HOUSE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Passed House:
February 27, 2012
Title: An act relating to unaccompanied persons.
Brief Description: Concerning unaccompanied persons.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Stevens, Carrell, Kohl-Welles, Fraser, Delvin, Regala and Roach).
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness: 2/15/12, 2/21/12 [DP].
Passed House: 2/27/12, 96-0.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Majority Report: Do pass. Signed by 11 members: Representatives Hurst, Chair; Ladenburg, Vice Chair; Pearson, Ranking Minority Member; Klippert, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Appleton, Armstrong, Goodman, Hope, Kirby, Moscoso and Ross.
Staff: Yvonne Walker (786-7841).
A person commits the crime of Luring if he or she:
orders, lures, or attempts to lure a minor or a person with a developmental disability into any area or structure that is obscured from or inaccessible to the public or into a motor vehicle;
does not have the consent of the minor's parent or guardian or the guardian of the person with a developmental disability; and
is unknown to the victim.
A minor is a child under the age of 16 years old.
Luring is an unranked class C felony offense. The maximum sentence for unranked felonies is one year of confinement, along with possible community restitution, community custody, and legal financial obligations.
Summary of Bill:
The crime of Luring is expanded to include the luring of a minor or a person with a developmental disability away from any area or structure constituting a bus terminal, airport terminal, or other transportation terminal.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect January 1, 2013.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony:
(In support) Several years ago the Legislature passed a bill to crack down on human trafficking. Since that time there have been results which have led to several pimps and johns being arrested and prosecuted.
Runaway minors can often be found in bus terminals. It is at that time that these minors are met by someone who is eager to make them feel comfortable, take them under their wing, and then subsequently sell them into prostitution.
The purpose of this bill is to clarify that offenders may not capture these children as they get off a bus if they are unaccompanied by an adult. If they try to lure one of these minors from a transportation terminal then they will be subject to prosecution.
Persons Testifying: Senator Stevens, prime sponsor.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: None.