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SIXTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE - REGULAR SESSION

 

 

SEVENTY EIGHTH DAY

 

 

House Chamber, Olympia, Monday, March 30, 2009

 

        The House was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by the Speaker (Representative Moeller presiding). The Clerk called the roll and a quorum was present.

 

        The flags were escorted to the rostrum by a Sergeant at Arms Color Guard, Pages Theodosia Fehsenfeld and Marta Nelson. The Speaker (Representative Moeller presiding) led the Chamber in the Pledge of Allegiance. The prayer was offered by Pastor Lynn Ford, Woodland Church of the Nazarene.

 

        Reading of the Journal of the previous day was dispensed with and it was ordered to stand approved.

 

        There being no objection, the House advanced to the sixth order of business.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Moeller presiding) called upon Representative Morris to preside.

 

SECOND READING

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5012, by Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Kilmer, Swecker, Haugen, King, Sheldon, Marr, Kauffman, McAuliffe, Parlette and Roach)

 

        Directing the Washington state patrol to develop a plan to assist in the recovery of missing persons.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hurst and Pearson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5012.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5012 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5012, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5030, by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Kilmer, Hobbs, Swecker, Shin, Berkey, Eide, Hatfield, McAuliffe and Roach)

 

        Concerning militia records, property, command, and administration.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hurst and Armstrong spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5030.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5030 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 96; Nays, 1; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

        Voting nay: Representative DeBolt.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5030, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5035, by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, Swecker, Marr, Roach, Kastama, Kauffman, Kilmer, Hatfield, McAuliffe and Haugen)

 

        Improving veterans' access to services.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Morrell and Armstrong spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5035.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5035 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5035, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5043, by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kilmer, Kauffman, Shin, Rockefeller, Kastama, Kohl-Welles, Jarrett, Tom and McAuliffe)

 

        Convening a work group to develop a single, coordinated student access portal for college information.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 


        Representatives Wallace and Anderson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5043.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5043 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5043, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5055, by Senate Committee on Environment, Water & Energy (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Fraser, Ranker and Kline)

 

        Protecting the interests of customers of public service companies in proceedings before the Washington utilities and transportation commission.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives McCoy and Crouse spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5055.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5055 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5055, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5131, by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Delvin, Hargrove, Brandland and Regala)

 

        Concerning crisis referral services for criminal justice and correctional personnel.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hurst and Pearson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5131.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5131 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5131, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        ENGROSSED SENATE BILL NO. 5135, by Senators Kline, Tom, McDermott and Kohl-Welles

 

        Adding five district court judges in King county. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Adding five district court judges in King county and reducing the number of judges in Spokane county. )

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 


        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Goodman and Rodne spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Engrossed Senate Bill No. 5135.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Senate Bill No. 5135 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 96; Nays, 1; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

        Voting nay: Representative Anderson.

 

        ENGROSSED SENATE BILL NO. 5135, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5156, by Senators Brandland, McCaslin and Keiser

 

        Addressing certification actions of Washington peace officers.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hurst and Pearson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5156.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5156 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5156, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5173, by Senators Shin, Fairley, Kastama, Sheldon, McAuliffe, Brown, Pridemore, Delvin, Hobbs, McDermott, Jarrett, Kilmer, Jacobsen and Kohl-Welles

 

        Authorizing the regional universities to confer honorary doctorate degrees.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the committee amendment by the Committee on Higher Education was adopted. (For committee amendment, see Journal, Day 68, March 20, 2009.)

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill, as amended by the House, was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Wallace and Anderson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5173, as amended by the House.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5173, as amended by the House, and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 96; Nays, 1; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

        Voting nay: Representative Rolfes.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5173,51730015X_XThird ReadingFinal Passage as amended by the House, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 


        SENATE BILL NO. 5184, by Senators Brandland, Hobbs, McAuliffe, Regala, Stevens, Pflug, Hewitt, King, Swecker and Roach

 

        Evaluating the need for a digital forensic crime lab.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hurst and Pearson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5184.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5184 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5184, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5190, by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Stevens, Regala and Shin)

 

        Making technical corrections to community custody provisions.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Dickerson, Dammeier and Goodman spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5190.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5190 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5190, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5228, by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Haugen and Morton)

 

        Regarding day labor construction projects and programs. Revised for 1st Substitute: Regarding construction projects by county forces.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Clibborn and Roach spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5228.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5228 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 


        ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5228, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5238, by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Roach, Swecker, Fraser, McCaslin, Kohl-Welles, Honeyford, Pridemore, McDermott, Fairley, Benton and Shin)

 

        Authorizing the department of retirement systems to assist with mailing information to certain members of the state retirement systems.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Green and Armstrong spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5238.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5238 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 93; Nays, 4; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

        Voting nay: Representatives DeBolt, Ericksen, Kristiansen and Shea.

 

        ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5238, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5261, by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Regala, Stevens, Hargrove and Shin)

 

        Creating an electronic statewide unified sex offender registry program. Revised for 1st Substitute: Creating an electronic statewide unified sex offender notification and registration program.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hurst and Pearson spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5261.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5261 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5261, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5290, by Senate Committee on Environment, Water & Energy (originally sponsored by Senators Franklin, Brown, Fraser, Kauffman, McAuliffe, Shin, Murray, Eide, Keiser, Berkey and Regala)

 

        Concerning requests made by a party relating to gas or electrical company discounts for low-income senior customers and low-income customers.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives McCoy and Haler spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5290.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Substitute Senate Bill No. 5290 and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5290, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5297, by Senators Kline and Delvin

 

        Concerning the procedure for filing a declaration of completion of probate.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the committee amendment by the Committee on Judiciary was adopted. (For committee amendment, see Journal, Day 75, March 27, 2009.)

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill, as amended by the House, was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Pedersen and Rodne spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5297, as amended by the House.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5297, as amended by the House, and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5297, as amended by the House, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5359, by Senators Oemig, Pridemore, Kline and McDermott

 

        Preventing rejection of ballots that have voter identifying marks.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, the committee amendment by the Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs was adopted. (For committee amendment, see Journal, Day 75, March 27, 2009.)

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill, as amended by the House, was placed on final passage.

 

        Representatives Hunt and Armstrong spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5359, as amended by the House.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Senate Bill No. 5359, as amended by the House, and the bill passed the House by the following vote: Yeas, 97; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Appleton, Armstrong, Bailey, Blake, Campbell, Carlyle, Chandler, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Conway, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, Darneille, DeBolt, Dickerson, Driscoll, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Green, Haigh, Haler, Hasegawa, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Johnson, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, McCune, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Orcutt, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pearson, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Ross, Santos, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

 

        SENATE BILL NO. 5359, as amended by the House, having received the necessary constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Morris presiding) called upon Representative Moeller to preside.

 

SECOND READING

 

        HOUSE BILL NO. 2029, by Representatives Ericks, Morris, McCoy, Ormsby, Hudgins, Hunt, Takko, Springer, Van De Wege, Conway, Eddy, Hasegawa, Finn, Dunshee, Haigh, Kenney, Kessler, Morrell and Goodman

 

        Concerning enhanced 911 emergency communications service.

 

        The bill was read the second time.

 

        There being no objection, Second Substitute House Bill No. 2029 was substituted for House Bill No. 2029 and the second substitute bill was placed on the second reading calendar.

 


        SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2029 was read the second time.

 

        With the consent of the House, amendment (409) was withdrawn.

 

        Representative Carlyle moved the adoption of amendment (436):

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 82.14B.010 and 1991 c 54 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

        The legislature finds that the state and counties should be provided with an additional revenue source to fund enhanced 911 emergency communication systems throughout the state on a multicounty((,)) or countywide((, or district-wide)) basis. The legislature further finds that the most efficient and appropriate method of deriving additional revenue for this purpose is to impose an excise tax on the use of switched access lines, radio access lines, and interconnected voice over internet protocol service lines.

        Sec. 2. RCW 82.14B.020 and 2007 c 54 s 16 and 2007 c 6 s 1009 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

        As used in this chapter:

        (1) (("Emergency services communication system" means a multicounty, countywide, or districtwide radio or landline communications network, including an enhanced 911 telephone system, which provides rapid public access for coordinated dispatching of services, personnel, equipment, and facilities for police, fire, medical, or other emergency services.
        (2))) "Enhanced 911 ((telephone)) communications system" means a public telephone system consisting of a network, database, and on- premises equipment that is accessed by dialing 911 and that enables reporting police, fire, medical, or other emergency situations to a public safety answering point. The system includes the capability to selectively route incoming 911 calls to the appropriate public safety answering point that operates in a defined 911 service area and the capability to automatically display the name, address, and telephone number of incoming 911 calls at the appropriate public safety answering point.

        (((3))) (2) "Interconnected voice over internet protocol service" has the same meaning as provided by the federal communications commission in 47 C.F.R. Sec. 9.3 on January 1, 2009, or a subsequent date determined by the department.
        (3) "Interconnected voice over internet protocol service line" means an interconnected voice over internet protocol service that offers an active telephone number or successor dialing protocol assigned by a voice over internet protocol provider to a voice over internet protocol service customer that has inbound and outbound calling capability, which can directly access a public safety answering point when such a voice over internet protocol service customer has a place of primary use in the state.
        (4) "Switched access line" means the telephone service line which connects a subscriber's main telephone(s) or equivalent main telephone(s) to the local exchange company's switching office.

        (((4))) (5) "Local exchange company" has the meaning ascribed to it in RCW 80.04.010.

        (((5))) (6) "Radio access line" means the telephone number assigned to or used by a subscriber for two-way local wireless voice service available to the public for hire from a radio communications service company. Radio access lines include, but are not limited to, radio- telephone communications lines used in cellular telephone service, personal communications services, and network radio access lines, or their functional and competitive equivalent. Radio access lines do not include lines that provide access to one-way signaling service, such as paging service, or to communications channels suitable only for data transmission, or to nonlocal radio access line service, such as wireless roaming service, or to a private telecommunications system.

        (((6))) (7) "Radio communications service company" has the meaning ascribed to it in RCW 80.04.010, except that it does not include radio paging providers. It does include those persons or entities that provide commercial mobile radio services, as defined by Title 47 U.S.C. Sec. 332(d)(1), and both facilities-based and nonfacilities-based resellers.

         (((7))) (8) "Private telecommunications system" has the meaning ascribed to it in RCW 80.04.010.

        (((8))) (9) "Subscriber" means the retail purchaser of telephone service as telephone service is defined in RCW 82.16.010, or the retail purchaser of interconnected voice over internet protocol service.

        (((9))) (10) "Place of primary use" ((has the meaning ascribed to it in RCW 82.04.065)) means the street address representative of where the subscriber's use of the radio access line or interconnected voice over internet protocol service line occurs, which must be:
        (a) The residential street address or the primary business street address of the subscriber; and
        (b) In the case of radio access lines, within the licensed service area of the home service provider.

        Sec. 3. RCW 82.14B.030 and 2007 c 54 s 17 and 2007 c 6 s 1024 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

        (1) The legislative authority of a county may impose a county enhanced 911 excise tax on the use of switched access lines in an amount not exceeding ((fifty)) seventy cents per month for each switched access line. The amount of tax shall be uniform for each switched access line. Each county shall provide notice of such tax to all local exchange companies serving in the county at least sixty days in advance of the date on which the first payment is due. The tax imposed under this subsection shall be remitted to the department of revenue by local exchange companies on a tax return provided by the department. The tax shall be deposited in the county enhanced 911 excise tax account as provided in section 4 of this act.

        (2) The legislative authority of a county may also impose a county enhanced 911 excise tax on the use of radio access lines whose place of primary use is located within the county in an amount not exceeding ((fifty)) seventy cents per month for each radio access line. The amount of tax shall be uniform for each radio access line. The county shall provide notice of such tax to all radio communications service companies serving in the county at least sixty days in advance of the date on which the first payment is due. Any county imposing this tax shall include in its ordinance a refund mechanism whereby the amount of any tax ordered to be refunded by the judgment of a court of record, or as a result of the resolution of any appeal therefrom, shall be refunded to the radio communications service company or local exchange company that collected the tax, and those companies shall reimburse the subscribers who paid the tax. The ordinance shall further provide that to the extent the subscribers who paid the tax cannot be identified or located, the tax paid by those subscribers shall be returned to the county. The tax imposed under this section shall be remitted to the department of revenue by radio communications service companies, including those companies that resell radio access lines, on a tax return provided by the department. The tax shall be deposited in the county enhanced 911 excise tax account as provided in section 4 of this act.

        (3) The legislative authority of a county may impose a county enhanced 911 excise tax on the use of interconnected voice over internet protocol service lines in an amount not exceeding seventy cents per month for each interconnected voice over internet protocol service line. The amount of tax shall be uniform for each line and shall be levied on no more than the number of voice over internet protocol service lines on an account that are capable of simultaneous unrestricted outward calling to the public switched telephone network. The interconnected voice over internet protocol service company shall use the place of primary use of the subscriber to determine which county's enhanced 911 excise tax applies to the service provided by the subscriber. Each county shall provide notice of such tax to all voice over internet protocol service companies serving in the county at least sixty days in advance of the date on which the first payment is due. The tax imposed under this section shall be remitted to the department of revenue by interconnected voice over internet protocol service companies on a tax return provided by the department. The tax shall be deposited in the county enhanced 911 excise tax account as provided in section 4 of this act. To the extent that a local exchange carrier and an interconnected voice over internet protocol service company jointly provide a single service line, only one service company will be responsible for remitting county enhanced 911 excise taxes, and nothing in this section shall preclude service companies who jointly provide service lines from agreeing by contract which of them shall remit the taxes collected.
        (4) Counties imposing a county enhanced 911 excise tax must provide an annual update to the enhanced 911 coordinator detailing the proportion of their county enhanced 911 excise tax that is being spent on:
        (a) Efforts to modernize their existing 911 system; and
        (b) Basic and enhanced 911 operational costs.
        (5) A state enhanced 911 excise tax is imposed on ((all)) the use of switched access lines in the state. The amount of tax shall not exceed twenty-five cents per month for each switched access line. The tax shall be uniform for each switched access line. The tax imposed under this subsection shall be remitted to the department of revenue by local exchange companies on a tax return provided by the department. Tax proceeds shall be deposited by the treasurer in the enhanced 911 account created in RCW 38.52.540.

        (((4))) (6) A state enhanced 911 excise tax is imposed on ((all)) the use of radio access lines whose place of primary use is located within the state in an amount of twenty-five cents per month for each radio access line. The tax shall be uniform for each radio access line. The tax imposed under this section shall be remitted to the department of revenue by radio communications service companies, including those companies that resell radio access lines, on a tax return provided by the department. Tax proceeds shall be deposited by the treasurer in the enhanced 911 account created in RCW 38.52.540. The tax imposed under this section is not subject to the state sales and use tax or any local tax.

        (((5))) (7) A state enhanced 911 excise tax is imposed on the use of interconnected voice over internet protocol service lines in the state. The amount of tax may not exceed twenty-five cents per month for each interconnected voice over internet protocol service line whose place of primary use is located in the state. The amount of tax must be uniform for each line and must be levied on no more than the number of voice over internet protocol service lines on an account that are capable of simultaneous unrestricted outward calling to the public switched telephone network. The tax imposed under this subsection must be remitted to the department of revenue by interconnected voice over internet protocol service companies on a tax return provided by the department. Tax proceeds must be deposited by the treasurer in the enhanced 911 account created in RCW 38.52.540. To the extent that a local exchange carrier and an interconnected voice over internet protocol service company jointly provide a single service line, only one service company will be responsible for remitting state enhanced 911 excise taxes, and nothing in this section precludes service companies that jointly provide service lines from agreeing by contract which of them will remit the taxes collected.
        (8) By August 31st of each year the state enhanced 911 coordinator shall recommend the level for the next year of the state enhanced 911 excise tax imposed by subsection (((3))) (5) of this section, based on a systematic cost and revenue analysis, to the utilities and transportation commission. The commission shall by the following October 31st determine the level of the state enhanced 911 excise tax for the following year.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 82.14B RCW to read as follows:

        (1) Counties imposing an enhanced 911 excise tax under RCW 82.14B.030 must contract with the department for the administration and collection of the tax prior to the effective date of a resolution or ordinance imposing the tax. The department may deduct a percentage amount, as provided by contract, of no more than two percent of the enhanced 911 excise taxes collected to cover administration and collection expenses incurred by the department. If a county imposes an enhanced 911 excise tax with an effective date of January 1, 2010, the county must contract with the department for the administration and collection of the tax by November 1, 2009.

        (2) The remainder of any portion of the county enhanced 911 excise tax under RCW 82.14B.030 that is collected by the department must be deposited in the county enhanced 911 excise tax account hereby created in the custody of the state treasurer. Expenditures from the account may be used only for distribution to counties imposing an enhanced 911 excise tax. Only the state treasurer or his or her designee may authorize expenditures from the account. The account is not subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, and an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. A new section is added to chapter 82.14B RCW to read as follows:

        (1) All moneys that accrue in the county enhanced 911 excise tax account created in section 4 of this act must be distributed monthly by the state treasurer to the counties in the amount of the taxes collected on behalf of each county, minus the administration and collection fee retained by the department as provided in section 4 of this act.

        (2) If a county imposes by resolution or ordinance an enhanced 911 excise tax that is in excess of the maximum allowable county enhanced 911 excise tax provided in RCW 82.14B.030, the ordinance or resolution may not be considered void in its entirety, but only with respect to that portion of the enhanced 911 excise tax that is in excess of the maximum allowable tax.

        Sec. 6. RCW 82.14B.040 and 2002 c 341 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

        The state enhanced 911 excise tax and the county enhanced 911 excise tax on the use of switched access lines shall be collected from the subscriber by the local exchange company providing the switched access line. The state enhanced 911 excise tax and the county 911 excise tax on the use of radio access lines shall be collected from the subscriber by the radio communications service company providing the radio access line to the subscriber. The state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes on interconnected voice over internet protocol service lines shall be collected from the subscriber by the interconnected voice over internet protocol service company providing the interconnected voice over internet protocol service line to the subscriber. The amount of the tax shall be stated separately on the billing statement which is sent to the subscriber.


        Sec. 7. RCW 82.14B.042 and 2002 c 341 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes imposed by this chapter must be paid by the subscriber to the local exchange company providing the switched access line ((or)), the radio communications service company providing the radio access line, or the interconnected voice over internet protocol service company providing interconnected voice over internet protocol service, and each local exchange company ((and)), each radio communications service company, and each interconnected voice over internet protocol service company shall collect from the subscriber the full amount of the taxes payable. The state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes required by this chapter to be collected by ((the local exchange company or the radio communications service)) a company are deemed to be held in trust by the ((local exchange company or the radio communications service)) company until paid to the department. Any local exchange company ((or)), radio communications service company, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service company that appropriates or converts the tax collected to its own use or to any use other than the payment of the tax to the extent that the money collected is not available for payment on the due date as prescribed in this chapter is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

        (2) If any local exchange company ((or)), radio communications service, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service company fails to collect the state or county enhanced 911 excise tax or, after collecting the tax, fails to pay it to the department in the manner prescribed by this chapter, whether such failure is the result of its own act or the result of acts or conditions beyond its control, the ((local exchange company or the radio communications service)) company is personally liable to the state for the amount of the tax, unless the ((local exchange company or the radio communications service)) company has taken from the buyer in good faith a properly executed resale certificate under RCW 82.14B.200.

        (3) The amount of tax, until paid by the subscriber to the local exchange company, the radio communications service company, the interconnected voice over internet protocol service company, or to the department, constitutes a debt from the subscriber to the ((local exchange company or the radio communications service)) company. Any ((local exchange company or radio communications service)) company that fails or refuses to collect the tax as required with intent to violate the provisions of this chapter or to gain some advantage or benefit, either direct or indirect, and any subscriber who refuses to pay any tax due under this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. The state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes required by this chapter to be collected by the local exchange company ((or)), the radio communications service company, or the interconnected voice over internet protocol service company must be stated separately on the billing statement that is sent to the subscriber.

         (4) If a subscriber has failed to pay to the local exchange company ((or)), the radio communications service company, or the interconnected voice over internet protocol service company the state or county enhanced 911 excise taxes imposed by this chapter and the ((local exchange company or the radio communications service)) company has not paid the amount of the tax to the department, the department may, in its discretion, proceed directly against the subscriber for collection of the tax, in which case a penalty of ten percent may be added to the amount of the tax for failure of the subscriber to pay the tax to the ((local exchange company or the radio communications service)) company, regardless of when the tax is collected by the department. Tax under this chapter is due as provided under RCW 82.14B.061.

        Sec. 8. RCW 82.14B.050 and 1981 c 160 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        The proceeds of any tax collected under this chapter shall be used by the county only for the ((emergency services)) enhanced 911 communications system.

        Sec. 9. RCW 82.14B.060 and 1998 c 304 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        A county legislative authority imposing a tax under this chapter shall establish by ordinance all necessary and appropriate procedures for the ((administration and collection of the tax, which ordinance shall provide for reimbursement to the telephone companies for actual costs of administration and collection of the tax imposed. The ordinance shall also provide that the due date for remittance of the tax collected shall be on or before the last day of the month following the month in which the tax liability accrues)) acceptance of the county enhanced 911 excise taxes by the department.

        Sec. 10. RCW 82.14B.061 and 2002 c 341 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The department of revenue shall administer and shall adopt such rules as may be necessary to enforce and administer the state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes imposed by this chapter. Chapter 82.32 RCW, with the exception of RCW 82.32.045, 82.32.145, and 82.32.380, applies to the administration, collection, and enforcement of the state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes.

        (2) The state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes imposed by this chapter, along with reports and returns on forms prescribed by the department, are due at the same time the taxpayer reports other taxes under RCW 82.32.045. If no other taxes are reported under RCW 82.32.045, the taxpayer shall remit tax on an annual basis in accordance with RCW 82.32.045.

        (3) The department of revenue may relieve any taxpayer or class of taxpayers from the obligation of remitting monthly and may require the return to cover other longer reporting periods, but in no event may returns be filed for a period greater than one year.

        (4) The state enhanced 911 excise taxes imposed by this chapter are in addition to any taxes imposed upon the same persons under chapters 82.08 and 82.12 RCW.

        Sec. 11. RCW 82.14B.150 and 2004 c 153 s 309 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) A local exchange company ((or)), radio communications service company, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service company shall file tax returns on a cash receipts or accrual basis according to which method of accounting is regularly employed in keeping the books of the company. A ((local exchange company or radio communications service)) company filing returns on a cash receipts basis is not required to pay tax on debt subject to credit or refund under subsection (2) of this section.

        (2) A local exchange company ((or)), radio communications service company, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service company is entitled to a credit or refund for state and county enhanced 911 excise taxes previously paid on bad debts, as that term is used in Title 26 U.S.C. Sec. 166, as amended or renumbered as of January 1, 2003.

        Sec. 12. RCW 82.14B.160 and 1998 c 304 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:

        The taxes imposed or authorized by this chapter do not apply to any activity that the state or county is prohibited from taxing under the Constitution of this state or the Constitution or laws of the United States.

        Sec. 13. RCW 82.14B.200 and 2002 c 341 s 12 are each amended to read as follows:


        (1) Unless a local exchange company ((or a)), radio communications service company, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service company has taken from the buyer a resale certificate or equivalent document under RCW 82.04.470, the burden of proving that a sale of the use of a switched access line ((or)), radio access line, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service line was not a sale to a subscriber is upon the person who made the sale.

        (2) If a local exchange company ((or a)), radio communications service company, or interconnected voice over internet protocol service company does not receive a resale certificate at the time of the sale, have a resale certificate on file at the time of the sale, or obtain a resale certificate from the buyer within a reasonable time after the sale, the local exchange company or the radio communications service company remains liable for the tax as provided in RCW 82.14B.042, unless the local exchange company ((or)), the radio communications service company, or the interconnected voice over internet protocol service company can demonstrate facts and circumstances according to rules adopted by the department of revenue that show the sale was properly made without payment of the state or county enhanced 911 excise tax.

        (3) The penalty imposed by RCW 82.32.291 may not be assessed on state or county enhanced 911 excise taxes due but not paid as a result of the improper use of a resale certificate. This subsection does not prohibit or restrict the application of other penalties authorized by law.

        Sec. 14. RCW 38.52.510 and 1991 c 54 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        By December 31, 1998, each county, singly or in combination with adjacent counties, shall implement ((district-wide,)) countywide((,)) or multicountywide enhanced 911 emergency communications systems so that enhanced 911 is available throughout the state. The county shall provide funding for the enhanced 911 communication system in the county ((or district)) in an amount equal to the amount the maximum tax under RCW 82.14B.030(1) would generate in the county ((or district)) or the amount necessary to provide full funding of the system in the county ((or district)), whichever is less. The state enhanced 911 coordination office established by RCW 38.52.520 shall assist and facilitate enhanced 911 implementation throughout the state.

        Sec. 15. RCW 38.52.520 and 1991 c 54 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

        A state enhanced 911 coordination office, headed by the state enhanced 911 coordinator, is established in the emergency management division of the department. Duties of the office shall include:

        (1) Coordinating and facilitating the implementation and operation of enhanced 911 emergency communications systems throughout the state;

        (2) Seeking advice and assistance from, and providing staff support for, the enhanced 911 advisory committee; and

        (3) ((Recommending to the utilities and transportation commission by August 31st of each year the level of the state enhanced 911 excise tax for the following year.)) Considering base needs of individual counties for specific assistance, specify rules defining the purposes for which available state enhanced 911 funding may be expended, with the advice and assistance of the enhanced 911 advisory committee; and
        (4) Providing an annual update to the enhanced 911 advisory committee on how much money each county has spent on:
        (a) Efforts to modernize their existing 911 system; and
        (b) Basic and enhanced 911 operational costs.

        Sec. 16. RCW 38.52.532 and 2006 c 210 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        On an annual basis, the enhanced 911 advisory committee shall provide an update on the status of enhanced 911 service in the state to the appropriate committees in the legislature. The update must include progress by counties towards creating greater efficiencies in enhanced 911 operations including, but not limited to, regionalization of facilities, centralization of equipment, and statewide purchasing.

        Sec. 17. RCW 38.52.540 and 2002 c 371 s 905 and 2002 c 341 s 4 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

        (1) The enhanced 911 account is created in the state treasury. All receipts from the state enhanced 911 excise taxes imposed by RCW 82.14B.030 ((shall)) must be deposited into the account. Moneys in the account ((shall)) must be used only to support the statewide coordination and management of the enhanced 911 communications system, for the implementation of wireless enhanced 911 statewide, for the modernization of enhanced 911 communications systems statewide, and to help supplement, within available funds, the operational costs of the system, including adequate funding of counties to enable implementation of wireless enhanced 911 service ((and reimbursement of radio communications service companies for costs incurred in providing wireless enhanced 911 service pursuant to negotiated contracts between the counties or their agents and the radio communications service companies)) and cost recovery for the deployment, improvement, and maintenance of phase I and phase II wireless enhanced 911 service, including costs expended by the radio communications service company for such purposes, and for expenses of administering the fund.

        (2) Funds generated by the enhanced 911 excise tax imposed by RCW 82.14B.030(((3))) (5) shall not be distributed to any county that has not imposed the maximum county enhanced 911 excise tax allowed under RCW 82.14B.030(1). Funds generated by the enhanced 911 excise tax imposed by RCW 82.14B.030(((4))) (6) shall not be distributed to any county that has not imposed the maximum county enhanced 911 excise tax allowed under RCW 82.14B.030(2).

        (3) The state enhanced 911 coordinator, with the advice and assistance of the enhanced 911 advisory committee, is authorized to enter into statewide agreements to improve the efficiency of enhanced 911 services for all counties and shall specify by rule the additional purposes for which moneys, if available, may be expended from this account.

        (((4) During the 2001-2003 fiscal biennium, the legislature may transfer from the enhanced 911 account to the state general fund such amounts as reflect the excess fund balance of the account.))

        Sec. 18. RCW 38.52.545 and 2001 c 128 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        In specifying rules defining the purposes for which available state enhanced 911 moneys may be expended, the state enhanced 911 coordinator, with the advice and assistance of the enhanced 911 advisory committee, shall consider base needs of individual counties for specific assistance. Priorities for available enhanced 911 funding are as follows: (1) To assure that 911 dialing is operational statewide; (2) to assist counties as necessary to assure that they can achieve a basic service level for 911 operations; and (3) to assist counties as practicable to acquire items of a capital nature appropriate to ((increasing)) modernize systems and increase 911 effectiveness.

        Sec. 19. RCW 38.52.550 and 2002 c 341 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        A telecommunications company, ((or)) radio communications service company, ((providing emergency communications systems or services)) interconnected voice over internet protocol service company, or a business or individual providing database information to enhanced 911 emergency communication ((system)) service personnel shall not be liable for civil damages caused by an act or omission of the company, business, or individual in the:

        (1) Good faith release of information not in the public record, including unpublished or unlisted subscriber information to emergency service providers responding to calls placed to a 911 or enhanced 911 emergency service; or

        (2) Design, development, installation, maintenance, or provision of consolidated 911 or enhanced 911 emergency communication systems or services other than an act or omission constituting gross negligence or wanton or willful misconduct.

        Sec. 20. RCW 38.52.561 and 2002 c 341 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

        The state enhanced 911 coordinator, with the advice and assistance of the enhanced 911 advisory committee, shall set nondiscriminatory, uniform technical and operational standards consistent with the rules of the federal communications commission for the transmission of 911 calls from radio communications service companies and interconnected voice over internet protocol service companies to enhanced 911 emergency communications systems. These standards must not exceed the requirements set by the federal communications commission. The authority given to the state enhanced 911 coordinator in this section is limited to setting standards as set forth in this section and does not constitute authority to regulate radio communications service companies or interconnected voice over internet protocol service companies.

        Sec. 21. RCW 43.79A.040 and 2008 c 239 s 9, 2008 c 208 s 9, 2008 c 128 s 20, and 2008 c 122 s 24 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

        (1) Money in the treasurer's trust fund may be deposited, invested, and reinvested by the state treasurer in accordance with RCW 43.84.080 in the same manner and to the same extent as if the money were in the state treasury.

        (2) All income received from investment of the treasurer's trust fund shall be set aside in an account in the treasury trust fund to be known as the investment income account.

        (3) The investment income account may be utilized for the payment of purchased banking services on behalf of treasurer's trust funds including, but not limited to, depository, safekeeping, and disbursement functions for the state treasurer or affected state agencies. The investment income account is subject in all respects to chapter 43.88 RCW, but no appropriation is required for payments to financial institutions. Payments shall occur prior to distribution of earnings set forth in subsection (4) of this section.

        (4)(a) Monthly, the state treasurer shall distribute the earnings credited to the investment income account to the state general fund except under (b) and (c) of this subsection.

        (b) The following accounts and funds shall receive their proportionate share of earnings based upon each account's or fund's average daily balance for the period: The Washington promise scholarship account, the college savings program account, the Washington advanced college tuition payment program account, the agricultural local fund, the American Indian scholarship endowment fund, the foster care scholarship endowment fund, the foster care endowed scholarship trust fund, the students with dependents grant account, the basic health plan self-insurance reserve account, the contract harvesting revolving account, the Washington state combined fund drive account, the commemorative works account, the county enhanced 911 excise tax account, the Washington international exchange scholarship endowment fund, the toll collection account, the developmental disabilities endowment trust fund, the energy account, the fair fund, the family leave insurance account, the food animal veterinarian conditional scholarship account, the fruit and vegetable inspection account, the future teachers conditional scholarship account, the game farm alternative account, the GET ready for math and science scholarship account, the grain inspection revolving fund, the juvenile accountability incentive account, the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' plan 2 expense fund, the local tourism promotion account, the pilotage account, the produce railcar pool account, the regional transportation investment district account, the rural rehabilitation account, the stadium and exhibition center account, the youth athletic facility account, the self-insurance revolving fund, the sulfur dioxide abatement account, the children's trust fund, the Washington horse racing commission Washington bred owners' bonus fund account, the Washington horse racing commission class C purse fund account, the individual development account program account, the Washington horse racing commission operating account (earnings from the Washington horse racing commission operating account must be credited to the Washington horse racing commission class C purse fund account), the life sciences discovery fund, the Washington state heritage center account, the reduced cigarette ignition propensity account, and the reading achievement account. However, the earnings to be distributed shall first be reduced by the allocation to the state treasurer's service fund pursuant to RCW 43.08.190.

        (c) The following accounts and funds shall receive eighty percent of their proportionate share of earnings based upon each account's or fund's average daily balance for the period: The advanced right-of-way revolving fund, the advanced environmental mitigation revolving account, the city and county advance right-of-way revolving fund, the federal narcotics asset forfeitures account, the high occupancy vehicle account, the local rail service assistance account, and the miscellaneous transportation programs account.

        (5) In conformance with Article II, section 37 of the state Constitution, no trust accounts or funds shall be allocated earnings without the specific affirmative directive of this section.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 22. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:

        (1) RCW 82.14B.070 (Emergency service communication districts-- Authorized--Consolidation--Dissolution) and 1994 c 54 s 1 & 1987 c 17 s 1;

        (2) RCW 82.14B.090 (Emergency service communication districts-- Emergency service communication system--Financing--Excise tax) and 1991 c 54 s 13 & 1987 c 17 s 3; and

        (3) RCW 82.14B.100 (Emergency service communication districts-- Application of RCW 82.14B.040 through 82.14B.060) and 1991 c 54 s 14 & 1987 c 17 s 4.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 23. If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 24. The office of the code reviser may alphabetize the account names in RCW 43.79A.040 during codification.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 25. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, this act takes effect August 1, 2009.

        (2) Sections 1 through 3, 5 through 8, 11 through 20, and 22 of this act take effect January 1, 2010."

        Correct the title.

 

        Representative Carlyle moved the adoption of amendment (435) to amendment (436):

 


        On page 6 of the striking amendment, line 36, after "(1)" insert "Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section,"

        On page 7 of the striking amendment, after line 11, insert the following:

        "(3) For a county with a population of less than one million in population but more than seven hundred in population, the state treasurer must retain in the account created in section 4 of this act twenty cents per month for each switched access line, radio access line, and interconnected voice over internet protocol service line whose place of primary use is in that county, until the state treasurer and the department receive a letter from the state enhanced 911 coordinator indicating that:

        (a) An operational agreement for delivery of enhanced 911 communications service in that county has been reached, including how the county enhanced 911 excise tax will be allocated between the public safety answering points within the county; and

        (b) The state enhanced 911 coordinator has approved the operational agreement."

 

        Representative Carlyle spoke in favor of the adoption of the amendment to amendment (436).

 

        Amendment (435) to amendment (436) was adopted.

 

        Amendment (436) as amended was adopted. The bill was ordered engrossed.

