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 Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Tarleton, and Jinkins; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning the evaluation and prioritization of capital budget projects at the public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education.
Addresses requirements of two-year and four-year institutions of higher education with regard to the evaluation and prioritization of capital budget projects at the institutions.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Schmick, Jinkins, Johnson, Robinson, and Riccelli)
Addressing the Washington state health insurance pool.
Declares an intent to: (1) Extend the expiration date to December 31, 2022, for nonmedicare coverage in the Washington state health insurance pool; and(2) Study the necessity of continuing pool coverage in the short and long terms, the role of the pool in light of the evolving health care landscape, and the creation of a funding mechanism that equitably and broadly apportions pool costs across the state's health care marketplace.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, McCaslin, Stonier, Muri, and Pollet)
Concerning professional certification for teachers and school administrators.
Requires the professional educator standards board to adopt rules: (1) For professional administrator certification that are substantially similar to the professional development credit option for professional teacher certification; and(2) That provide three options for professional certification for teachers that meet certain requirements.Creates the professional educator collaborative to: (1) Review the integration of, and smooth the transitions between, educator certificates; and(2) Make recommendations on how to improve and strengthen the pathways that lead to highly effective educators at each level of the public school system.Provides that section 7 of this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Hargrove, Caldier, Tarleton, Pettigrew, Gregerson, Kilduff, Senn, Ryu, Appleton, Goodman, Lovick, Ormsby, and Frame)
Concerning family reunification in the child welfare process.
Requires the department of social and health services to convene a parent-child visitation work group to: (1) Engage relevant stakeholders to include biological parents involved in or with experience in the child welfare process; and(2) Develop and implement changes in policy or practice to increase the amount and quality of parent-child visitation.Includes in the definition of "remedial services," for purposes of the juvenile court act, services and activities designed to facilitate access to and visitation of children by parents and siblings except in cases where that visitation is not in the best interest of the child or a court limits visitation.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt and Orcutt)
Concerning a property tax exemption for land owned by a nonprofit organization and designated as a master planned location for major industrial activity.
Exempts the following from property taxation: Real property owned by a nonprofit organization and within an area designated as a master planned location for major industrial activity outside urban growth areas on lands formerly used or designated for surface coal mining and supporting uses.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Griffey, Rodne, Goodman, Muri, Kilduff, Orwall, Haler, Kirby, Hansen, Frame, Johnson, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, and Cody)
Concerning the rights and obligations associated with incapacitated persons and other vulnerable adults.
Prohibits a guardian or limited guardian from restricting an incapacitated person's or other vulnerable adult's right to communicate, visit, interact, or otherwise associate with persons of the incapacitated person's or vulnerable adult's choosing.Requires a guardian or limited guardian of an incapacitated person to inform certain persons, within five days, after the incapacitated person: (1) Makes a change in residence;(2) Has been admitted to a medical facility for acute care;(3) Has been treated in an emergency room setting or kept for hospital observation; or(4) Dies.Requires the office of public guardianship, in partnership with the office of the state long-term care ombuds, to develop and offer training targeted to the legal community and persons working in long-term care facilities.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Smith, Hudgins, and Stanford)
Concerning the removal of payment credentials and other sensitive data from state data networks.
Prohibits state agencies from storing payment credentials on state data systems.Requires payment credentials, collected on behalf of a state agency to process payments for the agency, to be accepted and stored by a third-party institution.Requires state agencies that currently store payment credentials to work with the office of the state chief information officer to eliminate that data from state data systems by July 1, 2020.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Stambaugh, Santos, Orwall, Harris, Caldier, Springer, Appleton, Lytton, Condotta, Fey, Pollet, Goodman, Slatter, Bergquist, Macri, Doglio, and Kagi)
Concerning dual language in early learning and K-12 education.
