July's First Thursday's Artwalk in Pioneer Square!

I'm so excited to announced that my first Living with Conviction exhibit goes up on July 1st! With support from the City of Seattle Office Arts & Culture, the exhibit will be up from July 1 thru August 31, 2017 at the Impact Hub in Pioneer Square, Seattle.

There are two events on Thursday, July 6 during Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk:

  • Community Lunch & Artist Talk:  The Impact Hub is hosting a community lunch where I'll give an Artist Talk about Living with Conviction. More info is available here.  
  • Community Conversation:  Also at the Impact Hub, that evening the incredible Tarra Simmons and I will be hosting a Community Conversation about Living with Conviction and LFOs! Please join as a panel of individuals living with conviction and LFOs shares their experiences. The event will start at 6pm. I hope you can make it!  

LFO Bill Quietly Dies in Senate Committee

The Senate Law and Justice Committee, chaired by Senator Padden (R), substituted House Bill 1783 and adopted Second Substituted Engrossed Bill 1783, which would have lowered the interest rate to four percent, among other changes. That was March 29th. 

Then the bill went to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which focuses on the State's operating and capital budget. The deadline for a vote was April 5, and the vote never happened. You can see the full details of the bill making its way through the Legislature here.

Unless supporters introduce the bill into the legislature's Special Session, it's over for another year.

Sadly, thousands of men and women will be convicted within the next year and the 12 percent interest will continue to run.  

House passes LFO Bill

I'm happy to report that House Bill 1783, as amended, passed out the house on Monday, March 2, with 91 votes for and 7 against. The bill as passed keeps the zero percent interest rate. 

Next up is the Washington State Senate. The bill moved to the Senate Law and Justice Committee on March 7. Stay tuned! 

The Washington State Legislature is currently in session.

The Washington State Legislature is currently in session.

Efforts to Reform LFO Policy!

House Bill 1783 "Concerning Legal Financial Obligations" was introduced In the House of Representatives on January 30, 2017.  If passed, the original bill would, among other things, remove the 12% interest on non-restitution-related LFOs.

While in the House Judiciary Committee, several revisions were made to the bill, including removal of language providing that a defendant must consent to conversion of unpaid costs to community restitution hours in circumstances where the court is revising LFO requirements based on manifest hardship or an inability to pay. The First Substituted Bill passed out of that Committee on February 16. Next up is the Appropriations Committee with a public hearing on February 22, 2017. 

You can see the bill, including text and revisions, move through the State Legislature here

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.

The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.