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 Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Fey, Kirby, Orwall, O'Ban, Roberts, Jinkins, Hope, Angel, Smith, Dahlquist, Wilcox, and Kristiansen)
Modifying stalking and harassment protection order provisions.
Establishes the stalking protection order act.Creates a stalking protection order as a remedy for victims who do not qualify for a domestic violence order of protection.Requires the administrative office of the courts to develop a single master petition pattern form for all antiharassment and stalking protection orders issued under the act.Requests the state supreme court gender and justice commission, in consultation with Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, Washington state coalition against domestic violence, Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, Washington association of criminal defense lawyers, and Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, to consider other potential solutions to reduce confusion about which type of protection order a petitioner should seek.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford, Tharinger, Moscoso, Takko, Appleton, Bergquist, Liias, and Reykdal)
Giving general law enforcement authority to natural resource investigators.
Gives natural resources investigators general law enforcement authority.Requires the commissioner of public lands to maintain and employ a force of natural resource investigators to ensure enforcement actions are focused primarily on the protection of state-owned lands and property and natural resources managed by the department of natural resources.Requires an employee of the department of natural resources to be certified by the criminal justice training commission in order to qualify as a general authority Washington peace officer.
by House Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Hunt, Cody, Goodman, Freeman, Stanford, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Sawyer, Green, Ryu, Hope, Moscoso, Liias, Haler, Hudgins, Sullivan, Appleton, and Pollet)
Regulating interpreter services.
Authorizes the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to purchase interpreter services on behalf of limited-English speaking applicants and recipients of public assistance.Authorizes the department of labor and industries to purchase interpreter services for medical and vocational providers authorized to provide services to limited-English speaking injured workers or crime victims.Requires, no later than September 1, 2015, the department of social and health services, the state health care authority, and the department of labor and industries to each purchase spoken language interpreter services directly from language access providers through no more than three contracts with scheduling and coordinating organizations.Requires the department of social and health services to establish the spoken language interpreter advisory group to advise the departments of social and health services, labor and industries, and enterprise services and the state health care authority on policies, rules, and regulations governing the certification and authorization of spoken language interpreters.Requires, by September 1, 2015, the department of enterprise services to purchase, for all other state agencies, spoken language interpreter services directly from language access providers through no more than three contracts with scheduling and coordinating delivery organizations.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Morrell, Rodne, Cody, Green, Ryu, Liias, Farrell, and Santos)
Concerning the practice of midwifery.
Revises requirements for midwives when renewing their license.Requires the secretary of the department of health to write rules: (1) To bridge the gap between requirements of national certification of certified professional midwives and state requirements for licensure for licensed midwives; and(2) Regarding the renewal requirements and the department of health's process for verification of the third-party data submission.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Freeman, Goodman, Haler, Roberts, Farrell, Kagi, Stanford, Stonier, Bergquist, Ryu, O'Ban, Morrell, Fey, Pollet, and Santos)
Measuring performance of the child welfare system.
Requires the University of Washington, through partners for our children, within the school of social work, and the department of social and health services, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to develop measurements in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being in the child welfare system, using existing and available data.Changes the time in which state agencies are required to: (1) Execute agreements with partners for our children; and(2) Share certain data on a quarterly basis.Changes the time in which the department of social and health services is required to: (1) Enter into performace-based contracts regarding family support and other related services; and(2) Issue requests for proposals.Suspends the statute that established the child welfare transformation design committee until December 1, 2015.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Schmick, Cody, and Ryu)
Concerning stand-alone dental coverage.
Requires the insurance commissioner: (1) For benefit years beginning January 1, 2015, and only to the extent permitted by federal law and guidance, to establish by rule the review and approval requirements and procedures for pediatric oral services when offered in stand-alone dental plans in the nongrandfathered individual and small group markets outside of the Washington health benefit exchange; and(2) Unless prohibited by federal law and guidance, to allow health carriers to also offer pediatric oral services within the health benefit plan in the nongrandfathered individual and small group markets outside of the Washington health benefit exchange.
by Representatives Sawyer, Ryu, Green, and Freeman
Increasing educational options under vocational rehabilitation plans. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Ordering consideration of increased educational options under vocational rehabilitation plans. )
Requires the vocational rehabilitation subcommittee, created by the department of labor and industries, to: (1) Consider options that, under limited circumstances, would allow injured workers to attend baccalaureate institutions under their vocational rehabilitation plans; and(2) Provide recommendations to the director of the department of labor and industries and the legislature on statutory changes needed to develop those options.
by Representatives Hudgins, Springer, Bergquist, Habib, Pettigrew, Cody, Pedersen, Hunter, Fey, Ryu, McCoy, Upthegrove, Dunshee, Hunt, Goodman, Seaquist, Morris, Hansen, Sells, Fitzgibbon, Freeman, Carlyle, Riccelli, Pollet, Appleton, Ormsby, Kagi, Jinkins, Farrell, Sawyer, Roberts, Stanford, Tarleton, Moeller, Green, Orwall, Maxwell, Clibborn, Reykdal, Liias, and Wylie
Extending eligibility on a nonprioritized basis for the state need grant to individuals granted deferred action for childhood arrival status.
