VIDEO: Rep. Barkis floor speech on bill to impose tougher penalties on graffiti taggers


With a 97-0 vote yesterday, the Washington State House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Andrew Barkis that seeks to hold graffiti taggers accountable and curb vandalism throughout the state.

House Bill 1800 would provide expanded options for judges in their sentencing of offenders convicted of malicious mischief in the third degree or criminal street gang tagging and graffiti. In addition to fines and other penalties, a judge may order offenders to perform at least 24 hours of community restitution, such as cleaning up their own graffiti.

The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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