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=2016.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representative Blake)
Creating cost savings by providing administrative flexibility to the department of fish and wildlife in its implementation of Title 77 RCW while not directing any changes to resource management outcomes.
Provides administrative flexibility to the department of fish and wildlife in its implementation of Title 77 RCW while not directing any changes to resource management outcomes.
by House Committee on Appropriations (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.Authorizes the office of the superintendent of public instruction to convene a work group to determine how to reduce the sugar content in all school meals.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction, school districts, and affected schools to implement the provisions of this act only after funding is specifically provided for the purposes of this act, referencing this act by bill or chapter number, in a biennial or supplemental operating budget.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Jinkins, Johnson, Orwall, Appleton, Lytton, and Tharinger)
Concerning vulnerable adults.
Addresses vulnerable adults.Revises the definition for first, second, and third degree criminal mistreatment.Creates the crime of theft from a vulnerable adult.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Ortiz-Self, Tharinger, Moscoso, Orwall, and Gregerson)
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, based on the recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee.
Adopts policies and procedures to implement the following recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee: (1) Reduce the length of time students of color are excluded from school due to suspension and expulsion and provide students support for reengagement plans;(2) Enhance the cultural competence of current and future educators and classified staff;(3) Endorse all educators in English language learner and second language acquisition;(4) Account for the transitional bilingual instruction program instructional services provided to English language learner students;(5) Analyze the opportunity gap through deeper disaggregation of student demographic data;(6) Invest in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of educators of color; (7) Incorporate integrated student services and family engagement; and (8) Strengthen student transitions at each stage of the education development pathway.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Moscoso, Bergquist, S. Hunt, Haler, Orwall, Sawyer, Stanford, Walkinshaw, Appleton, Reykdal, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Fey, Jinkins, Wylie, Goodman, Ormsby, Farrell, Riccelli, Sells, Hudgins, Lytton, McBride, and Santos)
Enacting the Washington voting rights act.
Establishes the Washington voting rights act of 2016 to: (1) Authorize district-based elections;(2) Require redistricting and new elections in certain circumstances; and(3) Establish a cause of action to redress lack of voter opportunity.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Harmsworth, Bergquist, Hayes, Morris, Moscoso, Pollet, Vick, Wilson, Van Werven, and Haler)
Concerning the filing of vehicle reports of sale.
Protects individuals from reports of sale filed with an incorrect buyer of a subsequently abandoned vehicle.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representative Klippert)
Increasing the punishment for vehicular homicide.
Provides that for a conviction of vehicular homicide, when the driver was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, an additional ten years shall be added to the sentence for each prior vehicular homicide conviction or an out-of-state conviction that would have been a conviction if committed in this state.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representative Hurst)
Concerning performance of personal services by members of the liquor industry to retailers.
Addresses members of the liquor industry's performance of personal services to retailers.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kirby, Vick, and Blake)
Concerning registered service contract and protection product guarantee providers.
Modifies provisions regarding protection product guarantee providers and registered service contract providers.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Lytton, Magendanz, Sullivan, Caldier, Kochmar, Rossetti, Muri, Haler, and Santos)
Concerning basic education obligations.
Creates the education funding task force to continue the work of the governor's informal work group to review the data and analysis provided by the consultant mentioned below and make recommendations to the legislature on implementing the program of basic education.Requires the state institute for public policy, in consultation with the education funding task force, to contract for independent professional consulting services to: (1) Collect K-12 public school staff total compensation data;(2) Identify market rate salaries that are comparable to each of the staff types in the prototypical school funding model; and(3) Provide analysis regarding whether a local labor market adjustment formula should be implemented and if so which market adjustment factors and methods should be used.Requires the superintendent of public instruction to collect, and school districts and other applicable local education agencies to provide, compensation data necessary to implement this act with sufficient time for the consultant to accomplish the required work.Requires that legislative action be taken by the end of the 2017 session to eliminate school district dependency on local levies for implementation of the state's program of basic education.Makes appropriations.Expires June 30, 2017.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, McCaslin, Ortiz-Self, Senn, McBride, Robinson, and Bergquist)
Studying public access to library services in local jurisdictions across Washington.
Requires the department of commerce to conduct a study on library access in the state.
by Representatives Cody, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, Reykdal, Sells, Robinson, Gregerson, Moscoso, Tarleton, S. Hunt, and Kuderer
Addressing workplace bullying by making it an unfair practice to subject an employee to an abusive work environment.
