Jay Inslee prepares to sign SB 5147 with prime sponsors Sen. Jim Hargrove, left, and Rep. Tina Orwall, right.
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed his first bill today, a new law that requires youth shelters to notify parents of the state welfare offices after three days.
He got a few tips on bill-signing protocol from Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5147, who said Inslee was the fifth governor to sign one of more than 300 bills that he's sponsored the became law. Hargrove got the pen by which the governor signed "Jay" and House sponsor Rep. Tina Orwall got the pen he used for "Inslee."
The bill requires youth shelters and organizations designed to protect children to contact parents or the Department of Social and Health Services after 72 hours when they have a child that is known to be away from home without permission. They must report the child's whereabouts, physical and emotional condition and how the child came into contact with the shelter.
Starting in 1995, shelters were required to report a child's whereabouts within eight hours, but that was expanded to 72 hours in 2010 on a temporary basis, to give shelter staff more time to talk with the child and locate the parents.