human services and corrections

Governor signs array of O’Ban social justice reforms

By Steve O'Ban | Published on May 14, 2015
In a formal ceremony today, Gov. Jay Inslee signed three landmark pieces of legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County. The first law empowers families seeking mental-health treatment for loved ones, known as “Joel’s Law.” The second ground-breaking reform increases fairness for juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system by changing requirements for sealing... Read More

Governor signs O’Ban human-trafficking bill

By Steve O'Ban | Published on April 28, 2015
Measure supports new training for law enforcement to protect vulnerable populations Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5933 Friday, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban. The new law establishes a statewide training program for those who work on the front line to combat human trafficking. “This law is a needed tool for law enforcement to deal... Read More

Senate approves O’Ban mental-health reform bills

By Steve O'Ban | Published on March 04, 2015
The Senate dedicated Wednesday afternoon to addressing reforms to the state’s mental-health system. Sen. Steve O’Ban, chair of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health, and Housing Committee has been working to change the way the state delivers essential services and provides mental he-lth treatment. With strong bipartisan support the Senate approved two of his reform... Read More

‘Joel’s Law’ voted out of Senate

By Steve O'Ban | Published on March 04, 2015
The Senate approved Senate Bill 5269, known as ‘Joel’s Law’ with strong bipartisan support. The law is named for Joel Reuter, a severely mentally-ill man who was shot and killed by police in Seattle in July 2013. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Steve O’Ban, chair of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee,... Read More

‘Aiden’s Act’ scheduled for public hearing Tuesday

By Steve O'Ban | Published on February 16, 2015
Sen. Steve O’Ban’s effort to bring about swifter intervention in cases of suspected child abuse will come before the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee next week. Senate Bill 5888, known as “Aiden’s Act,” is scheduled for a public hearing at 10 a.m.Tuesday.  The bill is named for Aiden Barnum, a Port Orchard... Read More

O’Ban introduces ‘Joel’s Law’ to empower families of mentally ill seeking treatment

By Steve O'Ban | Published on January 15, 2015
Public hearing set Monday Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, today introduced Senate Bill 5269, to be known as “Joel’s Law,” and has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Monday. The bill is named for Joel Reuter, a severely mentally-ill man who was shot and killed by police in Seattle in July 2013. Numerous... Read More

O’Ban appointed chair of newly named human services, mental health and housing committee

By Steve O'Ban | Published on December 11, 2014
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus announced committee leadership for the 2015 legislative session. Sen. Steve O’Ban has been appointed to chair a renamed committee, the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee, formerly known as the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee. O’Ban will also represent the 28th Legislative District on the Senate Ways... Read More

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