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 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.
Requires a peace officer responding to a report of threatened or attempted suicide to notify a designated mental health professional agency that the person who is the subject of the report may be in need of a mental health evaluation if: (1) The officer does not take the person into custody; and(2) The officer knows, based on the information available to him or her, that the person has been the subject of a previous report of threatened or attempted suicide within the last twelve months.Requires a mental health professional contacted by the designated mental health professional agency to attempt to contact the person who is the subject of the report to determine whether additional mental health intervention is necessary.Requires law enforcement agencies to have a system in place by January 1, 2017, for officers to document, as part of an incident report, the need for a mental health evaluation of a person who is the subject of a report of threatened or attempted suicide.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Moscoso, Walsh, Haler, Jinkins, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Blake, Riccelli, Ortiz-Self, Walkinshaw, Tharinger, Appleton, Sells, Gregerson, Santos, Farrell, and Ormsby)
Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position.
Establishes the Washington fair chance act.Prohibits an employer from: (1) Excluding an applicant from an initial interview solely because of a criminal record; and(2) Advertising employment openings in a way that excludes people with a criminal record from applying.Prohibits advertising that states "no felons" or "no criminal background" or that otherwise conveys similar messages.Allows an employer to consider an applicant's criminal record before making a hiring decision.Requires the attorney general's office to enforce this act.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Harris, Jinkins, Moeller, Tharinger, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, and Pollet)
Integrating the treatment systems for mental health and chemical dependency.
Establishes Ricky Garcia's act.Requires the department of social and health services to combine the functions of a designated mental health professional and designated chemical dependency specialist by establishing a designated crisis responder who is authorized to conduct investigations, detain persons up to seventy-two hours to the proper facility, and carry out the other functions identified in chapter 71.05 RCW (mental illness) and chapter 71.34 RCW (mental health services for minors).Requires the behavioral health organizations to provide training to persons converting to designated crisis responders, as required by the department of social and health services, which must include both mental health and chemical dependency training applicable to the designated crisis responder role.Requires the state institute for public policy to evaluate the effect of the integration of the involuntary treatment systems for substance use disorders and mental health and make preliminary reports to the appropriate legislative committees.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody and Tharinger; by request of Department of Social and Health Services)
Concerning the consumer's right to assign hours to individual providers and the department of social and health services' authority to adopt rules related to payment of individual providers.
Addresses a consumer's right to assign hours to individual providers and the department of social and health services' authority to adopt rules establishing criteria regarding the number of hours per week the department may pay any single provider.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Johnson, Orwall, Muri, Lytton, Tarleton, Pollet, and Bergquist)
Concerning school counselors, social workers, and psychologists.
Specifies that a primary role of school counselors, social workers, and psychologists is to: (1) Focus on student mental health;(2) Work with at-risk and marginalized students;(3) Perform risk assessments; and(4) Collaborate with mental health professionals to promote student achievement and create a safe learning environment.Requires first-class school districts to, on a monthly basis throughout each school year, provide a minimum of one hour of professional collaboration for school counselors, social workers, and psychologists that focuses on recognizing signs of emotional or behavioral distress in students.Requires school districts that have mental health centers in their area to collaborate with local licensed mental health service providers under the community mental health services act.Creates the professional collaboration lighthouse grant program to assist school districts with early adoption and implementation of mental health professional collaboration time.Requires the superintendent of public instruction to designate two school districts as lighthouse school districts to serve as resources and examples of best practices in designing and operating the professional collaboration program.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer and Pollet)
Regarding information concerning racial disproportionality.
Requires the caseload forecast council to: (1) In consultation with appropriate legislative committees and staff, the office of financial management, and other state agencies, establish a plan for the provision of racial and ethnic impact statements on the effect that legislative bills and resolutions will have on racial and ethnic minority groups;(2) Increase and improve the production and compilation of relevant racial and ethnic group data and information; and(3) Provide a racial and ethnic impact statement on a legislative proposal at the request of a legislator on: (a) The effect that legislative bills and resolutions will have on racial and ethnic minority groups; and (b) the criminal and juvenile justice systems including statistical data on the racial and ethnic composition of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman and Jinkins; by request of Statute Law Committee)
Updating obsolete provisions and making technical corrections.