Creates the K-12 dual language grant program to grow capacity for high quality dual language learning in the common schools and in state-tribal compact schools.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to develop and administer the grant program.Creates the grow your own bilingual educator grant program to support and recruit talented teachers who are invested in their communities, can diversify the educator workforce, and fill the bilingual teacher shortage.Requires the professional educator standards board to develop and administer the grant program.Creates the early learning dual language grant program to grow capacity for high quality dual language learning in the early childhood education and assistance program in order to better meet the needs of English language learner students.Requires the department of early learning to develop and administer the grant program.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Holy, Tarleton, Van Werven, Springer, Stambaugh, Haler, Pollet, and Slatter)
Concerning the opportunity scholarship program.
Revises the opportunity scholarship act to increase the number of professional-technical certificates, professional-technical degrees, and advanced degrees in high employer demand, health professional shortage areas.Requires the program administrator to establish and manage the student support pathways account.Authorizes the opportunity scholarship board to elect to have the state investment board invest funds in the student support pathways account.Limits scholarships, for advanced degree programs, to eligible students enrolling in programs that lead to credentials in health professional shortage areas.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Haler, Stokesbary, Ortiz-Self, Gregerson, Tarleton, Slatter, and Hudgins)
Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students.
Requires a student, who is eligible to receive the Washington college bound scholarship because he or she is a resident student, to provide an affidavit to the institution indicating that he or she will file an application to become a permanent resident and engage in activities necessary to acquire citizenship.Requires a participant who is receiving opportunity scholarship funds and is ineligible to apply for federal student aid, to submit documentation of filing a state financial aid application as approved by the office of student financial assistance.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Rodne, Clibborn, Hargrove, Riccelli, Van Werven, McBride, and Irwin)
Concerning the reporting of preservation rating information on arterial networks by cities and towns.
Eliminates the requirement that cities and towns report preservation rating information to the department of transportation or the transportation commission during the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium.Requires the department of transportation, in consultation with cities, towns, and the transportation commission, to review the pavement preservation rating reporting requirements and recommend to the legislature whether a repeal of the report is warranted.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Short, Cody, Schmick, and Springer)
Allowing alternative payment methodologies for critical access hospitals participating in the Washington rural health access preservation pilot.
States that the purpose of the Washington rural health access preservation pilot is to develop an alternative service and payment system to the critical access hospital authorized under section 1820 of the social security act to sustain essential services in rural communities.Requires payments for services, delivered by public health care service districts participating in the Washington rural health access preservation pilot to recipients eligible for certain medical assistance programs, to be based on an alternative, value-based payment methodology established by the state health care authority.Requires the payment methodology to provide sufficient funding to sustain essential services in the areas served, including emergency and primary care services.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Kloba, Klippert, Goodman, Holy, Macri, Peterson, Haler, Doglio, Appleton, and Stanford)
Increasing success in therapeutic courts.
Allows a portion of the criminal justice treatment account to be used to provide recovery support services to drug court clients to increase success in drug courts.Requires the state treasurer, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005, and each subsequent fiscal year, to transfer eight million two hundred fifty thousand dollars from the general fund to the criminal justice treatment account, divided into four equal quarterly payments.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Griffey, Kilduff, MacEwen, Muri, Dent, Hayes, Haler, Smith, and Pollet)
Exempting multipurpose senior citizen centers from property taxation.
Exempts the following from property taxes: One or more contiguous real property parcels and personal property owned by a senior citizen organization if the property is used for the actual operation of a multipurpose senior citizen center.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Pollet, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Hudgins, Gregerson, Stanford, Macri, Fey, Pettigrew, and Slatter)
Providing public notices of public health, safety, and welfare in a language other than English.
Requires state agencies, that are required by law or rule to provide public notices to a community or area to advise or inform the public about an imminent or emergent public health, safety, or welfare risk, to provide the notices in the language or in a manner that diverse residents can understand when a significant segment of the community speaks a language other than English and has limited proficiency in English.Applies this requirement to notices that include proposed locations for criminal facilities or facilities that would house sex offenders.Requires each local organization or joint local organization for emergency management that: (1) Produces a comprehensive emergency management plan, to include in the plan a communication plan for notifying significant segments of limited English speaking persons of an imminent or emergent public health, safety, or welfare risk; and(2) Does not produce a comprehensive emergency management plan, to produce a separate communication plan for the notification.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Harmsworth, Hargrove, and Muri
Nullifying the imposition of certain taxes within regional transit authority boundaries.
