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=2017.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Shea, Pollet, Van Werven, Hargrove, Fitzgibbon, Nealey, Kilduff, Ormsby, Jinkins, Goodman, Gregerson, Stambaugh, Hudgins, and Tarleton; by request of Attorney General)
Providing information to students about education loans.
Establishes the Washington student loan transparency act.Requires an educational institution to provide, to an enrolled student who has applied for student financial aid, a notification that includes information about: (1) The student education loans the educational institution has certified; and(2) How to access resources for student education loan borrowers provided by federal or state agencies, such as a student education loan debt hotline and web site or student education loan ombuds, federal student loan repayment calculator, or other available resources.Requires the student achievement council, in consultation with the state board for community and technical colleges, the workforce training and education coordinating board, and the department of licensing to develop a form for reporting compliance by the institutions of higher education.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Dye, Blake, Haler, Shea, Taylor, Farrell, Dent, Nealey, Manweller, Short, Muri, Schmick, Ormsby, Fey, Young, and Buys)
Exempting short-line railroads that haul nonfuel oils from oil spill contingency planning requirements.
Prohibits the rules adopted by the department of ecology from requiring the following to be included as components of contingency plans of class III railroads transporting oil in bulk that is not crude oil nor a refined petroleum product used for fuel: (1) Contracted access to oil spill response equipment; or(2) The annual deployment of oil spill response equipment or a worst case scenario tabletop drill to test the contingency plans.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Gregerson, Haler, Pollet, Appleton, Stanford, Orwall, Sells, Tarleton, Chapman, Goodman, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Lytton, Doglio, Frame, Farrell, Riccelli, Lovick, Pettigrew, Sawyer, Springer, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Ormsby, Fey, Hudgins, Santos, and Macri)
Supporting student success at community and technical colleges by increasing full-time faculty.
Requires the state board for community and technical colleges to create a plan to increase the percentage of full-time tenure track positions in community and technical colleges.Provides that, the goal is for community and technical colleges to increase, over the next several years, the number of full-time tenured positions by adding two hundred new full-time tenure track positions in each of the next three biennia.Requires those colleges to provide an annual progress report to the state board for community and technical colleges.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Pollet, Peterson, Gregerson, Wylie, McBride, Doglio, and Hudgins)
Promoting the use of greywater in urban buildings.
Requires the department of health to update its standards, procedures, and guidelines to allow for the indoor reuse of greywater for water use needs of a building, including heating and cooling and the flushing of toilets.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Pike, Fitzgibbon, Manweller, Blake, Wylie, Peterson, and McDonald)
Requiring planning for the availability of mineral resources for future generations under the growth management act.
Revises growth management act provisions with regard to planning for the availability of mineral resources.Requires a county or city, in order to protect mineral resource lands from incompatible uses and to maintain the long-term commercial viability of mineral resource extraction, to designate as mineral resource lands all lands that have long-term significance for the extraction of minerals.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Haler, Fitzgibbon, Klippert, Nealey, Tarleton, and Jinkins; by request of Department of Health)
Transferring authority for low-level radioactive waste management from the department of ecology to the department of health.
Transfers the following from the department of ecology to the department of health: The authority for low-level radioactive waste management.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Wilcox, Chapman, MacEwen, J. Walsh, Orcutt, Buys, Pettigrew, Fitzgibbon, Haler, Condotta, and Muri)
Including fish passage barrier removal projects that comply with the forest practices rules in the streamlined permit process provided in RCW 77.55.181.
Allows a fish habitat enhancement project to be approved through the approval process established for forest practices hydraulic projects in chapter 76.09 RCW (the forest practices act).Addresses fish passage barrier removal projects that comply with forest practices rules.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Harris, Nealey, McBride, Stanford, and Muri; by request of Department of Enterprise Services)
Concerning loss prevention reviews by state agencies.
Requires state agencies, in consultation with the department of enterprise services and upon delegation, to appoint a loss prevention review team when the death of a person, serious injury to a person, or other substantial loss is alleged or suspected to be caused at least in part by the actions of the state agency except when the death, injury, or substantial loss is already being investigated by another federal or state agency, or by the affected state agency, under the federal or state agency requirements.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Goodman, Tarleton, Gregerson, Ormsby, Bergquist, and Stanford)
Concerning paint stewardship.
