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 Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representative Morris)
Concerning biometric identifiers.
Prohibits capturing a biometric identifier of an individual for a commercial purpose unless certain conditions are met.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, Wilcox, and Bergquist)
Authorizing membership in the teachers' retirement system for certificated employees of the superintendent of public instruction.
Authorizes certificated employees of the superintendent of public instruction to become members of the teachers' retirement system.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Takko and Kochmar)
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 House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Orwall, Hurst, Blake, Stokesbary, Tarleton, Walsh, Kirby, Appleton, G. Hunt, Pettigrew, Jinkins, Carlyle, Fey, Ortiz-Self, Senn, Walkinshaw, Moeller, Kilduff, Robinson, Van De Wege, Stanford, Ryu, Lytton, Sells, Riccelli, Kagi, Bergquist, Clibborn, Santos, Buys, and Gregerson)
Concerning the sexual exploitation of minors.
Assesses a fee, on a person who is convicted of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, of one thousand dollars for each depiction or image of visual or printed matter that constitutes a separate conviction.Creates the internet crimes against children account.Requires one-third of unclaimed prize money in the state lottery account to be deposited in the internet crimes against children account.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, G. Hunt, Van De Wege, Harris, Cody, Holy, Jinkins, Clibborn, Robinson, Walkinshaw, Peterson, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Bergquist, Tarleton, Farrell, Moeller, S. Hunt, Tharinger, Stanford, and Gregerson)
Requiring critical congenital heart disease screening for newborns.
Requires a hospital prior to discharge of an infant born in the hospital, or a health care provider attending a birth outside of a hospital, to: (1) Perform critical congenital heart disease screening using pulse oximetry according to recommended American academy of pediatrics guidelines;(2) Record the results of the screening test in the newborn's medical record; and(3) If the screening test indicates a suspicion of abnormality, refer the newborn for appropriate care and report the test results to the newborn's attending physician and parent or guardian.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Zeiger, Fey, Stambaugh, Takko, Van De Wege, Stokesbary, Griffey, and Reykdal)
Granting fire protection districts and regional fire protection service authorities biennial budget authority.
Authorizes fire protection districts and regional fire protection service authorities to adopt a biennial budget with a mid-biennium review and modification for the second year of the biennium in lieu of adopting an annual budget.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Stambaugh, Jinkins, Nealey, Hurst, Kilduff, Reykdal, Wilson, and Sawyer)
Allowing for an arrest without a warrant when a police officer has probable cause to believe a person has violated certain temporary protection orders.
Authorizes a peace officer to arrest without a warrant and take into custody a person whom the peace officer has probable cause to believe has violated any temporary order for protection granted under chapter 7.40 RCW (injunctions) pursuant to chapter 74.34 RCW (abuse of vulnerable adults).
by Representatives Kirby, Rodne, Goodman, and Walkinshaw
Revising the authority to charge fees in courts of limited jurisdiction.
Authorizes courts of limited jurisdiction to impose jury fees as set forth for superior courts.Authorizes a municipal court to impose fees in civil and criminal actions as provided in district court.Authorizes fees in civil and criminal cases to be taxed as provided in district court.
by Representatives Orwall, Kochmar, Goodman, Moscoso, Young, Zeiger, Harmsworth, and Santos
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 Representatives MacEwen and Schmick
Eliminating certificate of need requirements for kidney disease treatment centers in rural counties.
Eliminates certificate of need requirements for kidney disease treatment centers in rural counties.
by Representatives Kagi, Walsh, and Santos
Concerning health and safety requirements for child care programs that serve school-age children.
Specifies that certain health and safety requirements for child care programs that serve school-age children shall impose no additional requirements than the health and safety standards established by the department of health for primary and secondary schools.Exempts certain child care programs from licensing requirements regarding a prohibition on the use of window blinds or other window coverings with pull cords or inner cords.
by Representative MacEwen
Addressing veterans' preferences.