Provides that it is an unfair practice to subject an employee to an abusive work environment.
by Representative MacEwen
Concerning alien victims of certain qualifying criminal activity.
Requires a certifying official from a certifying entity, on request of a victim or victim's family member, to certify victim helpfulness on the form certification, when the victim was a victim of a qualifying criminal activity and has been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful to the detection or investigation or prosecution of that qualifying criminal activity.Prohibits a certifying entity from disclosing the immigration status of a victim or person requesting the form certification, unless certain conditions are met.Defines "certifying entity" as any: (1) State or local law enforcement agency;(2) Prosecutor;(3) Judge;(4) Other authority that has responsibility for the detection, investigation, or prosecution of a qualifying crime or qualifying criminal activity; or(5) Agency that has criminal detection or investigative jurisdiction in their respective areas of expertise, including the department of fish and wildlife, the gambling commission, and the state fire marshal's office.
by Representatives Moscoso, Dye, Manweller, Schmick, Shea, and Condotta
Limiting oil spill contingency planning requirements to those railroads that haul crude oil or petroleum products.
Limits oil spill contingency planning requirements to those railroads that haul crude oil or petroleum products.
by Representatives Zeiger, Kirby, Stokesbary, Stambaugh, and Hickel
Addressing unlawful activities on certain properties.
Includes, in the crime of criminal trespass in the first degree, a person who is a tenant by sufferance, or resides at a rental property and is not listed as a tenant on a rental agreement or as a guest, and who refuses to surrender possession of the premises to the owner or vacate the property.Creates the crime of criminal trespass of a dwelling in foreclosure.Authorizes an owner or agent of the owner, who has demanded a tenant by sufferance to vacate the owner's property, to request law enforcement to remove the tenant by sufferance as a trespasser.Requires a law enforcement agency that has found that a tenant or other resident of a dwelling unit is engaged in criminal street gang activity or human trafficking, or has been called to a rental property to investigate criminal street gang activity or human trafficking, to make an attempt to discover the identity of the landlord and notify the landlord of the criminal street gang activity or human trafficking.
by Representatives Clibborn and Moscoso
Concerning wholesale vehicle dealers.
Modifies provisions relating to wholesale vehicle dealers.
by Representatives Kirby and Ryu
Making the unlawful possession of instruments of financial fraud a crime.
Includes in the crime of unlawful possession of instruments of financial fraud, possession of a device that has the ability to capture, read, scan, store, record, transmit, or receive financial information from an access device, with the intent to commit financial fraud.
by Representatives Klippert and Haler
Prohibiting marijuana, alcohol, or other intoxicant, or a cell phone while confined or incarcerated in a state correctional institution.
Addresses the prohibition of narcotic drugs and controlled substances while confined or incarcerated in a county, local, or state correctional institution.
by Representative Vick
Clarifying actual utility costs of a landlord under the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act.
Revises the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act to clarify that a landlord's actual utility costs include all expenses incurred by the landlord to provide the utility to the tenant, including repair, replacement, maintenance, and administrative expenses.
by Representatives Hargrove and Magendanz
Funding state charter schools by creating a business and occupation tax credit to incentivize businesses to donate revenue to a charter school fund.
Authorizes a business and occupation tax credit and a public utility tax credit for approved contributions that are made by a person to the Washington charter school account.Requires applications for tax credits to be made to the department of revenue before making a contribution to the Washington charter school account.Creates the Washington charter school account.
by Representatives Peterson, Ortiz-Self, Tarleton, Stanford, Buys, and Santos
Concerning electronic product recycling.
Requires the Washington materials management and financing authority, in procuring goods and services, to be guided by the policies and procedures applicable to state agencies under chapter 39.26 RCW (procurement of goods and services).Requires two members of the board of directors of the Washington materials management and financing authority to be representatives of companies engaged in the collection and transporting of discarded electronic products, at least one of which must be an employee or owner of a mini or micro-owned business enterprise; and requires one board member to be a representative of organizations advocating for increasing the recycling and reuse of discarded electronic products.
by Representatives Blake and Rossetti
Requiring issuers to accept payments made by businesses solely owned by an enrollee.
