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 Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Manweller and Warnick)
Concerning the television reception improvement district excise tax.
Allows the board of a television reception improvement district to: (1) Exempt an owner of a television set from certain taxes if the owner subscribes to television service provided by a satellite carrier; and(2) Designate a treasurer separate from the county treasurer.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Moscoso, Fitzgibbon, Sells, Morrell, Green, Dunshee, Van De Wege, Moeller, Bergquist, Pollet, Pedersen, Liias, Maxwell, Riccelli, Morris, Farrell, Hansen, Upthegrove, Reykdal, and Fey)
Including health in the state transportation system policy goals.
Expands the existing goals, objectives, and responsibilities related to the operation of an efficient statewide transportation system by including improving the health of the state's citizens and reducing health care costs by considering health implications when planning, designing, building, and maintaining the state's transportation system.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Zeiger, Moscoso, Crouse, Liias, McCoy, Fitzgibbon, Upthegrove, Maxwell, Morrell, Pollet, and Fey)
Adopting the Washington small rechargeable battery stewardship act.
Finds that: (1) It is important to ensure that all entities supplying small rechargeable batteries to users in the state, whether as stand alone units or as easily removable components of products, bear the same battery stewardship obligations;(2) Addressing certain existing and future barriers to implementation of voluntary industry programs to collect and recycle used small rechargeable batteries will facilitate these interests; and(3) The opportunity exists for the state to encourage the continuation of existing private mechanisms that ensure the proper stewardship of used small rechargeable batteries, while avoiding any burden on the state for enforcement responsibilities.Provides that the act is void if a federal law, or a combination of federal laws, takes effect that establishes a national program for the collection and recycling of both used nonrechargeable batteries and used small rechargeable batteries.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Ross, Cody, Harris, Green, Rodne, Tharinger, Johnson, Manweller, Magendanz, and Morrell)
Recognizes the application of telemedicine as a reimbursable service by which an individual receives medical services from a health care provider without face-to-face contact with the provider.Reduces the compliance requirements on hospitals when granting privileges or associations to telemedicine physicians.Requires the medical quality assurance commission, the nursing care quality assurance commission, and the board of osteopathic medicine and surgery to develop policies to allow health care providers from outside the state to deliver telemedicine services to this state's residents that will ensure the quality of services delivered and the safety of those patients receiving those services.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, McCoy, Hunt, Appleton, Santos, Liias, Riccelli, Dunshee, Stanford, Ormsby, and Pollet)
Concerning hunting-related enforcement actions involving tribal members.
Requires the office of the attorney general to create a training module on tribal hunting rights to assist all general authority Washington peace officers with understanding the rights of tribal hunters, the related complexity of enforcing hunting laws, and the recommended course of action that should be taken by a peace officer when an individual presents a tribal identification card.Requires a fish and wildlife officer, upon presentation of a tribal identification card by a member of a federally recognized tribe, to immediately refer to the contents of the training module on tribal hunting rights and take applicable actions consistent with the contents of the module.Requires the fish and wildlife commission to adopt, review, and update enforcement policies and guidelines related to tribal hunting rights that are based on the contents of the training module on tribal hunting rights.Requires fish and wildlife officers to receive at least four hours of training related to the training module on tribal hunting rights and other relevant policies adopted by the commission.Encourages cooperative management and mutual law enforcement assistance agreements agreed to by tribes and the department of fish and wildlife or local law enforcement agency on open and unclaimed lands where a tribe has a treaty or other federally recognized right to hunt.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Wylie, McCoy, Orwall, Seaquist, Bergquist, Springer, Pedersen, O'Ban, Kochmar, Moeller, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Ryu, Stanford, Maxwell, Jinkins, Hunt, Fey, Pollet, Goodman, Habib, and Santos)
Concerning the disposition of surplus property for the development of affordable housing.
Authorizes governmental entities to sell, lease, exchange, or donate surplus property to an eligible organization at a price that is less than fair market value, or may create beneficial sales terms, if the affordable housing to be developed on the property will be occupied primarily by extremely low-income, very low-income, federally qualified low-income, or low-income households.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Walsh, Freeman, Roberts, Farrell, Zeiger, Goodman, Pollet, Sawyer, Appleton, Bergquist, Hunt, Moscoso, Jinkins, Ryu, and Morrell)
Concerning access to juvenile records.
Addresses the confidentiality of certain juvenile court records.Prohibits certain confidential juvenile offense records from being published, distributed, or sold.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Liias, Dahlquist, Takko, Kretz, Clibborn, Condotta, Upthegrove, Springer, Buys, and Ryu)
Establishing a process for the payment of impact fees through provisions stipulated in recorded covenants.
Requires certain counties, cities, and towns collecting impact fees to adopt a permanent system for the collection of the fees from applicants for certain residential building permits.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Roberts, Orwall, Goodman, Kirby, Jinkins, Pedersen, Farrell, Kagi, Freeman, and Ryu)
Improving the adoption process.
