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 General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Smith, Hudgins, Hayes, Stanford, Moeller, Magendanz, and Buys)
Authorizing the state auditor to conduct audits of state government and local agencies' data storage and management practices thereby protecting privacy and securing personal information from computer hacking or misuse of data.
Authorizes the state auditor to conduct an audit of a state or local agency to determine if the agency's data management and storage practices are consistent with adopted standards.Requires state agencies and local governments to notify the state auditor of a computer breach.Requires the state auditor's office to consult with the office of the chief information officer and local governments in providing training on information security for state and local governments.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Appleton, Orwall, Robinson, Bergquist, Cody, Hudgins, Senn, Santos, and Fey)
Creating a silver alert system.
Includes a "silver alert" designation in the amber alert plan and the endangered missing person advisory plan.
by Representatives Van De Wege, Klippert, Carlyle, Fey, Goodman, Tarleton, Holy, Gregerson, Jinkins, Lytton, Stanford, Orwall, Kirby, Fitzgibbon, Sawyer, Ryu, Riccelli, and Morris; by request of Attorney General
Concerning the unauthorized interference of ticket sales over the internet.
Prohibits the use of software to circumvent, thwart, interfere with, or evade a security measure, access control system, or other control or measure on a ticket seller's internet web site.Prohibits the sale of software that is advertised for profit with the express purpose to circumvent, thwart, interfere with, or evade a security measure, access control system, or other control or measure on a ticket seller's internet web site.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Springer, Wilcox, Reykdal, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Hudgins, Lytton, McBride, Santos, Jinkins, Appleton, Tarleton, and Walkinshaw)
Concerning access to and creation of cultural and heritage programs and facilities.
Authorizes county legislative authorities to create a cultural access program.Authorizes a county to impose sales and use taxes or additional regular property tax levies for the purposes authorized in this act.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Wilcox, Reykdal, G. Hunt, Haler, Ortiz-Self, and Muri)
Providing immunity for school bus drivers.
Provides immunity from civil or criminal liability for school bus drivers for certain acts.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Harris, Wylie, Van De Wege, Johnson, Lytton, Fey, Riccelli, Jinkins, Buys, Cody, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, Hayes, Gregerson, and Short)
Concerning the regulation of adult family homes.
Requires the department of social and health services to charge a licensee a nonrefundable fee in the event of a change in ownership of an adult family home.Authorizes the department of social and health services to: (1) Authorize a one-time waiver of all or any portion of certain licensing, processing, or change of ownership fees if the department determines that an adult family home is being relicensed because of exceptional circumstances and that to require the full payment of the fees would present a hardship to the applicant; and(2) Under exceptional circumstances, consider granting a license to an applicant who has not completed the adult family home administration and business planning class but who meets all other requirements.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Harris, Jinkins, and Gregerson; by request of Department of Health)
Concerning remediation plans for licensed health and health-related professions to resolve eligible complaints of unprofessional conduct.
Authorizes a disciplining authority to, after investigation, offer a remediation plan to licensed health and health-related professions to resolve eligible complaints of unprofessional conduct.Requires the remediation plan to be posted on the department of health's web site during the term of the plan and requires the department to remove the posting from the web site after the disciplining authority determines that the license holder has successfully completed the remediation plan.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Van De Wege, S. Hunt, Pettigrew, Moeller, Tharinger, Bergquist, Fitzgibbon, Tarleton, Gregerson, Ormsby, Ryu, Stanford, Walkinshaw, and Farrell)
Creating a penalty for concealing the source of a campaign contribution.
Creates a penalty for concealing the source of a campaign contribution.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Harris and Cody)
Concerning radiology benefit managers.
Requires a radiology benefit manager, in order to conduct business in this state, to register with the department of revenue's business licensing service and annually renew the registration.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Clibborn, Springer, Johnson, Senn, Moeller, McBride, Walkinshaw, Caldier, and Fey)
Requiring notifications to patients in observation status at hospitals.
Requires a hospital to provide oral and written notification to a patient or patient's legal representative within twenty-four hours of classifying the patient as an outpatient in observation status unless the patient has been discharged or has left the hospital before the expiration of the twenty-four-hour period.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives G. Hunt, Goodman, Blake, Wilcox, Lytton, Taylor, Scott, Shea, Young, and McCaslin)
Prohibiting retail businesses from recording consumer identification information during transactions.
Prohibits an owner, manager, or employee of a retail store or chain from copying or recording a customer's personal information contained on a photo or other identification.
by House Committee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman and Moscoso; by request of Department of Corrections)
Creating an identicard program for certain incarcerated offenders.
Requires the department of corrections, in conjunction with the department of licensing, to provide offenders with a state-issued identicard.Requires an offender receiving a state-issued identicard to pay a fee of nine dollars to the department of corrections to offset the cost of obtaining the identicard.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Riccelli, Rodne, Bergquist, Moscoso, and Gregerson)
Requiring free infectious disease testing for good samaritans.