Addresses veterans' preferences with regard to veterans who voluntarily retire with at least twenty years of active military service.
by Representative Appleton
Allowing expansion of public facilities districts formed before July 31, 2002.
Allows the expansion of public facilities districts that were formed before July 31, 2002.
by Representatives Kirby and Vick
Addressing the collection of fees in connection with making consumer loans.
Revises the consumer loan act with regard to the collection of fees when making consumer loans.
by Representatives Tharinger, Vick, Van De Wege, and Orcutt
Providing a public utilities tax credit for forest derived biomass used to produce energy.
Provides a forest derived biomass public utility tax credit.
by Representatives Takko and Rodne
Authorizing organizations representing vehicle dealers to process vehicle certificates of title and registrations.
Requires the director of the department of licensing to authorize an organization representing vehicle dealers to process and issue vehicle certificates of title and registrations.
by Representatives Muri and Magendanz
Concerning autonomous vehicle testing in designated areas.
Exempts from chapter 46.61 RCW (rules of the road), vehicles used in autonomous vehicle testing and persons involved in the testing, if the testing occurs within the boundaries of Joint Base Lewis-McChord military base and with the prior written approval of the joint base garrison.
by Representatives Kretz, Blake, Short, Dent, and Schmick
Requiring the department of fish and wildlife to update the 2011 wolf conservation and management plan to ensure the establishment of a self-sustaining population of gray wolves while also ensuring social tolerance of wolf recovery.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to engage in a process to amend the existing wolf conservation and management plan to better address the wolf recovery rate and uneven distribution of wolves in northeast Washington that has occurred since the initial adoption of the plan.Expires June 30, 2018.
by Representatives Hargrove, Shea, McCaslin, Buys, Wilson, Scott, Haler, Zeiger, Parker, Dent, Young, Short, Harmsworth, Walsh, and Schmick
Concerning the foster care licensing requirement to provide proof of influenza immunizations.
Prohibits the department of social and health services from denying a license to serve foster children for lacking proof of influenza immunizations for individuals living in the foster home.
by Representatives Springer, Manweller, Pettigrew, Harris, Kilduff, S. Hunt, Bergquist, Lytton, Tharinger, and Santos
Creating the Washington small business retirement marketplace.
Creates the Washington small business retirement marketplace.Requires the director of the department of commerce to contract with a private sector entity to establish a program that connects eligible employers with qualifying plans.Requires the department of financial institutions, upon request of the department of commerce, to review individual retirement account products proposed for inclusion in the Washington small business retirement marketplace to confirm that the products comply with certain requirements.Prohibits the department of commerce from offering and operating a state-based retirement plan for businesses or individuals who are not employed in this state.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Angel, Darneille, Dammeier, Keiser, Parlette, Cleveland, Bailey, and Chase)
Providing access to the prescription drug monitoring database for clinical laboratories.
Authorizes the department of health to provide data in the prescription monitoring program to the personnel in certain test sites.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Habib and King)
Concerning referral of medical cases to occupational therapists.
Addresses state-licensed optometrists' referrals of medical cases to occupational therapists.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators McAuliffe, Litzow, Rolfes, McCoy, Billig, Darneille, Kohl-Welles, Frockt, and Fraser)
Enacting the sudden cardiac arrest awareness act.
Establishes the sudden cardiac arrest awareness act.Requires the Washington interscholastic activities association to work with member schools' board of directors, a nonprofit organization that educates communities about sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes, and the University of Washington medicine center for sports cardiology to develop and make available an online pamphlet that provides youth athletes, their parents or guardians, and coaches with information about sudden cardiac arrest.Requires private nonprofit organizations that use school property to provide a statement of compliance with the policies for sudden cardiac arrest awareness.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Frockt, Becker, Bailey, Rivers, and Brown)
Concerning the membership of the health technology clinical committee.
Requires at least one member of the health technology clinical committee to be appointed by the Washington state medical association, and be a medical expert in the use of technology being considered by the committee.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Angel and Frockt)
Authorizing palliative care in conjunction with treatment or management of serious or life-threatening illness.
