Celebrating progress – reforms that support victims!

Hi Roger,


This year at the BE LOUD Breakfast, we asked you to call your representatives in support of a bill that would amend the process of obtaining a Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO).


Your calls, emails, and persistence WORKED. On May 5, 2017 Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5256 into law, creating equal protection for victims of sexual assault in the state of Washington.


Monday, with Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) and joined by First Lady Trudi Inslee, we celebrated this historic reform. Progress like this could not happen without your support and action. Thank you.



Washington State First Lady Trudi Inslee, Senator Joe Fain, and

Representative Roger Goodman celebrating this historic reform.


WCSAP Executive Director Andrea Piper-Wentland.


Washington State First Lady Trudi Inslee and KCSARC Executive Director Mary Ellen Stone.


Cali Knox, advocate for change, performing on the piano.



Staff, advocates, and supporters enjoying Cali’s composition.


Please share this message with those in your networks who made calls or raised their voices as a reminder that speaking out puts real change into motion!




Rep. Roger Goodman’s bill, HB 1840, will keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders

Governor signs bill to save lives of domestic violence victims

HB 1840, signed into law by Governor Inslee today, was the only gun safety bill to pass the legislature this session.

Sponsored by state Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. Under federal law, when a protection order is issued against a domestic violence offender he must surrender his firearms. Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

Rep. Goodman said, “At the most volatile time in an abusive relationship, offenders will be required to surrender their firearms. It just makes sense to take deadly weapons out of the equation. If the protection order expires or is lifted, or if the offender is acquitted, firearms rights are then restored.”

Victims, survivors and advocates have long called for the removal of firearms from domestic violence offenders. More than half of the homicide victims in this country are women killed at the hands of their intimate partners, usually with a firearm.

“Domestic violence is about control; the abuser controlling the victim’s life,” said Grace Huang, Public Policy Coordinator for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “For some victims, getting a protection order is the first step in taking their lives back. And that’s threatening to the abuser and where we often see guns come into play.”

But it took several tries before a compromise could be made with the gun rights lobby. The passage of this bill has come after years of hard work by advocates and legislators.

“Changing this law will literally save lives,” said Rep. Goodman. “It will give law enforcement and the courts the ability to disarm known dangerous people; and it will bring peace of mind to those in danger. This bipartisan compromise and common sense approach is a victory for everyone.”

HB 1840 goes into effect December 1st of this year.

Legislature Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect Foster Children

OLYMPIA – Today in a unanimous vote the House passed SB 6126, which will provide at-risk youth with attorneys to help them through the foster care system.

In most states all foster children have lawyers, but Washington ranks 48th in the nation in the degree of legal representation offered to foster youth. Some counties in Washington offer attorneys, but most do not, leaving foster youth at the whim of “justice by geography.”

Rep. Roger Goodman sponsored the House companion bill, HB 1285, and has been working on this issue for years. On the bill’s passage Rep. Goodman spoke on the House floor, “These children bounce from house to house, school to school, and neighborhood to neighborhood, not knowing what’s going on. Everyone else in the courtroom has a lawyer to help them, but these vulnerable children have no one they can trust, no one to confide in so that their legal interests are protected.”

Research shows that foster children who have attorneys find permanent homes much more quickly than those who do not have attorneys. Shortening the time a child is in the foster care system saves the child from avoidable trauma, medical costs and social and emotional problems. Attorneys can also ensure that foster children remain in the same school or are placed with other family members, greatly increasing their stability and quality of life.

“In the courtroom, it is most important that the person whose future is at stake – the child – is represented,” said Rep. Goodman. “This bill is a big step forward to give our most vulnerable youth the critical support they need. Providing attorneys to foster youth will ensure they find the safe, stable, happy homes – an opportunity all children deserve.”

SB 6126 now heads to Governor Inslee’s desk where he is expected to sign it.

House Passes Bill to Save the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims

HB 1840 would keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders

OLYMPIA –Today, in a 97-0 vote, the House passed HB 1840, likely the only gun safety bill to come out of the legislature this year.

For years, advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence have called for laws to remove firearms from domestic violence offenders. More than half of the homicide victims in this country are women killed at the hands of their intimate partners, usually with a firearm.

Rep. Roger Goodman, on the bill’s passage said, “There are too many tragic deaths in our state. I think of Melissa Batten, a software developer in Redmond who secured a protection order against her estranged husband, who then shot Melissa eight times and turned the gun on himself. Melissa’s life could have been saved.”