Allows testing of a good samaritan to be performed in order to guide postexposure prophylaxis treatment of the good samaritan if he or she came into contact with bodily fluids while rendering emergency care.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Taylor, Goodman, Pollet, Scott, Condotta, Shea, G. Hunt, Young, Moscoso, Smith, Ryu, Jinkins, Magendanz, Farrell, and McCaslin)
Prohibiting the use of a cell site simulator device without a warrant.
Prohibits the state and its political subdivisions, by means of a cell site simulator device, from collecting or using a person's electronic data or metadata without: (1) That person's informed consent;(2) A warrant; or(3) Acting in accordance with a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirements.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Zeiger, Senn, Walsh, Peterson, Stambaugh, Walkinshaw, Goodman, Muri, Pettigrew, Jinkins, Hudgins, Appleton, Robinson, Gregerson, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Clibborn, S. Hunt, Ryu, McBride, Sawyer, Stokesbary, Rodne, Young, Farrell, and Kilduff)
Concerning the sealing of juvenile records and fines imposed in juvenile cases.
Addresses the sealing of juvenile records and fines imposed in juvenile cases.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff and Muri)
Concerning the local option prohibition on the sale of liquor.
Addresses territory annexed into a city after passage of a liquor prohibition by that city.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Buys, Dunshee, DeBolt, and Stanford)
Regulating retainage bonds on public contracts.
Modifies public improvement contract provisions relating to retainage bonds.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Taylor, Goodman, Morris, Shea, Walkinshaw, Smith, Ryu, Appleton, Condotta, Moscoso, Kagi, Muri, Young, Scott, Schmick, G. Hunt, and Farrell)
Concerning technology-enhanced government surveillance.
Prohibits a state agency, including the Washington state patrol and the department of natural resources, from procuring an extraordinary sensing device unless money is expressly appropriated by the legislature for this specific purpose.Prohibits a local agency from procuring an extraordinary sensing device without the explicit approval of the governing body of the locality, given for that specific extraordinary sensing device to be used for a specific purpose.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Hurst, Fey, Stokesbary, Jinkins, Stambaugh, Kirby, Zeiger, and Sawyer)
Restricting conditional releases of sexually violent predators outside their county of origin.
Requires a court, before authorizing release to a less restrictive alternative, to consider whether it is appropriate to release a sexually violent predator to his or her county of commitment.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Walkinshaw, Griffey, Cody, Smith, Peterson, Magendanz, Riccelli, Stanford, Appleton, Robinson, Tharinger, and Jinkins)
Concerning access to opioid overdose medications.
Authorizes a practitioner to prescribe, dispense, distribute, and deliver an opioid overdose medication: (1) Directly to a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose; or(2) By collaborative drug therapy agreement, standing order, or protocol to another person who is in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.Authorizes a pharmacist to: (1) Dispense an opioid overdose medication pursuant to a prescription; and(2) Administer an opioid overdose medication to a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Condotta, and Moscoso; 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.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representative Appleton; by request of Department of Corrections)
Modifying provisions governing inmate funds subject to deductions.
Exempts from certain deduction requirements, money received by the department of corrections on behalf of an inmate from family or other outside sources for the payment of certain medical expenses.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Kirby, Goodman, Sawyer, and Van De Wege)
Concerning community policing at and around western state hospital.
Requires western state hospital to enter into a contract with the city in which it is located for the provision of community policing services at the hospital and in the surrounding areas.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Zeiger and Condotta)
Concerning the use of and possession of electronic or electromechanical amusement machines.
Defines a "material degree of skill" with regard to amusement games.Allows amusement games to contain random features.Authorizes the gambling commission to set fees to test games for compliance.
by Representatives Fitzgibbon and Santos
Modifying the appointment process for trustees and the selection process for librarians of rural county library districts in counties with one million or more residents.
Modifies rural county library district provisions relating to the appointment process for trustees and the selection process for librarians.
by Representatives Kilduff, Smith, Dunshee, and Stanford
Concerning public works assistance account program interest rates, project ranking, board membership, and other requirements.
Changes the composition of the public works board.Modifies public works projects provisions relating to interest rates for loan programs and the priority process for certain projects.
by Representatives Robinson, Sells, Sullivan, Pollet, Reykdal, Tharinger, Bergquist, Moscoso, and Santos
Providing accountability and transparency for aerospace-related tax incentives.
Establishes the aerospace tax incentive accountability act.Declares it is the legislature's specific public policy objective to maintain and grow the state's aerospace industry workforce to one hundred thousand five hundred employment positions by 2040.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to assess: (1) Whether aerospace industry employment within the state is on target to reach an employment level of one hundred thousand five hundred by 2040; and(2) Growth in high-wage employment, as defined by an annual or hourly wage equal to or greater than the state median wage.
by Representatives Chandler, Pike, and Hudgins
Concerning the state auditor including allowing for audits to be conducted by a private entity and establishing an appeal process.
