Thursday, January 27, 2005

Washington State Senator Val Stevens (Republican - Arlington) says that people, in Washington state, who commit crimes in the name of animal rights or protecting the environment should be locked up for longer sentences than those who break the law for other reasons. She is trying to pass legislation which would ensure that. Senate Bill 5314 may suffer the same fate as the identical bill Stevens attempted to pass last year. If the bill is not scheduled a hearing by March 2 it will not even have a chance to be debated. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Senator Adam Kline, (Democrat -Seattle), who is responsible for doing so, has not scheduled a hearing for it and says that it is "unlikely," that he will.