Status Summary

The bill was sent to Senate Rules from the Human Services and Corrections committee. On 2/12, the bill passed in Senate Rules on third reading; yeas, 35; nays, 11; absent, 1; excused, 2.
On 2/15, first reading in the House and referred to Early Learning & Human Services
Public hearing in Early Learning & Human Services on 2/20 and exec action taken on 2/21
Referred to Rules on 2/23.
On 2/26, Rules relieved of further consideration and placed on second hearing.
On 2/27, Rules suspended and placed on third reading. Third reading, passed; yeas, 55; nays, 43; absent, 0; excused, 0 It appears that the bill will be delivered to the Governor.
On 3/5, President signed and on 3/6, Speaker signed.
On 3/6, the bill was delivered to the Governor.
(updated 3/8)

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Sen. Darneille

SB6550 revises aspects of the 1977 Juvenile Justice Act and states that the prosecutor, juvenile court probation counselor, or diversion may, and are encouraged to, refer juveniles to community-based programs or restorative justice programs (up to 20 hours) to expand, improve, and increase options to divert youth from formal processing in juvenile court. 

Effective July 1, 2019

Amendments on the Senate floor make the following changes:

Requires a prosecutor to file an offense in juvenile court that is within the jurisdiction of the court and supported by probable cause and which is a sex offense or violent offense as defined by RCW 9.94A.030, other than assault in the second degree or robbery in the second degree.

Provides that juvenile records are eligible for destruction when the records consist of successfully completed diversion agreements and counsel and release agreements completed on or after the effective date of the act and there is no restitution owing in the case.