This publication includes digest and history for bills, joint memorials, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, initiatives, and substitutes. Engrossed measures may be republished if the amendment makes a substantive change.
Electronic versions of Legislative Digests are available at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/digests.aspx?year=2013.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Fitzgibbon, Fey, Liias, McCoy, Hudgins, Farrell, Morrell, Ormsby, Upthegrove, and Pollet)
Creating new efficiency standards.
Establishes minimum energy efficiency standards for battery charger systems, battery backup, and uninterruptible power supplies.Establishes minimum water conservation standards for water closets, urinals, showerheads, and various types of faucets.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Upthegrove, Takko, Seaquist, Zeiger, Walsh, Blake, Kochmar, and Haigh)
Concerning uncontested rate modifications for utilities and transportation commission regulated water companies.
Allows water companies to file tariff changes adjusting its metered or flat tariff rates for water use up to three percent under certain conditions.Requires the utilities and transportation commission to report to the legislature regarding the rate filings made by water companies.Expires June 30, 2019.
by House Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight (originally sponsored by Representatives Hunter, Alexander, Hurst, Condotta, Ryu, Takko, Hayes, Short, Harris, Manweller, Schmick, and Springer)
Concerning sales for resale by retail licensees of liquor.
Finds that the implementation of the privatization of liquor initiative has created some unresolved issues in the marketplace. Therefore, the legislature recognizes the need for more fairness in the market for former contract liquor store owners and phased-in uniformity in the market.Exempts sales to bars and restaurants from the retail license issuance fee.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Sells, Zeiger, Morrell, Hayes, McCoy, Klippert, Fey, Holy, Jinkins, and Smith)
Addressing conditions under which the department of corrections provides rental vouchers to a registered sex offender.
Requires the department of corrections to: (1) Maintain a list of housing providers that meet certain requirements;(2) Notify local governments when a provider is added to the list; and(3) Verify that offenders receiving the vouchers are using certain programs and services.
by House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Manweller and Condotta)
Prevailing wage filings.
Prohibits the department of labor and industries from charging a fee to certify an affidavit of wages paid if, at the time an individual or entity files an affidavit of wages paid, the individual or entity is exempt from the requirement to pay the prevailing rate of wage.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Freeman, Rodne, Goodman, and Ryu)
Modifying provisions in the forms for traffic infraction notices.
Revises notice of traffic infraction forms.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Moeller, Harris, Pike, Johnson, Chandler, Sells, Pollet, Upthegrove, and Moscoso)
Extending the expiration dates of the local infrastructure financing tool program.
Delays, until June 30, 2049, the expiration of the local infrastructure financing tool program.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris and Fey)
Concerning the energy facility site evaluation council.
Finds that there is a critical need for infrastructure to ensure the safe and reliable operations of electrical generation and energy transmission systems in the state and the region.Changes the composition and duties of the energy facility site evaluation council.
by House Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Hunt, Wylie, Morrell, Cody, Green, Roberts, Clibborn, Ormsby, Reykdal, and Ryu)
Regarding administrative adjudicatory proceedings coming before the department of health.
Authorizes the secretary of the department of health to delegate initial decision-making authority to a presiding officer in all adjudicative proceedings before the secretary or the department.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Zeiger, Maxwell, Reykdal, Kagi, Riccelli, Santos, Fitzgibbon, Tarleton, Lytton, Pollet, Farrell, Freeman, Ryu, Stonier, Stanford, Hunt, Van De Wege, Kochmar, Buys, Magendanz, Hayes, O'Ban, Fey, Morrell, and Jinkins)
Making community service a high school graduation requirement.
Includes a student's completion of community service in high school graduation requirements.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Seaquist, Roberts, Pollet, Goodman, Takko, Walsh, Maxwell, Hunter, Appleton, Kagi, Bergquist, Santos, Freeman, and Jinkins)
Addressing the implementation of inmate postsecondary education degree programs to reduce recidivism.
Offers appropriate postsecondary opportunities to inmates to reduce recidivism.Allows inmates to be selected to participate in a state-funded postsecondary education degree program, based on priority determined by the department of corrections.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford, Hope, Moscoso, Springer, Hayes, Roberts, McCoy, Liias, Kristiansen, and Sells)
Concerning county property tax levies.
Addresses the veteran's assistance and county mental health property tax levies.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Habib, Freeman, and Magendanz)
Providing initiatives to improve and expand access to computer science education.
