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=2014.
by Representatives Moscoso, Orcutt, Seaquist, Zeiger, Pollet, Reykdal, and Hayes
Creating a tuition and fees exemption for children and surviving spouses of certain highway workers.
Exempts children and surviving spouses of certain highway workers from paying tuition fees and services and activities fees.
by Representatives Cody, Appleton, Ryu, Riccelli, Sells, Walkinshaw, Dunshee, Reykdal, Robinson, Green, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Tharinger, and Freeman
Concerning employers' responsibility for the medical assistance costs of employees.
Establishes the employer responsibility for medical assistance costs of employees act of 2014.Ensures that large employers contribute to the cost of health coverage by paying a penalty for health coverage received by their employees through medical assistance.Encourages the provision of affordable employer-based coverage to low-wage employees who would otherwise be covered by medical assistance and discourages employers from reducing hours, wages, or both to avoid the employer responsibility penalty of the patient protection and affordable care act.Helps pay the nonfederal share of costs for medical assistance, improves reimbursement to the providers who care for medical assistance clients, and supports the safety net of county hospitals and community clinics that provide care for the remaining uninsured adult workers.Requires the employment security department to administer this act in coordination with the state health care authority, the office of the insurance commissioner, and the department of labor and industries.Exempts from disclosure under the public records act, documents and records that result from matching records with or sharing information among the state health care authority, the employment security department, or the department of social and health services pursuant to this act.Creates the employer responsibility for medical assistance trust fund.
by Representatives Goodman, Pettigrew, Stanford, Sells, S. Hunt, Appleton, Pollet, Bergquist, Ormsby, Stonier, Haigh, Riccelli, Moscoso, Fey, Walkinshaw, Tarleton, Tharinger, Wylie, Senn, Ryu, Morrell, and Reykdal
Enhancing the basic education allocation formula to adopt the staffing resources recommended by the quality education council.
Defines a fully implemented prototypical school model for the 2017-2018 school year through annual improvements in staffing levels, with a priority on staffing schools with a high level of poverty students first.Increases student opportunities to receive a basic education as well as improve student performance and graduation rates by lowering class sizes and increasing school staffing.
by Representative Kirby
Concerning sellers of travel.
Revises provisions regarding sellers of travel.
by Representative Schmick
Preempting local employment laws and contracts.
Prohibits a city, town, county, or port district from requiring, enforcing, or otherwise regulating by means of charter, ordinance, regulation, rule, resolution, or contract including purchase agreement any of the following for private employers: Payment of wages, hours of work, employee retention, or leave from employment.
by Representatives Stonier, Pike, Wylie, Harris, Fey, Orcutt, and Moeller
Concerning county electronic public auctions.
Addresses the sale of foreclosed property by a county public auction via the internet or other electronic media.Authorizes a county treasurer to accept electronic funds transfers for a purchase at a tax sale of any tax, assessment, fees, or charges.
by Representatives Stonier, Harris, Wylie, Ryu, and Fey
Revising local government treasury practices and procedures.
Revises local government treasury practices and procedures relating to: (1) The custodian of funds;(2) Management of an investment pool;(3) Accepted payment methods; and(4) The loss, destruction, and duplication of a warrant.
by Representatives Riccelli, Jinkins, Cody, Moscoso, Morrell, Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Tarleton, Farrell, Van De Wege, Robinson, Habib, Ormsby, Tharinger, Freeman, Walkinshaw, Hudgins, Gregerson, Pettigrew, Reykdal, Roberts, Carlyle, and Moeller
Requiring the health care authority to develop a blueprint for the establishment of a federal basic health program.
Requires the state health care authority to develop a blueprint for the establishment of a federal basic health program.
by Representatives Springer, Fitzgibbon, and Nealey
Regarding infill development.
Addresses infill development provisions regarding categorical exemptions from the requirements of the state environmental policy act.
by Representatives Chandler, Warnick, Ross, and Johnson
Providing that sales and use taxes imposed by rural counties may be used for purchasing water rights for water banking.
Allows the use of sales and use taxes imposed by rural counties for purchasing water rights for water banking.
by Representatives Chandler, Johnson, and Ross
Clarifying that the definition of qualifying machinery and equipment includes all equipment used by hop farmers in harvesting the crop.
