NAC Action Alert
WASHINGTON HOUSE BILL 2645

February 7, 2004

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DATE:    February 7, 2004
SUBJECT: Washington State
TO:      All Naturists

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee is asking you to take immediate action on Washington House Bill 2645, legislation that proposes a significant change to the state's indecent exposure statute. Current law calls for a second conviction under the state's indecent exposure law to be punished as a felony. HB 2645 would amend the law to include convictions under any municipal indecent exposure ordinance in the count to determine the level of punishment.

The measure was introduced by Rep. Al O'Brien (D-Mountlake Terrace).

BACKGROUND

This legislation has been the topic of a previous NAC Action Alert (January 24, 2004) and a NAC Update (January 29, 2004). Those documents are archived on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee:   www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Briefly, police in the cities of Everett and Federal Way consider the state's current indecent exposure law to have a loophole because it does not include convictions under local ordinances in the ratcheting of punishment. The bill was introduced on behalf of the Everett police, who have a lobbyist pushing hard to get the bill passed into law.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?

The Naturist Action Committee immediately hired a professional legislative lobbyist of its own. NAC testified against the bill at a public hearing at the state capitol on January 28.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE?

After the hearing on January 28, HB 2645 appeared to be damaged goods. Rep. O'Brien, who had introduced the bill for the Everett police, summed it up when he said, "I don't feel this bill is going anywhere."

However, the lobbyist for the City of Everett began pitching multiple amendments for the measure. None of the amendments solved the basic problem with the bill, but Rep. O'Brien got behind one of them, and the amended bill was passed by the committee he chairs.

House Bill 2645 has now been referred to the House Rules Committee.

NAC IS ASKING YOU TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

The Naturist Action Committee is asking naturists and other concerned individuals, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE, to contact the members of the House Rules Committee. Contacts from Washington residents are especially important. But because HB 2645 would incorporate municipal ordinances from other states, it's also appropriate for nonresidents to contact Washington's House Rules Committee lawmakers to oppose the bill.

For a list of members of the House Rules Committee, please go to the web site of the Naturist Action Committee:

  www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

  Select "Alerts," then click on "View Current," to select and view this NAC Action Alert. The Action Alert includes links to a list of Washington lawmakers on the Rules Committee. It also has links that will allow you to view the text of the existing Washington law and the complete text of House Bill 2645.

  Alternatively: http://tinyurl.com/28o8a

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Naturally,

Mark Storey
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Mark Storey       - <storey98@aol.com>
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