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The Washington State Law Library. presents a brief overview of three Washington legislative history resources. Welcome to our presentation ( For your convenience, space bar advances slides). THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY.

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the washington state law library
The Washington State Law Library

presents a brief overview of three Washington legislative history resources

Welcome to our presentation

(For your convenience, space bar advances slides)

the washington state legislative history
THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

of RCW 9.56.030, “Theft in the First Degree, Other than a Firearm,” from the present back to 1975

the three washington resources are
The three Washington resources are:
  • Washington Session

Laws

  • Washington Final Legislative Reports
  • Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
  • In this presentation we’ll look briefly at these three main resources
  • There are additional resources we will review in another presentation
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The 2008 Revised Code of Washington (RCW) volumes are located in the Main Reading Room (MRR) of the Law Library at the Temple of Justice in Olympia, WA

Many public libraries also have a copy in their reference areas

the 2008 rcw vol 8 general index is the first step in your research strategy
The 2008 RCW vol.8 (General Index) is the first step in your research strategy.
  • To locate materials in the RCW--in this case RCW 9.56.030--the first step would be to review vol. 8, the General Index to find Theft, First Degree
look in the 2008 general index vol 8
Look in the 2008 General Index (vol. 8)
  • Looking under “THEFT,” where the Index vol. says: “(See CRIMES)”
  • On the next slide in this same Index vol., we'll look at “CRIMES” and then “Theft”
found under crimes theft first degree defined elements
Found under “CRIMES: Theft, first degree, defined elements”

located in RCW 9A.56.030

finding rcw 9a 56 030
Finding RCW 9A.56.030
  • We begin our research in the 2008 main set
  • Title 9A RCW is located in vol. 1
2008 rcw vol 1
2008 RCW vol.1

This page and the next are the text of RCW 9A.56.030, “Theft in the First Degree, Other than Firearms”

second page of 2008 rcw 9a 56 030
Second page of 2008 RCW 9A.56.030

This page contains the legislative notes following the RCW 9A.56.030text

is the 2008 rcw 9a 56 030 the most current version
Is the 2008 RCW 9A.56.030 the most current version?

Has there been a new (post 2008) legislative session where RCW 9A.56.030 has been impacted?

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To locate historical bill information, we review the legislative history notations following the 2008 (current) text of RCW 9A.56.030

“[2007 c 199 §3; 2005 c 212 §2; 1995 c 129 §11 (Initiative Measure No. 159); 1975 1st ex.s. c 260 §9A.56.030.]”

Legislative history notations always

follow the RCW text

to work with the next resource we need to understand the ch number notations
To work with the next resource, we need to understand the ch. number notations.

Translation of 2007 c199 §3

The 2007 Washington State Legislature passed a law (ch. 199 §3), which impacted RCW 9A.56.030, “Theft in the First Degree”

laws of washington session laws
Laws of Washington (session laws)

This publication contains the text of the laws passed by the legislature and signed by the governor

the 2007 laws of washington
The 2007 Laws of Washington

Ch. 199 §3 added, “other than a motor vehicle,” making motor vehicle theft a separate crime from “Theft in the First Degree”

In the 1995 session, we will also see “theft of a firearm” made into a separate crime

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Note the bill numbers:

Engrossed Third Substitute House Bill 1001 following the CHAPTER number

  • Text of 2007 ch. 199
  • Note the bill numbers: They will be critical later
in 2007 theft of a motor vehicle is made a separate crime
In 2007, “Theft of a motor vehicle” is made a separate crime
  • Section 3 (1)(b) shows the change where “Theft of a Motor Vehicle” is added separately from “Theft of Other Property”
  • FYI: “Theft of a Motor Vehicle” is codified at RCW 9A.56.065
2005 laws of washington
2005 Laws of Washington

ch. 212 §2 added: “… (1)(c), a search and rescue dog … , while the search

and rescue dog is

on duty.”

2005 laws of washington21
2005 Laws of Washington
  • This is the beginning of the ch. 212 text
  • NOTE the bill number under the CHAPTER 212 heading (Senate Bill 5979)
theft of a search and rescue dog
Theft of a Search and Rescue dog.