Improves and expands access to computer science education.Requires high school and school district boards of directors to approve AP computer science courses as equivalent to high school mathematics or science.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to allocate, on a competitive basis, grants to school districts to increase the capacity of high schools to offer AP computer science courses.Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board to convene and provide staff support for a computer science professional shortage task force to develop a strategic plan to increase the number of graduates from high schools, community and technical colleges, and four year colleges and universities who are prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education in computer science.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Lytton, Kretz, and Ryu)
Building upon the existing wildlife interaction program to establish the mechanisms behind an uncapped funding source for implementing the provisions of the Washington wolf conservation and management plan adopted by the fish and wildlife commission in 2011 in a way that does not change the management provisions of the plan.
Authorizes the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) Pay up to fifty thousand dollars per fiscal year from the state wildlife account for claims and assessment costs for injury or loss of livestock due to wolf predation; and(2) Accept and expend money from other sources to address losses or damage to livestock or other property.Requires the value of livestock killed or injured by a gray wolf to be set at the market value of the lost livestock.Creates Washington's wolves special license plates.Creates the wolf interaction conflict account.Requires the department of fish and wildlife to transfer to the account the balance of unexpended state funds authorized to be used for livestock claims and assessment costs and appropriated for mitigation, claims, and assessment costs for injury to or loss of livestock.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives McCoy, Angel, Ryu, Sawyer, Santos, Ormsby, Van De Wege, Bergquist, and Sells; by request of Parks and Recreation Commission)
Promoting a balanced financing system for state parks programs and services in order to facilitate resource stewardship, interpretative activities, cultural events, and works of art in state parks.
Facilitates resource stewardship, interpretative activities, cultural events, and works of art in state parks by promoting a balanced financing system for state parks programs and services.Requires the office of financial management to consult with the director of the parks and recreation commission and deliver a report to the legislative fiscal committees that presents a detailed forecast of the fiscal opportunity cost incurred by the commission in complying with fee reductions and exemptions for the upcoming fiscal biennium.Authorizes the parks and recreation commission to enter into an agreement regarding the transfer of park management responsibilities with certain entities.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Freeman, Kirby, Morrell, Seaquist, Sullivan, Appleton, Ryu, Hunt, Stanford, Kochmar, Maxwell, Takko, Bergquist, Warnick, Manweller, Green, and Fey)
Reducing scrap metal theft.
Expands metal theft provisions.Prohibits a person from engaging in the business of a scrap metal processor, scrap metal recycler, or scrap metal supplier without first applying for and receiving a scrap metal license.Authorizes the chiefs of police, the county sheriffs, and the Washington state patrol to inspect licensee's licensed premises and records.Establishes the Washington metal theft prevention authority to determine the scope of the problem of metal theft, analyze the various methods of combating the problem, and develop and implement a plan of operation and a financial plan.Requires the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to implement and operate an ongoing electronic statewide no-buy list database program.Creates the Washington metal theft prevention authority account.Provides that certain sections of the act are null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Carlyle, Nealey, and Ryu; by request of Department of Revenue)
Concerning the business licensing service program administered by the department of revenue.
Makes administrative clean-up changes relating to statutory changes made during the 2012 legislative session for the simplification of the business licensing service program administered by the department of revenue.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Springer, Appleton, Warnick, Kirby, McCoy, Goodman, Hunt, Ryu, Moscoso, and Ormsby)
Establishing a training program for managers of manufactured housing communities.
Establishes a training program for managers of manufactured housing communities.Requires the attorney general to: (1) Under the manufactured/mobile home dispute resolution program, administer the training program;(2) Develop the curriculum for the training program with input from statewide associations representing manufactured housing community tenants and owners;(3) Issue certificates of completion of training to persons who have successfully completed the training program; and(4) Maintain a list of the names of those who have completed the training which must be made available to the public.Authorizes the attorney general to charge a fee for the training program.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Parker, Maxwell, Hayes, Moscoso, Ryu, and Stanford; by request of Criminal Justice Training Commission)
Establishing the criminal justice training commission firing range maintenance account.
Creates the criminal justice training commission firing range maintenance account and requires expenditures from the account to be used only for costs related to rental, maintenance, or development of the commission's firing range facilities, property, and equipment.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives McCoy, Warnick, Orwall, Ryu, Smith, Maxwell, Moscoso, and Freeman; by request of Washington State Department of Commerce)
Concerning the administrative costs for the allocation, management, and oversight of housing trust fund investments.
