O’Ban recognized as “2016 Legislative Champion” by Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy

Named for providing additional protections for the most vulnerable from abuse and neglect

OLYMPIA—Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, was recognized as 2016 Legislative Champion by Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy for his work creating new protections for the state’s most vulnerable people from abuse and neglect.

“I’m really honored to be recognized in this way,” O’Ban said. “I’m passionate about making sure government works for our most vulnerable citizens and I am grateful I’ve been able to help.

Sen. O’Ban created new protections for the state’s most vulnerable as sponsor of SB 6564, which passed unanimously in both houses of the legislature and was signed by the governor April 1. The law requires the Developmental Disabilities Administration to identify people at the highest risk of abuse and neglect and increase inspection where they are cared for—including at least one unannounced visit per year. It also creates the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds to investigate and recommend changes for care of those with severe developmental disabilities.

Sen. O’Ban was nominated by Diana Stadden of the ARC of Washington.