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By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA News Service 

House lawmakers pass bill to ban expansion of ICE detention center in Tacoma

Proponents believe the private detention facility is poorly located

Series: WNPA | Story 26

Last updated 2/14/2020 at 5:07pm

The state House of Representatives voted 85-12 on a bill that would ban the expansion of an Immigration Customs Enforcement detention center in Tacoma.

House Bill 2640 asserts that the privately-owned building, used to detain individuals and hold them in custody under the process of law, is not an “essential” public facility and therefore not included under the Growth Management Act.

The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, said this bill is about local government authority as it relates to land use.

Steve Victor, deputy city attorney for Tacoma, testified to the House Envir...

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