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=2015.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Pettigrew, Buys, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Gregerson, S. Hunt, Stanford, Walkinshaw, Muri, and Goodman)
Concerning ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking.
Prohibits the sale, offering to sell, purchasing, trading, trafficking, bartering for, or distribution of any ivory article or rhinoceros horn product unless certain conditions are satisfied.Authorizes the department of fish and wildlife to sell or donate, as allowed under state, federal, and international law, seized ivory articles and rhinoceros horn products.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Stanford, Dunshee, and Tharinger)
Concerning the management of forage fish resources.
Requires a recreational fishing license to fish for smelt.Requires the department of natural resources and the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) Collaborate to conduct a survey of the location of surf smelt and sand lance spawning grounds throughout Puget Sound, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca; and(2) Conduct the survey using the veterans conservation corps or the Puget Sound corps, with priority given to the selection of veterans from either program.Requires the department of fish and wildlife to conduct a mid-water trawl survey to evaluate the prevalence of adults of all species of forage fish.Expires July 1, 2018.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Farrell, Fitzgibbon, Moscoso, Walkinshaw, Sells, Pollet, Ortiz-Self, Dunshee, Goodman, Bergquist, Tarleton, Ryu, Cody, Clibborn, Kagi, Morris, Peterson, Jinkins, Senn, McBride, Pettigrew, Sawyer, Gregerson, Robinson, and Reykdal)
Concerning dedicated funding sources for high capacity transportation service.
Authorizes certain regional transit authorities to: Impose a regular property tax levy; and levy and collect a motor vehicle excise tax. The taxes must be used for the purpose of providing high capacity transportation service.Increases the maximum sales and use tax rate for high capacity transportation services.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Klippert, MacEwen, Moeller, Hayes, Moscoso, Ormsby, Muri, Kilduff, and Tarleton)
Concerning the definition of veteran for the purposes of the county veterans assistance fund.
Revises the definition of veteran for purposes of the county veterans assistance fund.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Johnson, Santos, Lytton, Moscoso, Pettigrew, Walkinshaw, Kilduff, Sawyer, Reykdal, Bergquist, Fey, Tarleton, and Hudgins)
Allowing certain school personnel to witness a student's college bound scholarship pledge if the student's parent or guardian is unavailable.
Allows a school counselor or an administrator to witness a student's college bound scholarship pledge if the parent or guardian is unavailable.
by House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Sells, Farrell, Hudgins, Kagi, Wylie, Sawyer, Walkinshaw, Moscoso, Ryu, Ormsby, Riccelli, Jinkins, Senn, McBride, Gregerson, Fitzgibbon, Moeller, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Stanford, Bergquist, Santos, Pollet, Fey, and Tarleton)
Implementing family and medical leave insurance.
Allows workers to care for family members with a serious health condition or to recover from their own serious health condition.Expands duties of the employment security department.Requires each employer, for each individual, to pay a premium to the employment security department based on the amount of the employee's wages.Provides a business and occupation tax credit and a public utility tax credit for certain employers.Changes the name of the family leave insurance program to the family and medical leave insurance program.Changes the name of the family leave insurance account to the family and medical leave insurance account.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Dunshee, Farrell, S. Hunt, Peterson, Fey, and Tarleton)
Concerning building energy use disclosure requirements.
Addresses disclosure requirements for building energy use.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Magendanz, S. Hunt, Walsh, Walkinshaw, Lytton, Senn, Jinkins, Sawyer, Stokesbary, Reykdal, Robinson, McBride, Stanford, Tharinger, Bergquist, Clibborn, Pollet, Fey, Gregerson, and Tarleton)
Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
Requires each high-needs school to offer breakfast after the bell to each student and provide adequate time for students to eat.Requires the state to provide, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction to administer, one-time start-up allocation grants of six thousand dollars to each high-needs school implementing a breakfast after the bell program.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Develop and distribute procedures and guidelines for the implementation of this act; and(2) Dedicate staff within the office to offer training and technical and marketing assistance to public schools and school districts related to offering breakfast after the bell.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Harris, DeBolt, and Stanford)
Concerning license fees for national guard members under Title 77 RCW.
Provides free small game hunting licenses, supplemental migratory bird permits, and big game hunting licenses to state guard members and national guard members.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Schmick, Robinson, Parker, Holy, Haler, Tharinger, Cody, and Ormsby)
Enabling student volunteers to provide health care services.
Allows students to provide health care services under certain circumstances.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Nealey, Manweller, Van De Wege, Haler, Appleton, Zeiger, Tharinger, Klippert, Vick, and S. Hunt)
Increasing the total amount of tax credits allowed under the Washington main street program.
