Bill: HB 1985 (SB 5689) — 2017
Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace (Ortiz-Self, Ryu, Gregerson)
Establishes the keep Washington working act. Creates the keep Washington working statewide steering committee established within the department of commerce. Requires the attorney general, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, to publish model policies for limiting immigration enforcement consistent with federal and state law at public schools, health facilities operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state, courthouses, and shelters, to ensure they remain safe and accessible to residents, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Requires state agencies to review their confidentiality policies and identify changes necessary to ensure that information collected from individuals is limited to that necessary to perform agency duties and is not used or disclosed for any other purpose. Prohibits a state agency, department, or law enforcement from using agency or department funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, cooperate with, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of unconstitutional or illegal registrations or surveillance programs that target residents on the basis of race, religion, immigration status, citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin. Prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from using agency or department funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1985&Year=2017 (opens a new browser tab)