WR’s top priority will be implementing a “multi-pronged” approach to increasing public safety, reducing retail theft, and increasing prosecution of ORC. Key to this goal is passage of the INFORM Act which will disincentivize the “fencing” of stolen and counterfeit products in the shadows of the internet.
Preferably a national INFORM law should be enacted for a clear and effective 50 state solution. Barring that, WR is prepared to introduce our own state INFORM act. We have already met with key legislators and secured sponsors and pre-session meetings. We have promoted this statewide through our contacts with chambers of commerce, law enforcement, and the Washington Organized Retail Crime Association. WR will also lead the growing coalition to advance ORC enhancements, funding for and ORC Task Force, adding concealment to the definition of theft, protecting our cannabis retailers from robbery, backing law enforcement efforts to roll back the restrictions on pursuit, and provide our members and the community with tools and resources to navigate public safety and retail crime.
This is WR’s main focus, and we will deploy all and any resources available to ensure our positions and priorities are understood and advanced. In addition to testifying and meeting with key legislators, we will be utilizing our call to action for both WR members and the public at strategic moments during the session.