Modifies administrative cost requirements for the allocation, management, and oversight of housing trust fund investments.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Ormsby, Morris, Takko, Hunt, Liias, Tharinger, Fitzgibbon, Fey, Moscoso, and Ryu)
Concerning the building code council account.
Requires county and city building permit fees to be adjusted only by the legislature as part of the omnibus appropriations act.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Haler, Seaquist, Walsh, Zeiger, Goodman, Farrell, Sells, Upthegrove, Fitzgibbon, Roberts, Kirby, Fey, Freeman, Ryu, and Magendanz)
Restricting tuition increases for resident undergraduate students at four-year institutions of higher education.
Makes higher education accessible and affordable for all families and sets a long-term goal for tuition at institutions of higher education to be no higher than ten percent of the median household income.Requires performance plans for four-year institutions of higher education to: (1) Include prioritized strategies with measurable goals adopted by the governing boards of each university or college; and(2) Describe how additional funding from tuition, state appropriations, endowments, and federal and private grants will be used to implement prioritized strategies and meet goals.Establishes a higher education funding formula legislative task force to develop and recommend to the legislature a funding formula for public institutions of higher education that is based in significant part, or exclusively on, institutional performance and student outcomes.Provides a July 1, 2014, expiration date for the task force.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Walsh, Kagi, Green, Sullivan, Jinkins, Pettigrew, Hunt, Ormsby, Stonier, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Cody, Morrell, Maxwell, Appleton, Wylie, Orwall, Reykdal, Freeman, Riccelli, Fey, Tarleton, Ryu, Pollet, Bergquist, and Santos)
Concerning child care reform.
Establishes an early achievers program that improves the quality of early learning programs and supports and rewards providers for participation.Requires the department of early learning to convene a parent and provider oversight board.Establishes a legislative task force on child care improvements for the future.Allows all licensed and certified child care programs to enroll in the early achievers program.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Morris, and Maxwell)
Increasing the regulatory oversight and accountability of the office of minority and women's business enterprises.
Addresses reporting requirements, prohibited activities, penalties, compliance, and remedies with regard to the office of minority and women's business enterprises.Establishes an investigation unit within the office of minority and women's business enterprises for the purpose of detecting and investigating fraud and violations.Directs certain civil penalties to be deposited in the minority and women's business enterprises account.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Habib, Magendanz, Morris, Tarleton, and Ryu)
Providing tax relief for new businesses in high growth business sectors.
Authorizes certain new businesses to deduct up to one million dollars of business and occupation taxes in each full calendar year, and a prorated portion for each partial calendar year.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to submit a report to the legislature and the governor that details the use, value, economic impact, and employment impact of the new business tax preference.Expires December 31, 2023.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Walsh, Farrell, Maxwell, Roberts, Freeman, Goodman, Sawyer, Sullivan, Jinkins, Seaquist, Lytton, Haigh, Hunter, Morrell, Sells, Ryu, Morris, McCoy, Reykdal, Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet, Fey, Moscoso, Bergquist, Ormsby, and Santos)
Concerning early learning opportunities.
Creates a legislative task force on early learning to review existing funding sources, program goals, and restrictions associated with different funding streams for early learning programs and services as identified by the technical working group.Requires the department of early learning to: (1) Annually review rates for child care compared to market rates;(2) Conduct an annual survey of staff compensation in certain programs using data generated by the managed education and registry information tool and the early achievers program;(3) Increase the base slot rate for the Washington state preschool program to align with the average head start federal funding rate per child with the head start program slot rate;(4) Increase the base rate for all child care providers by ten percent;(5) Provide tiered subsidy rate enhancements to child care providers if the provider meets certain requirements;(6) Require exempt providers to participate in continuing education; and(7) Provide a ten percent increase in the working connections child care subsidy rate to those providers who accept children eligible for the subsidy.Requires the legislature to: (1) Appropriate funding for the specific purpose of home visiting and parent and caregiver support; and(2) Fund the expansion in the early childhood education and assistance program.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Haler, Pollet, Haigh, Wylie, Roberts, Farrell, Riccelli, Sawyer, Fitzgibbon, Sells, Ryu, Zeiger, and Tharinger)
Creating the tuition support fund program.
Establishes the tuition assistance program for Washingtonians' education act.Establishes the tuition support fund program to provide financial support to students who cannot afford to enroll in or continue their postsecondary program.Creates the tuition assistance program account.Requires the office of student financial assistance to purchase GET units from the account for tuition assistance program awards and distribute those awards.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representative Angel)
Modifying metropolitan park district property tax levies to assist park districts with populations less than twenty thousand.