Clarifies that: (1) Production equipment, not processing equipment, is the machinery and equipment used to get hops to a marketable farm gate product; and(2) Production equipment is eligible for the sales and use tax exemption of other qualifying farm machinery and equipment.
by Representative Kagi; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Clarifying the lead agency for the early support for infant and toddlers program.
Clarifies that the department of early learning is the lead agency for the early support for infant and toddlers program.
by Representatives Habib, Fitzgibbon, Hayes, Robinson, Orcutt, Walkinshaw, Fey, Ryu, Zeiger, Carlyle, Sells, Farrell, and Moeller
Modifying requirements for pedestrians walking along roadways.
Changes the requirement of a pedestrian to move clear of a roadway upon meeting an oncoming vehicle when a sidewalk is not provided.
by Representatives Kirby, Hudgins, and Ryu
Prohibiting automobile insurers from committing certain unfair practices.
Prohibits an automobile insurer from unreasonably failing to pay first and third party property damage claims for damage to motor vehicles, including motor-driven cycles and bicycles, by committing an unfair act set forth in this act.
by Representatives Freeman and Rodne
Clarifying municipal court terms.
Allows a municipal court term to be terminated only at the end of the judicial term of the judge or judges of that court.
by Representative Nealey
Modifying certain venue of action provisions.
Permits a defendant, that resides in the county that is bringing an action, to move the action to either of the two nearest judicial districts by making the request in accordance with court rules for civil proceedings.
by Representative Klippert
Revising county road vacation authority.
Changes the requirements for the vacation of a county road when it abuts a body of freshwater or salt water.
by Representatives Riccelli, Moscoso, Farrell, Warnick, and Fitzgibbon
Allowing nonprofit corporations and organizations and certain transit providers to provide transportation services to agricultural employees.
Authorizes certain transit agencies and nonprofit transportation providers to support vanpool programs for agricultural workers in the same manner as other vanpool programs while maintaining the existing protections provided in current law for agricultural workers.
by Representatives Stonier, S. Hunt, Sawyer, Fey, Orwall, and Bergquist
Making school district policies on restraint or isolation of certain students available to parents and guardians.
Requires a copy of a school district policy regarding the use of restraint or isolation and the procedures for notification of a parent or guardian regarding the use of restraint or isolation to be made available to parents and guardians on the district web site, with a written copy provided on request.
by Representatives Condotta, Shea, Taylor, Overstreet, and Scott
Restricting the use of automated license plate recognition systems.
Prohibits certain persons from using an automated license plate recognition system.
by Representatives Reykdal, S. Hunt, Pollet, Sells, Seaquist, Stanford, and Fey
Establishing competitive wages for beginning teacher salaries.
Prohibits the minimum salary for any level of experience and education provided in any salary allocation model used in state funding formulas for certificated instructional staff allocations from being less than fifty-two thousand seventy-four dollars.
by Representatives Sells, Haigh, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Pollet, Stanford, and Fey
Establishing the minimum wage for classified school employees.
Requires the department of labor and industries, on September 30, 2015, and on each September 30th thereafter, to calculate an adjusted minimum wage rate by increasing the current year's minimum wage rate by the rate of inflation.Requires classified school employees to be paid wages at a rate of not less than: (1) Fifteen dollars per hour from January 1, 2015, until January 1, 2016; and(2) The amount established by the department of labor and industries beginning January 1, 2016, and each January 1st thereafter.
by Representatives S. Hunt, Pollet, Sells, Seaquist, Reykdal, and Fey
Restoring cost-of-living increases for educational employees.
Increases salaries for public school employees and community and technical college faculty and staff to levels that will meet the inflation adjustments that were originally required under Initiative Measure No. 732 for 2009-2010 through 2014-2015 school years.Changes bonus calculations for certificated instructional staff who have attained certification from the national board for professional teaching standards.
by Representatives Fey, Kagi, Freeman, Fitzgibbon, Sawyer, Senn, Bergquist, Walkinshaw, Lytton, Ryu, Farrell, Jinkins, and Robinson
Identifying characteristics of the homeless youth population.
Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct an analysis to identify characteristics of the homeless youth population from birth to age ten.
by Representatives Johnson, Appleton, Ross, and Chandler
Requiring the student achievement council to develop a grant program to encourage training for students studying in the medical field to work with individuals with disabilities.