 

        There being no objection, the rules were suspended, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

POINT OF PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

        Representative Ericksen: "Thank you Mr. Speaker, point of parliamentary inquiry. Thank you Mr. Speaker, section 3 of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2029 increases the state enhanced 911 excise tax from twenty cents per month to twenty five cents per month. The base tax is also extended to include interconnected voice over internet protocol service lines. The funds raised by the tax are deposited into the enhanced 911 account in the state treasury. Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Initiative 960, RCW 43.135.035, Section 6 defines raises taxes to mean any action, or combination of actions by the legislature, that increases state tax revenue deposited in any fund, budget or account, regardless of whether the revenues are deposited into the general fund. Mr. Speaker does Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2029 require a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage under Initiative 960? Thank you Mr. Speaker."

 

SPEAKER'S RULING

        The Speaker (Representative Moeller presiding): "Thank you. The Speaker believes that under I-960, the bill requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for final passage, in the House this requires 66 votes."

 

        Representatives Ericks, Morris, Carlyle, McCoy, Kessler, Van De Wege, Morrell, Hurst, Kagi, Appleton and Morris (again) spoke in favor of the passage of the bill.

 

        Representatives Orcutt, Haler, Klippert, Ericksen, Anderson, Johnson, Hinkle, Ross, Angel, Cox, Shea, Kretz and DeBolt spoke against the passage of the bill.

 

        The Speaker (Representative Moeller presiding) stated the question before the House to be the final passage of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 2029.

 

ROLL CALL

 

        The Clerk called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 2029 and the bill failed to pass the House by the following vote: Yeas, 58; Nays, 39; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.

        Voting yea: Representatives Appleton, Blake, Carlyle, Chase, Clibborn, Cody, Conway, Darneille, Dickerson, Dunshee, Eddy, Ericks, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Green, Haigh, Hasegawa, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Ormsby, Orwall, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Quall, Roberts, Rolfes, Santos, Seaquist, Sells, Simpson, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wallace, White, Williams, Wood and Mr. Speaker.

        Voting nay: Representatives Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Armstrong, Bailey, Campbell, Chandler, Condotta, Cox, Crouse, Dammeier, DeBolt, Driscoll, Ericksen, Grant-Herriot, Haler, Herrera, Hinkle, Hope, Hudgins, Johnson, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, McCune, Orcutt, Parker, Pearson, Priest, Probst, Roach, Rodne, Ross, Schmick, Shea, Short, Smith, Walsh and Warnick.

 

        ENGROSSED SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2029, not having received a two-thirds majority, failed.

 

NOTICE OF RECONSIDERATION

 

        Having voted on the prevailing side, Representative Hudgins gave notice of his intent to request reconsideration of ENGROSSED SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2029, on the following business day.

 

        There being no objection, the House reverted to the fourth order of business.

 

INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING

 

HJM 4017       by Representatives Chandler and Conway

 

Requesting that the United States Congress enact the AgJOBS legislation.

 

Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.

 

        There being no objection, the joint memorial listed on the day’s introduction sheet under the fourth order of business was referred to the committee so designated

        

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

March 26, 2009

SSB 5056        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Health & Long-Term Care: Requiring health care professionals to report patient information in cases of violent injury. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 


        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 18.73 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) Except when treatment is provided in a hospital licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW, a physician's trained emergency medical service intermediate life support technician and paramedic, emergency medical technician, or first responder who renders treatment to a patient for (a) a bullet wound, gunshot wound, powder burn, or other injury arising from or caused by the discharge of a firearm; (b) an injury caused by a knife, an ice pick, or any other sharp or pointed instrument which federal, state, or local law enforcement authorities reasonably believe to have been intentionally inflicted upon a person; (c) a blunt force injury that federal, state, or local law enforcement authorities reasonably believe resulted from a criminal act; or (d) injuries sustained in an automobile collision, shall disclose without the patient's authorization, upon a request from a federal, state, or local law enforcement authority as defined in RCW 70.02.010(3), the following information, if known:

        (i) The name of the patient;

        (ii) The patient's residence;

        (iii) The patient's sex;

        (iv) The patient's age;

        (v) The patient's condition or extent and location of injuries as determined by the physician's trained emergency medical service intermediate life support technician and paramedic, emergency medical technician, or first responder;

        (vi) Whether the patient was conscious when contacted;

        (vii) Whether the patient appears to have consumed alcohol or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

         (viii) The name or names of the physician's trained emergency medical service intermediate life support technician and paramedic, emergency medical technician, or first responder who provided treatment to the patient; and

        (ix) The name of the facility to which the patient is being transported for additional treatment.

        (2) A physician's trained emergency medical service intermediate life support technician and paramedic, emergency medical technician, first responder, or other individual who discloses information pursuant to this section is immune from civil or criminal liability or professional licensure action for the disclosure, provided that the physician's trained emergency medical service intermediate life support technician and paramedic, emergency medical technician, first responder, or other individual acted in good faith and without gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

        (3) The obligation to provide information pursuant to this section is secondary to patient care needs. Information must be provided as soon as reasonably possible taking into consideration a patient's emergency care needs.

        (4) For purposes of this section, "a physician's trained emergency medical service intermediate life support technician and paramedic" has the same meaning as in RCW 18.71.200.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 70.41 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) A hospital shall report to a local law enforcement authority as soon as reasonably possible, taking into consideration a patient's emergency care needs, when the hospital provides treatment for a bullet wound, gunshot wound, or stab wound to a patient who is unconscious. A hospital shall establish a written policy to identify the person or persons responsible for making the report.

        (2) The report required under subsection (1) of this section must include the following information, if known:

        (a) The name, residence, sex, and age of the patient;

        (b) Whether the patient has received a bullet wound, gunshot wound, or stab wound; and

        (c) The name of the health care provider providing treatment for the bullet wound, gunshot wound, or stab wound.

         (3) Nothing in this section shall limit a person's duty to report under RCW 26.44.030 or 74.34.035.

        (4) Any bullets, clothing, or other foreign objects that are removed from a patient for whom a hospital is required to make a report pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall be preserved and kept in custody in such a way that the identity and integrity thereof are reasonably maintained until the bullets, clothing, or other foreign objects are taken into possession by a law enforcement authority or the hospital's normal period for retention of such items expires, whichever occurs first.

        (5) Any hospital or person who in good faith, and without gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct, makes a report required by this section, cooperates in an investigation or criminal or judicial proceeding related to such report, or maintains bullets, clothing, or other foreign objects, or provides such items to a law enforcement authority as described in subsection (4) of this section, is immune from civil or criminal liability or professional licensure action arising out of or related to the report and its contents or the absence of information in the report, cooperation in an investigation or criminal or judicial proceeding, and the maintenance or provision to a law enforcement authority of bullets, clothing, or other foreign objects under subsection (4) of this section.

        (6) The physician-patient privilege described in RCW 5.60.060(4), the registered nurse-patient privilege described in RCW 5.62.020, and any other health care provider-patient privilege created or recognized by law are not a basis for excluding as evidence in any criminal proceeding any report, or information contained in a report made under this section.

        (7) All reporting, preservation, or other requirements of this section are secondary to patient care needs and may be delayed or compromised without penalty to the hospital or person required to fulfill the requirements of this section."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Herrera; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 25, 2009

SB 5060          Prime Sponsor, Senator Jacobsen: Modifying provisions relating to the use of manufactured wine or beer. Reported by Committee on Commerce & Labor

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 66.12.010 and 1981 c 255 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        Nothing in this title, other than RCW 66.28.140, applies to wine or beer manufactured in any home for private consumption ((therein)), and not for sale.

        Sec. 2. RCW 66.28.140 and 1994 c 201 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:


        (1) An adult member of a household may remove family beer or wine from the home ((for exhibition or use at organized beer or wine tastings or competitions,)) subject to the following conditions:

        (a) The quantity removed by a producer ((for these purposes)) is limited to a quantity not exceeding ((one)) twenty gallons;

        (b) Family beer or wine is not removed for sale ((or for the use of any person other than the producer. This subparagraph does not preclude any necessary tasting of the beer or wine when the exhibition or beer or wine tasting includes judging the merits of the wine by judges who have been selected by the organization sponsoring the affair)); and

        (c) ((When the display contest or judging purpose has been served, any remaining portion of the sample is returned to the family premises from which removed)) Family beer or wine is removed from the home for private use, including use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions such as homemaker's contests, tastings, or judging.

        (2) As used in this section, "family beer or wine" means beer or wine manufactured in the home for private consumption ((therein)), and not for sale."

 

Signed by Representatives Conway, Chair; Wood, Vice Chair; Condotta, Ranking Minority Member; Chandler; Crouse; Green; Moeller and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 27, 2009

ESSB 5110     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: Allowing spas, wedding boutiques, and art galleries to serve wine or beer to their customers who are twenty-one years of age or older. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Allowing wedding boutiques and art galleries to serve wine or beer to their customers who are twenty-one years of age or older. ) Reported by Committee on Commerce & Labor

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 1, line 14, after "wine" insert "or beer"

 

Signed by Representatives Conway, Chair; Wood, Vice Chair; Condotta, Ranking Minority Member; Chandler; Crouse; Green; Moeller and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5120          Prime Sponsor, Senator Fairley: Regarding agricultural structures. Reported by Committee on Local Government & Housing

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that permit and inspection fees for new agricultural structures should not exceed the direct and indirect costs associated with reviewing permit applications, conducting inspections, and preparing specific environmental documents.

        Sec. 2. RCW 19.27.015 and 1996 c 157 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        As used in this chapter:

        (1) "Agricultural structure" means a structure designed and constructed to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock, or other horticultural products. This structure may not be a place of human habitation or a place of employment where agricultural products are processed, treated, or packaged, nor may it be a place used by the public;

        (2) "City" means a city or town;

        (((2))) (3) "Multifamily residential building" means common wall residential buildings that consist of four or fewer units, that do not exceed two stories in height, that are less than five thousand square feet in area, and that have a one-hour fire-resistive occupancy separation between units; and

        (((3))) (4) "Temporary growing structure" means a structure that has the sides and roof covered with polyethylene, polyvinyl, or similar flexible synthetic material and is used to provide plants with either frost protection or increased heat retention.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 19.27 RCW to read as follows:

        Permitting and plan review fees under this chapter for agricultural structures may only cover the costs to counties, cities, towns, and other municipal corporations of processing applications, inspecting and reviewing plans, preparing detailed statements required by chapter 43.21C RCW, and performing necessary inspections under this chapter.

        Sec. 4. RCW 19.27.100 and 1975 1st ex.s. c 8 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        Except for permitting fees for agricultural structures under section 3 of this act, nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a city, town, or county of the state from imposing fees different from those set forth in the state building code.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. (1) The state auditor, in accordance with RCW 43.09.470, must conduct a performance audit of the reasonableness of building and inspection fees permitted under RCW 82.02.020 that are imposed by counties, cities, towns, and other municipal corporations under chapter 19.27 RCW. In completing the audit, the state auditor must include guidance on determining allowable costs, and methodologies for allocating costs to specific projects. The state auditor, when developing written cost allocation guidance, must consider variances in the sizes of local government entities.

        (2) In completing the audit report required by this section, the state auditor must establish and consult with a local government advisory committee. The advisory committee must consist of members from county and city governments and other interested parties, as determined by the auditor.

        (3) The state auditor must provide a final audit report to the appropriate committees of the house of representatives and the senate by December 1, 2009.

        (4) Revenues from the performance audits of the government account created in RCW 43.09.475 must be used for the audit required by this section.

        (5) This section expires July 1, 2011."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Simpson, Chair; Nelson, Vice Chair; Angel, Ranking Minority Member; Cox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle; Miloscia; Short; Springer; Upthegrove; White and Williams.

 


Referred to Committee on General Government Appropriations.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5125          Prime Sponsor, Senator Hewitt: Concerning the Washington horse racing commission Washington bred owners' bonus fund and breeder awards account. Reported by Committee on General Government Appropriations

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Darneille, Chair; Takko, Vice Chair; McCune, Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Armstrong; Blake; Crouse; Dunshee; Hudgins; Kenney; Pedersen; Sells; Short; Van De Wege and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 25, 2009

SSB 5141        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Human Services & Corrections: Creating a pilot program to increase family participation in juvenile offender programs. Reported by Committee on Human Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Dickerson, Chair; Orwall, Vice Chair; Green; Morrell and O'Brien.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Dammeier, Ranking Minority Member; Klippert and Walsh.

 

Referred to Committee on Health & Human Services Appropriations.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5152        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Judiciary: Creating a legislative task force on statutory construction. Reported by Committee on Judiciary

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 2, after line 17, insert the following:

        "(vi) The code reviser or the code reviser's designee;"

        Renumber the remaining subsections consecutively.

 

Signed by Representatives Pedersen, Chair; Goodman, Vice Chair; Rodne, Ranking Minority Member; Shea, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Kelley; Kirby; Ormsby; Roberts; Ross and Warnick.

 

        Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5195        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance: Adopting the life settlements model act. Reported by Committee on General Government Appropriations

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Darneille, Chair; Takko, Vice Chair; McCune, Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Armstrong; Blake; Crouse; Dunshee; Hudgins; Kenney; Pedersen; Sells; Short and Van De Wege.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Without recommendation. Signed by Representative Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5229        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education: Regarding the legislative youth advisory council. Reported by Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Hunt, Chair; Appleton, Vice Chair; Armstrong, Ranking Minority Member; Alexander; Flannigan; Hurst and Miloscia.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 25, 2009

SSB 5252        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Human Services & Corrections: Addressing correctional facility policies regarding medication management. Reported by Committee on Human Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 1, beginning on line 16, after "shall" strike "consult with" and insert "include"

        On page 2, line 9, after "2009." Insert "Any minority position related to the substance of the final model policy shall be presented as an addendum to the policy."

        On page 6, line 25, after "procedures" insert "and monitor their compliance with the procedures"

        On page 6, at the beginning of line 27, strike "seek input from" and insert "consult with"

        On page 6, line 27, after "pharmacists," strike "licensed physicians, or nurses" and insert "and one or more licensed physicians or nurses,"

        On page 7, after line 23, insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. The department of health shall annually review the medication practices of five jails that provide for the delivery and administration of medications to inmates in their custody by nonpractitioner jail personnel. The review shall assess whether the jails are in compliance with sections 3 and 4 of this act. To the extent that a jail is found not in compliance, the department shall provide technical assistance to assist the jail in resolving any areas of noncompliance."

        Renumber the remaining section.

 

Signed by Representatives Dickerson, Chair; Orwall, Vice Chair; Dammeier, Ranking Minority Member; Green; Klippert; Morrell; O'Brien and Walsh.

 

        Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5268        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation: Creating the fish and wildlife equipment revolving account. Reported by Committee on General Government Appropriations

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended by Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (For committee amendment, see Journal, Day 71, March 23, 2009). Signed by Representatives Darneille, Chair; Takko, Vice Chair; McCune, Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Armstrong; Blake; Crouse; Dunshee; Hudgins; Kenney; Pedersen; Sells; Short; Van De Wege and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

ESSB 5288     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Human Services & Corrections: Reducing the categories of offenders supervised by the department of corrections. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Changing provisions regarding supervision of offenders. ) Reported by Committee on Human Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 2, line 29, after "offender))" insert the following:

        "The department shall supervise every misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor probationer ordered by superior court to probation under the supervision of the department pursuant to RCW 9.92.060, 9.95.204, or 9.95.210. The superior court shall order probation for:

        (a) Offenders convicted of fourth degree assault, violation of a domestic violence court order pursuant to RCW 10.99.040, 10.99.050, 26.09.300, 26.10.220, 26.26.138, 26.50.110, 26.52.070, or 74.34.145 and who also have a prior conviction for one or more of the following:

        (i) A violent offense;

        (ii) A sex offense;

        (iii) A crime against a person as provided in RCW 9.94A.411;

        (iv) Fourth degree assault; or

        (v) Violation of a domestic violence court order; and

        (b) Offenders convicted of:

        (i) Sexual misconduct with a minor second degree;

        (ii) Custodial sexual misconduct second degree; or

        (iii) Communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

        (2)"

        On page 2, beginning on line 30, after "custody" strike ":

        (a) Whose" and insert "whose"

        On page 2, beginning on line 33, after "categories" strike "; or

        (b)(i) Who is not classified in one of the two highest risk categories and:

        (A) Has the current felony conviction for a violent offense or a crime against persons as provided in RCW 9.94A.411; or

        (B) Is required to participate in chemical dependency treatment as a condition of community custody;

        (ii) The department shall terminate supervision for an offender supervised pursuant to this subsection (1)(b) six months after the date of release of the offender, after conducting a new risk assessment, is still not classified in one of the two highest risk categories"

        On page 3, line 7, strike "(2)" and insert "(3)"

        On page 3, line 19, strike "(3)" and insert "((3)) (4)"

        On page 3, line 24, strike "(4)" and insert "((4)) (5)"

 

Signed by Representatives Dickerson, Chair; Dammeier, Ranking Minority Member; Green; Morrell and O'Brien.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Orwall, Vice Chair; Klippert and Walsh.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5320          Prime Sponsor, Senator Murray: Modifying the name of and titles within the acupuncture profession. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. INTENT. The legislature intends this act to recognize that acupuncturists licensed by the state of Washington are practicing a system of medicine, and that changing the name of their title to "Oriental medicine practitioners" more appropriately captures the nature and scope of their work. It is further the intent that references in federal law to "acupuncturists" apply to persons licensed under this act as "Oriental medicine practitioners."

        Sec. 2. RCW 18.06.010 and 1995 c 323 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

        The following terms in this chapter shall have the meanings set forth in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

        (1) (("Acupuncture")) "Oriental medicine" means a health care service based on an Oriental system of medical theory utilizing Oriental diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders by treating specific acupuncture points or meridians. ((Acupuncture)) Oriental medicine includes the following techniques:

        (a) Use of acupuncture needles to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;

        (b) Use of electrical, mechanical, or magnetic devices to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians;

        (c) Moxibustion;

        (d) Acupressure;

        (e) Cupping;

        (f) Dermal friction technique;

        (g) Infra-red;

        (h) Sonopuncture;

         (i) Laserpuncture;

        (j) Point injection therapy (aquapuncture); and

        (k) Dietary advice based on Oriental medical theory provided in conjunction with techniques under (a) through (j) of this subsection.

        (2) (("Acupuncturist")) "Oriental medicine practitioner" means a person licensed under this chapter.

        (3) "Department" means the department of health.

        (4) "Secretary" means the secretary of health or the secretary's designee.

        Sec. 3. RCW 18.06.020 and 1995 c 323 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) No one may hold themselves out to the public as an acupuncturist or ((licensed acupuncturist)) Oriental medicine practitioner or any derivative thereof which is intended to or is likely to lead the public to believe such a person is an acupuncturist or ((licensed acupuncturist)) Oriental medicine practitioner unless licensed as provided for in this chapter.

        (2) A person may not practice Oriental medicine, including acupuncture, if the person is not licensed under this chapter.


        (3) No one may use any configuration of letters after their name (including Ac. or OMP) which indicates a degree or formal training in Oriental medicine, including acupuncture, unless licensed as provided for in this chapter.

        (4) The secretary may by rule proscribe or regulate advertising and other forms of patient solicitation which are likely to mislead or deceive the public as to whether someone is licensed under this chapter. Only a person licensed as an Oriental medicine practitioner under this chapter may also refer to himself or herself as an acupuncturist.

        (5) Any person licensed as an acupuncturist under this chapter prior to the effective date of this act must, at the date of their next license renewal date, be given the title Oriental medicine practitioner.

        Sec. 4. RCW 18.06.045 and 1995 c 323 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

        Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit or restrict:

         (1) The practice by an individual credentialed under the laws of this state and performing services within such individual's authorized scope of practice;

        (2) The practice by an individual employed by the government of the United States while engaged in the performance of duties prescribed by the laws of the United States;

        (3) The practice by a person who is a regular student in an educational program approved by the secretary, and whose performance of services is pursuant to a regular course of instruction or assignments from an instructor and under the general supervision of the instructor;

        (4) The practice of ((acupuncture)) Oriental medicine by any person credentialed to perform ((acupuncture)) Oriental medicine services in any other jurisdiction where such person is doing so in the course of regular instruction of a school of ((acupuncture)) Oriental medicine approved by the secretary or in an educational seminar by a professional organization of acupuncture, provided that in the latter case, the practice is supervised directly by a person licensed under this chapter or licensed under any other healing art whose scope of practice includes ((acupuncture)) Oriental medicine.

        Sec. 5. RCW 18.06.050 and 2004 c 262 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        Any person seeking to be examined shall present to the secretary at least forty-five days before the commencement of the examination:

        (1) A written application on a form or forms provided by the secretary setting forth under affidavit such information as the secretary may require; and

        (2) Proof that the candidate has:

        (a) Successfully completed a course, approved by the secretary, of didactic training in basic sciences and Oriental medicine, including acupuncture, over a minimum period of two academic years. The training shall include such subjects as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology, hygiene, and a survey of western clinical sciences. The basic science classes must be equivalent to those offered at the collegiate level. However, if the applicant is a licensed chiropractor under chapter 18.25 RCW or a naturopath licensed under chapter 18.36A RCW, the requirements of this subsection relating to basic sciences may be reduced by up to one year depending upon the extent of the candidate's qualifications as determined under rules adopted by the secretary;

        (b) Successfully completed five hundred hours of clinical training in acupuncture that is approved by the secretary.

        Sec. 6. RCW 18.06.080 and 1995 c 323 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The secretary is hereby authorized and empowered to execute the provisions of this chapter and shall offer examinations in ((acupuncture)) Oriental medicine at least twice a year at such times and places as the secretary may select. The examination shall be a written examination and may include a practical examination.

        (2) The secretary shall develop or approve a licensure examination in the subjects that the secretary determines are within the scope of and commensurate with the work performed by ((licensed acupuncturists)) Oriental medicine practitioners and shall include but not necessarily be limited to anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology, hygiene, and acupuncture. All application papers shall be deposited with the secretary and there retained for at least one year, when they may be destroyed.

        (3) If the examination is successfully passed, the secretary shall confer on such candidate the title of ((Licensed Acupuncturist)) Oriental Medicine Practitioner.

        (4) The secretary may appoint members of the profession to serve in an ad hoc advisory capacity to the secretary in carrying out this chapter. The members will serve for designated times and provide advice on matters specifically identified and requested by the secretary. The members shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.220 and reimbursed for travel expenses under RCW 43.03.040 and 43.03.060.

        (5) The secretary, ad hoc committee members, or individuals acting in their behalf are immune from suit in a civil action based on any certification or disciplinary proceedings or other official acts performed in the course of their duties.

        Sec. 7. RCW 18.06.120 and 1996 c 191 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) Every person licensed ((in acupuncture)) under this chapter shall comply with the administrative procedures and administrative requirements for registration and renewal set by the secretary under RCW 43.70.250 and 43.70.280.

        (2) All fees collected under this section and RCW 18.06.070 shall be credited to the health professions account as required under RCW 43.70.320.

        Sec. 8. RCW 18.06.130 and 2003 c 53 s 121 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The secretary shall develop a form to be used by ((an acupuncturist)) a person licensed under this chapter to inform the patient of the ((acupuncturist's)) scope of practice and qualifications of an Oriental medicine practitioner. All license holders shall bring the form to the attention of the patients in whatever manner the secretary, by rule, provides.

        (2) A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

        Sec. 9. RCW 18.06.140 and 2003 c 53 s 122 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) Every licensed ((acupuncturist)) Oriental medicine practitioner shall develop a written plan for consultation, emergency transfer, and referral to other health care practitioners operating within the scope of their authorized practices. The written plan shall be submitted with the initial application for licensure as well as annually thereafter with the license renewal fee to the department. The department may withhold licensure or renewal of licensure if the plan fails to meet the standards contained in rules adopted by the secretary.

        (2) When ((the acupuncturist)) a person licensed under this chapter sees patients with potentially serious disorders such as cardiac conditions, acute abdominal symptoms, and such other conditions, the ((acupuncturist)) person shall immediately request a consultation or recent written diagnosis from a physician licensed under chapter 18.71 or 18.57 RCW. In the event that the patient with the disorder refuses to authorize such consultation or provide a recent diagnosis from such physician, ((acupuncture)) Oriental medicine treatment shall not be continued.


         (3) A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

        Sec. 10. RCW 18.06.190 and 1995 c 323 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:

        The secretary may license a person without examination if such person is credentialed as an ((acupuncturist)) Oriental medicine practitioner in another jurisdiction if, in the secretary's judgment, the requirements of that jurisdiction are equivalent to or greater than those of Washington state.

        Sec. 11. RCW 4.24.240 and 1995 c 323 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) A person licensed by this state to provide health care or related services((,)) including, but not limited to, ((a licensed acupuncturist)) an Oriental medicine practitioner, a physician, osteopathic physician, dentist, nurse, optometrist, podiatric physician and surgeon, chiropractor, physical therapist, psychologist, pharmacist, optician, ((physician's)) physician assistant, osteopathic physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, including, in the event such person is deceased, his or her estate or personal representative;

        (b) An employee or agent of a person described in ((subparagraph)) (a) of this subsection, acting in the course and scope of his or her employment, including, in the event such employee or agent is deceased, his or her estate or personal representative; or

        (c) An entity, whether or not incorporated, facility, or institution employing one or more persons described in ((subparagraph)) (a) of this subsection, including, but not limited to, a hospital, clinic, health maintenance organization, or nursing home; or an officer, director, trustee, employee, or agent thereof acting in the course and scope of his or her employment, including in the event such officer, director, employee, or agent is deceased, his or her estate or personal representative;

shall be immune from civil action for damages arising out of the good faith performance of their duties on such committees, where such actions are being brought by or on behalf of the person who is being evaluated.

        (2) No member, employee, staff person, or investigator of a professional review committee shall be liable in a civil action as a result of acts or omissions made in good faith on behalf of the committee; nor shall any person be so liable for filing charges with or supplying information or testimony in good faith to any professional review committee; nor shall a member, employee, staff person, or investigator of a professional society, of a professional examining or licensing board, of a professional disciplinary board, of a governing board of any institution, or of any employer of professionals be so liable for good faith acts or omissions made in full or partial reliance on recommendations or decisions of a professional review committee or examining board.

        Sec. 12. RCW 4.24.290 and 1995 c 323 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        In any civil action for damages based on professional negligence against a hospital which is licensed by the state of Washington or against the personnel of any such hospital, or against a member of the healing arts including, but not limited to, an ((acupuncturist)) Oriental medicine practitioner licensed under chapter 18.06 RCW, a physician licensed under chapter 18.71 RCW, an osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 18.57 RCW, a chiropractor licensed under chapter 18.25 RCW, a dentist licensed under chapter 18.32 RCW, a podiatric physician and surgeon licensed under chapter 18.22 RCW, or a nurse licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW, the plaintiff in order to prevail shall be required to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant or defendants failed to exercise that degree of skill, care, and learning possessed at that time by other persons in the same profession, and that as a proximate result of such failure the plaintiff suffered damages, but in no event shall the provisions of this section apply to an action based on the failure to obtain the informed consent of a patient.

        Sec. 14. RCW 7.70.020 and 1995 c 323 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        As used in this chapter "health care provider" means either:

        (1) A person licensed by this state to provide health care or related services((,)) including, but not limited to, ((a licensed acupuncturist)) an Oriental medicine practitioner, a physician, osteopathic physician, dentist, nurse, optometrist, podiatric physician and surgeon, chiropractor, physical therapist, psychologist, pharmacist, optician, ((physician's)) physician assistant, midwife, osteopathic physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, or physician's trained mobile intensive care paramedic, including, in the event such person is deceased, his or her estate or personal representative;

        (2) An employee or agent of a person described in part (1) above, acting in the course and scope of his employment, including, in the event such employee or agent is deceased, his or her estate or personal representative; or

        (3) An entity, whether or not incorporated, facility, or institution employing one or more persons described in part (1) above, including, but not limited to, a hospital, clinic, health maintenance organization, or nursing home; or an officer, director, employee, or agent thereof acting in the course and scope of his or her employment, including in the event such officer, director, employee, or agent is deceased, his or her estate or personal representative.

        Sec. 13. RCW 18.120.020 and 2001 c 251 s 26 are each amended to read as follows:

        The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

        (1) "Applicant group" includes any health professional group or organization, any individual, or any other interested party which proposes that any health professional group not presently regulated be regulated or which proposes to substantially increase the scope of practice of the profession.

        (2) "Certificate" and "certification" mean a voluntary process by which a statutory regulatory entity grants recognition to an individual who (a) has met certain prerequisite qualifications specified by that regulatory entity, and (b) may assume or use "certified" in the title or designation to perform prescribed health professional tasks.

        (3) "Grandfather clause" means a provision in a regulatory statute applicable to practitioners actively engaged in the regulated health profession prior to the effective date of the regulatory statute which exempts the practitioners from meeting the prerequisite qualifications set forth in the regulatory statute to perform prescribed occupational tasks.

         (4) "Health professions" means and includes the following health and health-related licensed or regulated professions and occupations: Podiatric medicine and surgery under chapter 18.22 RCW; chiropractic under chapter 18.25 RCW; dental hygiene under chapter 18.29 RCW; dentistry under chapter 18.32 RCW; denturism under chapter 18.30 RCW; dispensing opticians under chapter 18.34 RCW; hearing instruments under chapter 18.35 RCW; naturopaths under chapter 18.36A RCW; embalming and funeral directing under chapter 18.39 RCW; midwifery under chapter 18.50 RCW; nursing home administration under chapter 18.52 RCW; optometry under chapters 18.53 and 18.54 RCW; ocularists under chapter 18.55 RCW; osteopathic medicine and surgery under chapters 18.57 and 18.57A RCW; pharmacy under chapters 18.64 and 18.64A RCW; medicine under chapters 18.71 and 18.71A RCW; emergency medicine under chapter 18.73 RCW; physical therapy under chapter 18.74 RCW; practical nurses under chapter 18.79 RCW; psychologists under chapter 18.83 RCW; registered nurses under chapter 18.79 RCW; occupational therapists licensed under chapter 18.59 RCW; respiratory care practitioners licensed under chapter 18.89 RCW; veterinarians and veterinary technicians under chapter 18.92 RCW; health care assistants under chapter 18.135 RCW; massage practitioners under chapter 18.108 RCW; ((acupuncturists)) Oriental medicine practitioners licensed under chapter 18.06 RCW; persons registered under chapter 18.19 RCW; persons licensed as mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers under chapter 18.225 RCW; dietitians and nutritionists certified by chapter 18.138 RCW; radiologic technicians under chapter 18.84 RCW; and nursing assistants registered or certified under chapter 18.88A RCW.

        (5) "Inspection" means the periodic examination of practitioners by a state agency in order to ascertain whether the practitioners' occupation is being carried out in a fashion consistent with the public health, safety, and welfare.

        (6) "Legislative committees of reference" means the standing legislative committees designated by the respective rules committees of the senate and house of representatives to consider proposed legislation to regulate health professions not previously regulated.

        (7) "License," "licensing," and "licensure" mean permission to engage in a health profession which would otherwise be unlawful in the state in the absence of the permission. A license is granted to those individuals who meet prerequisite qualifications to perform prescribed health professional tasks and for the use of a particular title.

        (8) "Professional license" means an individual, nontransferable authorization to carry on a health activity based on qualifications which include: (a) Graduation from an accredited or approved program, and (b) acceptable performance on a qualifying examination or series of examinations.

        (9) "Practitioner" means an individual who (a) has achieved knowledge and skill by practice, and (b) is actively engaged in a specified health profession.

        (10) "Public member" means an individual who is not, and never was, a member of the health profession being regulated or the spouse of a member, or an individual who does not have and never has had a material financial interest in either the rendering of the health professional service being regulated or an activity directly related to the profession being regulated.

        (11) "Registration" means the formal notification which, prior to rendering services, a practitioner shall submit to a state agency setting forth the name and address of the practitioner; the location, nature and operation of the health activity to be practiced; and, if required by the regulatory entity, a description of the service to be provided.

        (12) "Regulatory entity" means any board, commission, agency, division, or other unit or subunit of state government which regulates one or more professions, occupations, industries, businesses, or other endeavors in this state.

        (13) "State agency" includes every state office, department, board, commission, regulatory entity, and agency of the state, and, where provided by law, programs and activities involving less than the full responsibility of a state agency.

        Sec. 15. RCW 18.130.040 and 2009 c 2 s 16 (Initiative Measure No. 1029) are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) This chapter applies only to the secretary and the boards and commissions having jurisdiction in relation to the professions licensed under the chapters specified in this section. This chapter does not apply to any business or profession not licensed under the chapters specified in this section.

        (2)(a) The secretary has authority under this chapter in relation to the following professions:

        (i) Dispensing opticians licensed and designated apprentices under chapter 18.34 RCW;

        (ii) Naturopaths licensed under chapter 18.36A RCW;

        (iii) Midwives licensed under chapter 18.50 RCW;

        (iv) Ocularists licensed under chapter 18.55 RCW;

        (v) Massage operators and businesses licensed under chapter 18.108 RCW;

        (vi) Dental hygienists licensed under chapter 18.29 RCW;

        (vii) ((Acupuncturists)) Oriental medicine practitioners licensed under chapter 18.06 RCW;

        (viii) Radiologic technologists certified and X-ray technicians registered under chapter 18.84 RCW;

        (ix) Respiratory care practitioners licensed under chapter 18.89 RCW;

        (x) Persons registered under chapter 18.19 RCW;

        (xi) Persons licensed as mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers under chapter 18.225 RCW;

        (xii) Persons registered as nursing pool operators under chapter 18.52C RCW;

        (xiii) Nursing assistants registered or certified under chapter 18.88A RCW;

        (xiv) Health care assistants certified under chapter 18.135 RCW;

        (xv) Dietitians and nutritionists certified under chapter 18.138 RCW;

        (xvi) Chemical dependency professionals certified under chapter 18.205 RCW;

        (xvii) Sex offender treatment providers and certified affiliate sex offender treatment providers certified under chapter 18.155 RCW;

        (xviii) Persons licensed and certified under chapter 18.73 RCW or RCW 18.71.205;

        (xix) Denturists licensed under chapter 18.30 RCW;

        (xx) Orthotists and prosthetists licensed under chapter 18.200 RCW;

        (xxi) Surgical technologists registered under chapter 18.215 RCW;

        (xxii) Recreational therapists;

         (xxiii) Animal massage practitioners certified under chapter 18.240 RCW;

        (xxiv) Athletic trainers licensed under chapter 18.250 RCW; and

        (xxv) Home care aides certified under chapter 18.88B RCW.

        (b) The boards and commissions having authority under this chapter are as follows:

        (i) The podiatric medical board as established in chapter 18.22 RCW;

        (ii) The chiropractic quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.25 RCW;

        (iii) The dental quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.32 RCW governing licenses issued under chapter 18.32 RCW and licenses and registrations issued under chapter 18.260 RCW;

        (iv) The board of hearing and speech as established in chapter 18.35 RCW;

        (v) The board of examiners for nursing home administrators as established in chapter 18.52 RCW;

        (vi) The optometry board as established in chapter 18.54 RCW governing licenses issued under chapter 18.53 RCW;

        (vii) The board of osteopathic medicine and surgery as established in chapter 18.57 RCW governing licenses issued under chapters 18.57 and 18.57A RCW;


        (viii) The board of pharmacy as established in chapter 18.64 RCW governing licenses issued under chapters 18.64 and 18.64A RCW;

        (ix) The medical quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.71 RCW governing licenses and registrations issued under chapters 18.71 and 18.71A RCW;

        (x) The board of physical therapy as established in chapter 18.74 RCW;

        (xi) The board of occupational therapy practice as established in chapter 18.59 RCW;

        (xii) The nursing care quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.79 RCW governing licenses and registrations issued under that chapter;

        (xiii) The examining board of psychology and its disciplinary committee as established in chapter 18.83 RCW; and

        (xiv) The veterinary board of governors as established in chapter 18.92 RCW.

