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Protection Against Clinic Violence

It is unlawful for a person willfully or recklessly to interfere with access to or from a health-care facility or willfully or recklessly to disrupt the normal function of such a facility by:  (1) physical obstruction; (2) noise that unreasonably disturbs the peace within the facility; (3) trespass; (4) repeated telephoning or knowingly permitting the use of any telephone under his or her control for such purpose; or (5) threats to inflict injury upon the owners, agents, patients, employees, or property of the facility, or knowingly permitting the use of any telephone under his or her control for such purpose.  A person convicted is guilty of a misdemeanor and will be fined at least $250 and jailed for at least 24 consecutive hours for a first offense; fined at least $500 and jailed for at least seven consecutive days for a second offense; and fined at least $1000 and jailed for at least 30 consecutive days for a subsequent offense.  A person or facility aggrieved may bring an action for damages, injunctive relief, costs, and attorneys' fees.  Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 9A.50.005 to .070, .900 to .902 (Enacted 1993).

It is unlawful for an insurer to take an underwriting action on a policy of property insurance because an insured has made one or more insurance claims for any loss that occurred during the preceding 60 months that is the result of arson of malicious mischief or arson. Such prohibition includes health-care facilities and providers. If an insured sustains a loss that is the result of arson or malicious mischief, the insured must file a report with the police or other law-enforcement authority within 30 days of discovery of the incident, and a law-enforcement authority must determine that a crime has occurred. The report must contain sufficient information to provide an insurer with reasonable notice that the loss was the result of arson or malicious mischief.  Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 48.18.555 (Enacted 2006).


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