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 Representatives Hawkins and Takko
Addressing the qualifications for chief examiners.
Opens the competitive examination to all properly qualified citizens of an adjacent county for the position of chief examiner of a civil service commission.
by Representatives McBride, Walkinshaw, Moscoso, Farrell, Riccelli, Ormsby, Ryu, Robinson, and Pollet
Prohibiting certain limitations on the hosting of the homeless by religious organizations. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Concerning the hosting of the homeless by religious organizations. )
Prohibits a county, city, town, or code city, under certain circumstances, from limiting a religious organization's: (1) Availability to host a rotating, established tent encampment to fewer than eight months during a calendar year;(2) Hosting term to fewer than four months;(3) Number of simultaneous hostings within the same municipality to one hosting during any given period of time; and(4) Availability to host safe parking efforts at its on-site parking lot.Requires a county, city, town, or code city to enact an ordinance or regulation or take other action that requires a hosting religious organization and the managing agency, when the managing agency is not the hosting religious organization, to enter into a written agreement to protect the public health and safety of both the residents of the tent encampments and the residents of the county, city, town, or code city.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris and Lytton)
Concerning county ferry districts.
Requires the governing body, if the legislative authority of a county intends to create a ferry district in only a portion of the county, to either: (1) Submit a proposition to create the ferry district to the voters in the portion of the county where the ferry district is intended to be created at the next general election; or(2) Publish notice of the intention to create a ferry district, in one or more newspapers of general circulation within the county, by February 1st of the year in which the ferry district is to be created.Requires a ferry district, created in only a portion of a county, to impose a vessel replacement surcharge on all ferry passengers and drivers that are not residents of the ferry district.
by Representatives Fitzgibbon and Tarleton
Clarifying that the provisions of chapter 70.95 RCW do not apply to steel slag that is a product of production in the electric arc steel-making process and is managed as an item of commercial value and placed in commerce.
Exempts the following from the provisions of chapter 70.95 RCW (solid waste management--reduction and recycling): Steel slag that is a primary product of production in the electric arc steel-making process, produced to specification, managed as an item of commercial value, and placed in commerce for general public consumption.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Parker, Cody, Riccelli, Holy, and Tharinger)
Concerning participation in the prescription drug donation program.
Establishes the cancer can't charitable pharmacy act.Authorizes a person to whom a prescription drug was prescribed to donate the prescription drug if, as determined by the professional judgment of a pharmacist, the prescription drugs were stored under required temperature conditions using the prescription drugs' time temperature indicator information and the person has completed and signed a donor form adopted by the department of health to release the prescription drug for distribution and certifying that the donated prescription drug has never been opened, used, adulterated, or misbranded.Prohibits a prescription drug, that can only be dispensed to a patient registered with the manufacturer of that drug, from being distributed under the program, unless the patient receiving the prescription drug is registered with the manufacturer at the time the drug is dispensed and the amount dispensed does not exceed the duration of the registration period.Requires the department of health to develop a form for a person to use when releasing prescription drugs for distribution and certifying the condition of the drugs.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Magendanz, Kilduff, Reykdal, Rossetti, Muri, Pollet, and Hickel; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitute teachers.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) In consultation with school district and educational service district personnel, develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide initiative to increase the number of qualified individuals who apply for teaching positions in the state; and(2) In collaboration with the professional educator standards board and the institutions of higher education with board-approved residency teacher preparation programs, develop mentor training program goals for the institutions to use in their teacher preparation program curricula.Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board, in collaboration with the professional educator standards board, to work with the student achievement council, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, school districts, educational service districts, the state board for community and technical colleges, the institutions of higher education, major employers, and other parties to develop and disseminate information designed to increase recruitment into approved residency teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and alternate route teacher certification programs.Requires the professional educator standards board to create and administer the recruitment specialists grant program to provide funds to board-approved residency teacher preparation programs.Requires each institution of higher education with a board-approved residency teacher preparation program to develop a plan describing how the institution will partner with school districts regarding placement of resident teachers.Requires the office of student financial assistance to administer a student teaching residency grant program to provide additional funds to individuals completing student teaching residencies at public schools.Establishes the teacher shortage conditional grant program, within the future teachers conditional scholarship and loan repayment program, to be administered by the office of student financial assistance.Authorizes, under certain circumstances and in addition to postretirement employment options, a teacher in plan 2 or plan 3 who has retired under alternate early retirement provisions to be employed with an employer that has documented a shortage of certificated substitute teachers.Makes appropriations.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Haler, Moscoso, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Gregerson, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Lytton, Riccelli, Ryu, Reykdal, Cody, Tarleton, Frame, Van De Wege, Stanford, and Goodman)
Improving student success at community and technical colleges by considering benefits of full-time faculty and staff.
