Griffey renews effort to eliminate statute of limitations for certain felony sex crimes

Late last week, Rep. Dan Griffey introduced legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations for certain felony sex offenses.

This will be Griffey's fourth attempt at passing similar legislation, and he hopes it will be his last.

“For too long, the Legislature has failed sexual assault survivors,” said Griffey, R-Allyn. “We should be doing everything we can to empower survivors and give them the confidence and understanding they need to come forward. My bill would help do just that, yet year after year, the Legislature fails to act on it. I sincerely hope this year will be different.”

Griffey's House Bill 1234 would allow certain sex crimes, such as rape, child molestation, and incest, to be prosecuted at any time after their commission.

Last year, the bill passed out of the House with near-unanimous support but was stopped just short of being heard on the Senate floor. While in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, the bill underwent some changes, reducing applicable crimes to rape of a child and child molestation in the first degree.

Griffey has also introduced the pared down version of the bill this year — House Bill 1231.

Both bills are scheduled for public hearings in the House Public Safety Committee for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m.

The 2019 legislative session began Jan. 14, and is scheduled to run 105 consecutive days.


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