         (3) In addition to the authority to discipline license holders, the disciplining authority has the authority to grant or deny licenses. The disciplining authority may also grant a license subject to conditions.

        (4) All disciplining authorities shall adopt procedures to ensure substantially consistent application of this chapter, the Uniform Disciplinary Act, among the disciplining authorities listed in subsection (2) of this section.

        Sec. 16. RCW 43.70.110 and 2007 c 259 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The secretary shall charge fees to the licensee for obtaining a license. After June 30, 1995, municipal corporations providing emergency medical care and transportation services pursuant to chapter 18.73 RCW shall be exempt from such fees, provided that such other emergency services shall only be charged for their pro rata share of the cost of licensure and inspection, if appropriate. The secretary may waive the fees when, in the discretion of the secretary, the fees would not be in the best interest of public health and safety, or when the fees would be to the financial disadvantage of the state.

        (2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, fees charged shall be based on, but shall not exceed, the cost to the department for the licensure of the activity or class of activities and may include costs of necessary inspection.

        (3) License fees shall include amounts in addition to the cost of licensure activities in the following circumstances:

        (a) For registered nurses and licensed practical nurses licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW, support of a central nursing resource center as provided in RCW 18.79.202, until June 30, 2013;

        (b) For all health care providers licensed under RCW 18.130.040, the cost of regulatory activities for retired volunteer medical worker licensees as provided in RCW 18.130.360; and

        (c) For physicians licensed under chapter 18.71 RCW, physician assistants licensed under chapter 18.71A RCW, osteopathic physicians licensed under chapter 18.57 RCW, osteopathic physicians' assistants licensed under chapter 18.57A RCW, naturopaths licensed under chapter 18.36A RCW, podiatrists licensed under chapter 18.22 RCW, chiropractors licensed under chapter 18.25 RCW, psychologists licensed under chapter 18.83 RCW, registered nurses licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW, optometrists licensed under chapter 18.53 RCW, mental health counselors licensed under chapter 18.225 RCW, massage therapists licensed under chapter 18.108 RCW, clinical social workers licensed under chapter 18.225 RCW, and ((acupuncturists)) Oriental medicine practitioners licensed under chapter 18.06 RCW, the license fees shall include up to an additional twenty-five dollars to be transferred by the department to the University of Washington for the purposes of RCW 43.70.112.

        (4) Department of health advisory committees may review fees established by the secretary for licenses and comment upon the appropriateness of the level of such fees.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 17. Captions used in this act are not any part of the law."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Herrera; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

        Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5340        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: Concerning internet and mail order sales of tobacco products. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 70.155.010 and 2006 c 14 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        The definitions set forth in RCW 82.24.010 shall apply to ((RCW 70.155.020 through 70.155.130)) this chapter. In addition, for the purposes of this chapter, unless otherwise required by the context:

        (1) "Board" means the Washington state liquor control board.

        (2) (("Delivery sale" means any sale of cigarettes to a consumer in the state where either: (a) The purchaser submits an order for a sale by means of a telephonic or other method of voice transmission, mail delivery, any other delivery service, or the internet or other online service; or (b) the cigarettes are delivered by use of mail delivery or any other delivery service. A sale of cigarettes shall be a delivery sale regardless of whether the seller is located within or without the state. A sale of cigarettes not for personal consumption to a person who is a wholesaler licensed pursuant to chapter 82.24 RCW or a retailer pursuant to chapter 82.24 RCW is not a delivery sale.

        (3) "Delivery service" means any private carrier engaged in the commercial delivery of letters, packages, or other containers that requires the recipient of that letter, package, or container to sign to accept delivery.

        (4))) "Internet" means any computer network, telephonic network, or other electronic network.

        (3) "Minor" refers to an individual who is less than eighteen years old.

        (((5))) (4) "Sample" means a tobacco product distributed to members of the general public at no cost or at nominal cost for product promotion purposes.

         (((6))) (5) "Sampling" means the distribution of samples to members of the public.

        (((7) "Shipping container" means a container in which cigarettes are shipped in connection with a delivery sale.

        (8) "Shipping documents" means bills of lading, airbills, or any other documents used to evidence the undertaking by a delivery service to deliver letters, packages, or other containers.

        (9))) (6) "Tobacco product" means a product that contains tobacco and is intended for human use, including any product defined in RCW 82.24.010(2) or 82.26.010(1), except that for the purposes of section 2 of this act only, "tobacco product" does not include cigars as defined in RCW 82.26.010.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 70.155 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) A person may not:

        (a) Ship or transport, or cause to be shipped or transported, any tobacco product ordered or purchased by mail or through the internet to anyone in this state other than a licensed wholesaler or retailer; or

        (b) With knowledge or reason to know of the violation, provide substantial assistance to a person who is in violation of this section.

        (2)(a) A person who knowingly violates subsection (1) of this section is guilty of a class C felony, except that the maximum fine that may be imposed is five thousand dollars.

        (b) In addition to or in lieu of any other civil or criminal remedy provided by law, a person who has violated subsection (1) of this section is subject to a civil penalty of up to five thousand dollars for each violation. The attorney general, acting in the name of the state, may seek recovery of the penalty in a civil action in superior court. For purposes of this subsection, each shipment or transport of tobacco products constitutes a separate violation.

        (3) The attorney general may seek an injunction in superior court to restrain a threatened or actual violation of subsection (1) of this section and to compel compliance with subsection (1) of this section.

        (4) Any violation of subsection (1) of this section is not reasonable in relation to the development and preservation of business and is an unfair and deceptive act or practice and an unfair method of competition in the conduct of trade or commerce in violation of RCW 19.86.020. Standing to bring an action to enforce RCW 19.86.020 for violation of subsection (1) of this section lies solely with the attorney general. Remedies provided by chapter 19.86 RCW are cumulative and not exclusive.

        (5)(a) In any action brought under this section, the state is entitled to recover, in addition to other relief, the costs of investigation, expert witness fees, costs of the action, and reasonable attorneys' fees.

        (b) If a court determines that a person has violated subsection (1) of this section, the court shall order any profits, gain, gross receipts, or other benefit from the violation to be disgorged and paid to the state treasurer for deposit in the general fund.

        (6) Unless otherwise expressly provided, the penalties or remedies, or both, under this section are in addition to any other penalties and remedies available under any other law of this state.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. RCW 70.155.105 (Delivery sale of cigarettes--Requirements, unlawful practices--Penalties--Enforcement) and 2003 c 113 s 2 are each repealed."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Herrera; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

        Referred to Committee on General Government Appropriations.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5343        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Judiciary: Exempting specified persons from restrictions on marketing estate distribution documents. Reported by Committee on Judiciary

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Pedersen, Chair; Goodman, Vice Chair; Rodne, Ranking Minority Member; Shea, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Kelley; Kirby; Ormsby; Roberts; Ross and Warnick.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

2SSB 5346      Prime Sponsor, Committee on Ways & Means: Concerning administrative procedures for payors and providers of health care services. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that:

        (1) The health care system in the nation and in Washington state costs nearly twice as much per capita as other industrialized nations.

        (2) The fragmentation and variation in administrative processes prevalent in our health care system contribute to the high cost of health care, putting it increasingly beyond the reach of small businesses and individuals in Washington.

        (3) In 2006, the legislature's blue ribbon commission on health care costs and access requested the office of the insurance commissioner to conduct a study of administrative costs and recommendations to reduce those costs. Findings in the report included:

        (a) In Washington state approximately thirty cents of every dollar received by hospitals and doctors' offices is consumed by the administrative expenses of public and private payors and the providers;

        (b) Before the doctors and hospitals receive the funds for delivering the care, approximately fourteen percent of the insurance premium has already been consumed by payor administration. The payor's portion of expense totals approximately four hundred fifty dollars per insurance member per year in Washington state;

        (c) Over thirteen percent of every dollar received by a physician's office is devoted to interactions between the provider and payor;

        (d) Between 1997 and 2005, billing and insurance related costs for hospitals in Washington grew at an average pace of nineteen percent per year; and

        (e) The greatest opportunity for improved efficiency and administrative cost reduction in our health care system would involve standardizing and streamlining activities between providers and payors.

         (4) To address these inefficiencies, constrain health care inflation, and make health care more affordable for Washingtonians, the legislature seeks to establish streamlined and uniform procedures for payors and providers of health care services in the state. It is the intent of the legislature to foster a continuous quality improvement cycle to simplify health care administration. This process should involve leadership in the health care industry and health care purchasers, with regulatory oversight from the office of the insurance commissioner.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

        (1) "Commissioner" means the insurance commissioner as established under chapter 48.02 RCW.

        (2) "Health care provider" or "provider" has the same meaning as in RCW 48.43.005 and, for the purposes of this act, shall include facilities licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW.


        (3) "Lead organization" means a private sector organization or organizations designated by the commissioner to lead development of processes, guidelines, and standards to streamline health care administration and to be adopted by payors and providers of health care services operating in the state.

        (4) "Medical management" means administrative activities established by the payor to manage the utilization of services through preservice or postservice reviews. "Medical management" includes, but is not limited to:

        (a) Prior authorization or preauthorization of services;

        (b) Precertification of services;

        (c) Postservice review;

        (d) Medical necessity review; and

        (e) Benefits advisory.

        (5) "Payor" means public purchasers, as defined in this section, carriers licensed under chapters 48.20, 48.21, 48.44, 48.46, and 48.62 RCW, and the Washington state health insurance pool established in chapter 48.41 RCW.

        (6) "Public purchaser" means the department of social and health services, the department of labor and industries, and the health care authority.

         (7) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department of health.

        (8) "Third-party payor" has the same meaning as in RCW 70.02.010.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 70.14 RCW to read as follows:

        The following state agencies are directed to cooperate with the insurance commissioner and, within funds appropriated specifically for this purpose, adopt the processes, guidelines, and standards to streamline health care administration pursuant to sections 2, 5, 6, and 8 through 10 of this act: The department of social and health services, the health care authority, and, to the extent permissible under Title 51 RCW, the department of labor and industries.

        Sec. 4. RCW 70.47.130 and 2004 c 115 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The activities and operations of the Washington basic health plan under this chapter, including those of managed health care systems to the extent of their participation in the plan, are exempt from the provisions and requirements of Title 48 RCW except:

        (a) Benefits as provided in RCW 70.47.070;

        (b) Managed health care systems are subject to the provisions of RCW 48.43.022, 48.43.500, 70.02.045, 48.43.505 through 48.43.535, 43.70.235, 48.43.545, 48.43.550, 70.02.110, and 70.02.900;

        (c) Persons appointed or authorized to solicit applications for enrollment in the basic health plan, including employees of the health care authority, must comply with chapter 48.17 RCW. For purposes of this subsection (1)(c), "solicit" does not include distributing information and applications for the basic health plan and responding to questions; ((and))

        (d) Amounts paid to a managed health care system by the basic health plan for participating in the basic health plan and providing health care services for nonsubsidized enrollees in the basic health plan must comply with RCW 48.14.0201; and

        (e) Administrative simplification requirements as provided in this act.

        (2) The purpose of the 1994 amendatory language to this section in chapter 309, Laws of 1994 is to clarify the intent of the legislature that premiums paid on behalf of nonsubsidized enrollees in the basic health plan are subject to the premium and prepayment tax. The legislature does not consider this clarifying language to either raise existing taxes nor to impose a tax that did not exist previously.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. (1) The commissioner shall designate one or more lead organizations to coordinate development of processes, guidelines, and standards to streamline health care administration and to be adopted by payors and providers of health care services operating in the state. The lead organization designated by the commissioner for this act shall:

        (a) Be representative of providers and payors across the state;

        (b) Have expertise and knowledge in the major disciplines related to health care administration; and

        (c) Be able to support the costs of its work without recourse to public funding.

        (2) The lead organization shall:

        (a) In collaboration with the commissioner, identify and convene work groups, as needed, to define the processes, guidelines, and standards required in sections 6 through 10 of this act;

        (b) In collaboration with the commissioner, promote the participation of representatives of health care providers, payors of health care services, and others whose expertise would contribute to streamlining health care administration;

        (c) Conduct outreach and communication efforts to maximize adoption of the guidelines, standards, and processes developed by the lead organization;

        (d) Submit regular updates to the commissioner on the progress implementing the requirements of this act; and

        (e) With the commissioner, report to the legislature annually through December 1, 2012, on progress made, the time necessary for completing tasks, and identification of future tasks that should be prioritized for the next improvement cycle.

        (3) The commissioner shall:

        (a) Participate in and review the work and progress of the lead organization, including the establishment and operation of work groups for this act;

        (b) Adopt into rule, or submit as proposed legislation, the guidelines, standards, and processes set forth in this act if:

         (i) The lead organization fails to timely develop or implement the guidelines, standards, and processes set forth in sections 6 through 10 of this act; or

        (ii) It is unlikely that there will be widespread adoption of the guidelines, standards, and processes developed under this act;

        (c) Consult with the office of the attorney general to determine whether an antitrust safe harbor is necessary to enable licensed carriers and providers to develop common rules and standards; and, if necessary, take steps, such as implementing rules or requesting legislation, to establish such safe harbor; and

        (d) Convene an executive level work group with broad payor and provider representation to advise the commissioner regarding the goals and progress of implementation of the requirements of this act.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. By December 31, 2010, the lead organization shall:

        (1) Develop a uniform electronic process for collecting and transmitting the necessary provider-supplied data to support credentialing, admitting privileges, and other related processes that:

        (a) Reduces the administrative burden on providers;

        (b) Improves the quality and timeliness of information for hospitals and payors;

        (c) Is interoperable with other relevant systems;

        (d) Enables use of the data by authorized participants for other related applications; and

        (e) Serves as the sole source of credentialing information required by hospitals and payors from providers for data elements included in the electronic process, except this shall not prohibit:


        (i) A hospital, payor, or other credentialing entity subject to the requirements of this section from seeking clarification of information obtained through use of the uniform electronic process, if such clarification is reasonably necessary to complete the credentialing process; or

        (ii) A hospital, payor, other credentialing entity, or a university from using information not provided by the uniform process for the purpose of credentialing, admitting privileges, or faculty appointment of providers, including peer review and coordinated quality improvement information, that is obtained from sources other than the provider;

         (2) Promote widespread adoption of such process by payors and hospitals, their delegates, and subcontractors in the state that credential health professionals and by such health professionals as soon as possible thereafter; and

        (3) Work with the secretary to assure that data used in the uniform electronic process can be electronically exchanged with the department of health professional licensing process under chapter 18.122 RCW.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. A new section is added to chapter 18.122 RCW to read as follows:

        Pursuant to sections 5 and 6 of this act, the secretary or his or her designee shall participate in the work groups and, within funds appropriated specifically for this purpose, implement the standards to enable the department to transmit data to and receive data from the uniform process.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. The lead organization shall:

        (1) Establish a uniform standard companion document and data set for electronic eligibility and coverage verification. Such a companion guide will:

        (a) Be based on nationally accepted ANSI X12 270/271 standards for eligibility inquiry and response and, wherever possible, be consistent with the standards adopted by nationally recognized organizations, such as the centers for medicare and medicaid services;

        (b) Enable providers and payors to exchange eligibility requests and responses on a system-to-system basis or using a payor supported web browser;

        (c) Provide reasonably detailed information on a consumer's eligibility for health care coverage, scope of benefits, limitations and exclusions provided under that coverage, cost-sharing requirements for specific services at the specific time of the inquiry, current deductible amounts, accumulated or limited benefits, out-of-pocket maximums, any maximum policy amounts, and other information required for the provider to collect the patient's portion of the bill; and

        (d) Reflect the necessary limitations imposed on payors by the originator of the eligibility and benefits information;

        (2) Recommend a standard or common process to the commissioner to protect providers and hospitals from the costs of, and payors from claims for, services to patients who are ineligible for insurance coverage in circumstances where a payor provides eligibility verification based on best information available to the payor at the date of the request; and

        (3) Complete, disseminate, and promote widespread adoption by payors of such document and data set by December 31, 2010.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. (1) By December 31, 2010, the lead organization shall develop implementation guidelines and promote widespread adoption of such guidelines for:

        (a) The use of the national correct coding initiative code edit policy by payors and providers in the state;

        (b) Publishing any variations from component codes, mutually exclusive codes, and status b codes by payors in a manner that makes for simple retrieval and implementation by providers;

        (c) Use of health insurance portability and accountability act standard group codes, reason codes, and remark codes by payors in electronic remittances sent to providers;

        (d) The processing of corrections to claims by providers and payors; and

        (e) A standard payor denial review process for providers when they request a reconsideration of a denial of a claim that results from differences in clinical edits where no single, common standards body or process exists and multiple conflicting sources are in use by payors and providers.

        (2) By October 31, 2010, the lead organization shall develop a proposed set of goals and work plan for additional code standardization efforts for 2011 and 2012.

        (3) Nothing in this section or in the guidelines developed by the lead organization shall inhibit an individual payor's ability to employ, and not disclose to providers, temporary code edits for the purpose of detecting and deterring fraudulent billing activities. Though such temporary code edits are not required to be disclosed to providers, the guidelines shall require that:

        (a) Each payor disclose to the provider its adjudication decision on a claim that was denied or adjusted based on the application of such an edit; and

         (b) The provider have access to the payor's review and appeal process to challenge the payor's adjudication decision, provided that nothing in this subsection (3)(b) shall be construed to modify the rights or obligations of payors or providers with respect to procedures relating to the investigation, reporting, appeal, or prosecution under applicable law of potentially fraudulent billing activities.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 10. (1) By December 31, 2010, the lead organization shall:

        (a) Develop and promote widespread adoption by payors and providers of guidelines to:

        (i) Ensure payors do not automatically deny claims for services when extenuating circumstances make it impossible for the provider to: (A) Obtain a preauthorization before services are performed; or (B) notify a payor within twenty-four hours of a patient's admission; and

        (ii) Require payors to use common and consistent time frames when responding to provider requests for medical management approvals. Whenever possible, such time frames shall be consistent with those established by leading national organizations and be based upon the acuity of the patient's need for care or treatment;

        (b) Develop, maintain, and promote widespread adoption of a single common web site where providers can obtain payors' preauthorization, benefits advisory, and preadmission requirements;

        (c) Establish guidelines for payors to develop and maintain a web site that providers can employ to:

        (i) Request a preauthorization, including a prospective clinical necessity review;

        (ii) Receive an authorization number; and

        (iii) Transmit an admission notification.

        (2) By October 31, 2010, the lead organization shall propose to the commissioner a set of goals and work plan for the development of medical management protocols, including whether to develop evidence-based medical management practices addressing specific clinical conditions and make its recommendation to the commissioner, who shall report the lead organization's findings and recommendations to the legislature.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 11. Sections 2, 5, 6, and 8 through 10 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 48 RCW."


        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey; Herrera and Hinkle.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5354          Prime Sponsor, Senator Haugen: Regarding public hospital capital facility areas. Reported by Committee on Local Government & Housing

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Beginning on page 1, line 18, after "islands" strike all material through "boundaries" on page 2, line 4, and insert "that receives medical services from a hospital district, but is prevented by geography and the absence of contiguous boundaries from annexing to that district"

 

        Beginning on page 2, line 16, strike all of section 3 and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC HOSPITAL CAPITAL FACILITY AREA--BALLOT PROPOSITIONS. (1)(a) Upon receipt of a completed petition to both establish a public hospital capital facility area and submit a ballot proposition under section 7 of this act to finance public hospital capital facilities and other capital health care facilities, the legislative authority of the county in which a proposed public hospital capital facility area is to be established shall submit separate ballot propositions to voters to authorize establishing the proposed public hospital capital facility area and authorizing the public hospital capital facility area, if established, to finance public hospital capital facilities or other capital health care facilities by issuing general indebtedness and imposing excess levies to retire the indebtedness. A petition submitted under this section must be accompanied by a written request to establish a public hospital capital facility area that is signed by a majority of the commissioners of the public hospital district serving the proposed area.

        (b) The ballot propositions must be submitted to voters of the proposed public hospital capital facility area at a general or special election. If the proposed election date is not a general election, the county legislative authority is encouraged to request an election when another unit of local government with territory located in the proposed public hospital capital facility area is already holding a special election under RCW 29A.04.330. Approval of the ballot proposition to create a public hospital capital facility area requires a sixty percent affirmative vote by the voters participating in the election.

        (2) A completed petition submitted under this section must include:

        (a) A description of the boundaries of the public hospital capital facility area; and

        (b) A copy of a resolution of the legislative authority of each city, town, and hospital district with territory in the proposed public hospital capital facility area indicating both: (i) Approval of the creation of the proposed public hospital capital facility area; and (ii) agreement on how election costs will be paid for ballot propositions to voters that authorize the public hospital capital facility area to incur general indebtedness and impose excess levies to retire the general indebtedness."

        On page 3, line 16, after "facility" insert "area"

        On page 3, line 21, after "proposed" strike "district" and insert "public hospital capital facility area"

        On page 5, at the beginning of line 36, strike "chapter 70.44 RCW" and insert "this chapter"

 

Signed by Representatives Simpson, Chair; Nelson, Vice Chair; Angel, Ranking Minority Member; Cox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle; Miloscia; Short; Springer; Upthegrove; White and Williams.

 

        Referred to Committee on Finance.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5355          Prime Sponsor, Senator Haugen: Regarding initial levy rates for rural county library districts. Reported by Committee on Local Government & Housing

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 27.12.040 and 1990 c 259 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        The procedure for the establishment of a rural county library district shall be as follows:

        (1) Petitions signed by at least ten percent of the registered voters of the county who voted in the last general election, outside of the area of incorporated cities and towns, asking that the question, "Shall a rural county library district be established?" be submitted to a vote of the people, shall be filed with the county legislative authority. For all districts created after the effective date of this act, the petition may include a proposed initial maximum levy rate. This initial maximum levy rate must not exceed the rate limit set forth in RCW 27.12.050(1).

        (2) The county legislative authority, after having determined that the petitions were signed by the requisite number of registered voters, shall place the proposition for the establishment of a rural county library district on the ballot for the vote of the people of the county, outside incorporated cities and towns, at the next succeeding general or special election. If the petition to create the rural county library district included a proposed initial maximum levy rate, the ballot proposition for the establishment of the rural county library district must include the initial maximum levy rate specified in the petition. This ballot must be submitted in such form as to enable the voters favoring the proposition to vote "Yes" and those opposing to vote "No."

        (3) If a majority of those voting on the proposition vote in favor of the establishment of the rural county library district, the county legislative authority shall forthwith declare it established.

        Sec. 2. RCW 27.12.050 and 1973 1st ex.s. c 195 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) After the board of county commissioners has declared a rural county library district established, it shall appoint a board of library trustees and provide funds for the establishment and maintenance of library service for the district by making a tax levy on the property in the district of not more than fifty cents per thousand dollars of assessed value per year sufficient for the library service as shown to be required by the budget submitted to the board of county commissioners by the board of library trustees, and by making a tax levy in such further amount as shall be authorized pursuant to RCW 27.12.222 or 84.52.052 or 84.52.056. Such levies shall be a part of the general tax roll and shall be collected as a part of the general taxes against the property in the district.

        (2) The initial levy rate may not exceed the rate limit in subsection (1) of this section or, if applicable, the initial maximum levy rate contained in the ballot proposition approved by the voters to create the district. In subsequent years, the levy rate may be increased as authorized under chapter 84.55 RCW."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Simpson, Chair; Nelson, Vice Chair; Angel, Ranking Minority Member; Cox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle; Miloscia; Short; Springer; Upthegrove; White and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5360        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Health & Long-Term Care: Establishing a community health care collaborative grant program. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) The community health care collaborative grant program is established to further the efforts of community-based coalitions to increase access to appropriate, affordable health care for Washington residents, particularly employed low-income persons and children in school who are uninsured and underinsured, through local programs addressing one or more of the following: (a) Access to medical treatment; (b) the efficient use of health care resources; and (c) quality of care.

        (2) Consistent with funds appropriated for community health care collaborative grants specifically for this purpose, two-year grants may be awarded pursuant to section 2 of this act by the administrator of the health care authority.

        (3) The health care authority shall provide administrative support for the program. Administrative support activities may include health care authority facilitation of statewide discussions regarding best practices and standardized performance measures among grantees, or subcontracting for such discussions.

        (4) Eligibility for community health care collaborative grants shall be limited to nonprofit organizations established to serve a defined geographic region or organizations with public agency status under the jurisdiction of a local, county, or tribal government. To be eligible, such entities must have a formal collaborative governance structure and decision-making process that includes representation by the following health care providers: Hospitals, public health, behavioral health, community health centers, rural health clinics, and private practitioners that serve low-income persons in the region, unless there are no such providers within the region, or providers decline or refuse to participate or place unreasonable conditions on their participation. The nature and format of the application, and the application procedure, shall be determined by the administrator of the health care authority. At a minimum, each application shall: (a) Identify the geographic region served by the organization; (b) show how the structure and operation of the organization reflects the interests of, and is accountable to, this region and members providing care within this region; (c) indicate the size of the grant being requested, and how the money will be spent; and (d) include sufficient information for an evaluation of the application based on the criteria established in section 2 of this act.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) The community health care collaborative grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis based on a determination of which applicant organization will best serve the purposes of the grant program established in section 1 of this act. In making this determination, priority for funding shall be given to the applicants that demonstrate:

        (a) The initiatives to be supported by the community health care collaborative grant are likely to address, in a measurable fashion, documented health care access and quality improvement goals aligned with state health policy priorities and needs within the region to be served;

        (b) The applicant organization must document formal, active collaboration among key community partners that includes local governments, school districts, large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, carriers, private health care providers, and public health agencies;

        (c) The applicant organization will match the community health care collaborative grant with funds from other sources. The health care authority may award grants solely to organizations providing at least two dollars in matching funds for each community health care collaborative grant dollar awarded;

        (d) The community health care collaborative grant will enhance the long-term capacity of the applicant organization and its members to serve the region's documented health care access needs, including the sustainability of the programs to be supported by the community health care collaborative grant;

        (e) The initiatives to be supported by the community health care collaborative grant reflect creative, innovative approaches which complement and enhance existing efforts to address the needs of the uninsured and underinsured and, if successful, could be replicated in other areas of the state; and

        (f) The programs to be supported by the community health care collaborative grant make efficient and cost-effective use of available funds through administrative simplification and improvements in the structure and operation of the health care delivery system.

        (2) The administrator of the health care authority shall endeavor to disburse community health care collaborative grant funds throughout the state, supporting collaborative initiatives of differing sizes and scales, serving at-risk populations.

        (3) Grants shall be disbursed over a two-year cycle, provided the grant recipient consistently provides timely reports that demonstrate the program is satisfactorily meeting the purposes of the grant and the objectives identified in the organization's application. The requirements for the performance reports shall be determined by the health care authority administrator. The performance measures shall be aligned with the community health care collaborative grant program goals and, where possible, shall be consistent with statewide policy trends and outcome measures required by other public and private grant funders.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        By July 1st of each even-numbered fiscal year the administrator of the health care authority shall provide the governor and the legislature with an evaluation of the community health care collaborative grant program, describing the organizations and collaborative initiatives funded and the results achieved. The report shall include the impact of the program, results of performance measures, general findings, and recommendations.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. The health care authority may adopt rules to implement this act."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Herrera; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5368        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Ways & Means: Making provisions for all counties to value property annually for property tax purposes. Reported by Committee on Finance

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Beginning on page 4, line 9, strike all of section 5 and insert the following:

        "Sec. 5. RCW 82.45.180 and 2006 c 312 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) For taxes collected by the county under this chapter, the county treasurer shall collect a five-dollar fee on all transactions required by this chapter where the transaction does not require the payment of tax. A total of five dollars shall be collected in the form of a tax and fee, where the calculated tax payment is less than five dollars. Through June 30, 2006, the county treasurer shall place one percent of the taxes collected by the county under this chapter and the treasurer's fee in the county current expense fund to defray costs of collection. After June 30, 2006, the county treasurer shall place one and three-tenths percent of the taxes collected by the county under this chapter and the treasurer's fee in the county current expense fund to defray costs of collection. For taxes collected by the county under this chapter before July 1, 2006, the county treasurer shall pay over to the state treasurer and account to the department of revenue for the proceeds at the same time the county treasurer remits funds to the state under RCW 84.56.280. For taxes collected by the county under this chapter after June 30, 2006, on a monthly basis the county treasurer shall pay over to the state treasurer the month's transmittal. The month's transmittal must be received by the state treasurer by 12:00 p.m. on the last working day of each month. The county treasurer shall account to the department for the month's transmittal by the twentieth day of the month following the month in which the month's transmittal was paid over to the state treasurer. The state treasurer shall deposit the proceeds in the general fund.

        (b) For purposes of this subsection, the definitions in this subsection apply.

         (i) "Close of business" means the time when the county treasurer makes his or her daily deposit of proceeds.

        (ii) "Month's transmittal" means all proceeds deposited by the county through the close of business of the day that is two working days before the last working day of the month. This definition of "month's transmittal" shall not be construed as requiring any change in a county's practices regarding the timing of its daily deposits of proceeds.

        (iii) "Proceeds" means moneys collected and receipted by the county from the taxes imposed by this chapter, less the county's share of the proceeds used to defray the county's costs of collection allowable in (a) of this subsection.

        (iv) "Working day" means a calendar day, except Saturdays, Sundays, and all legal holidays as provided in RCW 1.16.050.

        (2) For taxes collected by the department of revenue under this chapter, the department shall remit the tax to the state treasurer who shall deposit the proceeds of any state tax in the general fund. The state treasurer shall deposit the proceeds of any local taxes imposed under chapter 82.46 RCW in the local real estate excise tax account hereby created in the state treasury. Moneys in the local real estate excise tax account may be spent only for distribution to counties, cities, and towns imposing a tax under chapter 82.46 RCW. Except as provided in RCW 43.08.190, all earnings of investments of balances in the local real estate excise tax account shall be credited to the local real estate excise tax account and distributed to the counties, cities, and towns monthly. Monthly the state treasurer shall make distribution from the local real estate excise tax account to the counties, cities, and towns the amount of tax collected on behalf of each taxing authority. The state treasurer shall make the distribution under this subsection without appropriation.

        (3)(a) The real estate excise tax electronic technology account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. An appropriation is not required for expenditures and the account is not subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW.

        (b) Through June 30, 2010, the county treasurer shall collect an additional five-dollar fee on all transactions required by this chapter, regardless of whether the transaction requires the payment of tax. The county treasurer shall remit this fee to the state treasurer at the same time the county treasurer remits funds to the state under subsection (1) of this section. The state treasurer shall place money from this fee in the real estate excise tax electronic technology account. By the twentieth day of the subsequent month, the state treasurer shall distribute to each county treasurer according to the following formula: Three-quarters of the funds available shall be equally distributed among the thirty-nine counties; and the balance shall be ratably distributed among the counties in direct proportion to their population as it relates to the total state's population based on most recent statistics by the office of financial management.

        (c) When received by the county treasurer, the funds shall be placed in a special real estate excise tax electronic technology fund held by the county treasurer to be used exclusively for the development, implementation, and maintenance of an electronic processing and reporting system for real estate excise tax affidavits. Funds may be expended to make the system compatible with the automated real estate excise tax system developed by the department and compatible with the processes used in the offices of the county assessor and county auditor. Any funds held in the account that are not expended by the earlier of: July 1, 2015, or at such time that the county treasurer is utilizing an electronic processing and reporting system for real estate excise tax affidavits compatible with the department and compatible with the processes used in the offices of the county assessor and county assessor, revert to the ((county capital improvements fund in accordance with RCW 82.46.010)) special real estate and property tax administration assistance account in accordance with subsection (5)(c) of this section.

        (4) Beginning July 1, 2010, through December 31, 2013, the county treasurer shall continue to collect the additional five-dollar fee in subsection (3) of this section on all transactions required by this chapter, regardless of whether the transaction requires the payment of tax. During this period, the county treasurer shall remit this fee to the state treasurer at the same time the county treasurer remits funds to the state under subsection (1) of this section. The state treasurer shall place money from this fee in the annual property revaluation grant account created in section 3 of this act.

        (5)(a) The real estate and property tax administration assistance account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. An appropriation is not required for expenditures and the account is not subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW.

        (b) Beginning January 1, 2014, the county treasurer must continue to collect the additional five-dollar fee in subsection (3) of this section on all transactions required by this chapter, regardless of whether the transaction requires the payment of tax. The county treasurer shall deposit one-half of this fee in the special real estate and property tax administration assistance account in accordance with (c) of this subsection and remit the balance to the state treasurer at the same time the county treasurer remits funds to the state under subsection (1) of this section. The state treasurer must place money from this fee in the real estate and property tax administration assistance account. By the twentieth day of the subsequent month, the state treasurer must distribute the funds to each county treasurer according to the following formula: One-half of the funds available must be equally distributed among the thirty-nine counties; and the balance must be ratably distributed among the counties in direct proportion to their population as it relates to the total state's population based on most recent statistics by the office of financial management.

        (c) When received by the county treasurer, the funds must be placed in a special real estate and property tax administration assistance account held by the county treasurer to be used for:

        (i) Maintenance and operation of an annual revaluation system for property tax valuation; and

        (ii) Maintenance and operation of an electronic processing and reporting system for real estate excise tax affidavits."

 

Signed by Representatives Hunter, Chair; Hasegawa, Vice Chair; Condotta; Conway; Ericks; Santos and Springer.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Without recommendation. Signed by Representatives Orcutt, Ranking Minority Member Parker, Assistant Ranking Minority Member.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5391        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Health & Long-Term Care: Regulating body art, body piercing, and tattooing practitioners, shops, and businesses. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 1, beginning on line 8, after "needles," strike "single-use disposable sharps, reusable"

        On page 2, line 1, after "practice of" strike "physical cosmetic body" and insert "invasive cosmetic"

        On page 2, beginning on line 25, after "who" strike "practices the business of tattooing" and insert "pierces or punctures the human skin with a needle or other instrument for the purpose of implanting an indelible mark, or pigment, into the skin"

        On page 2, beginning on line 27, after "means" strike all material through "purposes" on line 30 and insert "to pierce or puncture the human skin with a needle or other instrument for the purpose of implanting an indelible mark, or pigment, into the skin"

        On page 4, line 2, after "Sec. 5." strike "(1)"

        On page 4, beginning on line 7, strike all of subsection (2)

        On page 8, beginning on line 27, after "including" strike "single-use disposable sharps, reusable sharps," and insert "sharps"

        On page 10, after line 12, insert the following:

        "Sec. 5. RCW 18.235.020 and 2008 c 119 s 21 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) This chapter applies only to the director and the boards and commissions having jurisdiction in relation to the businesses and professions licensed under the chapters specified in this section. This chapter does not apply to any business or profession not licensed under the chapters specified in this section.

