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 Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Fey, Manweller, Tharinger, Zeiger, Morrell, Fitzgibbon, Ryu, and Pollet; by request of Parks and Recreation Commission)
Concerning state parks partnership opportunities.
Authorizes the parks and recreation commission to provide scenic, natural, cultural, or historical resource interpretation throughout the state parks system and provide interpretive activities for visitors to state parks.Changes who the commission may consult and enter into agreements with and solicit assistance from.Changes the name of the Washington state parks gift foundation to the Washington state parks foundation.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford, DeBolt, Dunshee, MacEwen, Appleton, Morrell, Blake, Pollet, and Ormsby)
Restoring resources to the capital budget.
Restores resources to the capital budget beginning with the 2015-2017 biennium.Requires the state treasurer, after July 1, 2015, to transfer one hundred two million dollars from the general fund to the education construction fund by June 30th of each year.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Wilcox, Blake, Orcutt, and Clibborn)
Concerning fish barrier removals.
Modifies provisions relating to fish barrier removals.Authorizes the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) Coordinate with the recreation and conservation office in the administration of state grant programs specifically designed to assist state agencies, private landowners, tribes, organizations, and volunteer groups in identifying and removing impediments to salmonid fish passage; and(2) Contract with cities and counties to assist in the identification and removal of impediments to fish passage.Requires the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) Develop a barrier inventory training program that qualifies participants to perform barrier inventories and develop data that enhance the centralized database;(2) Maintain a fish passage barrier removal board; and(3) Initiate contact with the United States army corps of engineers, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, and, if necessary, the United States fish and wildlife service to explore the feasibility of bundling multiple transportation-related fish barrier removal projects under any available nationwide permits for the purpose of achieving streamlined federal permitting with a reduced processing time.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Van De Wege, Sells, Fitzgibbon, Dunshee, Farrell, Pollet, Reykdal, Ryu, Morrell, Habib, Bergquist, and Ormsby)
Concerning whistleblowers in the electrical industry.
Protects employees in the electrical industry by creating a remedy for whistleblowers who experience adverse action.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Manweller, Zeiger, Carlyle, S. Hunt, Ryu, and Bergquist; by request of Washington State Historical Society)
Concerning the Washington state historical society.
Requires program administration costs retained by the Washington state historical society to be consistent with capital budget guidelines established by the office of financial management.Changes the name of the state capital historical museum to the state capital heritage outreach center.Authorizes the Washington state historical society to lease the building and grounds of the outreach center.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Vick, Holy, Hurst, and Condotta; by request of Washington State Lottery)
Addressing state lottery efficiency.
Modifies state lottery provisions regarding the display of an estimate of the probability of purchasing a winning ticket.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Pike, Takko, Vick, Harris, Blake, Rodne, and Farrell)
Changing the definition of capital projects to include technology infrastructure.
Revises the definition of "capital projects," for purposes of RCW 82.46.010 (tax on sale of real property authorized--proceeds dedicated to local capital projects), to include technology infrastructure that is integral to the capital project.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Condotta, Shea, Overstreet, and Taylor)
Providing fairness and flexibility in the payment of property taxes.
Allows a county treasurer to: (1) Accept partial payment of current and delinquent taxes including interest and penalties using electronic bill presentment and payments; and(2) Waive interest and penalties for delinquencies on property taxes where the taxpayer paid an erroneous amount due to apparent taxpayer error and the taxpayer pays the delinquent taxes within thirty days of receiving notice that the taxes are due.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Hudgins, Carlyle, Wylie, Tarleton, Van De Wege, Bergquist, Tharinger, Pollet, Appleton, Kagi, Ryu, S. Hunt, Jinkins, Riccelli, Liias, Stanford, Reykdal, Roberts, Senn, Dunshee, Goodman, Freeman, Sawyer, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Green, Habib, and Walkinshaw)
Enhancing the safety of the transportation of oil.
Establishes appropriate measures to reduce the risk of oil spills from vessels, encourages the adoption of spill prevention measures, ensures that the public has access to information about the movement of oil through the state, and ensures that communities are fully informed about any risks posed to their safety by the transportation of oil.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt, Dunshee, Ross, Orcutt, Johnson, and Haler)
Concerning state general obligation bonds for flood hazard reduction and storm water projects.
