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 House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Klippert, Haler, Pettigrew, Moscoso, Hayes, Hargrove, Buys, and Hawkins)
Concerning waivers from school year requirements for purposes of economy and efficiency.
Addresses certain waivers from school year requirements.Removes the expiration date for waivers of the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement from August 31, 2014, to August 31, 2017.Specifies that school districts with less than two thousand students are eligible to apply for the waivers.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, Parker, Seaquist, Walsh, Bergquist, Holy, Maxwell, Haigh, Stonier, Kagi, Hargrove, Ryu, Clibborn, Tarleton, Tharinger, Pollet, Morrell, Santos, and Magendanz)
Concerning accountability in providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services.
Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and other state agencies that provide high school transition services for special education students; and(2) 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 special education students.Requires the education data center to monitor certain outcomes for special education students after high school graduation.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction, if certain data is not available to the data education center, to attempt to collect the data through a single communication after the student's graduation.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Scott, Shea, Taylor, Short, and Overstreet)
Concerning compliance with inspections of child care facilities.
Requires the department of early learning to consult with a city or county enforcement official before requiring any alterations of a family home child care facility due to inconsistencies with state building code requirements.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Hayes, Goodman, and Magendanz)
Creating effective and timely access to magistrates for purposes of reviewing search warrant applications.
Creates effective and timely access to magistrates for purposes of reviewing search warrant applications across the state.Authorizes any magistrate to issue a search warrant for any person or evidence located anywhere within the state.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Haler, Pollet, Zeiger, Bergquist, and Morrell)
Concerning cosmetology training and licensure requirements.
Requires the director of the department of licensing to: (1) Provide written and practical practice examinations for students of schools for cosmetology, barbering, and manicuring before completion of the required training hours; and(2) Provide practice examination results to schools.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Zeiger, Kagi, Magendanz, Sawyer, Jinkins, Parker, Walsh, Morrell, Farrell, Hayes, Kochmar, Freeman, Walkinshaw, Roberts, Clibborn, Dahlquist, Orwall, Tharinger, Habib, Robinson, and Goodman)
Concerning public-private financing for prevention-focused social services and health care services.
Establishes the Washington social investment steering committee to develop and monitor the implementation of at least one pilot program, financed by social impact bonds or other public-private financing models, which delivers prevention-focused services in areas such as early childhood development, child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, public assistance, or other identified social or health care services.Exempts state officers, legislative officers, and state employees from chapter 42.52 RCW (ethics in public service), when soliciting gifts, grants, or donations solely for the limited purpose of facilitation, consultation, or providing expertise to further the Washington social investment steering committee's duties.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Warnick, Seaquist, Walsh, Johnson, Manweller, Sells, Riccelli, Reykdal, Ryu, Morrell, Zeiger, Tarleton, and Freeman)
Establishing an online alternative credit degree program.
Creates an online alternative credit degree program that awards degrees based on an alternative credit model to position the state to meet baccalaureate degree production goals and to serve nontraditional students who may already hold some postsecondary academic credits or life experience that can count towards a degree.Requires Central Washington University to: (1) Host the online alternative credit degree program; and(2) Consult with the department of early learning to target students who are early learning providers and to develop online alternative credit degree programs.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Rodne and Haler)
Concerning actions for trespass upon a business owner's premises.
Provides that a business owner has a cause of action for trespass against a person who intentionally enters or remains unlawfully upon the business owner's premises in violation of a written notice provided by the business owner to the person.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Muri, Seaquist, Zeiger, Morrell, Freeman, Christian, Kochmar, Dahlquist, and Appleton)
Concerning home and community-based services programs for dependents of military service members.
Requires a dependent, who is a legal resident of the state, having previously been determined to be eligible for developmental disability services through the department of social and health services, to retain eligibility as long as he or she remains a legal resident of the state regardless of having left the state due to the military service member's military assignment outside the state.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Walsh, Gregerson, Jinkins, Orwall, Robinson, Bergquist, Reykdal, Hansen, Van De Wege, Goodman, Sullivan, S. Hunt, Pettigrew, Ryu, Kagi, Lytton, Tarleton, Freeman, Ormsby, Walkinshaw, Morrell, Pollet, Appleton, and Riccelli; by request of Washington State Department of Commerce)
Concerning a surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance.
Makes the forty-dollar surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance permanent beginning July 1, 2015.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, Tarleton, Pollet, Stonier, Tharinger, Ryu, Morrell, S. Hunt, Gregerson, Freeman, and Santos)
Integrating career and college readiness standards into K-12 and higher education policies and practices.
