GOP Legislator’s Bill Would Ban Future “CHOP Zones” In WA
State Senator Steve O'Ban (R-University Place) has introduced legislation that if adopted would prevent future CHAZ or CHOP zones from occurring in WA state.
O'Ban, who represents the district in Pierce County between Olympia and Seattle, says people should never have to fear losing homes and/or businesses because lawless people 'occupy' an area. According to his information release:
"O’Ban’s legislation prohibits cities from allowing so-called police-free, autonomous zones in the future, withholds state funding if they do, imposes on cities fines of up to $10,000 per day and allows residents a private cause of action for the foreseeable damages caused by a city’s willful withholding of police and other vital services."
His release went on to say, in part:
“I fully support the constitutional rights to peaceably assemble and of free speech, especially to correct decades of injustice and unfairness. But that does not mean the Mayor and Seattle City leadership should have allowed, encouraged, supported, and even celebrated the establishment of the so-called autonomous zone and occupation of the East Precinct and streets, sidewalks and parks in Capital Hill.”
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