Authorizes the state finance committee to issue general obligation bonds to provide funds to finance: (1) Projects for flood hazard reduction that also protect or restore floodplain ecosystem functions; and(2) An ongoing, statewide competitive program of grants to cities and counties for storm water projects that protect and improve water quality and improve watershed functionality.Creates the flood hazard reduction account and the storm water financial assistance account.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Dahlquist, Santos, Stonier, Haigh, Ryu, Reykdal, Fey, Orwall, Gregerson, Freeman, and Pollet)
Concerning paraeducator development.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to convene a work group to examine the use of paraeducators across school districts.Requires the professional educator standards board to convene a work group to design program-specific minimum employment standards for paraeducators, professional development and education opportunities that support the standards, a paraeducator career ladder, an articulated pathway for teacher preparation and certification, and teacher professional development on how to maximize the use of paraeducators in the classroom.Authorizes the professional educator standards board and the state board for community and technical colleges to exercise their respective authorities regarding program approval to implement the articulated pathway for teacher preparation and certification in approved teacher certification programs and certificate and degree programs offered by community and technical colleges.Requires community or technical colleges that offer an apprenticeship program or certificate program for paraeducators to provide candidates the opportunity to earn transferrable course credits within the program.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (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 Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives MacEwen, Lytton, Chandler, Stanford, Blake, Buys, Schmick, Takko, Kretz, Nealey, Morris, Warnick, Tharinger, Springer, Ryu, Tarleton, Fagan, and Van De Wege; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Concerning invasive species.
Provides authority for the department of fish and wildlife to effectively address invasive species using an integrated management approach.Creates the aquatic invasive species prevention account.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Springer, Harris, Sullivan, Haler, Takko, Johnson, Fagan, Tharinger, Walsh, Pettigrew, Goodman, Clibborn, Tarleton, Manweller, Kagi, Moeller, Appleton, Jinkins, Habib, Bergquist, Morrell, Cody, Magendanz, Santos, Pollet, and Freeman)
Creating the save toward a retirement today retirement savings plan.
Creates the start retirement savings plan to provide a simple and inexpensive way for small business owners and their employees to save for retirement.Requires the department of retirement systems to design the start retirement savings plan to limit liability to the state and participating businesses.Creates the start principal account and the start administrative account.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Pettigrew, Roberts, Fey, Springer, Freeman, Pollet, and Santos)
Addressing the implementation of inmate postsecondary education degree programs to reduce recidivism.
Addresses postsecondary opportunities for inmates.Requires the department of corrections to, in coordination with the state board for community and technical colleges, submit a report to the office of financial management and the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the legislature that evaluates the department's postsecondary education program.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Wilcox, Tharinger, Buys, Lytton, Vick, Orcutt, Reykdal, Springer, and Haigh)
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 House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Moeller, Ormsby, Moscoso, Sells, Bergquist, Reykdal, Appleton, S. Hunt, Roberts, Cody, Morrell, Freeman, and Pollet)
Increasing the use of apprenticeships.
Requires the department of enterprise services to maintain on a web site, certain data that it collects from agencies for projects subject to apprenticeship utilization requirements.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Overstreet, Taylor, Shea, and Buys)
Concerning the redemption of publicly owned vehicles.
Allows certain agencies to redeem vehicles or other items of personal property registered or titled with the department of licensing that are impounded by registered tow truck operators.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Freeman, Goodman, Walsh, Kochmar, S. Hunt, Wylie, Stonier, Haler, Scott, Sawyer, Kagi, Green, and Haigh)
Concerning review of licensing, unsupervised access to children, and employment decisions by the children's administration.
Authorizes an agency operating under contract with the children's administration to hire an individual that would be precluded from employment with the department of social and health services based on a disqualifying crime or negative action, however, the agency assumes liability for any injury or harm to a child or other department client that is attributable to the individual.Addresses the list of disqualifying crimes for which the children's administration can deny a license or unsupervised access to children.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Freeman, Kochmar, and Morrell)
Addressing the enhancement for attempting to elude a police vehicle.
Requires the enhancement for attempting to elude a police vehicle to: (1) Be mandatory;(2) Be served in total confinement; and(3) Run consecutively with all other sentencing provisions.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Hargrove and Pollet)
Reducing air pollution associated with diesel emissions.
Creates the diesel idle reduction account.Requires the department of ecology to use the money in the account to provide loans with low or no interest to loan recipients for the purpose of reducing exposure to diesel emissions and improving public health by investing in diesel idle emission reduction technologies and infrastructure.
by House Committee on Appropriations (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 Representatives Hargrove, Kagi, and Walsh
Concerning filing a petition seeking termination of parental rights.
Requires a court to order that a petition seeking termination of parent and child relationship be filed, if the court determines that the child has been in out-of-home care for at least twelve consecutive months following the filing of a dependency petition and the parents have been noncompliant with court-ordered services and have made no progress towards correcting parental deficiencies.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Habib, Magendanz, Tarleton, Morrell, Bergquist, Freeman, and Muri)
Concerning public charging stations for electric vehicles.