Creates an architectural paint recovery program that will be enforced by the department of ecology.Requires all producers of architectural paint selling in or into the state to participate in an approved state paint stewardship plan.Prohibits a producer or paint retailer from selling or offering for sale architectural paint in the state unless the producer or brand of architectural paint is participating in an approved stewardship plan.Exempts from disclosure under the public records act, records filed with the department of ecology under this act that a court has determined are confidential valuable commercial information.Creates the paint product stewardship account.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Smith, Ortiz-Self, Morris, and Stanford)
Establishing a blue ribbon panel on cybersecurity.
Requires the office of the state chief information officer and the state homeland security advisor to convene a blue ribbon panel on cybersecurity to review the following issues: (1) Protecting critical infrastructure from the threat of cyberattack;(2) Protecting data transfer and enhancing the security of the state's intergovernmental network; and(3) Best practices for local government response in the event of a debilitating cybersecurity incident.
by Representatives Ormsby, Manweller, Sells, Buys, Tarleton, Riccelli, Young, and Santos
Concerning the cross-training of masonry trades for building construction.
Requires the state apprenticeship council to adopt rules and standards that provide for cross-training among the masonry trades, incorporating the latest technology and teaching methods.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille and Chase)
Concerning court-based and school-based efforts to promote attendance and reduce truancy.
Addresses the promotion of attendance and the reduction of truancy using court-based and school-based efforts.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Walsh, Rolfes, Zeiger, Hobbs, Warnick, Pedersen, Nelson, Darneille, Kuderer, Hunt, Keiser, McCoy, Honeyford, Fain, Liias, Cleveland, Sheldon, Conway, Pearson, Frockt, Wilson, Bailey, and Hasegawa)
Creating a legislative page scholarship program.
Authorizes the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives to administer and conduct a legislative page scholarship program to provide: (1) Resources for students who participate in the page programs of the senate or house; and(2) Provide assistance to students, based on financial need, who qualify for a page program.Creates the legislative page scholarship account.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Rolfes, Zeiger, Darneille, Conway, Keiser, and Kuderer)
Concerning students who receive special education services who earn certificates of individual achievement.
Authorizes a student that receives special education services who, as a result of his or her academic performance, earns a certificate of individual achievement to: (1) Remain eligible to receive transition services from a school district between ages eighteen and twenty-one if his or her most recent evaluation and current individualized education program specify a continuing need for the services; and(2) If provided by the school district, continue to generate associated state and federal funding for the school district that provides the services.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Palumbo, Angel, Takko, and Zeiger)
Removing disincentives to the voluntary formation of regional fire protection service authorities by establishing parity, equalizing certain provisions with existing laws governing fire protection districts, and clarifying the formation process.
Revises regional fire protection service authority provisions as follows: (1) Removes disincentives to the voluntary formation of the authorities by establishing parity;(2) Equalizes certain provisions with existing laws governing fire protection districts; and(3) Clarifies the formation process.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Bailey, Rivers, O'Ban, Fain, Zeiger, Brown, Fortunato, Warnick, Miloscia, Angel, and Wilson)
Concerning federal funding programs requiring changes in state law.
Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to report to the legislature regarding federal funding programs greater than twenty-five million dollars in biennial expenditures affecting the state's health and human services agencies and the common school system that specify conditions requiring changes in state statutes as a condition of receiving federal funding.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Liias, Zeiger, Wellman, Keiser, Fain, Kuderer, and Carlyle)
Permitting the possession and application of topical sunscreen products at schools.
Establishes the student sun safety education act.Allows the possession and application of topical sunscreen products to help prevent sunburn while on school property, at a school-related event or activity, or at summer camp.Encourages schools to educate students about sun safety guidelines.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers and Cleveland)
Concerning the addition of services for long-term placement of mental health patients in community hospitals that voluntarily contract and are certified by the department of social and health services.
