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 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 of interested stakeholders, including carriers that offer stand-alone dental plans, to examine current health carrier practices related to the contents of stand-alone dental plans' explanations of benefits sent to covered persons.Provides a January 1, 2018, expiration date for the work group.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Van Werven, Tarleton, Orwall, Griffey, Haler, Holy, McCabe, Young, Dent, Riccelli, Bergquist, Buys, Kraft, Kagi, Ryu, Muri, Goodman, Lovick, Frame, and Hargrove)
Providing students at community and technical colleges with the costs of required course materials.
Requires community and technical colleges to: (1) No later than the first full quarter after a college has implemented the ctcLink system, and to the maximum extent practicable, provide the following information to students during registration: The cost of required textbooks or other course materials and whether a course uses open educational resources; and(2) Report to the state board for community and technical colleges which courses provided costs to students for textbooks and course materials during registration and what percent of total classes this equaled.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Peterson, Buys, Van Werven, and Short
Ensuring the ongoing viability of safe, reliable, on-site sewage systems in marine counties by identifying best management practices with accountability in on-site program management plans without creating or newly authorizing a fee or other program funding source.
Identifies best management practices to be used by septic owners, operators, and installers for ensuring the safe operation and maintenance of on-site sewage disposal systems, including the design and maintenance of on-site sewage disposal system risers and lids.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Muri, Sawyer, Sells, Jinkins, and Doglio)
Incentivizing the development of commercial office space in cities with a population of greater than fifty thousand and located in a county with a population of less than one million five hundred thousand.
Authorizes the governing authority of a city with a population of greater than fifty thousand that is located in a county with a population of less than one million five hundred thousand to adopt a local sales and use tax exemption program to incentivize the development of commercial office space in urban centers with access to transit, high capacity transportation systems, and other amenities.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to study the effectiveness of the local sales and use tax exemption program.Provides a December 31, 2025, expiration date for the study.
by Representatives Senn, Pellicciotti, Slatter, Macri, Peterson, Chapman, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Sawyer, Frame, Gregerson, Farrell, Kilduff, Kagi, Dolan, Clibborn, Pollet, McBride, Stanford, Doglio, Appleton, Robinson, Fitzgibbon, Sells, Goodman, Tharinger, Hudgins, Ormsby, Riccelli, Fey, and Pettigrew
Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity.
Updates the existing state equal pay act to address income disparities, employer discrimination, retaliation practices, and the equal status of workers in this state.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Pellicciotti, Slatter, Macri, Peterson, Chapman, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Sawyer, Frame, Gregerson, Farrell, Kilduff, Kagi, Dolan, Clibborn, Pollet, McBride, Stanford, Doglio, Appleton, Robinson, Fitzgibbon, Sells, Goodman, Tharinger, Hudgins, Ormsby, Riccelli, Fey, and Pettigrew)
Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity.
Updates the existing state equal pay act to address income disparities, employer discrimination, and retaliation practices, and to reflect the equal status of workers in this state.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Dent, Gregerson, Hargrove, Tarleton, Klippert, and Clibborn
Establishing a community aviation revitalization loan program.
Creates an airport infrastructure loan program, to be known as the community aviation revitalization loan program, for political subdivisions of the state that own or manage airports to acquire loans to fund capital projects.Requires the aviation division of the department of transportation to administer the loan program.Creates the community aviation revitalization loan oversight task force to oversee and provide consultation to the department of transportation in relation to the loan program.Exempts the following from disclosure under the public records act: Financial and commercial information and records supplied by businesses or individuals during application for loans or program services provided by the loan program.Creates the community aviation revitalization revolving loan account.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Dolan, Harris, Hudgins, MacEwen, Kilduff, Haler, Robinson, Bergquist, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Pollet, Ormsby, and Stanford)
Protecting taxpayers by providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.
Establishes the taxpayer protection act.Requires an agency to meet the criteria in RCW 41.06.142 (section 6 of this act) and conduct a comprehensive impact assessment if the estimated cost of contract performance is greater than twenty thousand dollars before issuing a request for a proposal under chapter 39.26 RCW, to contract out to purchase from a private sector entity or nonprofit organization, goods and services that have been customarily and historically provided by public employees.Expands the duties of the department of enterprise services, the office of financial management, the joint legislative audit and review committee, and the state auditor with regard to accountability and transparency in government contracting.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Harris, Santos, and Pollet)
Concerning the responsibilities of the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Establishing a legislative task force to review issues relating to the responsibilities of the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education. )
Creates the legislative task force on K-12 governance and responsibilities to develop recommendations regarding the appropriate division of duties between the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education.
by Representatives Stanford, Ormsby, and Pollet
Concerning noncompetition agreements.
Requires an employer, in order for a noncompetition agreement to be enforceable, to: (1) Disclose the terms of the agreement in writing to the prospective employee no later than the time of the acceptance of the offer of employment; or(2) If the agreement is entered into after the commencement of employment, provide independent consideration for the agreement.
by Representatives Kagi, Jinkins, and Senn
Addressing the budgeting process for core state services for children.
