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 Representatives Kirby and Vick
Authorizing funeral planning and funeral services as noninsurance benefits under group life and disability insurance policies.
Authorizes life insurers and disability insurers, with prior approval of the insurance commissioner, to include funeral planning and funeral services as part of a policy or certificate of group life insurance or group disability insurance, however, it must be disclosed that this noninsurance benefit does not constitute an insurance funded prearrangement contract.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Jinkins, Cody, Robinson, Gregerson, Ryu, Ortiz-Self, Fitzgibbon, Farrell, Tharinger, Doglio, Dolan, Frame, Tarleton, Appleton, Springer, Lytton, Chapman, Stanford, Peterson, Ormsby, McBride, Fey, Kloba, Senn, Sells, Kilduff, Santos, Riccelli, Bergquist, and Goodman)
Protecting public safety through responsible storage of firearms.
Includes in the crime of reckless endangerment, when a person leaves or stores a firearm in a location where he or she knows or reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access, and the child does gain possession of the firearm, and: (1) Causes physical harm or death with the firearm;(2) Displays the firearm in a public place;(3) Displays the firearm in an angry or threatening manner; or(4) Uses the firearm in the commission of a crime.Requires a firearms dealer, when selling a firearm, to offer to sell or give the purchaser a locked box, a lock, or a device that prevents the firearm from discharging.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Blake, Fitzgibbon, Pollet, and Doglio)
Encouraging low-water landscaping practices as a drought alleviation tool.
Prohibits homeowner association and condominium association restrictions that limit private property owners' ability to install drought resistant landscaping or wildfire ignition resistant landscaping.Ensures that state-funded buildings achieve the highest landscaping water efficient benchmarks that are consistent with nationally recognized consensus green building standards as reflected in the water efficiency provisions of the international green construction code.Requires major facility projects to be designed and constructed to receive credits made available for water efficient landscaping under the United States green building council rating system, international green construction code, other nationally recognized consensus standard, or the state sustainable school design protocol.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Barkis, Kirby, Klippert, Stambaugh, and Haler)
Concerning unlawful entry on certain properties.
Authorizes a peace officer to: (1) Remove a person from real property and order the person to remain off the property, when the person is unlawfully entering the property; and(2) If he or she has probable cause to believe that the person is guilty of criminal trespass, make an arrest or exclude anyone under penalty of criminal trespass.Authorizes an owner of premises to initiate an investigation and request the removal of an unauthorized person from the premises by providing a certain declaration to law enforcement.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Jinkins, DeBolt, Cody, Rodne, Griffey, Harris, Haler, and Appleton)
Addressing health care authority auditing practices.
Addresses auditing requirements of the state health care authority and contractors that conduct audits on behalf of the authority.Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Develop and implement a procedure by which an improper payment identified by an audit may be resubmitted as a claims adjustment; and(2) Provide educational and training programs annually for providers.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Cody, Jinkins, Wylie, Bergquist, Harris, Clibborn, Rodne, Griffey, and Appleton)
Addressing fair dental insurance practices.
Requires a health carrier that offers a dental plan to maintain a documented utilization review program description and written utilization criteria based on prevention of dental disease and chronic disease implications.Prohibits a health carrier that offers a dental plan from subjecting a provider to an additional level of oversight under the health carrier's provider agreement solely because the provider, on behalf of a patient, files an appeal or grievance.Requires the office of the insurance commissioner to convene a work group to examine current health carrier practices related to explanations of benefits sent to covered persons.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Nealey, Ormsby, Muri, Goodman, Stanford, Tarleton, Senn, Appleton, Kilduff, and Jinkins; by request of Department of Enterprise Services)
Concerning the public disclosure of global positioning system data corresponding to residential addresses of public employees and volunteers.
Exempts the following employment and licensing information from public inspection and copying under the public records act: The global positioning system data that would indicate the location of the residence of a public employee or volunteer who is using the global positioning system recording device.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Stambaugh, Springer, Harris, Tarleton, Haler, Muri, Jinkins, and Bergquist)
Requiring establishment of a systemwide policy for granting credit for AP exams.
