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Tue., May 10, 2011, 4:58 p.m.

Unmarked cop car bill introduced

OLYMPIA -- Police could not park their unmarked cars on private property and do routine administrative work under a bill introduced by two Valley legislators.

The bill, a reaction to the shooting of Pastor Wayne Scott Creach in the Spokane Valley, isn't likely to get a hearing in what's left of the special session. But Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, said he wanted to get a conversation started on the issue and have law enforcement raise their concerns during the interim. He expects to reintroduce a bill on the topic in the 2012 session.

The special session, which today finished the 15th day of the 30-day session, was called to finish work on the 2011-13 budgets and any legislation needed to implement those spending plans. Bills that aren't tied to the budget require agreement of both parties' leaders in both chambers to come to a vote.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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