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 Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Taylor, Scott, G. Hunt, Rodne, Shea, Griffey, MacEwen, Blake, Pike, Hayes, Buys, Haler, Muri, Condotta, Wilson, Young, and McCaslin)
Concerning concealed pistol license renewal notices.
Requires the department of licensing, approximately ninety days before a concealed pistol license expiration date, to mail a renewal notice to the licensee.Creates the concealed pistol license renewal notification account.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Holy, Parker, Ormsby, Caldier, Hayes, Jinkins, Walkinshaw, Gregerson, Appleton, Ryu, McBride, and Shea)
Providing procedures for responding to reports of threatened or attempted suicide.
Establishes Sheena and Chris Henderson's law.Provides procedures for responding to reports of threatened or attempted suicide.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Van Werven, Bergquist, Holy, Appleton, Gregory, and S. Hunt)
Correcting references to elections statutes.
Corrects references to elections statutes.
by Representatives S. Hunt and Reykdal
Allowing a public employee to transfer excess vacation days to the employee's sick leave bank.
Authorizes excess vacation leave to be transferred to an employees' sick leave bank upon the employee's written request.Requires the transferred vacation leave to be used before other sick leave.
by Representative Fey
Modifying certain energy independence act provisions.
Modifies the energy independence act.Expands the definition of "eligible renewable resource" and includes the state of Montana in the definition of "Pacific Northwest."Provides compliance options for qualifying utilities.Requires consumer-owned and investor-owned electric utilities to meet one hundred percent of any new generation need with one or a combination of the following: Conservation, eligible renewable resources, and storage.
by Representatives Fey, Jinkins, Sawyer, and Kirby
Relating to the petition-based annexation method for owners of property within a city or town that seek annexation to another city or town.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to the petition-based municipality annexation act.
by Representative Bergquist
Concerning certification of elections.
Requires a county canvassing board to conduct a certification ten days following a special election if the April election falls in the fifth week of the month.
by Representative Sawyer
Regarding information concerning racial disproportionality.
Requires the caseload forecast council to: (1) In cooperation with appropriate legislative committees and staff, the office of financial management, the department of corrections, the department of social and health services, the administrative office of the courts, the minority and justice commission, the state institute for public policy, and the sentencing guidelines commission, establish a procedure for the provision of racial impact statements on the effect that legislative bills and resolutions will have on racial and ethnic minority groups, including the racial and ethnic composition of the criminal and juvenile justice systems; and(2) Provide a racial and ethnic impact statement on any legislative proposal at the request of a legislator.
by Representatives Peterson and Stanford
Allowing emergency medical services to develop community assistance referral and education services programs.
Authorizes a provider of emergency medical services to develop a community assistance referral and education services program to provide community outreach and assistance to residents of its district to advance injury and illness prevention and allows the program to partner with hospitals to reduce readmissions.
by Representatives Sells, Appleton, Stanford, and Kochmar
Addressing collective bargaining by ferry employee organizations.
Authorizes ferry employee organizations and persons designated by the governor as bargaining representatives to negotiate four-year contracts.
by Representatives Parker and Harris
Concerning the maintenance and operations of parks and recreational land acquired through the conservation futures program.
Authorizes a county to use: (1) Up to twenty-five percent of the total amount for maintenance and operations of recreational land if it has acquired rights and interests in one hundred or more acres of certain real property; and(2) Beginning January 1, 2025, up to thirty percent of the total amount for maintenance and operations of recreational land if it has acquired rights and interests in four hundred or more acres of certain real property and has collected a conservation futures levy for twenty or more years.
by Representatives Stanford and Goodman; by request of Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Concerning fingerprint-based background checks for health professionals.
Authorizes the Washington state patrol section on identification and criminal history to: (1) Retain fingerprints submitted by a statutorily authorized agency;(2) Allow a search by criminal justice agencies of arrest fingerprint submissions and unsolved crime files against the fingerprints submitted for noncriminal justice purposes; and(3) Notify a statutorily authorized agency of a change in criminal history record information that is identified against retained fingerprints.Authorizes the secretary of the department of health to require a fingerprint-based background check on health professional licensees and applicants.
by Representative Hurst
Addressing adjudicative proceedings involving a state agency that is also a party to the proceeding.
