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 Gregerson, Stokesbary, Appleton, and Stambaugh)
Concerning the national fire incident reporting system.
Requires the chief of the Washington state patrol, through the director of fire protection, to administer the national fire incident reporting system including purchasing equipment, establishing procedures, standards, and guidelines, providing training and education, and employing staff.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Stambaugh, Senn, Kagi, Kilduff, Appleton, Graves, Hudgins, Orwall, Ryu, Sells, Stanford, Robinson, McDonald, Ortiz-Self, Doglio, Slatter, Tharinger, and Ormsby)
Improving transitions in extended foster care to increase housing stability for foster youth.
Authorizes eligible nonminor dependents to unenroll and reenroll, an unlimited number of times between ages eighteen and twenty-one, in extended foster care through a voluntary placement agreement.Requires the department of social and health services to allow youth who have received extended foster care services, but lost his or her eligibility, to reenter the extended foster care program through a voluntary placement agreement when he or she meets the eligibility criteria again.Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct a study measuring the outcomes for youth who have received extended foster care services.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representative Stanford)
Concerning the release of driving record abstract information affecting registered tow truck operators.
Prohibits an abstract driving record furnished to an insurance company from containing information related to actions by registered tow truck operators in the performance of their occupational duties while at the scene of a roadside impound or recovery as long as they are not issued a citation.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Orcutt and Clibborn)
Modifying limitations for certain vessels exempt from the pilotage act.
Authorizes the board of pilotage commissioners to grant an exemption, from certain provisions of the pilotage act, to certain yachts and small passenger vessels if certain conditions are met.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Appleton, Taylor, Ryu, Harmsworth, Condotta, Buys, Goodman, Shea, and Morris)
Authorizing the use of automated license plate recognition systems.
Authorizes the following to use an automated license plate recognition system: (1) A law enforcement agency or parking enforcement agency for locating vehicles on a watch list;(2) A parking enforcement agency for enforcing time restrictions on parking spaces;(3) A transportation agency for providing real time traffic information to the public, traffic modeling purposes, and traffic studies such as origin and destination studies, ramp meter efficiencies, and determining construction delays and route use;(4) A transportation agency for commercial vehicle systems at Washington state patrol enforcement sites and weigh stations; and(5) An agency for controlling access to secured areas.Allows an automated license plate recognition system to be used as a component of a photo toll system or an automated traffic safety camera.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Ryu, Tarleton, Doglio, and Slatter)
Improving the community economic revitalization board program.
Requires the community economic revitalization board to use the outcome-based evaluation reports of the financial assistance provided under chapter 43.160 RCW (economic development--public facilities loans and grants) to develop a strategic plan for the funding appropriated for financing public facilities under chapter 43.160 RCW.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Harmsworth, and Tarleton)
Concerning independent security testing of state agencies' information technology systems and infrastructure by the military department.
Authorizes the office of the state chief information officer to test the security of a state agency's information technology systems and infrastructure to identify and mitigate system vulnerabilities.Authorizes the state military department to conduct independent security testing of the information security of a private entity operating within the state, or unit of local government of the state, involved in the management of critical infrastructure.Requires the chief information security officer, the utilities and transportation commission, and the state military department to meet regularly to share information, trends, and best practices regarding information technology systems and infrastructure security.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Schmick, Tharinger, Harris, Bergquist, Vick, Pettigrew, and Holy)
Limiting nursing home direct care payment adjustments to the lowest case mix weights in the reduced physical function groups and authorizing upward adjustments to case mix weights in the cognitive and behavior groups.
Revises the duties of the department of social and health services regarding nursing home direct care payment adjustments in the reduced physical function groups and the cognitive and behavior groups.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Chapman, Macri, Robinson, Van Werven, Morris, Smith, Haler, J. Walsh, Ryu, Johnson, Stanford, Sells, Ormsby, Frame, Kretz, Dye, Santos, Doglio, Pollet, Tarleton, and Jinkins)
Creating a low-income home rehabilitation revolving loan program.
