties for metal theft, a growing problem for public utilities, farms, and businesses in our community.

HB 2615 (Chapter 47, Public Laws of 2012, enacted as companion SB 6470), allowing for municipalities that annex unincorporated county areas to increase fire protection service for the new area.

 

Strengthening Education and Child Welfare

Championing Early Learning

The evidence is clear that early childhood education programs are the very best investment of our tax dollar.  Those kids who are not ready for kindergarten fall behind right away and need extensive remedial education, and are more likely to drop out of school later, costing all of us to clean up the mess at the other end.

Roger has been a leader in the Legislature in enacting bills to expand high-quality early learning programs for all of Washington’s kids, helping to ensure that pre-school programs are available to kids at risk, helping them prepare for success in school and in life.  Roger has been repeatedly named “Champion for Children” by the Children’s Alliance and has twice received their highest honor, the “Gold Crayon Award” in 2010 and 2012.  Roger has also been named a “Champion for Education” by the League of Education Voters for his work to expand early learning in Washington.

Roger has led the Legislature to enact a number of bills related to education and child welfare:

HB 3168 (Chapter 164, Public Laws of 2008), setting the stage for an expansion of Washington’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), modeled after the federal Head Start program.

HB 2731 (Chapter 231, Public Laws of 2010), a landmark piece of legislation establishing a new statewide program of early childhood education to succeed ECEAP, fully phased in by the 2019 school year.  Also secured current capacity and funding for ECEAP, one of the only programs not cut during the current budget crisis.

HB 1491 (Chapter 177, Public Laws of 2012, enacted as companion SB 5389), altering the membership of Washington’s Early Learning Advisory Council (Roger is a member of that Council), thereby securing $1.7 million from the federal government to support Washington’s early learning programs.

HB 1782 (Chapter 477, Public Laws of 2009), helping parents retain their parental rights and reducing unnecessary separation and placement of children into foster care.

HB 2735 (Chapter 180, Public Laws of 2010), helping children in foster care navigate through the court system with better legal representation.

HB 1774 (Chapter 292, Public Laws of 2011), a major child welfare bill that improved adoption procedures, ensured better training for special child guardians, facilitated the reuniting of siblings and eased the restoration of parental rights.

 

Pioneering Four-Year Program at Lake WA Institute of Technology

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Our area has a shortage of workers trained in technical disciplines, especially in high-tech and medical fields. Roger passed legislation (HB 1885, Chapter 166, Public Laws of 2008, enacted as companion SB 5104) allowing Lake Washington Institute of Technology to offer a four-year degree program in applied science, for which Roger also secured the needed funding. This successful program is already implemented at some community colleges around the state, and this is the first technical college program of its kind in our state and an opening for those working to pursue additional education, as well as helping local businesses by supplying new talent.

 

Helping Small Businesses and Our Local Community

This year Roger led the Legislature to enact a major reform of Washington’s wage garnishment laws (HB 1552, Chapter 159, Public Laws of 2012).  After two years of tough negotiations, Roger brought together small and large businesses, collection agencies, consumer groups and the courts to achieve a win-win solution for all parties.  Businesses will now avoid needless paperwork and will receive moneys owed to them faster; courts have withdrawn unnecessary oversight yet have preserved essential due process in garnishment proceedings; collection agencies are able to sustain a workable business model; and low-wage workers are better able to pay back their debts without losing their housing or running short of funds for food and necessities.  This legislative effort is one of the most successful examples of Roger’s collaborative problem-solving style of leadership.

Roger also sponsored and passed HB 1745 (Chapter 57, Public Laws of 2011, enacted as companion SB 5574)), the product of further negotiations between consumer groups and collection agencies to revise methods of debt collection and ensure their fairness.

Each year Roger has also been able to secure important state appropriations to help our local businesses and non-profit organizations, including:

- major funding for the expansion of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville.

- significant funds to help the expansion of programs at Studio East, the Eastside’s premier performing arts school for young children.

- sufficient funds to ensure the completion of Duvall Place, a transitional, supportive housing facility operated by Hopelink for homeless families in Duvall.

 

Expanding Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital is our region’s flagship institution of its kind.  Its pediatric oncology and pediatric residency programs are rated among the best in the nation.  The demand for their children’s health care services continues to grow rapidly.

Roger sponsored and passed HB 3071 (Chapter 114, Public Laws of 2008), altering the rules for the dissolution of condominiums, allowing for the expansion of Children’ Hospital to a former condominium site.  Children’s Hospital will now be able to expand from 250 to 600 beds, providing the capacity that our area needs for top-quality children’s health care.

 

Protecting Property and Natural Resources

As the bottom of the economy fell out in late 2008, King County and Washington State revenue agencies considered increasing some property taxes as a means to bring in more revenue.  One proposal was the threat to charge exhorbitant taxes on rural, horse-boarding facilities, a burden that would have put them all out of business.

In response, Roger introduced and passed HB 1733 (Chapter 255, Public Laws of 2009), which secured in perpetuity the favorable tax valuation for horse-boarding properties as agricultural land.  This helped to ensure the unique quality of our Eastside horse farms, an important part of our culture for many generations.

