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 Santos, Upthegrove, Maxwell, Ryu, and Bergquist)
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, based on the recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee.
Adopts policies and programs to implement recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee relating to: (1) Disproportionality in student discipline;(2) Educator cultural competence;(3) Instructing English language learners;(4) English language learner accountability;(5) Disaggregated student data; and(6) Recruitment and retention of educators.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Zeiger, Blake, Orcutt, Takko, Short, Freeman, Scott, Rodne, Hayes, Hargrove, Haler, Kochmar, Pike, Angel, Smith, Manweller, MacEwen, Fagan, and Vick)
Authorizing expedited permitting and contracting for Washington state bridges deemed structurally deficient.
Provides for expedited permitting and contracting for state bridges identified as structurally deficient by the department of transportation.Exempts from compliance with the state environmental policy act, certain repairs or replacement of state bridges identified as structurally deficient.
by House Committee on Government Accountability & Oversight (originally sponsored by Representatives Condotta, Manweller, Buys, Blake, Springer, Shea, Holy, and Vick)
Concerning the establishment of a dedicated local jurisdiction marijuana fund and the distribution of a specified percentage of marijuana excise tax revenues to local jurisdictions.
Establishes the dedicated local jurisdiction marijuana fund.Requires distribution by the liquor control board of a specified percentage of marijuana excise tax revenues to local jurisdictions.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Smith, Appleton, Haler, Moscoso, Tarleton, Roberts, Ryu, Habib, and Bergquist)
Concerning long-term funding for a state tourism marketing program.
Declares it is the intent of the legislature: (1) To enact the structure of a mechanism that will provide funding for a state tourism marketing program, including the sources of funding and governance organization which will determine the specific use and allocation of the funds; and(2) That appropriate state agencies will work with the Washington tourism alliance to devise a plan to collect funds necessary for a state tourism marketing program and ensure that the funds are used only for that purpose.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Ormsby, Riccelli, Ryu, and Pollet)
Addressing vesting in urban growth areas with recently added territory.
Authorizes a petitioner, when certain petitions for review are submitted to the growth management hearings board, to file in superior court a petition to stay or suspend vesting under a comprehensive plan or development regulation challenged in the petition for review during pendency of the matter before the board.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen and Seaquist)
Creating passenger-only ferry service districts.
Authorizes a governing body of a public transportation benefit area to establish one or more passenger-only ferry service districts within all or a portion of the boundaries of the public transportation benefit area establishing the passenger-only ferry service district.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Cody, Lytton, Jinkins, Appleton, Sawyer, Morrell, Wylie, Ormsby, and Harris)
Concerning adult family homes.
Allows the department of social and health services to: (1) Authorize a one-time waiver of all or any portion of certain licensing and processing fees if the department determines that an adult family home is being relicensed because of exceptional circumstances and that to require full payment of the licensing and processing fees would present a hardship to the applicant;(2) Under exceptional circumstances, consider granting a license to an applicant who has not completed the adult family home administration and business planning class but who meets all other requirements; and(3) Negotiate with adult family homes to establish a capital add-on rate for those homes contracting with the department that have a medicaid occupancy percentage of sixty percent or greater.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Muri, Sawyer, Orcutt, Seaquist, Zeiger, Hargrove, Ryu, Reykdal, Morrell, Hayes, Orwall, and Magendanz)
Allowing for a veteran designation on drivers' licenses and identicards.
Allows a person to apply to the department of licensing to obtain a veteran designation on a driver's license or an identicard.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Klippert and Clibborn)
Concerning monetary penalties for failing to register a vehicle.
Allows the suspension, deferral, or reduction of certain penalties for failure to register a vehicle.Requires the administrative office of the courts to report to the legislature on the results of the fine changes, including whether enforcement and/or prosecution, along with distributions to the vehicle licensing fraud account, increased or decreased due to the changes.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Hunter, Kagi, Walsh, Sullivan, Farrell, Carlyle, Senn, Moeller, Tharinger, Ryu, Reykdal, Morrell, Roberts, Goodman, Tarleton, Freeman, Pollet, and Habib)
Improving quality in the early care and education system.
Establishes the early start act.Prioritizes the integration of child care and preschool in an effort to promote full workday programming.Rewards quality and creates incentives for providers to participate in a quality rating and improvement system that will also provide valuable information to parents regarding the quality of care available in their communities.Expands the duties of the department of early learning.Creates the early start account and requires expenditures from the account to be used only to improve the quality of early care and education programming.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Schmick, and Ormsby)
Concerning athletic trainers.
Authorizes the secretary of the department of health to establish continuing education requirements for athletic trainers by rule.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Green, Walsh, Kagi, Zeiger, Farrell, Freeman, Jinkins, Tarleton, Roberts, Bergquist, Buys, Sawyer, Morrell, Tharinger, Senn, and Santos)
Concerning long-term planning for developmental disabilities services.
