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 Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Young, Shea, Scott, G. Hunt, Taylor, and Santos)
Providing a right of first repurchase for surplus transportation property.
Gives a former owner the right of repurchase if the department of transportation determines that all or a portion of the former owner's real property or an interest in the real property that was acquired through condemnation within the previous ten years is no longer necessary for a transportation purpose.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Dent, Kagi, McCabe, Haler, Manweller, Fagan, Walsh, Farrell, Johnson, Van Werven, Moeller, and Buys)
Transferring certification responsibilities for chemical dependency treatment programs from the department of social and health services to the department of health.
Transfers powers, duties, and functions of the department of social and health services, pertaining to certification of chemical dependency treatment programs, to the department of health.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford, Goodman, and S. Hunt; by request of Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)
Concerning fingerprint-based background checks for health professionals.
Authorizes the Washington state patrol section on identification and criminal history to establish and participate in a program to notify statutorily authorized agencies of changes to criminal history records information.Authorizes the secretary of the department of health to: (1) Obtain a fingerprint-based background check through the Washington state patrol and federal bureau of investigation for criminal history on all applicants seeking licensure or license renewal; and(2) Choose to require all applicants and licensees for those professions to participate in the program.
by House Committee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Wilcox, and S. Hunt)
Concerning the state capital historical museum.
Transfers responsibility for the maintenance, operation, and subsequent leasing of the state capital historical museum from the Washington state historical society to the department of enterprise services.Allows the department of enterprise services to lease the state capital historical museum to other state agencies or private parties at the discretion of the department in consultation with the office of financial management.Prohibits the department of enterprise services from selling or disposing of the state capital historical museum building or grounds without legislative approval.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives McCabe, Appleton, Johnson, Wylie, Dye, Walsh, Dent, Wilson, Kagi, Caldier, Haler, Kochmar, and Senn)
Providing notice to first responders that a person with a disability may be present at the scene of an emergency.
Establishes the Travis alert act.Requires the department of health, in collaboration with the department of social and health services, the Washington state patrol, the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, and the superintendent of public instruction, to design a training program that will familiarize first responders and 911 personnel with the techniques for best handling situations in which persons with disabilities are present at the scene of an emergency.Requires the adjutant general, through the state enhanced 911 coordinator, and in collaboration with the department of health, the department of social and health services, the Washington state patrol, the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, and other individuals and entities at the discretion of the adjutant general, to assess the resources, capabilities, and procedures available or required in order to include as part of the enhanced 911 emergency service the ability to allow an immediate display on the screen indicating that a person with a disability may be present at the scene of an emergency.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, DeBolt, Tharinger, and Van De Wege)
Concerning prescription drug insurance continuity of care.
Addresses health plans offered in the individual market that include prescription drug coverage.Prohibits an issuer from denying continued coverage or increasing the copayment or coinsurance amount for a prescription drug to a medically stable enrollee under certain circumstances.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Caldier, Senn, Goodman, Kagi, Sawyer, Tharinger, Tarleton, Stanford, Farrell, Moscoso, and Ormsby)
Concerning access to nonemergency, outpatient, primary health care services for unaccompanied homeless youth under the federal McKinney-Vento homeless assistance act.
Allows informed consent for health care for a patient under the age of majority to be obtained from a school nurse, a counselor, or a homeless student liaison under certain circumstances.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Muri, Kilduff, and Jinkins)
Concerning the role of parties in cases related to certain notices and records.
Addresses the role of parties in cases related to certain notices and records.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Hayes, Orwall, Klippert, Goodman, Griffey, Fitzgibbon, Magendanz, Muri, and Ormsby)
Requiring information about certain criminal defendants be included in the felony firearm offense conviction database.
Requires the court to impose certain firearm registration requirements on a person convicted of a felony firearm offense or found not guilty by reason of insanity of a felony firearm offense that was committed in conjunction with any of the following: (1) An offense involving sexual motivation;(2) An offense committed against a child under the age of eighteen; or(3) A serious violent offense.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Pike, Moeller, and Wylie)
Modifying certain driver's license requirements.
Establishes the better driver act.Expands requirements for passing the intermediate driver's license examination.Requires verification that an intermediate license logbook was completed documenting driving durations and other information.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Shea, Orwall, Klippert, Hayes, Sawyer, Hansen, Rodne, Haler, Goodman, Jinkins, Kuderer, Appleton, Zeiger, Frame, Rossetti, Magendanz, Wilson, McBride, Ormsby, Bergquist, Gregerson, Sells, Stanford, and Scott; by request of Attorney General)
Concerning pro bono legal services for military service members, veterans, and their families.
