- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A measure that has passed the Legislature would allow law enforcement officers to make arrests in misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases even if they weren’t the officer who saw the alleged crime.

House Bill 2057, which passed the House last month, had final passage through the Senate Wednesday on a 48-1 vote and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee.

It is in response to a state Supreme Court ruling last year that overturned the conviction of a man who was arrested on drug charges because the officer who saw the alleged crime was not the arresting officer.

Under current state law, unless a specific statutory exception applies, only an officer who is present during the offense may arrest a suspect for a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor. Exemptions include traffic infractions where an officer can ask another to arrest the driver.

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