BECCA Bill

Where Did The Law Come From?

The BECCA Bill was passed in 1996 when the parents of a 13 year-old girl went to the juvenile court for help with their daughter, Rebecca. Rebecca's parents thought she was out of control and wanted to find some help for their daughter. Unfortunately, the juvenile court could not help them unless the girl had committed a crime. Later, Rebecca was found murdered in a park in Spokane. Her parents then lobbied the state to pass this law in order to help other parents.

Exceptions to the Law

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  • Students attending private school.
  • Students who are home-schooled.
  • Students who are at least 16 regularly employed and are legally emancipated.
  • Students who are at least 16 and have a GED.