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Protections, value of antiterrorism legislation debated

Authorities lined up yesterday to promote a bill they say would give Washington residents double protection from terrorism. But critics say the law isn’t necessary. House Bill 1210, sponsored by Rep. Al O’Brien, D-Mountlake Terrace, would delineate six new terrorism-related crimes and, according to its proponents, protect Washington residents by allowing local officials to take jurisdiction over crimes of terrorism when the federal government cannot or does not. Elaine Rose, senior assistant state attorney general, said the federal government had asked each state to enact such legislation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Much of the proposed antiterrorism legislation last session failed, with the exception of a change in the state’s public-records laws, prohibiting public access to certain information that federal agencies give states. Full Story

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