In 2005, a new section

(3)added, “… injures, disables or causes the death of an on-duty Search and Rescue dog” and made the crime a Class C Felony

1995 laws of washington
1995 Laws of Washington

Ch. 129

“INITIATIVE” 159

In 1995, the People brought forth Initiative 159, the Hard Time for Armed Crime Act

1995 initiative 159
1995 “Initiative 159”

Initiatives are proposed by the People. This initiative, Hard Time for Armed Crime, is the people’s response to firearms being used during crimes. Often there was no additional time assessed for the use of a firearm during the crime

initiative 159 hard time for armed crime act
Initiative 159, Hard Time for Armed Crime Act

This is the beginning of the text of the1995 Washington Laws, ch. 129

ch 129 11 amends rcw 9a 56 030
ch. 129 §11 amends RCW 9A.56.030
  • Amended to read, “other than a firearm as defined in RCW 9.41.010”
  • FYI: “Theft of a Firearm,” is at RCW 9A.56.300
1975 laws of washington ch 260
1975 Laws of Washington ch. 260

WASHINGTON CRIMINAL CODE

essb 2092
ESSB 2092

The 1975 Laws of Washington ch. 260 was the first comprehensive review of the Criminal Code since 1909

rcw 9a 56 030
RCW 9A.56.030
  • The 1975 Washington Laws Ch. 260 §§ 9A.56.030- 9A.56.050, divide the crime of Theft into three degrees
  • Theft in the First Degree becomes RCW 9A.56.030
we ve reviewed
We’ve reviewed:
  • The RCW changes since 1975
  • AND
  • The Laws of Washington versions since 1975

RCW 9A.56.030 using two of the three resources

final legislative reports
Final Legislative Reports?

Final Legislative Reports are annual compilations of the final bill reports. They indicate who the sponsors of the bill were, what committees were responsible for the bill, the background of the bill, the intent of the bill, what it does, who voted for or against it and when the law takes effect

What are they? What can they tell us? Why are they important?

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2007

We know from earlier research in the RCW and WA Session Laws, the most recent change to RCW 9A.56.030 was in the 2007 session

one more tip remember
One more tip. Remember?

I said the bill numbers

areimportant?

The next page explains

why

from now on we access all legislative documents with bill numbers
From now on, we access alllegislative documents with bill numbers
  • This is the 2007 Final Bill Report on E3SHB 1001
  • Legislative note: 2007 c 199§3
e3shb 1001 adds other than motor vehicles into the theft first degree statute
E3SHB 1001 adds, “other than”… “motor vehicles” into the Theft, First Degree statute
  • Consequently, Motor Vehicle theft is now located separately at RCW9A.56.065
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2005

Legislature made additional changes in 2005

Legislative note: 2005 c212§2

senate bill 5979
Senate Bill 5979
  • Adds, “… injures, disables or causes the death of an on-duty Search and Rescue dog,” to Theft in the First Degree
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1995
  • The 1995 session brought Initiative #159, the Hard Time for Armed Crime Act
  • Legislative note: 1995 c 129 §11
initiative 159
Initiative 159:
  • Initiative 159 adds, “other than a firearm as defined in RCW 9.41.010…”
  • This separates firearms from RCW 9A.56.030 and creates a new section, RCW 9A.56.300, Theft of a firearm
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1975
  • The 1975 Laws made major changes to Washington’s criminal law
  • Legislative note: c260§ 9A.56.030
essb 209242
ESSB 2092:
  • The first comprehensive review of the Washington Criminal Code since 1909
legislature defines the three degrees of theft
Legislature defines the three degrees of theft
  • And sets monetary values of each degree
the laws of washington the rcw and the final legislative reports provide
The Laws of Washington, the RCW and the Final Legislative Reports provide:
  • Legislature passes a law (ch. #). The Washington Session Laws are the final version of the law.
  • The RCW is the codified version of the law. In other words, the new law which may adjust, add new sections or completely create a new law, is divided up into appropriate RCW sections.
  • House and Senate staff jointly write the Final Legislative Report about the intent of the law.
  • These three resources are primary resources but they are not the only legislative history sources.
  • Valuable information on the Legislative process
  • The RCW, Laws of Washington and the Final Legislative Reports build upon one another to provide a more complete legislative history
additional legislative history sources
Additional legislative history sources:
  • Legislative Committee Reports
  • Financial Reports
  • Floor Debates
  • Letters and memos between legislators or between legislators and citizens.
  • TVW broadcasts of sessions
  • House and Senate Journals
  • These are available in print but a video presentation has not been made yet
where can these additional records be accessed
Where can these additional records be accessed?
  • Some are available through our library
  • Some are available online
  • Some are available from TVW
  • Some are only available through the Washington State Archives.
  • Talk to our reference staff and we will assist you to locate the above materials and help make your research easier.
  • Access?
  • Talk to our staff
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Subsequent video presentations will be available soon on other Washington's legislative history sources such as:

The House and Senate Journals

Thanks for watching

washington state law library
Washington State Law Library

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