Julio Cortes Sponsored Bill 1530 Signed in Law

House Bill 1530, sponsored by Representative Julio Cortes (D-Everett), was signed by Governor Inslee Thursday.

The bill tackles Washington’s ongoing shortage of law enforcement and prosecutors by expanding the pool of qualified candidates.

This includes allowing lawful permanent residents, alongside citizens, to contribute to public safety by serving in police departments and prosecutorial offices. Previously, only U.S. citizens could hold these positions.

This broader talent pool can attract a wider range of qualified candidates, fostering diversity within these crucial areas. The bill also addresses prosecutor staffing challenges by eliminating the residency requirement.

Rep. Cortes shared this statement with MyEverettNews: “The passage of HB 1530 is a testament to Washington’s commitment to strengthening our public safety workforce and ensuring equal opportunity for all.”

“We face a critical need for dedicated individuals to enforce our laws and uphold justice,” said Rep. Cortes. “House Bill 1530 recognizes the talent within our diverse communities, giving law enforcement and prosecutors access to a wider range of qualified applicants.”

House Bill 1530 goes into effect on June 5, 2024, ninety days after adjournment of the legislature.

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