Increases business and occupation tax credit limits and public utility tax credit limits under the Washington main street program.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Walsh, Hunter, Johnson, Ormsby, MacEwen, Senn, Magendanz, Farrell, Hayes, Ortiz-Self, Hudgins, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, S. Hunt, Ryu, Jinkins, Bergquist, Goodman, Tharinger, and Riccelli)
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 day programming.Rewards quality and creates incentives for providers to participate in a quality rating and improvement system.Creates the early start account.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Sawyer, Ormsby, Pollet, and Tarleton
Concerning tribal-state relations regarding fish and wildlife.
Requires the fish and wildlife commission to meet annually with the governor to report on policy goals, objectives, and performance in relation to tribal treaties and other federally recognized tribal rights.Specifies that the governor has final approval authority for any agreement between the department of fish and wildlife and a federally recognized tribe related to fish and wildlife.
by Representatives Farrell, Fitzgibbon, Kagi, Walkinshaw, and Pollet
Directing the department of ecology to conduct a study of light pollution that provides recommendations to the legislature on policy options to reduce light pollution.
Requires the department of ecology to complete a study that analyzes the current extent of light pollution that adversely affects: (1) The quality of the environment;(2) The value of property; and(3) The health and well-being of the public.
by Representatives Moscoso, Walsh, and Appleton
Concerning the medical use of cannabis.
Revises and clarifies the medical use of cannabis act so that: (1) Qualifying patients and designated providers complying with the terms of this act will no longer be subject to arrest or prosecution, other criminal sanctions, or civil consequences based solely on their medical use of cannabis;(2) Qualifying patients will have access to an adequate, safe, consistent, and secure source of medical quality cannabis; and(3) Health care professionals may authorize the medical use of cannabis in the manner provided by this act without fear of state criminal or civil sanctions.
by Representatives Peterson, Dunshee, Fey, Stanford, and Tarleton
Creating a county property tax exemption for energy efficient construction.
Authorizes a county legislative authority to provide an exemption from county property tax levies for certified third-party green building construction or improvements.
by Representatives Jinkins and Ormsby
Concerning timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services.
Addresses performance targets and maximum time limits for the completion of accurate and reliable evaluations of competency to stand trial and admissions for inpatient restoration services related to competency to proceed or stand trial for adult criminal defendants.
by Representatives Short and Kretz
Authorizing county legislative authorities to approve certain group B water systems based upon their delivery of water meeting safe drinking water standards.
Authorizes county legislative authorities to act to approve the operation of a group B public water system under certain circumstances.
by Representatives Takko and Taylor
Increasing certainty and predictability in the land use permit process.
Increases certainty and predictability in the land use permit process.
by Representatives Kilduff, Kagi, Jinkins, Springer, Hunter, Ormsby, Tharinger, and Tarleton
Creating an investment program for individuals with disabilities.
Creates the Washington achieving a better life experience program in the department of commerce to allow for the creation of savings accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities.Creates the Washington achieving a better life experience program account.Authorizes the state investment board to invest, reinvest, manage, contract, sell, or exchange investment money in the account.
by Representatives Morris, Pollet, and Tarleton
Providing compliance options for qualifying utilities.
Revises the energy independence act to provide compliance options for qualifying utilities.
by Representatives Cody, Walkinshaw, Harris, Johnson, Carlyle, Pollet, Farrell, Ormsby, Tharinger, and Tarleton
Concerning health care access and medical and dental education.
Establishes the omnibus health care access act of 2015.Transfers to the University of Washington by July 1, 2015, state operating funds and capital space facilities provided to Washington State University as of June 30, 2015, for the operations of the five-state regional medical education program provided by the University of Washington school of medicine in Spokane.Requires the University of Washington to increase the number of: (1) Medical students at its medical school in Spokane from forty students per year to one hundred twenty students per year; and(2) Dental students at its dental program in Spokane from eight students per year to thirty students per year.Requires the medical education system to allocate funds to new or expanded residency programs.Creates a family practice education advisory board to advise the dean and the chair of the department of family medicine in the implementation of family medicine educational programs.Makes appropriations.
by Representatives Sells, Parker, Moscoso, Harmsworth, Ryu, Stanford, Robinson, Riccelli, McCaslin, and Scott
Concerning the taxation of wax and ceramic materials used to make molds.
Provides permanent tax relief for wax and ceramic materials used to create molds during the process of creating ferrous and nonferrous investment castings used in industrial applications.
by Representatives Young, Caldier, Magendanz, Short, Harmsworth, McCaslin, Smith, Scott, Zeiger, and Fagan
Specifying that qualified grandparents are the priority placement option for children needing out-of-home care in dependency proceedings.
