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 Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Harris, Jinkins, Pollet, Kilduff, Slatter, and Cody; by request of Department of Health)
Concerning foundational public health services.
Addresses the protection of the public's health in the state, core public health services and essential capabilities that comprise foundational public health services, and development of a governmental public health improvement plan.Creates the core public health services account.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Stonier, Dolan, Ortiz-Self, Riccelli, Orwall, Peterson, Sawyer, Doglio, Gregerson, Slatter, Frame, Macri, Bergquist, Senn, Ryu, Kloba, Stanford, Sells, Farrell, Lovick, McBride, Pollet, Hudgins, Jinkins, Kagi, Appleton, Goodman, Tharinger, Clibborn, Ormsby, Cody, Santos, Fey, and Pettigrew)
Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs.
Establishes the Washington kids ready to learn act of 2017.Requires each high-needs school to offer breakfast after the bell to each student and provide adequate time for students to consume the food.Requires the superintendent of public instruction to administer one-time start-up allocation grants to each high-needs school implementing a breakfast after the bell program.Creates the breakfast after the bell lighthouse project to promote best practices for breakfast after the bell programs.Requires school districts with school lunch programs to begin to eliminate lunch copays for students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade who qualify for reduced-price lunches.Authorizes school districts and the office of the superintendent of public instruction to coordinate with the department of agriculture to promote and facilitate farm-to-school programs and small and direct marketing farm programs within school districts.Authorizes the office of the superintendent of public instruction to award grants to school districts to collaborate with community-based organizations, food banks, and farms or gardens for reducing high school dropout occurrences through farm engagement projects.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, DeBolt, Blake, Koster, Orcutt, Tharinger, Kraft, Pettigrew, Smith, Dolan, and Fitzgibbon)
Concerning the forest riparian easement program.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) If the state creates a climate strategy, share information regarding the carbon sequestration benefits of the forest riparian easement program with other state programs using methods and protocols established in the state climate strategy that attempt to quantify carbon storage or account for carbon emissions; and(2) Promote the expansion of funding for the forest riparian easement program and the ecosystem services supported by the program based on the findings stated in RCW 76.13.100.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Orwall, Hayes, Pellicciotti, Holy, Griffey, Pettigrew, Muri, and Haler)
Concerning impaired driving.
Modifies impaired driving provisions.
by Representatives Lovick, McDonald, Johnson, Hayes, Stonier, Griffey, McBride, Harris, Springer, Stambaugh, Gregerson, Appleton, Muri, and Haler
Concerning the authority of local governments to require criminal history background checks.
Authorizes cities, towns, code cities, counties, and metropolitan park districts to: (1) Require a federal background investigation, a state criminal background investigation, and a criminal background investigation conducted through a private organization of their employees, applicants for employment, volunteers, vendors, and independent contractors who, in the course of their work or volunteer activity, may have unsupervised access to children, persons with developmental disabilities, or vulnerable adults; and(2) Require an employee, prospective employee, volunteer, vendor, or independent contractor to pay the costs associated with the record check.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Dent, Kagi, and Kilduff)
Implementing recommendations from the children's mental health work group.
Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Oversee the coordination of resources and services through the managed health care system and tribal organizations providing health care services for children who are eligible for medical assistance and have been identified as requiring mental health treatment;(2) Require provider payment for annual depression screening for certain youth; and (3) Require provider payment for maternal depression screening for mothers of children ages birth to six months.Requires the department of early learning to establish a child care consultation program linking child care providers with evidence-based, trauma-informed, and best practice resources regarding caring for infants and young children who present behavioral concerns or symptoms of trauma.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to establish a competitive application process to designate two educational service districts in which to pilot one lead staff person for children's mental health and substance use disorder services.Requires Washington State University to offer one twenty-four month residency position that is approved by the accreditation council for graduate medical education to one resident specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry.Requires a behavioral health organization to, upon initiation or renewal of a contract with the department of social and health services or the state health care authority, reimburse a provider for a behavioral health service provided to a covered person who is under eighteen years old through telemedicine or store and forward technology.
by Representatives Sawyer, Smith, Caldier, Jinkins, Fey, Kloba, Ortiz-Self, Stanford, and Frame
Protecting minors from sexual exploitation.
Requires the prosecuting attorney, in a criminal investigation of an offense involving the sexual exploitation of children, to use the special inquiry judge process when he or she determines it is necessary to the investigation to subpoena a provider of electronic communication services or remote computing services to obtain records relevant to the investigation.Requires the court, upon petition of the special inquiry judge proceeding, to establish the proceeding, if appropriate, no later than seventy-two hours after the filing of the petition.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Holy, Goodman, Hansen, Hayes, Stokesbary, Senn, Orwall, Kagi, Appleton, Kilduff, Rodne, Jinkins, Taylor, Shea, Tharinger, Frame, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Fey, Macri, Ryu, Doglio, Pellicciotti, Peterson, Santos, Reeves, Kloba, Robinson, Stanford, Hudgins, McBride, Ormsby, and Pollet)
Concerning legal financial obligations.
Addresses legal financial obligations.Eliminates the accrual of interest on certain nonrestitution portions of legal financial obligations.Prohibits a court from imposing costs on a defendant who is indigent at the time of sentencing.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Holy, Goodman, Hansen, Hayes, Stokesbary, Senn, Orwall, Kagi, Appleton, Kilduff, Rodne, Jinkins, Taylor, Shea, Tharinger, Frame, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Fey, Macri, Ryu, Doglio, Pellicciotti, Peterson, Santos, Reeves, Kloba, Robinson, Stanford, Hudgins, McBride, Ormsby, and Pollet)
Concerning legal financial obligations.
