Status Summary

First reading, referred to Civil Rights & Judiciary on 2.4.19.

Public hearing scheduled in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary on 2.20.19.

(updated 4.5.19)

Legislative Session



In Progress



HB 1872 adds new sections to RCW chapter 10.112, which includes updates to prior definitions for “electronic communication service,” “provider,” and “remote computing service.”

A new section is added that the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney, involved in any criminal investigation of an offense involving the sexual exploitation of children may issue in writing and cause to be served a subpoena to a provider requiring the production of relevant records where there is reason to suspect a crime involving sexual exploitation of children has been committed. Subsection (3) specifies and limits the information that is available to be requested by the attorney general or prosecuting attorney.

Furthermore, Section 3 specifies that the provider to whom the subpoena is directed may petition the Superior Court for an order modifying or nullifying the subpoena on oppressive or unreasonable grounds.