Requires an issuer to accept any payments made by a business solely owned by an enrollee of an individual market health plan.
by Representatives Sells, Moscoso, and Tarleton
Modifying the issuance of collector vehicle license plates.
Requires a collector vehicle license plate assigned by the department of licensing to be issued to a person applying for a collector vehicle license plate for a vehicle manufactured in or after 1987.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senator Honeyford)
Concerning water banking.
Prohibits the department of ecology from using water banking to provide for mitigation of water resource impacts unless an adequate water supply is available for the purpose of providing mitigation.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Include a schedule or table for each water bank that shows: (a) The amount charged for mitigation; (b) the priority date of water made available for mitigation; and (c) the amount of water made available for mitigation; and(2) Update the schedule or table on a quarterly basis, using information provided to it by each water bank.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, Ranker, Fraser, and Sheldon; by request of Pollution Liability Insurance Agency)
Concerning the authority of the pollution liability insurance agency.
Requires the pollution liability insurance agency to establish an underground storage tank revolving loan and grant program to assist owners and operators of petroleum underground storage tank systems to: (1) Remediate past releases;(2) Upgrade, replace, or remove petroleum underground storage tank systems to prevent future releases; and(3) Install new infrastructure or retrofit existing infrastructure for dispensing renewable or alternative energy.Provides a July 1, 2030, expiration date for the program.Delays, until July 1, 2030, the expiration of: (1) Chapter 70.148 RCW (underground petroleum storage tanks);(2) Chapter 70.149 RCW (the heating oil pollution liability protection act); and(3) Chapter 82.23A RCW (petroleum products--underground storage tank program funding).Creates the pollution liability insurance agency underground storage tank revolving account.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, O'Ban, Fain, Darneille, Rivers, Becker, Conway, and Hargrove)
Creating the Washington achieving a better life experience program.
Creates the achieving a better life experience program.Creates the Washington achieving a better life experience program account.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Keiser, Cleveland, Miloscia, and Chase)
Allowing the prescription of a schedule II controlled substance to treat a binge eating disorder.
Allows schedule II controlled substances to be prescribed for the treatment of binge eating disorder.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Benton, Mullet, and Angel; by request of Department of Financial Institutions)
Addressing the securities act of Washington.
Clarifies and makes technical regulatory changes to the securities act of Washington.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Bailey, Rivers, Conway, and Sheldon)
Addressing student volunteers and unpaid students.
Modifies provisions regarding the inclusion of student volunteers and unpaid students as employees or workers for purposes of medical aid benefits.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Billig, and Baumgartner)
Addressing the rights of dissenting members of cooperative associations in certain mergers.
Prohibits a member of a rural electric association from dissenting from or obtaining payment of the fair value of the member's share in a merger to which the association is a party, if all members of the association have the right to continue their membership status in the surviving association on substantially similar terms.
by Senators Warnick, Padden, Roach, and Benton
Allowing the use of gender-segregated facilities.
Provides that nothing in the state civil rights act prohibits a public or private entity from limiting access to a private facility segregated by gender to a person if the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a different gender from that for which the facility is segregated.
by Senators Conway, Hobbs, Rolfes, Darneille, Parlette, Billig, Fraser, McAuliffe, Chase, Keiser, Mullet, Frockt, and Habib
Addressing the availability of retired teachers as substitutes.
Authorizes certain teachers in plan 2 or plan 3 of the teachers' retirement system who have retired under alternate early retirement provisions to be employed with an employer that has documented a shortage of certified substitute teachers for up to six hundred thirty hours per school year without suspension of his or her benefit.
by Senators Pedersen, Becker, Cleveland, Keiser, Frockt, Conway, Chase, Carlyle, and Roach
Allowing access to investigational products by terminally ill patients participating in clinical trials.
Allows a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to: (1) Make the drug, product, or device available to eligible patients; and(2) Provide the drug, product, or device to an eligible patient without receiving compensation; or(3) Require an eligible patient to pay the costs of, or the costs associated with, the manufacture of the drug, product, or device.Allows a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for the cost of the drug, product, or device.States that an official, employee, or agent of the state who blocks or attempts to block an eligible patient's access to an investigational drug, biological product, or device is guilty of a misdemeanor.
by Senators Warnick, Becker, Pearson, Angel, Brown, and Schoesler
Concerning a notice of violation for discharges from agricultural activity on agricultural land based on information provided to the department of ecology by a third party.