Under federal law, when a protection order is issued against a domestic violence offender he must surrender his firearms. State law currently allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons.

“Enough is enough,” Goodman said. “It’s time for a common sense approach. This bill will help protect victims of domestic violence from the deadly threats of their abusers. We need to give law enforcement and the courts the ability to disarm these known dangerous people and to save lives.”

HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders. At the most volatile time in an abusive relationship, offenders will be required to surrender firearms. If the protection order expires or is lifted, or if the offender is acquitted, firearms rights are then restored.

HB 1840 now heads to the Senate Law and Justice Committee for consideration.

News Updates

State Senate approves scaled-back overhaul of DUI laws Seattle Times June 26, 2013
End of Session DUI Interview with Roger TVW – “The Impact” April 28, 2013
State House panel delays vote on scaled-back DUI bill Seattle Times April 24, 2013
DUI Bill Interview with Roger
TVW – “The Impact” April 24, 2013
New Ideas Aimes at Toughening DUI Laws Raised Q13 Fox News April 23rd, 2013
Law enforcement, local officials question feasibility of Inslee’s DUI proposal Seattle Times April 18, 2013
Last Minute Legislative Push is on for New DUI Measure Q13 Fox April 18, 2013
State House Democrats ‘seething with anger’ after Senate kills gun control bill Seattle Times April 17, 2013
Recent Tragedies Spur Lawmakers to Eye Crackdown on Drunk Driving KOMO4 April 18, 2013
Inslee, state lawmakers unveil new bill to toughen DUI laws Q13 Fox April 17, 2013
Roger Speaking at the Governor’s News Conference on DUIs
TVW April 16, 2013
Photo of Roger delivering remarks at Governor’s News Conference KIRO7-TV April 16. 2013
Inslee to unveil plan for 10-year alcohol prohibition after 3rd DUI Seattle Times April 16, 2013
Angry Governor urges action on DUI legislation King 5 April 9, 2013
Push in Olympia to strengthen state DUI Legislation KING5 TV April 11, 2013
State lawmakers, governor meet on tougher DUI legislation Q13 Fox April 11, 2013
Lifetime driving bans among stiffer penalties mulled for DUIs KOMO News April 9, 2013
What to do if you encounter a wrong-way driver KING5 TV April 5, 2013
What can be done to try to curb fatal DUI accidents? Q13 Fox April 4, 2013
Woman hit by suspected wrong-way drunk driver dies; State Rep. calls for DUI law change Q13 Fox April 4th, 2013
Mourners take to the streets to remember victims of fatal crash KOMONews April 1st, 2013
Dui Driver in Fatal Accident was Nearly Three Times Over Legal Limit Q13 Fox March 26th, 2013

House votes to ease traffic fine burden for poor

March 13, 2013

In a largely bipartisan vote, lawmakers decided to make it less likely people will lose their drivers licenses over the inability to pay a traffic fine.

State Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland
By Tom James
House lawmakers did the kind of thing Tuesday that politicians like to talk about in their speeches: They reached across the aisle (mostly) to move a bill making life easier on the poor while cutting state workloads.

The bill, HB 1601, proposes requiring Washington courts to offer a payment plan to people who are too poor to pay traffic fines all at once, with the aim of keeping minor offenders out of criminal court. Of the 98 legislators in the House, 73 voted in favor of the measure.

The bill’s sponsor, Kirkland Democratic Rep. Roger Goodman, said of those the bill aims to help: “They’re not habitual traffic offenders, they weren’t driving impaired, they just weren’t able to pay the fines.”

Poor people, Goodman said, risk falling into a legal trap after even one traffic ticket. Now when they aren’t able to pay, Goodman said, their licenses are suspended.

“Then the downward spiral begins,” Goodman said, when those same people have to choose between not driving and keeping their jobs. Those who choose to drive to work despite having suspended licenses are then often caught and arrested at some point.

By creating a payment plan, Goodman said, the bill would keep those minor offenders out of the criminal system and save criminal justice resources.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it must work its way through committees before any final vote.


Stalking bill passes both chambers

By Bill McKee | March 12, 2013 | copied from The Capitol Record

Victims of stalkers may may soon have a new law to protect them, with the approval of bills in both the Senate and the House that would create a new kind of civil protection order for stalking.