Authorizes taxes approved by regional transit authority voters after January 1, 2015, to be nullified within the complete boundaries of a city or county within a regional transit authority if certain conditions are met.
by Representatives Harmsworth, Hargrove, and Muri
Nullifying the imposition of certain taxes within regional transit authority boundaries.
Authorizes taxes approved by regional transit authority voters to be nullified within the complete boundaries of a city or county within a regional transit authority if certain conditions are met.
by Representatives Harmsworth, Rodne, Irwin, Graves, Orcutt, Pike, McDonald, Hargrove, Stambaugh, and Muri
Concerning the administration of motor vehicle excise taxes by regional transit authorities.
Authorizes a regional transit authority to contract with the department of licensing for the collection of a motor vehicle excise tax only if the tax is based solely on the vehicle valuation method identified below.Requires the contract to provide that the department of licensing will receive amounts sufficient to fully cover the costs applicable to the tax collection process.Requires the value of a motor vehicle, as an alternative to the vehicle valuation method described in RCW 81.104.160(1)(a), for the purpose of determining a motor vehicle excise tax imposed by a regional transit authority, to be based on base model Kelley blue book values or national automobile dealers association values, whichever is lower.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Angel, Miloscia, Becker, Padden, Honeyford, King, and Fortunato)
Modifying the election and authority of regional transit authority board members.
Revises regional transit authority provisions with regard to the election and authority of board members.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Pearson, Hobbs, and Chase)
Calculating the benchmark rate for certain community residential services.
Requires the department of social and health services to use the King county classification for the purposes of determining the benchmark rate in Snohomish county for community residential service businesses.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Frockt, Schoesler, Darneille, Nelson, Pearson, Rolfes, Conway, Sheldon, Fortunato, Fain, Hasegawa, and Kuderer; by request of Attorney General)
Concerning pro bono legal services for military service members, veterans, and their families.
Creates the office of military and veteran legal assistance within the office of the attorney general to promote and facilitate civil legal assistance programs, pro bono services, and self-help services for military service members, veterans, and their family members domiciled or stationed in this state.Prohibits the attorney general from directly providing legal assistance, advice, or representation, legal assistance programs, pro bono services, or self-help services to a service member, veteran, or family member being criminally prosecuted.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Rolfes, Liias, Keiser, Conway, Wellman, Hasegawa, Mullet, Frockt, and Kuderer; by request of Attorney General)
Providing information to students about education loans.
Establishes the Washington student loan transparency act.Requires educational institutions to provide to enrolled students who have applied for student financial aid a notification about the student education loans the educational institution has certified.Requires an organization representing the public four-year colleges and universities, an organization representing the private nonprofit institutions, 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 the educational institutions to use to report compliance.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Honeyford, Frockt, Warnick, Conway, and Palumbo)
Concerning financing essential public infrastructure.
Improves access and reliability to low-cost financing for local government infrastructure projects by authorizing public works bonds when local governments can demonstrate: (1) The importance of the project;(2) Their difficulties accessing existing private credit markets for borrowings at reasonable interest rates; and(3) The ability to reliably repay their share of the state's total cost of retiring the public works bonds.Makes changes to the existing public works program and creates the public works financing assistance program.Authorizes the housing finance commission to develop and implement a program to provide financing to local governments for infrastructure projects.Authorizes a local government to enter into a financing agreement containing the terms and conditions of a loan from the housing finance commission and evidencing the obligation of the municipal corporation to repay that loan under the terms and conditions set forth in the financing agreement.Creates the public works financing assistance account and the public works financing assistance bond repayment account.Takes effect if the proposed amendment to Article VIII, section 1 of the state Constitution, contained in Senate Joint Resolution No. . . . (S-0298/17), is approved by voters at the next general election.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Miloscia and Zeiger)
Concerning government performance and accountability.