Requires institutions of higher education, in collaboration with the student achievement council, to establish a policy for granting undergraduate course credits, that fulfill certain requirements, to students who have earned minimum scores of three on AP exams.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Harris, Jinkins, Johnson, Kagi, Lovick, Ormsby, and Slatter)
Concerning restrictions on prescriptions for opioid drugs.
Requires a practitioner, in order to prescribe an opioid drug, to annually complete continuing education regarding best practices in the prescribing of opioid drugs.Requires each disciplining authority to adopt rules establishing requirements for prescribing opioid drugs.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Appleton, Ormsby, and Santos)
Concerning tribal-state relations.
Addresses issues of mutual concern to the tribes and the state.Creates the joint summit council on Indian affairs which is part of the legislative branch of state government.Creates an administrative committee that consists of the legislative members of the council.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Griffey and Cody)
Concerning reimbursement for services provided pursuant to community assistance referral and education services programs.
Requires the state health care authority to adopt standards for the reimbursement of health care services provided to eligible clients by fire departments pursuant to a community assistance referral and education services program.Requires the standards to allow payment for covered health care services provided to individuals whose medical needs do not require ambulance transport to an emergency department.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Macri, Clibborn, Pettigrew, Farrell, Stonier, Jinkins, Kagi, Fitzgibbon, Gregerson, Tharinger, Robinson, Appleton, and Kloba)
Establishing the practice of dental therapy.
Creates new credentials for dental therapists.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Harris, Cody, Manweller, Jinkins, Robinson, and Gregerson)
Concerning dental practice and solicitation by corporations.
Addresses dental practice and solicitation by corporations.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, DeBolt, Riccelli, Caldier, Jinkins, and Appleton)
Concerning dental licensure through completion of a residency program.
Requires the state dental quality assurance commission to accept, in lieu of the practical examination, proof that a dental license applicant has satisfactorily completed a general practice residency, pediatric residency, or an advanced education in general dentistry residency program in the state of at least one year's duration.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Schmick, Macri, Harris, Jinkins, Appleton, and Springer)
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) A health care provider who is providing care to a patient, or to whom a patient has been referred for evaluation or treatment; or(2) 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.
by Representatives Holy and Hudgins
Enhancing election reconciliation reports.
Requires the county auditor to: (1) Make election reconciliation reports available to the public at the auditor's office;(2) Publish the reports on the auditor's web site at the time of certification; and(3) Submit the reports to the secretary of state at the time of certification.Requires the election reconciliation report to include the number of: (1) Overseas and service ballots issued, received, counted, and rejected by mail, e-mail, web site link, or facsimile, as appropriate;(2) Nonoverseas and nonservice ballots sent and received by e-mail, web site link, or facsimile, as appropriate; and(3) Nonoverseas and nonservice ballots that were rejected for failing to send an original or hard copy of the ballot by the deadline or any other reason, including the reason for rejection.Requires the secretary of state to collect the reports from each county auditor and prepare a statewide reconciliation report for each state primary and general election.
by Representatives Stonier, Frame, Peterson, Harris, Vick, Wylie, and Pike
Concerning county treasurer administrative efficiencies.
Modifies the duties of county treasurers regarding tax collection, delinquency dates, partial payments of taxes, and tax rolls.
by Representatives Taylor, Shea, Griffey, and Holy
Concerning disposition of property subject to forfeiture.
Requires the proceeds from the foreclosure of property to be deposited in the education legacy trust account for common schools.
by Senators King, Hunt, Sheldon, Hobbs, Mullet, and Warnick; by request of Department of Licensing
Facilitating compliance with the federal REAL ID act by modifying driver's license and identicard design and fees.
