Jefferson County approves trespassing law

Submitted by NFOIC on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 8:00am

PORT TOWNSEND — Disruptive visitors to Jefferson County government facilities can be temporarily removed from public buildings and could face yearlong entry restrictions under a newly approved trespass ordinance.

County commissioners Tuesday unanimously passed the law, based on city of Port Townsend facility restrictions, over objections voiced at a hearing that the guidelines are vague and could unfairly target people with mental health issues.

“I’ve been subject to behavior here at the courthouse that does make me take this seriously, and I feel there is a lack of tools to address it,” commission Chairwoman Kate Dean said without elaborating. (Read more here...)