        (2)(a) The director has authority under this chapter in relation to the following businesses and professions:

        (i) Auctioneers under chapter 18.11 RCW;

        (ii) Bail bond agents and bail bond recovery agents under chapter 18.185 RCW;

        (iii) Camping resorts' operators and salespersons under chapter 19.105 RCW;

        (iv) Commercial telephone solicitors under chapter 19.158 RCW;

        (v) Cosmetologists, barbers, manicurists, and estheticians under chapter 18.16 RCW;

        (vi) Court reporters under chapter 18.145 RCW;

        (vii) Driver training schools and instructors under chapter 46.82 RCW;

        (viii) Employment agencies under chapter 19.31 RCW;

        (ix) For hire vehicle operators under chapter 46.72 RCW;

        (x) Limousines under chapter 46.72A RCW;

        (xi) Notaries public under chapter 42.44 RCW;

        (xii) Private investigators under chapter 18.165 RCW;

        (xiii) Professional boxing, martial arts, and wrestling under chapter 67.08 RCW;

        (xiv) Real estate appraisers under chapter 18.140 RCW;

        (xv) Real estate brokers and salespersons under chapters 18.85 and 18.86 RCW;

        (xvi) Security guards under chapter 18.170 RCW;

        (xvii) Sellers of travel under chapter 19.138 RCW;

        (xviii) Timeshares and timeshare salespersons under chapter 64.36 RCW;

        (xix) Whitewater river outfitters under chapter 79A.60 RCW; and

        (xx) Home inspectors under chapter 18.280 RCW; and

        (xxi) Body artists, body piercers, and tattoo artists under chapter 18.-- RCW (the new chapter created in section 24 of this act).

        (b) The boards and commissions having authority under this chapter are as follows:

        (i) The state board of registration for architects established in chapter 18.08 RCW;

        (ii) The cemetery board established in chapter 68.05 RCW;

         (iii) The Washington state collection agency board established in chapter 19.16 RCW;

        (iv) The state board of registration for professional engineers and land surveyors established in chapter 18.43 RCW governing licenses issued under chapters 18.43 and 18.210 RCW;

        (v) The state board of funeral directors and embalmers established in chapter 18.39 RCW;

        (vi) The state board of registration for landscape architects established in chapter 18.96 RCW; and

        (vii) The state geologist licensing board established in chapter 18.220 RCW.


        (3) In addition to the authority to discipline license holders, the disciplinary authority may grant or deny licenses based on the conditions and criteria established in this chapter and the chapters specified in subsection (2) of this section. This chapter also governs any investigation, hearing, or proceeding relating to denial of licensure or issuance of a license conditioned on the applicant's compliance with an order entered under RCW 18.235.110 by the disciplinary authority."

        Renumber the remaining sections consecutively, correct any internal references accordingly, and correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Herrera; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representative Bailey.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

March 27, 2009

ESSB 5403     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: Concerning the contractual relationships between distributors and producers of malt beverages. Reported by Committee on Commerce & Labor

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Conway, Chair; Wood, Vice Chair; Condotta, Ranking Minority Member; Chandler; Crouse; Green; Moeller and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 27, 2009

SSB 5410        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education: Regarding online learning. Reported by Committee on Education

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 28A.150.262 and 2005 c 356 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        Under RCW 28A.150.260, the superintendent of public instruction shall revise the definition of a full-time equivalent student to include students who receive instruction through digital programs. "Digital programs" means electronically delivered learning that occurs primarily away from the classroom. The superintendent of public instruction has the authority to adopt rules to implement the revised definition beginning with the 2005-2007 biennium for school districts claiming state funding for the programs. The rules shall include but not be limited to the following:

        (1) Defining a full-time equivalent student under RCW 28A.150.260 or part-time student under RCW 28A.150.350 based upon the district's estimated average weekly hours of learning activity as identified in the student's learning plan, as long as the student is found, through monthly evaluation, to be making satisfactory progress; the rules shall require districts providing programs under this section to nonresident students to establish procedures that address, at a minimum, the coordination of student counting for state funding so that no student is counted for more than one full-time equivalent in the aggregate;

        (2) Requiring the board of directors of a school district offering, or contracting under RCW 28A.150.305 to offer, a digital program to adopt and annually review written policies for each program and program provider and to receive an annual report on its digital learning programs from its staff;

        (3) Requiring each school district offering or contracting to offer a digital program to report annually to the superintendent of public instruction on the types of programs and course offerings, and number of students participating;

        (4) Requiring completion of a program self-evaluation;

        (5) Requiring documentation of the district of the student's physical residence;

        (6) Requiring that supervision, monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of the digital program be provided by certificated instructional staff;

        (7) Requiring each school district offering courses or programs to identify the ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students enrolled in such courses or programs, and to include a description of their ratio as part of the reports required under subsections (2) and (3) of this section;

        (8) Requiring reliable methods to verify a student is doing his or her own work; the methods may include proctored examinations or projects, including the use of web cams or other technologies. "Proctored" means directly monitored by an adult authorized by the school district;

        (9) Requiring, for each student receiving instruction in a digital program, a learning plan that includes a description of course objectives and information on the requirements a student must meet to successfully complete the program or courses. The rules shall allow course syllabi and other additional information to be used to meet the requirement for a learning plan;

        (10) Requiring that the district assess the educational progress of enrolled students at least annually, using, for full-time students, the state assessment for the student's grade level and using any other annual assessments required by the school district. Part-time students shall also be assessed at least annually. However, part-time students who are either receiving home-based instruction under chapter 28A.200 RCW or who are enrolled in an approved private school under chapter 28A.195 RCW are not required to participate in the assessments required under chapter 28A.655 RCW. The rules shall address how students who reside outside the geographic service area of the school district are to be assessed;

        (11) Requiring that each student enrolled in the program have direct personal contact with certificated instructional staff at least weekly until the student completes the course objectives or the requirements in the learning plan. Direct personal contact is for the purposes of instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress, or other learning activities. Direct personal contact may include the use of telephone, e-mail, instant messaging, interactive video communication, or other means of digital communication;

        (12) Requiring state-funded public schools or public school programs whose primary purpose is to provide digital learning programs to receive accreditation through the ((state accreditation program or through the regional accreditation program)) northwest association of accredited schools, or another national, regional, or state accreditation program listed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction after consultation with the Washington coalition for online learning;


        (13) Requiring state-funded public schools or public school programs whose primary purpose is to provide digital learning to provide information to students and parents on whether or not the courses or programs: Cover one or more of the school district's learning goals or of the state's essential academic learning requirements or whether they permit the student to meet one or more of the state's or district's graduation requirements; and

        (14) Requiring that a school district that provides one or more digital courses to a student provide the parent or guardian of the student, prior to the student's enrollment, with a description of any difference between home-based education as described in chapter 28A.200 RCW and the enrollment option selected by the student. The parent or guardian shall sign documentation attesting to his or her understanding of the difference and the documentation shall be retained by the district and made available for audit.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall conduct a review of online courses and programs offered to students during the 2008-09 school year to create a baseline of information about part-time, full-time, and interdistrict student enrollment; how courses and programs are offered and overseen; contract terms and funding arrangements; the fiscal impact on school district levy bases and levy equalization from interdistrict student enrollment; student-to-teacher ratios; course and program completion and success rates; student retention and dropout rates; and how issues such as student assessment, special education, and teacher certification are addressed. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall submit a report to the education committees of the legislature by December 1, 2009."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Quall, Chair; Probst, Vice Chair; Priest, Ranking Minority Member; Hope, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Cox; Dammeier; Hunt; Johnson; Liias; Maxwell; Orwall; Santos and Sullivan.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

March 27, 2009

ESSB 5414     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education: Regarding statewide assessments and curricula. Reported by Committee on Education

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 28A.300 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) The legislature finds that a statewide student assessment system should improve and inform classroom instruction, support accountability, and provide useful information to all levels of the educational system, including students, parents, teachers, schools, school districts, and the state. The legislature intends to redesign the current statewide system, in accordance with the recommendations of the Washington assessment of student learning legislative work group, to:

        (a) Include multiple assessment formats, including both formative and summative, as necessary to provide information to help improve instruction and inform accountability;

        (b) Enable collection of data that allows both statewide and nationwide comparisons of student learning and achievement; and

        (c) Be balanced so that the information used to make significant decisions that affect school accountability or student educational progress includes many data points and does not rely on solely the results of a single assessment.

        (2) The legislature further finds that one component of the assessment system should be instructionally supportive formative assessments. The key design elements or characteristics of an instructionally supportive assessment must:

        (a) Be aligned to state standards in areas that are being assessed;

        (b) Measure student growth and competency at multiple points throughout the year in a manner that allows instructors to monitor student progress and have the necessary trend data with which to improve instruction;

         (c) Provide rapid feedback;

        (d) Link student growth with instructional elements in order to gauge the effectiveness of educators and curricula;

        (e) Provide tests that are appropriate to the skill level of the student;

        (f) Support instruction for students of all abilities, including highly capable students and students with learning disabilities;

        (g) Be culturally, linguistically, and cognitively relevant, appropriate, and understandable to each student taking the assessment;

        (h) Inform parents and draw parents into greater participation of the student's study plan;

        (i) Provide a way to analyze the assessment results relative to characteristics of the student such as, but not limited to, English language learners, gender, ethnicity, poverty, age, and disabilities;

        (j) Strive to be computer-based and adaptive; and

        (k) Engage students in their learning.

        (3) The legislature further finds that a second component of the assessment system should be a state-administered summative achievement assessment that can be used as a check on the educational system in order to guide state expectations for the instruction of children and satisfy legislative demands for accountability. The key design elements or characteristics of the state administered achievement assessment must:

        (a) Be aligned to state standards in areas that are being assessed;

        (b) Maintain and increase academic rigor;

        (c) Measure student learning growth over years; and

        (d) Strengthen curriculum.

        (4) The legislature further finds that a third component of the assessment system should include classroom-based assessments, which may be formative, summative, or both. Depending on their use, classroom-based assessments should have the same design elements and characteristics described in this section for formative and summative assessments.

        (5) The legislature further finds that to sustain a strong and viable assessment system, preservice and ongoing training should be provided for teachers and administrators on the effective use of different types of assessments.

         (6) The legislature further finds that as the statewide data system is developed, data should be collected for all state-required statewide assessments to be used for accountability and to monitor overall student achievement.

        (7) The superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the state board of education, shall begin design and development of an overall assessment system that meets the principles and characteristics described in this section. In designing formative and summative assessments, the superintendent shall solicit bids for the use of computerized adaptive testing methodologies.

        (8) Beginning December 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the superintendent and state board shall jointly report to the legislature regarding the assessment system, including a cost analysis of any changes and costs to expand availability and use of instructionally supportive formative assessments.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. The superintendent of public instruction shall:

        (1) Revise the number of open-ended questions and extended responses in the statewide achievement assessment in grades three through eight and ten to reduce the cost and time of administering the assessment while retaining validity and reliability of the assessment and retaining assessment of critical thinking skills. By December 1, 2009, the superintendent shall report to the legislature regarding the changes, including a cost analysis of the changes; and

        (2) Revisit the alternative assessments, the appeals process, including considering authorizing local school districts to determine the outcome of an appeal by a student to demonstrate that he or she has the level of understanding of a content area assessed on the Washington assessment of student learning necessary to meet the state standard but was unable to demonstrate that understanding on the assessment or an alternative assessment, and the Washington alternative assessment system portfolios for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. By December 1, 2009, the superintendent shall make recommendations to the legislature for improvements.

        Sec. 3. RCW 28A.655.066 and 2008 c 163 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) In consultation with the state board of education, the superintendent of public instruction shall develop statewide end-of-course assessments for high school mathematics that measure student achievement of the state mathematics standards. The superintendent shall take steps to ensure that the language of the assessments is responsive to a diverse student population. The superintendent shall develop end-of-course assessments ((in algebra I, geometry, integrated mathematics I, and integrated mathematics II. The superintendent shall make the algebra I and integrated mathematics I end-of-course assessments available to school districts on an optional basis in the 2009-10 school year. The end-of-course assessments in algebra I, geometry, integrated mathematics I, and integrated mathematics II)) for the first year of high school mathematics that include the standards common to algebra I and integrated mathematics I and for the second year of high school mathematics that include the standards common to geometry and integrated mathematics II, and the assessments shall be implemented statewide in the 2010-11 school year.

        (2) For the graduating ((class of 2013)) classes of 2013 and 2014 and for purposes of the certificate of academic achievement under RCW 28A.655.061, a student may use: (a) Results from the ((algebra I end-of- course assessment plus the geometry end-of-course assessment or results from the integrated mathematics I end-of-course assessment plus the integrated mathematics II end-of-course assessment may be used)) end-of-course assessment for the first year of high school mathematics plus the results from the end-of-course assessment for the second year of high school mathematics; or (b) results from the comprehensive mathematics assessment to demonstrate that a student meets the state standard on the mathematics content area of the high school Washington assessment of student learning.

        (3) Beginning with the graduating class of ((2014)) 2015 and for purposes of the certificate of academic achievement under RCW 28A.655.061, the mathematics content area of the Washington assessment of student learning shall be assessed using ((either the algebra I end-of-course assessment plus the geometry end-of-course assessment or the integrated mathematics I end-of-course assessment plus the integrated mathematics II end-of-course assessment)) the end-of-course assessment for the first year of high school mathematics plus the end-of-course assessment for the second year of high school mathematics. All of the objective alternative assessments available to students under RCW 28A.655.061 and 28A.655.065 shall be available to any student who has taken the sequence of end-of-course assessments once but does not meet the state mathematics standard on the sequence of end-of-course assessments.

        (4) The superintendent of public instruction shall report at least annually or more often if necessary to keep the education committees of the legislature informed on each step of the development and implementation process under this section.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. (1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the state board of education and the professional educator standards board, shall develop an implementation plan and strategies to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn the new science and mathematics standards. The plan must include the following components:

        (a) Strategies to help districts improve their alignment of curriculum and teacher instruction to the new standards;

        (b) Identification of effective intervention programs and strategies for struggling students; and

        (c) An assessment of the feasibility of implementing the current timelines for students to demonstrate that they have met state mathematics and science standards on the statewide high school assessments.

        (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the state board of education, shall also recommend whether to use a comprehensive assessment or end-of-course assessments, including the costs for developing and implementing these assessments, for the high school assessment for students to demonstrate that they have achieved proficiency on the state's science standards.

        (3) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall report to the governor and legislature by December 1, 2009, on the implementation plan and the recommended method of assessment for science.

        Sec. 5. RCW 28A.305.215 and 2008 c 274 s 2 and 2008 c 172 s 2 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

        (1) The activities in this section revise and strengthen the state learning standards that implement the goals of RCW 28A.150.210, known as the essential academic learning requirements, and improve alignment of school district curriculum to the standards.

        (2) The state board of education shall be assisted in its work under subsections (3), (4), and (5) of this section by: (a) An expert national consultant in each of mathematics and science retained by the state board; and (b) the mathematics and science advisory panels created under RCW 28A.305.219, as appropriate, which shall provide review and formal comment on proposed recommendations to the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education on new revised standards and curricula.

        (3) By September 30, 2007, the state board of education shall recommend to the superintendent of public instruction revised essential academic learning requirements and grade level expectations in mathematics. The recommendations shall be based on:

        (a) Considerations of clarity, rigor, content, depth, coherence from grade to grade, specificity, accessibility, and measurability;

        (b) Study of:

        (i) Standards used in countries whose students demonstrate high performance on the trends in international mathematics and science study and the programme for international student assessment;

        (ii) College readiness standards;


        (iii) The national council of teachers of mathematics focal points and the national assessment of educational progress content frameworks; and

        (iv) Standards used by three to five other states, including California, and the nation of Singapore; and

        (c) Consideration of information presented during public comment periods.

        (4)(a) By February 29, 2008, the superintendent of public instruction shall revise the essential academic learning requirements and the grade level expectations for mathematics and present the revised standards to the state board of education and the education committees of the senate and the house of representatives as required by RCW 28A.655.070(4).

        (b) The state board of education shall direct an expert national consultant in mathematics to:

         (i) Analyze the February 2008 version of the revised standards, including a comparison to exemplar standards previously reviewed under this section;

        (ii) Recommend specific language and content changes needed to finalize the revised standards; and

        (iii) Present findings and recommendations in a draft report to the state board of education.

        (c) By May 15, 2008, the state board of education shall review the consultant's draft report, consult the mathematics advisory panel, hold a public hearing to receive comment, and direct any subsequent modifications to the consultant's report. After the modifications are made, the state board of education shall forward the final report and recommendations to the superintendent of public instruction for implementation.

        (d) By July 1, 2008, the superintendent of public instruction shall revise the mathematics standards to conform precisely to and incorporate each of the recommendations of the state board of education under ((subsection (4)))(c) of this ((section)) subsection and submit the revisions to the state board of education.

        (e) By July 31, 2008, the state board of education shall either approve adoption by the superintendent of public instruction of the final revised standards as the essential academic learning requirements and grade level expectations for mathematics, or develop a plan for ensuring that the recommendations under ((subsection (4)))(c) of this ((section)) subsection are implemented so that final revised mathematics standards can be adopted by September 25, 2008.

        (5) By June 30, 2008, the state board of education shall recommend to the superintendent of public instruction revised essential academic learning requirements and grade level expectations in science. The recommendations shall be based on:

        (a) Considerations of clarity, rigor, content, depth, coherence from grade to grade, specificity, accessibility, and measurability;

        (b) Study of standards used by three to five other states and in countries whose students demonstrate high performance on the trends in international mathematics and science study and the programme for international student assessment; and

        (c) Consideration of information presented during public comment periods.

         (6) By December 1, 2008, the superintendent of public instruction shall revise the essential academic learning requirements and the grade level expectations for science and present the revised standards to the state board of education and the education committees of the senate and the house of representatives as required by RCW 28A.655.070(4). The superintendent shall adopt the revised essential academic learning requirements and grade level expectations unless otherwise directed by the legislature during the 2009 legislative session.

        (7)(a) Within six months after the standards under subsection (4) of this section are adopted, the superintendent of public instruction shall present to the state board of education recommendations for no more than three basic mathematics curricula each for elementary, middle, and high school grade spans.

        (b) Within two months after the presentation of the recommended curricula, the state board of education shall provide official comment and recommendations to the superintendent of public instruction regarding the recommended mathematics curricula. The superintendent of public instruction shall make any changes based on the comment and recommendations from the state board of education and adopt the recommended curricula.

        (c) By ((May 15)) June 30, 2009, the superintendent of public instruction shall present to the state board of education recommendations for no more than three basic science curricula each for elementary((,)) and middle((, and high)) school grade spans and not more than three recommendations for each of the major high school courses within the following science domains: Earth and space science, physical science, and life science.

        (d) ((By June 30, 2009)) Within two months after the presentation of the recommended curricula, the state board of education shall provide official comment and recommendations to the superintendent of public instruction regarding the recommended science curricula. The superintendent of public instruction shall make any changes based on the comment and recommendations from the state board of education and adopt the recommended curricula.

        (e) In selecting the recommended curricula under this subsection (7), the superintendent of public instruction shall provide information to the mathematics and science advisory panels created under RCW 28A.305.219, as appropriate, and seek the advice of the appropriate panel regarding the curricula that shall be included in the recommendations.

        (f) The recommended curricula under this subsection (7) shall align with the revised essential academic learning requirements and grade level expectations. In addition to the recommended basic curricula, appropriate diagnostic and supplemental materials shall be identified as necessary to support each curricula.

        (g) Subject to funds appropriated for this purpose and availability of the curricula, at least one of the curricula in each grade span and in each of mathematics and science shall be available to schools and parents online at no cost to the school or parent.

        (8) By December 1, 2007, the state board of education shall revise the high school graduation requirements under RCW 28A.230.090 to include a minimum of three credits of mathematics, one of which may be a career and technical course equivalent in mathematics, and prescribe the mathematics content in the three required credits.

        (9) Nothing in this section requires a school district to use one of the recommended curricula under subsection (7) of this section. However, the statewide accountability plan adopted by the state board of education under RCW 28A.305.130 shall recommend conditions under which school districts should be required to use one of the recommended curricula. The plan shall also describe the conditions for exception to the curriculum requirement, such as the use of integrated academic and career and technical education curriculum. Required use of the recommended curricula as an intervention strategy must be authorized by the legislature as required by RCW 28A.305.130(4)(e) before implementation.

        (10) The superintendent of public instruction shall conduct a comprehensive survey of the mathematics curricula being used by school districts at all grade levels and the textbook and curriculum purchasing cycle of the districts and report the results of the survey to the education committees of the legislature by November 15, 2008.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. Section 5 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately."

 

         Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Quall, Chair; Probst, Vice Chair; Priest, Ranking Minority Member; Hope, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Cox; Dammeier; Hunt; Johnson; Liias; Maxwell; Orwall; Santos and Sullivan.

 

Referred to Committee on Education Appropriations.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5431        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Human Services & Corrections: Regarding placement of a child returning to out-of-home care. Reported by Committee on Early Learning & Children's Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 1, line 9, after "child." insert "Pursuant to RCW 13.34.060 and 13.34.130, placement of the child with a relative is the preferred option."

        Beginning on page 1, line 14, after "care," strike all material through "and the" on page 2, line 3, and insert "and the department cannot locate an appropriate and available relative, the preferred placement for the child is in a foster family home where the child previously was placed, if the following conditions are met:

        (a) The foster family home is available and willing to care for the child;

        (b) The foster family is appropriate and able to meet the child's needs; and

        (c) The"

        On page 2, after line 3, insert the following:

        "(3) In selecting the placement for a child being returned to foster care, the department shall give weight to the child's length of stay and attachment to the caregivers in the previous placements in determining what is in the best interest of the child.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 13.34 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) To provide stability for children in out-of-home care, placement selection shall be made with a view toward the fewest possible placements for each child. If possible, the initial placement shall be viewed as the only placement for the child. The use of short-term interim placements of thirty days or less to protect the child's health or safety while the placement of choice is being arranged is not a violation of this principle.

         (2) If a child has been previously placed in out-of-home care and is subsequently returned to out-of-home care, and the department cannot locate an appropriate and available relative, the preferred placement for the child is in a foster family home where the child previously was placed, if the following conditions are met:

        (a) The foster family home is available and willing to care for the child;

        (b) The foster family is appropriate and able to meet the child's needs; and

        (c) The placement is in the best interest of the child.

        (3) In selecting the placement for a child being returned to foster care, the court shall give weight to the child's length of stay and attachment to the caregivers in the previous placements in determining what is in the best interest of the child."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Kagi, Chair; Roberts, Vice Chair; Haler, Ranking Minority Member; Walsh, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Angel; Goodman and Seaquist.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 27, 2009

SSB 5434        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: Regarding prohibited practices in accountancy. Reported by Committee on Commerce & Labor

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Conway, Chair; Wood, Vice Chair; Condotta, Ranking Minority Member; Chandler; Crouse; Green; Moeller and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5436        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Health & Long-Term Care: Concerning direct patient-provider primary care practice arrangements. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 48.150.010 and 2007 c 267 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

        (1) "Direct patient-provider primary care practice" and "direct practice" means a provider, group, or entity that meets the following criteria in (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this subsection:

        (a)(i) A health care provider who furnishes primary care services through a direct agreement;

        (ii) A group of health care providers who furnish primary care services through a direct agreement; or

        (iii) An entity that sponsors, employs, or is otherwise affiliated with a group of health care providers who furnish only primary care services through a direct agreement, which entity is wholly owned by the group of health care providers or is a nonprofit corporation exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, and is not otherwise regulated as a health care service contractor, health maintenance organization, or disability insurer under Title 48 RCW. Such entity is not prohibited from sponsoring, employing, or being otherwise affiliated with other types of health care providers not engaged in a direct practice;

        (b) Enters into direct agreements with direct patients or parents or legal guardians of direct patients;

        (c) Does not accept payment for health care services provided to direct patients from any entity subject to regulation under Title 48 RCW, plans administered under chapter 41.05, 70.47, or 70.47A RCW, or self-insured plans, except as specifically authorized as a pilot site under section 2, chapter . . . (Substitute Senate Bill No. 5891), Laws of 2009; and

        (d) Does not provide, in consideration for the direct fee, services, procedures, or supplies such as prescription drugs, hospitalization costs, major surgery, dialysis, high level radiology (CT, MRI, PET scans or invasive radiology), rehabilitation services, procedures requiring general anesthesia, or similar advanced procedures, services, or supplies.

        (2) "Direct patient" means a person who is party to a direct agreement and is entitled to receive primary care services under the direct agreement from the direct practice.

        (3) "Direct fee" means a fee charged by a direct practice as consideration for being available to provide and providing primary care services as specified in a direct agreement.

        (4) "Direct agreement" means a written agreement entered into between a direct practice and an individual direct patient, or the parent or legal guardian of the direct patient or a family of direct patients, whereby the direct practice charges a direct fee as consideration for being available to provide and providing primary care services to the individual direct patient. A direct agreement must (a) describe the specific health care services the direct practice will provide; and (b) be terminable at will upon written notice by the direct patient.

        (5) "Health care provider" or "provider" means a person regulated under Title 18 RCW or chapter 70.127 RCW to practice health or health-related services or otherwise practicing health care services in this state consistent with state law.

        (6) "Health carrier" or "carrier" has the same meaning as in RCW 48.43.005.

        (7) "Primary care" means routine health care services, including screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for the purpose of promotion of health, and detection and management of disease or injury.

        (8) "Network" means the group of participating providers and facilities providing health care services to a particular health carrier's health plan or to plans administered under chapter 41.05, 70.47, or 70.47A RCW.

        Sec. 2. RCW 48.150.040 and 2007 c 267 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) Direct practices may not:

        (a) Enter into a participating provider contract as defined in RCW 48.44.010 or 48.46.020 with any carrier or with any carrier's contractor or subcontractor, or plans administered under chapter 41.05, 70.47, or 70.47A RCW, to provide health care services through a direct agreement except as set forth in subsection (2) of this section;

        (b) Except as provided in RCW 48.150.010(1)(c), submit a claim for payment to any carrier or any carrier's contractor or subcontractor, or plans administered under chapter 41.05, 70.47, or 70.47A RCW, for health care services provided to direct patients as covered by their agreement;

        (c) With respect to services provided through a direct agreement, be identified by a carrier or any carrier's contractor or subcontractor, or plans administered under chapter 41.05, 70.47, or 70.47A RCW, as a participant in the carrier's or any carrier's contractor or subcontractor network for purposes of determining network adequacy or being available for selection by an enrollee under a carrier's benefit plan; or

        (d) Pay for health care services covered by a direct agreement rendered to direct patients by providers other than the providers in the direct practice or their employees, except as described in subsection (2)(b) of this section.

        (2) Direct practices and providers may:

        (a) Enter into a participating provider contract as defined by RCW 48.44.010 and 48.46.020 or plans administered under chapter 41.05, 70.47, or 70.47A RCW for purposes other than payment of claims for services provided to direct patients through a direct agreement. Such providers shall be subject to all other provisions of the participating provider contract applicable to participating providers including but not limited to the right to:

        (i) Make referrals to other participating providers;

        (ii) Admit the carrier's members to participating hospitals and other health care facilities;

        (iii) Prescribe prescription drugs; and

        (iv) Implement other customary provisions of the contract not dealing with reimbursement of services;

         (b) Pay for charges associated with the provision of routine lab and imaging services ((provided in connection with wellness physical examinations)). In aggregate such payments per year per direct patient are not to exceed fifteen percent of the total annual direct fee charged that direct patient. Exceptions to this limitation may occur in the event of short-term equipment failure if such failure prevents the provision of care that should not be delayed; and

        (c) Charge an additional fee to direct patients for supplies, medications, and specific vaccines provided to direct patients that are specifically excluded under the agreement, provided the direct practice notifies the direct patient of the additional charge, prior to their administration or delivery.

        Sec. 3. RCW 70.47.060 and 2007 c 259 s 36 are each amended to read as follows:

        The administrator has the following powers and duties:

        (1) To design and from time to time revise a schedule of covered basic health care services, including physician services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, prescription drugs and medications, and other services that may be necessary for basic health care. In addition, the administrator may, to the extent that funds are available, offer as basic health plan services chemical dependency services, mental health services and organ transplant services; however, no one service or any combination of these three services shall increase the actuarial value of the basic health plan benefits by more than five percent excluding inflation, as determined by the office of financial management. All subsidized and nonsubsidized enrollees in any participating managed health care system under the Washington basic health plan shall be entitled to receive covered basic health care services in return for premium payments to the plan. The schedule of services shall emphasize proven preventive and primary health care and shall include all services necessary for prenatal, postnatal, and well-child care. However, with respect to coverage for subsidized enrollees who are eligible to receive prenatal and postnatal services through the medical assistance program under chapter 74.09 RCW, the administrator shall not contract for such services except to the extent that such services are necessary over not more than a one-month period in order to maintain continuity of care after diagnosis of pregnancy by the managed care provider. The schedule of services shall also include a separate schedule of basic health care services for children, eighteen years of age and younger, for those subsidized or nonsubsidized enrollees who choose to secure basic coverage through the plan only for their dependent children. In designing and revising the schedule of services, the administrator shall consider the guidelines for assessing health services under the mandated benefits act of 1984, RCW 48.47.030, and such other factors as the administrator deems appropriate.

        (2)(a) To design and implement a structure of periodic premiums due the administrator from subsidized enrollees that is based upon gross family income, giving appropriate consideration to family size and the ages of all family members. The enrollment of children shall not require the enrollment of their parent or parents who are eligible for the plan. The structure of periodic premiums shall be applied to subsidized enrollees entering the plan as individuals pursuant to subsection (11) of this section and to the share of the cost of the plan due from subsidized enrollees entering the plan as employees pursuant to subsection (12) of this section.

        (b) To determine the periodic premiums due the administrator from subsidized enrollees under RCW 70.47.020(6)(b). Premiums due for foster parents with gross family income up to two hundred percent of the federal poverty level shall be set at the minimum premium amount charged to enrollees with income below sixty-five percent of the federal poverty level. Premiums due for foster parents with gross family income between two hundred percent and three hundred percent of the federal poverty level shall not exceed one hundred dollars per month.

        (c) To determine the periodic premiums due the administrator from nonsubsidized enrollees. Premiums due from nonsubsidized enrollees shall be in an amount equal to the cost charged by the managed health care system provider to the state for the plan plus the administrative cost of providing the plan to those enrollees and the premium tax under RCW 48.14.0201.

        (d) To determine the periodic premiums due the administrator from health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees. Premiums due from health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees must be in an amount equal to the cost charged by the managed health care system provider to the state for the plan, plus the administrative cost of providing the plan to those enrollees and the premium tax under RCW 48.14.0201. The administrator will consider the impact of eligibility determination by the appropriate federal agency designated by the Trade Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-210) as well as the premium collection and remittance activities by the United States internal revenue service when determining the administrative cost charged for health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees.

        (e) An employer or other financial sponsor may, with the prior approval of the administrator, pay the premium, rate, or any other amount on behalf of a subsidized or nonsubsidized enrollee, by arrangement with the enrollee and through a mechanism acceptable to the administrator. The administrator shall establish a mechanism for receiving premium payments from the United States internal revenue service for health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees.

        (f) To develop, as an offering by every health carrier providing coverage identical to the basic health plan, as configured on January 1, 2001, a basic health plan model plan with uniformity in enrollee cost-sharing requirements.

        (3) To evaluate, with the cooperation of participating managed health care system providers, the impact on the basic health plan of enrolling health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees. The administrator shall issue to the appropriate committees of the legislature preliminary evaluations on June 1, 2005, and January 1, 2006, and a final evaluation by June 1, 2006. The evaluation shall address the number of persons enrolled, the duration of their enrollment, their utilization of covered services relative to other basic health plan enrollees, and the extent to which their enrollment contributed to any change in the cost of the basic health plan.

        (4) To end the participation of health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees in the basic health plan if the federal government reduces or terminates premium payments on their behalf through the United States internal revenue service.

        (5) To design and implement a structure of enrollee cost-sharing due a managed health care system from subsidized, nonsubsidized, and health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees. The structure shall discourage inappropriate enrollee utilization of health care services, and may utilize copayments, deductibles, and other cost-sharing mechanisms, but shall not be so costly to enrollees as to constitute a barrier to appropriate utilization of necessary health care services.

        (6) To limit enrollment of persons who qualify for subsidies so as to prevent an overexpenditure of appropriations for such purposes. Whenever the administrator finds that there is danger of such an overexpenditure, the administrator shall close enrollment until the administrator finds the danger no longer exists. Such a closure does not apply to health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees who receive a premium subsidy from the United States internal revenue service as long as the enrollees qualify for the health coverage tax credit program.

        (7) To limit the payment of subsidies to subsidized enrollees, as defined in RCW 70.47.020. The level of subsidy provided to persons who qualify may be based on the lowest cost plans, as defined by the administrator.

        (8) To adopt a schedule for the orderly development of the delivery of services and availability of the plan to residents of the state, subject to the limitations contained in RCW 70.47.080 or any act appropriating funds for the plan.

        (9) Except to the extent to be designated as a medical home pilot site as provided in section 2, chapter . . . (Substitute Senate Bill No. 5891), Laws of 2009, to solicit and accept applications from managed health care systems, as defined in this chapter, for inclusion as eligible basic health care providers under the plan for subsidized enrollees, nonsubsidized enrollees, or health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees. The administrator shall endeavor to assure that covered basic health care services are available to any enrollee of the plan from among a selection of two or more participating managed health care systems. In adopting any rules or procedures applicable to managed health care systems and in its dealings with such systems, the administrator shall consider and make suitable allowance for the need for health care services and the differences in local availability of health care resources, along with other resources, within and among the several areas of the state. Contracts with participating managed health care systems shall ensure that basic health plan enrollees who become eligible for medical assistance may, at their option, continue to receive services from their existing providers within the managed health care system if such providers have entered into provider agreements with the department of social and health services.

        (10) To receive periodic premiums from or on behalf of subsidized, nonsubsidized, and health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees, deposit them in the basic health plan operating account, keep records of enrollee status, and authorize periodic payments to managed health care systems on the basis of the number of enrollees participating in the respective managed health care systems.