Provides that persons seeking palliative care services in conjunction with treatment or management of serious or life-threatening illness need not be homebound in order to be eligible for insurance coverage.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Mullet, Fain, Litzow, Billig, Frockt, Keiser, and Habib)
Regarding the financial education public-private partnership.
Changes the composition and duties of the financial education public-private partnership.Authorizes teachers appointed as members by the superintendent of public instruction to be paid travel expenses from funds available in the financial education public-private partnership account.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Integrate financial education skills and content knowledge into the state essential academic learning requirements; and(2) After consulting with the partnership, make available to all school districts a list of courses that align with the financial education standards integrated into the state essential academic learning requirements.Requires school districts to provide students in grades nine through twelve the opportunity to access the a financial education standards.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Parlette, Warnick, Keiser, Jayapal, and Braun)
Creating a silver alert system.
Requires the Washington state patrol to develop and implement a silver alert plan for voluntary cooperation between local, state, tribal, and other law enforcement agencies, state government agencies, radio and television stations, and cable and satellite systems to enhance the public's ability to assist in recovering people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other mental disability.Authorizes a law enforcement agency to request a silver alert for a person if certain conditions apply.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Cleveland, Rivers, Keiser, Angel, Chase, and Bailey)
Allowing practitioners to prescribe and distribute prepackaged emergency medications to emergency room patients when a pharmacy is not available.
Authorizes a hospital to allow a practitioner to prescribe prepackaged emergency medications and allow a practitioner or a registered nurse to distribute prepackaged emergency medications to patients being discharged from a hospital emergency department during times when community or outpatient hospital pharmacy services are not available within fifteen miles by road.
by Senators Dansel and Benton
Providing for the partial delisting of the gray wolf by the fish and wildlife commission.
Prohibits the fish and wildlife commission from designating or maintaining a designation for the gray wolf as an endangered, threatened, or sensitive species in any area of the state where the gray wolf was removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife.
by Senators Hasegawa and Frockt
Establishing the family medicine residency training program.
Creates a family medicine residency training grant program to increase: (1) The number of family medicine residency positions at community health centers; and(2) The number of family medicine physicians working in underserved settings.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct a performance audit and evaluation of the grant program.Imposes an additional tax of seven and one-half cents per pack on the sale, use, consumption, handling, possession, and distribution of cigarettes.Creates the family medicine residency training account.
by Senators Dansel and Benton
Concerning a pilot program for cougar control.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife, in cooperation and collaboration with the county legislative authorities of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan, Okanogan, and Klickitat counties, to recommend rules to establish a five-year pilot program within select game management units of these counties, to pursue or kill cougars with the aid of dogs.Authorizes a county legislative authority to request inclusion in the pilot project after taking certain actions.Expires July 1, 2020.
by Senators Rivers, Rolfes, Litzow, Dammeier, and Angel
Concerning certification of adjunct faculty as common school substitute teachers.
Requires the professional educator standards board to amend or adopt rules that provide for issuance of the certification necessary to serve as substitute teachers, other than emergency substitute certification, to adjunct faculty currently employed in institutions of higher education who meet certain criteria.
by Senators McAuliffe, Rivers, Rolfes, Litzow, Mullet, Dammeier, Billig, and Fain
Concerning an outcome evaluation of the national guard youth challenge program.
Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct a longitudinal outcome evaluation of the national guard youth challenge program to determine the impact of the program on students as they proceed through high school and into postsecondary education or their careers.Expires August 15, 2017.
by Senators Roach and 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 thirteen months before the election.
by Senators Hill, Rivers, Litzow, Bailey, Braun, Brown, Parlette, Hewitt, and Benton
Implementing the periodic review of state spending programs.
Requires new statutory state spending programs to include an expiration date that is no more than ten years from the effective date of the spending program.Requires a bill that enacts a new statutory state spending program to include a state spending performance statement.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to review new statutory state spending programs according to a schedule developed by the committee.
by Senators Rivers, Cleveland, and Benton
Concerning protection of incapacitated persons and vulnerable adults.