Requires the state institute for public policy, in consultation with the department of social and health services, to develop a single validated tool to assess the care needs of foster children.Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Once the validated tool is available for use on a statewide basis, use the tool for assessing the care needs of foster children, including whether the department should provide foster children with behavioral rehabilitation services; and(2) Notify the caseload forecast council, the office of financial management, and the appropriate fiscal committees of the legislature when it begins statewide use of the validated tool.Requires the department of social and health services children's administration to, as part of its budget request submittal for the 2018 supplemental operating budget, conduct a review of the most recent caseload forecast of children in foster care and the availability and capacity of licensed foster homes.Requires foster care, adoption support and related services, and child protective services to: (1) Be included in the forecast of the caseload forecast council; and(2) Be forecasted and budgeted as maintenance level costs.
by Representatives Reeves, Barkis, Kilduff, Stokesbary, Blake, Hayes, Stanford, Steele, and Muri
Concerning discover passes for state and national guard members.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife, the department of natural resources, and the parks and recreation commission, upon request to, provide one complimentary discover pass per year to a resident that is a member of the state guard or national guard as long as he or she: (1) Is an active full-time member; or(2) Is a member whose status requires him or her to participate in drill training on a part-time basis.
by Representatives Haler, Hansen, Holy, Stanford, and Muri
Expanding opportunities for higher education students.
Creates the medical student loan program to increase the rural physician workforce in the state.Requires the office of student financial assistance to administer the program.Creates the medical student loan account.
by Representatives Pollet, Cody, Ryu, Robinson, Jinkins, Kagi, and Peterson
Concerning the taxation of vapor products.
Clarifies that the tax on tobacco products applies to electronic cigarettes, electronic devices, vape pens, and other vaping products.Includes in the definition of "tobacco products" for purposes of chapter 82.26 RCW (tax on tobacco products): A product containing a solution or other consumable substance that contains tobacco or nicotine derived from tobacco that employs a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit that can be used to produce vapor from the solution or other substance.
by Senators Wellman, Rolfes, Nelson, McCoy, Carlyle, Frockt, Palumbo, Liias, Billig, Hunt, Keiser, Pedersen, Conway, Saldaña, Darneille, Hasegawa, Chase, Mullet, and Kuderer
Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Changing provisions relating to school district excess levies. )
Extends current statutory policies on local enrichment through calendar year 2018 to promote a school district's ability to plan for the future during the 2017 transition period.
by Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports (originally sponsored by Senators Liias and Walsh)
Equalizing differences between the liquor industries regarding certain sales of alcohol carrying a private label.
Authorizes beer, wine, or spirits private label items to be produced, distributed, or sold by a person to the same extent that person is otherwise properly licensed to produce, distribute, or sell beer, wine, or spirits generally.Authorizes a distillery, craft distillery, or licensee manufacturing spirits to produce and sell spirits carrying a private label exclusive to a restaurant or private club holding a certain license or a spirits retail licensee holding a certain license.Requires a licensed spirits distributor, a licensed wine distributor, and a licensed beer distributor, to the extent it is reasonably practicable for the distributor to do so, to make a product available, that the distributor acquires for resale, to a person legally entitled to purchase the product.
by Senate Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Senator Honeyford)
Concerning withdrawal of candidacy.
Authorizes a declaration of candidacy to be filed until seventy-two hours after the close of business on the Monday following the last day for candidates to withdraw, if an incumbent officeholder who has filed for reelection later withdraws his or her candidacy.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Mullet, Fain, and Hobbs)
Concerning the services and processes available when residential real property is abandoned or in foreclosure.
Allows a certificate of abandonment to be obtained for a fee through the housing finance commission by using a form and subject to the terms and conditions developed by the housing finance commission in conjunction with the servicing industry, trustees, and civil legal aid.Requires the housing finance commission to: (1) Determine the costs associated with the application process and set a reasonable application fee based upon these costs; and(2) Notify the appropriate city, town, or county upon certificate issuance or upon receipt of notification from a servicer.Increases the fee for a beneficiary on whose behalf a notice of trustee's sale has been recorded on residential real property and requires the fee to be remitted to the county auditor or recording officer instead of the department of commerce.
by Senator Baumgartner
Concerning obligations of mental health professionals.
Requires a mental health professional or an individual health care provider providing mental health services to a patient to warn of the patient's violent behavior only if the patient has communicated to the mental health professional or individual health care provider an actual threat of physical violence that poses a serious or imminent threat to the health or safety of a reasonably identifiable person.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Chase, Walsh, Brown, Becker, Short, and Bailey)
Requires an agritourism professional to post and maintain warning signs that contain a specific notice which must be placed at the entrance to an agritourism location and at the site of an agritourism activity.Provides immunity from liability for the injury, loss, damage, or death of a participant, engaging in an agritourism activity, resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of agritourism activities.