Revises the community mental health services act with regard to the insufficient capacity at eastern and western state hospitals to meet current and growing demand for services and patients.Requires the department of social and health services and the entities identified in RCW 71.24.310 and 71.24.380 (sections 2 and 3 of this act) to: (1) Work with willing community hospitals to assess their capacity to become certified to provide long-term mental health placements and to meet the requirements of the community mental health services act; and(2) Enter into contracts and payment arrangements with the hospitals choosing to provide long-term mental health placements.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Cleveland, and Darneille)
Specifying to whom information and records related to mental health services may be disclosed for the purposes of care coordination and treatment.
Authorizes information and records related to mental health services, other than those obtained through treatment under chapter 71.34 RCW (mental health services for minors), to be disclosed to a person who is: (1) Working in a care coordinator role for a health care facility or provider or is under an agreement under the federal health insurance portability and accountability act with a health care facility or provider and requires the information and records to assure coordinated care and treatment of the patient; and(2) Authorized to use or disclose information and records related to mental health services and takes appropriate steps to protect the information and records.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Darneille, Miloscia, Becker, Rivers, McCoy, Sheldon, Walsh, Chase, Bailey, Hobbs, Ericksen, Warnick, Angel, Honeyford, Rolfes, Padden, Billig, Zeiger, Wilson, Conway, Fain, Keiser, Hunt, and Kuderer)
Concerning fiscal notes.
Addresses fiscal notes and dynamic fiscal impact statements.Requires fiscal notes dealing with corrections, child welfare, and mental health issues to include an estimate of the fiscal impact of expenditure reductions or increases on other state or local program expenditures as well as any return on investment as a result of the legislation if requested by a member of a legislative fiscal committee for legislation projected to result in an increase or decrease in state expenditures exceeding five million dollars.Requires the director of the office of financial management and the director of the state institute for public policy to convene a work group to explore the establishment of a nonpartisan agency to conduct objective, impartial fiscal analysis on behalf of the legislature.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senator Pearson)
Initiating proactive steps to address elk hoof disease.
Requires the rules of the department of fish and wildlife to prohibit a person from translocating a live elk from an area with elk affected by hoof disease to any other location except consistent with a process developed by the department for translocation for monitoring or hoof disease management purposes.Designates Washington State University college of veterinary medicine as the state lead in developing a program to monitor and assess causes of and potential solutions for elk hoof disease and requires the college to establish an elk monitoring system in southwest Washington in order to carry out this mission.
by Senator Carlyle
Concerning the review process of the citizen commission for performance measurement of tax preferences.
Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee, when reviewing tax preferences, to include the following: (1) The overall effective tax rate for the industry groups benefiting from the tax preference; and(2) Using economic modeling techniques, evaluate potential economic impacts of the tax preference compared to the economic impact of government activities funded at the same level as the preference.
by Senator Carlyle
Concerning the creation, extension, expansion, accountability, and transparency of state tax preferences.
Addresses state tax preferences with regard to: (1) Improving tax preference data collection;(2) Incorporating department of revenue-led work group recommendations for improving department of revenue annual surveys and reports;(3) Authorizing public disclosure of firm-specific tax savings from business tax incentives;(4) Updating and modernizing the department of revenue tax exemption report; and(5) Improving the information contained in fiscal notes for bills that contain tax preferences for economic development.
by Senators Angel, Bailey, Rolfes, Braun, Brown, Sheldon, Pearson, Becker, Fortunato, and Wilson
Addressing the need for veterans' services.
Requires the department of veterans affairs to offer training and support for volunteers interested in providing peer-to-peer support to other veterans.Requires the office of financial management to develop a military recruitment program that targets veterans and gives them credit for their knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities and, in developing the program, consult with the department of enterprise services, the department of veterans affairs, and other interested stakeholders.
by Senators Frockt, Carlyle, Fain, Bailey, and Hobbs
Modifying the lodging excise tax to remove the exemption for premises with fewer than sixty lodging units and to tax certain vacation rentals, short-term home-sharing arrangements, and other compensated use or occupancy of dwellings.
Removes the lodging excise tax exemption for premises with fewer than sixty lodging units and imposes an excise tax on the sale of or charge made for the furnishing of a vacation rental, a home-sharing arrangement, or other compensated use or occupancy of all or a portion of a dwelling or dwelling unit, for a continuous period of less than one month, regardless of whether the dwelling or dwelling unit is also occupied by its owner.