Requires an administrative law judge to preside over a hearing or an adjudicative proceeding when a statute or rule provides for a state agency to conduct or preside over the hearing or adjudicative proceeding and that state agency is also a party to the hearing or proceeding.
by Representative Springer
Relating to commerce in liquor.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to commerce in liquor.
by Representative Hunter
Regarding additional contribution rates for employers of the Washington state retirement systems.
Requires the contributions received from an individual employer for a contribution rate to be deposited in the retirement system plan fund for which the rate was adopted and be credited towards the employer in that retirement system or plan for contributions, interest, and lost investment returns.
by Representative Hunter
Imposing fines, withholding taxes, and other measures to encourage local jurisdictions to timely file state-required reports.
Encourages local jurisdictions to timely file state-required reports by imposing fines, withholding taxes, and taking other action.
by Representative Goodman
Providing alternatives for penalties stemming from traffic infractions.
Provides a community restitution plan in lieu of payment of all or part of a monetary penalty for a traffic infraction.
by Representatives McBride, Walkinshaw, Moscoso, Farrell, and Riccelli
Prohibiting certain limitations on the hosting of the homeless by religious organizations.
Prohibits a local government from limiting a religious organization's: (1) Availability to host a rotating, established tent encampment to fewer than eight months during a calendar year;(2) Hosting term to fewer than four months;(3) Number of simultaneous hostings within the same municipality to one hosting during any given period of time; and(4) Availability to host safe parking efforts at its on-site parking lot.
by Representatives Fey and Muri
Concerning vehicles powered by clean alternative fuel.
Delays, until July 1, 2019, the expiration of the existing sales and use tax exemption on clean alternative fuel vehicles.Requires the department of transportation's public-private partnership office to develop a pilot program to support the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure that is supported by private financing.Creates the electric vehicle charging infrastructure account.Requires the state treasurer to transfer one million dollars from the multimodal transportation account to the electric vehicle charging infrastructure account. Expires July 1, 2026.
by Representatives Shea and Taylor
Authorizing possession of pistols by qualified persons who are eighteen years of age and older.
Authorizes a person who is at least eighteen years old to possess a concealed pistol license.
by Representatives Shea and Taylor
Increasing reciprocity for concealed pistol licenses.
Addresses concealed pistol license reciprocity.
by Representatives Shea and Taylor
Requiring that deputy prosecuting attorneys take an oath of office.
Requires a deputy prosecuting attorney, once appointed and before entering upon his or her duties, to take the oath of office.
by Representatives Shea and Taylor
Establishing the restoration of constitutional governance in Washington act.
Establishes the restoration of constitutional governance in Washington act.
by Representative Shea
Concerning the acquisition of land by state natural resources agencies.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife, before acquiring real property in any county after the effective date of this act, to identify for sale department-owned land in that same county of equal or greater acreage than the property to be acquired.Requires the department of natural resources, before acquiring real property in any county after the effective date of this act for purposes of a natural area preserve, natural resources conservation area, or other habitat or riparian protection purposes, to identify for sale department-owned land in that same county of equal or greater acreage than the property to be acquired.Requires the parks and recreation commission, before acquiring real property in any county after the effective date of this act, to identify for sale agency-owned land in that same county of equal or greater acreage than the property to be acquired.
by Representatives Kretz and Short
Concerning wildland fire suppression.
Requires the commissioner of public lands to: (1) Appoint a local wildland fire liaison that reports directly to the commissioner or the supervisor and generally represents the interests and concerns of landowners and the general public during fire suppression activities of the department of natural resources; and(2) Appoint and maintain a wildland fire advisory committee to generally advise the commissioner on matters related to wildland firefighting in the state.Authorizes an individual to enter privately owned or publicly owned land to attempt to extinguish or control a wildland fire, regardless of whether the individual owns the land.Expands the duties of the department of natural resources with regard to maximizing the effective utilization of local fire suppression assets.
by Representative Sells
Requiring financial responsibility of motorcycle operators.
