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SB 5295, The Corrections Ombudsman Bill

We have been successful in obtaining a hearing on SB 5295, the corrections ombudsman bill, which will be heard this Friday, Feb. 9 at 8:00 a.m. by the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee, which meets in senate hearing room 1.


We will have to make a very substantial showing to get this significant reform out of committee, so it is important to have as many organizations and individuals signing in as possible, with those who wish to testify prepared to do so, if time allows. 


Please be sure that someone from any interested organizations you are a part of signs in in favor of this bill, or make arrangements to have someone else do so on your behalf.  If you also plan to testify, please let me know so we can try to coordinate our testimony.  I’ll be driving over to Olympia on Wednesday, but can be reached there by cell at 509-629-2791, and will be checking email.



Here are the names, party affiliations, and districts of the members of the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee who will be hearing this bill on Friday, for those who are their constituents and who would like to contact them to urge support:


Sen. Jim Hargrove, Chair, Box 40424, Olympia WA 98504-0424, D, 24

Sen. Debby Regala, Vice-Chair, Box 40427, Olympia WA 98504-0427, D, 27

Sen. Val Stevens, Box 40439, Olympia WA 98504-0439, R, 39

Sen. Dale Brandland, Box 40442, Olympia WA 98504-0442, R, 42

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, Box 40401, Olympia WA 98504-0401, D, 1

Sen. Chris Marr, Box 40406, Olympia WA 98504-0406, D, 6

Sen. Mike Carrell, Box 40428, Olympia WA 98504-0428, R, 28.


The formula for email is  The legislative hotline to contact members in your district is 1-800-562-6000.  To find your district, go to


Thanks and best wishes,



Daniel N. Clark

Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy

PO Box 1222

Walla Walla WA 99362

509-522-0399, fax 522-0415

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