        (11) To accept applications from individuals residing in areas served by the plan, on behalf of themselves and their spouses and dependent children, for enrollment in the Washington basic health plan as subsidized, nonsubsidized, or health coverage tax credit eligible enrollees, to give priority to members of the Washington national guard and reserves who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Noble Eagle, and their spouses and dependents, for enrollment in the Washington basic health plan, to establish appropriate minimum-enrollment periods for enrollees as may be necessary, and to determine, upon application and on a reasonable schedule defined by the authority, or at the request of any enrollee, eligibility due to current gross family income for sliding scale premiums. Funds received by a family as part of participation in the adoption support program authorized under RCW 26.33.320 and 74.13.100 through 74.13.145 shall not be counted toward a family's current gross family income for the purposes of this chapter. When an enrollee fails to report income or income changes accurately, the administrator shall have the authority either to bill the enrollee for the amounts overpaid by the state or to impose civil penalties of up to two hundred percent of the amount of subsidy overpaid due to the enrollee incorrectly reporting income. The administrator shall adopt rules to define the appropriate application of these sanctions and the processes to implement the sanctions provided in this subsection, within available resources. No subsidy may be paid with respect to any enrollee whose current gross family income exceeds twice the federal poverty level or, subject to RCW 70.47.110, who is a recipient of medical assistance or medical care services under chapter 74.09 RCW. If a number of enrollees drop their enrollment for no apparent good cause, the administrator may establish appropriate rules or requirements that are applicable to such individuals before they will be allowed to reenroll in the plan.

        (12) To accept applications from business owners on behalf of themselves and their employees, spouses, and dependent children, as subsidized or nonsubsidized enrollees, who reside in an area served by the plan. The administrator may require all or the substantial majority of the eligible employees of such businesses to enroll in the plan and establish those procedures necessary to facilitate the orderly enrollment of groups in the plan and into a managed health care system. The administrator may require that a business owner pay at least an amount equal to what the employee pays after the state pays its portion of the subsidized premium cost of the plan on behalf of each employee enrolled in the plan. Enrollment is limited to those not eligible for medicare who wish to enroll in the plan and choose to obtain the basic health care coverage and services from a managed care system participating in the plan. The administrator shall adjust the amount determined to be due on behalf of or from all such enrollees whenever the amount negotiated by the administrator with the participating managed health care system or systems is modified or the administrative cost of providing the plan to such enrollees changes.

        (13) To determine the rate to be paid to each participating managed health care system in return for the provision of covered basic health care services to enrollees in the system. Although the schedule of covered basic health care services will be the same or actuarially equivalent for similar enrollees, the rates negotiated with participating managed health care systems may vary among the systems. In negotiating rates with participating systems, the administrator shall consider the characteristics of the populations served by the respective systems, economic circumstances of the local area, the need to conserve the resources of the basic health plan trust account, and other factors the administrator finds relevant.

        (14) To monitor the provision of covered services to enrollees by participating managed health care systems in order to assure enrollee access to good quality basic health care, to require periodic data reports concerning the utilization of health care services rendered to enrollees in order to provide adequate information for evaluation, and to inspect the books and records of participating managed health care systems to assure compliance with the purposes of this chapter. In requiring reports from participating managed health care systems, including data on services rendered enrollees, the administrator shall endeavor to minimize costs, both to the managed health care systems and to the plan. The administrator shall coordinate any such reporting requirements with other state agencies, such as the insurance commissioner and the department of health, to minimize duplication of effort.

        (15) To evaluate the effects this chapter has on private employer-based health care coverage and to take appropriate measures consistent with state and federal statutes that will discourage the reduction of such coverage in the state.

        (16) To develop a program of proven preventive health measures and to integrate it into the plan wherever possible and consistent with this chapter.

        (17) To provide, consistent with available funding, assistance for rural residents, underserved populations, and persons of color.

        (18) In consultation with appropriate state and local government agencies, to establish criteria defining eligibility for persons confined or residing in government-operated institutions.

        (19) To administer the premium discounts provided under RCW 48.41.200(3)(a) (i) and (ii) pursuant to a contract with the Washington state health insurance pool.

        (20) To give priority in enrollment to persons who disenrolled from the program in order to enroll in medicaid, and subsequently became ineligible for medicaid coverage.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. The insurance commissioner shall work with health maintenance organizations under chapter 48.46 RCW to determine how they can operate as a direct practice as defined in RCW 48.150.010. Recommendations for any necessary statutory changes must be submitted to the legislature by December 1, 2009."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey; Herrera and Hinkle.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5453          Prime Sponsor, Senator Kastama: Defining "principal residence" for the purpose of relocation of a child. Reported by Committee on Judiciary

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        On page 2, after line 1, insert the following:

        "Sec. 2. RCW 26.09.520 and 2000 c 21 s 14 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The person proposing to relocate with the child shall provide his or her reasons for the intended relocation. Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, there is a rebuttable presumption that the intended relocation of the child will be permitted. A person entitled to object to the intended relocation of the child may rebut the presumption by demonstrating that the detrimental effect of the relocation outweighs the benefit of the change to the child and the relocating person, based upon the following factors. The factors listed in this section are not weighted. No inference is to be drawn from the order in which the following factors are listed:

        (((1))) (a) The relative strength, nature, quality, extent of involvement, and stability of the child's relationship with each parent, siblings, and other significant persons in the child's life;

        (((2))) (b) Prior agreements of the parties;

        (((3))) (c) Whether disrupting the contact between the child and the person with whom the child resides a majority of the time would be more detrimental to the child than disrupting contact between the child and the person objecting to the relocation;

        (((4))) (d) Whether either parent or a person entitled to residential time with the child is subject to limitations under RCW 26.09.191;

        (((5))) (e) The reasons of each person for seeking or opposing the relocation and the good faith of each of the parties in requesting or opposing the relocation;

        (((6))) (f) The age, developmental stage, and needs of the child, and the likely impact the relocation or its prevention will have on the child's physical, educational, and emotional development, taking into consideration any special needs of the child;

        (((7))) (g) The quality of life, resources, and opportunities available to the child and to the relocating party in the current and proposed geographic locations;

        (((8))) (h) The availability of alternative arrangements to foster and continue the child's relationship with and access to the other parent;

        (((9))) (i) The alternatives to relocation and whether it is feasible and desirable for the other party to relocate also;

        (((10))) (j) The financial impact and logistics of the relocation or its prevention; and

        (((11))) (k) For a temporary order, the amount of time before a final decision can be made at trial.

        (2) The rebuttable presumption under subsection (1) of this section does not apply when the child, under a court order, has substantially equal residential time with the person proposing to relocate the child and another person entitled to residential time with the child."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Pedersen, Chair; Goodman, Vice Chair; Rodne, Ranking Minority Member; Shea, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Flannigan, Kelley, Kirby, Ormsby, Roberts, Ross and Warnick

 

        Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5468        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance: Permitting an exemption for nonprofit housing organizations from the consumer loan act. Reported by Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 31.04.025 and 2008 c 78 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) Each loan made to a resident of this state by a licensee is subject to the authority and restrictions of this chapter, unless such loan is made under the authority of chapter 63.14 RCW.

        (2) This chapter shall not apply to any person doing business under and as permitted by any law of this state or of the United States relating to banks, savings banks, trust companies, savings and loan or building and loan associations, or credit unions, nor to any pawnbroking business lawfully transacted under and as permitted by any law of this state regulating pawnbrokers, nor to any loan of credit made pursuant to a credit card plan.

        (3) This chapter does not apply to nonprofit housing organizations making loans, or loans made, under housing programs that are funded in whole or in part by federal or state programs if the primary purpose of the programs is to assist low-income borrowers with purchasing or repairing housing or the development of housing for low-income Washington state residents."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Kirby, Chair; Kelley, Vice Chair; Bailey, Ranking Minority Member; Parker, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hurst; McCoy; Nelson; Roach; Rodne; Santos and Simpson.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 24, 2009

SSB 5469        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Transportation: Modifying limitations on the use of intermediate licenses. Reported by Committee on Transportation

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Clibborn, Chair; Liias, Vice Chair; Roach, Ranking Minority Member; Rodne, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Armstrong; Campbell; Cox; Driscoll; Eddy; Ericksen; Finn; Herrera; Johnson; Klippert; Kristiansen; Moeller; Morris; Rolfes; Sells; Shea; Simpson; Springer; Takko; Upthegrove; Wallace; Williams and Wood.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

ESSB 5473     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Economic Development, Trade & Innovation: Expediting completion of projects of statewide significance. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Designating projects of statewide significance. ) Reported by Committee on Community & Economic Development & Trade

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 43.157.005 and 1997 c 369 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        The legislature declares that certain ((industrial)) investments, such as investments for industrial development, environmental improvement, and innovation activities, merit special designation and treatment by governmental bodies when they are proposed. Such investments bolster the economies of their locale and impact the economy of the state as a whole. It is the intention of the legislature to recognize ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance and to encourage local governments and state agencies to expedite their completion.

        Sec. 2. RCW 43.157.010 and 2004 c 275 s 63 are each amended to read as follows:

        (((1))) For purposes of this chapter and RCW 28A.525.166, 28B.76.210, 28C.18.080, 43.21A.350, ((47.06.030,)) and 90.58.100 ((and an industrial)), unless the context requires otherwise:

        (1)(a) A project of statewide significance is:

        (i) A border crossing project that involves both private and public investments carried out in conjunction with adjacent states or provinces;


        (ii) A development project that will provide a net environmental benefit;

        (iii) A development project in furtherance of the commercialization of innovations; or

        (iv) A private industrial development with private capital investment in manufacturing or research and development.

         (b) To qualify for designation under RCW 43.157.030 as ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance: (((a)))

        (i) The project must be completed after January 1, ((1997)) 2009; (((b)))

        (ii) The applicant must submit an application to the department for designation as ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance to the department of community, trade, and economic development; and (((c)))

        (iii) The project must have:

        (((i))) (A) In counties with a population ((of)) less than or equal to twenty thousand, a capital investment of ((twenty)) five million dollars;

        (((ii))) (B) In counties with a population ((of)) greater than twenty thousand but no more than fifty thousand, a capital investment of ((fifty)) ten million dollars;

        (((iii))) (C) In counties with a population ((of)) greater than fifty thousand but no more than one hundred thousand, a capital investment of ((one hundred)) fifteen million dollars;

        (((iv))) (D) In counties with a population ((of)) greater than one hundred thousand but no more than two hundred thousand, a capital investment of ((two hundred)) twenty million dollars;

        (((v))) (E) In counties with a population ((of)) greater than two hundred thousand but no more than four hundred thousand, a capital investment of ((four hundred)) thirty million dollars;

        (((vi))) (F) In counties with a population ((of)) greater than four hundred thousand but no more than one million, a capital investment of ((six hundred)) forty million dollars;

        (((vii))) (G) In counties with a population ((of)) greater than one million, a capital investment of ((one billion)) fifty million dollars;

        (((viii))) (H) In rural counties ((with fewer than one hundred persons per square mile as determined annually by the office of financial management and published by the department of revenue effective for the period July 1st through June 30th)) as defined by RCW 82.14.370, projected full-time employment positions after completion of construction of fifty or greater;

        (((ix))) (I) In counties ((with one hundred or more persons per square mile as determined annually by the office of financial management and published by the department of revenue effective for the period July 1st through June 30th)) other than rural counties as defined by RCW 82.14.370, projected full-time employment positions after completion of construction of one hundred or greater; or

        (((x))) (J) Been ((designated)) qualified by the director of ((community, trade, and economic development)) the department as ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance either because: (((A) Because the county in which the project is to be located is a distressed county and))

        (I) The economic circumstances of the county merit the additional assistance such designation will bring; ((or (B) because))

        (II) The impact on a region due to the size and complexity of the project merits such designation;

        (III) The project resulted from or is in furtherance of innovation activities at a public research institution in the state or is in or resulted from innovation activities within an innovation partnership zone; or

        (IV) The project will provide a net environmental benefit as evidenced by plans for design and construction under green building standards or for the creation of renewable energy technology or components or under other environmental criteria established by the director in consultation with the director of the department of ecology.

        A project may be qualified under this subsection (1)(b)(iii)(J) only after consultation on the availability of staff resources of the office of regulatory assistance.

        (2) ((The term)) "Department" means the department of community, trade, and economic development.

        (3) "Manufacturing" shall have the meaning assigned it in RCW ((82.61.010)) 82.62.010.

        (((3) The term)) (4) "Research and development" shall have the meaning assigned it in RCW ((82.61.010)) 82.62.010.

        (((4) The term)) (5) "Applicant" means a person applying to the department ((of community, trade, and economic development)) for designation of a development project as ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance.

        Sec. 3. RCW 43.157.020 and 2003 c 54 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        Counties and cities with development projects designated as ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance within their jurisdictions shall enter into an agreement with the office of ((permit)) regulatory assistance and the project managers of ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance for expediting the completion of ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance. The agreement shall require:

        (1) Expedited permit processing for the design and construction of the project;

        (2) Expedited environmental review processing;

        (3) Expedited processing of requests for street, right-of-way, or easement vacations necessary for the construction of the project; ((and))

        (4) Participation of local officials on the team assembled under the requirements of RCW 43.157.030(2)(b); and

        (5) Such other actions or items as are deemed necessary by the office of ((permit)) regulatory assistance for the design and construction of the project.

        Sec. 4. RCW 43.157.030 and 2003 c 54 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The department of community, trade, and economic development shall:

        (a) Develop an application for designation of development projects as ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance. The application must be accompanied by a letter of approval from the legislative authority of any jurisdiction that will have the proposed ((industrial)) project of statewide significance within its boundaries. No designation of a project as ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance shall be made without such letter of approval. The letter of approval must state that the jurisdiction joins in the request for the designation of the project as one of statewide significance and has or will hire the professional staff that will be required to expedite the processes necessary to the completion of ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance. The development project proponents may provide the funding necessary for the jurisdiction to hire the professional staff that will be required to so expedite. The application shall contain information regarding the location of the project, the applicant's average employment in the state for the prior year, estimated new employment related to the project, estimated wages of employees related to the project, estimated time schedules for completion and operation, and other information required by the department; and


        (b) ((Certify that)) Designate a development project as a project of statewide significance if the department determines:

        (i) After review of the application under criteria adopted by rule, the development project will provide significant economic benefit to the local or state economy, or both, the project is aligned with the state's comprehensive plan for economic development under RCW 43.162.020, and, by its designation, the project will not prevent equal consideration of all categories of proposals under RCW 43.157.010; and

        (ii) The development project meets or will meet the requirements of RCW 43.157.010 regarding designation as ((an industrial)) a project of statewide significance.

        (2) The office of ((permit)) regulatory assistance shall assign a project facilitator or coordinator to each ((industrial)) project of statewide significance to:

        (a) Assist in the scoping and coordinating functions provided for in chapter 43.42 RCW;

        (b) Assemble a team of state and local government and private officials to help meet the planning, permitting, and development needs of each project, which team shall include those responsible for planning, permitting and licensing, infrastructure development, workforce development services including higher education, transportation services, and the provision of utilities; and

        (c) Work with each team member to expedite their actions in furtherance of the project.

        Sec. 5. RCW 28A.525.166 and 2006 c 263 s 311 are each amended to read as follows:

        Allocations to school districts of state funds provided by RCW 28A.525.162 through 28A.525.180 shall be made by the superintendent of public instruction and the amount of state assistance to a school district in financing a school plant project shall be determined in the following manner:

         (1) The boards of directors of the districts shall determine the total cost of the proposed project, which cost may include the cost of acquiring and preparing the site, the cost of constructing the building or of acquiring a building and preparing the same for school use, the cost of necessary equipment, taxes chargeable to the project, necessary architects' fees, and a reasonable amount for contingencies and for other necessary incidental expenses: PROVIDED, That the total cost of the project shall be subject to review and approval by the superintendent.

        (2) The state matching percentage for a school district shall be computed by the following formula:

        The ratio of the school district's adjusted valuation per pupil divided by the ratio of the total state adjusted valuation per pupil shall be subtracted from three, and then the result of the foregoing shall be divided by three plus (the ratio of the school district's adjusted valuation per pupil divided by the ratio of the total state adjusted valuation per pupil).

 

                           District adjusted         Total state 

                  3-valuation        ÷       adjusted valuation 

Computed                   per pupil            per pupil            State %

State          0       


          =     Assistance

Ratio                           District adjusted         Total state 

                  3 +valuation      ÷       adjusted valuation 

                           per pupil            per pupil            

PROVIDED, That in the event the percentage of state assistance to any school district based on the above formula is less than twenty percent and such school district is otherwise eligible for state assistance under RCW 28A.525.162 through 28A.525.180, the superintendent may establish for such district a percentage of state assistance not in excess of twenty percent of the approved cost of the project, if the superintendent finds that such additional assistance is necessary to provide minimum facilities for housing the pupils of the district.

        (3) In addition to the computed percent of state assistance developed in subsection (2) of this section, a school district shall be entitled to additional percentage points determined by the average percentage of growth for the past three years. One percent shall be added to the computed percent of state assistance for each percent of growth, with a maximum of twenty percent.

         (4) The approved cost of the project determined in the manner prescribed in this section multiplied by the percentage of state assistance derived as provided for in this section shall be the amount of state assistance to the district for the financing of the project: PROVIDED, That need therefor has been established to the satisfaction of the superintendent: PROVIDED, FURTHER, That additional state assistance may be allowed if it is found by the superintendent, considering policy recommendations from the school facilities citizen advisory panel that such assistance is necessary in order to meet (a) a school housing emergency resulting from the destruction of a school building by fire, the condemnation of a school building by properly constituted authorities, a sudden excessive and clearly foreseeable future increase in school population, or other conditions similarly emergent in nature; or (b) a special school housing burden resulting from ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance or imposed by virtue of the admission of nonresident students into educational programs established, maintained and operated in conformity with the requirements of law; or (c) a deficiency in the capital funds of the district resulting from financing, subsequent to April 1, 1969, and without benefit of the state assistance provided by prior state assistance programs, the construction of a needed school building project or projects approved in conformity with the requirements of such programs, after having first applied for and been denied state assistance because of the inadequacy of state funds available for the purpose, or (d) a condition created by the fact that an excessive number of students live in state owned housing, or (e) a need for the construction of a school building to provide for improved school district organization or racial balance, or (f) conditions similar to those defined under (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) of this subsection, creating a like emergency.

        Sec. 6. RCW 28C.18.080 and 1997 c 369 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The state comprehensive plan for workforce training and education shall be updated every two years and presented to the governor and the appropriate legislative policy committees. Following public hearings, the legislature shall, by concurrent resolution, approve or recommend changes to the initial plan and the updates. The plan shall then become the state's workforce training policy unless legislation is enacted to alter the policies set forth in the plan.

        (2) The comprehensive plan shall include workforce training role and mission statements for the workforce development programs of operating agencies represented on the board and sufficient specificity regarding expected actions by the operating agencies to allow them to carry out actions consistent with the comprehensive plan.

        (3) Operating agencies represented on the board shall have operating plans for their workforce development efforts that are consistent with the comprehensive plan and that provide detail on implementation steps they will take to carry out their responsibilities under the plan. Each operating agency represented on the board shall provide an annual progress report to the board.

        (4) The comprehensive plan shall include recommendations to the legislature and the governor on the modification, consolidation, initiation, or elimination of workforce training and education programs in the state.

        (5) The comprehensive plan shall address how the state's workforce development system will meet the needs of employers hiring for ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance.

        (6) The board shall report to the appropriate legislative policy committees by December 1 of each year on its progress in implementing the comprehensive plan and on the progress of the operating agencies in meeting their obligations under the plan.

        Sec. 7. RCW 43.21A.350 and 1997 c 369 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

        The department of ecology shall prepare and perfect from time to time a state master plan for flood control, state public reservations, financed in whole or in part from moneys collected by the state, sites for state public buildings and for the orderly development of the natural and agricultural resources of the state. The plan shall address how the department will expedite the completion of ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance. The plan shall be a guide in making recommendations to the officers, boards, commissions, and departments of the state.

         Whenever an improvement is proposed to be established by the state, the state agency having charge of the establishment thereof shall request of the director a report thereon, which shall be furnished within a reasonable time thereafter. In case an improvement is not established in conformity with the report, the state agency having charge of the establishment thereof shall file in its office and with the department a statement setting forth its reasons for rejecting or varying from such report which shall be open to public inspection.

        The department shall insofar as possible secure the cooperation of adjacent states, and of counties and municipalities within the state in the coordination of their proposed improvements with such master plan.

        Sec. 8. RCW 43.42.060 and 2007 c 94 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The office may coordinate the processing by participating permit agencies of permits required for a project, at the request of the project proponent through a cost-reimbursement agreement as provided in subsection (3) of this section or with the agreement of the project proponent as provided in subsection (4) of this section.

        (2) The office shall assign a project coordinator to perform any or all of the following functions, as specified by the terms of a cost-reimbursement agreement under subsection (3) of this section or an agreement under subsection (4) of this section:

        (a) Serve as the main point of contact for the project proponent;

        (b) Conduct a project scoping as provided in RCW 43.42.050(2);

        (c) Verify that the project proponent has all the information needed to complete applications;

        (d) Coordinate the permit processes of the permit agencies;

        (e) Manage the applicable administrative procedures;

        (f) Work to assure that timely permit decisions are made by the permit agencies and maintain contact with the project proponent and the permit agencies to ensure adherence to schedules;

        (g) Assist in resolving any conflict or inconsistency among permit requirements and conditions; and

        (h) Coordinate with relevant federal permit agencies and tribal governments to the extent possible.

        (3) At the request of a project proponent and as provided in RCW 43.42.070, the project coordinator shall coordinate negotiations among the project proponent, the office, and participating permit agencies to enter into a cost-reimbursement agreement and shall coordinate implementation of the agreement, which shall govern coordination of permit processing by the participating permit agencies.

        (4) For ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance or if the office determines that it is in the public interest to coordinate the processing of permits for certain projects that are complex in scope, require multiple permits, involve multiple jurisdictions, or involve a significant number of affected parties, the office shall, upon the proponent's request, enter into an agreement with the project proponent and the participating permit agencies to coordinate the processing of permits for the project. The office may limit the number of such agreements according to the resources available to the office and the permit agencies at the time.

        Sec. 9. RCW 90.58.100 and 1997 c 369 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The master programs provided for in this chapter, when adopted or approved by the department shall constitute use regulations for the various shorelines of the state. In preparing the master programs, and any amendments thereto, the department and local governments shall to the extent feasible:

        (a) Utilize a systematic interdisciplinary approach which will insure the integrated use of the natural and social sciences and the environmental design arts;

        (b) Consult with and obtain the comments of any federal, state, regional, or local agency having any special expertise with respect to any environmental impact;

        (c) Consider all plans, studies, surveys, inventories, and systems of classification made or being made by federal, state, regional, or local agencies, by private individuals, or by organizations dealing with pertinent shorelines of the state;

        (d) Conduct or support such further research, studies, surveys, and interviews as are deemed necessary;

        (e) Utilize all available information regarding hydrology, geography, topography, ecology, economics, and other pertinent data;

        (f) Employ, when feasible, all appropriate, modern scientific data processing and computer techniques to store, index, analyze, and manage the information gathered.

        (2) The master programs shall include, when appropriate, the following:

        (a) An economic development element for the location and design of industries, ((industrial)) projects of statewide significance, transportation facilities, port facilities, tourist facilities, commerce and other developments that are particularly dependent on their location on or use of the shorelines of the state;

        (b) A public access element making provision for public access to publicly owned areas;

        (c) A recreational element for the preservation and enlargement of recreational opportunities, including but not limited to parks, tidelands, beaches, and recreational areas;

        (d) A circulation element consisting of the general location and extent of existing and proposed major thoroughfares, transportation routes, terminals, and other public utilities and facilities, all correlated with the shoreline use element;

        (e) A use element which considers the proposed general distribution and general location and extent of the use on shorelines and adjacent land areas for housing, business, industry, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, recreation, education, public buildings and grounds, and other categories of public and private uses of the land;

        (f) A conservation element for the preservation of natural resources, including but not limited to scenic vistas, aesthetics, and vital estuarine areas for fisheries and wildlife protection;


        (g) An historic, cultural, scientific, and educational element for the protection and restoration of buildings, sites, and areas having historic, cultural, scientific, or educational values;

        (h) An element that gives consideration to the statewide interest in the prevention and minimization of flood damages; and

        (i) Any other element deemed appropriate or necessary to effectuate the policy of this chapter.

        (3) The master programs shall include such map or maps, descriptive text, diagrams and charts, or other descriptive material as are necessary to provide for ease of understanding.

         (4) Master programs will reflect that state-owned shorelines of the state are particularly adapted to providing wilderness beaches, ecological study areas, and other recreational activities for the public and will give appropriate special consideration to same.

        (5) Each master program shall contain provisions to allow for the varying of the application of use regulations of the program, including provisions for permits for conditional uses and variances, to insure that strict implementation of a program will not create unnecessary hardships or thwart the policy enumerated in RCW 90.58.020. Any such varying shall be allowed only if extraordinary circumstances are shown and the public interest suffers no substantial detrimental effect. The concept of this subsection shall be incorporated in the rules adopted by the department relating to the establishment of a permit system as provided in RCW 90.58.140(3).

        (6) Each master program shall contain standards governing the protection of single family residences and appurtenant structures against damage or loss due to shoreline erosion. The standards shall govern the issuance of substantial development permits for shoreline protection, including structural methods such as construction of bulkheads, and nonstructural methods of protection. The standards shall provide for methods which achieve effective and timely protection against loss or damage to single family residences and appurtenant structures due to shoreline erosion. The standards shall provide a preference for permit issuance for measures to protect single family residences occupied prior to January 1, 1992, where the proposed measure is designed to minimize harm to the shoreline natural environment.

        Sec. 10. RCW 43.131.402 and 2007 c 231 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

        The following acts or parts of acts, as now existing or hereafter amended, are each repealed, effective June 30, 2012:

        (1) RCW 43.42.005 and 2003 c 71 s 1 & 2002 c 153 s 1;

        (2) RCW 43.42.010 and 2007 c 231 s 5, 2003 c 71 s 2, & 2002 c 153 § 2;

        (3) RCW 43.42.020 and 2002 c 153 s 3;

        (4) RCW 43.42.030 and 2003 c 71 s 3 & 2002 c 153 s 4;

        (5) RCW 43.42.040 and 2003 c 71 s 4 & 2002 c 153 s 5;

         (6) RCW 43.42.050 and 2002 c 153 s 6;

        (7) RCW 43.42.060 and 2009 c . . . s 8 (section 8 of this act) & 2002 c 153 s 7;

        (8) RCW 43.42.070 and 2002 c 153 s 8;

        (9) RCW 43.42.905 and 2002 c 153 s 10;

        (10) RCW 43.42.900 and 2002 c 153 s 11; and

        (11) RCW 43.42.901 and 2002 c 153 s 12.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 11. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Kenney, Chair; Maxwell, Vice Chair; Smith, Ranking Minority Member; Chase; Liias; Orcutt; Parker; Probst and Sullivan.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5480        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Health & Long-Term Care: Creating the Washington health care discount plan organization act. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Bailey; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Herrera; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representative Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member.

 

Referred to Committee on General Government Appropriations.

 

March 24, 2009

SSB 5499        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Transportation: Concerning bond amounts for department of transportation highway contracts. Reported by Committee on Transportation

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Clibborn, Chair; Liias, Vice Chair; Roach, Ranking Minority Member; Rodne, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Armstrong; Campbell; Cox; Driscoll; Eddy; Ericksen; Finn; Herrera; Johnson; Klippert; Kristiansen; Moeller; Morris; Rolfes; Sells; Shea; Simpson; Springer; Takko; Upthegrove; Wallace; Williams and Wood.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5501        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Ways & Means: Concerning the secure exchange of health information. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that:

        (1) The inability to securely share critical health information between practitioners inhibits the delivery of safe, efficient care, as evidenced by:

        (a) Adverse drug events that result in an average of seven hundred seventy thousand injuries and deaths each year; and

        (b) Duplicative services that add to costs and jeopardize patient well-being;

        (2) Consumers are unable to act as fully informed participants in their care unless they have ready access to their own health information;

        (3) The blue ribbon commission on health care costs and access found that the development of a system to provide electronic access to patient information anywhere in the state was a key to improving health care; and


        (4) In 2005, the legislature established a health information infrastructure advisory board to develop a strategy for the adoption and use of health information technologies that are consistent with emerging national standards and promote interoperability of health information systems.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        The definitions in this section apply throughout sections 3 through 6 of this act unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

        (1) "Administrator" means the administrator of the state health care authority under this chapter.

         (2) "Exchange" means the methods or medium by which health care information may be electronically and securely exchanged among authorized providers, payors, and patients within Washington state.

        (3) "Health care provider" or "provider" has the same meaning as in RCW 48.43.005.

        (4) "Health data provider" means an organization that is a primary source for health-related data for Washington residents, including but not limited to:

        (a) The children's health immunizations linkages and development profile immunization registry provided by the department of health pursuant to chapter 43.70 RCW;

        (b) Commercial laboratories providing medical laboratory testing results;

        (c) Prescription drugs clearinghouses, such as the national patient health information network; and

        (d) Diagnostic imaging centers.

        (5) "Lead organization" means a private sector organization or organizations designated by the administrator to lead development of processes, guidelines, and standards under this act.

        (6) "Payor" means public purchasers, as defined in this section, carriers licensed under chapters 48.20, 48.21, 48.44, 48.46, and 48.62 RCW, and the Washington state health insurance pool established in chapter 48.41 RCW.

        (7) "Public purchaser" means the department of social and health services, the department of labor and industries, and the health care authority.

        (8) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department of health.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) By August 1, 2009, the administrator shall designate one or more lead organizations to coordinate development of processes, guidelines, and standards to:

        (a) Improve patient access to and control of their own health care information and thereby enable their active participation in their own care; and

        (b) Implement methods for the secure exchange of clinical data as a means to promote:

         (i) Continuity of care;

        (ii) Quality of care;

        (iii) Patient safety; and

        (iv) Efficiency in medical practices.

        (2) The lead organization designated by the administrator under this section shall:

        (a) Be representative of health care privacy advocates, providers, and payors across the state;

        (b) Have expertise and knowledge in the major disciplines related to the secure exchange of health data;

        (c) Be able to support the costs of its work without recourse to state funding. The administrator and the lead organization are authorized and encouraged to seek federal funds, including funds from the federal American recovery and reinvestment act, as well as solicit, receive, contract for, collect, and hold grants, donations, and gifts to support the implementation of this section and section 4 of this act;

        (d) In collaboration with the administrator, identify and convene work groups, as needed, to accomplish the goals of this section and section 4 of this act;

        (e) Conduct outreach and communication efforts to maximize the adoption of the guidelines, standards, and processes developed by the lead organization;

        (f) Submit regular updates to the administrator on the progress implementing the requirements of this section and section 4 of this act; and

        (g) With the administrator, report to the legislature December 1, 2009, and on December 1st of each year through December 1, 2012, on progress made, the time necessary for completing tasks, and identification of future tasks that should be prioritized for the next improvement cycle.

        (3) Within available funds as specified in subsection (2)(c) of this section, the administrator shall:

        (a) Participate in and review the work and progress of the lead organization, including the establishment and operation of work groups for this section and section 4 of this act; and

        (b) Consult with the office of the attorney general to determine whether:

         (i) An antitrust safe harbor is necessary to enable licensed carriers and providers to develop common rules and standards; and, if necessary, take steps, such as implementing rules or requesting legislation, to establish a safe harbor; and

        (ii) Legislation is needed to limit provider liability if their health records are missing health information despite their participation in the exchange of health information.

        (4) The lead organization or organizations shall take steps to minimize the costs that implementation of the processes, guidelines, and standards may have on participating entities, including providers.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        By December 1, 2011, the lead organization shall, consistent with the federal health insurance portability and accountability act, develop processes, guidelines, and standards that address:

        (1) Identification and prioritization of high value health data from health data providers. High value health data include:

        (a) Prescriptions;

        (b) Immunization records;

        (c) Laboratory results;

        (d) Allergies; and

        (e) Diagnostic imaging;

        (2) Processes to request, submit, and receive data;

        (3) Data security, including:

        (a) Storage, access, encryption, and password protection;

        (b) Secure methods for accepting and responding to requests for data;

        (c) Handling unauthorized access to or disclosure of individually identifiable patient health information, including penalties for unauthorized disclosure; and

        (d) Authentication of individuals, including patients and providers, when requesting access to health information, and maintenance of a permanent audit trail of such requests, including:

        (i) Identification of the party making the request;

        (ii) The data elements reported; and

        (iii) Transaction dates;


         (4) Materials written in plain language that explain the exchange of health information and how patients can effectively manage such information, including the use of online tools for that purpose;

        (5) Materials for health care providers that explain the exchange of health information and the secure management of such information.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        If any provision in sections 2 through 4 of this act conflicts with existing or new federal requirements, the administrator shall recommend modifications, as needed, to assure compliance with the aims of sections 2 through 4 of this act and federal requirements.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. A new section is added to chapter 41.05 RCW to read as follows:

        Within available funds as specified in section 3(2)(c) of this act, by December 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the administrator shall report to the legislature on the implementation of the requirements of sections 2 through 4 of this act, including:

        (1) An assessment of the benefits and any drawbacks resulting from the implementation of the exchanges; and

        (2) Recommendations for legislation to help further the goals of sections 2 through 4 of this act.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. Within available funds as specified in section 3(2)(c) of this act, by July 1, 2011, the office of financial management shall contract with an independent research organization to evaluate implementation of sections 3 and 4 of this act. The evaluation must include recommendations for program changes to better meet the goals of this act."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Cody, Chair; Driscoll, Vice Chair; Campbell; Clibborn; Green; Hinkle; Kelley; Moeller; Morrell and Pedersen.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Ericksen, Ranking Minority Member; Bailey and Herrera.

 

Referred to Committee on Health & Human Services Appropriations.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5510        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Human Services & Corrections: Regarding notification in dependency matters. Reported by Committee on Early Learning & Children's Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that when children have been found dependent and placed in out-of-home care, the likelihood of reunification with their parents diminishes significantly after fifteen months. The legislature also finds that early and consistent parental engagement in services and participation in appropriate parent-child contact and visitation increases the likelihood of successful reunifications. The legislature intends to promote greater awareness among parents in dependency cases of the importance of active participation in services, visitation, and case planning for the child, and the risks created by failure to participate in their child's case over the long term.

        Sec. 2. RCW 13.34.062 and 2007 c 413 s 4 and 2007 c 409 s 5 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) Whenever a child is taken into custody by child protective services pursuant to a court order issued under RCW 13.34.050 or when child protective services is notified that a child has been taken into custody pursuant to RCW 26.44.050 or 26.44.056, child protective services shall make reasonable efforts to inform the parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the fact that the child has been taken into custody, the reasons why the child was taken into custody, and their legal rights under this title, including the right to a shelter care hearing, as soon as possible. Notice must be provided in an understandable manner and take into consideration the parent's, guardian's, or legal custodian's primary language, level of education, and cultural issues.

        (b) In no event shall the notice required by this section be provided to the parent, guardian, or legal custodian more than twenty- four hours after the child has been taken into custody or twenty-four hours after child protective services has been notified that the child has been taken into custody.

        (2)(a) The notice of custody and rights may be given by any means reasonably certain of notifying the parents including, but not limited to, written, telephone, or in person oral notification. If the initial notification is provided by a means other than writing, child protective services shall make reasonable efforts to also provide written notification.

