A bill that would have allowed Washington jails to release booking photos to the public died in the Senate.
Jails are required to maintain a public register with a person's name, along with time, date and reason for confinement, but booking photos have not been considered public as they are in most states.
A bill introduced in the Legislature this year also would have made booking photos available to the public.
House Bill 1689, which was amended to say booking mugs would be public once charges are filed, made it through the House but wasn't brought to a vote in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections.
Rowland Thompson, executive director of Allied Daily Newspaper of Washington and an advocate for the bill, said he had the support for the bill to move out of the committee.
But he said he didn't ask for it to be brought to a vote because a senator who was supposed to vote for it didn't show up for the committee meeting.
Thompson said he would have had the four votes he needed for the bill to move out of the seven-member committee and into the Senate Rules Committee.
"I think I can get it next year if I put it together in the right way," he said.
During a public hearing last month in the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee, newspaper and media groups spoke in favor of the bill, while prosecutors, defense lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union opposed it.
Washington is said to be one of only two states west of the Mississippi that does not release booking photos to the public.
The Benton County and Franklin County jails have daily inmate logs and new booking logs are available online or by request, but booking mugs commonly aren't released.
In Oregon, however, the Umatilla County jail log is available online and the booking photo also is posted along with information about the person arrested.