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Public safety bills pass House

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OLYMPIA, Wash--  Wednesday, both the State House and Senate unanimously passed bills to honor the six law enforcement officers killed last year.   

The State House passed five laws, including increased benefits for the families of fallen officers and firefighters and ending the practice of booking bail, which could keep suspects from posting bail without seeing a judge.  Representative Brad Klippert says the vote was a step in the right direction.

"being a law enforcement official myself, it's nice to know my fellow legislators are with me in putting public safety first," Representative Klippert says.

Another bill passed gives victims notice when the criminally insane escape from a state institution.  This comes after Philip Paul's escape while on a field trip with Eastern State Hospital.

The bills now go to the senate.