Requires the student achievement council to develop a centralized program for grants for institutions for programs designed to develop training projects focused upon improvement of services to adult individuals with developmental disabilities.
by Representatives Hansen, Haler, and Zeiger
Changing provisions relating to the opportunity scholarship.
Changes the composition of the opportunity scholarship board.Changes the month from May to October for the annual disbursement of scholarships from the scholarship account.Authorizes the opportunity scholarship board to elect to have the state investment board invest the funds in the scholarship account and the endowment account.Requires the student achievement council to enter into an appropriate agreement with the program administrator to demonstrate exchange of consideration for the matching funds. Once money in the opportunity scholarship match transfer account is subject to the agreement and is deposited in the scholarship account or endowment account, the state acts in a fiduciary rather than ownership capacity with regard to those assets.
by Representatives Gregerson, Zeiger, and Seaquist
Creating efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
Requires four-year institutions of higher education that increase tuition beyond levels assumed in the omnibus appropriations act after January 1, 2011, to report to the governor and relevant committees of the legislature by December 31st every year on the effectiveness of the various sources and methods of financial aid in mitigating tuition increases.Authorizes an institution of higher education to pay its employees for services rendered biweekly.Provides how "institutional quality" must be measured regarding the joint legislative audit and review committee's systemic performance audit of the tuition-setting authority granted to the governing boards of the state universities, regional universities, and The Evergreen State College.Exempts from predesign review, projects at institutions of higher education, which may be valued up to ten million dollars.Requires the state universities, the regional universities, and The Evergreen State College, when negotiating an institutional performance plan with the office of financial management to include negotiated targets for the purpose of determining performance incentive funding.
by Representatives Pike and Manweller
Allowing employers to pay training wages to new employees.
Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to establish procedures for the issuance of special training certificates to employers authorizing the employers to pay training wages to new employees.Requires an employer who discharges an employee working under the special training certificate, before the employee's completion of six hundred eighty hours, to notify the director and provide an explanation for the discharge.
by Representative Pike
Modifying the requirements for renewing state need grants.
Changes the qualifications for renewal of a state need grant.
by Representatives Freeman, Walsh, Kagi, Roberts, and Smith
Concerning parents with intellectual or developmental disabilities involved in dependency proceedings.
Requires the department of social and health services to take into consideration a parent's intellectual or developmental disability when offering services to correct parental deficiencies.Allows a court to apply an active efforts standard to the department of social and health services at dependency review hearings involving parents with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
by Representatives Jinkins, S. Hunt, Haler, Appleton, Hope, Moscoso, Harris, Fitzgibbon, Morrell, Sawyer, Bergquist, Pollet, Green, Riccelli, Fey, MacEwen, and Freeman
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 purchase spoken language interpreter services.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 the certification and authorization of spoken language interpreters.Requires the department of enterprise services to, by September 1, 2015, develop and implement a model that all state agencies must use to procure spoken language interpreter services.
by Representatives Gregerson, Ryu, and Takko
Modifying provisions governing public works projects of code cities.
Addresses the performance by city employees of public works projects in code cities.
by Representatives Bergquist, Haler, Pollet, and Muri
Creating the state need pay it forward program.
Creates the state need pay it forward program to expand access to need-based aid for a larger number of qualified students to attend the state's institutions of higher education without paying for tuition up front and without relying on the increasingly expensive federal student loans.Requires the office of student financial assistance to: (1) Design the state need pay it forward program;(2) Design the state college bound pay it forward program in alignment with the state need grant pay it forward program; and(3) With the assistance of the office of the superintendent of public instruction, implement and administer the state college bound pay it forward program.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to notify schools about the state college bound pay it forward program.Requires school districts to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and principals about the state college bound pay it forward program.Requires the caseload forecast council to estimate the anticipated caseload of the state college bound pay it forward program and submit the forecast to the governor and the members of the legislative fiscal committees.
by Representatives Kretz and Short
Enhancing the potable water supply by encouraging treatment of raw groundwater.
Requires the department of health, wherever possible, to seek to enhance the potable water supply by encouraging treatment of raw groundwater sources where they exceed maximum contaminant levels.
by Representatives Johnson and S. Hunt
Expanding participation in college in the high school programs.
Allows tenth grade students to participate in the college in the high school program.Requires certain school districts to provide general information about the college in the high school program to ninth grade students and to the parents and guardians of those students.
by Representatives Johnson, S. Hunt, and Chandler
Designating the central Washington state fair as the official state fair.