Creates the low-income home rehabilitation revolving loan program within the department of commerce.Requires the department of commerce to contract with rehabilitation agencies to provide home rehabilitation to participating homeowners.Creates the low-income home rehabilitation revolving loan program account.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Pettigrew, Macri, and Santos)
Concerning the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Creates the historic building rehabilitation financing pilot program in the department of commerce.Requires the department to: (1) Choose a municipality within which to implement the pilot program;(2) Issue a competitive request for qualifications and quotations;(3) Select a certified nonprofit community development financial institution to implement the pilot program within the selected municipality; and(4) Along with the selected financial institution, consult with the department of archaeology and historic preservation to determine which proposed projects involve historically significant buildings and whether the rehabilitation plans for those buildings are consistent with the United States department of the interior's standards for rehabilitation.Creates the historic building rehabilitation revolving loan fund.Expires June 30, 2019.
by Representative Hudgins
Concerning independent security testing of state agencies' information technology systems and infrastructure by the military department.
Authorizes the office of the state chief information officer to test the security of a state agency's information technology systems and infrastructure to identify and mitigate system vulnerabilities.Authorizes the state military department, at the request of the entity involved in the management of critical infrastructure to be tested, to conduct independent security testing of the information security of a private entity operating within this state, or unit of local government of this state, involved in the management of critical infrastructure.Requires the chief information security officer, the utilities and transportation commission, and the state military department to meet regularly to share information, trends, and best practices regarding information technology systems and infrastructure security.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representatives Hudgins and Koster
Addressing ballot drop box accessibility.
Requires a county auditor to: (1) By 2027, establish at least one ballot drop box per thirty thousand registered voters in the county; and(2) Submit a request with the office of the secretary of state for new ballot drop boxes for the following year.Authorizes the secretary of state to agree to reimburse the county for the costs of providing new ballot drop boxes or contract with a third party to fulfill the counties' requests.Authorizes a county auditor to place a ballot drop box at a public school, public library, or fire station.Declares that the state is responsible for the cost of obtaining, siting, maintaining, and operating ballot drop boxes for all elections.
by Representatives Maycumber, Blake, Buys, Taylor, and Shea
Making licensed dealer delivery provisions consistent with federal law.
Allows a licensed firearms dealer to deliver a firearm to a purchaser or transferee if three business days have elapsed from the date the licensed dealer requested a background check.
by Representatives Maycumber, Blake, Buys, Taylor, and Shea
Concerning natural resource management activities.
Authorizes the department of fish and wildlife to manage acquired lands using the best available land management techniques, which may include: (1) Issuance or reissuance of grazing leases;(2) Licenses or approvals to remove firewood;(3) Issuance of leases for brush picking;(4) Periodic use of chemical or mechanical means to maintain public and recreational land; and(5) Issuance of rights-of-way, easements, and use permits to use existing roads in nonresidential areas.Exempts the use of, or planning for, the specific natural resource management activities of the department of fish and wildlife, mentioned above, from provisions of the state environmental policy act.
by Representatives Hargrove, Shea, Orcutt, Dent, and Pike
Aligning the issuance of drivers' licenses and identicards with the federal requirements of the REAL ID act.
Provides a process for obtaining a driver's license or identicard that is accepted by the federal government for official purposes.Requires a driver's license, instruction permit, or identicard to include a statement on the front of the document that states it is not for federal purposes.Requires the director of the department of licensing to investigate conviction records and pending charges of a current employee of, or prospective employee being considered for, a position with the department who has or will have: (1) The ability to create or modify records of applicants for a federally compliant driver's license; or(2) The ability to issue a federally compliant driver's license.Repeals statutes regarding the implementation of and compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
by Representatives Chapman, Steele, Frame, and Tharinger
Creating the rural county high employer demand jobs program.
Creates the rural county high employer demand jobs program to: (1) Assist students in obtaining local jobs by earning certificates, associate degrees, or other industry-recognized credentials in high employer demand fields; and(2) Provide student tuition and required fees for up to forty-five credits or the equivalent of one year of full-time study at a community or technical college located in an eligible county.Requires the state board for community and technical colleges or the community or technical college located in an eligible county to identify high employer demand fields.Authorizes the board or the community or technical college to publicize those high employer demand fields as part of existing community outreach efforts.Requires the office of student financial assistance to: (1) Administer the program and adopt rules necessary to administer the program; and(2) Award scholarships to students, who meet certain criteria, for an amount equal to the cost of tuition and required fees, less any gift aid received.
by Representatives Buys, Manweller, Maycumber, Taylor, Condotta, Volz, Shea, Haler, Schmick, Kretz, Dye, Koster, Van Werven, and Dent
Concerning sanctuary from state policies, rules, and statutes.