Requires the state board of education to examine options and strategies for making the high school and beyond plan a more rigorous and meaningful tool for students to identify and pursue career and college pathways beginning in the eighth grade and align their high school course-taking with those pathways.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with career and technical educators and directors across the state, to identify and recommend specific strategies and resources needed to embed the common core state standards and the next generation science standards into career and technical course curriculum and instruction.Requires the professional educator standards board to examine the strategies being used to incorporate the common core state standards and the next generation science standards into educator certification.Requires the state board for community and technical colleges to continue convening college faculty and high school teachers to design and develop courses and curricula for students in their senior year of high school who do not meet the career and college ready standard on the eleventh grade consortium-developed assessments of the common core state standards and the next generation science standards.Requires the student achievement council to: (1) Conduct an analysis of dual credit courses offered to high school students; and(2) Convene the state education agencies at least three times in 2014 to address tasks assigned in this act and as specified in the ten-year roadmap in RCW 28B.77.020.Encourages the agencies mentioned above, in developing their strategies and recommendations, to consult with the workforce training and education coordinating board, labor representatives, and business representatives.
by House Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Takko, S. Hunt, Reykdal, Hansen, Haigh, Santos, Kretz, Ryu, Orcutt, Morrell, Goodman, Cody, Robinson, Haler, and Appleton)
Declaring the Ostrea lurida the official oyster of the state of Washington.
Designates the Ostrea lurida as the official oyster of the state.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Orcutt, and Ryu; by request of State Treasurer)
Transferring the insurance and financial responsibility program.
Transfers the insurance and financial responsibility program from the state treasurer to the department of licensing.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Buys, Lytton, Chandler, Takko, Wilcox, Nealey, Warnick, and Tharinger; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Ensuring hunter safety.
Modifies provisions relating to the hunter education training course.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Habib, Walsh, Goodman, Haigh, and Roberts)
Creating the pilot identicard program.
Requires the department of licensing, working in conjunction with the department of corrections, to create and implement a two-year identicard program to provide offenders with a state-issued identicard.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, Morrell, Haler, Gregerson, and Manweller)
Decodifying, expiring, and making technical clarifications to higher education provisions.
Decodifies, makes technical clarifications to, and provides a July 1, 2014, expiration date for certain higher education provisions.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Zeiger, Muri, Tarleton, Seaquist, Moscoso, Reykdal, Sells, Rodne, Stanford, Gregerson, Morrell, Freeman, and Ortiz-Self)
Concerning insurance for enlisted members of the Washington national guard.
Entitles certain Washington national guard members to receive compensation from the state in the form of a monthly premium payment for a premium-based health plan and a premium-based dental plan provided by the federal military health system.
by Representatives Roberts, Goodman, Moscoso, Appleton, Cody, Jinkins, Kagi, and Ryu
Improving the system of legal financial obligations in criminal cases to protect restitution to crime victims, ensure successful reentry, and reduce recidivism.
Establishes the restitution first act.Improves the system of legal financial obligations in criminal cases to protect restitution to crime victims, ensure successful reentry, and reduce recidivism.
by Representatives Walkinshaw, Clibborn, Tarleton, Riccelli, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Johnson, and Bergquist
Creating Washington state tree special license plates.
Creates state tree special license plates to support Washington park arboretum and provide funds to the arboretum foundation to support the University of Washington botanic gardens' environmental education programs for children and support the University of Washington botanic gardens and the city of Seattle for maintenance of the arboretum.
by Representative Clibborn
Imposing motor vehicle fuel taxes on compressed natural and liquefied natural gas used for transportation purposes.
Imposes motor vehicle fuel taxes on natural gas, the sale of compressed natural gas, or liquefied natural gas, used as transportation fuel by a motor vehicle.Clarifies for future use the appropriate taxation of natural gas, when used as a transportation fuel, in a manner similar to gasoline and diesel.
by Representatives Hudgins, Condotta, and Hurst
Authorizing the gambling commission to increase fees.
Authorizes the gambling commission to increase fees by up to five percent in fiscal year 2015.
by Representative Sells
Removing the authority of an employer to unilaterally implement a collective bargaining agreement.
Prohibits an employer from unilaterally implementing changes in the terms and conditions of employment subsequent to an impasse being reached in collective bargaining.
by Representative Seaquist
Concerning investigations of accidents and incidents in the Washington state ferry system.
Requires the department of transportation to develop a proposal of comprehensive accident and incident investigation procedures in the state ferry system to submit to the governor and the transportation committees of the legislature by November 1, 2014.
by Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Hatfield, Braun, Tom, and Benton)
Clarifying the exemption in the public records act for customer information held by public utilities.
Clarifies the exemption from disclosure, of information relating to public utility customers, under the public records act.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Pearson, Rolfes, Hewitt, and Sheldon; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Regarding fish and wildlife law enforcement.