Authorizes local governments to request a financial audit from a private entity in lieu of an audit by the state auditor and requires the state auditor to approve the request.Allows state agencies and local governments to appeal the results of an audit pursuant to the administrative procedure act.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs and Benton)
Concerning unlawful detainer actions for at-will tenancies.
Provides that a person is guilty of unlawful detainer if he or she occupies real property with the prior consent of the owner but without a denominated rental amount or designated period of tenancy on an at-will basis and he or she fails to remove from the premises after twenty days' notice in writing served upon him or her.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, McCoy, Chase, Hatfield, and Keiser; by request of Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises)
Concerning the linked deposit program.
Requires the director of the office of minority and women's business enterprises, with regard to the linked deposit program, to adopt rules prioritizing loans to minority or women's business enterprises or veteran-owned businesses for certain applicants that are located in an underserved area of the state and do not currently have loans with other small business lending agencies.Requires a minority or women's business enterprise or veteran-owned business, in order to qualify for a loan, to demonstrate the loan will result in the creation of at least five jobs over the life of the loan.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Kohl-Welles, Roach, Conway, Braun, Baumgartner, Rolfes, O'Ban, McAuliffe, and Chase; by request of Governor Inslee)
Modifying the definition of resident student to comply with federal requirements established by the veterans access, choice, and accountability act of 2014.
Revises the definition of "resident student," for purposes of chapter 28B.15 RCW (college and university fees), to comply with federal requirements established by the veterans access, choice, and accountability act of 2014.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Braun, Parlette, McAuliffe, Benton, and Conway)
Creating a pilot program to improve care for catastrophically injured workers.
Requires the department of labor and industries to: (1) Implement a pilot program to substantially improve the health outcomes of catastrophically injured workers;(2) Partner with a medical management firm with substantial experience in handling catastrophic workers compensation cases; and(3) Refer catastrophically injured workers to the firm.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, Liias, Mullet, Litzow, Pedersen, Fain, Frockt, McAuliffe, Benton, Chase, and Jayapal; by request of Governor Inslee)
Requiring incentives for electric vehicle readiness in buildings.
Allows noncommercial electric vehicle infrastructure in areas zoned for multifamily residences and certain other areas.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs and Benton)
Concerning debt adjusters.
Modifies debt adjusting provisions relating to creditor contributions paid to debt adjusters by the creditors whose consumers receive debt adjusting services from the debt adjusters and pay down their debt accordingly.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner, Billig, Rivers, Keiser, Schoesler, Hatfield, Angel, King, Liias, Mullet, Dansel, Ericksen, Warnick, Honeyford, Brown, Hasegawa, Hewitt, and Chase)
Concerning higher education programs at Washington State University and the University of Washington.
Authorizes the board of regents of Washington State University to: (1) Establish, operate, and maintain a school of medicine at the university; and(2) Offer and teach medicine and forestry as major lines.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Litzow, Frockt, Darneille, McAuliffe, Liias, Dammeier, Fain, Keiser, Hasegawa, and Habib)
Creating procedures to address campus sexual violence.
Requires the state board for community and technical colleges to conduct a uniform campus climate assessment of community and technical colleges to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on community and technical college campuses.Requires institutions of higher education to: (1) Conduct a campus climate assessment to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on their campuses;(2) Make information available to current and prospective students and employees regarding campus sexual violence confidentiality and reporting requirements; and(3) Refrain from establishing a different disciplinary process on the same campus for a matter of sexual violence, based on the status or characteristics of the student involved in that disciplinary proceeding, including characteristics such as a student's membership on an athletic team, membership in a fraternity or sorority, academic year, or any other characteristics or status of a student.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Kohl-Welles, Hill, Conway, Rivers, Rolfes, Hargrove, and Chase)
Creating the certified public accounting scholarship program.
Creates the certified public accounting scholarship program to increase the number of students pursuing the certified public accounting license in the state.Creates the certified public accounting scholarship transfer account.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Roach, Becker, Padden, Conway, Hobbs, Angel, Honeyford, Pearson, Sheldon, and Hatfield)
Exempting certain firearms transfers involving licensed security guards from background check requirements.
Exempts from background check requirements, the transfer of a firearm between: (1) Private security guards;(2) The owner of the firearm and a private security guard; and(3) A person being trained to be a licensed security guard under the supervision of a certified firearms instructor.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Baumgartner, and Billig)
Allowing assessments for nuisance abatement in cities and towns.