Changes requirements of the preplacement and postplacement reports to include an investigation of the planned approach to child discipline and punishment of the person requesting the report.Requires the secretary of the department of social and health services to establish procedures and requirements for identifying, tracking, and reporting adoption disruption and dissolution, including requiring regular reports from child-placing agencies relating to children placed for adoption.Requires the family and children's ombudsman to submit a report on information regarding the progress made by the department of social and health services in implementing recommendations made in the report on severe abuse of adopted children.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Seaquist, Blake, Haigh, Takko, Lytton, Tharinger, and MacEwen)
Concerning shellfish aquaculture research.
Requires the sea grant program to establish a shellfish aquaculture public information center to provide certain services.Requires scientific research studies relating to negative and positive effects of evolving shellfish aquaculture techniques and practices on the state's economy and marine ecosystems to be coordinated with any research efforts by the sea grant and other university programs related to ocean acidification.Reconstitutes the shellfish aquaculture regulatory committee and renames it as the shellfish aquaculture committee.Changes the name of the geoduck aquaculture research account to the shellfish aquaculture research account.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives McCoy, Ryu, and Pollet)
Requiring call location information to be provided to law enforcement responding to an emergency.
Establishes the Kelsey Smith act.Requires a wireless telecommunications provider to provide call location information concerning the telecommunications device of a user when requested by a law enforcement agency for the purpose of responding to a call for which it has reasonable cause to believe that the individual is endangered and in need of emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm and requires disclosure without a delay of information relating to the emergency.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Hunt, O'Ban, Morrell, Hayes, and Bergquist; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning veteran-owned businesses.
Changes the duties of the department of veterans affairs relating to certification of veteran-owned businesses.Encourages state agencies to award five percent of procurement contracts to veteran-owned businesses.Requires the department of veterans affairs to: (1) Make their list of veteran-owned businesses accessible to state agencies and educational institutions;(2) Work with the department of enterprise services to provide access to a centralized list of certified veteran-owned businesses and to develop a comprehensive plan insuring that certified veteran-owned businesses are provided an opportunity to participate in public contracts for public works and goods and services; and(3) Report annually on all state agencies and educational institutions contracting with veteran-owned businesses.
by Representative Jinkins
Requiring massage therapy establishments to be licensed.
Requires massage therapy establishments to be licensed by the department of health.
by Representative Hunter
Eliminating lottery games that generate insufficient net revenue.
Repeals the veteran lottery raffle.
by Representative Appleton
Concerning the expansion of adult day health services.
Requires the department of social and health services to develop a challenge grant program to assist communities and organizations in efforts to plan and establish additional adult day health programs throughout the state.Provides that the act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Shea and Kristiansen
Concerning claims against the Washington state department of transportation.
Addresses claims against the department of transportation.
by Representatives Overstreet, Zeiger, Kristiansen, and O'Ban
Exempting future state transportation projects from state and local sales and use tax.
Exempts any person, including the department of transportation and any private entity or entities, from sales and use taxes regarding state transportation projects.
by Representatives O'Ban, Rodne, Magendanz, Zeiger, Kristiansen, Klippert, and Hayes
Requiring the reporting of highway construction project errors.
Requires the department of transportation to submit a report to the legislature detailing engineering errors on highway construction projects resulting in project cost increases in excess of five hundred thousand dollars.
by Representatives O'Ban, Rodne, Magendanz, Zeiger, Kristiansen, and Klippert
Concerning the design-build procedure for certain transportation projects.
Requires the department of transportation to use the design-build procedure for all public works projects over five million dollars instead of ten million dollars.
by Representatives Rodne, Magendanz, Zeiger, Kristiansen, Hayes, and O'Ban
Concerning the application of right-sizing to transportation projects.
Finds that "right-sizing" is a lean, metric-based approach to determining project investments that entails a compromise between project cost and design, incorporating local community needs, desired outcomes, and available funding.Requires the department of transportation, in collaboration with the transportation commission, to report to the house and senate transportation committees on right-sizing.
by Representatives Hargrove, Orcutt, Zeiger, Kristiansen, Klippert, Hayes, and O'Ban
Concerning the term of bonds issued for transportation purposes.
Requires bonds issued for transportation purposes to mature no later than fifteen years from the date of issue.
by Representatives Orcutt, Kristiansen, Klippert, and O'Ban
Concerning the construction of ferry vessels.
Changes the requirements of the department of transportation when issuing a request for proposals regarding the procurement of vessels.Requires the department of transportation to obtain at least three bids on any contract offered for the construction of a new ferry vessel or for substantial alterations of an existing ferry vessel.Repeals RCW 47.56.780 relating to new ferry vessel construction for service on routes that require a vessel that carries no more than one hundred motor vehicles.
by Representative Kretz
Encouraging the liquor control board to implement rules to promote the development of marijuana production facilities located on unenclosed, outdoor agricultural land in rural areas.
Requires the liquor control board to adopt rules that would create a regulatory scheme for marijuana producers that gives strong preference to the licensing of those proposed or existing marijuana production operations located in rural areas on unenclosed, outdoor agricultural lands.
by Representative Kretz
Authorizing the liquor control board to consult with the department of ecology regarding the environmental impacts associated with the various means of producing marijuana.