Corrects form year designations, removes expired provisions, and makes technical corrections.
by Representatives Short, Klippert, McCabe, Griffey, Manweller, Dent, Johnson, Buys, Shea, Wilcox, and Van Werven
Concerning privacy and sex-specific use of school bathrooms and athletic facilities.
Requires schools to provide toilets and restroom facilities for each sex with no disparities based on sex.Authorizes schools to provide a gender-neutral single occupant bathroom to accommodate a student's privacy concerns.
by Representative Ryu; by request of Department of Licensing
Concerning the issuance of nondomiciled commercial drivers' licenses and commercial learners' permits to nonresidents.
Revises the definition of "to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a vehicle" for purposes of the uniform commercial driver's license act.Exempts the following from providing a social security number: An applicant for a nondomiciled commercial driver's license or commercial learner's permit who is domiciled in a foreign country and who has not been issued a social security number.Authorizes the department of licensing to issue a nondomiciled commercial driver's license or commercial learner's permit to a person who is a nonresident if certain conditions are met.
by Representatives Tharinger and DeBolt
Concerning certain obsolete provisions in chapter 43.325 RCW overseen by the department of commerce.
Amends and repeals certain provisions of the energy freedom program (chapter 43.325 RCW).
by Representatives Scott, McCaslin, Magendanz, and Walsh
Concerning the use of psychotropic medication on children.
Requires each school district board of directors to adopt a policy that prohibits school staff from denying a student access to programs or services because the parent or guardian of the student has refused to place the student on psychotropic medication.Prohibits a child from being taken into custody solely on the grounds that the child's parent or guardian refuses to consent to the administration of a psychotropic medication to the child.
by Representative Appleton
Establishing a legislative task force to review the growth management act.
Creates the legislative task force on the growth management act to review the act to identify areas of the law that may benefit from modification to better ensure that the state's land use practices align with the needs of current and future residents.
by Representatives Robinson, Appleton, and Ryu
Requiring a minimum of five years' notice on closures or conversions of mobile home parks and manufactured housing communities.
Requires a written rental agreement for a manufactured/mobile home space tenancy to contain: (1) A covenant by the landlord that, except for acts or events beyond the control of the landlord, the mobile home park will not be converted to a land use that will prevent the space that is the subject of the lease from continuing to be used for its intended use for a period of five years after the beginning of the term of the rental agreement; and(2) A copy of a closure notice if a closure notice is in effect.Requires a tenant who sells a mobile home, manufactured home, or park model within a park to provide the buyer with a copy of any closure notice provided by a landlord at least seven days in advance of the intended sale and transfer.
by Representatives Sullivan and Lytton
Eliminating the office of the superintendent of public instruction and transferring its powers, duties, and functions to a new department of education.
Creates the department of education.Abolishes the office of the superintendent of public instruction and transfers its powers, duties, and functions to the department of education. Abolishes the state board of education and transfers its powers, duties, and functions to the department of education.Exempts the following from the provisions of the state civil service law: The department of education and the director, the director's personal secretary, the deputy director, all division directors and assistant directors, and one confidential secretary for each of these officers.Takes effect July 1, 2019, if the proposed amendment to Article III, sections 1, 3, 10, 22, and 24 of the state Constitution, eliminating the office of the superintendent of public instruction, is approved by the voters at the next general election.
by Representatives Sullivan and Lytton
Eliminating the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to eliminate the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner and Dansel)
Creating a new traffic offense of aggravated left lane driving.
Creates the offense of aggravated left lane driving which is described as driving continuously under the maximum speed limit in the left lane of a multilane roadway when it impedes the flow of other traffic.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senator Sheldon)
Concerning notice against trespass.