Requires a city, town, or code city, that exercises its authority to abate a nuisance which threatens health or safety, to provide prior notice, sent by regular mail, to the property owner that abatement is pending and a special assessment may be levied on the property for the expense of abatement.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Baumgartner, Becker, Kohl-Welles, Parlette, Dammeier, Honeyford, Fain, Fraser, Darneille, McAuliffe, Pearson, Angel, Keiser, Chase, Sheldon, Hill, Jayapal, and Frockt)
Creating a task force on campus sexual violence prevention.
Requires the student achievement council, the state board for community and technical colleges, the council of presidents, the institutions of higher education, the private independent higher education institutions, state law enforcement, and the attorney general's office to collaborate to carry out certain goals with regard to campus sexual violence.Creates the task force on preventing campus sexual violence to coordinate and implement those goals.Expires July 1, 2017.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senator Ericksen)
Conducting remedial actions under the model toxics control act.
Addresses the model toxics control act with regard to requiring the department of ecology, in the event that a remedial action is appealed or challenged, to ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that any aspect of the remedial action not affected by the appeal or challenge may proceed on schedule while the appeal or challenge is pending.
by Senator Chase
Regulating the concentration of risky assets of insurers.
Regulates the concentration of risky assets of insurers.
by Senator Pearson
Concerning reimbursement to hospitals by the department of corrections.
Requires the department of corrections to reimburse a hospital for the full cost of providing certain services to inmates.
by Senator Chase
Limiting maximum capital and reserves accumulations by health care service contractors and health maintenance organizations.
Addresses accumulation of capital and reserves by health care service contractors and health maintenance organizations.
by Senators Liias, Pearson, and Hargrove
Concerning tax incentives for producers of cross-laminated timber products.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption for labor and services rendered in respect to the constructing of qualified new structures, and expansion or renovation of qualified existing structures, for the purpose of manufacturing cross-laminated timber products.Allows a business and occupation tax credit for all property taxes paid during the calendar year on property owned by a person qualifying for the sales and use tax exemption.Expires July 1, 2025.
by Senator Dansel
Concerning volunteer emergency workers volunteering with a nonprofit ambulance service provider.
Revises the definition of "emergency worker," for purposes of volunteer firefighters' and reserve officers' relief and pensions, to include a volunteer of a nonprofit emergency service provider.
by Senators Kohl-Welles, Fain, Billig, and Benton
Increasing Washington state's motion picture and film industry viability by increasing the tax credit available to certain motion picture activities.
Increases the business and occupation tax credit for contributions made by a person to a Washington motion picture competitiveness program.
by Senator Benton
Concerning the issuance of secure drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards.
Requires a person obtaining or renewing his or her driver's license, driver's instruction permit, agricultural driving permit, identicard, or intermediate license to show proof of his or her United States citizenship or his or her lawful presence within the United States.Repeals statutes regarding the implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 and compliance with federal REAL ID Act of 2005 requirements.
by Senator Miloscia
Establishing a living wage.
Provides that the state hereby occupies and preempts the entire field regarding wages, hours of work, employee retention, and leave from employment within the boundaries of the state.Prohibits a city, town, county, or port district from requiring, enforcing, or otherwise regulating any of the following for private employers: Payment of wages, hours of work, employee retention, or leave from employment.Provides for submission of this act to a vote of the people.
by Senators Chase, Roach, McCoy, Hasegawa, Miloscia, Padden, Dansel, and Benton
Concerning assessments in public schools.
Withdraws from the common core standards and returns to the prior Washington state essential academic learning requirements.Withdraws from the smarter balanced assessment consortium assessments and returns to the prior Washington state measurement of student progress assessments.Addresses student performance standards for the purpose of high school graduation.
by Senator Chase
Creating contractor reporting requirements for public works contracts awarded or managed by the department of enterprise services.
Requires public works contracts, awarded or managed by the department of enterprise services, to include a provision requiring the contractor and subcontractors on the project to submit the following information to the department at least twice per month: (1) Current and complete certified payroll information for all work on the project subject to prevailing wage requirements; and(2) Apprentice utilization information.
by Senator Miloscia
Revising procedures for petitions for adoption, amendment, or repeal of agency rules.
Requires an agency to notify a petitioner in writing if a person's petition requesting the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is denied.
by Senators Roach, Liias, and Benton
Establishing a task force to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses.
Creates the legislative task force on state and local regulations to examine the regulations that affect small businesses with fifty or fewer employees.Expires June 30, 2016.
by Senators Roach, Liias, Benton, and Conway
Increasing visibility of and public contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses.
Requires the director of the department of enterprise services to establish a process to facilitate the maximum participation of veteran-owned businesses in procurement contracts.Requires publicly viewable web sites and databases maintained by the department of enterprise services listing businesses for competitive solicitation purposes to include: (1) An application program interface for filtering to veteran-owned and minority and women's business enterprises businesses; and(2) An application program interface for state agencies to certify that the process established by the director has been followed.