Specifies that, upon receipt of a complaint and investigation thereof, or for other good reason, the office of the attorney general or the department of social and health services has standing to petition the court to modify or terminate a guardianship with regard to incapacitated persons.Requires the office of the attorney general to investigate a complaint for theft or financial exploitation against an incapacitated person by the appointed guardian.Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Investigate a complaint, and bring an action to protect a vulnerable adult, where the vulnerable adult is an incapacitated person and the complaint alleges theft or financial exploitation against the incapacitated person by the appointed guardian; and(2) Establish an elder justice center at two demonstration sites, one of which must be located in Clark county and the other located in Spokane county.Creates the crime of theft by a guardian of an incapacitated person's property or services.
by Senators Rivers, Rolfes, Hill, McAuliffe, Litzow, Benton, Conway, and Frockt
Establishing a comprehensive initiative to expand learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities in Washington state using multiple strategies and statewide partnerships.
Creates the commission on improving outcomes for students with disabilities to develop a ten-year strategic plan to expand learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes for all students with disabilities.
by Senators Becker, Frockt, Bailey, Parlette, Rivers, Baumgartner, Dammeier, Sheldon, Braun, Angel, Warnick, King, and Fain
Creating a training program in integrated care psychiatry.
Requires the department of health and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington to develop and operate a training program in integrated care psychiatry.
by Senator Braun
Creating Washington state wrestling special license plates.
Creates Washington state wrestling special license plates to provide funds to the Washington state wrestling foundation for new and existing college wrestling programs.
by Senators Baumgartner, Padden, Sheldon, Benton, Dansel, Brown, Braun, Angel, Bailey, Warnick, Miloscia, Honeyford, Roach, Pearson, and Hewitt
Limiting the expenditure of funds on the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project.
Prohibits the department of transportation, if a new revenue package is passed by the legislature after January 1, 2015, from expending any funds from the new revenue package on the state route number 99 Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project.
by Senators Braun and Baumgartner
Ensuring the accuracy of prevailing wage survey data provided by interested parties.
Requires the department of labor and industries, when an interested party submits a wage survey form on behalf of a contractor or employer and the contractor or employer has not signed the survey form, to send a copy of the form to the contractor or employer whose hours and wages are included in the survey form and notify the contractor or employer of certain information.
by Senators Braun and Baumgartner
Creating a pilot project to determine the prevailing wage of certain trades.
Creates a pilot project to establish the prevailing rate of wage for the following trades: Cement masons, operating engineers, laborers in utilities construction, plasterers, telecommunications technicians, and divers.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee, in consultation with the department of labor and industries and the prevailing wage advisory committee, to conduct an assessment of the pilot project.Expires August 1, 2021.
by Senators Braun and Baumgartner
Creating an exemption from the intents and affidavits requirements when paying prevailing wages.
Exempts certain public works contractors and subcontractors from the requirement to submit a statement of intent to pay prevailing wages and an affidavit of wages paid.
by Senators Braun and Baumgartner
Exempting from the prevailing wage laws work performed or funded by nonprofit organizations.
Exempts from certain prevailing wage laws, any portion of work on a public works project that is performed or funded by a nonprofit organization.
by Senators Braun, Bailey, Hill, Becker, Fain, Miloscia, Parlette, Angel, Schoesler, Brown, Litzow, Warnick, Honeyford, Sheldon, Rivers, Roach, and Benton
Establishes the college affordability program to reduce tuition.
by Senator Braun
Reimbursing the criminal justice training commission for basic law enforcement training.
Requires a county or city agency that employs certain law enforcement personnel to reimburse the criminal justice training commission for the total cost of training its personnel.
by Senators Honeyford and Ranker
Concerning aquatic invasive species.
Addresses funding to enhance monitoring and prevention efforts and to implement the intent of the water resources reform and development act.