The economic crisis also put real estate brokers at risk, exposing them to extreme liability when dealing with so-called “distressed conveyances” as the housing market was crashing.  Roger sponsored and helped secure the emergency enactment of HB 1132 (Chapter 15, Public Laws of 2009, enacted as companion SB 5221), which shielded real estate brokers from liability as they handled the many transactions of homes that were “under water.”


Roger has worked for many years with the Cascade Water Alliance, a unique partnership of local jurisdictions that have banded together to secure a safe water supply for the Eastside.  Roger sponsored and passed two important pieces of legislation (HB 1332, Chapter 504, Public Laws of 2009; and HB 1014, Chapter 97, Public Laws of 2011, enacted as companion SB 5241)to ensure that the Cascade Water Alliance has the proper authorities of a public utility to complete the construction and operation of the pipelines for this critical water supply.

Other important bills Roger has passed related to property rights include:

HB 1663 (Chapter 165, Public Laws of 2009), requiring relocation assistance for long-term tenants of residential motels that are shut down through no fault of their own.

HB 1078 (Chapter 168, Public Laws of 2011, enacted as companion SB 5035), ensuring proper documentation of rent payment transactions between mobile home tenants and mobile home park owners.

HB 1214 (Chapter 36, Public Laws of 2011, enacted as companion SB 5115), prohibiting the charging of private transfer fees by out-of-state developers, who were secretly profiting from hidden fees on the resale of properties.

 

Reforming the Justice System

Roger has held countless meetings of experts in the justice system over the years to help reform the operation of our court system and to provide better access to justice. Roger has sponsored many bills to improve the local court process for citizens like you.

So, what is the effect of these changes? If you need to go to court, you’re more likely to deal with the matter locally. For victims, that means not traveling far from home. For those running afoul of the law, you’ll have local courts keeping you in line.

Roger’s many bills reforming the justice system include:

HB 2236 (Chapter 475, Public Laws of 2007), a comprehensive revision of Washington’s probate laws, governing the inheritance of property.

HB 2557 (Chapter 227, Public Laws of 2008), a major piece of legislation reorganizing the jurisdictions of the District and Superior Courts and the roles of judges and commissioners, among many other reforms.

HB 1158 (Chapter 330, Public Laws of 2009), allowing for electronic juror registration, resulting in a significant expansion of the juror pools for the trial courts.

HB 1159 (Chapter 26, Public Laws of 2009, enacted as companion SB 5135), increasing the number of King County District Court judges to accommodate overwhelming caseloads.

HB 1261 (Chapter 81, Public Laws of 2009), putting in place a new system of interstate court procedures in cases of establishing guardianship of vulnerable adults by parties outside Washington State.

HB 1361 (Chapter 227, Public Laws of 2009), a significant reform of criminal sanctions allowing sentencing courts to hold non-violent offenders accountable through the use of county-supervised treatment programs and other non-incarcerative options.

HB 1775 (Chapter 201, Public Laws of 2012), a major step forward for juvenile justice using a research-proven method for holding juvenile offenders accountable, enshrining for the first time in state law the concept of “restorative justice,” a victim-centered process allowing juveniles committing minor offenses to make their victims whole and be restored to the community.

HB 2603 (Chapter 177, Public Laws of 2012, enacted as part of SB 6240), revising the Juvenile Disposition Grid, the sentencing system for juvenile offenders.

 

Improving Government Efficiency

Each year Roger has found many ways for the government to save money, even in small amounts, because every scarce taxpayer dollar counts.  Roger has even voluntarily cut his own pay to help balance the budget, believing that everyone has to give a little in these tough times.

Roger serves on the Statute Law Committee, which oversees the Code Reviser’s Office and the publication of our laws. Roger has passed many bills to reduce huge government printing costs, allowing the electronic versions of rules and regulations to be considered the official versions, and shrinking the size of the printed volumes of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

Roger has sponsored many bills that have saved public recources, including:

HB 1268 (Chapter 219, Public Laws of 2007, enacted as companion SB 5193), allowing law enforcement to donate unclaimed property to charity.

HB 1431 (Chapter 171, Public Laws of 2007), eliminating duplicate responsibilities of three different state agencies in documenting Certificates of Discharge for felony offenders.

HB 1859 (Chapter 456, Public Laws of 2007), making the electronic version the official version of the semi-weekly State Register of state regulations, thereby eliminating huge publishing requirements for useless hard copies.

HB 1058 (Chapter 186, Public Laws of 2009), reducing obsolete notes and citations from the printed laws, thereby shrinking the size of the volumes of the RCW.

HB 1218 (Chapter 37, Public Laws of 2009), allowing for more flexible use of city and county jails in order to reduce transportation costs.

HB 1257 (Chapter 135, Public Laws of 2009), reducing needless filing requirements for deferred prosecution cases in county courthouses.

HB 1335 (Chapter 174, Public Laws of 2009, enacted as companion SB 5298), eliminating unnecessary paperwork requirements for state park rangers in issuing citations and infractions.

HB 2518 (Chapter 190, Public Laws of 2010), eliminating duplicative and time-consuming procedures for the swearing-in of foreign language interpreters at court proceedings.

HB 1479 (Chapter 156, Public Laws of 2011), making the electronic version the official version of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), thereby eliminating huge publishing requirements for useless hard copies.

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