Creates the office of military and veteran legal assistance within the office of the attorney general for the purpose of promoting and facilitating civil legal assistance programs, pro bono services, and self-help services for military service members, veterans, and their family members domiciled or stationed in the state.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Jinkins, McBride, Moeller, Young, Rodne, and Appleton)
Concerning the communication of information to continue health services for confined persons.
Requires the department of social and health services and the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to establish a work group to study and develop recommendations for methods and procedures for: (1) Local jails to electronically transmit information about confined persons to behavioral health organizations and managed care health systems within twelve hours of confinement;(2) Behavioral health organizations and managed care health systems to receive information transmitted from a jail about a confined person and determine whether the person is a client; and(3) Enabling a person's associated health care provider to electronically communicate the person's health care information to the appropriate health care staff at the jail to ensure proper continuity of care for the incarcerated person.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Frame, Rodne, Jinkins, Walkinshaw, Riccelli, Senn, Orwall, Muri, S. Hunt, Gregerson, Sawyer, Caldier, Goodman, Haler, Hansen, Kuderer, Appleton, Kilduff, Reykdal, Rossetti, Magendanz, Ormsby, Bergquist, and Stanford)
Providing for less restrictive involuntary treatment orders.
Addresses court orders and care coordinators for less restrictive alternative treatment.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman and Klippert)
Establishing the joint legislative task force on jail standards.
Creates the joint legislative task force on jail standards and requires the task force to consult with organizations and entities with interest or experience in jail standards and operations including treatment providers, victims' advocates, inmate advocates, organizations representing jail employees and officers, and other community organizations.Expires July 1, 2019.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Robinson, and Ormsby; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Eliminates certain accounts.Requires any residual balance of funds remaining in any account eliminated in this act to be transferred to the state general fund.
by Representatives Lytton, Reykdal, and Santos
Investing in a well-qualified and sufficient K-12 public education workforce by narrowing or eliminating tax preferences.
Addresses the state's public education system, the shortage of qualified teachers, the reduction of class size, and the expansion of all-day kindergarten.Eliminates the preferential business and occupation tax rate for travel agents.Eliminates the sales and use tax exemption for bottled water.Repeals the nonresident sales and use tax exemption.Repeals the preferential business and occupation tax rate for sellers of prescription drugs.Eliminates the real estate excise tax exemption for transfers that occur in foreclosures.Eliminates the preferential business and occupation tax rate for international investment management services.Makes transfers from the general fund to the education legacy trust account.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner, Hasegawa, Conway, and Braun)
Creating a labor and industries ombuds within the department of commerce.
Creates the ombuds for employers in the department of commerce.Authorizes the ombuds to: (1) Act as an advocate for employers in interactions with the department of labor and industries;(2) Offer and provide information on department of labor and industries programs as appropriate to employers;(3) Identify, investigate, and facilitate resolution of employer complaints relating to department of labor and industries programs; and(4) Maintain a statewide toll-free telephone number for the receipt of complaints and inquiries.Expires July 1, 2026.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Angel, Padden, Hewitt, O'Ban, Roach, and Pearson)
Concerning vehicular homicide sentencing.
Addresses vehicular homicide sentencing.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Bailey, Dammeier, Parlette, Brown, O'Ban, Cleveland, Frockt, Keiser, Conway, Warnick, Carlyle, Darneille, Rolfes, and Chase)
Concerning the reimbursement rate primary care providers receive to participate in medicaid.
Requires medicaid payment for primary care services furnished by a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, a physician with a primary specialty designation of family medicine, general internal medicine, or pediatric medicine or provided by subspecialists within these primary specialties, on a fee-for-service basis as well as through managed health care systems, to be at a rate not less than one hundred percent of the payment rate that applies to those services and providers under medicare.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senator Parlette)
Concerning designated disaster area financing.
Authorizes a local government to finance public improvements using designated disaster area financing subject to certain conditions.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Hasegawa, Conway, O'Ban, Becker, and Carlyle)
Concerning vapor products in respect to youth substance use prevention associated with vapor products, amending and renaming the youth tobacco prevention account, provisions concerning certain child-resistant packaging, definitions related to "vapor product," signage requirements prohibiting vapor product sales to minors, prohibition of the sale of cannabinoids by vapor product retailers, prohibition of the purchase and possession of vapor products by minors, the liquor and cannabis board's enforcement authority over vapor products, preemption of certain local regulation of vapor products,labeling and advertisement requirements, and a requirement for vendor-assisted sales of vapor products in retail establishments.
