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 Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Kline, and Conway; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Modifies DUI provisions relating to making a fourth offense a felony; increasing the penalty for DUI with a child in the vehicle; increasing the minimum mandatory sentence for offenses of DUI and physical control; consideration as an aggravating circumstance if driving the wrong way to the normal flow of traffic; prior DUI offenses counted in the offender score; and prohibiting courts from deferring DUI sentences.Creates a 24/7 sobriety program and requires the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to conduct a 24/7 sobriety program pilot project.Establishes the Washington impaired driving work group to study effective strategies to reducing vehicle related deaths and serious injuries that are a result of impaired driving incidents.Creates the 24/7 sobriety account.
by Senator Parlette
Concerning the referral process in the pharmacy profession.
Finds that, in order to facilitate safe, timely, medically appropriate, and efficient patient care, a standardization of the referral process in the pharmacy profession is in the best interests of patients, pharmacies, and pharmacists.
by Senator Baumgartner
Protecting the right to work.
Prohibits an employer from requiring a person to: (1) Abstain or refrain from membership in any labor organization as a condition of employment or continuation of employment; or(2) Become or remain a member of a labor organization as a condition of employment.
by Senators Baumgartner and Bailey
Providing for a performance and enrollment-based methodology of distributing state appropriations to public institutions of higher education.
Distributes the support of public higher education more equitably between the state and students and their families by establishing a funding methodology that is based on enrollment levels with which to provide predictable and stable baseline state funding to the institutions of higher education and by establishing a process whereby any state funds over and above the level needed for the baseline levels of state funding are distributed among the institutions of higher education based on their performance in meeting statewide goals and expectations.Rewards the highest performers.Requires the office of financial management to: (1) Convene a work group to review certain per-resident student rates;(2) Make recommendations for achieving equal funding for similar institutions by the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium; and(3) Submit a final recommendation of the work group to the governor and appropriate committees of the legislature.
by Senators Baumgartner and Bailey
Decreasing resident undergraduate tuition rates by three percent for the 2013-2015 fiscal biennium and limiting future growth of resident undergraduate tuition rates to inflation.
Decreases resident undergraduate tuition rates by three percent for the 2013-2015 fiscal biennium and limits future growth of resident undergraduate tuition rates to inflation.
by Senator Chase
Incorporating state tax expenditures into the state budget process.
Requires the enacted omnibus operating appropriations bill to include: (1) A tax expenditure section or sections listing all discretionary state tax expenditures together with an estimate of the state revenue impact associated with each discretionary state tax expenditure;(2) A section stating the total estimated revenue impact from all discretionary state tax expenditures, total appropriations, and total state expenditures representing the sum of discretionary state tax expenditures and appropriations; and(3) A section stating the total state revenue impact from all nondiscretionary tax expenditures.