Addresses mandatory liability insurance for motorcycle operators.
by Representative Pettigrew
Concerning reimbursement rates for behavioral rehabilitation services.
Creates a governor's advisory committee on vendor rates and requires the committee to: (1) Study and review methods and procedures for establishing rates or fees of vendors of goods, services, and care purchased by the department of social and health services including medical and welfare care and services;(2) Provide professional and trade associations or other representative groups of the service areas the opportunity to present to the committee their evidence for justifying the methods of computing and the justification for rates or fees they propose; and(3) Request vendors to provide the committee with an evaluation and justification of the method of establishing rates or fees.Requires the department of social and health services, within appropriated funds, to dedicate specific amounts solely for behavioral rehabilitation services.
by Representatives Sells, Tarleton, Senn, Wylie, Robinson, Pollet, Peterson, Appleton, Stanford, and Walkinshaw
Regarding the Washington materials management and financing authority's compliance with the provision of the maximum practicable opportunity for participation by minority and women-owned and controlled businesses.
Includes in the general operating plan of the Washington materials management and financing authority, providing opportunities for participation by minority and women-owned and controlled businesses.
by Representatives Klippert, Shea, Young, Rodne, Goodman, Griffey, Holy, Scott, McCaslin, Haler, Hargrove, Carlyle, Muri, Harmsworth, Taylor, and Senn
Recognizing the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state with secure and defensible borders.
Recognizes the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state with secure and defensible borders.
by Representatives Fitzgibbon, McBride, Peterson, and Fey
Requesting action to address global climate change.
Requests action to address global climate change.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, Fain, Pedersen, and Chase; by request of Attorney General)
Creating the patent troll prevention act.
Establishes the patent troll prevention act.Prohibits a person from making assertions of patent infringement in bad faith.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Frockt, Angel, Rivers, Cleveland, Dammeier, Keiser, Fain, Parlette, Darneille, Pedersen, Habib, Kohl-Welles, and Mullet)
Recognizes the application of telemedicine as a reimbursable service by which an individual receives medical services from a health care provider without in-person contact with the provider.Reduces the compliance requirements on hospitals when granting privileges or associations to telemedicine physicians.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban and Darneille; by request of Department of Social and Health Services)
Improving timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services.
Encourages the department of social and health services to develop, on a phased-in basis, alternative locations and increased access to competency restoration services under chapter 10.77 RCW (criminally insane) for individuals who do not require in-patient psychiatric hospitalization level services.Prohibits new secure facilities for inpatient treatment of defendants ordered to receive competency restoration from being sited within five hundred feet of the facilities and grounds of a public or private school.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Roach, Pedersen, Kohl-Welles, Baumgartner, Padden, Darneille, Keiser, Benton, and O'Ban)
Establishing the Washington internet crimes against children account.
Creates the Washington internet crimes against children account.Requires up to two million dollars of all unclaimed prize money in the state lottery account to be deposited, each biennium, in the Washington internet crimes against children account.Requires expenditures from the account to be used exclusively by the Washington internet crimes against children task force and its affiliate agencies.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Benton and Roach)
Concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property.
Authorizes any tenant property placed upon the nearest public property to be disposed of by the landlord after the property has remained for a period of not less than five days.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Angel, Benton, and Hobbs)
Concerning collection agency transaction fees for processing electronic payments.
Prohibits a collection agency from collecting a transaction fee for processing a credit card payment in an amount that does not exceed fifty cents plus three percent of the payment amount provided that a no-cost payment option is available to the debtor.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, Angel, and Conway; by request of Department of Social and Health Services)
Concerning substance abuse prevention and treatment programs funded by the marijuana excise tax.