Develops a planning process through which the colleges and the state board for community and technical colleges develop a long-term strategic plan and timeline for faculty and student support staff conversions. Requires the colleges and the state board for community and technical colleges to use research support from the Evans School for Public Policy at the University of Washington and use and build upon the 2005 task force report on best employment practices for part-time faculty.Requires the state board for community and technical colleges and the student achievement council to conduct a joint study on priorities and impacts of the overuse of part-time faculty in the community college system.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Buys, Blake, Van Werven, Chandler, and Wilcox)
Concerning watershed management actions by watershed improvement districts.
Revises watershed improvement district provisions with regard to watershed management actions.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Schmick, Clibborn, and Frame)
Concerning the maintenance and disclosure of health care declarations.
Requires the department of health to contract with an entity, which may be a private organization or another state that operates a similar registry, to coordinate and manage the statewide health care declarations registry in compliance with certain standards identified in this act.Authorizes an applicant for a new or renewal driver's license or identicard to request that the application designate whether he or she: (1) Has executed a health care declaration; and(2) Has executed a health care declaration that is stored in the health care declarations registry.Requires the department of licensing to issue an original or renewed driver's license or identicard: (1) That denotes the existence of a health care declaration through a symbol or abbreviation, if the person has indicated on his or her application that he or she has a health care declaration; or(2) That denotes the existence of a health care declaration through a symbol or abbreviation as well as a code that, when electronically scanned, directs an authorized health care provider or facility to the person's health care declaration in the health care declarations registry, if the person has indicated on his or her application that he or she has a health care declaration that is stored in the health care declarations registry.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Orwall, Hayes, Kuderer, Pettigrew, Muri, Ortiz-Self, and Kilduff)
Concerning impaired driving.
Modifies impaired driving provisions.
by Representatives Jinkins and Fey
Eliminating the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption for methanol manufactured in part from liquid natural gas or compressed natural gas.
Provides that the manufacturing machinery and equipment sales and use tax exemption does not apply to the sale of machinery and equipment used to produce methanol manufactured in part from liquid natural gas or compressed natural gas.
by Representative Shea
Concerning the excise taxation of personal and alcohol monitoring devices and services.
Exempts personal and alcohol monitoring devices and services from business and occupation taxes and sales and use taxes.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Kohl-Welles, Keiser, Conway, Chase, and Hasegawa)
Addressing human trafficking.
Creates the joint task force on training resources to combat human trafficking.Requires the task force to identify and recommend a curriculum for a one-hour online training for: (1) Workers at establishments that are required to operate with a valid liquor license from the state liquor and cannabis board or required to operate with an adult entertainment license or endorsement;(2) Workers at businesses and industries who have the opportunity to come into contact with persons forced to work in the sex trade; and(3) Persons who serve as first responders or who are in medical or public service.Expires June 30, 2017.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Pearson, Sheldon, and Benton)
Concerning short-barreled rifles.
Modifies provisions regarding short-barreled rifles.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (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 Parlette, Becker, Keiser, and Conway)
Updating statutes relating to the practice of pharmacy including the practice of pharmacy in long-term care settings.
Addresses the practice of pharmacy including in long-term care settings.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Takko, Chase, Schoesler, and Sheldon)
Authorizing the growing of industrial hemp.
Authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as a legal, agricultural activity in this state as part of an agricultural pilot program in conformance with the federal agricultural act of 2014.Requires the department of agriculture to: (1) Establish an industrial hemp research program in which persons grow or cultivate industrial hemp for researching the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production;(2) Supervise the program through licensure and seed certification;(3) Establish a licensure program to allow persons to grow industrial hemp as part of the industrial hemp research program; and(4) Establish an industrial hemp seed certification program in support of the industrial hemp research program.Requires Washington State University to study the feasibility and desirability of industrial hemp production in the state. This requirement expires August 1, 2017.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Pedersen, Padden, Roach, Hargrove, Pearson, Darneille, Frockt, and Sheldon)
Requiring the indeterminate sentence review board to provide certain notices upon receiving a petition for early release.
Requires the indeterminate sentence review board, upon receipt of a petition for early release, or upon determination of a parole eligibility review date, to provide notice and a copy of a petition or parole eligibility documents to the sentencing court, the prosecuting attorney, and the crime victim or surviving family member.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, Fain, McAuliffe, Dammeier, Rivers, O'Ban, Bailey, Hill, Warnick, Becker, Hewitt, Keiser, Carlyle, Darneille, Rolfes, Conway, and Mullet)
Regarding a training program for educators and parents concerning students' mental health.