Facilitates expanded driver access to electric vehicle charging stations in public places.Allows the owner or operator of a public charging station to offer electric vehicle charging to subscribers or members of an electric vehicle charging network.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Green, Morrell, Tharinger, Fitzgibbon, Senn, Tarleton, Robinson, Kagi, Roberts, Ortiz-Self, Jinkins, Walsh, Habib, Bergquist, Dahlquist, Moscoso, Goodman, Riccelli, Pollet, Ormsby, and Freeman)
Refinancing of medicaid personal care services for individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals with long-term care needs through the community first choice option.
Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Refinance medicaid personal care services under the community first choice option; and(2) Seek stakeholder input on program and system design before the submission of a proposal to the center for medicaid and medicare services.
by Representatives Sawyer, Muri, Haler, Reykdal, Lytton, Seaquist, Zeiger, Sells, and Gregerson
Requiring a review of exempt and civil service employee practices and policies at public four-year institutions of higher education.
Requires the office of financial management to: (1) Review employee classification practices and policies for exempt and civil service positions at the state universities, regional universities, and the state college; and(2) Identify inequities that result in employees performing similar work and assigned to significantly different classifications and pay scales at different institutions of higher education.
by Representatives Taylor, Goodman, Shea, Morris, Smith, Walkinshaw, Overstreet, Condotta, Moscoso, Ryu, Short, and Scott
Concerning technology-enhanced government surveillance.
Provides clear standards for the lawful use of extraordinary surveillance technologies by state and local jurisdictions.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Carrell, and Darneille)
Concerning registered sex or kidnapping offenders.
Modifies provisions relating to registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Pearson, Parlette, and Keiser)
Regulating pharmacy benefit managers and pharmacy audits.
Requires a pharmacy benefit manager to register with the department of revenue and annually renew the registration in order to do business in the state.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Angel, Bailey, Rivers, Becker, and Honeyford)
Concerning child care subsidies and child support enforcement services.
Requires the department of early learning to establish and implement policies to train staff on child care subsidy fraud.Requires the department of social and health services, in order to incentivize a working connections child care subsidy applicant or recipient to seek child support enforcement services from the division of child support, to waive the child care copayment for one month for applicants or recipients who seek child support enforcement services for the first time and have not already done so as required by other public assistance programs.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hill and Benton; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning high-technology research and development tax incentives.
Delays the expiration date of the business and occupation tax credit for research and development spending and the sales and use tax deferral for eligible investment projects with regard to high-technology businesses.Creates the high-technology research and development investment working group to develop recommendations for the legislature that integrates high-technology research and development activities with investments in higher education.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Hill, Dammeier, Baumgartner, and Ericksen)
Creating a defined contribution retirement plan option for elected officials.
Establishes the elected official retirement savings plan act.Creates a Washington elected officials retirement savings plan for the elected officials of this state and its political subdivisions.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Hargrove, Rolfes, McAuliffe, Ranker, Conway, Cleveland, Fraser, McCoy, Keiser, and Kohl-Welles; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning state purchasing of mental health and chemical dependency treatment services.
Addresses mental health and chemical dependency treatment services purchased by the state.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Sheldon)
Promoting affordable housing in unincorporated areas of rural counties within urban growth areas.
Allows unincorporated areas of rural counties within urban growth areas to stimulate housing opportunities.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored 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.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hill, Hargrove, Ranker, Fain, Braun, Tom, Dammeier, Parlette, Becker, Schoesler, Hewitt, Bailey, King, Angel, Roach, Keiser, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, O'Ban, Conway, and Benton)
Concerning individuals with developmental disabilities who have requested a service from a program that is already at capacity.
Authorizes a person, after the secretary of the department of social and health services has determined that the person is eligible for services, to request an assessment for eligibility for medicaid programs and specific services administered by the developmental disabilities administration.Requires the secretary of the department of social and health services to prioritize services to medicaid eligible clients.Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Establish and maintain a service request list database for individuals who are found to be eligible and have an assessed and unmet need for programs and services offered under a home and community-based services waiver;(2) Develop and implement a medicaid program to replace the individual and family services program for medicaid-eligible clients;(3) Expand the home and community-based services basic plus waiver client caseload; and(4) Refinance medicaid personal care services under the community first choice option.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Padden)
Concerning pass-through wholesale food distributors.