Requires the department of ecology, if it issues a notice of violation related to discharges from agricultural activity on agricultural land, based on information provided to the department by a third party, to, upon request, provide the name of the third party to the person receiving the notice of violation.Prohibits the department of ecology from investigating a suspected discharge from agricultural activity on agricultural land based on information provided by an anonymous third party.
by Senators McAuliffe, Chase, Dammeier, and Frockt
Providing school districts with an assessment inventory tool to streamline the assessment system.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Obtain an existing student assessment inventory tool and distribute it to each school district; and(2) Take all necessary steps to access federal grant funding to audit state and local student assessment systems.Requires each school district to: (1) Use the student assessment inventory tool to: (a) Identify the student assessments administered within the district; and (b) ascertain the amount of student time that is spent taking each assessment; and(2) Report the gathered information to the state institute for public policy.Requires the state institute for public policy to: (1) Determine the minimum amount of assessment information necessary for essential diagnostic, instructional, and federal, state, and school district accountability purposes;(2) Evaluate the school district information to determine whether each assessment is providing the information necessary for its specific purposes; and(3) Identify assessments that are duplicative or unnecessary.
by Senators Liias, Roach, and McCoy
Providing for improving emergency preparedness by expanding continuity of operations planning.
Requires the adjutant general to also lead the development and management of a program for interagency coordination and prioritization of continuity of operations planning by school districts.Requires the adjutant general, in consultation with the emergency management council, to develop: (1) Model continuity of operations plans for use by state agencies and school districts; and(2) A program to assist state agencies and school districts in developing continuity of operations plans.
by Senators Benton, Pedersen, Padden, Darneille, and Miloscia
Providing an aggravating circumstance for assault against a utility worker.
Expands the list of aggravating circumstances that a court may consider when imposing an exceptional sentence above the standard sentencing range to include when the current offense involved the assault of a utility worker or employee of a publicly or privately owned utility company or agency, who was at the time of the act, engaged in official duties.
by Senators Rolfes, Cleveland, Jayapal, Darneille, and Keiser
Increasing the personal needs allowance for persons receiving state-financed care.
Requires the personal needs allowance to be adjusted for economic trends and conditions by increasing the allowance by the percentage cost-of-living adjustment for old-age, survivors, and disability social security benefits as published by the federal social security administration.
by Senators Padden and Miloscia
Concerning the use of surety treatment bonds.
Authorizes a specialty or therapeutic court to require a surety treatment bond to ensure the participation of a juvenile or adult offender in a treatment program that addresses the offender's particular needs.
by Senator Darneille
Reestablishing the juvenile justice partnership council under the administrative office of the courts.
Creates the Washington state partnership council on juvenile justice, with membership to conform to the requirements of the federal juvenile justice and delinquency prevention act.Designates the partnership council as the primary advisory state-planning group for matters pertaining to juvenile justice in the state.Requires the administrative office of the courts to convene the partnership council and provide staff support.
by Senators Parlette and Cleveland
Allowing a hospital pharmacy license to include individual practitioner offices and multipracitioner clinics owned and operated by a hospital and ensuring such offices and clinics are inspected according to the level of service provided.
Declares an intent to make clear: (1) The legislature's directive to the pharmacy quality assurance commission and the department of health to allow hospital pharmacy licenses to include individual practitioner offices and multipractitioner clinics owned and operated by a hospital; and(2) That the offices and clinics are regulated, inspected, and investigated according to the level of service provided.Requires the department of health, if it determines that rules are necessary for the immediate implementation of the inspection standards, to adopt rules under the expedited rule-making process.
by Senator Chase
Establishing a progressive income tax.
Establishes a state income tax.Reduces the state sales tax.Eliminates the state property tax.Takes effect January 1, 2018, if the proposed amendment to Article VII of the state Constitution, authorizing income taxes, is approved by the voters at a general election held in November 2016.
by Senator Chase
Requiring acceptance of additional high school equivalency tests.
