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October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

King County adopts $125 fine for public urination, defecation

Seventeen cities in King County have local laws against public urination and defecation, but until today, no countywide law against it existed.

To cover the unincorporated, rural parts of the county, the Metropolitan King County Council has adopted legislation to make public urination and defecation a Class 2 infraction that could result in fines of up to $125, according to a news release.

The ordinance applies to people over the age of 12, and makes any area “generally visible to public view,” such as “streets, sidewalks, bridges, alleys, plazas, parks, driveways, parking lots, vacant land and buildings open to the general public, and the doorways and entrances to buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them” off-limits, regardless of how badly you have to go.

“I believe that this bill is a very common-sense solution to an issue that has been challenging the communities in King County’s unincorporated areas,” Councilmember Kathy Lambert, the ordinance’s sponsor, said in a statement. “It is an additional tool that the King County Sheriff’s Office can use to encourage people to modify their behavior. I introduced this legislation after hearing from many concerned citizens, and I’m very pleased that the Council has taken seriously its responsibility to govern in the unincorporated areas.”

Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: King County, Metropolitan King County Council, public urination


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