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State Legislators Address Fate of Gang Bill at Town Hall

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Senator Curtis King and Representative Charles Ross of the 14th District hosted a town hall meeting today in Yakima.

Now that the legislative sessions are over, they wanted to come back to their district and check in with people to find out what issues are important to them.

They took time to recap some of their successes from the recent sessions.

They also spoke about the gang bill that some are saying may not get the governor's signature.

"I asked very clearly when I was in Olympia yesterday, which was Friday, if the Governor plans to sign the bill and her staff said we will be signing it Monday," Ross stated.

Sen. King also addressed the problems facing the Gang bill.

"As Charles said there's enough there that its still a good bill. We just need to take what was taken out and work at getting it back in next session or the session after that," said King.

If the governor signs the bill into law it will create a statewide gang database as well as a legal definition of a gang and gang member.

The law will also help provide funds for graffiti removal and tougher sentences for gang members who recruit juveniles.
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