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 Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Klippert, Moscoso, Haler, Hayes, and Morrell)
Increasing the punishment for vehicular homicide.
Eliminates the sentencing enhancement for prior DUI vehicular homicide offenses and imposes a ten-year sentencing enhancement for each prior DUI vehicular homicide conviction.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Appleton, Jinkins, Stanford, Riccelli, Pollet, and Santos)
Concerning tenant screening.
Requires a landlord to forego the charge to a prospective tenant for costs incurred in obtaining a tenant screening report if a comprehensive tenant screening report regarding the prospective tenant, prepared within thirty days of the application date, is made available to the prospective landlord by a consumer reporting agency.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Shea, Overstreet, Taylor, and Short)
Establishing a work group on electronic home monitoring.
Creates a work group on electronic home monitoring to study and make recommendations relating to establishing statewide standards for electronic home monitoring.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Freeman, Rodne, Kagi, and Pollet)
Encouraging the establishment of therapeutic courts.
Authorizes and encourages trial and juvenile courts to establish and operate therapeutic courts to develop and process cases in ways that depart from traditional judicial processes.Authorizes and encourages trial courts to establish multijurisdictional partnerships and/or interlocal agreements to enhance and expand the coverage area of the therapeutic court.Authorizes district and municipal courts specifically to work cooperatively with each other and with the superior courts to identify and implement nontraditional case processing methods which can eliminate traditional barriers that decrease judicial efficiency.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representative Blake)
Allowing prepayment of the penalty for removal of land from the farm and agricultural land current use property tax classification.
Authorizes the prepayment of a penalty for removal of land from the farm and agricultural land current use property tax classification.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Moscoso, Orcutt, Seaquist, Zeiger, Pollet, Reykdal, Hayes, Morrell, Ryu, Clibborn, Bergquist, and Freeman)
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 House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Haler, Tarleton, Klippert, and Freeman)
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 House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Seaquist and Pollet)
Codifying the existence of the climate impacts group without making modifications to its current mission.
Codifies the existence of the University of Washington climate impacts group without making modifications to its current mission.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt and Haler)
Concerning the expenditure limit for the state universal communications services program.
Requires the utilities and transportation commission to: (1) Make expenditures of five million dollars per fiscal year for the state universal communications services program, less administrative costs appropriated in the omnibus operating appropriations act to the commission to administer the program; and(2) Make distributions for the fiscal year by October 1st of the fiscal year in order to ensure that the entire five million dollars is expended.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representative Kirby)
Regulating legal service contractors.
Declares it is the public policy of this state to: (1) Promote ready access to legal assistance and counsel for citizens of this state; and(2) Encourage programs and plans that promote arrangements between members of the public as consumers of legal services and lawyers and other trained professionals who provide legal assistance and counsel to the general public for any type of legal needs.Provides that legal service contractors are not insurers and legal service plans are not insurance under the insurance laws.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Magendanz, Zeiger, Walsh, Hargrove, Ormsby, Haler, Tharinger, and Freeman)
Creating an informational program to increase applications from high-achieving low-income students to selective institutions of higher education.
Requires the student achievement council to design and implement a program that provides information to high-achieving, low-income high school students, customized for each student, with the purpose of increasing the number of applications from this group of students to four-year institutions of higher education and independent, nonprofit baccalaureate degree-granting institutions in this state.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Smith, Morrell, Gregerson, and Freeman)
Concerning impaired driving.
Revises certain impaired driving provisions relating to: (1) Notifications to the department of licensing and notations on driving records when ignition interlock restrictions are imposed;(2) Tampering with an ignition interlock device;(3) Directing, requesting, or authorizing another person to blow or otherwise exhale into an ignition interlock device;(4) Blood and breath tests; and(5) Requiring a repeat offender to be kept in custody until released by a judicial officer.
by House Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Representatives S. Hunt, Green, Appleton, Sullivan, Reykdal, Hudgins, Bergquist, Jinkins, Sawyer, Sells, Ormsby, Riccelli, Fitzgibbon, Robinson, Fey, Roberts, Pollet, and Freeman)
Protecting taxpayers by providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.
Establishes the taxpayer protection act.Requires state agencies to conduct a comprehensive impact statement before issuing a request for a proposal to contract out to purchase services from a private sector entity or nonprofit organization that have been customarily and historically provided by a public employee or employees.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to review the performance of contracts in which services historically and traditionally performed by public sector employees were outsourced to private sector or nonprofit entities.Requires the first projects reviewed to be: (1) The contract outsourced to the state health benefit exchange call center; and(2) The department of licensing's use of private driving schools to administer drivers' examinations.
by Representatives Wylie, Moscoso, Kirby, and Roberts
Creating an efficient and effective system for the taxation and tracking of recreational marijuana sales.
Requires the liquor control board to select and implement a secure, convenient, and effective taxing and tracking system to ensure the collection of taxes on the production, processing, and sale of recreational marijuana.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Kline, Frockt, and Chase)
Respecting holidays of faith and conscience.
