Bill Eliminates Need for Liability Insurance at Homeless Camps

March 5, 2009

A bill making it clear that churches can house the homeless inside or outside passed the Washington House and was sent to the Senate.

Rep. Brendan Williams of Olympia, Wash., sponsored the bill to counter a homeless ordinance approved last year in Lacey that restricted a tent city known as Camp Quixote.

The Olympian reports the bill would bar some restrictions on church-sponsored homeless camps. Cities and counties would not be able to ban homeless camps near schools or to require liability insurance or that the homeless be housed inside church buildings.

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