Requires the educational service districts to: (1) Work with Forefront at the University of Washington to develop a two-day youth suicide prevention training program for middle and high school administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and parents or guardians; and(2) Provide school or school district teams that receive the training with ongoing on-site technical assistance for one school year.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to create and maintain an online social and emotional training module for educators, administrators, and other school district staff.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Litzow, Fain, Dammeier, Rivers, Becker, Hill, and Bailey)
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
Establishes the closing the educational opportunity gap act.Addresses the following: Student data, expanding nutrition opportunities, student discipline, recruitment and retention of educators, educator cultural competence, and instructing English language learners.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Darneille, and O'Ban)
Meeting workforce needs created by the integration of chemical dependency and mental health.
Adopts recommendations of the adult behavioral health system task force related to the shortage of professionals needed to staff the health care system, particularly the growing demand for chemical dependency professionals and professionals who are dually licensed in chemical dependency and another field.Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board to: (1) Assess workforce shortages across primary care, behavioral health, and gerontology/long-term care; and(2) Create an action plan to address the shortages and to meet the increased demand for services.Requires the department of health to conduct a sunrise review under chapter 18.120 RCW (regulation of health professions) to evaluate the creation of a chemical dependency peer support specialist credential based on a sunrise proposal developed by the department of social and health services.Revises the definition of "treatment," for purposes of chapter 70.96A RCW (treatment for alcoholism, intoxication, and drug addiction), to include peer support services.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, O'Ban, Darneille, Miloscia, Litzow, McAuliffe, and Conway)
Providing court-based and school-based intervention and prevention efforts to promote attendance and reduce truancy.
Promotes attendance and reduces truancy by providing court-based and school-based intervention and prevention efforts.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Frockt, Pedersen, Angel, and Rolfes)
Concerning testimonial privileges for alcohol and drug addiction recovery sponsors.
Prohibits an individual, who acts as a sponsor providing guidance, emotional support, and counseling in an individualized manner to a person participating in an alcohol or drug addiction recovery fellowship, from testifying in a civil action or proceeding about any communication made by the sponsee to the individual except with the written authorization of the sponsee or, in the case of death or disability, the sponsee's personal representative.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Miloscia, Jayapal, and Chase)
Creating a department of housing.
Creates the department of housing to ensure that every citizen has a place to call home.Transfers powers, duties, and functions of the department of commerce pertaining to housing, including homelessness, to the department of housing.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Cleveland, Dammeier, Frockt, Brown, Angel, Rivers, Bailey, Keiser, Conway, Fain, Carlyle, Rolfes, Chase, and Parlette)
Expanding patient access to health services through telemedicine and establishing a collaborative for the advancement of telemedicine.
Creates the collaborative for the advancement of telemedicine to enhance the understanding and use of health services provided through telemedicine and other similar models in the state.
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;(3) Work with the department of commerce and other economic development stakeholders to facilitate the development of a strategy that includes key local, state, and federal assets that will create this state as a national leader in cybersecurity; and(4) Collaborate with, including but not limited to, community colleges, universities, the national guard, the department of defense, the department of energy, and national laboratories to develop the strategy.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored 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 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored 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 ecology, upon receipt of a preliminary draft plan, to provide the department of agriculture with a copy of the plan.Requires the department of agriculture to review the plan for compliance and advise the local government submitting the plan and the department of ecology of the result of this review.
by Senators McAuliffe, Dammeier, Rolfes, Litzow, Billig, Keiser, and Conway
Concerning a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Concerning cost-effective methods for maintaining and increasing 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.Authorizes an educational service district to implement a regional school safety and security program modeled after the educational service district that has developed a regional school safety and security center.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senator Warnick)
Concerning an assessment on cattle.
Increases the assessment, from one dollar to two dollars, on each head of cattle sold.Prohibits collection of one-half of the assessment at the first point of sale of any calf identified with a green tag.
by Senators Parlette, Hargrove, and Hobbs
Relating to wildfire management.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to wildfire management.
by Senators Pedersen, Litzow, Frockt, Angel, Nelson, King, Billig, Parlette, Keiser, Carlyle, Takko, Rolfes, Conway, Darneille, Mullet, Ranker, Cleveland, Liias, McCoy, Hobbs, McAuliffe, Hasegawa, Fraser, Habib, Jayapal, Hewitt, Chase, Braun, Honeyford, Roach, Bailey, Brown, and Benton
Concerning the right to seek visitation with a child by a relative.
Authorizes a person who is not the parent of the child to petition for visitation with the child if certain conditions exist.
by Senator Braun
Addressing workplace industrial safety and health penalties.
Addresses the department of labor and industries' issuance of a citation with no penalty with regard to industrial safety and health compliance inspections.
by Senators Keiser, Ericksen, Hargrove, Honeyford, Ranker, and Conway
Concerning the hazardous substance tax rate.
Addresses the increase or suspension of hazardous substance taxes.