Adds the definition of "posting in a conspicuous manner," for purposes of chapter 9A.52 RCW (burglary and trespass), which includes: (1) Posting a sign reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders indicating that entry is restricted; or(2) If the property is located outside of urban growth areas and incorporated cities or towns, the placement of identifying fluorescent orange paint marks on trees or posts on property.Encourages the department of fish and wildlife, the department of natural resources, and the parks and recreation commission to use their web sites and appropriate publications to inform the public that vertical orange marks on trees or posts may indicate a private boundary line and crossing it without first securing the owner's permission is trespassing.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senator Mullet)
Providing a registration exemption for certain vessels.
Exempts the following from vessel registration requirements: Vessels with propulsion machinery that draws two hundred fifty watts or less and propels the vessel no faster than ten miles per hour.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Frockt, Fain, Hobbs, Nelson, Rolfes, Conway, and Becker)
Regulating the manufacture, sale, distribution, and installation of motor vehicle air bags.
Regulates the manufacture, sale, distribution, and installation of motor vehicle air bags.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Frockt, Conway, McAuliffe, and Hasegawa; by request of State Board for Community and Technical Colleges)
Including certain residents who do not have a high school diploma or credential and the number of students expected to enroll in basic education for adults courses at community and technical colleges in caseload forecast council forecasting.
Requires the caseload forecast council to forecast: (1) The number of state residents ages twenty-five to forty-four who do not have a high school diploma or credential; and(2) The number of students expected to enroll in basic education for adults courses at community and technical colleges.Authorizes the caseload forecast council to request data, information, and data processing assistance from the state board for community and technical colleges and the education data center as it may need to accomplish its duties.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Angel, Braun, and Hewitt)
Enhancing regulatory agency coordination.
Changes the name of the office of regulatory assistance to the office for regulatory innovation and assistance.Requires the office to develop a long-term strategy for identifying and prioritizing multiagency regulatory processes that can be streamlined through better coordination.Requires the long-term strategy to be based on the potential for mutual benefits for industry and the public, as determined by a group made up of representatives from businesses, state agencies, local governments, tribal governments, and other relevant stakeholders consulting with the office.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Darneille, Carlyle, and Rolfes)
Streamlining foster care licensing.
Requires the department of social and health services, in order to streamline the foster care application process for child-placing agencies when processing a child-placing agency application, to: (1) Accept scanned foster care parent applications that include an original signature electronically;(2) Complete and return background authorization forms within thirty days or provide explanation to either the prospective parent, the child-placing agency, or both about why there is a delay;(3) Ensure that the forms required across the state are uniform and consistent between regions;(4) If related department forms change after the foster care application has been received by the department, not require the applicant to resubmit information on a substantially similar form;(5) Ensure that foster care parent applications are processed in a timely manner; and(6) E-mail the fingerprint original case agency number to a child-placing agency within five business days of receipt of the fingerprint-based background notice from the family or child-placing agency.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Sheldon, Bailey, Rivers, Roach, O'Ban, Hill, Becker, Miloscia, Angel, Warnick, Honeyford, Padden, Hobbs, Pearson, Hargrove, Braun, Dammeier, Fain, Parlette, Hewitt, Schoesler, Baumgartner, Ericksen, Rolfes, Conway, Mullet, and Chase)
Authorizing the issuance of Purple Heart license plates for more than one motor vehicle.
Allows Purple Heart special license plates to be issued for one motor vehicle without the payment of any special license plate fee however, the fee is required for any additional motor vehicle.
by Senate Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Sheldon, Dammeier, Parlette, Schoesler, Warnick, Honeyford, Braun, Angel, Hewitt, Miloscia, O'Ban, Becker, Rivers, and Rolfes)
Enacting the cybersecurity jobs act.
Establishes the cybersecurity jobs act.Requires the office of the state chief information officer to: (1) Implement a process for detecting, reporting, and responding to security incidents consistent with the information security standards, policies, and guidelines adopted by the state chief information officer;(2) Develop plans and procedures to ensure the continuity of commerce for information resources that support the operations and assets of state agencies in the event of a security incident; and(3) Work with the department of commerce and other economic development stakeholders to facilitate the development of the state as a national leader in cybersecurity.
by Senators Warnick, Becker, Brown, and Honeyford
Ensuring that solid waste management requirements prevent the spread of disease, plant pathogens, and pests.