Establishes the GED fairness act.Declares an intent to ensure that adults who want to earn a high school equivalency certificate have access to a test option that is appropriate, low cost, and flexible.Requires the state board for community and technical colleges to identify: (1) At least two test options, at least one of which is low cost to the student and at least one test option that does not require computer proficiency and is fairly normed to the actual academic ability of current high school seniors, such that at least sixty percent of high school seniors can pass the high school equivalency test; and(2) At least one test option that is appropriate for students who have been in the workforce, need a high school diploma for employment reasons, have been incarcerated, or were in the military.
by Senators Jayapal, Rivers, Cleveland, Fain, Keiser, Miloscia, Rolfes, Nelson, Litzow, Fraser, and Darneille
Concerning the statute of limitations for certain crimes.
Allows the following offenses to be prosecuted at any time after their commission: (1) Rape in the first degree;(2) Rape of a child in the first degree;(3) Child molestation in the first degree;(4) Sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree; and(5) Custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree.Allows the following violations, when committed against a victim under the age of eighteen, to be prosecuted up to twenty years after the victim reaches the age of majority: (1) Rape in the second degree;(2) Rape of a child in the second or third degree;(3) Child molestation in the second and third degree;(4) Indecent liberties;(5) Incest; or(6) Sexual exploitation of a minor.Prohibits the offense of rape in the third degree from being prosecuted more than six years after its commission or discovery, whichever occurs later.
by Senators Frockt, Cleveland, Jayapal, Darneille, Chase, Hasegawa, and Keiser
Requiring an HPV immunization report.
Requires the secretary of the department of health to report to the legislative health care committees on HPV vaccine utilization.
by Senators Becker, Dammeier, Keiser, and Roach
Criminalizing female genital mutilation.
Creates the crime of female genital mutilation.Provides that conviction of female genital mutilation constitutes unprofessional conduct under the uniform disciplinary act.
by Senators O'Ban, Fain, Keiser, McAuliffe, Hobbs, Conway, Angel, Frockt, and Warnick
Providing protections for persons with developmental disabilities.
Improves and standardizes assessment standards to be used by the developmental disabilities administration.Creates a near fatality review system to be conducted by the office of the state long-term care ombuds program.
by Senator O'Ban
Allowing the disclosure of health care information with persons with a close relationship with a patient.
Authorizes a health care provider or health care facility to disclose certain health care information about a patient, without the patient's authorization to the extent a recipient needs to know the information, if the disclosure is to a family member, a friend, or a person involved in the patient's care.
by Senator Carlyle
Concerning providers of networking services that do not provide information content.
Addresses the transmitting or receiving of gambling information.Provides that a provider of networking services is not in violation if the provider is not the information content provider.
by Senators Hobbs, Pearson, Liias, McCoy, and McAuliffe
Concerning the state route number 2 trestle.
Addresses the replacement of the state route number 2 trestle.Provides three million dollars to the department of transportation to conduct preliminary environmental, design, and cost estimate work to begin the initial work referenced in the route development plan and create an opportunity to leverage both future state and federal funding to ultimately replace the state route number 2 trestle.
by Senator Warnick
Establishing a water discharge permit for concentrated animal feeding operations that is issued under the sole authority of state law.
Establishes the dairy farm and water resource sustainability act.Requires the department of ecology, in consultation with the department of agriculture, to establish a general permit that is available to concentrated animal feeding operations that discharge exclusively to groundwater.
by Senators Cleveland, Becker, Carlyle, Keiser, and Ranker
Creating a task force on patient out-of-pocket costs.
Creates the task force on patient out-of-pocket costs.Requires the department of health to convene the task force and coordinate task force meetings.Requires the task force to: (1) Evaluate factors contributing to the high out-of-pocket costs for patients including prescription drug cost trends, plan benefit design, specialty tiers, prescription drug cost-sharing structures, and prescription deductibles; and(2) Consider patient treatment adherence and the impacts on chronic illness and acute disease, with consideration of the long-term outcomes and costs for the patient.
by Senator Ericksen
Prioritizing the expenditure of funds associated with the model toxics control act for the cleanup of toxic pollution.
Manages the decline in revenue from the hazardous substance tax to the state toxics control account, the local toxics control account, and the environmental legacy stewardship account by setting a policy that prioritizes cleanup of toxic sites.Postpones the award of other projects, including grants and loans for controlling storm water pollution and grants for public participation.
by Senator Chase
Concerning implementation of the 2015 Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance.
Urges congress to expedite a bill to give the United States extraterritorial jurisdiction over preclearance officers in Canada in order to implement the 2015 agreement on land, rail, marine, and air transport preclearance.
by Senator Chase
Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to allow an income tax.