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Gov. Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5001, May 21, 2019. Relating to human remains. Primary Sponsor: Jamie Pedersen
May 2019 News — Public Policy

Washington

In 2018, Recompose led the passage of Senate Bill 5001. This historic bill allowed Washington State to become the first state in the world to legalize natural organic reduction, legally defined as “the contained, accelerated conversion of human remains to soil.”

Recompose founder Katrina Spade started the legalization process by meeting her local representative, Washington State Senator Jamie Pedersen, for coffee in their shared Capitol Hill neighborhood, and he agreed to sponsor the bill. SB5001 passed the House by a vote of 80 in favor to 16 against, then the Senate by a vote of 38 to 11. On May 21, 2019, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law. The law went into effect on May 7, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who testified in support of SB5001! Special thanks to Recompose policy strategist Vicki Christophersen, the bill’s co-sponsors, and everyone who helped bring SB5001 into law.

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