Addresses legal financial obligations.Eliminates the accrual of interest on certain nonrestitution portions of legal financial obligations.Prohibits a court from imposing costs on a defendant who is indigent at the time of sentencing.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Kloba, Farrell, Stambaugh, Stokesbary, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Stanford, and McBride
Creating the Cooper Jones bicyclist safety advisory council.
Requires the traffic safety commission to convene the Cooper Jones bicyclist safety advisory council to review and analyze data related to bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries to identify points at which the transportation system can be improved and to identify patterns in bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries.Expires June 30, 2019.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Kilduff, Doglio, Robinson, Stanford, Hudgins, McBride, Macri, Ormsby, Frame, Slatter, Jinkins, and Pollet)
Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women.
Prohibits an employer, with regard to providing accommodations for a pregnant employee, from: (1) Failing or refusing to make reasonable accommodations;(2) Taking adverse action against the employee who requests, declines, or uses the accommodation;(3) Denying employment opportunities to an otherwise qualified employee; or(4) Requiring an employee to take leave.Requires the department of labor and industries to provide online education materials explaining the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees who have a health condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.Requires the attorney general to investigate complaints and enforce this act.Creates the healthy pregnancy advisory committee to: (1) Develop a strategy for improving maternal and infant health outcomes; and(2) Conduct its activities in consultation with the maternal mortality review panel.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Reeves, Springer, Kilduff, Farrell, Appleton, Stonier, Stanford, Kloba, Frame, Ryu, Tharinger, Pellicciotti, Macri, Chapman, Fitzgibbon, Jinkins, Orwall, Doglio, Lovick, Riccelli, Peterson, Gregerson, Blake, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby, Bergquist, Fey, and Pollet)
Increasing the access of veterans, military service members, and military spouses to shared leave in state employment.
Creates the veterans' in-state service shared leave pool to allow employees to donate leave to be used as shared leave for veteran employees who meet certain requirements or for spouses of the veteran employees who meet certain requirements and are caring for their spouses. Requires an agency head to allow employees who are veterans, and their spouses, to access shared leave from the veterans' in-state service shared leave pool upon employment.Requires the office of financial management to adopt rules and policies governing the donation and use of shared leave from the veterans' in-state service shared leave pool.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Clibborn, McDonald, Kagi, Caldier, Senn, Graves, Lovick, Dent, McBride, Farrell, Wylie, Slatter, Macri, Doglio, Robinson, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby, Sells, Fey, Frame, Muri, Riccelli, Springer, Jinkins, Gregerson, Stanford, and Pollet)
Providing support for foster youth in obtaining drivers' licenses and automobile liability insurance.
Requires the department of social and health services to contract with a private nonprofit organization to provide driver's license support for foster youth, including youth receiving extended foster care services.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Dent, Senn, Kagi, Griffey, Johnson, and McBride)
Reducing certain documentation and paperwork requirements in order to improve children's mental health and safety.
Requires the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to immediately perform a review of their rules, policies, and procedures related to the documentation requirements for behavioral health services with regard to individual initial assessments to identify areas in which duplicative or inefficient documentation requirements can be eliminated or streamlined for providers.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.Expires December 31, 2018.
by Representatives Dent and Fitzgibbon
Concerning small forest landowners.
Authorizes a burning permit, issued by the department of natural resources, to applicants who are small forest landowners to be multiple year permits if a multiple year permit is requested by the landowner.Excludes the following from the definition of "farm labor contractor" for purposes of chapter 19.30 RCW: A person performing farm labor contracting activity solely for a small forest landowner who receives services of no more than two agricultural employees at any given time.
by Representatives Dent and Buys
Concerning the beef commission.
Requires the beef commission to: (1) Cooperate with certain entities and make contracts and agreements for carrying on joint programs beneficial to the sustainable stewardship of cattle;(2) Develop and submit the following to the director of the department of agriculture for approval: The establishment, effectuation, and administration of research, education, and programs related to health and safety of cattle, beef, and beef products and to industry specific educational projects;(3) Provide for programs designed to support sustainable stewardship of cattle and the environment;(4) Develop materials, education, and programs related to health and safety of beef and beef products and the sustainable stewardship of cattle and the environment;(5) Make grants to research agencies for financing studies related to beef health; and(6) When preparing the budget, set forth the complete and detailed financial program of the commission, showing the revenues and expenditures of the commission.
by Representatives Schmick, Cody, and Ormsby
Concerning the addition of services for long-term placement of mental health patients in community settings that voluntarily contract to provide the 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.Makes long-term placement available for mental health patients in community hospitals and evaluation and treatment facilities that voluntarily contract and are certified by the department of social and health services.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Warnick, Fain, Bailey, and Brown)
Concerning fire suppression methodologies.
Requires the department of natural resources to report certain fire suppression information to the legislature.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Fortunato, and Sheldon)
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 and subject to voter approval, 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.Requires a city or town to reduce its general fund regular property tax levy by the total combined levy of the fire protection district.Authorizes a city or town fire protection district to establish an ambulance service to be operated as a public utility, however, the fire protection district may not provide for the establishment of an ambulance service utility that would compete with an existing private ambulance service unless the district determines otherwise.Provides that, with regard to property taxation and the levy of property taxes, the boundaries of a newly established fire protection district are the established official boundaries of the district as of the date that the voter-approved proposition is certified.Transfers powers, duties, and functions of a 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 Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Honeyford, Frockt, and Pedersen)
Improving state funding for school construction, modernization, and asset preservation.
Improves state funding for school construction, modernization, and asset preservation.
by Senator Darneille; by request of Department of Social and Health Services
Concerning public assistance eligibility requirements.
Authorizes the department of social and health services, in determining eligibility for public assistance, to exempt all resources except those required by federal law or to receive federal funds.