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Local lawmaker's bill first signed into law by new Governor

February 28th, 2013 - 6:03am

(Olympia) - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed his first bill into law, a measure that requires homeless or runaway shelters to notify parents, state officials or law enforcement of a youth's location within 72 hours of becoming aware they are missing. The bill was sponsored by 24th District Senator Jim Hargrove.

Inslee signed the measure Wednesday, and the law will take effect in July.

Shelters have been required to provide notification of a child's whereabouts since 1995, but the time of notification was expanded from eight hours to 72 hours in 2010. Those changes expired last year, but are made permanent under the new measure.

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