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Sunnyside Council takes action on gang legislation

Unhappy with revisions to the city's gang law forced upon them by the Washington State Legislature, the Sunnyside City Council adopted a resolution that reflects its desire to seek further enactments on the state legislation.

The snag came when state legislators created house bill 1271 that trumped any local ordinances dealing with criminal street gangs.

This left Sunnyside's gang law lacking the necessary teeth it originally had, which dismayed the council. This resolution adopted last night, Monday, reflects that.

The resolution calls for the legislature of the state of Washington to amend the laws to enable municipalities to adopt appropriate local legislation to provide that criminal street gang related activity and patterns of criminal street gang activity constitute public nuisances, subject to abatement through appropriate remedies, including injunctive relief.

The council also calls for state legislators to make such illegal conduct liable for penalty upon parents and guardians of minor children engaged in such illegal conduct.

. Corey Russell can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail crussell@eaglenewspapers.com

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