Entitles certain state employees to two unpaid holidays per calendar year.Allows a child to be excused from school for a reason of faith or conscience for up to two days without any penalty.Requires institutions of higher education and workforce training programs to develop policies to accommodate student absences for not less than two days to allow students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Keiser, Hasegawa, Kohl-Welles, Frockt, and Kline; by request of Department of Labor & Industries)
Addressing the collection of unpaid wages.
Modifies procedures for the collection of unpaid wages.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators King, Eide, Litzow, and Harper)
Concerning vehicle owner list furnishment requirements.
Revises the requirements of the department of licensing with regard to furnishing motor vehicle owner lists.Creates the department of licensing technology improvement and data management account.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Tom, and Litzow)
Merging the medical marijuana system with the recreational marijuana system.
Merges medical marijuana and recreational marijuana provisions.Changes the name of the state liquor control board to the state liquor and cannabis board.Changes the name of the basic health plan trust account to the basic health services account.Requires the code reviser to prepare legislation for the 2015 legislative session changing references from the state liquor control board to the state liquor and cannabis board.
by Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Rivers, Braun, Hasegawa, Rolfes, Conway, Frockt, Tom, Keiser, Mullet, and Hill; by request of Attorney General)
Concerning training public officials and employees regarding public records, records management, and open public meetings requirements.
Establishes the open government trainings act.Allows members of the governing body of a public agency to complete training on the requirements of the open public meetings act.Allows elected state or local officials and persons appointed to fill a vacancy in elective office, who are subject to the requirements of the public records act, to complete a training course regarding the provisions of the public records act and the provisions of chapter 40.14 RCW for records retention.Requires certain designated public records officers to complete a training course regarding the provisions of the public records act and the provisions of chapter 40.14 RCW for records retention.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner, Bailey, Brown, Benton, Dansel, and Roach)
Creating a task force to make recommendations on resident undergraduate tuition policy.
Creates a legislative task force on resident undergraduate tuition to provide recommendations to the governor and relevant committees of the legislature on resident undergraduate tuition policy.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Honeyford, Rivers, and Braun)
Addressing the payment of representation fees in lieu of regular union dues and fees.
Revises collective bargaining provisions regarding the payment of representation fees in lieu of regular union dues and fees.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Honeyford, Hobbs, Schoesler, Cleveland, Rivers, King, Dammeier, Bailey, Hatfield, and Parlette)
Regarding aeronautic safety.
Creates a mechanism to alert pilots of guyed towers that may be erected at short notice and may be otherwise difficult to see from the air.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Mullet, Honeyford, Keiser, Kohl-Welles, Conway, McAuliffe, and Brown)
Concerning grant programs for specialized STEM and all-day kindergarten education facilities.
Speeds up the development and modernization of specialized STEM facilities through the specialized STEM facility grant program which will be administered by the superintendent of public instruction in consultation with the STEM education innovation alliance and the statewide STEM organization. Assists school districts in the phase-in of all-day kindergarten with the all-day kindergarten facility grant program which will be administered by the superintendent of public instruction in consultation with an advisory committee.Makes appropriations.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Dammeier, Hargrove, Ranker, McCoy, Hasegawa, Conway, Darneille, McAuliffe, Cleveland, Billig, Rolfes, Nelson, Mullet, Fraser, Frockt, Eide, Kohl-Welles, Kline, Hobbs, Pedersen, Hatfield, Parlette, Roach, and Becker)
Developing a state Alzheimer's plan.
Requires the department of social and health services to convene an Alzheimer's disease working group to develop a state Alzheimer's plan to examine the array of needs of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, services available to meet these needs, and the capacity of the state and current providers to meet these and future needs.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Conway and Kline; by request of Liquor Control Board)
Ensuring safe, responsible, and legal acquisition of marijuana by adults.
Addresses violations by minors regarding purchasing marijuana and entering marijuana licensed premises.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Conway and Kohl-Welles; by request of Liquor Control Board)
Concerning marijuana processing and retail licenses.
Addresses marijuana processing and retail licenses.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Litzow, Frockt, Dammeier, McAuliffe, Rolfes, King, Tom, Kohl-Welles, and Keiser)
Fostering expanded learning opportunities.
Creates the expanded learning opportunities council to advise the governor, state legislature, and the superintendent of public instruction regarding an expanded learning opportunities system, with particular attention paid to solutions to summer learning loss.Creates the summer knowledge improvement pilot program to provide state funding for an additional twenty school days for three consecutive school years for students at an approved school to receive academic instruction outside of the school year established for other schools in the school district.Authorizes school districts with an eligible school to submit a plan to the office of the superintendent of public instruction to participate in the pilot program.Requires state funding for each school in the pilot program to be equal to twenty days of the average daily per student amount of all the basic education and nonbasic education funding provided by the state to the school for the regular one hundred eighty-day school year, including transportation.Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct an evaluation of the pilot program.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Chase, Rivers, Rolfes, Benton, Hasegawa, Baumgartner, Kohl-Welles, Litzow, Darneille, Keiser, Pedersen, and Kline)
Protecting Washington citizens from warrantless surveillance, reducing liability, and establishing clear standards under which agencies may utilize unmanned aerial vehicles.