Requires a local government that prohibits the disposal of food waste and compostable paper as garbage to: (1) Ensure that a solid waste management plan it prepares, under chapter 70.95 RCW (solid waste management--reduction and recycling), prevents the spread of disease, plant pathogens, and pests to areas that are not under a quarantine; and(2) Consult with the department of agriculture to determine if the plan complies with this act before submitting the plan to the department of ecology for approval.Requires certain standards set by the department of ecology, for counties or cities siting a solid waste disposal facility, to include information relating to preventing the spread of disease, plant pathogens, and pests to areas that are not under a quarantine.Requires the department of agriculture to review certain permits issued by a jurisdictional health department, with regard to solid waste handling facilities, to ensure that the proposed site or facility conforms with applicable laws and regulations relating to preventing the spread of disease, plant pathogens, and pests to areas that are not under a quarantine.
by Senator King
Concerning wholesale vehicle dealers.
Modifies provisions relating to wholesale vehicle dealers.
by Senators Baumgartner and Schoesler
Removing state route number 276 from the state highway system.
Repeals RCW 47.17.502 (state route No. 276).
by Senators Liias, Frockt, Rolfes, Nelson, Billig, Conway, and McAuliffe
Providing employers with a business and occupation tax credit for providing employees with student loan repayment assistance.
Provides a business and occupation tax credit on the amount paid for student loan repayment of principal and interest by an employer directly to a student loan lender on behalf of a qualified employee of the employer.Makes an appropriation.
by Senators Liias, Frockt, Rolfes, Carlyle, Nelson, Conway, and McAuliffe
Requiring a study concerning a state loan program for graduate students.
Requires the student achievement council to conduct a study of the feasibility of and alternatives to a state loan program for graduate students.Encourages the student achievement council to seek out technical advice from the housing finance commission, the consumer financial protection bureau, the national conference of state legislatures, and other state loan-granting agencies.Expires August 1, 2017.
by Senators Liias, Frockt, Rolfes, Carlyle, Nelson, Billig, Mullet, Conway, Darneille, Keiser, and McAuliffe
Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
Requires the student achievement council to designate a student loan ombuds within the office of student financial assistance to provide timely assistance to student loan borrowers of student education loans.Requires the student loan ombuds, in consultation with the attorney general and the director of the department of financial institutions, to: (1) Receive, review, and refer complaints from borrowers to the attorney general or the department of financial institutions;(2) Compile and analyze data on borrower complaints;(3) Assist borrowers to understand their rights and responsibilities under the terms of loans;(4) Provide information on, and make recommendations for resolving, the problems and concerns of borrowers;(5) Analyze and monitor the development and implementation of all laws, rules, regulations, and policies relating to borrowers and recommend changes as necessary;(6) Review the complete loan history for a borrower who has provided written consent for the review; and(7) Disseminate information concerning the availability of the ombuds to assist borrowers, potential borrowers, and others with student loan servicing concerns.Creates the student loan ombuds account.
by Senators Angel and Rolfes
Concerning traditional and alternative sewer systems.
Revises the definitions of "urban governmental services" and "urban services" to include certain alternative sewer and existing on-site septic systems, for purposes of the growth management act.Authorizes counties and cities, when providing urban sewer services, to consider alternative sewer options as well as existing, functioning on-site septic systems as urban services.
by Senators Rivers, Padden, Miloscia, and Angel
Prohibiting sex-selection abortions.
Establishes the prenatal nondiscrimination act.Prohibits a person from intentionally performing or attempting to perform an abortion with the knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely on account of the sex of the unborn child.
by Senators Padden, Becker, and McAuliffe
Concerning Down syndrome resources.