Extends eligibility for the state need grant to individuals granted deferred action for childhood arrival status.
by Representatives Clibborn, Liias, Warnick, and Dunshee
Concerning mitigation matching requirements for state transportation projects.
Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Use available technologies to minimize permit delays for proposed compensatory mitigation projects;(2) Inform and interact with interested parties including relevant environmental regulatory authorities regarding proposed compensatory mitigation projects; and(3) Optimize the effectiveness of proposed compensatory mitigation projects.
by Representative Hurst
Facilitating the efforts of the liquor control board to ensure the timely implementation of a well-designed, commercially viable regulatory scheme for the development of a legal marketplace for marijuana as required by Initiative Measure No. 502.
Recognizes that implementing a regulatory scheme for the creation of a regulated market for the legal sale of marijuana is a very complex process involving uncharted legal territory.Makes technical changes with the intent to: (1) Make them as minimal as possible;(2) Ensure that such changes will better enable the timely development of a practical, viable regulatory scheme that continues to reflect the will of the voters; and(3) Facilitate the successful creation of a carefully regulated and taxed marijuana market.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Carrell, Rolfes, Roach, Becker, Padden, Pearson, and Conway)
Modifying organized retail theft provisions.
Includes in the crime of organized retail theft, the theft of property with a cumulative value of at least five hundred dollars from a mercantile establishment with no less than six accomplices and a person makes or receives at least one electronic communication seeking participation in the theft in the course of planning or commission of the theft.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Hatfield and Shin)
Concerning consolidating a new exempt withdrawal of groundwater into an existing public water system.
Allows certain existing publicly owned and operated water systems to serve a proposed new development with water that would otherwise be withdrawn for beneficial use under a permit exemption.Prohibits more than five thousand gallons of water per day from being provided in this manner by any water system.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Holmquist Newbry, Ericksen, Dammeier, Honeyford, and Schlicher)
Concerning health care professionals contracting with public and private payors.
Addresses fair contracting for all contracts between health care providers and health insurance carriers offering insurance in the state and the presence of fair dealings and transparency in interactions between all third-party payors and health care providers.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Kohl-Welles, Darneille, Nelson, McAuliffe, and Kline)
Accelerating changes to mental health involuntary commitment laws.
Accelerates effective dates for implementation of certain provisions of the involuntary treatment act regarding the expansion of criteria for involuntary civil commitments.Requires the department of social and health services to consult with stakeholders and legislative staff to ensure that money appropriated for the act is spent in a way that increases involuntary commitment capacity consistent with findings published by the state institute for public policy.Requires a designated mental health professional: (1) To take serious consideration of observations and opinions by examining physicians in determining whether detention is appropriate; and(2) Who conducts an evaluation for imminent likelihood of serious harm or imminent danger because of being gravely disabled to also evaluate the person for likelihood of serious harm or grave disability that does not meet the imminent standard for emergency detention.
by Senator Carrell
Regarding certain lake management activities on lands owned by the state of Washington.
Authorizes certain code cities to take action to address toxic algae blooms for any lake located within the boundaries of the code city and entirely on lands belonging to the state.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Chase, King, Litzow, Dammeier, Rivers, Schlicher, Smith, Braun, Parlette, Hewitt, and Tom)
Promoting economic development by providing information to businesses.
Changes the list of agencies that are required to fully participate in the implementation of the business license center act and requires those agencies to provide the department of revenue with the name of the agency's coordinator.Provides that a license will be issued through the master license system only if the agency issuing the license and the department of revenue agree.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senator King)
Addressing the prevailing rate of wage paid on public works.
Exempts from prevailing wage requirements, workers or other persons who only deliver and unload standard materials, supplies, or equipment to a staging or stockpiling area without installing, fabricating, incorporating, or consuming the materials or supplies on or at the job site, or using the equipment to perform work on or at the public work site.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Carrell, Dammeier, Rivers, Sheldon, and Hobbs)
Simplifying definitions and classifications concerning state and local tax systems.
Requires the department of revenue to establish a work group to evaluate and develop recommendations on issues related to simplifying existing law in regards to city and state business and occupation tax uniformity, classifications, apportionment, and nexus.
by Senators Braun, Tom, Bailey, Schoesler, Padden, and Benton
Placing geographic limitations on local paid sick leave and paid safe leave programs.
Prohibits a local government from requiring an employer to provide paid sick leave or paid safe leave to an employee unless certain conditions are met.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Hatfield, and Conway)
Monitoring the progress of the logger safety initiative.
Acknowledges that industry participants, including private land owners, timber industry employers, the department of natural resources, and the department of labor and industries, have formed a logger safety task force to develop and implement a logger safety initiative to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries in the logging industry.Declares an intent to monitor development and implementation of the logger safety initiative.Requires the department of labor and industries to: (1) Reach out to employers in the logging industry having one or more on the job fatalities in the last five years and invite them to participate in the logger safety initiative; and(2) Report to the appropriate committees of the legislature on the development and implementation of the logger safety initiative.
by Senators Benton, Bailey, Braun, Padden, Becker, Rivers, Holmquist Newbry, Brown, Carrell, Hewitt, and Honeyford
Requiring expiration of enactments of the legislature with fiscal impacts unless funding is provided.
Requires an expiration date on any enactment of the legislature with a fiscal note indicating a fiscal impact unless specific funding is provided in an appropriation.