Designates the central Washington state fair as the official state fair.
by Representatives Haler and Klippert
Establishing a bill of rights for citizens, businesses, and project proponents who are subject to state agency action.
Establishes a bill of rights for citizens, businesses, and project proponents who are subject to state agency action.Requires the office of regulatory assistance to include on its web site, information or links to information on the process by which a citizen, business owner, or operator may initiate a complaint that an agency has violated a right provided in section 1 of this act.Requires an agency to include in its official record of each adjudicative proceeding, any written findings prepared by the office of regulatory assistance in response to a complaint.
by Representatives Haler, Tarleton, and Klippert
Clarifying the applicability of child abduction statutes to residential provisions ordered by a court.
Clarifies the applicability of child abduction statutes to residential provisions ordered by a court.
by Representatives Haigh, Buys, and Blake
Concerning the development of a proposed policy option for achieving the goal of electronically reporting intrastate transfers of ownership of livestock as a means to increase participation in the animal disease traceability program.
Requires the director of the department of agriculture to develop a proposed policy option for achieving the goal of electronically reporting intrastate transfers of ownership of livestock by producers as a means to increase participation in the animal disease traceability program.
by Representatives Seaquist and Haler
Concerning statewide educational attainment goals.
Recognizes that one of the most important duties of the student achievement council is to propose educational attainment goals to the governor and the legislature and to develop a ten-year roadmap to achieve those goals.Declares that the statewide educational attainment goals required to meet the societal and economic needs of the future are as follows: All adults, ages twenty-five to forty-four, will have a high school diploma or equivalent by 2023 and at least seventy percent of adults, ages twenty-five to forty-four, will have a postsecondary credential by 2023.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, McCoy, Schoesler, Hobbs, Hatfield, Brown, Conway, Rolfes, Braun, McAuliffe, and Benton)
Providing for awarding academic credit for military training.
Requires institutions of higher education to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military training applicable to the student's certificate or degree requirements.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Pearson, Rolfes, Hargrove, Mullet, Sheldon, Hewitt, Cleveland, Honeyford, Fain, Hill, Braun, Fraser, Litzow, Parlette, Frockt, and Kline; by request of Commissioner of Public Lands)
Specifying recovery for fire damages to public or private forested lands.
Allows an owner of public or private forested lands to bring a civil action in superior court for property damage to public or private forested lands, including real and personal property on those lands, when the damage results from a fire that started on or spread from public or private forested lands.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Rolfes, Pearson, Honeyford, Cleveland, Hargrove, Hewitt, Fraser, Litzow, Parlette, Kline, and McAuliffe; by request of Commissioner of Public Lands)
Creating the community forest trust account.
Creates the community forest trust account and requires all money received for the acquisition, sale, management, and administration of the department of fish and wildlife's duties for community forest trust lands to be deposited into the account.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators Ericksen, Sheldon, Hewitt, Brown, Mullet, Honeyford, and Benton)
Studying nuclear power as a replacement for electricity generated from the combustion of fossil fuels.
Creates a joint select task force on nuclear energy to study how the state can advance and support the generation of clean energy in the region through the use of nuclear power.
by Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (originally sponsored by Senators Roach and Hasegawa; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Eliminating the position of human resources director.
Eliminates the position of human resources director.
by Senators Dammeier, Frockt, Hill, Billig, Kohl-Welles, and Tom
Promoting expanded learning opportunities as a strategy to close the educational opportunity gap and prevent summer learning loss.
Creates the summer expanded learning opportunities grant program to build capacity for partnerships between schools and community-based organizations to design and deliver evidence-based and innovative enrichment programs designed to prevent summer learning loss among target student populations.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Identify criteria for the award of grants;(2) Award grants proportionately between applying community-based organizations and school districts or educational service districts; and(3) Contract with a statewide nonprofit organization to build capacity for, promote, and sustain an expanded learning opportunities system for elementary and secondary education and to support implementation of the summer expanded learning opportunities grant program.
by Senators Hill, McAuliffe, Dammeier, and Rolfes
Implementing selected education reforms using recommendations from the quality education council's 2014 report to the legislature.
