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Bill to restrict gang member interaction going to the House

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OLYMPIA, Wash.-- A House committee has passed a measure that lets local law enforcement restrict the behavior of gang members.

Under the bill police could stop known gang members from talking to, and hanging out with other criminals.

The hope is that it will make them less influential in their areas and let other people who are looking to get out of the gang life get help without fear of retaliation.

Rep. Charles Ross, of Naches, co-sponsored the bill and says they got the idea from a city in California where it was very successful.

He says it isn't a way for police to arrest anyone they think is a gang member, but it will let them target those who are known, dangerous criminals.

"Nowhere in the bill does it talk about a person's race or color or any of those kinds of things. This bill is solely built on your criminal background and your propensity to commit violent crime in the community," said Rep. Ross, (R)-14th District.

Rep. Ross says this bill would not only help out in the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin, but other cities throughout Washington also struggling with gangs.

The bill will now make it's way to the House floor where Ross hopes it will pass and move to the Senate.