Revises certain fish and wildlife law enforcement provisions relating to: (1) The fish and wildlife enforcement code;(2) Recreational licenses required for hunting, fishing, and taking wildlife or seaweed; and(3) Commercial licenses for food fish and shellfish.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Rolfes and Ranker)
Providing for a biennial update on forage fish.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to provide a biennial report on forage fish, including anchovy, herring, sand lance, sardine, and smelt, to the appropriate committees of the senate and house of representatives.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Benton and Dansel)
Concerning the maintenance and operations of parks and recreational land acquired through the conservation futures program.
Authorizes a county to use: (1) Up to twenty-five percent of the total amount for maintenance and operations of parks and recreational land if it has acquired rights and interests in one thousand or more acres of certain real property and has collected a conservation futures levy for ten or more years; or(2) Up to thirty percent of the total amount for maintenance and operations of parks and recreational land if it has acquired rights and interests in four thousand or more acres of certain real property and has collected a conservation futures levy for twenty or more years and has assessed an authorized maximum levy for six or more months.Prohibits certain property tax revenue from being used to supplant existing maintenance and operation funding.
by Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (originally sponsored by Senators McCoy, Kohl-Welles, and Conway)
Recognizing "Native American Heritage Day."
Declares the fourth Friday in November as a state legal holiday and a school holiday to be known as Native American Heritage Day.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Darneille, Becker, Tom, Fraser, Pedersen, Kline, Pearson, Kohl-Welles, Braun, and Frockt)
Concerning representation of children in dependency matters.
Requires the court to appoint an attorney for a child in a dependency proceeding within seventy-two hours of granting a petition to terminate the parent and child relationship.Requires the state, if certain conditions are met, to pay one-half of the costs of legal services provided by the attorney.Requires the office of civil legal aid to administer money appropriated by the legislature for legal services provided by the attorney.Encourages counties to set caseloads as low as possible and account for the individual needs of the children in care.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senator Braun)
Modifying the tax appeal process.
Revises the tax appeal process with regard to: (1) Membership and location of the board of tax appeals;(2) Filing fees;(3) Stay of collection of assessments;(4) Award of fees and costs;(5) Mediation conferences;(6) Determination deadline; and(7) Direct review by the court of appeals.Creates a joint task force on the reform of the tax appeals process.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Bailey, Angel, Roach, Becker, Benton, Dammeier, Brown, Sheldon, Honeyford, O'Ban, Rivers, Schoesler, Tom, and Fain)
Establishing a tax credit for employers participating in the apprenticeship program.
Provides a business and occupation tax credit for employers that increase participation in and expand the number and types of apprenticeship programs approved by the apprenticeship council.Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board to annually identify and report to the department of revenue the approved apprenticeship programs that qualify for the tax credit.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Braun and Hargrove)
Addressing wildfires caused by incendiary devices.
Prohibits discharging an incendiary ammunition, releasing a sky lantern, or detonating an exploding target on or over any forest, brush, range, or grain area during certain times of the year.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senator Angel)
Providing fee immunity for certain water facilities.
Provides fee immunity for certain water facilities.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Bailey, and Keiser)
Clarifying the practice of a phlebotomist.
Expands the list of tests that a medical assistant-phlebotomist is allowed to perform.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Dammeier, Hobbs, Honeyford, Hatfield, Fraser, and Roach)
Concerning current use valuation for land primarily used for commercial horticultural purposes.
Addresses land primarily used for commercial horticultural purposes.Clarifies and updates the definition of "farm and agricultural land" as it is used under the property tax open space program.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker and Kohl-Welles)
Requiring the department of health to develop and make available resources for pregnant women regarding childhood immunizations.
Requires the department of health to develop, and make available, resources for pregnant women regarding childhood immunizations.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Holmquist Newbry, Brown, Rivers, Keiser, and Kohl-Welles)
Creating the breastfeeding-friendly Washington designation for hospitals.
Requires the department of health to create the breastfeeding-friendly Washington designation which is a voluntary program to recognize hospitals that effectively support and encourage breastfeeding.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Rivers, Braun, Benton, Dammeier, Angel, Fain, Bailey, Honeyford, Becker, Holmquist Newbry, Roach, Sheldon, McAuliffe, Mullet, McCoy, Hobbs, Cleveland, Rolfes, Hargrove, Hewitt, Hasegawa, Kohl-Welles, Chase, Conway, Hatfield, Litzow, Brown, Schoesler, Tom, Keiser, Fraser, Ranker, Darneille, Parlette, and Billig; by request of Governor Inslee)
Providing greater small business assistance by modifying the filing threshold for excise tax purposes.