Establishes the performance management act.Creates the office of performance management, in the office of the governor, which should: (1) Be granted administrative authority over state performance management programs, ensuring that all executive branch agencies properly implement world-class lean performance management systems to achieve operational excellence; and(2) Coordinate performance assessments of state agencies by independent examiners.Requires each agency to adopt an agency strategic plan, an agency ethics plan, a workforce learning and training development and workforce performance management system, and an agency performance management implementation plan.Requires the department of enterprise services to enter into a partnership with the national institutes of standards and technology, United States department of commerce, and performance excellence northwest and Washington state quality award to develop a suite of web-based classroom training modules for employees, middle managers, supervisors, and senior agency leaders.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Wilson, Angel, Zeiger, and Darneille)
Requiring financial literacy seminars for students at institutions of higher education.
Requires each institution of higher education to take reasonable steps to ensure that the institution presents, and each incoming student participates in, a financial literacy seminar.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban and Wellman)
Concerning the creation of a property tax exemption for spouses of military members or first responders killed in the line of duty.
Provides a lifetime property tax exemption for a residence owned by a spouse or domestic partner: (1) Currently receiving dependency and indemnity compensation;(2) Who had received dependency and indemnity compensation, but for whom such compensation was discontinued as a result of remarriage;(3) Recipient of a duty-related death benefit from the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system; or(4) Recipient of a death benefit from the volunteer firefighters' and reserve officers' relief and pensions system or the Washington state patrol.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Fain, Rolfes, Wellman, Walsh, Zeiger, Liias, Cleveland, Hunt, Conway, Saldaña, Kuderer, and Mullet)
Facilitating local funding and involvement in expanding early childhood education and assistance program eligibility.
Creates a local pathway to high quality early learning to help local governments, school districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations understand how they can use additional local and private funds with existing funds to expand access for existing programs.Authorizes local governments, school districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations to contribute funds to the department of early learning for: (1) Initial investments to build capacity and quality in local early care and education programming;(2) Reductions in copayments charged to parents or caregivers; and(3) Expanding access and eligibility in the early childhood education and assistance program.Requires those funds to be deposited in the early start account.Requires the department of early learning to: (1) Reduce barriers and increase efficiency for using local or private funds, or both, to provide more high quality early learning opportunities; and(2) Separately track funds received for each local government, school district, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization that deposits funds into the early start account.Prohibits grants and contributions from community sources from supplanting the funding required for the full statewide implementation of the early learning program.
by Senate Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Senators Carlyle, Miloscia, Hunt, Dansel, Rolfes, Cleveland, Keiser, Kuderer, and Chase; by request of Attorney General)
Enhancing oversight and transparency of lobbying activity.
Requires lobbyists and lobbyists' employers who are required to file certain reports to file the reports required by the fair campaign practices act electronically over the internet as provided by the public disclosure commission.Requires the public disclosure commission to design, develop, implement, and maintain computer hardware and software to accommodate electronic filing of the required reports.Requires state agencies, counties, cities, towns, municipal corporations, quasi-municipal corporations, and special purpose districts, that expend public funds for lobbying, and employees of an agency lobbying on behalf of the agency, to register and report as a lobbyist, and requires the state and local agencies to report as a lobbyist employer.Requires certain former state officers and state employees to file a postemployment disclosure statement.Prohibits certain former state officers and state employees from receiving compensation from certain sources within one year after leaving state office or employment.Requires the ethics boards to: (1) Adopt rules at each of their agencies describing a process for a person to seek a waiver from the postemployment requirements; and(2) Collaborate to design a uniform postemployment statement that permits online filing.Requires the legislative ethics board and the commission on judicial conduct to provide a copy of filed postemployment statements to the executive ethics board.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Rolfes, and Darneille)
Concerning the exemption of property taxes for nonprofit homeownership development.
Includes the following in the property tax exemption for real property owned by a nonprofit entity for the purpose of developing or redeveloping one or more residences on the real property to be sold to low-income households: Single-family dwelling units where the land is leased for life or for ninety-nine years.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Keiser, Palumbo, Hasegawa, and Conway)
Requiring coverage for hearing instruments under public employee and medicaid programs.