        (b) The written notice of custody and rights required by this section shall be in substantially the following form:

 

                "NOTICE

 

        Your child has been placed in temporary custody under the supervision of Child Protective Services (or other person or agency). You have important legal rights and you must take steps to protect your interests.

        1. A court hearing will be held before a judge within 72 hours of the time your child is taken into custody excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. You should call the court at    (insert appropriate phone number here)    for specific information about the date, time, and location of the court hearing.

        2. You have the right to have a lawyer represent you at the hearing. Your right to representation continues after the shelter care hearing. You have the right to records the department intends to rely upon. A lawyer can look at the files in your case, talk to child protective services and other agencies, tell you about the law, help you understand your rights, and help you at hearings. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one to represent you. To get a court-appointed lawyer you must contact:    (explain local procedure)   .

        3. At the hearing, you have the right to speak on your own behalf, to introduce evidence, to examine witnesses, and to receive a decision based solely on the evidence presented to the judge.

        4. If your hearing occurs before a court commissioner, you have the right to have the decision of the court commissioner reviewed by a superior court judge. To obtain that review, you must, within ten days after the entry of the decision of the court commissioner, file with the court a motion for revision of the decision, as provided in RCW 2.24.050.

        You should be present at any shelter care hearing. If you do not come, the judge will not hear what you have to say.

        You may call the Child Protective Services' caseworker for more information about your child. The caseworker's name and telephone number are:    (insert name and telephone number)   .


        5. You have a right to a case conference to develop a written service agreement following the shelter care hearing. The service agreement may not conflict with the court's order of shelter care. You may request that a multidisciplinary team, family group conference, or prognostic staffing be convened for your child's case. You may participate in these processes with your counsel present.

        6. If your child is placed in the custody of the department of social and health services or other supervising agency, immediately following the shelter care hearing, the court will enter an order granting the department or other supervising agency the right to inspect and copy all health, medical, mental health, and education records of the child, directing health care providers to release such information without your further consent, and granting the department or supervising agency or its designee the authority and responsibility, where applicable, to:

        (1) Notify the child's school that the child is in out-of-home placement;

        (2) Enroll the child in school;

        (3) Request the school transfer records;

        (4) Request and authorize evaluation of special needs;

        (5) Attend parent or teacher conferences;

        (6) Excuse absences;

        (7) Grant permission for extracurricular activities;

        (8) Authorize medications which need to be administered during school hours and sign for medical needs that arise during school hours; and

        (9) Complete or update school emergency records.

        7. If the court decides to place your child in the custody of the department of social and health services or other supervising agency, the department or agency will create a permanency plan for your child, including a primary placement goal and secondary placement goal. The department or agency also will recommend that the court order services for your child and for you, if needed. The department or agency is required to make reasonable efforts to provide you with services to address your parenting problems, and to provide you with visitation with your child according to court orders. Failure to promptly engage in services or to maintain contact with your child may lead to the filing of a petition to terminate your parental rights.

        8. Primary and secondary permanency plans are intended to run at the same time so that your child will have a permanent home as quickly as possible. Absent good cause, and when appropriate, the department or other supervising agency must follow the wishes of a natural parent regarding placement of a child. You should tell your lawyer and the court where you wish your child placed immediately, including whether you want your child placed with you, with a relative, or with another suitable person. You also should tell your lawyer and the court what services you feel are necessary and your wishes regarding visitation with your child. Even if you want another parent or person to be the primary placement choice for your child, you should tell your lawyer, the department or other supervising agency, and the court if you want to be a secondary placement option, and you should comply with court orders for services and participate in visitation with your child. Early and consistent involvement in your child's case plan is important for the well-being of your child.

        9. A dependency petition begins a judicial process, which, if the court finds your child dependent, could result in substantial restrictions including, the entry or modification of a parenting plan or residential schedule, nonparental custody order or decree, guardianship order, or permanent loss of your parental rights."

        Upon receipt of the written notice, the parent, guardian, or legal custodian shall acknowledge such notice by signing a receipt prepared by child protective services. If the parent, guardian, or legal custodian does not sign the receipt, the reason for lack of a signature shall be written on the receipt. The receipt shall be made a part of the court's file in the dependency action.

        If after making reasonable efforts to provide notification, child protective services is unable to determine the whereabouts of the parents, guardian, or legal custodian, the notice shall be delivered or sent to the last known address of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian.

        (3) If child protective services is not required to give notice under this section, the juvenile court counselor assigned to the matter shall make all reasonable efforts to advise the parents, guardian, or legal custodian of the time and place of any shelter care hearing, request that they be present, and inform them of their basic rights as provided in RCW 13.34.090.

        (4) Reasonable efforts to advise and to give notice, as required in this section, shall include, at a minimum, investigation of the whereabouts of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian. If such reasonable efforts are not successful, or the parent, guardian, or legal custodian does not appear at the shelter care hearing, the petitioner shall testify at the hearing or state in a declaration:

        (a) The efforts made to investigate the whereabouts of, and to advise, the parent, guardian, or ((legal)) custodian; and

        (b) Whether actual advice of rights was made, to whom it was made, and how it was made, including the substance of any oral communication or copies of written materials used.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 13.34 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) After entry of a dispositional order pursuant to RCW 13.34.130 ordering placement of a child in out-of-home care, the department shall continue to encourage the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child to engage in services and maintain contact with the child, which shall be accomplished by attaching a standard notice to the services and safety plan to be provided in advance of hearings conducted pursuant to RCW 13.34.138.

        (2) The notice shall be photocopied on contrasting paper to distinguish it from the services and safety plan to which it is attached, and shall be in substantially the following form:

 

"NOTICE

 

         If you have not been maintaining consistent contact with your child in out-of-home care, your ability to reunify with your child may be jeopardized. If this is your situation, you need to be aware that you have important legal rights and must take steps to protect your interests.

        1. The department of social and health services (or other supervising agency) and the court have created a permanency plan for your child, including a primary placement plan and a secondary placement plan, and recommending services needed before your child can be placed in the primary or secondary placement. If you want the court to order that your child be reunified with you, you should notify your lawyer and the department, and you should carefully comply with court orders for services and participate regularly in visitation with your child. Failure to promptly engage in services or to maintain contact with your child may lead to the filing of a petition to terminate your rights as a parent.

        2. Primary and secondary permanency plans are intended to run at the same time so that your child will have a permanent home as quickly as possible. Even if you want another parent or person to be the primary placement choice for your child, you should tell your lawyer, the department, and the court if you want to be the secondary placement option, and you should comply with any court orders for services and participate in visitation with your child. Early and consistent involvement in your child's case plan is important for the well-being of your child.

        3. Dependency review hearings, and all other dependency case hearings, are legal proceedings with potentially serious consequences. Failure to participate, respond, or comply with court orders may lead to the loss of your parental rights."

        Sec. 4. RCW 13.34.065 and 2008 c 267 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) When a child is taken into custody, the court shall hold a shelter care hearing within seventy-two hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The primary purpose of the shelter care hearing is to determine whether the child can be immediately and safely returned home while the adjudication of the dependency is pending.

         (b) Any parent, guardian, or legal custodian who for good cause is unable to attend the shelter care hearing may request that a subsequent shelter care hearing be scheduled. The request shall be made to the clerk of the court where the petition is filed prior to the initial shelter care hearing. Upon the request of the parent, the court shall schedule the hearing within seventy-two hours of the request, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The clerk shall notify all other parties of the hearing by any reasonable means.

        (2)(a) The department of social and health services shall submit a recommendation to the court as to the further need for shelter care in all cases in which it is the petitioner. In all other cases, the recommendation shall be submitted by the juvenile court probation counselor.

        (b) All parties have the right to present testimony to the court regarding the need or lack of need for shelter care.

        (c) Hearsay evidence before the court regarding the need or lack of need for shelter care must be supported by sworn testimony, affidavit, or declaration of the person offering such evidence.

        (3)(a) At the commencement of the hearing, the court shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of the following:

        (i) The parent, guardian, or custodian has the right to a shelter care hearing;

        (ii) The nature of the shelter care hearing, the rights of the parents, and the proceedings that will follow; and

        (iii) If the parent, guardian, or custodian is not represented by counsel, the right to be represented. If the parent, guardian, or custodian is indigent, the court shall appoint counsel as provided in RCW 13.34.090; and

        (b) If a parent, guardian, or legal custodian desires to waive the shelter care hearing, the court shall determine, on the record and with the parties present, whether such waiver is knowing and voluntary. A parent may not waive his or her right to the shelter care hearing unless he or she appears in court and the court determines that the waiver is knowing and voluntary. Regardless of whether the court accepts the parental waiver of the shelter care hearing, the court must provide notice to the parents of their rights required under (a) of this subsection and make the finding required under subsection (4) of this section.

         (4) At the shelter care hearing the court shall examine the need for shelter care and inquire into the status of the case. The paramount consideration for the court shall be the health, welfare, and safety of the child. At a minimum, the court shall inquire into the following:

        (a) Whether the notice required under RCW 13.34.062 was given to all known parents, guardians, or legal custodians of the child. The court shall make an express finding as to whether the notice required under RCW 13.34.062 was given to the parent, guardian, or legal custodian. If actual notice was not given to the parent, guardian, or legal custodian and the whereabouts of such person is known or can be ascertained, the court shall order the supervising agency or the department of social and health services to make reasonable efforts to advise the parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the status of the case, including the date and time of any subsequent hearings, and their rights under RCW 13.34.090;

        (b) Whether the child can be safely returned home while the adjudication of the dependency is pending;

        (c) What efforts have been made to place the child with a relative;

        (d) What services were provided to the family to prevent or eliminate the need for removal of the child from the child's home;

        (e) Is the placement proposed by the agency the least disruptive and most family-like setting that meets the needs of the child;

        (f) Whether it is in the best interest of the child to remain enrolled in the school, developmental program, or child care the child was in prior to placement and what efforts have been made to maintain the child in the school, program, or child care if it would be in the best interest of the child to remain in the same school, program, or child care;

        (g) Appointment of a guardian ad litem or attorney;

        (h) Whether the child is or may be an Indian child as defined in 25 U.S.C. Sec. 1903, whether the provisions of the Indian child welfare act apply, and whether there is compliance with the Indian child welfare act, including notice to the child's tribe;

        (i) Whether, as provided in RCW 26.44.063, restraining orders, or orders expelling an allegedly abusive household member from the home of a nonabusive parent, guardian, or legal custodian, will allow the child to safely remain in the home;

         (j) Whether any orders for examinations, evaluations, or immediate services are needed. The court may not order a parent to undergo examinations, evaluation, or services at the shelter care hearing unless the parent agrees to the examination, evaluation, or service;

        (k) The terms and conditions for parental, sibling, and family visitation.

        (5)(a) The court shall release a child alleged to be dependent to the care, custody, and control of the child's parent, guardian, or legal custodian unless the court finds there is reasonable cause to believe that:

        (i) After consideration of the specific services that have been provided, reasonable efforts have been made to prevent or eliminate the need for removal of the child from the child's home and to make it possible for the child to return home; and

        (ii)(A) The child has no parent, guardian, or legal custodian to provide supervision and care for such child; or

        (B) The release of such child would present a serious threat of substantial harm to such child, notwithstanding an order entered pursuant to RCW 26.44.063; or

        (C) The parent, guardian, or custodian to whom the child could be released has been charged with violating RCW 9A.40.060 or 9A.40.070.

        (b) If the court does not release the child to his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian, the court shall order placement with a relative, unless there is reasonable cause to believe the health, safety, or welfare of the child would be jeopardized or that the efforts to reunite the parent and child will be hindered. The relative must be willing and available to:

        (i) Care for the child and be able to meet any special needs of the child;

        (ii) Facilitate the child's visitation with siblings, if such visitation is part of the supervising agency's plan or is ordered by the court; and


        (iii) Cooperate with the department in providing necessary background checks and home studies.

        (c) If the child was not initially placed with a relative, and the court does not release the child to his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian, the supervising agency shall make reasonable efforts to locate a relative pursuant to RCW 13.34.060(1). In determining placement, the court shall weigh the child's length of stay and attachment to the current provider in determining what is in the best interest of the child.

        (d) If a relative is not available, the court shall order continued shelter care or order placement with another suitable person, and the court shall set forth its reasons for the order. If the court orders placement of the child with a person not related to the child and not licensed to provide foster care, the placement is subject to all terms and conditions of this section that apply to relative placements.

        (e) Any placement with a relative, or other person approved by the court pursuant to this section, shall be contingent upon cooperation with the agency case plan and compliance with court orders related to the care and supervision of the child including, but not limited to, court orders regarding parent-child contacts, sibling contacts, and any other conditions imposed by the court. Noncompliance with the case plan or court order is grounds for removal of the child from the home of the relative or other person, subject to review by the court.

        (f) Uncertainty by a parent, guardian, legal custodian, relative, or other suitable person that the alleged abuser has in fact abused the child shall not, alone, be the basis upon which a child is removed from the care of a parent, guardian, or legal custodian under (a) of this subsection, nor shall it be a basis, alone, to preclude placement with a relative under (b) of this subsection or with another suitable person under (d) of this subsection.

        (6)(a) A shelter care order issued pursuant to this section shall include the requirement for a case conference as provided in RCW 13.34.067. However, if the parent is not present at the shelter care hearing, or does not agree to the case conference, the court shall not include the requirement for the case conference in the shelter care order.

        (b) If the court orders a case conference, the shelter care order shall include notice to all parties and establish the date, time, and location of the case conference which shall be no later than thirty days before the fact-finding hearing.

        (c) The court may order another conference, case staffing, or hearing as an alternative to the case conference required under RCW 13.34.067 so long as the conference, case staffing, or hearing ordered by the court meets all requirements under RCW 13.34.067, including the requirement of a written agreement specifying the services to be provided to the parent.

        (7)(a) A shelter care order issued pursuant to this section may be amended at any time with notice and hearing thereon. The shelter care decision of placement shall be modified only upon a showing of change in circumstances. No child may be placed in shelter care for longer than thirty days without an order, signed by the judge, authorizing continued shelter care.

        (b)(i) An order releasing the child on any conditions specified in this section may at any time be amended, with notice and hearing thereon, so as to return the child to shelter care for failure of the parties to conform to the conditions originally imposed.

        (ii) The court shall consider whether nonconformance with any conditions resulted from circumstances beyond the control of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian and give weight to that fact before ordering return of the child to shelter care.

        (8)(a) If a child is returned home from shelter care a second time in the case, or if the supervisor of the caseworker deems it necessary, the multidisciplinary team may be reconvened.

        (b) If a child is returned home from shelter care a second time in the case a law enforcement officer must be present and file a report to the department.

        Sec. 5. RCW 13.34.145 and 2008 c 152 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The purpose of a permanency planning hearing is to review the permanency plan for the child, inquire into the welfare of the child and progress of the case, and reach decisions regarding the permanent placement of the child.

        (a) A permanency planning hearing shall be held in all cases where the child has remained in out-of-home care for at least nine months and an adoption decree, guardianship order, or permanent custody order has not previously been entered. The hearing shall take place no later than twelve months following commencement of the current placement episode.

        (b) Whenever a child is removed from the home of a dependency guardian or long-term relative or foster care provider, and the child is not returned to the home of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian but is placed in out-of-home care, a permanency planning hearing shall take place no later than twelve months, as provided in this section, following the date of removal unless, prior to the hearing, the child returns to the home of the dependency guardian or long-term care provider, the child is placed in the home of the parent, guardian, or legal custodian, an adoption decree, guardianship order, or a permanent custody order is entered, or the dependency is dismissed. Every effort shall be made to provide stability in long-term placement, and to avoid disruption of placement, unless the child is being returned home or it is in the best interest of the child.

        (c) Permanency planning goals should be achieved at the earliest possible date, preferably before the child has been in out-of-home care for fifteen months. In cases where parental rights have been terminated, the child is legally free for adoption, and adoption has been identified as the primary permanency planning goal, it shall be a goal to complete the adoption within six months following entry of the termination order.

        (2) No later than ten working days prior to the permanency planning hearing, the agency having custody of the child shall submit a written permanency plan to the court and shall mail a copy of the plan to all parties and their legal counsel, if any.

        (3) At the permanency planning hearing, the court shall conduct the following inquiry:

        (a) If a goal of long-term foster or relative care has been achieved prior to the permanency planning hearing, the court shall review the child's status to determine whether the placement and the plan for the child's care remain appropriate.

        (b) In cases where the primary permanency planning goal has not been achieved, the court shall inquire regarding the reasons why the primary goal has not been achieved and determine what needs to be done to make it possible to achieve the primary goal. The court shall review the permanency plan prepared by the agency and make explicit findings regarding each of the following:

        (i) The continuing necessity for, and the safety and appropriateness of, the placement;

        (ii) The extent of compliance with the permanency plan by the agency and any other service providers, the child's parents, the child, and the child's guardian, if any;

        (iii) The extent of any efforts to involve appropriate service providers in addition to agency staff in planning to meet the special needs of the child and the child's parents;


        (iv) The progress toward eliminating the causes for the child's placement outside of his or her home and toward returning the child safely to his or her home or obtaining a permanent placement for the child;

        (v) The date by which it is likely that the child will be returned to his or her home or placed for adoption, with a guardian or in some other alternative permanent placement; and

        (vi) If the child has been placed outside of his or her home for fifteen of the most recent twenty-two months, not including any period during which the child was a runaway from the out-of-home placement or the first six months of any period during which the child was returned to his or her home for a trial home visit, the appropriateness of the permanency plan, whether reasonable efforts were made by the agency to achieve the goal of the permanency plan, and the circumstances which prevent the child from any of the following:

        (A) Being returned safely to his or her home;

        (B) Having a petition for the involuntary termination of parental rights filed on behalf of the child;

        (C) Being placed for adoption;

        (D) Being placed with a guardian;

        (E) Being placed in the home of a fit and willing relative of the child; or

        (F) Being placed in some other alternative permanent placement, including independent living or long-term foster care.

        At this hearing, the court shall order the department to file a petition seeking termination of parental rights if the child has been in out-of-home care for fifteen of the last twenty-two months since the date the dependency petition was filed unless the court makes a good cause exception as to why the filing of a termination of parental rights petition is not appropriate. Any good cause finding shall be reviewed at all subsequent hearings pertaining to the child. For purposes of this section, "good cause exception" includes but is not limited to the following: The child is being cared for by a relative; the department has not provided to the child's family such services as the court and the department have deemed necessary for the child's safe return home; or the department has documented in the case plan a compelling reason for determining that filing a petition to terminate parental rights would not be in the child's best interests.

        (c)(i) If the permanency plan identifies independent living as a goal, the court shall make a finding that the provision of services to assist the child in making a transition from foster care to independent living will allow the child to manage his or her financial, personal, social, educational, and nonfinancial affairs prior to approving independent living as a permanency plan of care.

        (ii) The permanency plan shall also specifically identify the services that will be provided to assist the child to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living.

        (iii) The department shall not discharge a child to an independent living situation before the child is eighteen years of age unless the child becomes emancipated pursuant to chapter 13.64 RCW.

        (d) If the child has resided in the home of a foster parent or relative for more than six months prior to the permanency planning hearing, the court shall also enter a finding regarding whether the foster parent or relative was informed of the hearing as required in RCW 74.13.280, 13.34.215(5), and 13.34.096.

        (4) In all cases, at the permanency planning hearing, the court shall enter one of the following orders for a child. The court shall utilize a developmentally appropriate child-centered perspective to consider the child's history and attachment status, how separation from primary caregivers has affected the child, and how an additional separation and change in placement may affect the child's attachment system or create a risk of psychological harm with potentially lifelong consequences:

        (a)(i) Order the permanency plan prepared by the agency to be implemented; or

        (ii) Modify the permanency plan, and order implementation of the modified plan; and

        (b)(i) Order the child returned home only if the court finds that a reason for removal as set forth in RCW 13.34.130 no longer exists; or

        (ii) Order the child to remain in out-of-home care for a limited specified time period while efforts are made to implement the permanency plan.

        (5) Following the first permanency planning hearing, the court shall hold a further permanency planning hearing in accordance with this section at least once every twelve months until a permanency planning goal is achieved or the dependency is dismissed, whichever occurs first.

        (6) Prior to the second permanency planning hearing, the agency that has custody of the child shall consider whether to file a petition for termination of parental rights.

        (7) If the court orders the child returned home, casework supervision shall continue for at least six months, at which time a review hearing shall be held pursuant to RCW 13.34.138, and the court shall determine the need for continued intervention.

        (8) The juvenile court may hear a petition for permanent legal custody when: (a) The court has ordered implementation of a permanency plan that includes permanent legal custody; and (b) the party pursuing the permanent legal custody is the party identified in the permanency plan as the prospective legal custodian. During the pendency of such proceeding, the court shall conduct review hearings and further permanency planning hearings as provided in this chapter. At the conclusion of the legal guardianship or permanent legal custody proceeding, a juvenile court hearing shall be held for the purpose of determining whether dependency should be dismissed. If a guardianship or permanent custody order has been entered, the dependency shall be dismissed.

        (9) Continued juvenile court jurisdiction under this chapter shall not be a barrier to the entry of an order establishing a legal guardianship or permanent legal custody when the requirements of subsection (8) of this section are met.

        (10) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to limit the ability of the agency that has custody of the child to file a petition for termination of parental rights or a guardianship petition at any time following the establishment of dependency. Upon the filing of such a petition, a fact-finding hearing shall be scheduled and held in accordance with this chapter unless the agency requests dismissal of the petition prior to the hearing or unless the parties enter an agreed order terminating parental rights, establishing guardianship, or otherwise resolving the matter.

        (11) The approval of a permanency plan that does not contemplate return of the child to the parent does not relieve the supervising agency of its obligation to provide reasonable services, under this chapter, intended to effectuate the return of the child to the parent, including but not limited to, visitation rights. The court shall consider the child's relationships with siblings in accordance with RCW 13.34.130.

        (12) Nothing in this chapter may be construed to limit the procedural due process rights of any party in a termination or guardianship proceeding filed under this chapter.

        Sec. 6. RCW 13.34.180 and 2001 c 332 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:


        (1) A petition seeking termination of a parent and child relationship may be filed in juvenile court by any party to the dependency proceedings concerning that child. Such petition shall conform to the requirements of RCW 13.34.040, shall be served upon the parties as provided in RCW 13.34.070(8), and shall allege all of the following unless subsection (2) or (3) of this section applies:

        (a) That the child has been found to be a dependent child;

        (b) That the court has entered a dispositional order pursuant to RCW 13.34.130;

        (c) That the child has been removed or will, at the time of the hearing, have been removed from the custody of the parent for a period of at least six months pursuant to a finding of dependency;

        (d) That the services ordered under RCW 13.34.136 have been expressly and understandably offered or provided and all necessary services, reasonably available, capable of correcting the parental deficiencies within the foreseeable future have been expressly and understandably offered or provided;

        (e) That there is little likelihood that conditions will be remedied so that the child can be returned to the parent in the near future. A parent's failure to substantially improve parental deficiencies within twelve months following entry of the dispositional order shall give rise to a rebuttable presumption that there is little likelihood that conditions will be remedied so that the child can be returned to the parent in the near future. The presumption shall not arise unless the petitioner makes a showing that all necessary services reasonably capable of correcting the parental deficiencies within the foreseeable future have been clearly offered or provided. In determining whether the conditions will be remedied the court may consider, but is not limited to, the following factors:

        (i) Use of intoxicating or controlled substances so as to render the parent incapable of providing proper care for the child for extended periods of time or for periods of time that present a risk of imminent harm to the child, and documented unwillingness of the parent to receive and complete treatment or documented multiple failed treatment attempts; ((or))

        (ii) Psychological incapacity or mental deficiency of the parent that is so severe and chronic as to render the parent incapable of providing proper care for the child for extended periods of time or for periods of time that present a risk of imminent harm to the child, and documented unwillingness of the parent to receive and complete treatment or documentation that there is no treatment that can render the parent capable of providing proper care for the child in the near future; or

        (iii) Failure of the parent to have contact with the child for an extended period of time after the filing of the dependency petition if the parent was provided an opportunity to have a relationship with the child by the department or the court and received documented notice of the potential consequences of this failure, except that the actual inability of a parent to have visitation with the child due to mitigating circumstances including, but not limited to, a parent's incarceration or service in the military does not in and of itself constitute failure to have contact with the child; and

        (f) That continuation of the parent and child relationship clearly diminishes the child's prospects for early integration into a stable and permanent home.

        (2) In lieu of the allegations in subsection (1) of this section, the petition may allege that the child was found under such circumstances that the whereabouts of the child's parent are unknown and no person has acknowledged paternity or maternity and requested custody of the child within two months after the child was found.

         (3) In lieu of the allegations in subsection (1)(b) through (f) of this section, the petition may allege that the parent has been convicted of:

        (a) Murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, or homicide by abuse as defined in chapter 9A.32 RCW against another child of the parent;

        (b) Manslaughter in the first degree or manslaughter in the second degree, as defined in chapter 9A.32 RCW against another child of the parent;

        (c) Attempting, conspiring, or soliciting another to commit one or more of the crimes listed in (a) or (b) of this subsection; or

        (d) Assault in the first or second degree, as defined in chapter 9A.36 RCW, against the surviving child or another child of the parent.

        (4) Notice of rights shall be served upon the parent, guardian, or legal custodian with the petition and shall be in substantially the following form:

 

        "NOTICE

 

A petition for termination of parental rights has been filed against you. You have important legal rights and you must take steps to protect your interests. This petition could result in permanent loss of your parental rights.

1. You have the right to a fact-finding hearing before a judge.

2. You have the right to have a lawyer represent you at the hearing. A lawyer can look at the files in your case, talk to the department of social and health services and other agencies, tell you about the law, help you understand your rights, and help you at hearings. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one to represent you. To get a court-appointed lawyer you must contact:    (explain local procedure)   .

3. At the hearing, you have the right to speak on your own behalf, to introduce evidence, to examine witnesses, and to receive a decision based solely on the evidence presented to the judge.

You should be present at this hearing.

You may call    (insert agency)    for more information about your child. The agency's name and telephone number are    (insert name and telephone number)   .""

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Kagi, Chair; Roberts, Vice Chair; Haler, Ranking Minority Member; Walsh, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Angel; Goodman and Seaquist.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 25, 2009

ESSB 5513     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Transportation: Concerning law enforcement authority that relates to civil infractions and unlawful transit conduct. Reported by Committee on Transportation

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 7.80.090 and 1987 c 456 s 17 are each amended to read as follows:


        (1) Procedures for the conduct of all hearings provided in this chapter may be established by rule of the supreme court.

        (2) Any person subject to proceedings under this chapter may be represented by counsel.

        (3) The attorney representing the state, county, city, ((or)) town, or transit agency authorized to issue civil infractions may appear in any proceedings under this chapter but need not appear, notwithstanding any statute or rule of court to the contrary.

        Sec. 2. RCW 7.80.010 and 1987 c 456 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) All violations of state law, local law, ordinance, regulation, or resolution designated as civil infractions may be heard and determined by a district court, except as otherwise provided in this section.

        (2) Any municipal court has the authority to hear and determine pursuant to this chapter civil infractions that are established by municipal ordinance or by local law or resolution of a transit agency authorized to issue civil infractions, and that are committed within the jurisdiction of the municipality.

        (3) Any city or town with a municipal court under chapter 3.50 RCW may contract with the county to have civil infractions that are established by city or town ordinance and that are committed within the city or town adjudicated by a district court.

        (4) District court commissioners have the authority to hear and determine civil infractions pursuant to this chapter.

         (5) Nothing in this chapter prevents any city, town, or county from hearing and determining civil infractions pursuant to its own system established by ordinance.

        Sec. 3. RCW 9.91.025 and 2004 c 118 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) A person is guilty of unlawful ((bus)) transit conduct if, while on or in a ((municipal)) transit vehicle ((as defined by RCW 46.04.355)) or in or at a ((municipal)) transit station ((and with knowledge that the conduct is prohibited)), he or she knowingly:

        (a) ((Except while in or at a municipal transit station,)) Smokes or carries a lighted or smoldering pipe, cigar, or cigarette, unless he or she is smoking in an area designated and authorized by the transit authority;

        (b) Discards litter other than in designated receptacles;

        (c) Dumps or discards, or both, any materials on or at a transit facility including, but not limited to, hazardous substances and automotive fluids;

        (d) Plays any radio, recorder, or other sound-producing equipment, except that nothing herein prohibits the use of the equipment when connected to earphones or an ear receiver that limits the sound to an individual listener((s or the use of a communication device by an employee of the owner or operator of the municipal transit vehicle or municipal transit station)). The use of public address systems or music systems that are authorized by a transit agency is permitted. The use of communications devices by transit employees and designated contractors or public safety officers in the line of duty is permitted, as is the use of private communications devices used to summon, notify, or communicate with other individuals, such as pagers and cellular phones;

        (((d))) (e) Spits ((or)), expectorates, urinates, or defecates, except in appropriate plumbing fixtures in restroom facilities;

        (((e))) (f) Carries any flammable liquid, explosive, acid, or other article or material likely to cause harm to others, except that nothing herein prevents a person from carrying a cigarette, cigar, or pipe lighter or carrying a firearm or ammunition in a way that is not otherwise prohibited by law;

         (((f) Intentionally)) (g) Consumes an alcoholic beverage or is in possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, unless authorized by the transit authority and required permits have been obtained;

        (h) Obstructs or impedes the flow of ((municipal)) transit vehicles or passenger traffic, hinders or prevents access to ((municipal)) transit vehicles or stations, or otherwise unlawfully interferes with the provision or use of public transportation services;

        (((g) Intentionally)) (i) Unreasonably disturbs others by engaging in loud, raucous, unruly, harmful, or harassing behavior; ((or

        (h))) (j) Destroys, defaces, or otherwise damages property ((of a municipality as defined in RCW 35.58.272 or a regional transit authority authorized by chapter 81.112 RCW employed in the provision or use of public transportation services)) in a transit vehicle or at a transit facility;

        (k) Throws an object in a transit vehicle, at a transit facility, or at any person at a transit facility with intent to do harm;

        (l) Possesses an unissued transfer or fare media or tenders an unissued transfer or fare media as proof of fare payment;

        (m) Falsely claims to be a transit operator or other transit employee or through words, actions, or the use of clothes, insignia, or equipment resembling department-issued uniforms and equipment, creates a false impression that he or she is a transit operator or other transit employee;

        (n) Engages in gambling or any game of chance for the winning of money or anything of value;

        (o) Skates on roller skates or in-line skates, or rides in or upon or by any means a coaster, skateboard, toy vehicle, or any similar device. However, a person may walk while wearing skates or carry a skateboard while on or in a transit vehicle or in or at a transit station if that conduct is not otherwise prohibited by law; or

        (p) Engages in other conduct that is inconsistent with the intended use and purpose of the transit facility, transit station, or transit vehicle and refuses to obey the lawful commands of an agent of the transit authority or a peace officer to cease such conduct.

        (2) For the purposes of this section((, "municipal)):

        (a) "Transit station" or "transit facility" means all passenger facilities, structures, ((lands, interest in lands, air rights over lands)) stops, shelters, bus zones, properties, and rights-of-way of all kinds that are owned, leased, held, or used by a ((municipality as defined in RCW 35.58.272, or a regional transit authority authorized by chapter 81.112 RCW)) transit authority for the purpose of providing public transportation services((, including, but not limited to, park and ride lots, transit centers and tunnels, and bus shelters.

        (3) Unlawful bus conduct is a misdemeanor)).

        (b) "Transit vehicle" means any motor vehicle, street car, train, trolley vehicle, ferry boat, or any other device, vessel, or vehicle that is owned or operated by a transit authority or an entity providing service on behalf of a transit authority that is used for the purpose of carrying passengers on a regular schedule.

        (c) "Transit authority" means a city transit system under RCW 35.58.2721 or chapter 35.95A RCW, a county transportation authority under chapter 36.57 RCW, a metropolitan municipal corporation transit system under chapter 36.56 RCW, a public transportation benefit area under chapter 36.57A RCW, an unincorporated transportation benefit area under RCW 36.57.100, a regional transportation authority under chapter 81.112 RCW, or any special purpose district formed to operate a public transportation system.

        (3) Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

        Sec. 4. RCW 81.112.020 and 1999 c 20 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:


        Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

        (1) "Authority" means a regional transit authority authorized under this chapter.

        (2) "Board" means the board of a regional transit authority.

        (3) "Service area" or "area" means the area included within the boundaries of a regional transit authority.

        (4) "System" means a regional transit system authorized under this chapter and under the jurisdiction of a regional transit authority.

        (5) "Facilities" means any lands, interest in land, air rights over lands, and improvements thereto including vessel terminals, and any equipment, vehicles, vessels, trains, stations, designated passenger waiting areas, and other components necessary to support the system.

         (6) "Proof of payment" means evidence of fare prepayment authorized by a regional transit authority for the use of ((trains, including but not limited to commuter trains and light rail trains)) its facilities.

        Sec. 5. RCW 81.112.210 and 1999 c 20 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) An authority is authorized to establish, by resolution, a schedule of fines and penalties for civil infractions established in RCW 81.112.220. Fines established by a regional transit authority shall not exceed those imposed for class 1 infractions under RCW 7.80.120.

        (2)(a) A regional transit authority may designate persons to monitor fare payment who are equivalent to and are authorized to exercise all the powers of an enforcement officer, defined in RCW 7.80.040. An authority is authorized to employ personnel to either monitor fare payment, or to contract for such services, or both.

        (b) In addition to the specific powers granted to enforcement officers under RCW 7.80.050 and 7.80.060, persons designated to monitor fare payment also have the authority to take the following actions:

        (i) Request proof of payment from passengers;

        (ii) Request personal identification from a passenger who does not produce proof of payment when requested;

        (iii) Issue a citation conforming to the requirements established in RCW 7.80.070; and

        (iv) Request that a passenger leave the regional transit authority ((train, including but not limited to commuter trains and light rail trains,)) facility when the passenger has not produced proof of payment after being asked to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment.

        (3) Regional transit authorities shall keep records of citations in the manner prescribed by RCW 7.80.150. All civil infractions established by chapter 20, Laws of 1999 shall be heard and determined by a district or municipal court as provided in RCW 7.80.010 (1), (2), and (4).

        Sec. 6. RCW 81.112.220 and 1999 c 20 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) Persons traveling on ((trains, including but not limited to commuter trains or light rail trains,)) facilities operated by an authority((,)) shall pay the fare established by the authority. Such persons shall produce proof of payment when requested by a person designated to monitor fare payment.

        (2) The following constitute civil infractions punishable according to the schedule of fines and penalties established by the authority under RCW 81.112.210(1):

        (a) Failure to pay the required fare;

        (b) Failure to display proof of payment when requested to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment; and

        (c) Failure to depart the ((train, including but not limited to commuter trains and light rail trains,)) facility when requested to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment.

