Bill would prohibit sex-offender housing location near North Bend

OLYMPIA - A bill was introduced into legislation last week aimed at keeping a proposed state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) sex-offender halfway house out of recreation areas. If approved, the legislation would prevent the state from placing such a facility in a proposed location just east of North Bend.

Rep. Cheryl Pflug (R-Maple Valley) and Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City) introduced the legislation that would prohibit the siting of such a facility on Department of Natural Resources land where current or future outdoor recreation opportunities exist.

"Land with local recreation potential and important environmental resources is a bad choice for sex-predator housing," said Pflug.

The move stems from a recent announcement by the state that it is considering 13 new sites, in addition to two located in south King County, for a proposed sex-offender halfway house. State and county officials have been tight-lipped about the other sites because the land would likely need to be purchased from private owners and an expressed interest would cause the prices to inflate.

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