Regulates vapor products.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Roach and McCoy)
Providing for fire protection district formation by the legislative authority of a city or town subject to voter approval.
Authorizes the legislative authority of a city or town, as an alternative to the petition method of formation for fire protection districts provided in chapter 52.02 RCW and subject to approval of the voters, to establish a fire protection district with boundaries that are the same as the corporate boundaries of the city or town for the provision of fire prevention services, fire suppression services, and emergency medical services, and for the protection of life and property within the city or town.Addresses the inclusion of a municipal airport and the establishment of an ambulance service within a proposed fire protection district.Transfers the powers, duties, and functions of the city or town fire department, pertaining to fire protection and emergency services of the city or town, to the fire protection district on its creation date.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Roach and Takko)
Modifying certain land capacity review and evaluation requirements.
Modifies growth management act provisions with regard to land capacity review and evaluation program requirements.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Braun and Angel)
Clarifying the role of physician assistants in the delivery of mental health services.
Revises certain statutes in Title 71 RCW (mental illness) to clarify the role of physician assistants in the delivery of mental health services.Allows physician assistants and osteopathic physician assistants to: (1) Provide services that they are competent to perform based on their education, training, and experience and that are consistent with their commission-approved or board-approved delegation agreement; and(2) Practice in any area of medicine or surgery as long as the practice is not beyond the supervising physician's own scope of expertise and practice.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Darneille, Litzow, Fain, Rolfes, Hill, Keiser, Liias, and Chase)
Permitting pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraceptive patches, contraceptive rings, and oral contraception.
Allows the prescription and dispensing of contraceptive patches, contraceptive rings, and oral contraceptives by a pharmacist.Prohibits benefits from being denied for services performed by a pharmacist under this act, including reimbursement for prescription drugs or products prescribed or dispensed under this act and for consultation services provided by the pharmacist and as required by this act.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen and Roach; by request of Secretary of State)
Concerning filing documents with the corporations division of the secretary of state's office.
Revises secretary of state provisions with regard to: (1) Electronic signatures on and transmission of certified documents required or authorized to be filed;(2) Summary face sheets and cover sheets and expedited review of a document filed by a limited liability company; and(3) The repeal of bureau of statistics statutes.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Frockt, Rivers, O'Ban, Conway, Carlyle, Rolfes, Keiser, McAuliffe, and Hasegawa)
Increasing access to adequate and appropriate mental health services for children and youth.
Creates the children's mental health work group to identify barriers to accessing mental health services for children and families and to advise the legislature on statewide mental health services for this population.Requires the state health care authority and the department of social and health services to report to the appropriate legislative committees on the status of access to behavioral health services for children from birth through age seventeen.Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Expand the partnership access line service by selecting a rural inclusive region of the state to offer an additional level of child mental health care support services for primary care, to be referred to as the PAL plus pilot program;(2) For purposes of the pilot program, work in collaboration with faculty from the University of Washington working on the integration of mental health and medical care; and(3) Require universal annual screening and provider payment for depression for children ages eleven through twenty-one as recommended by the bright futures guidelines of the American academy of pediatrics.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct an inventory of the mental health service models available to students in schools, school districts, and educational service districts.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove, Miloscia, Hewitt, Pedersen, and McAuliffe)
Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.
Revises the juvenile justice act of 1977 to provide for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.Authorizes the juvenile court, if a juvenile offender is charged with animal cruelty in the first degree, to deny granting a deferred disposition to the juvenile, even if the juvenile otherwise may qualify for a deferred disposition.Requires the judge to consider whether the community will benefit from granting a deferred disposition to the juvenile offender.Addresses fines, community service, and electronic monitoring for juveniles adjudicated of taking a motor vehicle without permission in the first or second degree, theft of a motor vehicle, or possession of a stolen vehicle.Authorizes a police officer, under certain circumstances, to arrest a person who: (1) Is sixteen or seventeen years old; and(2) Within the preceding four hours has assaulted a family or household member.Authorizes a prosecuting agency, upon receiving an offense report, to choose not to file the information as a domestic violence offense if the offense was committed against a sibling, parent, stepparent, or grandparent.Changes a court's notification requirements to the department of licensing with regard to a juvenile's first offense while armed with a firearm, or first offense involving possession of a firearm or violation of certain firearm, alcohol, or drug laws.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators McCoy, Ericksen, Sheldon, and Takko)
Improving the accuracy and transparency of the reporting and calculation of the fuel mix information to retail electric customers.
Improves the transparency and accuracy of the reporting and calculation of the fuel mix information to retail electric customers.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick and Miloscia)
Expanding distribution dates for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits.
Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Expand the dates that it distributes supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits; and(2) Assign new dates to program recipients within the expanded distribution period until distribution is reasonably equal throughout the range of distribution dates.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senator Becker)
Addressing the filing and rating of group health benefit plans other than small group plans, all stand-alone dental plans, and stand-alone vision plans by disability insurers, health care service contractors, and health maintenance organizations.
Directs the office of the insurance commissioner to establish uniformity in all aspects of the filing and regulatory review of group health benefit plans other than small group health benefit plans, stand-alone dental plans, and stand-alone vision plans. Uniformity shall apply to the content and requirements for the forms as well as rating, loss ratio, and actuarial requirements.Prevents certain rules and other administrative requirements from materially deviating from the rules in place for health care service contractors and health maintenance organizations on July 1, 2015.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban and Darneille)
Simplifying behavioral health regulations and aligning them with other health regulations to support clinical integration.
Requires the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to convene a task force, including participation by a representative cross-section of behavioral health organizations and behavioral health providers, to align regulations between behavioral health and primary health care settings and simplify regulations for behavioral health providers.Requires the department of social and health services to collaborate with the department of health, the state health care authority, and other appropriate government partners to reduce unneeded costs and burdens to health plans and providers associated with excessive audits, the licensing process, and contracting.Requires the department of social and health services, the state health care authority, and the department of health to each develop performance management systems to guide their operations.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen, Becker, Cleveland, Keiser, Frockt, Conway, Chase, Carlyle, and Roach)
Concerning patients' access to investigational medical products.
Allows a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device to make the drug, product, or device available for treatment to eligible patients.Allows a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for the cost or administration of the drug, product, or device.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette and Cleveland)
Allowing a hospital pharmacy license to include individual practitioner offices and multipractitioner 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 to allow hospital pharmacy licenses to include individual practitioner offices and multipractitioner clinics owned, operated, or under common control with a hospital; and(2) That the offices and clinics are regulated, inspected, and investigated according to the level of service provided.Requires the pharmacy quality assurance commission, 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 Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored 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 out-of-pocket costs for patients including prescription drug cost trends and plan benefit design; 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 Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored 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 managing storm water pollution and grants for public participation.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Rivers, Keiser, Becker, Frockt, Bailey, Conway, Jayapal, Billig, and Hasegawa)
Concerning elder justice centers.
Requires the department of social and health services to coordinate the implementation of an elder justice demonstration program which must include establishing an elder justice center in Spokane county and expanding the elder justice center located in Clark county.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Liias, Bailey, Frockt, Miloscia, and McAuliffe)
Changing provisions relating to services and activities fees at institutions of higher education.
Allows the governing boards of institutions of higher education to annually alter existing services and activities fees.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored 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, the use of special assessments, and adoption of a budget.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Parlette, and Hargrove)
Concerning wildfire management.
Requires the department of enterprise services, in coordination with the department of natural resources, to use: (1) A request for information to a broad base of wildfire insurance carriers to gain an understanding of insurance requirements and data needed for an accurate quote; and(2) A request for quote to a broad base of wildfire insurance carriers to discern how each carrier would meet the needs of the state and the cost of annual premiums.Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) Develop a twenty-year strategic plan to treat the 2.7 million acres of state forestland identified by the department as being in poor forest health condition;(2) Create a prescribed burn manager certification program for those who practice prescribed burning in the state;(3) Update the smoke management plan, through a science-based stakeholder process that balances forest health and public health interests, and in consultation with the department of ecology, other relevant state and federal agencies, participating tribes, and public and private landowners engaged in silvicultural forest burning; and(4) Provide water storage containers and hoses to local fire-prone communities and landowners to use to put out embers or fire brands that fall on their property.Authorizes a local suppression entity that has satisfied certain prerequisites to contact the department of natural resources or the state fire marshal and request prepositioned fire suppression resources be provided in the jurisdiction of the requesting local suppression entity if a severity condition is declared for the area of request.Creates the local wildland fire severity account.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senator Roach)
Allowing a city, town, code city, or county to request mediation in the event of a conflict with another city, town, code city, or county.
Authorizes a local government that has a conflict with another local government to request from the attorney general's office the names of three mediators from which the local governments must choose a mediator, unless both agree to use another mediator.
by Senator Miloscia
Enacting the Washington voting rights act.
Establishes the Washington voting rights act of 2016.
by Senator Braun
Relating to retirement from public service.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to retirement from public service.
by Senator Braun
Relating to state government.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to state government.
by Senator Braun
Relating to fiscal matters.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to fiscal matters.
by Senator Braun
Relating to fiscal matters.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to fiscal matters.