Governor signs Rep. Melanie Stambaugh’s child privacy bill

A measure prime-sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stambaugh to protect the privacy of children enrolled in child care, early learning, parks and recreation, after-school and youth development programs was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

While protection of personal information for children was passed into law five years ago, the names of family members were not included in that law. As a result, one could potentially gain access to a child’s information through a request for information about their guardians or family members.

Stambaugh, R-Puyallup says she sponsored House Bill 1554 to close that loophole.

“Protecting the privacy of our children is very important,” said Stambaugh. “It was an honor working with the city of Fife and my fellow lawmakers to get this bill signed into law.”

House Bill 1554 passed unanimously in the state House and Senate before being signed by the governor. The bill will take effect 90 days after adjournment of the 2015 regular legislative session.


Washington State House Republican Communications