The legislation comes in response to the murder of Jennifer Paulson in 2010. Paulson was an elementary school teacher in Tacoma who was killed by a former co-worker who had stalked her for seven years.

“If we had had further protection for someone like Jennifer through the court system, we could have prevented her death,” said sponsor Rep. Roger Goodman (D – Kirkland) during a floor session in the House on Monday.

Goodman’s bill expands the behaviors that qualify as felony stalking and increases criminal penalties for the crime.

The law currently allows people to get no-contact orders or protection orders for domestic violence or harassment. Both of the new bills would create another type of protection order specifically for cases of stalking.

“It is obvious that we need more protection for those who are stalked,” said Sen. Steve Conway (D – Tacoma) as he introduced a similar bill on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Conway’s bill doesn’t go quite as far in increasing penalties for stalking as Goodman’s, but it too would create a new anti-stalking protection order.

Both bills received unanimous approval in their respective chambers.

Roger Meets With Washington Law Enforcement

Roger with Sheriff Rahr ( Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) and the CJTC senior staff at a gathering of sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state.

A Time to Celebrate

Roger and his seatmate, Larry Springer, celebrating their re-election at the victory party in Kirkland on election night.



The Washington Secretary of State has now certified the results of the November 6th general election, so we can now say officially that WE WON!!

Our margin of victory was 13 percentage points, the largest margin in my entire career, as we garnered 56.4% of the vote in this tough “swing” district. We worked very hard and it paid off!

It is difficult to express in words how grateful I am to all of you for your ongoing support and friendship. Thanks SO much for the countless hours you devoted to volunteer work, addressing postcards, canvassing the neighborhoods, waving signs on the roadside and making thousands of get-out-the-vote telephone calls at the end of the race. Thanks also for your very generous monetary contributions that made it all possible.

Now comes the hard work in the State Legislature, as we face another budget deficit and an urgent need to increase funding for our public schools. Count on me to stand up and speak up for our public education system, and to continue my work to foster justice in our society and to protect individual rights and the most vulnerable among us.

Thanks again to each of you for your support, inspiration and friendship. We did it and it feels great! Now let’s get to work on the people’s business.

With deep appreciation,

Goodman named Chair of House Public Safety Committee

OLYMPIA – Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) has been picked to chair the House Public Safety Committee.

“In a heartbeat, a violent crime or a natural disaster can take away everything — your home, your family, your life,” Goodman said. “Our state laws must do whatever is possible to prevent crime and respond to floods, wildfires and earthquakes, because lives are literally at stake.”

Goodman, an attorney and criminal justice expert, has served as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee for the last six years, which handles non-criminal issues involving the law and courts.

“It’s important to protect citizens from crime while safeguarding individual liberties,” Goodman said. “What’s great about Washington state is that police, prosecutors, citizens and prison officials have all worked together to do things that don’t just sound tough, but actually work.”

Washington’s criminal justice laws and programs are often picked for review by the state’s Institute for Public Policy, which looks at whether new laws and programs actually reduce crime and whether reforms are cost-effective.

“We’ve learned that some things that sound great on TV or in the newspaper actually cost a lot of money and don’t prevent crime at all,” Goodman said. “And we’ve found that things that don’t get the big headlines actually work well to stop crime and save taxpayer dollars. So it’s important to keep trying different options and testing them rigorously, because in the end, we should do what works, not just what sounds good.”

When he first arrived in the House of Representatives and got assigned to the Public Safety Committee, Goodman asked policy staff and police officers what two issues consumed most of their time and resources. They said drunk driving and domestic violence. Since then he’s worked with police, prosecutors, crime victim advocates and other lawmakers on ways to prevent domestic violence and drunk driving, and he’s won national awards for his work in this area.

“Criminals should be punished, but if that’s all you focus on, you’re missing the point,” Goodman said. “The best way to tackle crime is to prevent it from happening at all. Police officers and prosecutors like solving a case — but they like it better when they can prevent a bad situation, actually stop crime before it happens, so there’s no crime victim who got hurt or killed.”

Goodman said he appreciates hearing the stories and ideas of citizens, local police officers, sheriff deputies, prosecutors and crime victims.

“The biggest part of this job is listening,” Goodman said. “Republican or Democrat, prosecutor or defense lawyer, big city detective or small-town sheriff — everybody has stories to tell and ideas on how to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you, to make Washington state an even safer place for our families and our communities.”

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Rep. Roger Goodman


District office: 425-739-1810