Enacts planning measures and strategies that provide for future long-term service and support needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Requires the department of social and health services to plan, develop, and implement a medicaid program to replace the individual and family services program for medicaid-eligible clients no later than May 1, 2016.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Appleton, Tarleton, Wylie, Roberts, Goodman, Morrell, Tharinger, Cody, and Freeman)
Addressing long-term care insurance price transparency.
Requires issuers of long-term care insurance to provide notice of an increase in premiums to all policyholders or certificate holders at least forty-five days before implementation of the increase.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Smith, Fagan, Springer, Rodne, Reykdal, Magendanz, Fitzgibbon, Vick, Lytton, Wilcox, Pollet, Tharinger, Ryu, Van De Wege, Buys, and Hayes; by request of Department of Natural Resources)
Concerning derelict and abandoned vessels.
Lowers the cost of vessel deconstruction to increase deconstruction in this state and to decrease the number of abandoned and derelict vessels in this state.Creates new requirements for vessel sales.Establishes a fee on certain commercial vessels to fund the state's derelict and abandoned vessel program.Provides a sales tax exemption to businesses engaged in vessel deconstruction.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Manweller, Cody, DeBolt, Green, Liias, Dunshee, Ryu, Tarleton, Goodman, Gregerson, Morrell, Kagi, and Ormsby)
Allowing dental benefits to be offered in the Washington state health benefit exchange separately or within a qualified health plan.
Requires the governing board of the state health benefit exchange to allow stand-alone dental plans to offer coverage in the state health benefit exchange.Authorizes dental benefits offered in the state health benefit exchange to be offered separately or within a qualified health plan.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Dahlquist, Seaquist, Santos, Stonier, Bergquist, Haler, Zeiger, Morrell, Roberts, Haigh, and Freeman; by request of Professional Educator Standards Board)
Changing explicit alternative routes to teacher certification program requirements to expectations for program outcomes.
Changes explicit alternative routes to teacher certification program requirements to expectations for program outcomes.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Holy, Bergquist, Ormsby, Manweller, Christian, Green, Pettigrew, and Kretz)
Concerning newborn screening.
Requires each hospital or health care provider attending a birth outside of a hospital to collect and submit a sample blood specimen for all newborns no more than forty-eight hours following birth.Requires the department of health to conduct certain screening tests.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representative Cody; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning the effectiveness of health care purchasing and transforming the health care delivery system.
Finds that the state has an unprecedented opportunity to implement a five-year state health care innovation plan developed through the center for medicare and medicaid innovation state innovation model program.Declares an intent to facilitate the implementation of the state health care innovation plan by: (1) Establishing an all-payer claims database that improves transparency for patients, providers, hospitals, and purchasers;(2) Developing standard statewide performance and quality measures to inform purchasing and set benchmarks;(3) Supporting the initiatives of regional collaboratives to achieve healthy communities and populations, improve health care quality, and lower costs;(4) Disseminating evidence-based training, tools, and other resources to providers and hospitals; and(5) Supporting integration of services for physical health, behavioral health, and substance use by restructuring medicaid procurement.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Seaquist, Haler, Reykdal, Gregerson, Pollet, and Moscoso)
Concerning statewide educational attainment goals.
Finds that: (1) A new strategy is needed for achieving system growth, high quality, and increased efficiency to meet the goals recommended by the student achievement council;(2) It is vital for the student achievement council to adopt a goal of what constitutes affordable tuition; and(3) The primary mission of the student achievement council is to propose to the governor and the legislature goals for increasing educational attainment, including recommending the resources necessary to achieve the goals and monitoring progress toward meeting the 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 House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Tharinger, and Freeman; by request of Department of Social and Health Services)
Concerning enforcement standards for residential services and support providers.
Recognizes that certified residential service and support providers delivering services to individuals who live in their own homes have a distinct role that differs in some respects from the role of providers delivering services in facilities.Declares that the legislature intends for the department of social and health services to undertake enforcement actions in a manner consistent with the individual rights and choices of residential service and support clients, and consistent with the principles identified in the residential care standards.Creates a separate residential services and support account.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Pettigrew, Sullivan, Orwall, Pollet, and Freeman)
Allowing the use of lodging taxes for financing workforce housing.
Authorizes a municipality to issue general obligation bonds to finance loans or grants to nonprofit organizations or public housing authorities for affordable workforce housing within one-half mile of a transit station.Authorizes the legislative body of a municipality to issue revenue bonds to finance a fund to make loans or grants to nonprofit organizations or public housing authorities for affordable workforce housing within one-half mile of a transit station.Authorizes revenue from the lodging tax to repay the general obligation bonds and the revenue bonds.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Shea, Blake, Moscoso, Reykdal, Sells, Condotta, Scott, and Young)
Modifying provisions applicable to off-road, nonhighway, and wheeled all-terrain vehicles and their drivers.