Changes the filing threshold for excise tax purposes to provide greater small business assistance.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Honeyford, Hatfield, Brown, Dansel, Parlette, and Bailey)
Defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product.
Revises the definition of "agricultural product," for purposes of the business and occupation tax, to include honey bee products and bee pollination services.
by Senator Chase; by request of Washington State Department of Commerce
Transferring technology-based economic development programs from innovate Washington to the department of commerce.
Abolishes innovate Washington and transfers its powers, duties, and functions to the department of commerce.Requires innovate Washington to work with the department of enterprise services to have all real property used by innovate Washington assigned to Washington State University.Creates the innovate Washington program in the department of commerce to: (1) Support business growth in the state's innovation and technology sectors; and(2) Facilitate statewide technology transfer and commercialization activities for the purpose of increasing the state's economic vitality.Requires the department of commerce to establish an investing in innovation grant and loan oversight board to review the grants and loans made from the investing in innovation program.
by Senators Litzow, Hobbs, Keiser, and McAuliffe
Concerning public school employees' insurance benefits reporting.
Requires the office of the insurance commissioner to share with the state health care authority, collected data, information, and documents regarding public school employees' insurance benefits.Requires the state health care authority to include in its report to the governor, legislature, and joint legislative audit and review committee, the duties and analyses based on other data, information, and documents collected by the office of the insurance commissioner regarding public school employees' insurance benefits.Exempts from public inspection and copying under the public records act, data, information, and documents regarding public school employees' insurance benefits that are provided to the state health care authority by a school district, an entity providing coverage, the office of the insurance commissioner, or the joint legislative audit and review committee.
by Senators Cleveland, Chase, Billig, Darneille, Keiser, Pedersen, Conway, Liias, Rolfes, Kohl-Welles, and McAuliffe
Changing provisions relating to the early learning advisory council.
Changes the composition of the early learning advisory council.
by Senators Hasegawa, Kline, McCoy, Kohl-Welles, Keiser, and Fraser
Authorizing the imposition of a filing fee for certain property assessment appeal petitions.
Authorizes a county legislative authority to require that a petition to the county board of equalization challenging the assessed value of a commercial property be accompanied by a reasonable filing fee, to be waived in cases of indigence.
by Senators Holmquist Newbry and Conway
Restricting the use of personal information gathered during the claims resolution structured settlement agreement process.
Exempts from public inspection and copying under the public records act, information related to individual claims resolution structured settlement agreements submitted to the board of industrial insurance appeals, other than final orders from the board of industrial insurance appeals.
by Senators Bailey, Tom, Fain, Litzow, Hill, Dammeier, Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, Pedersen, Billig, Ranker, Hatfield, Mullet, Hobbs, Liias, Fraser, Nelson, Conway, McCoy, Keiser, Chase, Hasegawa, Frockt, Rolfes, Cleveland, Darneille, Kline, and Eide
Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students.
Establishes the real hope act.Expands availability of state need grants to certain students.Makes an appropriation.
by Senators Ericksen, Sheldon, Benton, Baumgartner, Holmquist Newbry, Braun, Parlette, and Dammeier
Concerning the safety of the transport of hazardous materials.
Establishes the spill prevention and response act.Requires the department of ecology, in consultation with the utilities and transportation commission, the federal railroad administration, and industry experts, to conduct a study on the safety of transporting oil and hazardous materials over land.Requires the department of ecology to conduct a study on the safety of transporting oil and hazardous materials through waters of the state.Requires the department of ecology and the utilities and transportation commission to jointly hold a symposium on emergency prevention and response activities for oil and hazardous materials transported in the Pacific Northwest region.Requires the senate energy, environment, and telecommunications committee and the house of representatives environment committee to hold a joint work session to prepare for the spill prevention and response symposium.Authorizes certain local governments to develop emergency first responder emergency oil and hazardous materials spill prevention and response plans, educational outreach activities, and necessary equipment and resources for emergency oil and hazardous materials spill prevention and response activities.Requires the department of ecology to provide grants to emergency responders to assist with equipment and resources needed to meet certain requirements specified in this act.Makes an appropriation.
by Senators McCoy, Ericksen, Billig, and Chase
Requesting the permanent siting and development of a federal nuclear waste repository.
Requests congress, the department of energy, and the environmental protection agency to establish and develop a site for the permanent siting and development of a federal nuclear waste repository.
by Senators O'Ban, Rolfes, Ericksen, Ranker, Sheldon, Benton, Baumgartner, Schoesler, Braun, Fain, Parlette, Holmquist Newbry, Chase, Kohl-Welles, Frockt, and Kline
Requesting Congress implement certain increased safety measures for tank rail cars.
Requests congress to implement certain increased safety measures for tank rail cars.