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Richland City Council Tables Boat Dock Vote

RICHLAND, WA - Swimming around public docks used by boats in Richland is banned but at least for now, disobeying that law will not land you in jail.
/ Source: KNDU-TV

RICHLAND, WA - Swimming around public docks used by boats in Richland is banned but at least for now, disobeying that law will not land you in jail.

Tuesday night, the Richland City Council decided not move to forward with a new law that would have made swimming in one of those areas a gross misdemeanor, which would have included possibly serving up to one year behind bars or thousands of dollars in fines.

"A gross misdemeanor to jump off a dock is essentially the equivalent of a DUI or if someone were to beat their spouse, an assault for domestic violence, I don't think that the action of jumping off a dock is really equivalent to those two crimes," said Brendan Siefken, Lives in Richland.

Now the city will look into alternatives and work to better enforce the rules around city docks.