Requires the department of health to develop the following resources regarding Down syndrome: (1) Up-to-date, evidence-based, written information about Down syndrome and people born with Down syndrome that has been reviewed by medical experts and national Down syndrome organizations; and(2) Contact information regarding support services, including information hotlines specific to Down syndrome, resource centers or clearinghouses, national and local Down syndrome organizations, and other education and support programs.Requires the following, who provide a parent with a positive prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, to provide the parent with the information prepared by the department of health: (1) A midwife;(2) An osteopathic physician and surgeon;(3) An osteopathic physician's assistant;(4) A physician;(5) A physician assistant;(6) A nurse;(7) A genetic counselor;(8) A hospital; and(9) A birthing center.
by Senators Hobbs, King, and Conway
Concerning performance oversight of the state transportation system.
Requires the office of financial management to review and comment on, before the department of transportation submits to the legislature and the governor, a report on the progress toward the attainment by state transportation agencies of the state transportation policy goals and objectives prescribed by statute, appropriation, and governor directive.Provides that it is the intent of the legislature that the office of financial management oversee the establishment of objectives and performance measures for the department of transportation and other state agencies with transportation-related responsibilities.
by Senator Chase
Extending the application of prevailing wage requirements to publicly subsidized projects.
Makes prevailing wage requirements applicable to publicly subsidized projects.
by Senator Benton
Concerning reserve studies and special assessments for homeowners' associations.
Addresses the duties of homeowners' associations with regard to the hiring of a reserve study professional and the use of special assessments.
by Senator Frockt
Concerning the University of Washington's alternative process for awarding contracts.
Addresses the alternative process for awarding certain contracts, by the University of Washington, with regard to the university: (1) Developing a program that provides training and support to help certified minority or certified woman-owned contractors qualify for subcontracting work on a roster project; and(2) Reviewing postselection processes with entities for which it operates medical and hospital facilities.Requires the University of Washington to include the following in its report to the capital projects advisory review board: A description of participation by women and minority-owned businesses as contractors or subcontractors in projects using an alternative process.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct an evaluation of the alternative process.Eliminates the termination and repeal, under the sunset act, of the alternative process for awarding contracts.
by Senators Rivers and Litzow
Enacting the voter fraud protection act.
Establishes the voter fraud protection act.Revises declarations of candidacy provisions with regard to filing timelines for an incumbent officeholder who: (1) Has filed for reelection and later withdraws his or her candidacy; and(2) Chooses to file for the office being vacated.
by Senators Chase and Keiser
Preventing guardians from isolating incapacitated persons.
Requires any action by a guardian or limited guardian to prevent or limit contact between an incapacitated person and another to be made by motion to the court having jurisdiction over the guardianship.
by Senators McAuliffe, Dammeier, Rolfes, Litzow, Billig, Keiser, and Conway
Concerning a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety.
Requires the state institute for public policy to complete an evaluation of how this state and other states have addressed the funding of school safety and security programs and submit a report to the appropriate legislative committees, the governor, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the school safety advisory committee to hold annual school safety summits that focus on establishing and monitoring the progress of a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety that meet local needs.
by Senators Fraser, Jayapal, Keiser, Darneille, and McCoy
Providing for a task force on policing and the use of deadly force.
Requires the state institute for public policy to convene a task force on policing and the use of deadly force.Requires the task force to review: (1) Laws, practices, and training programs regarding the use of deadly force in this state and all other states;(2) The civil rights issues associated with the use of deadly force;(3) Any disproportionate impacts on minority communities from the use of deadly force;(4) Other issues that arise for police and prosecutors; and(5) Research literature on policies or interventions that include de-escalation tactics and reduce the use of lethal force.Expires December 31, 2016.
by Senators Fraser, Parlette, Nelson, Cleveland, Keiser, Hasegawa, Jayapal, McCoy, and Conway
Prohibiting the assignment of retirement benefits.
Prohibits the assignment of retirement benefits.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Miloscia, Chase, Darneille, Jayapal, Cleveland, Kohl-Welles, Pedersen, Hargrove, Keiser, McCoy, Dammeier, King, and Rolfes)
Requesting that state route number 99 be named the "William P. Stewart Memorial Highway."
Requests that state route number 99 be named the William P. Stewart Memorial Highway.
by Senator Chase
Concerning service standards of the United States Postal Service.
Urges congress to restore the service standards of the United States Postal Service.