Local Legislator’s Bill Would Stiffen Penalty for Scanner-Monitoring CriminalsFebruary 14th, 2010 by josh farley
Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, is pushing a bill aimed at punishing criminals who used police scanners to aid in their nefarious acts.
House Bill 2595 would create an aggravating factor — and thus a judge could go beyond the standard sentencing range — for folks who listened to police radio scanners “as a means to facilitate a crime.”
“This bill sends a clear message to criminals. It says that using the police scanner as a way to help you commit your crime will not be tolerated,” Rolfes said. “These communications are intended for public safety and notification, not to serve as a tool to be exploited for criminal activity.”
Rolfes’ bill passed the house unanimously Friday and now moves to the Senate for a vote.