Requires a court that orders an out-of-home placement for a child under the juvenile court act to order the child placed with a qualified grandparent unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the placement would not be in the child's best interests.
by Representatives Young, Taylor, G. Hunt, Shea, and Scott
Concerning the deauthorization of union security provisions by public employees.
Revises collective bargaining provisions regarding the deauthorization of union security provisions.
by Representative Blake
Concerning agreements with the federal government, such as those available under the endangered species act, affecting the state's management of its natural resources.
Prohibits the department of commerce from officially entering into a habitat conservation plan, or other multiyear agreement with the federal government under the endangered species act that commits the state to future action or constrains future state options relating to the management of aquatic lands as it affects overwater structures and log storage.
by Representative Kretz
Concerning forest fire suppression.
Requires the department of natural resources to conduct a comprehensive analysis of wildfire suppression protocol and develop a set of deliverables for the department to implement that builds upon existing policies and protocols, and recent department fire suppression experiences, to increase suppression response effectiveness.Expires July 1, 2017.
by Representative Kretz
Concerning the impact of appropriate forest management on stream flow outcomes.
Authorizes the department of ecology to provide compensation for the management of forests to create favorable or enhanced water flows if it is determined by the department that forest management for stream flow outcomes is not financially compatible with the department's trust obligations.Prohibits the department of ecology from establishing minimum water flows or levels after the effective date of this act for rivers located in a watershed encompassing forest lands managed by the department of natural resources unless that forest land is managed specifically to create favorable or enhanced water flows or water supply through the application of precommercial or commercial thinning designed to achieve optimal stem spacing for each age class of a forest parcel.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Hatfield and Kohl-Welles)
Clarifying transportation and delivery services for marijuana producers, marijuana processors, and marijuana retailers.
Authorizes a licensed marijuana producer, marijuana processor, or marijuana retailer, or their employees to use the services of a common carrier to physically transport or deliver marijuana, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products to another licensee.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Padden and Darneille)
Concerning the collection of blood samples for forensic testing.
Provides that it is not professional misconduct for a physician, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, physician assistant, first responder, emergency medical technician, health care assistant, forensic phlebotomist, or technician trained in withdrawing blood, to collect a blood sample without a person's consent when he or she was directed by a law enforcement officer to do so for the purpose of a blood test under the provisions of a search warrant or exigent circumstances.Requires the secretary of the department of health, in consultation with health profession boards and commissions, the criminal justice training commission, and the Washington state patrol, to establish by rule the administrative procedures and requirements for initial issue, renewal, and reissue of a credential for forensic phlebotomists.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Frockt, O'Ban, Fain, Fraser, Pearson, Roach, and Darneille)
Making a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony.
Makes a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Honeyford, Dansel, Fain, Keiser, Roach, Mullet, and Darneille)
Prohibiting the sale of electronic smoking devices to minors.
Prohibits the sale of electronic smoking devices to minors.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, McAuliffe, King, Litzow, and Angel)
Creating a pilot program to implement regional school safety and security centers.
Requires three educational service districts to work with the educational service district that has developed a model for a regional school safety and security center to implement a pilot program to create and improve regional school safety and security centers in each of these four districts.Expires December 31, 2017.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators McAuliffe, Litzow, Kohl-Welles, Hasegawa, and Chase)
Concerning school library and technology programs.
Changes the name of the school-library media program to the school library information and technology program.Expands the duties of the program and the teacher-librarian.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Hatfield, Hobbs, and Honeyford)
Concerning conservation districts' rates and charges.
Modifies provisions relating to rates and charges of conservation districts.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, Fain, King, Liias, Angel, and Honeyford)
Modifying the distribution and use of aircraft excise taxes.
Requires aircraft excise taxes to be credited by the state treasurer to the aeronautics account for state grants to airports and the administrative expenses associated with grant execution and the collection of excise taxes under chapter 82.48 RCW.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Bailey, and Chase)
Disseminating financial aid information.
Requires state universities, regional universities, and The Evergreen State College to provide financial aid application due dates and information in written or electronic form for prospective and admitted students.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Becker, Schoesler, Padden, Angel, Warnick, Honeyford, and Hewitt)
Requiring public employee collective bargaining sessions to be open meetings.
Requires collective bargaining sessions with employee organizations involving contract negotiations to be open to the public.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Roach and Hatfield)
Concerning water-sewer districts.
Requires certain real property of a water-sewer district to be sold by public sale only.Authorizes the board of commissioners of a water-sewer district to adopt a policy to issue its own warrants for payment of claims or other obligations of the district under certain circumstances.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senator Pearson)
Modifying provisions of the code that deal with migratory birds.