Assists park districts with populations less than twenty thousand by changing metropolitan park district property tax levies.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Nealey, Appleton, Ryu, and Orwall)
Concerning veterans' homes.
Establishes the Walla Walla veterans' home as a branch of the state soldiers' home.
by House Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Haler, Nealey, and Appleton)
Concerning culinary class wine restaurant specialty licenses.
Establishes a wine retailer's license called a culinary class specialty license.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Magendanz, Appleton, Morrell, Bergquist, and Fey)
Addressing the definition of veteran for purposes of veterans' assistance programs.
Revises the definition of "veteran" for purposes of veterans' assistance programs.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Haigh, Pettigrew, Springer, Haler, Hunt, Fagan, Morrell, Hunter, Hudgins, and Santos)
Extending the time frame for making expenditures under the urban school turnaround initiative.
Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to enter into an expenditure agreement with the school district under which any funds appropriated for an urban school turnaround initiative remaining unspent on August 31, 2015, shall be returned to the state.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Habib, Maxwell, Orwall, Morris, Farrell, Sells, Fitzgibbon, and Tharinger)
Creating and using digital infrastructure maps to inform economic development decisions.
Requires the community economic revitalization board, the public works board, and the state energy office and broadband office of the department of commerce, in collaboration with the departments of transportation and natural resources, and in consultation with agencies and organizations with expertise in energy, information networks, water, sewer, and transportation, to use available maps and data to create and use digital cross-system infrastructure maps to inform and develop state priorities around economic development.
by House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Sells, Tarleton, Seaquist, Maxwell, Smith, Bergquist, Fey, and Santos)
Concerning centers of excellence.
Modifies provisions relating to centers of excellence.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Pedersen, Nealey, Hope, Kagi, Goodman, Hansen, Orwall, Pollet, Roberts, Appleton, Hunt, Maxwell, Ormsby, Jinkins, Green, Morrell, Carlyle, Seaquist, Haigh, Hudgins, Pettigrew, Tarleton, Sells, Smith, Reykdal, Sawyer, Morris, Dunshee, Magendanz, Hunter, Wylie, Liias, Fitzgibbon, Fagan, Upthegrove, Farrell, Takko, Ryu, Riccelli, Bergquist, Freeman, Habib, Van De Wege, Haler, Clibborn, Sullivan, Walsh, Tharinger, Moeller, Blake, Cody, Springer, Lytton, McCoy, Stanford, Moscoso, Fey, and Santos)
Concerning visitation rights for persons, including grandparents, with an ongoing and substantial relationship with a child.
Establishes new standards and procedures for a person who is not a parent to petition the court for visitation with a child.Eliminates existing provisions for third-party visitation actions.
by Representatives Moeller and Wylie
Authorizing bonds for the financing of the Columbia river crossing project.
Requires the state finance committee, in order to provide funds necessary for the location, design, right-of-way, and construction of the Columbia river crossing project, to issue and sell upon the request of the department of transportation up to four hundred fifty million dollars in funding and the additional cost of financing in general obligation bonds of the state.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Rolfes and Keiser)
Facilitating treatment for persons with co-occurring disorders by requiring development of an integrated rule.
Authorizes any licensed mental health agency which has a waiver from the department of social and health services exempting the agency from compliance with chemical dependency rules for services provided to patients with co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency disorders as of January 1, 2013, to request and receive a three-year renewal of the waiver exempting the agency from compliance with chemical dependency rules with respect to such patients if a fully integrated rule is not in effect by May 1, 2014.
by Senators Brown, Fain, Rivers, Dammeier, and Cleveland
Authorizing the suspension or revocation of certificates or permits to teach based on the fraudulent submission of tests for educators. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Authorizing the reprimand, suspension, or revocation of certificates or permits to teach based on the fraudulent submission of tests for educators. )
Allows a teaching certificate or permit to be reprimanded, revoked, or suspended upon complaint from the professional educator standards board alleging unprofessional conduct in the form of a fraudulent submission of a test for educators.
by Senators Roach, Holmquist Newbry, Hill, Dammeier, Conway, Hatfield, Sheldon, and Rolfes
Exempting from use tax certain purchases from nonprofit organizations or libraries sold as a fund-raising activity.
Provides a use tax exemption on the use of certain articles of personal property purchased from a nonprofit organization or a library.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Becker, Frockt, Dammeier, and Schlicher)
Creating a joint select committee on health care oversight.
Creates a joint select committee on health care oversight.