Statement from House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary on Initiative 2113

Today in the Washington State Senate, Initiative 2113 (Concerning vehicular pursuits by peace officers) was referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee. House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, released the following statement in response to the initiative being certified by the Washington Secretary of State.

“Washington House Republicans fully support Initiative 2113 and believe it should be quickly passed by the Legislature during the 2024 legislative session. Limiting vehicular pursuits of police officers has had disastrous consequences for communities and exacerbated our state’s public safety crisis. Washington ranks third among all states for most automobile thefts, second in property crime rate, and first for retail theft impacts. Restoring this important tool for law enforcement will have an immediate and positive impact on public safety, especially in deterring auto theft, and send a strong message to the criminals who have been exploiting the change in the law that their free ride is over.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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