Requires a health plan offered to employees and their dependents under chapter 41.05 RCW (state health care authority), issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2018, to include coverage for hearing instruments.Requires medical assistance coverage offered under chapter 74.09 RCW (medical care), issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2018, to include coverage for hearing instruments when medically necessary.Provides that section 2 of this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Frockt, Miloscia, Liias, Walsh, Cleveland, Bailey, Chase, Zeiger, Rolfes, Keiser, Darneille, Palumbo, Pedersen, and Conway)
Providing local governments with options to preserve affordable housing in their communities.
Authorizes a city governing authority to adopt a property tax exemption program, and a county governing authority to adopt a property tax exemption program for unincorporated areas of the county, to preserve affordable housing that meets health and quality standards for very low-income households at risk of displacement or that cannot afford market-rate housing.Requires tenant identifying information and income data obtained by the governing authority and the assessor to be used only to administer the exemption.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Darneille, and Zeiger)
Concerning individuals receiving both employment and community access services.
Requires clients of the department of social and health services who are at least twenty-one years old to have the option to select employment services or community access services at the outset or at any point during the discovery process.Requires the department of social and health services to work with counties and stakeholders to strengthen and expand employment services and other community access services.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Fain, Rolfes, Warnick, Rivers, Liias, Angel, Keiser, Kuderer, and Hunt)
Creating the civic learning public-private partnership.
Creates a civic learning public-private partnership to ensure that students in K-12 schools and expanded learning opportunities are equipped with the knowledge and skills to engage effectively in government as citizens.Creates the Washington civic learning public-private partnership account.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Padden and Hasegawa)
Concerning seizure and forfeiture reporting.
Revises the uniform controlled substances act with regard to the recordkeeping of a seizing agency about property seized and forfeited under state law and agreements with federal agencies.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Fain, Mullet, Rolfes, Chase, Kuderer, and Hunt)
Creating the Washington academic, innovation, and mentoring (AIM) program.
Creates the Washington academic, innovation, and mentoring program to enable eligible neighborhood youth development entities to provide out-of-school time programs for youth six to eighteen years of age.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Wilson and Palumbo)
Conducting a workforce study of employment opportunities in the agriculture, environment, outdoor recreation, and natural resources economic sectors intended to provide educators with the information needed for informing students about employment opportunities in the studied fields.
Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board to conduct a workforce assessment for the agriculture, natural resources, outdoor recreation, and environment sectors to assess the available data on current and projected employment levels and hiring demand for skilled mid-level workers in those sectors.Expires June 30, 2019.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Liias, Miloscia, Carlyle, and Kuderer)
Modifying the infraction of and penalties for distracted driving.
Addresses traffic infractions for the crimes of distracted driving and driving dangerously distracted.Revises distracted driving provisions with regard to portable electronic devices which are defined as a device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle.Creates the distracted driving prevention account.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Wellman, Fain, Billig, Walsh, Nelson, and Hasegawa)
Authorizing specified local governments to designate a portion of their territory as a creative district subject to certification by the Washington state arts commission.
Authorizes a local government to designate a creative district within its territorial boundaries subject to certification as a state-certified creative district by the state arts commission.Authorizes the state arts commission to create a process for review of applications submitted by local governments or federally recognized Indian tribes for certification of state-certified creative districts.
by Senator Braun
Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account for catastrophic wildfire events in fiscal year 2017.
Makes appropriations from the budget stabilization account to: (1) The department of natural resources for fire suppression costs incurred during the 2016 fire season; and(2) The Washington state patrol for Washington state fire service resource mobilization costs incurred in response to an emergency or disaster.
by Senators Rossi, Brown, Braun, Becker, Fortunato, Bailey, Angel, Schoesler, Sheldon, Warnick, Honeyford, Wilson, Walsh, Hawkins, and Short
Concerning claims against public entities.
Addresses the state's immunity from liability for the tortious conduct of its employees and officers.