Requires the department of agriculture to issue a license to operate as a pass-through wholesale food distributor to sell prepackaged foods from a food processor and to deliver the food directly to consumers.Exempts pass-through wholesale food distributors that have a license from the state board of health's food service rules and any food service regulations adopted by local health jurisdictions.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Kohl-Welles, Litzow, McAuliffe, Dammeier, Frockt, Fain, Mullet, Chase, and Tom)
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 Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Liias, Fain, Hobbs, Litzow, Eide, Dammeier, McAuliffe, Baumgartner, Cleveland, Angel, and Ericksen)
Extending tax preferences for high-technology research and development.
Delays the expiration of tax preferences for high-technology research and development.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Tom)
Defining the compensation used for calculating retirement benefits for elected service.
Addresses elected state and local government positions with regard to "average final compensation" and "compensation earnable" in the public employees' retirement system.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Sheldon, Holmquist Newbry, Rivers, Brown, Padden, Angel, Dammeier, Dansel, King, Hewitt, Honeyford, and Pearson)
Concerning federal funding programs requiring changes in state law.
Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to, by December 1st each year, report to the legislature regarding federal funding programs greater than twenty-five million dollars in biennial expenditures affecting Washington state health and human services agencies and the common school system that specify conditions requiring changes in state statutes as a condition of receiving federal funding.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Honeyford, Keiser, Ericksen, Braun, and Chase)
Creating a joint legislative task force to study financing options for water supply, flood control, and storm water projects.
Creates a joint legislative task force on financing options for water supply and integrated water management, flood control, and storm water projects.Requires the office of the state treasurer, the office of financial management, and the departments of ecology, health, agriculture, fish and wildlife, and commerce to cooperate with the task force.Authorizes the legislature, during the 2013-2015 fiscal biennium, to appropriate money from the public works assistance account to fund necessary expenses of the task force.Makes appropriations.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored 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 to: (1) In consultation with the utilities and transportation commission, the federal railroad administration, and industry experts, conduct a study on the safety of transporting oil and hazardous materials in bulk by rail;(2) Conduct an evaluation of the safety of transporting oil and hazardous materials in bulk on waters of the state;(3) With the utilities and transportation commission, jointly hold a symposium on emergency prevention and response activities for oil and hazardous materials transported in the Pacific Northwest region;(4) Make certain information regarding oil and hazardous materials spill prevention and response available on its web site; and(5) Provide grants to emergency responders to assist with oil spill response and firefighting equipment and resources needed to meet certain requirements specified in this act.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Cleveland, Brown, Litzow, Billig, and McAuliffe)
Concerning early education for children involved in the child welfare system.
Requires a family assessment response worker to assess for child safety and child well-being when collaborating with a family to determine the need for child care, preschool, or home visiting services.Allows the department of early learning to include as an eligible child, a child who is not otherwise receiving services under the early childhood education and assistance program, but is receiving child protective services or family assessment response services.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Parlette)
Concerning payments to counties in lieu of property taxes by the department of fish and wildlife.
Requires the state treasurer, on behalf of the department of fish and wildlife, to distribute on game lands in each county a certain amount in lieu of real property taxes.Requires the department of fish and wildlife to provide relevant information to the state treasurer for each county receiving an amount in lieu of real property taxes including the amount of acres eligible, the open space rate to be applied, and the additional amount for control of noxious weeds.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban and Darneille)
Concerning intensive home and community-based mental health services for medicaid-eligible children.
Requires the department of social and health services, beginning July 1, 2014, to implement statewide a wraparound with intensive services medicaid program of integrated home and community-based children's mental health services.
by Senators O'Ban, Padden, Pearson, and Sheldon
Affirming the authority of the clemency and pardons board to make recommendations to the governor regarding petitions for reprieve to ensure that victims, law enforcement, prisoners, and others are heard.
Affirms the authority of the clemency and pardons board to make recommendations to the governor regarding petitions for reprieve.
by Senators Tom, Hill, Billig, Rolfes, Chase, Ranker, Hargrove, Baumgartner, Schoesler, Litzow, Fain, Ericksen, and Dammeier
Adjusting the oil spill response tax and oil spill administration tax.
Imposes the oil spill response tax and the oil spill administration tax for the privilege of receiving crude oil at a bulk oil terminal within this state from a rail tank car.
by Senator Baumgartner
Ordering the supreme court to increase the number of cases it decides.
Orders the supreme court to increase the number of cases it decides by fifty percent by the 2017-2018 court calendar.Demands the supreme court to draw upon its purported budgetary expertise and provide a report by April 30, 2014, as to how it plans to fully implement this order and provide a timetable for funding its plan.