SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Passed Senate, February 12, 2018
Title: An act relating to the legislative advisory committee on aging.
Brief Description: Establishing the legislative advisory committee on aging.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Walsh, Darneille, Keiser, Palumbo and Conway).
Committee Activity: Health Care: 1/26/17, 2/07/17 [DPS, w/oRec].
Passed Senate: 2/28/17, 49-0; 2/12/18, 47-0.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE
Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 5180 be substituted therefor, and the substitute bill do pass.
Signed by Senators Rivers, Chair; Becker, Vice Chair; Kuderer, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Bailey, Conway, Fain, Keiser, Miloscia, Mullet, O'Ban and Walsh.
Minority Report: That it be referred without recommendation.
Signed by Senator Cleveland, Ranking Minority Member.
Staff: LeighBeth Merrick (786-7445)
Background: The Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability Issues (Committee) was originally established in the 2013-15 operating budget and was reestablished in the 2015-17 operating budget. The Committee was tasked with various duties relating to the aging and disabled population in the state. These duties included:
identifying strategies to better serve the health care needs of an aging population and people with disabilities to promote healthy living and palliative care planning;
identify ways to fund long-term services and supports;
promote financial security in retirement; and
identify other policy options to help communities adapt to the aging demographic in planning for housing, land use, and transportation.
During the four years of its existence, the Committee issued four reports, including its final report that was issued in December 2016. The Committee is set to expire at the end of the 2015-17 operating budget.
Summary of Second Engrossed First Substitute Bill: Beginning July 1, 2019, the Legislative Advisory Committee on Aging (Aging Committee) is established. Membership of the Aging Committee will be: four members from the Senate, four members from the House of Representatives, and representatives from the Department of Social and Health Services and the Health Care Authority, who are nonvoting members.
The Aging Committee may review issues of importance to the state's aging and disabled communities. These may include housing issues, long-term care issues, health and wellness issues, transportation issues, malnutritional issues, and financial issues.
The Aging Committee expires July 1, 2021.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: Yes.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony on Original Bill: Testimony from 2017 Regular Session. The committee recommended a different version of the bill than what was heard. PRO: We continue to support the work of the Committee which does a profound amount of work. The Aging Committee will be different than the Committee and we are confident that the Legislature will figure out the formulation of the Committee and keep focusing on aging matters by choosing topics as needed.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Senator Barbara Bailey, Prime Sponsor; Liz Tidyman, citizen; Cathy Maccaul, AARP.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.