Finds that the quality education council made seven recommendations in its 2014 report to recommend and inform the ongoing implementation of an evolving program of basic education, recommend the financing necessary to support such a program, develop strategic recommendations intended to inform future educational policy and funding decisions, and identify measurable goals and priorities for the educational system.Implements those recommendations that require statutory change.
by Senators Dammeier, Darneille, Angel, Keiser, Honeyford, and Tom
Giving preferences to housing trust fund projects that involve collaboration between local school districts and housing authorities to help children of low-income families succeed in school.
Requires the department of commerce to also give preference to applications for projects involving collaborative partnerships between local school districts and public housing authorities that help children of low-income families succeed in school.
by Senators Fraser, Roach, Kohl-Welles, Benton, Hasegawa, Chase, Keiser, and Kline
Concerning coercion of involuntary servitude.
Includes in the crime of coercion of involuntary servitude, coercing another person to perform labor or services by: (1) Withholding or threatening to withhold or destroy documents relating to a person's immigration status; or(2) Threatening to notify law enforcement officials that a person is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.
by Senator Hill; by request of Office of Financial Management
Aligning student transportation formulas with 2013 session laws.
Aligns student transportation formulas with 2013 session laws.
by Senators Hargrove, Chase, and Schoesler
Establishing the LEED plus W high-performance public building standard.
Requires the department of enterprise services to: (1) Develop the LEED plus W standard which is a high-performance public building standard designed to maximize the sustainability and environmental performance of major facility projects; and(2) Consult with the high-performance buildings advisory committee, other appropriate agencies, subject matter experts, and stakeholders in developing the initial standard.Requires major facility projects of public agencies and public school districts to be designed, constructed, and certified to at least the LEED plus W standard, if the agency or district receives funding in a capital budget or if the project is financed through a financing contract.Requires the state building code council, in consultation with appropriate agencies, subject matter experts, and stakeholders, to review the state building code and the international green construction code regarding the LEED plus W standard.
by Senators Ranker and Kline
Prohibiting the use of leaf blowers by state agencies.
Prohibits state agencies from using leaf blowers.Requires the director of the department of enterprise services to ensure the maintenance and care of grounds under the control of state agencies do not include the use of leaf blowers.
by Senators Chase, Ranker, and Kline
Regarding genetically engineered fin fish.
Prohibits the production of genetically engineered fin fish in state waters.
by Senators Hargrove, Kohl-Welles, Mullet, Schoesler, and Kline
Addressing the implementation of inmate postsecondary education degree programs to reduce recidivism.
Offers postsecondary opportunities to inmates to reduce recidivism.Authorizes the selection of an inmate to participate in a state-funded postsecondary education degree program, based on priority determined by the department of corrections.
by Senators McCoy, Pearson, Chase, and Kohl-Welles
Concerning the arrest of individuals who suffer from chemical dependency.
Allows a police officer who has reasonable cause to believe that an individual has committed acts constituting a nonfelony crime that is not a serious offense, and has not committed a possible violation of DUI or physical control laws, and is known by history to suffer from a chemical dependency, to: (1) Take the individual to an approved chemical dependency treatment provider for treatment;(2) Take the individual to an emergency medical service customarily used for incapacitated persons, if no approved treatment program is readily available;(3) Refer the individual to a chemical dependency professional for initial detention and proceeding; or(4) Release the individual upon agreement to voluntary participation in outpatient treatment.
by Senators Becker and Keiser; by request of Health Care Authority
Creating the public employees' benefits board benefits account.
Creates the public employees' benefits board benefits account and requires money in the account to be used exclusively to purchase, through consolidated contracts, benefits or services for the benefit of subscribers and members.
by Senators Becker and Keiser; by request of Health Care Authority
Clarifying employee eligibility for benefits from the public employees' benefits board and conforming the eligibility provisions with federal law.
Clarifies employee eligibility for benefits from the public employees' benefits board and conforms the eligibility provisions with federal law.
by Senators Roach, Hasegawa, Benton, Tom, Braun, Bailey, Chase, Keiser, and Mullet
Concerning personal financial affairs reporting by public hospital district officials.
Requires the chief executive officer, general counsel, vice presidents, and board of trustees of a public hospital district with a population over one hundred fifty thousand to file a statement of financial affairs with the public disclosure commission.
by Senators Roach, Angel, and Honeyford
Implementing requirements for the condemnation of real property.
Prohibits a municipality, in any judicial action to condemn blighted areas, from condemning any aggregate area of real property.
by Senators Roach, Padden, and Kline
Securing damages for persons injured by violations of the state Constitution.