        Sec. 7. RCW 81.112.230 and 2006 c 270 s 12 are each amended to read as follows:

        Nothing in RCW 81.112.020 and 81.112.210 through 81.112.230 shall be deemed to prevent law enforcement authorities from prosecuting for theft, trespass, or other charges by any individual who:

        (1) Fails to pay the required fare on more than one occasion within a twelve-month period;

        (2) Fails to timely select one of the options for responding to the notice of civil infraction after receiving a statement of the options provided in this chapter for responding to the notice of infraction and the procedures necessary to exercise these options; or

        (3) Fails to depart the ((train, including but not limited to commuter trains and light rail trains,)) facility when requested to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. A new section is added to chapter 81.112 RCW to read as follows:

        The powers and authority conferred by RCW 81.112.210 through 81.112.230 are in addition and supplemental to powers or authority conferred by any other law. RCW 81.112.210 through 81.112.230 do not limit any other powers or authority of a regional transit authority.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Clibborn, Chair; Liias, Vice Chair; Roach, Ranking Minority Member; Rodne, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Armstrong; Campbell; Cox; Driscoll; Eddy; Ericksen; Finn; Flannigan; Herrera; Johnson; Klippert; Kristiansen; Moeller; Rolfes; Shea; Simpson; Springer; Takko; Upthegrove; Wallace; Williams and Wood.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

ESB 5519       Prime Sponsor, Senator Hargrove: Reforming competency evaluation and restoration procedures. Reported by Committee on Human Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

 

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"PART I

COMPETENCY EVALUATION AND RESTORATION

 

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. (1)(a) Whenever there is reason to doubt a defendant's competency, the court on its own motion or on the motion of any party shall request the secretary of the department of social and health services to designate a qualified expert or professional person to evaluate the competency of the defendant. The signed order of the court shall serve as authority for the evaluator to be given access to all records held by any mental health, medical, educational, or correctional facility that relates to the present or past mental, emotional, or physical condition of the defendant.

        (b) If the defendant is being held in a jail or detention facility, the court shall order the evaluation to take place in the jail or detention facility. The order shall state that the defendant may be transported to a state hospital or other secure mental health facility at the request of the evaluator, if the evaluator determines that such action is necessary in order to complete an accurate evaluation of the defendant. This request shall be provided in writing to the jail or detention facility, court, and representatives of both parties, and the reason for the request shall be documented in the evaluation report. No further order of the court shall be necessary to effectuate transportation of the defendant under this subsection. If the defendant exhibits behavior indicative of severe decompensation and the evaluator has not, within three days of the court's order, made a decision regarding the location of the competency evaluation, any party may file a motion with the court seeking an order to have the defendant evaluated at a secure mental health facility.

         (c) The prosecutor shall send a copy of the order for evaluation to the secretary of the department of social and health services and a copy of the charging document, certification of probable cause, police report, and a summary of the defendant's criminal history. These documents shall be provided as soon as possible, and no later than three business days after the order is signed. The court or either party may provide additional information to the secretary of the department of social and health services which it reasonably deems to be of assistance to the evaluation, unless such action would infringe upon ethical duties.

        (d) The report of an evaluation of a defendant who is being held in custody at a jail or detention facility shall be completed within twenty-one days from the time of receipt by the secretary of the department of social and health services of the documents specified in (c) of this subsection, unless transportation of the defendant to a hospital or secure mental health facility is necessary under (b) of this subsection, in which case the secretary of the department of social and health services shall authorize transportation of the defendant as soon as possible, and within seven days of the request. A defendant transported under (b) of this subsection may be admitted to a hospital or secure mental health facility for only the length of time necessary to complete an evaluation, and for no longer than fifteen days.

        (e) If at any point the evaluator becomes aware that the defendant may have a developmental disability, or if it appears that the characteristics of developmental disability may be a significant factor in the defendant's ability to participate in the criminal proceeding, the evaluation shall be performed by or in consultation with a developmental disabilities professional.

        (f) For good cause, the court may extend the time period for completion of an evaluation.

        (g) Upon agreement by the parties, the court may appoint a qualified expert or professional person to evaluate the competency of the defendant instead of requesting the secretary of the department of social and health services to designate an evaluator. Only an evaluator designated by the secretary of the department of social and health services may request that the defendant be transported to a state hospital for evaluation under (b) of this subsection.

         (2) The court may direct that a qualified expert or professional person retained by or appointed for the defendant be permitted to witness the evaluation authorized by subsection (1) of this section, and that the defendant shall have access to all information obtained by the evaluator. The defendant's expert or professional person shall have the right to file his or her own report following the guidelines of subsection (3) of this section. If the defendant is indigent, the court shall upon the request of the defendant assist him or her in obtaining an expert or professional person.

        (3) The report of the evaluation shall include the following:

        (a) A description of the nature of the evaluation;

        (b) A diagnosis of the mental condition of the defendant;

        (c) An opinion as to competency;

        (d) An opinion as to whether the defendant should be evaluated by a designated mental health professional under chapter 71.05 RCW.

        (4) The secretary of the department of social and health services may execute such agreements as appropriate and necessary to implement this section.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. (1)(a)(i) An evaluator appointed under RCW 10.77.060 or an expert or professional person appointed under section 106 of this act shall provide a report and recommendation to the court in which the criminal proceeding is pending. A copy of the report and recommendation shall be provided to the designated mental health professional, the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney, and the professional person at the local correctional facility where the defendant is being held, or if there is no professional person, to the person designated under (a)(ii) of this subsection. Upon request, the secretary of the department of social and health services shall also provide copies of any source documents relevant to the evaluation to the designated mental health professional. The report and recommendation shall be provided not less than twenty-four hours preceding the transfer of the defendant to the correctional facility in the county in which the criminal proceeding is pending.

        (ii) If there is no professional person at the local correctional facility, the local correctional facility shall designate a professional person as defined in RCW 71.05.020 or, in cooperation with the regional support network, a professional person at the regional support network to receive the report and recommendation.

        (iii) When a defendant is transferred to a hospital or other secure facility for an evaluation, or upon commencement of a defendant's evaluation in the local correctional facility, the local correctional facility must notify the evaluator or the facility conducting the evaluation of the name of the professional person, or person designated under (a)(ii) of this subsection to receive the report and recommendation.

        (b) If the report of an evaluation performed under RCW 10.77.060, 10.77.084(5), or section 106 of this act recommends that a defendant in custody should be evaluated by a designated mental health professional under chapter 71.05 RCW, the court shall order an evaluation be conducted prior to the individual's release from confinement following any conviction, dismissal, or acquittal, unless the individual is sentenced to confinement for more than twenty-four months.

        (2) A designated mental health professional conducting an evaluation under subsection (1)(b) of this section shall notify the persons identified in subsection (1)(a) of this section within twenty-four hours detention was initiated under chapter 71.05 RCW.

        (3) The petitioner in a proceeding initiated under subsection (2) of this section shall provide a copy of the results of the proceeding to the secretary of the department of social and health services.

        (4) The fact of admission and all information and records compiled, obtained, or maintained in the course of providing services under this section may be disclosed to the courts solely to prevent the entry of any evaluation or treatment order that is inconsistent with any order entered under chapter 71.05 RCW.

        Sec. 3. RCW 10.77.084 and 2007 c 375 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) If at any time during the pendency of an action and prior to judgment the court finds, following a report ((as provided in)) under RCW 10.77.060 or section 106 of this act, a defendant is incompetent, the court shall order the proceedings against the defendant be stayed except as provided in subsection (4) of this section. The court shall order the defendant to undergo a period of treatment for restoration of competency within the time limits established by RCW 10.77.086 and 10.77.088 and the requirements of this section.

        (b) ((A defendant found incompetent shall be evaluated at the direction of the secretary and a determination made whether the defendant is an individual with a developmental disability. Such evaluation and determination shall be accomplished as soon as possible following the court's placement of the defendant in the custody of the secretary.

        (i) When appropriate, and subject to available funds, if the defendant is determined to be an individual with a developmental disability, he or she may be placed in a program specifically reserved for the treatment and training of persons with developmental disabilities where the defendant shall have the right to habilitation according to an individualized service plan specifically developed for the particular needs of the defendant. A copy of the evaluation shall be sent to the program.

        (A) The program shall be separate from programs serving persons involved in any other treatment or habilitation program.

        (B) The program shall be appropriately secure under the circumstances and shall be administered by developmental disabilities professionals who shall direct the habilitation efforts.

        (C) The program shall provide an environment affording security appropriate with the charged criminal behavior and necessary to protect the public safety.

        (ii) The department may limit admissions of such persons to this specialized program in order to ensure that expenditures for services do not exceed amounts appropriated by the legislature and allocated by the department for such services.

        (iii) The department may establish admission priorities in the event that the number of eligible persons exceeds the limits set by the department.

        (c))) At the end of ((the mental health treatment and)) a competency restoration period ordered under (a) of this subsection, or at any time a professional person determines competency has been, or is unlikely to be, restored, the defendant shall be returned to court for a hearing. If, after notice and hearing, the court finds that competency has been restored, the stay entered under (a) of this subsection shall be lifted. ((If competency has not been restored, the proceedings shall be dismissed.)) If the court ((concludes)) finds that competency has not been restored, but that further treatment within the time limit((s)) established by RCW 10.77.086 ((or 10.77.088)) is likely to restore competency, the court may order ((that)) the defendant to undergo an additional period of treatment for purposes of competency restoration ((be continued. Such treatment may not extend beyond the combination of time provided for in RCW 10.77.086 or 10.77.088)).

        (((d))) (c) If at any time ((during the proceeding)) the court finds, following notice and hearing, ((a)) that the defendant is not competent and is either not likely to regain competency, or no current or further period of competency restoration treatment is allowable under RCW 10.77.086 or 10.77.088, the ((proceedings shall be dismissed)) court shall dismiss the charges without prejudice and ((the defendant shall be evaluated for civil commitment proceedings)) enter one of the following orders:

        (i) If the charge was a felony, and was a serious offense as defined by RCW 10.77.092, the court shall detain the defendant and order the defendant to be transferred to a state hospital or other suitably secure mental health facility for purpose of evaluation under chapter 71.05 RCW.

        (ii) If the charge was a nonfelony, and was a serious offense as defined by RCW 10.77.092, and the defendant was in custody and not on conditional release at the time of dismissal, the court may detain the defendant and order the defendant to be transferred to an evaluation and treatment facility for the purpose of evaluation under chapter 71.05 RCW. The defendant may be detained in jail for no longer than three days, excluding holidays, prior to transfer or release, and subsequently may be detained by the evaluation and treatment facility for up to seventy-two hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, prior to the filing of a petition under chapter 71.05 RCW. The secretary may consent to receive the defendant at a state hospital in lieu of transfer to an evaluation and treatment facility. The defendant may be screened prior to transfer to determine whether civil commitment criteria are met.

        (iii) If the charge was not a serious offense as defined by RCW 10.77.092, or if the charge was a nonfelony and the defendant was on conditional release at the time of dismissal, the court may order the defendant to undergo an evaluation by a designated mental health professional, and shall do so if required by RCW 10.77.065(1)(b). A defendant who is in custody, or who refuses to cooperate with the evaluation, may be detained in custody for up to forty-eight hours for this evaluation.

        (d) Notwithstanding any other limitations, a defendant who has multiple criminal charges may undergo competency restoration treatment for all charges for the longest time period allowable for any of the charges.

        (2) If the defendant is referred to the designated mental health professional for consideration of ((initial)) detention ((proceedings)) under chapter 71.05 RCW ((pursuant to this chapter)), the designated mental health professional shall provide ((prompt written)) notification of ((the results of the determination whether to commence initial detention proceedings under chapter 71.05 RCW and)) whether the ((person)) defendant was detained according to RCW 10.77.065(2). ((The notification shall be provided to the court in which the criminal action was pending, the prosecutor, the defense attorney in the criminal action, and the facility that evaluated the defendant for competency.))

        (3) ((The fact)) A finding that the defendant is ((unfit to proceed)) not competent does not preclude any pretrial proceedings which do not require the personal participation of the defendant.

        (4) A defendant receiving medication for either physical or mental problems shall not be prohibited from standing trial, if the medication either enables the defendant to understand the proceedings against him or her and to assist in his or her own defense, or does not disable him or her from so understanding and assisting in his or her own defense.

        (5) At or before the conclusion of any ((commitment)) competency restoration period provided for by ((this section)) RCW 10.77.086 or 10.77.088, the facility providing evaluation and treatment shall provide to the court a written report ((of examination)) which meets the requirements of RCW 10.77.060(3).

        Sec. 4. RCW 10.77.086 and 2007 c 375 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

        (((1))) If ((the)) a defendant is charged with a felony and determined to be incompetent((,)):

         (1) Until ((he or she)) the defendant has regained the competency necessary to understand the proceedings against him or her and assist in his or her own defense, or has been determined to be unlikely to regain competency ((pursuant to RCW 10.77.084(1)(c))), but in any event for a period of no longer than ninety days, the court((:

        (a))) shall commit the defendant to the custody of the secretary who shall place such defendant in an appropriate facility of the department for evaluation and treatment((; or

        (b) May alternatively order the defendant to undergo evaluation and treatment at some other facility as determined by the department, or under the guidance and control of a professional person)).


        (2) On or before expiration of the initial ((ninety-day)) period of commitment under subsection (1) of this section, the secretary shall provide the court and the parties with a report in accordance with RCW 10.77.060(3). The secretary shall return the defendant to court ((shall conduct)) for a hearing, at which ((it)) the court shall determine by a preponderance of the evidence whether or not the defendant is incompetent as provided by RCW 10.77.084(1)(b).

        (3) If, following a hearing under subsection (2) of this section, the court finds ((by a preponderance of the evidence)) that ((a)) the defendant ((charged with a felony is)) remains incompetent, the court ((shall have the option of extending the)) may order ((of commitment or alternative)) a second period of competency restoration treatment for an additional ((ninety-day)) period((, but)) of up to ninety days.

        (a) If a second period of competency restoration treatment would cause the defendant to be held in custody for a longer period than the defendant would have been likely to spend in custody if the defendant were convicted and sentenced to the top of the defendant's standard sentencing range, the court shall not order a second period of competency restoration treatment unless it finds by a preponderance of the evidence following a hearing that further competency restoration treatment is in the public interest due to particular circumstances related to the nature or impact of the alleged offense, or the criminal or treatment history of the defendant.

        (b) If treatment is extended, the court must at the time of extension set a date for a prompt hearing to determine the defendant's competency before the expiration of the second ninety-day period. The defendant, the defendant's attorney, or the prosecutor has the right to demand that the hearing be before a jury.

        (c) No extension shall be ordered for a second ninety-day period, nor for any subsequent period as provided in subsection (4) of this section, if the defendant's incompetence has been determined by the secretary to be solely the result of a developmental disability which is such that competence is not reasonably likely to be regained during an extension.

        (4) ((For persons charged with a felony, at the hearing upon the expiration of the second ninety-day period or at the end of the first ninety-day period, in the case of a defendant with a developmental disability, if the jury or court finds that the defendant is incompetent, the charges shall be dismissed without prejudice, and either civil commitment proceedings shall be instituted or the court shall order the release of the defendant. The criminal charges shall not be dismissed)) If the court or jury finds that the defendant remains incompetent following a second period of competency restoration treatment under subsection (3) of this section, the court may order a third and final period of competency restoration treatment only if the court or jury finds that: (a) The defendant (i) is a substantial danger to other persons; or (ii) presents a substantial likelihood of committing criminal acts jeopardizing public safety or security; and (b) there is a substantial probability that the defendant will regain competency within a reasonable period of time. In the event that the court or jury makes such a finding, the court may extend the period of commitment for up to an additional six months. A third period of competency restoration treatment shall not be ordered if the allegations against the defendant do not include one or more charges which are serious offenses as defined by RCW 10.77.092.

        Sec. 5. RCW 10.77.088 and 2007 c 375 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

        (((1)(a))) If ((the)) a defendant is charged with a nonfelony ((crime which)) and determined to be incompetent:

        (1) If at least one of the charges is a serious offense as ((identified in)) defined by RCW 10.77.092 ((and found by the court to be not competent)), then the court shall order the secretary to place the defendant:

         (((i))) (a) At a secure mental health facility in the custody of the department or an agency designated by the department for mental health treatment and restoration of competency. The placement shall not exceed fourteen days in addition to any unused time of the evaluation under RCW 10.77.060. The court shall compute this total period and include its computation in the order. The fourteen-day period plus any unused time of the evaluation under RCW 10.77.060 shall be considered to include only the time the defendant is actually at the facility and shall be in addition to reasonable time for transport to or from the facility; or

        (((ii))) (b) On conditional release for up to ninety days for mental health treatment and restoration of competency((; or

        (iii) Any combination of this subsection.

        (b)(i) If the proceedings are dismissed under RCW 10.77.084 and the defendant was on conditional release at the time of dismissal, the court shall order the designated mental health professional within that county to evaluate the defendant pursuant to chapter 71.05 RCW. The evaluation may be conducted in any location chosen by the professional.

        (ii) If the defendant was in custody and not on conditional release at the time of dismissal, the defendant shall be detained and sent to an evaluation and treatment facility for up to seventy-two hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, for evaluation for purposes of filing a petition under chapter 71.05 RCW. The seventy-two-hour period shall commence upon the next nonholiday weekday following the court order and shall run to the end of the last nonholiday weekday within the seventy-two-hour period)).

        (2) If the defendant is charged with a nonfelony ((crime)) that is not a serious offense as defined in RCW 10.77.092((:

        The court may stay or dismiss proceedings and detain the defendant for sufficient time to allow the designated mental health professional to evaluate the defendant and consider initial detention proceedings under chapter 71.05 RCW. The court must give notice to all parties at least twenty-four hours before the dismissal of any proceeding under this subsection, and provide an opportunity for a hearing on whether to dismiss the proceedings)), the court shall not order competency restoration treatment, and shall instead enter an order under RCW 10.77.084(1)(c).

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. A new section is added to chapter 10.77 RCW to read as follows:

        (1)(a) Whenever a defendant has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, or has advised the court or a party of his or her intention to rely upon a defense of diminished capacity and endorsed an expert witness who will testify in support of a diminished capacity defense, the court, on motion of the prosecuting attorney, shall either appoint or request the secretary to designate a qualified expert or professional person to evaluate and report upon the mental condition of the defendant. The signed order of the court shall serve as authority for the evaluator to be given access to all records held by any mental health, medical, educational, or correctional facility that relate to the present or past mental, emotional, or physical condition of the defendant.

        (b) The court shall not order the secretary to perform an evaluation under this section for reasons other than those specified in (a) of this subsection.

        (c) A defendant who is transported to a state hospital or other suitably secure mental health facility for an evaluation under this section may be admitted for only the length of time necessary to complete the evaluation, and for no longer than fifteen days.


        (d) The prosecutor shall send the order for evaluation to the secretary along with a copy of the charging document, certification of probable cause, police report, and a summary of the defendant's criminal history. The court or either party may provide additional information to the secretary which it reasonably deems to be of assistance to the evaluation, unless such action would infringe upon ethical duties.

        (2) The report of the evaluation shall include the following:

        (a) A description of the nature of the evaluation;

        (b) A diagnosis of the mental condition of the defendant;

        (c) An opinion as to competency;

        (d) An opinion as to the defendant's sanity at the time of the act;

        (e) An opinion as to whether the defendant is a substantial danger to other persons, or presents a substantial likelihood of committing criminal acts jeopardizing public safety or security, unless kept under further control by the court or other persons or institutions;

         (f) When directed by the court, an opinion as to the capacity of the defendant to have a particular state of mind which is an element of the offense charged;

        (g) An opinion as to whether the defendant should be evaluated by a designated mental health professional for civil commitment under chapter 71.05 RCW prior to release from custody.

        (3) The court may direct that a qualified expert or professional person retained by or appointed for the defendant be permitted to witness the evaluation authorized by subsection (1) of this section, and that the defendant shall have access to all information obtained by the evaluator. The defendant's expert or professional person has the right to file his or her own report following the guidelines of subsection (2) of this section. If the defendant is indigent, the court shall upon the request of the defendant assist him or her in obtaining an expert or professional person.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. A new section is added to chapter 10.77 RCW to read as follows:

        Statements made by a defendant during a competency evaluation, competency hearing, or competency restoration treatment shall not be admissible in the state's case in chief. After the state's case in chief, those statements may be admissible according to the rules of evidence if a mental defense such as insanity or diminished capacity is asserted or to impeach testimony by the defendant.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. A new section is added to chapter 10.77 RCW to read as follows:

        Any defendant placed in the custody of the secretary for competency restoration treatment shall be evaluated at the direction of the secretary as soon as possible and a determination made whether the defendant is an individual with a developmental disability.

        (1) When appropriate, and subject to available funds, if the defendant is determined to be an individual with a developmental disability, he or she may be placed in a program specifically reserved for the treatment and training of persons with developmental disabilities where the defendant has the right to habilitation according to an individualized service plan specifically developed for the particular needs of the defendant. A copy of the evaluation shall be sent to the program.

        (a) The program shall be separate from programs serving persons involved in any other treatment or habilitation program.

        (b) The program shall be appropriately secure under the circumstances and shall be administered by developmental disabilities professionals who shall direct the habilitation efforts.

        (c) The program shall provide an environment affording security appropriate with the charged criminal behavior and necessary to protect the public safety.

        (2) The department may limit admissions of such persons to this specialized program in order to ensure that expenditures for services do not exceed amounts appropriated by the legislature and allocated by the department for such services.

        (3) The department may establish admission priorities in the event that the number of eligible persons exceeds the limits set by the department.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. A new section is added to chapter 10.77 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) Whenever a jail or detention center receives notice of a request or order requiring transfer of a defendant to a state hospital or other medical facility under RCW 10.77.060 or 10.77.084, the jail or detention center shall provide all medical information in its possession necessary for the admission of the defendant to the secretary within three days. The secretary shall not be responsible under subsection (2) of this section for unreasonable delays in transmission of medical information.

        (2) If the secretary fails to conduct or complete a competency evaluation within the time limits prescribed by RCW 10.77.060, the court may conduct a show cause hearing upon the motion of any party to determine why the evaluation was not conducted or completed within the allotted time. An order to show cause shall be set forth in writing and shall be served upon the secretary. If the court finds that time limits were exceeded by the secretary without good cause, it may set a fixed time for the completion of the evaluation and may order the secretary to reimburse expenses to the jail for any excess days at a rate of ninety dollars per day. The hearing may include review of a corrective action plan entered under section 110(7) of this act. Failure to conduct or complete a competency evaluation within time limitations shall not be cause for dismissal of criminal charges.

        (3) A jail is not civilly liable for delays by the secretary in providing competency evaluation services under RCW 10.77.060, or for the release of an individual from custody according to the requirements of RCW 10.77.084.

        (4) Nothing in this section is intended to denigrate other rights retained by operators of jails or other parties.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 10. A new section is added to chapter 10.77 RCW to read as follows:

        The department shall report annually to the legislature beginning October 1, 2010, concerning the waiting period for competency evaluations and competency restoration treatment during the past state fiscal year.

        The report shall include:

        (1) The number of competency evaluation referrals received, grouped by state hospital catchment;

        (2) The average waiting period for competency evaluations, presented on a monthly basis, and grouped by state hospital catchment. The department shall separate competency evaluations which occur entirely in a jail or detention center from other competency evaluations. The waiting period measured shall be from the time the secretary receives the order for evaluation and other documents identified in RCW 10.77.060 to the time of distribution of the evaluation report;

        (3) The average waiting period for competency evaluations, presented on an annual basis, and itemized by county. The evaluations shall be separated and measured as in subsection (2) of this section;

        (4) The average waiting period for inpatient competency restoration, presented on a monthly basis, and grouped by state hospital catchment. The waiting period measured shall be from the time the secretary receives the restoration referral to the time the defendant is transported to the state hospital, but shall not include any delay solely attributable to a failure by a jail or detention center to provide information required by section 109(1) of this act;

         (5) The number of competency restoration treatment referrals received on an annual basis, grouped by state hospital catchment. This information shall be separated into nonfelony referrals, first ninety-day felony referrals, second ninety-day felony referrals, and final one hundred eighty-day felony referrals. The report shall include average length of stay information and the percentage of successful outcomes at each stage;

        (6) The number of hearings held pursuant to section 109(2) of this act during the reporting period, grouped by state hospital catchment; and

        (7) If the data indicates that the department has failed to comply with the time limits prescribed by RCW 10.77.060 and 10.77.220, a description of a corrective action plan entered by the department to bring the department into compliance with these sections.

        The department may include any additional information or subgroupings in the report that it determines to be appropriate.

 

PART II

TECHNICAL CHANGES

 

        Sec. 11. RCW 10.77.163 and 2008 c 213 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) Before a person committed under this chapter is permitted temporarily to leave a treatment facility for any period of time without constant accompaniment by facility staff, the superintendent, professional person in charge of a treatment facility, or his or her professional designee shall in writing notify the prosecuting attorney of any county to which the person is released and the prosecuting attorney of the county in which the criminal charges against the committed person were dismissed, of the decision conditionally to release the person. The notice shall be provided at least forty-five days before the anticipated release and shall describe the conditions under which the release is to occur.

        (2) In addition to the notice required by subsection (1) of this section, the superintendent of each state institution designated for the custody, care, and treatment of persons committed under this chapter shall notify appropriate law enforcement agencies through the state patrol communications network of the furloughs of persons committed under RCW ((10.77.086)) 10.77.084(1)(c) or 10.77.110. Notification shall be made at least thirty days before the furlough, and shall include the name of the person, the place to which the person has permission to go, and the dates and times during which the person will be on furlough.

        (3) Upon receiving notice that a person committed under this chapter is being temporarily released under subsection (1) of this section, the prosecuting attorney may seek a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of the person on the grounds that the person is dangerous to self or others.

        (4) The notice requirements contained in this section shall not apply to emergency medical furloughs.

        (5) The existence of the notice requirements contained in this section shall not require any extension of the release date in the event the release plan changes after notification.

        (6) The notice provisions of this section are in addition to those provided in RCW 10.77.205.

 

        Sec. 12. RCW 71.05.280 and 2008 c 213 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

        At the expiration of the fourteen-day period of intensive treatment, a person may be confined for further treatment pursuant to RCW 71.05.320 if:

        (1) Such person after having been taken into custody for evaluation and treatment has threatened, attempted, or inflicted: (a) Physical harm upon the person of another or himself or herself, or substantial damage upon the property of another, and (b) as a result of mental disorder presents a likelihood of serious harm; or

        (2) Such person was taken into custody as a result of conduct in which he or she attempted or inflicted physical harm upon the person of another or himself or herself, or substantial damage upon the property of others, and continues to present, as a result of mental disorder, a likelihood of serious harm; or

        (3) Such person has been determined to be incompetent and criminal charges have been dismissed pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c), and has committed acts constituting a felony, and as a result of a mental disorder, presents a substantial likelihood of repeating similar acts. In any proceeding pursuant to this subsection it shall not be necessary to show intent, willfulness, or state of mind as an element of the crime; or

        (4) Such person is gravely disabled.

        Sec. 13. RCW 71.05.290 and 2008 c 213 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) At any time during a person's fourteen day intensive treatment period, the professional person in charge of a treatment facility or his or her professional designee or the designated mental health professional may petition the superior court for an order requiring such person to undergo an additional period of treatment. Such petition must be based on one or more of the grounds set forth in RCW 71.05.280.

        (2) The petition shall summarize the facts which support the need for further confinement and shall be supported by affidavits signed by two examining physicians, or by one examining physician and examining mental health professional. The affidavits shall describe in detail the behavior of the detained person which supports the petition and shall explain what, if any, less restrictive treatments which are alternatives to detention are available to such person, and shall state the willingness of the affiant to testify to such facts in subsequent judicial proceedings under this chapter.

        (3) If a person has been determined to be incompetent pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c), then the professional person in charge of the treatment facility or his or her professional designee or the designated mental health professional may directly file a petition for one hundred eighty day treatment under RCW 71.05.280(3). No petition for initial detention or fourteen day detention is required before such a petition may be filed.

        Sec. 14. RCW 71.05.300 and 2008 c 213 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The petition for ninety day treatment shall be filed with the clerk of the superior court at least three days before expiration of the fourteen-day period of intensive treatment. At the time of filing such petition, the clerk shall set a time for the person to come before the court on the next judicial day after the day of filing unless such appearance is waived by the person's attorney, and the clerk shall notify the designated mental health professional. The designated mental health professional shall immediately notify the person detained, his or her attorney, if any, and his or her guardian or conservator, if any, the prosecuting attorney, and the regional support network administrator, and provide a copy of the petition to such persons as soon as possible. The regional support network administrator or designee may review the petition and may appear and testify at the full hearing on the petition.


        (2) At the time set for appearance the detained person shall be brought before the court, unless such appearance has been waived and the court shall advise him or her of his or her right to be represented by an attorney and of his or her right to a jury trial. If the detained person is not represented by an attorney, or is indigent or is unwilling to retain an attorney, the court shall immediately appoint an attorney to represent him or her. The court shall, if requested, appoint a reasonably available licensed physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist, designated by the detained person to examine and testify on behalf of the detained person.

        (3) The court may, if requested, also appoint a professional person as defined in RCW 71.05.020 to seek less restrictive alternative courses of treatment and to testify on behalf of the detained person. In the case of a person with a developmental disability who has been determined to be incompetent pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c), then the appointed professional person under this section shall be a developmental disabilities professional.

        (4) The court shall also set a date for a full hearing on the petition as provided in RCW 71.05.310.

        Sec. 15. RCW 71.05.320 and 2008 c 213 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) If the court or jury finds that grounds set forth in RCW 71.05.280 have been proven and that the best interests of the person or others will not be served by a less restrictive treatment which is an alternative to detention, the court shall remand him or her to the custody of the department or to a facility certified for ninety day treatment by the department for a further period of intensive treatment not to exceed ninety days from the date of judgment: PROVIDED, That

         (a) If the grounds set forth in RCW 71.05.280(3) are the basis of commitment, then the period of treatment may be up to but not exceed one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment in a facility certified for one hundred eighty day treatment by the department.

        (b) If the committed person has a developmental disability and has been determined incompetent pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c), and the best interests of the person or others will not be served by a less-restrictive treatment which is an alternative to detention, the court shall remand him or her to the custody of the department or to a facility certified for one hundred eighty-day treatment by the department. When appropriate and subject to available funds, treatment and training of such persons must be provided in a program specifically reserved for the treatment and training of persons with developmental disabilities. A person so committed shall receive habilitation services pursuant to an individualized service plan specifically developed to treat the behavior which was the subject of the criminal proceedings. The treatment program shall be administered by developmental disabilities professionals and others trained specifically in the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. The department may limit admissions to this specialized program in order to ensure that expenditures for services do not exceed amounts appropriated by the legislature and allocated by the department for such services. The department may establish admission priorities in the event that the number of eligible persons exceeds the limits set by the department. An order for treatment less restrictive than involuntary detention may include conditions, and if such conditions are not adhered to, the designated mental health professional or developmental disabilities professional may order the person apprehended under the terms and conditions of RCW 71.05.340.

        (2) If the court or jury finds that grounds set forth in RCW 71.05.280 have been proven, but finds that treatment less restrictive than detention will be in the best interest of the person or others, then the court shall remand him or her to the custody of the department or to a facility certified for ninety day treatment by the department or to a less restrictive alternative for a further period of less restrictive treatment not to exceed ninety days from the date of judgment: PROVIDED, That if the grounds set forth in RCW 71.05.280(3) are the basis of commitment, then the period of treatment may be up to but not exceed one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment.

        (3) The person shall be released from involuntary treatment at the expiration of the period of commitment imposed under subsection (1) or (2) of this section unless the superintendent or professional person in charge of the facility in which he or she is confined, or in the event of a less restrictive alternative, the designated mental health professional or developmental disabilities professional, files a new petition for involuntary treatment on the grounds that the committed person;

        (a) During the current period of court ordered treatment: (i) Has threatened, attempted, or inflicted physical harm upon the person of another, or substantial damage upon the property of another, and (ii) as a result of mental disorder or developmental disability presents a likelihood of serious harm; or

        (b) Was taken into custody as a result of conduct in which he or she attempted or inflicted serious physical harm upon the person of another, and continues to present, as a result of mental disorder or developmental disability a likelihood of serious harm; or

        (c) Is in custody pursuant to RCW 71.05.280(3) and as a result of mental disorder or developmental disability presents a substantial likelihood of repeating similar acts considering the charged criminal behavior, life history, progress in treatment, and the public safety; or

        (d) Continues to be gravely disabled.

        If the conduct required to be proven in (b) and (c) of this subsection was found by a judge or jury in a prior trial under this chapter, it shall not be necessary to reprove that element. Such new petition for involuntary treatment shall be filed and heard in the superior court of the county of the facility which is filing the new petition for involuntary treatment unless good cause is shown for a change of venue. The cost of the proceedings shall be borne by the state.

        The hearing shall be held as provided in RCW 71.05.310, and if the court or jury finds that the grounds for additional confinement as set forth in this subsection are present, the court may order the committed person returned for an additional period of treatment not to exceed one hundred eighty days from the date of judgment. At the end of the one hundred eighty day period of commitment, the committed person shall be released unless a petition for another one hundred eighty day period of continued treatment is filed and heard in the same manner as provided in this subsection. Successive one hundred eighty day commitments are permissible on the same grounds and pursuant to the same procedures as the original one hundred eighty day commitment.

        (4) No person committed as provided in this section may be detained unless a valid order of commitment is in effect. No order of commitment can exceed one hundred eighty days in length.

        Sec. 16. RCW 71.05.425 and 2008 c 213 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, at the earliest possible date, and in no event later than thirty days before conditional release, final release, authorized leave under RCW 71.05.325(2), or transfer to a facility other than a state mental hospital, the superintendent shall send written notice of conditional release, release, authorized leave, or transfer of a person committed under RCW 71.05.280(3) or 71.05.320(3)(c) following dismissal of a sex, violent, or felony harassment offense pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c) to the following:

        (i) The chief of police of the city, if any, in which the person will reside; and

        (ii) The sheriff of the county in which the person will reside.

        (b) The same notice as required by (a) of this subsection shall be sent to the following, if such notice has been requested in writing about a specific person committed under RCW 71.05.280(3) or 71.05.320(3)(c) following dismissal of a sex, violent, or felony harassment offense pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c):

        (i) The victim of the sex, violent, or felony harassment offense that was dismissed pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c) preceding commitment under RCW 71.05.280(3) or 71.05.320(3)(c) or the victim's next of kin if the crime was a homicide;

        (ii) Any witnesses who testified against the person in any court proceedings; and

        (iii) Any person specified in writing by the prosecuting attorney.

Information regarding victims, next of kin, or witnesses requesting the notice, information regarding any other person specified in writing by the prosecuting attorney to receive the notice, and the notice are confidential and shall not be available to the person committed under this chapter.

        (c) The thirty-day notice requirements contained in this subsection shall not apply to emergency medical transfers.

        (d) The existence of the notice requirements in this subsection will not require any extension of the release date in the event the release plan changes after notification.