Requires the department of licensing to mark a driver's license or identicard issued under chapter 46.20 RCW, as noncompliant with the REAL ID act, except for those issued under RCW 46.20.202 (licenses and identicards issued for Canadian border crossing).Repeals statutes regarding the implementation of and compliance with the REAL ID act.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Padden, Pedersen, Kuderer, Darneille, Frockt, and Angel)
Concerning disclosures regarding incentivized evidence and testimony.
Requires the state, before it introduces any testimony or statement of an informant in a trial or other criminal proceeding, to: (1) Request material and information from the investigative agency and the informant; and(2) Disclose to the defendant the results of the request and other material and information that is known by the state or reasonably available to be discovered by the state.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Walsh, Darneille, Keiser, Palumbo, and Conway)
Establishing the legislative advisory committee on aging.
Creates the legislative advisory committee on aging to review issues of importance to the state's aging community and to individuals with disabilities in the state. This may include housing, long-term care, health and wellness, transportation, and finances.Expires July 1, 2019.
by Senators Wilson, Angel, Honeyford, and Schoesler
Concerning the scope of land use control ordinances for purposes of vesting.
Includes environmental and development regulations that vest at the time of a proposed division of land or completed building permit application.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Takko, Ericksen, Becker, Walsh, Angel, Wilson, Schoesler, Honeyford, Pearson, Brown, and Padden)
Ensuring that water is available to support development.
Includes the following as an option of providing evidence of an adequate water supply when applying for a building permit: A water well report for a groundwater withdrawal exempt from permitting that is not prohibited by an applicable water resources management rule adopted by the department of ecology.Authorizes a county or city to: (1) Impose conditions on building permits requiring connection to certain existing public water systems; and(2) In providing for the protection of the quantity of groundwater used for public water supplies, rely on or refer to applicable water resources management rules.Authorizes certain local governments, in approving a subdivision, dedication, or short subdivision, to rely on or refer to applicable water resources management rules to determine if appropriate provisions have been made for potable water supplies.Requires a permit to make beneficial use of public waters to be conditioned to mitigate impacts to fish or aquatic habitat.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Liias, Takko, and Pearson)
Including fish passage barrier removal projects that comply with the forest practices rules in the streamlined permit process provided in RCW 77.55.181.
Authorizes 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).Requires an applicant for a forest practices hydraulic project, that is not otherwise required to submit a joint aquatic resource permit application, to submit a copy of his or her forest practices application to the appropriate local government.Addresses fish passage barrier removal projects that comply with forest practices rules.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Wellman, Sheldon, Rivers, Wilson, Cleveland, Walsh, Takko, and Rolfes)
Concerning the authority of port districts to provide telecommunications services.
Provides that port districts located in counties with a population less than seven hundred thousand are eligible to construct, purchase, acquire, develop, finance, lease, license, handle, provide, add to, contract for, interconnect, alter, improve, repair, operate, and maintain telecommunications facilities, within or without the district's limits, using unlit optical fiber.Authorizes the port districts to select a telecommunications company to operate its telecommunications facilities.
by Senators Rolfes and Miloscia
Concerning certification requirements for electrical trainees.
Creates alternative certification qualifications for: HVAC/refrigeration specialty electricians; HVAC/refrigeration restricted specialty electricians; restricted, nonresidential maintenance specialty electricians; and nonresidential maintenance specialty electricians.Authorizes military electronics rating applicants and military generator rating applicants, upon completing continuing education unit requirements, to take the examination for the EL06 or EL07 specialty electrician certification, as appropriate.
by Senators Ericksen, Hobbs, Baumgartner, Chase, Miloscia, O'Ban, Brown, Fortunato, Becker, Warnick, and Conway
Assigning the value of travel awards for state travel to benefit veterans.
Requires travel awards earned by state officers and state employees, while conducting state business, to be used to reduce the costs of travel expenses of veterans in need of medical and health care.Requires the director of the department of veterans affairs to: (1) Be the custodian of travel awards earned by state officers and state employees; and(2) Expend travel awards for the benefit of veterans who must travel to receive medical and health care purchased with state and federal funds by the department.