Addresses migratory bird license validation, stamps, and permits.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, Hobbs, and King)
Concerning the disclosure of certain transportation-related information by the department of licensing.
Requires the department of licensing to: (1) Furnish lists of registered and legal owners of vessels only for certain purposes to the manufacturers of vessels, or their authorized agents; and(2) Disclose vessel records for any vessel owned by a governmental entity upon request.Requires requests from law enforcement officers for vessel record information to be granted.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Roach, Rivers, Braun, Warnick, Dansel, Honeyford, Hatfield, and Benton)
Providing liability immunity for local jurisdictions when wheeled all-terrain vehicles are operated on public roadways.
Provides immunity from liability to local jurisdictions when wheeled all-terrain vehicles are operated on public roadways.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators Ericksen, Brown, and Hewitt)
Amending the energy independence act.
Revises energy independence act provisions relating to: (1) Expanding the definition of "eligible renewable resource"; and(2) Provide compliance options for qualifying utilities.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators King, Hobbs, Dammeier, Rolfes, Hill, Rivers, Liias, Mullet, Billig, and Pedersen)
Allowing bicycles and mopeds to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions.
Authorizes the operator of a bicycle or a moped to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Baumgartner, Braun, Honeyford, and Angel)
Accommodating the civil rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor organizations.
Accommodates the civil rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor organizations.Authorizes an employee to: (1) Revoke authorization for the deduction of dues and fees; and(2) Secure the right of nonassociation at any time.
by Senators Hobbs, Hatfield, Benton, and Conway
Addressing veterans' preferences.
Addresses veterans' preferences with regard to veterans who voluntarily retire with at least twenty years of active military service.
by Senators Hasegawa and Chase
Bringing Washington state government contracting provisions into compliance with federal law as it relates to small works bonding requirements.
Brings contracting provisions into compliance with federal law as it relates to small works bonding requirements.
by Senators Conway and Chase
Permitting members of the public employees' retirement system employed in positions included in the public safety employees' retirement system to elect to become members of the public safety employees' retirement system for future periods of service.
Provides options during an election period for certain employees who previously had the option to remain in the public employees' retirement system or transfer to the public safety employees' retirement system.
by Senators Benton, Padden, Miloscia, Keiser, Conway, Roach, Warnick, Hewitt, Hatfield, Angel, Ericksen, Hobbs, and O'Ban
Addressing local authority in the regulation of fireworks.
Authorizes a county or a city to enact an ordinance that is more restrictive than state law as to the days and hours of legal sale of consumer fireworks, the days and hours of legal use of consumer fireworks, and types of consumer fireworks that may be sold and used within the geographical boundary of that county or city.
by Senators Brown, Angel, Miloscia, Braun, Dansel, Schoesler, Hewitt, and Chase
Concerning dynamic fiscal impact statements.
Addresses dynamic impact estimates and dynamic fiscal impact statements.Requires the office of financial management, in consultation with the economic and revenue forecast council, to establish a process and methodology for dynamic fiscal impact statements and dynamic impact estimates.Expires June 30, 2022.
by Senators Brown, Chase, Angel, Kohl-Welles, Hatfield, Benton, and McAuliffe
Enacting the tourism marketing act.
Establishes the statewide tourism marketing act.Establishes the framework and funding for a statewide tourism marketing program.Establishes the Washington tourism marketing authority.Creates the statewide tourism marketing account.Imposes a charge of fifteen cents per occupied room per night on every lodging business in this state and requires the revenue from the charge, including penalties and interest on delinquent lodging charges, to be deposited in the statewide tourism marketing account.
by Senators Brown, Hatfield, Honeyford, Hasegawa, Schoesler, Becker, Hobbs, Hewitt, and Benton
Establishing special license endorsements for cigar lounges and retail tobacconist shops.
Authorizes a person holding a tobacco products retailer's license to apply through the business licensing system for a special endorsement as a cigar lounge or retail tobacconist shop.
by Senators Brown and Schoesler
Revising county road vacation authority.
Addresses the vacation of a county road that abuts a body of freshwater or salt water.
by Senators Angel, Padden, and Miloscia
Concerning informed decision making for death with dignity decisions.
Revises the death with dignity act to require an attending physician, to ensure that a patient is making an informed decision, to inform the patient of treatment for the purpose of cure and treatment for the purpose of extending the patient's life.
by Senator Benton
Changing the time for filing initiative measures.
Changes the time in which an initiative measure must be filed with the secretary of state from ten months before the election to twenty months before the election.