        (2) If a person committed under RCW 71.05.280(3) or 71.05.320(3)(c) following dismissal of a sex, violent, or felony harassment offense pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c) escapes, the superintendent shall immediately notify, by the most reasonable and expedient means available, the chief of police of the city and the sheriff of the county in which the person resided immediately before the person's arrest. If previously requested, the superintendent shall also notify the witnesses and the victim of the sex, violent, or felony harassment offense that was dismissed pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c) preceding commitment under RCW 71.05.280(3) or 71.05.320(3) or the victim's next of kin if the crime was a homicide. In addition, the secretary shall also notify appropriate parties pursuant to RCW 71.05.390(18). If the person is recaptured, the superintendent shall send notice to the persons designated in this subsection as soon as possible but in no event later than two working days after the department learns of such recapture.

        (3) If the victim, the victim's next of kin, or any witness is under the age of sixteen, the notice required by this section shall be sent to the parent or legal guardian of the child.

        (4) The superintendent shall send the notices required by this chapter to the last address provided to the department by the requesting party. The requesting party shall furnish the department with a current address.

        (5) For purposes of this section the following terms have the following meanings:

        (a) "Violent offense" means a violent offense under RCW 9.94A.030;

        (b) "Sex offense" means a sex offense under RCW 9.94A.030;

        (c) "Next of kin" means a person's spouse, parents, siblings, and children;

         (d) "Felony harassment offense" means a crime of harassment as defined in RCW 9A.46.060 that is a felony.

        Sec. 17. RCW 71.09.025 and 2008 c 213 s 11 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1)(a) When it appears that a person may meet the criteria of a sexually violent predator as defined in RCW 71.09.020(16), the agency with jurisdiction shall refer the person in writing to the prosecuting attorney of the county where that person was charged, three months prior to:

        (i) The anticipated release from total confinement of a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense;

        (ii) The anticipated release from total confinement of a person found to have committed a sexually violent offense as a juvenile;

        (iii) Release of a person who has been charged with a sexually violent offense and who has been determined to be incompetent to stand trial pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c); or

        (iv) Release of a person who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of a sexually violent offense pursuant to RCW 10.77.020(3).

        (b) The agency shall provide the prosecutor with all relevant information including but not limited to the following information:

        (i) A complete copy of the institutional records compiled by the department of corrections relating to the person, and any such out-of-state department of corrections' records, if available;

        (ii) A complete copy, if applicable, of any file compiled by the indeterminate sentence review board relating to the person;

        (iii) All records relating to the psychological or psychiatric evaluation and/or treatment of the person;

        (iv) A current record of all prior arrests and convictions, and full police case reports relating to those arrests and convictions; and

        (v) A current mental health evaluation or mental health records review.

        (2) This section applies to acts committed before, on, or after March 26, 1992.

        (3) The agency, its employees, and officials shall be immune from liability for any good-faith conduct under this section.

        (4) As used in this section, "agency with jurisdiction" means that agency with the authority to direct the release of a person serving a sentence or term of confinement and includes the department of corrections, the indeterminate sentence review board, and the department of social and health services.

        Sec. 18. RCW 71.09.030 and 2008 c 213 s 12 are each amended to read as follows:

        When it appears that: (1) A person who at any time previously has been convicted of a sexually violent offense is about to be released from total confinement on, before, or after July 1, 1990; (2) a person found to have committed a sexually violent offense as a juvenile is about to be released from total confinement on, before, or after July 1, 1990; (3) a person who has been charged with a sexually violent offense and who has been determined to be incompetent to stand trial is about to be released, or has been released on, before, or after July 1, 1990, pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c); (4) a person who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of a sexually violent offense is about to be released, or has been released on, before, or after July 1, 1990, pursuant to RCW 10.77.020(3), 10.77.110 (1) or (3), or 10.77.150; or (5) a person who at any time previously has been convicted of a sexually violent offense and has since been released from total confinement and has committed a recent overt act; and it appears that the person may be a sexually violent predator, the prosecuting attorney of the county where the person was convicted or charged or the attorney general if requested by the prosecuting attorney may file a petition alleging that the person is a "sexually violent predator" and stating sufficient facts to support such allegation.

        Sec. 19. RCW 71.09.060 and 2008 c 213 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) The court or jury shall determine whether, beyond a reasonable doubt, the person is a sexually violent predator. In determining whether or not the person would be likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility, the fact finder may consider only placement conditions and voluntary treatment options that would exist for the person if unconditionally released from detention on the sexually violent predator petition. The community protection program under RCW 71A.12.230 may not be considered as a placement condition or treatment option available to the person if unconditionally released from detention on a sexually violent predator petition. When the determination is made by a jury, the verdict must be unanimous.

        If, on the date that the petition is filed, the person was living in the community after release from custody, the state must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person had committed a recent overt act. If the state alleges that the prior sexually violent offense that forms the basis for the petition for commitment was an act that was sexually motivated as provided in RCW 71.09.020(15)(c), the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged sexually violent act was sexually motivated as defined in RCW 9.94A.030.

        If the court or jury determines that the person is a sexually violent predator, the person shall be committed to the custody of the department of social and health services for placement in a secure facility operated by the department of social and health services for control, care, and treatment until such time as: (a) The person's condition has so changed that the person no longer meets the definition of a sexually violent predator; or (b) conditional release to a less restrictive alternative as set forth in RCW 71.09.092 is in the best interest of the person and conditions can be imposed that would adequately protect the community.

        If the court or unanimous jury decides that the state has not met its burden of proving that the person is a sexually violent predator, the court shall direct the person's release.

        If the jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict, the court shall declare a mistrial and set a retrial within forty-five days of the date of the mistrial unless the prosecuting agency earlier moves to dismiss the petition. The retrial may be continued upon the request of either party accompanied by a showing of good cause, or by the court on its own motion in the due administration of justice provided that the respondent will not be substantially prejudiced. In no event may the person be released from confinement prior to retrial or dismissal of the case.

        (2) If the person charged with a sexually violent offense has been found incompetent to stand trial, and is about to (([be])) be or has been released pursuant to RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c), and his or her commitment is sought pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, the court shall first hear evidence and determine whether the person did commit the act or acts charged if the court did not enter a finding prior to dismissal under RCW ((10.77.086(4))) 10.77.084(1)(c) that the person committed the act or acts charged. The hearing on this issue must comply with all the procedures specified in this section. In addition, the rules of evidence applicable in criminal cases shall apply, and all constitutional rights available to defendants at criminal trials, other than the right not to be tried while incompetent, shall apply. After hearing evidence on this issue, the court shall make specific findings on whether the person did commit the act or acts charged, the extent to which the person's incompetence or developmental disability affected the outcome of the hearing, including its effect on the person's ability to consult with and assist counsel and to testify on his or her own behalf, the extent to which the evidence could be reconstructed without the assistance of the person, and the strength of the prosecution's case. If, after the conclusion of the hearing on this issue, the court finds, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the person did commit the act or acts charged, it shall enter a final order, appealable by the person, on that issue, and may proceed to consider whether the person should be committed pursuant to this section.

        (3) The state shall comply with RCW 10.77.220 while confining the person pursuant to this chapter, except that during all court proceedings the person shall be detained in a secure facility. The department shall not place the person, even temporarily, in a facility on the grounds of any state mental facility or regional habilitation center because these institutions are insufficiently secure for this population.

        (4) A court has jurisdiction to order a less restrictive alternative placement only after a hearing ordered pursuant to RCW 71.09.090 following initial commitment under this section and in accord with the provisions of this chapter.

 

PART III

MISCELLANEOUS

 

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 20. Part headings used in this act are not any part of the law.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 21. Sections 101 and 102 of this act apply only to counties with a population greater than one million five hundred persons.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 22. Sections 101 and 102 of this act expire June 30, 2011."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Dickerson, Chair; Orwall, Vice Chair; Green; Morrell and O'Brien.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Dammeier, Ranking Minority Member; Klippert and Walsh.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5525          Prime Sponsor, Senator Carrell: Concerning rental vouchers to allow release from state institutions. Reported by Committee on Human Services

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        On page 14, line 3, after "plan." insert "The voucher must be provided in conjunction with additional transition support programming or services that enable an offender to participate in services, including, but not limited to, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, sex offender treatment, educational programming, or employment programming."

 

Signed by Representatives Dickerson, Chair; Orwall, Vice Chair; Dammeier, Ranking Minority Member; Green; Morrell; O'Brien and Walsh.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representative Klippert.


 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5528        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Human Services & Corrections: Making technical nonsubstantive corrections to the initial point of contact program established in chapter 496, Laws of 2007. Reported by Committee on Judiciary

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        On page 3, line 19, after "marital partners" insert "and domestic partners"

        On page 3, line 20, after "during a marriage" insert "or domestic partnership"

        On page 3, line 20, after "of marriage" insert "or domestic partnership"

        On page 4, line 1, after "prenuptial" insert "or pre-domestic partnership"

        On page 4, line 3, after "marital relationship" insert "or domestic partnership"

        On page 4, line 6, after "marriage" insert "or domestic partnership"

        On page 4, line 11, after "postmarital" insert "or pre-domestic partnership and post-domestic partnership"

        On page 4, line 12, after "on" strike "spousal" and insert "((spousal))"

 

Signed by Representatives Pedersen, Chair; Goodman, Vice Chair; Rodne, Ranking Minority member; Flannigan; Kelley; Kirby; Ormsby and Roberts.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Shea, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Ross and Warnick.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 27, 2009

ESSB 5529     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: Regarding architects. Reported by Committee on Commerce & Labor

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Conway, Chair; Wood, Vice Chair; Green; Moeller and Williams.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Condotta, Ranking Minority Member; Chandler and Crouse.

 

Referred to Committee on General Government Appropriations.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5531        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection: Modifying provisions relating to consumer protection act violations. Reported by Committee on Judiciary

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 19.86.090 and 2007 c 66 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

        Any person who is injured in his or her business or property by a violation of RCW 19.86.020, 19.86.030, 19.86.040, 19.86.050, or 19.86.060, or any person so injured because he or she refuses to accede to a proposal for an arrangement which, if consummated, would be in violation of RCW 19.86.030, 19.86.040, 19.86.050, or 19.86.060, may bring a civil action in ((the)) superior court to enjoin further violations, to recover the actual damages sustained by him or her, or both, together with the costs of the suit, including a reasonable attorney's fee((, and)). In addition, the court may in its discretion, increase the award of damages up to an amount not to exceed three times the actual damages sustained: PROVIDED, That such increased damage award for violation of RCW 19.86.020 may not exceed ((ten)) twenty-five thousand dollars: PROVIDED FURTHER, That such person may bring a civil action in the district court to recover his or her actual damages, except for damages which exceed the amount specified in RCW 3.66.020, and the costs of the suit, including reasonable attorney's fees. The district court may, in its discretion, increase the award of damages to an amount not more than three times the actual damages sustained, but such increased damage award shall not exceed ((the amount specified in RCW 3.66.020)) twenty-five thousand dollars. For the purpose of this section, "person" ((shall)) includes the counties, municipalities, and all political subdivisions of this state.

        Whenever the state of Washington is injured, directly or indirectly, by reason of a violation of RCW 19.86.030, 19.86.040, 19.86.050, or 19.86.060, it may sue therefor in ((the)) superior court to recover the actual damages sustained by it, whether direct or indirect, and to recover the costs of the suit including a reasonable attorney's fee.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 19.86 RCW to read as follows:

        In a private action in which an unfair or deceptive act or practice is alleged under RCW 19.86.020, a claimant may establish that the act or practice is injurious to the public interest because it:

        (1) Violates a statute that incorporates this chapter;

        (2) Violates a statute that contains a specific legislative declaration of public interest impact; or

        (3)(a) Injured other persons; (b) had the capacity to injure other persons; or (c) has the capacity to injure other persons."

        Correct the title.

        On page 2, after line 19, insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. This act applies to all causes of action that accrue on or after the effective date of this act."

 

Signed by Representatives Pedersen, Chair; Goodman, Vice Chair; Kelley; Kirby; Ormsby and Roberts.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Rodne, Ranking Minority Member; Shea, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Ross and Warnick.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5539        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Government Operations & Elections: Regarding investment expenses of counties. Reported by Committee on Local Government & Housing


 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 36.29.024 and 2004 c 79 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

        The county treasurer may deduct the amounts necessary to reimburse the treasurer's office for the actual expenses the office incurs and to repay any county funds appropriated and expended for the initial administrative costs of establishing a county investment pool provided in RCW 36.29.022. These funds shall be used by the county treasurer as a revolving fund to defray the cost of administering the pool without regard to budget limitations. Any credits or payments to political subdivisions shall be calculated and made in a manner which equitably reflects the differing amounts of the political subdivision's respective deposits in the county investment pool and the differing periods of time for which the amounts were placed in the county investment pool. A county investment pool must be available for investment of funds of any local government that invests its money with the county under the provisions of RCW 36.29.020, and a county treasurer shall follow the request from the local government to invest its funds in the pool. As used in this section "actual expenses" include only the county treasurer's direct and out-of-pocket costs and do not include indirect or loss of opportunity costs. As used in this section, "direct costs" means those costs that can be identified specifically with the administration of the county investment pool. Direct costs include: (1) Compensation of employees for the time devoted and identified specifically to administering the pool; and (2) the cost of materials, services, or equipment acquired, consumed, or expended specifically for the purpose of administering the pool."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Simpson, Chair; Angel, Ranking Minority Member; Cox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle; Miloscia; Short; Springer; Upthegrove; White and Williams.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representative Nelson, Vice Chair.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5548          Prime Sponsor, Senator Haugen: Requiring project improvements, including public transportation infrastructure improvements, to be credited against the imposition of impact fees. Reported by Committee on Local Government & Housing

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "Sec. 1. RCW 82.02.060 and 1990 1st ex.s. c 17 s 44 are each amended to read as follows:

        The local ordinance by which impact fees are imposed:

        (1) Shall include a schedule of impact fees which shall be adopted for each type of development activity that is subject to impact fees, specifying the amount of the impact fee to be imposed for each type of system improvement. The schedule shall be based upon a formula or other method of calculating such impact fees. In determining proportionate share, the formula or other method of calculating impact fees shall incorporate, among other things, the following:

        (a) The cost of public facilities necessitated by new development;

        (b) An adjustment to the cost of the public facilities for past or future payments made or reasonably anticipated to be made by new development to pay for particular system improvements in the form of user fees, debt service payments, taxes, or other payments earmarked for or proratable to the particular system improvement;

        (c) The availability of other means of funding public facility improvements;

        (d) The cost of existing public facilities improvements; and

        (e) The methods by which public facilities improvements were financed;

        (2) May provide an exemption for low-income housing, and other development activities with broad public purposes, from these impact fees, provided that the impact fees for such development activity shall be paid from public funds other than impact fee accounts;

        (3) Shall provide a credit for the value of any dedication of land for, improvement to, or new construction of any system improvements provided by the developer, to facilities that are identified in the capital facilities plan and that are required by the county, city, or town as a condition of approving the development activity;

        (4) Shall provide a credit for the value of any dedication of land for public transit infrastructure improvements requested by the legislative authority of the applicable county, city, or town. A credit may only be provided under this subsection (4) if the public transit infrastructure improvement improves system capacity and the long-term operational costs for the new public transit infrastructure have been identified and secured for six or more years. Credits provided under this subsection (4) may not exceed the value of the impact fees for public streets and roads imposed on the applicable development;

        (5) Shall allow the county, city, or town imposing the impact fees to adjust the standard impact fee at the time the fee is imposed to consider unusual circumstances in specific cases to ensure that impact fees are imposed fairly;

        (((5))) (6) Shall include a provision for calculating the amount of the fee to be imposed on a particular development that permits consideration of studies and data submitted by the developer to adjust the amount of the fee;

        (((6))) (7) Shall establish one or more reasonable service areas within which it shall calculate and impose impact fees for various land use categories per unit of development;

        (((7))) (8) May provide for the imposition of an impact fee for system improvement costs previously incurred by a county, city, or town to the extent that new growth and development will be served by the previously constructed improvements provided such fee shall not be imposed to make up for any system improvement deficiencies."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Simpson, Chair; Nelson, Vice Chair; Angel, Ranking Minority Member; Cox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle; Miloscia; Short; Springer; Upthegrove; White and Williams.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SSB 5566        Prime Sponsor, Committee on Ways & Means: Harmonizing excise tax statutes with the streamlined sales and use tax agreement in regards to direct sellers, telecommunications ancillary services, commercial parking taxes, and exemption certificates. Reported by Committee on Finance

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

On page 10, after line 30, insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. A new section is added to chapter 82.32 RCW to read as follows:

        (1) Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter, no interest or penalties may be imposed on any taxpayer because of errors in collecting or remitting the correct amount of local sales or use tax arising out of changes in local sales and use tax sourcing rules implemented under RCW 82.14.490 and section 502, chapter 6, Laws of 2007 if the taxpayer demonstrates that it made a good faith effort to comply with the sourcing rules.

        (2) The relief from penalty and interest provided by subsection (1) of this section only applies to taxpayers with a gross income of the business of less than five hundred thousand dollars in the prior calendar year.

        (3) The relief from penalty and interest provided by subsection (1) of this section does not apply with respect to sales occurring after December 31, 2012."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Hunter, Chair; Hasegawa, Vice Chair; Orcutt, Ranking Minority Member; Parker, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Condotta; Conway; Ericks; Santos and Springer.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5568          Prime Sponsor, Senator Tom: Enhancing tax collection tools for the department of revenue in order to promote fairness and administrative efficiency. Reported by Committee on Finance

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass. Signed by Representatives Hunter, Chair; Hasegawa, Vice Chair; Conway; Ericks; Santos and Springer.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Orcutt, Ranking Minority Member; Parker, Assistant Ranking Minority Member and Condotta.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

SB 5580          Prime Sponsor, Senator Pridemore: Concerning school impact fees. Reported by Committee on Local Government & Housing

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that impact fees are an important source of funding for public facilities, facilities that include school facilities. The legislature recognizes that impact fee provisions, including time limits associated with their use, can affect the operations and choices of developers, including developers of affordable housing. The legislature recognizes also, that facilitating the construction of school facilities and affordable housing are both essential public responsibilities. The legislature, therefore, in recognition of its duties to provide for public education, and to promote the health and well-being of its citizens, intends to acknowledge the financial and administrative challenges that many local governments and private enterprises are experiencing and provide additional flexibility to local governments that choose to impose impact fees.

        Sec. 2. RCW 82.02.060 and 1990 1st ex.s. c 17 s 44 are each amended to read as follows:

        The local ordinance by which impact fees are imposed:

        (1) Shall include a schedule of impact fees which shall be adopted for each type of development activity that is subject to impact fees, specifying the amount of the impact fee to be imposed for each type of system improvement. The schedule shall be based upon a formula or other method of calculating such impact fees. In determining proportionate share, the formula or other method of calculating impact fees shall incorporate, among other things, the following:

        (a) The cost of public facilities necessitated by new development;

        (b) An adjustment to the cost of the public facilities for past or future payments made or reasonably anticipated to be made by new development to pay for particular system improvements in the form of user fees, debt service payments, taxes, or other payments earmarked for or proratable to the particular system improvement;

        (c) The availability of other means of funding public facility improvements;

        (d) The cost of existing public facilities improvements; and

        (e) The methods by which public facilities improvements were financed;

        (2) May provide an exemption for low-income housing, and other development activities with broad public purposes, from these impact fees, provided that the impact fees for such development activity shall be paid from public funds other than impact fee accounts;

        (3) May exempt housing projects that are affordable to households earning less than eighty percent of the adjusted area median income from impact fees for school facilities. Impact fees exempted under this subsection (3) are not required to be paid from other funds;

        (4) Shall provide a credit for the value of any dedication of land for, improvement to, or new construction of any system improvements provided by the developer, to facilities that are identified in the capital facilities plan and that are required by the county, city, or town as a condition of approving the development activity;

        (((4))) (5) Shall allow the county, city, or town imposing the impact fees to adjust the standard impact fee at the time the fee is imposed to consider unusual circumstances in specific cases to ensure that impact fees are imposed fairly;

        (((5))) (6) Shall include a provision for calculating the amount of the fee to be imposed on a particular development that permits consideration of studies and data submitted by the developer to adjust the amount of the fee;

        (((6))) (7) Shall establish one or more reasonable service areas within which it shall calculate and impose impact fees for various land use categories per unit of development;

        (((7))) (8) May provide for the imposition of an impact fee for system improvement costs previously incurred by a county, city, or town to the extent that new growth and development will be served by the previously constructed improvements provided such fee shall not be imposed to make up for any system improvement deficiencies.

        Sec. 3. RCW 82.02.070 and 1990 1st ex.s. c 17 s 46 are each amended to read as follows:


        (1) Impact fee receipts shall be earmarked specifically and retained in special interest-bearing accounts. Separate accounts shall be established for each type of public facility for which impact fees are collected. All interest shall be retained in the account and expended for the purpose or purposes for which the impact fees were imposed. Annually, each county, city, or town imposing impact fees shall provide a report on each impact fee account showing the source and amount of all moneys collected, earned, or received and system improvements that were financed in whole or in part by impact fees.

        (2) Impact fees for system improvements shall be expended only in conformance with the capital facilities plan element of the comprehensive plan.

        (3)(a) Except as provided otherwise by (b) of this subsection, impact fees shall be expended or encumbered for a permissible use within six years of receipt, unless there exists an extraordinary and compelling reason for fees to be held longer than six years. Such extraordinary or compelling reasons shall be identified in written findings by the governing body of the county, city, or town.

        (b) School impact fees must be expended or encumbered for a permissible use within ten years of receipt, unless there exists an extraordinary and compelling reason for fees to be held longer than ten years. Such extraordinary or compelling reasons shall be identified in written findings by the governing body of the county, city, or town.

        (4) Impact fees may be paid under protest in order to obtain a permit or other approval of development activity.

        (5) Each county, city, or town that imposes impact fees shall provide for an administrative appeals process for the appeal of an impact fee; the process may follow the appeal process for the underlying development approval or the county, city, or town may establish a separate appeals process. The impact fee may be modified upon a determination that it is proper to do so based on principles of fairness. The county, city, or town may provide for the resolution of disputes regarding impact fees by arbitration.

        NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 82.02 RCW to read as follows:

        Criteria must be developed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction for extending the use of school impact fees from six to ten years and this extension must require an evaluation for each respective school board of the appropriateness of the extension."

        Correct the title.

 

Signed by Representatives Simpson, Chair; Nelson, Vice Chair; Miloscia; Springer; Upthegrove; White and Williams.

 

MINORITY recommendation: Do not pass. Signed by Representatives Angel, Ranking Minority Member; Cox, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Hinkle and Short.

 

Passed to Committee on Rules for second reading.

 

March 26, 2009

ESSB 5601     Prime Sponsor, Committee on Health & Long-Term Care: Regulating speech-language pathology assistants. Reported by Committee on Health Care & Wellness

 

MAJORITY recommendation: Do pass as amended:

        Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

        "NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. It is declared to be the policy of this state that, in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare, to protect the public from incompetent, unscrupulous, unauthorized persons and unprofessional conduct, and to ensure the availability of the highest possible standards of speech-language pathology services to the communicatively impaired people of this state, it is necessary to provide regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology services as speech-language pathology assistants.

        Sec. 2. RCW 18.35.010 and 2005 c 45 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        ((As used in)) The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter((,)) unless the context clearly requires otherwise((:)).

        (1) "Assistive listening device or system" means an amplification system that is specifically designed to improve the signal to noise ratio for the listener, reduce interference from noise in the background, and enhance hearing levels at a distance by picking up sound from as close to source as possible and sending it directly to the ear of the listener, excluding hearing instruments as defined in this chapter.

        (2) "Licensed audiologist" means a person who is licensed by the department to engage in the practice of audiology and meets the qualifications in this chapter.

        (3) "Audiology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures related to hearing and the disorders of hearing and to related language and speech disorders, whether of organic or nonorganic origin, peripheral or central, that impede the normal process of human communication including, but not limited to, disorders of auditory sensitivity, acuity, function, processing, or vestibular function, the application of aural habilitation, rehabilitation, and appropriate devices including fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments, and cerumen management to treat such disorders.

        (4) "Board" means the board of hearing and speech.

        (5) "Department" means the department of health.

        (6) "Establishment" means any permanent site housing a person engaging in the practice of fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments by a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser or audiologist; where the client can have personal contact and counsel during the firm's business hours; where business is conducted; and the address of which is given to the state for the purpose of bonding.

        (7) "Facility" means any permanent site housing a person engaging in the practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology, excluding the sale, lease, or rental of hearing instruments.

        (8) "Fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments" means the sale, lease, or rental or attempted sale, lease, or rental of hearing instruments together with the selection and modification of hearing instruments and the administration of nondiagnostic tests as specified by RCW 18.35.110 and the use of procedures essential to the performance of these functions; and includes recommending specific hearing instrument systems, specific hearing instruments, or specific hearing instrument characteristics, the taking of impressions for ear molds for these purposes, the use of nondiagnostic procedures and equipment to verify the appropriateness of the hearing instrument fitting, and hearing instrument orientation. The fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments as defined by this chapter may be equally provided by a licensed hearing instrument fitter/dispenser or licensed audiologist.

        (9) "Good standing" means a licensed hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, licensed audiologist, ((or)) licensed speech-language pathologist, or certified speech-language pathology assistant whose license or certification has not been subject to sanctions pursuant to chapter 18.130 RCW or sanctions by other states, territories, or the District of Columbia in the last two years.


        (10) "Hearing instrument" means any wearable prosthetic instrument or device designed for or represented as aiding, improving, compensating for, or correcting defective human hearing and any parts, attachments, or accessories of such an instrument or device, excluding batteries and cords, ear molds, and assistive listening devices.

        (11) "Hearing instrument fitter/dispenser" means a person who is licensed to engage in the practice of fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments and meets the qualifications of this chapter.

        (12) "Interim permit holder" means a person who holds the permit created under RCW 18.35.060 and who practices under the supervision of a licensed hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, licensed speech-language pathologist, or licensed audiologist.

        (13) "Secretary" means the secretary of health.

        (14) "Licensed speech-language pathologist" means a person who is licensed by the department to engage in the practice of speech-language pathology and meets the qualifications of this chapter.

        (15) "Speech-language pathology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures related to the development and disorders, whether of organic or nonorganic origin, that impede oral, pharyngeal, or laryngeal sensorimotor competencies and the normal process of human communication including, but not limited to, disorders and related disorders of speech, articulation, fluency, voice, verbal and written language, auditory comprehension, cognition/communication, and the application of augmentative communication treatment and devices for treatment of such disorders.

        (16) "Speech-language pathology assistant" means a person who is certified by the department to provide speech-language pathology services under the direction and supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist or speech-language pathologist certified as an educational staff associate by the superintendent of public instruction, and meets all of the requirements of this chapter.

        (17) "Direct supervision" means the supervising speech-language pathologist is on-site and in view during the procedures or tasks. The board shall develop rules outlining the procedures or tasks allowable under direct supervision.

        (18) "Indirect supervision" means the procedures or tasks are performed under the speech-language pathologist's overall direction and control, but the speech-language pathologist's presence is not required during the performance of the procedures or tasks. The board shall develop rules outlining the procedures or tasks allowable under indirect supervision.

        Sec. 3. RCW 18.35.040 and 2007 c 271 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) An applicant for licensure as a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser must have the following minimum qualifications and shall pay a fee determined by the secretary as provided in RCW 43.70.250. An applicant shall be issued a license under the provisions of this chapter if the applicant has not committed unprofessional conduct as specified by chapter 18.130 RCW, and:

        (a)(i) Satisfactorily completes the hearing instrument fitter/dispenser examination required by this chapter; and

        (ii) Satisfactorily completes a minimum of a two-year degree program in hearing instrument fitter/dispenser instruction. The program must be approved by the board; or

        (b) Holds a current, unsuspended, unrevoked license from another jurisdiction if the standards for licensing in such other jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to those prevailing in this state as provided in (a) of this subsection; or

        (c)(i) Holds a current, unsuspended, unrevoked license from another jurisdiction, has been actively practicing as a licensed hearing aid fitter/dispenser in another jurisdiction for at least forty-eight of the last sixty months, and submits proof of completion of advance certification from either the international hearing society or the national board for certification in hearing instrument sciences; and

        (ii) Satisfactorily completes the hearing instrument fitter/dispenser examination required by this chapter or a substantially equivalent examination approved by the board.

        The applicant must present proof of qualifications to the board in the manner and on forms prescribed by the secretary and proof of completion of a minimum of four clock hours of AIDS education and training pursuant to rules adopted by the board.

        (2)(a) An applicant for licensure as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must have the following minimum qualifications:

        (((a))) (i) Has not committed unprofessional conduct as specified by the uniform disciplinary act;

         (((b))) (ii) Has a master's degree or the equivalent, or a doctorate degree or the equivalent, from a program at a board-approved institution of higher learning, which includes completion of a supervised clinical practicum experience as defined by rules adopted by the board; and

        (((c))) (iii) Has completed postgraduate professional work experience approved by the board.

        (b) All qualified applicants must satisfactorily complete the speech-language pathology or audiology examinations required by this chapter.

        (c) The applicant must present proof of qualifications to the board in the manner and on forms prescribed by the secretary and proof of completion of a minimum of four clock hours of AIDS education and training pursuant to rules adopted by the board.

        (3) An applicant for certification as a speech-language pathology assistant shall pay a fee determined by the secretary as provided in RCW 43.70.250 and must have the following minimum qualifications:

        (a) An associate of arts or sciences degree, or a certificate of proficiency, from a speech-language pathology assistant program from an institution of higher education that is approved by the board, as is evidenced by the following:

        (i) Transcripts showing forty-five quarter hours or thirty semester hours of speech-language pathology coursework; and

        (ii) Transcripts showing forty-five quarter hours or thirty semester hours of general education credit; or

        (b) A bachelor of arts or bachelor of sciences degree, as evidenced by transcripts, from a speech, language, and hearing program from an institution of higher education that is approved by the board.

        Sec. 4. RCW 18.35.095 and 2002 c 310 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) A hearing instrument fitter/dispenser licensed under this chapter and not actively practicing may be placed on inactive status by the department at the written request of the licensee. The board shall define by rule the conditions for inactive status licensure. In addition to the requirements of RCW 43.24.086, the licensing fee for a licensee on inactive status shall be directly related to the costs of administering an inactive license by the department. A hearing instrument fitter/dispenser on inactive status may be voluntarily placed on active status by notifying the department in writing, paying the remainder of the licensing fee for the licensing year, and complying with subsection (2) of this section.

        (2) Hearing instrument fitter/dispenser inactive licensees applying for active licensure shall comply with the following: A licensee who has not fitted or dispensed hearing instruments for more than five years from the expiration of the licensee's full fee license shall retake the practical or the written, or both, hearing instrument fitter/dispenser examinations required under this chapter and other requirements as determined by the board. Persons who have inactive status in this state but who are actively licensed and in good standing in any other state shall not be required to take the hearing instrument fitter/dispenser practical examination, but must submit an affidavit attesting to their knowledge of the current Washington Administrative Code rules and Revised Code of Washington statutes pertaining to the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.

        (3) A speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed under this chapter, or a speech-language pathology assistant certified under this chapter, and not actively practicing either speech-language pathology or audiology may be placed on inactive status by the department at the written request of the license or certification holder. The board shall define by rule the conditions for inactive status licensure or certification. In addition to the requirements of RCW 43.24.086, the fee for a license or certification on inactive status shall be directly related to the cost of administering an inactive license or certification by the department. A person on inactive status may be voluntarily placed on active status by notifying the department in writing, paying the remainder of the fee for the year, and complying with subsection (4) of this section.

        (4) Speech-language pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, or audiologist inactive license or certification holders applying for active licensure or certification shall comply with requirements set forth by the board, which may include completion of continuing competency requirements and taking an examination.

        Sec. 5. RCW 18.35.150 and 2002 c 310 s 15 are each amended to read as follows:

        (1) There is created hereby the board of hearing and speech to govern the three separate professions: Hearing instrument fitting/dispensing, audiology, and speech-language pathology. The board shall consist of ((ten)) eleven members to be appointed by the governor.

        (2) Members of the board shall be residents of this state. Three members shall represent the public and shall have an interest in the rights of consumers of health services, and shall not be or have been a member of, or married to a member of, another licensing board, a licensee of a health occupation board, an employee of a health facility, nor derive his or her primary livelihood from the provision of health services at any level of responsibility. Two members shall be hearing instrument fitter/dispensers who are licensed under this chapter, have at least five years of experience in the practice of hearing instrument fitting and dispensing, and must be actively engaged in fitting and dispensing within two years of appointment. Two members of the board shall be audiologists licensed under this chapter who have at least five years of experience in the practice of audiology and must be actively engaged in practice within two years of appointment. Two members of the board shall be speech-language pathologists licensed under this chapter who have at least five years of experience in the practice of speech-language pathology and must be actively engaged in practice within two years of appointment. One advisory nonvoting member shall be a speech-language pathology assistant certified in Washington. One advisory nonvoting member shall be a medical physician licensed in the state of Washington.

        (3) The term of office of a member is three years. Of the initial appointments, one hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, one speech-language pathologist, one audiologist, and one consumer shall be appointed for a term of two years, and one hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, one speech-language pathologist, one audiologist, and two consumers shall be appointed for a term of three years. Thereafter, all appointments shall be made for expired terms. No member shall be appointed to serve more than two consecutive terms. A member shall continue to serve until a successor has been appointed. The governor shall either reappoint the member or appoint a successor to assume the member's duties at the expiration of his or her predecessor's term. A vacancy in the office of a member shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term.

        (4) The chair shall rotate annually among the hearing instrument fitter/dispensers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and public members serving on the board. In the absence of the chair, the board shall appoint an interim chair. In event of a tie vote, the issue shall be brought to a second vote and the chair shall refrain from voting.

        (5) The board shall meet at least once each year, at a place, day and hour determined by the board, unless otherwise directed by a majority of board members. The board shall also meet at such other times and places as are requested by the department or by three members of the board. A quorum is a majority of the board. A hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist must be represented. Meetings of the board shall be open and public, except the board may hold executive sessions to the extent permitted by chapter 42.30 RCW.

        (6) Members of the board shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.240 and shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

        (7) The governor may remove a member of the board for cause at the recommendation of a majority of the board.

        Sec. 6. RCW 18.35.205 and 2002 c 310 s 22 are each amended to read as follows:

        The legislature finds that the public health, safety, and welfare would best be protected by uniform regulation of hearing instrument fitter/dispensers, speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistants, audiologists, and interim permit holders throughout the state. Therefore, the provisions of this chapter relating to the licensing or certification of hearing instrument fitter/dispensers, speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistants, and audiologists and regulation of interim permit holders and their respective establishments or facilities is exclusive. No political subdivision of the state of Washington within whose jurisdiction a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, audiologist, or speech-language pathologist establishment or facility is located may require any registrations, bonds, licenses, certif