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Gang bills combined, move on to State Senate

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OLYMPIA, Wash.--Two gang bills sponsored by 14th District Representatives Norm Johnson and Charles Ross have been combined and passed through the State House of Representatives.

The new bill would allow law enforcement to use injunctions to seize gang property, and let people living near gang houses file legal action to stop gang-related activity.

The bill passed on a 90 - 6 vote.  Ross is hopeful the new bill gets similar approval in the Senate.

"We're working hard on moving that bill forward," Ross (Republican - Naches) said.  "Given Norm's history in working across the aisle, I think we're going to see some success in the Senate."

Ross said the new bill adds in provisions for police to inform landlords about tenants involved in criminal activity.

The next stop for the bill is the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Ross isn't sure when it will be heard.