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Few gang bills survive in short session

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EVERETT, Wash. - Nearly all the bills written by lawmakers in Olympia about gangs appear to be dead this year, as attention is set to the state's budget woes.

Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, chair of the Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness committee, says that lawmakers knew from the outset bills costing money would be hard to get through the Legislature.

But he says that they've managed to write bills that will help.

One proposal allows restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and abatement orders in a gang nuisance action. The bill also classifies gang activity as a nuisance, which allows residents within a one-block radius to file complaints.

The measure is now being considered in the Senate. The American Civil Liberties Union argued the bill imperils due process.

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