Provides funding from marijuana excise taxes for the development and evaluation of programs and practices aimed at the prevention or reduction of substance use.Requires the department of social and health services, in consultation with the state institute for public policy, the University of Washington social development research group, and faculty from Washington State University, to determine a definition of cost-beneficial as it relates to prevention and treatment programming.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Darneille, Rolfes, Dansel, Miloscia, Pearson, Bailey, Padden, Becker, Frockt, Habib, and Pedersen)
Concerning court review of detention decisions under the involuntary treatment act.
Allows an immediate family member, guardian, or conservator of a person to petition the superior court for review of a designated mental health professional's decision, if the designated mental health professional decides not to: (1) Detain a person for evaluation and treatment; or(2) Take action within forty-eight hours of a request for investigation being submitted to the designated mental health professional.Requires the department of social and health services and each regional support network or agency employing designated mental health professionals to publish information in an easily accessible format describing the process for an immediate family member, guardian, or conservator to petition for court review of a detention decision.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, O'Ban, Darneille, Cleveland, Rivers, and Benton)
Concerning competency to stand trial evaluations.
Addresses reimbursement to counties by the department of social and health services for competency to stand trial evaluations.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, Rolfes, Roach, Fain, Hasegawa, Dammeier, McCoy, Nelson, Frockt, McAuliffe, Rivers, Kohl-Welles, Chase, Jayapal, Conway, and Habib)
Requiring Washington's tribal history, culture, and government to be taught in the common schools.
Requires the state's tribal history, culture, and government to be taught in the common schools.Requires school districts to use curriculum developed and made available free of charge by the office of the superintendent of public instruction and authorizes the school districts to modify the curriculum in order to incorporate elements that have a regionally specific focus or to incorporate the curriculum into existing curricular materials.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, O'Ban, Darneille, Fraser, Miloscia, Rolfes, Hargrove, Billig, Ranker, Hewitt, Kohl-Welles, and McAuliffe)
Creating the parents for parents program.
Specifies that the parents for parents program currently exists in nine counties and has been shown to increase the number of family reunifications, where appropriate, while decreasing the length of time needed to establish permanence. The goal is to increase the permanency and well-being of children in foster care through peer mentoring that increases parental engagement and contributes to family reunification.Authorizes the parents for parents program to provide structured peer mentoring, administered by child welfare parent mentors, for families entering the dependency court system.Requires funding for the parents for parents program to be through the office of public defense and centrally administered through a pass-through to a state nonprofit-lead organization that has extensive experience supporting child welfare parent mentors.Requires a research entity with experience in child welfare research to conduct an evaluation of the parents for parents program.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Benton, Chase, Roach, Hasegawa, Keiser, Kohl-Welles, Rolfes, and Honeyford)
Concerning the provision of homeownership opportunities.
Addresses homeownership opportunities under the housing assistance program and the affordable housing program.
by Senators Honeyford, Hatfield, Chase, and Brown
Preserving the common law interpretation and application of the vested rights doctrine.
Preserves the common law interpretation and application of the vested rights doctrine.
by Senators Rolfes, Rivers, and Kohl-Welles
Concerning school programs for highly capable students.
Requires school districts to make a variety of appropriate program services available to students who participate in the school district's program for highly capable students.
by Senators Brown, Liias, Roach, Dansel, Hobbs, Warnick, and Chase
Promoting economic recovery in the construction industry.
Addresses the increase of single-family residential construction.Requires the department of commerce to study and develop a report on the payment and collection of impact fees from school districts, county governments, and city governments associated with single-family residential construction building permits.Requires counties, cities, and towns collecting impact fees to adopt a permanent system for the collection of impact fees from applicants for certain residential building permits.
by Senator Hargrove
Concerning costs related to managed health care systems providing integrated medical and behavioral health services in a regional service area.
Requires the research and data division of the department of social and health services, if a managed health care system contracts to provide integrated medical and behavioral health services in a regional service area, to determine semiannually whether costs in the regional service area related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child abuse and neglect have risen relative to increases experienced in other areas of the state since the managed health care system assumed the contract for services in that region.
by Senator Hargrove
Concerning diversion of nonfelony charges when a party has raised the issue of competency to stand trial.