Provides clear standards for the lawful use of unmanned aerial vehicles by state and local jurisdictions.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, McCoy, Honeyford, and Kline)
Regarding financing for stewardship of mercury-containing lights.
Finds that additional flexibility is needed for mercury-containing light manufacturers to comply with certain requirements in order to provide a sustainable funding mechanism and provide effective state protections to producer-operated product stewardship programs.Provides for termination and review, under the sunset act, of the mercury-containing lights product stewardship program.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators King, Hobbs, Hatfield, and Schoesler)
Providing an exemption from the department of transportation number requirement for certain farm vehicles.
Exempts certain motor vehicles owned and operated by farmers from department of transportation number requirements.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators McCoy, Pearson, Chase, and Kohl-Welles)
Creating a pilot program in Snohomish county for 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.Establishes a pilot program in Snohomish county for the purpose of studying the effect of chemical dependency diversions.Requires Snohomish county to evaluate the effects of the pilot program and submit a report to the legislature that summarizes the effectiveness of the pilot program.Expires July 31, 2019.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Rolfes, Hasegawa, Chase, Ranker, Braun, and Kline)
Concerning tax, penalty, and interest assessments on claims for collection of sales tax debt.
Prohibits a claim on sales tax debt by a seller against a buyer more than four years after the close of the tax year in which the taxable sale was made or more than one year from the date the seller is assessed for failing to collect the tax, whichever is later.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senator Rivers)
Providing requirements for navigators associated with the health benefit exchange.
Provides requirements for navigators associated with the state health benefit exchange.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hill and Hargrove; by request of Department of Natural Resources and Department of Ecology)
Streamlining forest and fish agreement-related programs providing funding with accountability.
Creates the forest landowner incentive programs account and transfers proceeds from the state forest harvest excise tax to the account to support the forestry riparian easement account, the family forest fish passage program, and the program for riparian open space and critical habitat.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, Fain, Darneille, Kohl-Welles, Rivers, and Kline)
Providing caregivers authority to allow children placed in their care to participate in normal childhood activities based on a reasonable and prudent parent standard.
Authorizes caregivers to provide or withhold permission, without prior approval of the caseworker, the department of social and health services, or the court, to allow a child in their care to participate in normal childhood activities based on a reasonable and prudent parent standard.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, McAuliffe, Litzow, Ranker, Billig, Frockt, Tom, Hargrove, Fain, and Rivers)
Creating the joint task force on local education financing reform.
Creates the joint task force on local education financing reform to: (1) Review the use of local levies by school districts and the equity issues resulting from various aspects of the local levy process; and(2) Recommend approaches and draft legislation to address the equity issues identified and submit a report to the governor and the legislature.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker and King)
Addressing the prior authorization of health care services.
Requires the insurance commissioner to: (1) Reauthorize the efforts with the lead organization established in RCW 48.165.030, and establish a new work group to develop recommendations for requirements for prior authorization of health care services, including pharmacy issues; and(2) Revise the rules for prior authorization with the recommendations of the work group and only those recommendations.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Chase, Hewitt, and Rivers)
Creating a pilot program that provides incentives for investments in Washington state job creation and economic development.
Establishes the invest in Washington act.Provides a pilot program that would provide a business and occupation tax credit for a portion of the construction costs of up to five new manufacturing facilities, two of which must be located in eastern Washington.Creates the state board for community and technical colleges invest in Washington account and allows a person to contribute all or a portion of the person's approved credit to the account to be used exclusively by the state board for supporting customized training programs, job skills programs, job readiness training, and workforce professional development, and to assist employers with state-approved apprenticeship programs for manufacturing and production occupations.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored 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.
Dissolves the operations of innovate Washington and transfers the innovate Washington facilities to Washington State University.Transfers certain personal property located in Spokane to Washington State University.Requires innovate Washington to work with the department of enterprise services to: (1) Have all real property assigned to Washington State University;(2) Have the master lease for the Spokane technology center building in Spokane assigned to Washington State University; and(3) Have all data relating to the operations of innovate Washington transferred to the department of commerce.
by Senator Chase
Requiring notice of legislative committee hearings.
Requires at least five days' notice to be given of all public hearings held by a legislative committee other than a committee on rules.Prohibits a legislative committee from holding a public hearing during a regular or special session on a proposal identified as a draft unless the draft has been made available to the public at least twenty-four hours before the hearing.
by Senator Holmquist Newbry
Clarifying the application of tax exemptions for vehicles powered by clean alternative fuels.
Extends the alternative fuel sales and use tax exemption to range extended battery electric vehicles.
by Senator Baumgartner
Concerning basic education.
Provides additional investments to improve the state's program of basic education by expanding eligibility for early learning programs, continuing class-size reductions in kindergarten and grade one, and providing an increased opportunity for all qualified students to be able to financially afford higher education.