Multitude of new laws take effect today in Washington

first_imgOLYMPIA — A variety of new laws take effect day in Washington state, ranging from measures that make it easier for certain businesses to serve alcohol to a plan that compensates people who have been wrongfully convicted.Lawmakers passed more than 300 bills this year, most of which take effect this weekend, though a handful of others will hit the books in September.While the focus of the recent marathon legislative session was on the $33.6 billion, two-year state operating budget that was signed into law just hours ahead of a deadline that would have triggered a government shutdown, several other issues also came to the forefront.o WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: A new law allows people who were wrongfully convicted of a crime to file a claim for damages against the state.A successful case would have to show that a wrongful conviction was overturned based on significant evidence of innocence.State compensation levels are to be similar to amounts paid by the federal government, according to House Bill 1341. A wrongly convicted person would receive $50,000 for each year of imprisonment, including time spent awaiting trial. An additional $50,000 is awarded for each year on death row. A person will receive $25,000 for each year on parole, community custody, or as a registered sex offender.last_img read more