Authorizes a prosecutor, if a defendant is charged with a nonfelony offense and the issue of competency to stand trial is raised, to continue with the competency process or dismiss the charges without prejudice and refer the defendant to an outpatient intensive treatment, residential treatment, or supportive housing program.
by Senators Chase and Liias
Concerning paint stewardship.
Creates an architectural paint recovery program that will be enforced by the department of ecology.Requires all producers of architectural paint selling in or into the state to participate in an approved state paint stewardship plan.Prohibits a producer or paint retailer from selling architectural paint in the state unless the producer or brand of architectural paint is participating in an approved stewardship plan.Exempts from disclosure under the public records act, records filed with the department of ecology under this act that a court has determined are confidential valuable commercial information.Creates the paint product stewardship account.
by Senators Sheldon, Dammeier, and Chase
Exempting school districts from the state portion of sales and use taxes on school construction.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption to school districts for labor and materials used for qualifying construction.
by Senator Dammeier
Relating to education.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to education.
by Senators Sheldon and Hobbs
Concerning state-owned aquatic lands.
Addresses leases for water-dependent uses and nonwater-dependent uses of tidelands and shorelands abutting the beds of navigable waters.
by Senators Chase, McAuliffe, Hasegawa, and Conway
Requiring music education in elementary schools.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Promote the adoption of school-based curricula and policies that provide quality daily music education for all elementary school students; and(2) Encourage policies that provide all elementary school students with opportunities for musical activities.Requires school districts that do not already offer at least one hundred minutes per week of instruction in music in their elementary schools to begin to increase the number of hours of music offered in elementary schools so that, by the 2022-2023 school year, every elementary school student has the opportunity to receive at least one hundred minutes per week of instruction in music.Requires schools receiving all-day kindergarten program support to provide a curriculum that provides experiences in music.
by Senators Brown, Hewitt, and Warnick
Exempting from the prevailing wage laws work performed or funded for projects involved in gang prevention.
Exempts from prevailing wage laws, public works projects related to gang prevention.
by Senator Miloscia
Creating the office of homeless youth prevention programs.
Establishes the homeless youth prevention act.Creates the office of homeless youth prevention programs within the department of social and health services to: (1) Reduce the number of new homeless and runaway youth;(2) Decrease the number of existing homeless youth; and(3) Increase reconciliation rates with the homeless youth's parents or guardians.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct a review of state-funded programs that serve unaccompanied homeless youth.Requires a state homeless youth alert database to be established identifying all homeless or runaway youth.Changes the name of the homeless families services fund to the Washington youth and families fund.
by Senators O'Ban, Kohl-Welles, Miloscia, Fraser, Fain, Padden, Hasegawa, Litzow, Dammeier, Chase, and Conway
Establishing a statewide training program on human trafficking laws for criminal justice personnel.
Requires the office of crime victims advocacy to establish a statewide training program on Washington's human trafficking laws for criminal justice personnel.
by Senators Brown, Warnick, and Chase
Creating a joint legislative task force on fostering innovation and retaining and creating jobs in Washington.
Creates the legislative task force on fostering innovation and retaining and creating jobs in Washington and requires the task force to review current efforts to promote job retention and creation in this state and compare those programs to other states and regions to find best practices for fostering an ecosystem of innovation in this state to retain and attract new investments in high growth, high skill, and high demand industries.Expires June 30, 2016.
by Senators Parlette and Frockt
Concerning biological products.
Addresses the prescription of biological products and interchangeable biological products.
by Senators Frockt, Kohl-Welles, Nelson, Hasegawa, Jayapal, and Chase
Modifying who qualifies for the rebate program of certain transportation benefit districts.
Revises the definition of "low income" for purposes of a transportation benefit district's rebate program.
by Senator Parlette
Addressing the farm internship pilot project.
Includes Okanogan county in the farm internship pilot project.