Establishes the county and city regulatory sanctuary act.States that a county legislative authority, a metropolitan municipal corporation, or the legislative body of a code city has the power to designate, by ordinance, the county, the municipal corporation, or the code city to be a regulatory sanctuary county, municipal corporation, or code city, as appropriate, and identify within the ordinance which state agency policies, sections of the WAC, and sections of the RCW to which the county, the municipal corporation, or the code city, as appropriate, has granted itself and its people sanctuary.Prohibits a state or local agency or state court from compelling a person acting within a regulatory sanctuary county, municipal corporation, or code city to comply with the enumerated provisions of law in the ordinance designating the county, municipal corporation, or code city to be a regulatory sanctuary county, municipal corporation, or code city.
by Representatives Young, Shea, Taylor, and Volz
Requiring a balanced budget.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution requiring a balanced budget.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (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 Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Baumgartner, Rivers, Takko, King, Sheldon, Bailey, Ericksen, Angel, Honeyford, Miloscia, Becker, Braun, Hobbs, and Schoesler)
Providing a business and occupation tax exemption for manufacturers of small modular reactors.
Exempts the following from business and occupation taxes: A person engaging in the business of manufacturing small modular reactors or making sales at wholesale or retail of small modular reactors manufactured by that person.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner, Keiser, Fortunato, Darneille, and Saldaña)
Requiring safety belts on school buses.
Requires school buses that are purchased after the effective date of this act to provide safety belts for use by each person riding the bus.Requires the safety belts to be of a design to provide a lap belt for pelvic restraint and a shoulder belt to restrain upper torso movement.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Rolfes, Walsh, Fain, Frockt, Zeiger, Hunt, and Kuderer)
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 a July 1, 2020, expiration date for the three newly created grant programs.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Walsh, Darneille, Rivers, Braun, and Keiser)
Creating an oral health pilot program for adults with diabetes and pregnant women.
Requires the state health care authority to begin a three-year statewide pilot program, named oral health connections, with the Washington dental service foundation to test enhanced dental benefits for medicaid apple health adults with diabetes and pregnant women.Expires June 30, 2022.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hawkins, McCoy, Fortunato, Pearson, Braun, Sheldon, Rivers, and O'Ban)
Concerning proactively addressing wildfire risk by creating a forest health treatment assessment.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) Establish a forest health assessment and treatment framework designed to proactively and systematically address the forest health issues facing the state;(2) Use the framework to assess and treat acreage in an incremental fashion each biennium;(3) Identify and assess two hundred thousand acres of fire prone lands and communities that are in need of forest health treatment; and(4) Establish a forest health advisory committee to assist in developing and implementing the framework.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Wellman, Cleveland, Palumbo, Keiser, McCoy, Chase, and Kuderer)
Implementing a vulnerable youth guardianship program.
Authorizes a vulnerable youth to petition the court to have a vulnerable youth guardianship established for him or her by filing a petition in juvenile court.Gives jurisdiction to the juvenile division of superior courts to appoint a guardian for a consenting vulnerable youth who has been abandoned, neglected, or abused by one or both parents, or for whom the court determines that a guardian is otherwise necessary as one or both parents cannot adequately provide for the youth such that the youth risks physical or psychological harm if returned to the youth's home.Requires the Washington state task force against the trafficking of persons to: (1) Deliver an evaluation of the vulnerable youth guardianship program to the legislature; and(2) In its evaluation, determine whether a vulnerable youth advocate interview is necessary before a vulnerable youth guardianship is granted.
by Senate Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Senators McCoy, Hunt, and Miloscia; by request of Office of the Chief Information Officer)
Increasing membership of the state interoperability executive committee and foster radio system interoperability.
Changes the composition of the state interoperability executive committee.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Conway and Keiser)
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 emergency or acute care; or(3) 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.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Saldaña, Chase, Darneille, Schoesler, McCoy, Hobbs, Pedersen, Keiser, Hunt, Rolfes, Kuderer, Conway, and Frockt)
Developing information concerning racial disproportionality.
Requires the caseload forecast council to: (1) Before a legislative session, prepare and submit to the legislature a general disproportionality report; and(2) Establish a procedure for the provision of racial and ethnic impact statements on the effect that legislative bills and resolutions modifying adult felony sentencing will have on racial and ethnic minority groups including the racial and ethnic composition of the criminal justice system.Authorizes the caseload forecast council to: (1) Work in cooperation with certain entities to assist in the development of racial impact statements; and(2) Request from certain entities, data, information, and data processing assistance as it may need to accomplish its duties and requires these services to be provided without charge to the council.Requires the minority and justice commission, in consultation with the sentencing guidelines commission, to conduct an evaluation of the implementation of this act and submit a report to the appropriate legislative committees.
by Senators Braun and Brown
Concerning convicted persons.