Places liability on a governmental entity that, under color of a statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, subjects or causes to be subjected, a citizen, inhabitant, or domiciliary of this state to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the state Constitution.
by Senators Roach, Angel, Hill, Bailey, Braun, Becker, Honeyford, and Padden
Concerning home and community-based services programs for dependents of military service members.
Authorizes an application to be filed with the department of social and health services for dependents of military service members to receive services provided under the home and community-based services programs.
by Senators Fain, Hobbs, Angel, Chase, Pedersen, Ericksen, Kohl-Welles, and Roach
Providing an exemption for certain lodging services from the convention and trade center tax.
Provides hostels with an exemption from the convention and trade center tax.
by Senators Pedersen and O'Ban; by request of Uniform Laws Commission
Enacting the uniform power of attorney act.
Repeals chapter 11.94 RCW (power of attorney) and creates the uniform power of attorney act.
by Senators Dammeier, Rivers, and Keiser
Concerning protection of health care information in the health benefit exchange related to navigators.
Prohibits a person or entity functioning as a navigator, associated with the health benefit exchange, from requesting health care information from a person seeking their services.
by Senators Hobbs, Sheldon, Hatfield, and King
Concerning projects of statewide significance for economic development and transportation.
Provides a mechanism for local governments and state and federal agencies to perform a coordinated and comprehensive review of projects of statewide significance for economic development and transportation.
by Senator Angel
Naming the chair and vice chair of state and county political committees.
Addresses the election and gender of the chair and vice chair of state and county political committees.
by Senator Angel
Concerning cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, and manicuring.
Modifies provisions relating to cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, and manicuring under chapter 18.16 RCW and adds "hair design" to those provisions.Changes the name of the cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, and manicuring advisory board to the cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, and manicuring advisory board.
by Senators Kohl-Welles, Bailey, Frockt, Becker, Chase, and Tom
Requiring institutions of higher education to provide certain financial aid information to admitted and prospective students.
Requires community and technical colleges to provide financial aid application due dates and information on whether or not financial aid will be awarded on a rolling basis to their admitted students at the time of acceptance.
by Senators Hobbs, Hasegawa, Keiser, Kohl-Welles, Chase, Darneille, Mullet, Kline, Hatfield, Frockt, Nelson, Pedersen, McAuliffe, Cleveland, Fraser, Conway, McCoy, Ranker, Eide, Billig, and Liias
Concerning health plan coverage for the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.
Requires a health plan, issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2015, that provides coverage for maternity care or services, to also provide a covered person with substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.
by Senator Keiser
Including mental health prescriptions in electronic medical records.
Requires certain electronic medical records to include mental health prescriptions.
by Senators Angel, Sheldon, Hatfield, Brown, Hobbs, Conway, Mullet, Keiser, Cleveland, and Rivers
Concerning incrementally increasing the distribution percentage of liquor revolving fund revenues under RCW 66.08.190 to cities and counties.
Increases the distribution percentage of liquor revolving fund revenues to cities and counties.
by Senators Bailey, Becker, Frockt, Kohl-Welles, and Tom
Creating efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
Requires four-year institutions of higher education that increase tuition beyond levels assumed in the omnibus appropriations act after January 1, 2011, to report to the governor and relevant committees of the legislature by December 31st every year on the effectiveness of the various sources and methods of financial aid in mitigating tuition increases.Authorizes an institution of higher education to pay its employees for services rendered biweekly.Changes the purpose of the joint legislative audit and review committee's systemic performance audit of the tuition-setting authority granted to the governing boards of the state universities, regional universities, and The Evergreen State College.Exempts from predesign review, projects at institutions of higher education, which may be valued up to ten million dollars.
by Senators Kohl-Welles, Darneille, O'Ban, Hargrove, and Keiser
Creating the office of the behavioral health ombuds.
