HB 2791 would establish the Washington statewide Reentry Council to develop collaborative and cooperative relationships between the criminal justice system, victims and their families, impacted individuals and their families, and service providers with the purpose of improving public safety and outcomes for people reentering the community from incarceration. The council would be located within the Department of Commerce and would include representation from 13 members appointed by the governor. The council would be empowered to advise the governor and legislature, make policy and funding recommendations, utilize public and private funding to promote initiatives and programs. The council would be required to submit a preliminary report to the governor and appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2016 and every two years thereafter. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee shall conduct a performance review of the council every six years. The Washington State Institute for Public Policy would be required to conduct meta-analyses of the effectiveness of the program of the council and report results to the governor, appropriate legislative committees, and the council no later than June 1, 2017.
HB 2791 was heard and passed in Ways and Means, referred to Senate rules, but has yet to be pulled in Rules. The bill was pulled and passed by the Senate. The House concurred with the Senate amendments and the bill has been delivered to the governor. HB 2791 has been signed into law by the Governor.