Modifies provisions applicable to off-road, nonhighway, and wheeled all-terrain vehicles and their drivers.
by Representatives Santos, Pettigrew, DeBolt, Cody, Morris, Haigh, Chandler, Kagi, S. Hunt, Orcutt, Dunshee, Kirby, Chopp, Jinkins, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, and Hudgins
Renaming the Washington civil liberties public education program.
Changes the name of the Washington civil liberties public education program to the Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program.
by Representatives Tharinger, Jinkins, Appleton, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Pollet, and Morrell
Concerning a study to determine the feasibility of coverage for long-term care services and support needs.
Requires the department of social and health services to contract for an independent feasibility study and actuarial modeling of public and private options for leveraging private resources to help individuals prepare for long-term services and support needs.Requires the joint legislative executive committee on aging and disability to: (1) Provide oversight and direction for the analysis; and(2) Convene interested stakeholders to provide input on the study design.
by Representatives Magendanz, Clibborn, Harris, Senn, Habib, and Morrell
Concerning admission of residents to nursing facilities.
Allows a nursing facility to give preferential admission to individuals who have executed continuing care contracts to finance the space in which the nursing facility operates.
by Representatives Pollet, Appleton, Ryu, and Farrell
Concerning the use of certain chemicals in food.
Prohibits manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers from manufacturing, selling, or distributing any bottle, cup, or reusable food and beverage container that contains phthalates individually or in combination at more than 0.10 percent by weight or one thousand parts per million or bisphenol A.Prohibits a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, or distributing any food intended for or marketed to youth that contains or is stored in food packaging that contains phthalates individually or in combination at more than 0.10 percent by weight or one thousand parts per million or bisphenol A.Requires certain food packaging that contains phthalates individually or in combination at more than 0.10 percent by weight or one thousand parts per million or bisphenol A to display a specific label on the front of the package.Requires the department of ecology to compile a list of prohibited alternatives to bisphenol A or phthalates composed of certain chemicals.
by Representatives Pollet, Carlyle, Walkinshaw, Tarleton, Farrell, Pettigrew, Kagi, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, and Bergquist
Concerning the school construction assistance program.
Allows certain school districts to be divided by geographic areas within the school district when calculating eligible space for state funding assistance.Requires the omnibus appropriations act to identify the state construction cost allowance for school districts.Creates the overcrowded schools and class size reduction fund.
by Representatives Moscoso, Ryu, Manweller, Johnson, Haler, Tarleton, Pike, Fitzgibbon, and Bergquist
Managing the development and operation of passenger rail service within the Cascade rail corridor.
Authorizes the department of transportation to enter into agreements with the Oregon state department of transportation and the British Columbia ministry of transportation and infrastructure regarding the development and operation of passenger rail service within the Cascade rail corridor.
by Representatives Tarleton, Habib, Farrell, and Magendanz
Establishing a work group to study the use of personal transportation services.
Requires the joint transportation committee to: (1) Convene a work group to study the use of personal transportation services, including for-hire vehicles, taxicabs, limousines, and mobile application-based personal transportation services;(2) Work with the department of licensing, the office of the insurance commissioner, and the employment security department to determine how they currently regulate personal transportation services and how they may play a role in any future regulatory framework;(3) Work with stakeholders representing owners, operators, and users of personal transportation services, mobile application technology developers, and local authorities; and(4) Study the industry of providing transportation for compensation.
by Representatives Santos, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, and Pollet
Concerning parking impact mitigation from regional transit authority facility construction.
Requires a regional transit authority, when constructing a transportation facility, to consider the potential impacts of that facility on parking availability for residents nearby.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove and Kline)
Concerning persons sentenced for offenses committed prior to reaching eighteen years of age.
Addresses persons sentenced for offenses committed before reaching eighteen years of age.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Hewitt; by request of Washington State Department of Commerce)
Concerning public facilities' grants and loans.
Changes the composition and duties of the community economic revitalization board.Authorizes flexibility for the board to help fund planning, predevelopment, and construction costs of infrastructure and facilities and sites that foster economic vitality and diversification.Requires the department of commerce to provide management services to assist the board in implementing its duties.Changes disbursement and loan repayment requirements for the public facilities construction loan revolving account.
by Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (originally sponsored by Senators Chase, Roach, Rivers, Hatfield, Hasegawa, Keiser, and Benton)
Modifying water-sewer district provisions.
Prohibits a city or town from assuming the jurisdiction of all or part of a water-sewer district serving a population greater than one thousand residents unless voters of the entire district approve a ballot proposition authorizing the assumption under general election law.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hill, Litzow, Becker, Honeyford, Bailey, Hobbs, Angel, Fain, Braun, and Tom)
Requiring internet access to public school data and expenditure information.
Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to implement, maintain, and create rules for an internet-based portal that provides public access to public school collective bargaining agreements and data elements.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Ranker, and Eide)
Concerning the calculation and allocation of appropriations for alternative learning experience courses.
Authorizes the office of the superintendent of public instruction, for students enrolled in an approved alternative learning experience course in career and technical education, to determine that the course requires specialized equipment or training to offer that justifies an enhanced funding allocation rate.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Angel, Rolfes, and Sheldon)
Addressing contractor liability for industrial insurance premiums for not-for-profit nonemergency medicaid transportation brokers.
Addresses contractor liability for industrial insurance premiums for not-for-profit nonemergency medicaid transportation brokers.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Eide, Hargrove, Padden, Fraser, Honeyford, and Rolfes)
Concerning licensing and employment decisions by the children's administration.
Revises children's administration provisions relating to background checks and licensing and employment decisions.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Benton, Becker, Sheldon, Baumgartner, Brown, Schoesler, Rivers, Honeyford, Tom, Hewitt, and Parlette)
Authorizing workers' compensation group self-insurance plans.
Authorizes workers' compensation group self-insurance plans.Requires a group of employers seeking to qualify as a group self-insurer to apply for certification as such to the director of the department of labor and industries.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Padden, Sheldon, O'Ban, Becker, Dammeier, Brown, Honeyford, Hill, and Benton)
Concerning the termination of basic food benefits to incarcerated persons.
Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Take appropriate actions to terminate an incarcerated person's basic food benefits; and(2) When an incarcerated person is included in the assistance unit of a multiple person household, adjust the basic food benefits of the assistance unit to exclude the incarcerated person.Allows the records of a person confined in jail to be made available to the department of social and health services.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Padden and Hargrove)
Concerning compliance with inspections of child care facilities.
Requires the department of early learning, before requiring any alterations to a child care facility due to inconsistencies with requirements in the state building code, to: (1) Consult with the city or county enforcement official; and(2) Receive written verification from the city or county enforcement official that the alteration is required.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Fain and Hobbs; 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 Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Hargrove, and Darneille)
Modifying drug offender sentencing alternatives.
Improves the drug offender sentencing alternatives.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban and Conway)
Concerning involuntary medication for maintaining the level of restoration in jail.
Identifies maintenance of competency as a purpose for which a court may order the involuntary administration of psychiatric medication and specifies that maintenance of competency in jail is a purpose for which the court may order a criminal defendant facing serious charges to be involuntarily medicated.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Angel, Becker, Braun, and Sheldon)
Improving the accuracy of the prevailing rate of wage.
Requires the department of labor and industries to use a stratified random sampling methodology in establishing the prevailing rate of wage.Exempts from disclosure under the public records act, data collected by the department of labor and industries in establishing the prevailing rate of wage under chapter 39.12 RCW (prevailing wages on public works).
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille and Chase)
Forming the juvenile sentencing task force to review and make recommendations regarding juvenile sentencing matters.
Requires the legislature to convene a task force to examine juvenile sentencing reform by: (1) Undertaking a thorough review of juvenile sentencing as it relates to the intersection of the adult and juvenile justice systems; and(2) Making recommendations for reform that promote improved outcomes for youth, public safety, and taxpayer resources.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Eide and Baumgartner)
Providing a sales and use tax exemption for certain new building construction to be used by maintenance repair operators for commercial airplane repair and maintenance.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption for labor and services rendered in respect to the constructing of new buildings by: (1) A maintenance repair operator engaged in the maintenance of commercial airplanes or the fuselages or wings of commercial airplanes; and(2) A port district, to be leased to a maintenance repair operator engaged in the maintenance of commercial airplanes or the fuselages or wings of commercial airplanes.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senator Baumgartner)
Creating a teen summer employment wage.
Authorizes employers to pay teen wages to new employees fourteen to nineteen years of age at the minimum wage rate established in section 206 of the federal fair labor standards act.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Kohl-Welles, and Benton)
Funding recovery programs for persons with mental illness and chemical dependency disorders.
Requires twenty-two percent of the funds distributed to the basic health plan trust account from marijuana excise taxes and certain fees, penalties, and forfeitures from marijuana producer, processor, and retailer licenses to be used to fund evidence-based or research-based, intensive community interventions shown to promote recovery and reduce the need for inpatient hospitalization for persons with mental illness, persons with co-occurring mental illness and chemical dependency disorders, or both.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Tom, Sheldon, Bailey, Braun, Ericksen, Honeyford, Parlette, Benton, and Roach)
Concerning photo identification on electronic benefit cards issued to recipients of public assistance.
Requires the department of social and health services to study issues related to the issuance of photo identification cards to eligible households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program and the temporary assistance for needy families program.