Creates the office of the behavioral health ombuds within the office of the governor to: (1) Promote public awareness and understanding of state-funded behavioral health services;(2) Identify system issues and responses for the governor and the legislature to act upon; and(3) Monitor and ensure compliance with administrative acts, relevant statutes, rules, contract terms, and policies pertaining to provision of behavioral health services, and the placement, supervision, and treatment of adults and children in state hospitals or in state-licensed facilities.Requires the department of social and health services, state hospitals, the state health care authority, regional support networks, and behavioral health service providers under contract to: (1) Allow the ombuds to communicate privately with any person in the custody of the state;(2) Permit the ombuds physical access to state institutions serving persons with behavioral health disorders and state-licensed facilities or residences;(3) Grant the ombuds the right to access, inspect, and copy all relevant information, records, or documents in their possession or control that the ombuds considers necessary in an investigation; and(4) Grant the office of the behavioral health ombuds unrestricted online access to electronic databases.
by Senators Kohl-Welles, Fraser, Keiser, Rolfes, and Cleveland
Concerning parental rights and responsibilities of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors.
Establishes a process whereby a survivor who becomes pregnant as a result of a sexual assault and who elects to raise the child can seek the court's assistance in avoiding continued forced interactions with the rapist and the consequent inability to fully heal from the assault.
by Senators Frockt, McAuliffe, O'Ban, Fain, Litzow, Pedersen, Darneille, Rolfes, Kohl-Welles, Tom, Liias, and Cleveland
Creating a pilot program to provide educational stability for homeless children.
Requires the department of commerce, in consultation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, to: (1) Administer a two-year pilot program that links homeless children and their families with stable housing located in the homeless student's school district; and(2) Develop a competitive grant process to make a one-time grant award of three hundred thousand dollars to a school district partnered with an eligible organization.Makes an appropriation.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.Expires January 15, 2017.
by Senators Honeyford, Roach, and King
Making tax preferences for the bee industry permanent.
Removes the expiration of tax preferences for the bee industry.
by Senator Mullet
Concerning medication synchronization and dispensing fee standardization.
Requires an individual or group health insurance policy providing prescription drug coverage to permit and apply a prorated daily cost-sharing rate to certain prescriptions.Prohibits an individual or group health insurance policy providing prescription drug coverage from: (1) Denying coverage for the dispensing of a drug prescribed for the treatment of a chronic illness that is made in accordance with a plan to synchronize the refilling of multiple prescriptions for the insured; and(2) Using payment structures incorporating prorated dispensing fees determined by calculation of the days' supply of medication dispensed.
by Senators Roach, Holmquist Newbry, Benton, Sheldon, Padden, Chase, Eide, Mullet, and Dammeier
Adjusting the dollar threshold for substantial development under the shoreline management act for certain pleasure craft-related construction.
Adjusts the dollar threshold for substantial development under the shoreline management act for certain pleasure craft-related construction of boat ramps, launches, and docks.
by Senator Baumgartner
Concerning the removal of snow from streets that are part of state highways.
Addresses the removal of snow from streets that are part of state highways.
by Senators King, Eide, and Kohl-Welles
Creating a tuition and fees exemption for children and surviving spouses of certain highway workers.
Exempts children and surviving spouses of certain highway workers from paying tuition fees and services and activities fees.
by Senator Roach
Removing the requirement that candidates and authorized political committees must file contribution and expenditure reports electronically.
Allows certain candidates and authorized committees of a candidate to file contribution reports and expenditure reports required by the fair campaign practices act in written form by electronic mail or facsimile or by an electronic alternative provided by the public disclosure commission.
by Senator Roach
Ensuring growth management hearings board members meet qualifications relating to land use experience.
Requires at least three members of the growth management hearings board to be engaged in the legal profession with a focus on land use at the time of his or her appointment.
by Senators Roach, O'Ban, Sheldon, and Litzow
Concerning instruction in Spanish and Chinese languages.
Creates a Spanish and Chinese language instruction pilot program in which a maximum of two school districts may participate.Requires each school district to provide a world language program in elementary schools that provides instruction in Spanish and a Chinese language.
by Senators Roach and Padden
Addressing parent and child relationship termination.
Addresses the termination of a parent and child relationship with regard to a child being conceived as a result of a sex offense or incest.
by Senators Roach and Schoesler
Concerning the sale of in-vehicle electronic toll collection system equipment.
Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Post signs near tolled facilities to inform the traveling public where in-vehicle electronic toll collection system equipment is sold; and(2) Provide in-vehicle electronic toll collection system equipment through automated vending machines at certain safety rest areas.
by Senators McAuliffe, Kohl-Welles, and Chase
Including information on preventing sexual abuse and violence in sexual health education.
Requires public schools that offer sexual health education to assure that sexual health education includes information on preventing sexual abuse and violence and understanding consent.