Modifies provisions with regard to: Crimes against vulnerable persons; seriousness level of crimes; driving under the influence; community custody--concurrent; community custody--motor vehicle offense pilot; community custody--good time; community custody--jail offenders; habitual property offenders; identicards for persons released from department of corrections; driving while license suspended; drug grid changes; first-time offender waiver; domestic violence; and vacation of a record of domestic violence.Creates the crimes of theft from a vulnerable adult in the first degree and second degree.Creates the vulnerable adult advocacy team to coordinate a multidisciplinary process, in compliance with this act, for preventing, identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and providing services related to abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.Requires the department of corrections to recalculate the scheduled end dates for terms of community custody, community supervision, and community placement so they run concurrently to previously imposed sentences of community custody, community supervision, community placement, probation, and parole.Creates a pilot program for the supervision of offenders convicted of felonies relating to the theft or taking of a motor vehicle.Enhances the courts' discretion to more appropriately sentence habitual property offenders with significant histories of burglary and theft.Requires the department of corrections, working in conjunction with the department of licensing, to create and implement an identicard program to provide offenders released within the state a state-issued identicard.Requires the administrative office of the courts, through the Washington state gender and justice commission of the supreme court, to convene a work group to address the issue of domestic violence perpetrator treatment and the role of certified perpetrator treatment programs in holding domestic violence perpetrators accountable.Creates the Washington domestic violence risk assessment work group to study how and when risk assessment can best be used to improve the response to domestic violence offenders and victims and find effective strategies to reduce domestic violence homicides, serious injuries, and recidivism that are a result of domestic violence incidents in the state.
by Senators Hobbs, Wellman, Conway, Darneille, Mullet, and Keiser
Concerning taxpayer relief for persons subject to a motor vehicle excise tax imposed by a regional transit authority.
Requires a motor vehicle excise tax imposed by a regional transit authority after July 15, 2015, to comply with chapter 82.44 RCW (motor vehicle excise tax provisions) as it existed on January 1, 1996, until December 31st of the year in which the regional transit authority repays bond debt to which the tax was pledged before July 15, 2015, only to the extent necessary to repay bond debt incurred before January 1, 2017.Requires the tax to comply with chapter 82.44 RCW as it existed on the date the tax was approved by voters, with respect to bond debt incurred on or after January 1, 2017, and to which the tax is pledged.
by Senators Saldaña, Palumbo, Wellman, Liias, Hobbs, Conway, Darneille, and Keiser
Establishing a regional transit authority rebate program for low-income individuals.
Authorizes a regional transit authority, that includes a county with a population of more than 1.5 million, to establish a rebate program to provide rebates of up to forty percent of the motor vehicle excise tax or property tax, or both, paid by a low-income individual.
by Senators Liias, Hobbs, Palumbo, Darneille, Wellman, Saldaña, Mullet, and Keiser
Prioritizing transit agency integration for regional mobility grants in counties with a population of seven hundred thousand or more.
Requires transit agencies located in counties with a population of seven hundred thousand or more that border Puget Sound to, beginning in 2020, be able to demonstrate reasonable progress, as determined by the department of transportation, in integrating service with the regional transit authority located in the same county in order to be eligible for grants from the regional mobility grant program.
by Senators Palumbo, Mullet, Hobbs, Liias, Darneille, and Keiser
Requiring a taxpayer accountability statement to be included with regional transit authority motor vehicle excise taxes.
Requires a regional transit authority that includes a county with a population of more than 1.5 million to, if it contracts for the collection of a tax authorized by RCW 81.104.160 (motor vehicle excise tax for regional authorities; sales and use tax on car rentals), require the inclusion of a taxpayer accountability statement when notification is sent to a person regarding the amount of that tax.
by Senators Palumbo, Mullet, Hobbs, Darneille, Liias, and Keiser
Requiring a taxpayer accountability statement to be included with regional transit authority property taxes.
Requires the county treasurer or, in the case of a home rule county, the county official designated by county charter and ordinance as the official with custody over the collection of countywide tax revenues, to include a taxpayer accountability statement regarding the appropriate regional transit authority when notification is sent to a person regarding the amount of property tax levied under RCW 81.104.175 by the regional transit authority.