Gov. Jay Inslee has signed his first bill as Washington governor.
The first law to get Inslee’s approval requires licensed or unlicensed youth shelters or programs to provide information about the whereabouts of runaways to parents, police or state health officials within 72 hours.
The notification must include the child’s whereabouts, a physical and emotional condition report and the circumstances of the child’s contact with the shelter.
The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Jim Hargrove (D-Hoquiam) and Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines).
“This is about keeping children out of harm’s way and attempting to get them back home safely. The longer notification times have worked really well by keeping children off the street and allowing time for parents and children to work out their differences,” Sen. Hargrove said in a news release.