Directs the liquor control board in consultation with the department of ecology, in evaluating marijuana production methods, to study and examine the environmental impacts associated with the various methods of producing marijuana.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Litzow, Rivers, Tom, Fain, Hobbs, Hatfield, and Carrell)
Establishing accountability for student performance in reading.
Increases access to the high quality early childhood education and assistance program for young learners by increasing funding to allow more children to participate.Requires the department of early learning to expand the early childhood education and assistance program to serve more children in the 2013-2015 fiscal biennium.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to create partnerships to develop and deliver professional development learning opportunities in reading instruction for K-3 teachers.Requires a school district to place special emphasis on addressing the needs of K-3 students who are deficient in reading or reading readiness skills.Allows for an automatic enrollment in an intensive summer school program for certain students.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, Dammeier, Tom, Harper, Hobbs, Delvin, Hewitt, Padden, Mullet, and Shin)
Establishing policies to support academic acceleration for high school students.
Requires each school district board of directors to adopt an academic acceleration policy for high school students.Establishes the academic acceleration incentive program, subject to funds appropriated for this purpose, with the intent that the funds awarded under the program be used to support teacher training, curriculum, technology, examination fees, and other costs associated with offering dual credit courses to high school students.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Allocate half of appropriated funds by calculating each high school's growth of year-to-year dual credit students based on certain collected data, identify the schools in the top ten percent, and allocate the funds to districts based on the rankings of the districts' high schools and allocate half of appropriated funds to school districts for the purpose of promoting the growth of enrollment in dual credit courses; and(2) Collect and post on the Washington state report card web site certain results from the program.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Shin, and Hill)
Improving student achievement and student outcomes.
Authorizes schools administering the Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills to use up to three school days at the beginning of the school year to meet with parents and families as required in the parent involvement component of the inventory.Requires state funds provided for parent involvement coordinators to be spent by school districts to employ parent involvement coordinators and to implement parent involvement programs that have been shown by research to be successful.Creates the beginning educator support program to provide mentor support to novice and probationary teachers.Addresses students who exhibit behavior that is not conducive to their own learning or the learning of other students.Requires the state institute for public policy to prepare an inventory of evidence-based and research-based effective practices, activities, and programs for use by school districts in the learning assistance program.Authorizes school districts to use a practice, activity, or program for one year that is not on the inventory list.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to create a pilot program with one school district to enhance the ability of the school district to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data to enable the school district to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes and close achievement gaps.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Shin, and Hill)
Improving student achievement and student outcomes.
Authorizes schools administering the Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills to use up to three school days at the beginning of the school year to meet with parents and families as required in the parent involvement component of the inventory.Requires the omnibus appropriations act to specify the level of state funding for parent involvement coordinators.Requires state funds provided for parent involvement coordinators to be spent by school districts to employ parent involvement coordinators and to implement parent involvement programs that have been shown by research to be successful.Creates the educator support program to provide mentor support to novice and probationary teachers.Addresses students who exhibit behavior that is not conducive to their own learning or the learning of other students.Requires the state institute for public policy to prepare an inventory of evidence-based and research-based effective practices, activities, and programs for use by school districts in the learning assistance program.Authorizes school districts to use a practice, activity, or program for one year that is not on the inventory list.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Create a pilot program with one school district to enhance the ability of the school district to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data to enable the school district to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes and close achievement gaps;(2) Establish interagency agreements with the departments of social and health services and services for the blind, and any other state agency that provides high school transition services for students with disabilities to foster effective multiagency collaboration to provide transition services for students with disabilities age fourteen through twenty-one, or through high school graduation, whichever occurs first; and(3) Collaborate with the professional educator standards board to build into existing and ongoing educator requirements that special education teachers and school psychologists receive training to be appropriately prepared to address the transition needs of students with disabilities.Requires the education data center to monitor certain outcomes for students with disabilities after high school graduation.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators McAuliffe, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Dammeier, Frockt, Nelson, Rolfes, Chase, Eide, Cleveland, Rivers, Hobbs, Fain, Hewitt, Murray, Kline, Billig, and Conway)
Establishing statewide indicators of educational health.
Establishes statewide indicators of educational system health.Requires the state board of education, with assistance from the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the workforce training and education coordinating board, and the student achievement council, to establish a process for identifying realistic but challenging system-wide performance goals and measurements for the established indicators.Requires the state board of education, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and the student achievement council to align their own strategic planning and education reform efforts with the statewide indicators and performance goals.
by Senators Hargrove and Hatfield
Extending the sales and use tax exemption for hog fuel used to produce electricity, steam, heat, or biofuel.
Delays, until June 30, 2024, the expiration of the sales and use tax exemption for hog fuel used to produce electricity, steam, heat, or biofuel.Requires taxpayers claiming the exemption to file a complete annual survey with the department of revenue.
by Senators Baumgartner, Ericksen, and Holmquist Newbry
Modifying the number of judges on the state supreme court.
Finds that: (1) The state Constitution provides that there shall be five supreme court judges; and(2) The legislature has seen fit by statute to add four additional justices to that august body.Requires existing judges of the state supreme court to meet in public to draw straws to eliminate the four additional judges.Requires any money saved from this elimination to be used to fund basic education.