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 Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Fitzgibbon, Fey, Hudgins, and Tarleton)
Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling.
Modifies renewable energy system tax incentives and provides guidance for renewable energy system component recycling in order to promote a sustainable, local renewable energy industry.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Graves, Bergquist, Griffey, Hargrove, and Van Werven)
Permitting the donation of home-prepared foods to charitable organizations.
Requires the state board of health to adopt rules that permit distributing organizations to accept the donation of foods prepared in a private residence.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Short, Springer, Kretz, Wilcox, Blake, Schmick, Muri, Lytton, and Morris)
Encouraging job creation and retention in rural economies through the transparent and accountable provision of targeted tax relief for silicon smelters.
Provides a public utility tax credit, a business and occupation tax credit, and an exemption from the brokered natural gas use tax for silicon smelters to promote the manufacture of silicon for solar energy systems.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, J. Walsh, Steele, Fey, Nealey, Tharinger, Chapman, Jinkins, and Springer)
Creating the Washington rural jobs act.
Establishes the Washington rural jobs act.Requires the department of commerce to: (1) Accept applications for approval as a rural growth fund;(2) Upon receiving documentation from the fund that it is fully funded, issue a tax credit certificate to each investor whose affidavit was included in the application specifying the amount of the investor's credit-eligible capital contribution; and(3) Provide a copy of the tax credit certificates to the office of the insurance commissioner for investors earning tax credits eligible for use against insurance premium taxes, including the retaliatory provision, and to the department of revenue for investors earning tax credits eligible for use against business and occupation taxes.Creates the rural job creation account.Expires July 1, 2025.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, J. Walsh, Morris, Dent, and Manweller)
Extending the expiration date of the public utility tax exemption for certain electrolytic processing businesses.
Delays, until July 1, 2029, the expiration of the public utility tax exemption for chlor-alkali electrolytic processing businesses and sodium chlorate electrolytic processing businesses.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Pike, Senn, McBride, DeBolt, Macri, Stonier, Riccelli, and Fey)
Concerning local government infrastructure funding.
Modifies public works projects provisions with regard to local government infrastructure funding.Changes the composition of the public works board.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Sullivan, Wilcox, Slatter, Stokesbary, Buys, Tarleton, Senn, Haler, Goodman, and Stanford; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Reinstating tax preferences for certain high-technology research and development.
Provides a business and occupation tax credit for qualified research and development expenditures.Provides a sales and use tax deferral for high-technology research and development, pilot-scale manufacturing facilities, and purchases on machinery and equipment.Expires January 1, 2027.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Koster, Lytton, Springer, Volz, Senn, Tharinger, Fey, Stokesbary, Appleton, Nealey, Chapman, and Ormsby)
Providing cities and counties flexibility with existing resources.
Authorizes the replacement of existing local government expenditures with proceeds from a locally imposed sales and use tax dedicated to mental health and substance abuse.Allows all counties to seek voter approval for the criminal justice levy.Allows local governments to use revenue generated from a levy lid lift to supplant existing funds.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Reeves, Stonier, Riccelli, Peterson, Doglio, Jinkins, Kilduff, Lovick, Tarleton, McBride, Ormsby, Stanford, Orwall, Muri, Slatter, Ryu, and Fey)
Providing higher education support for gold star families.
Requires recipients who receive a tuition and fees waiver under RCW 28B.15.621(4) (section 1(4) of this act) to also receive a stipend for textbooks and course materials in the amount of five hundred dollars per academic year to be divided equally among academic terms.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Pettigrew, Stokesbary, Nealey, Springer, Macri, and Pollet)
Modifying the lodging excise tax to remove the exemption for premises with fewer than sixty lodging units and to tax certain vacation rentals, short-term home-sharing arrangements, and other compensated use or occupancy of dwellings.
Removes the lodging excise tax exemption for premises with fewer than sixty lodging units and imposes an excise tax on the sale of or charge made for the furnishing of a vacation rental, a home-sharing arrangement, or other compensated use or occupancy of all or a portion of a dwelling or dwelling unit, for a continuous period of less than one month, regardless of whether the dwelling or dwelling unit is also occupied by its owner.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representative Hudgins; by request of Joint Legislative Systems Committee)
Concerning legislative technology.
Changes the following terms in chapter 44.68 RCW: (1) The joint legislative systems administrative committee to the joint legislative technology administrative committee;(2) The legislative service center to the office of legislative technology solutions;(3) The legislative systems coordinator to the legislative technology director; and(4) The joint legislative systems committee to the joint legislative technology committee.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representative Harmsworth)
Creating procedures for the redemption of certain vehicles that are towed from accident scenes by registered tow truck companies when the vehicle owner is admitted as a patient in a hospital due to the accident.
Establishes the Denise Chew scooter recovery act.Authorizes a person who is known to the registered or legal owner of a motorcycle or moped that was towed from the scene of an accident to redeem the motorcycle or moped as a bailment on behalf of the owner if he or she is admitted as a patient in a hospital due to the accident.Authorizes a registered tow truck operator, if he or she is notified that the registered or legal owner of a moped or motorcycle is an admitted patient in the hospital, to delay the auction of the moped or motorcycle for a reasonable time in a good faith effort to provide additional time for the redemption of the vehicle.
by Representative Clibborn
Extending the duration of the state route number 167 high occupancy toll lane pilot project.
Extends the duration of the department of transportation's pilot project of high occupancy toll lanes on state route number 167 high occupancy vehicle lanes within King county.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Palumbo, Zeiger, Angel, Hobbs, and Mullet)
Ensuring adequacy of buildable lands and zoning in urban growth areas and providing funding for low-income housing and homelessness programs.
Provides funding for low-income housing and homelessness programs and ensures adequacy of buildable lands and zoning in urban growth areas.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Hasegawa, and Saldaña)
Concerning the sentencing of persons under the age of twenty-one years at the time of the commission of a crime.
Addresses sentencing enhancements and exceptional sentences with regard to an offender being sentenced in adult court for a crime committed as a minor.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Padden)
Establishing a special allegation for habitual property offenders.
Increases the sanctions for habitual property offenders to provide more effective deterrents to recidivism.Enhances the courts' discretion to more appropriately sentence habitual property offenders with significant histories of burglary and theft.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, O'Ban, Rivers, Bailey, Miloscia, Schoesler, Warnick, Brown, Zeiger, and Honeyford)
Concerning inspection and review of state contracted behavioral health and recovery agencies.
Declares that the state: (1) Finds that the department of social and health services should not reduce the number of license violations found by field inspectors for the purpose of allowing agency licensees to avoid liability in a manner that permits the violating agency to stay open at the risk of public safety; and(2) Recognizes the need to prohibit sham transfers of licenses between behavioral health licensees found in violation of the terms of their license agreement and their family members.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Frockt, Saldaña, Warnick, Fain, Walsh, Bailey, Hawkins, Baumgartner, Braun, Schoesler, Hasegawa, Billig, Mullet, Rolfes, Chase, and Kuderer)
Developing a bilingual educational workforce.
Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to administer the bilingual educator initiative, which is a long-term program to recruit, prepare, and mentor bilingual high school students to become future bilingual teachers and counselors.Requires pilot projects to be implemented in two school districts east and two school districts west of the crest of the Cascade mountains.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner and Rolfes)
Creating a labor and industries ombuds within the department of commerce.
Creates the ombuds for employers in the department of commerce.Requires the ombuds to have training or experience, or both, in the following areas: (1) Programs administered by the department of labor and industries, including industrial insurance, occupational safety and health, and employment standards;(2) The state legal system; and(3) Dispute or problem resolution techniques, including investigation, mediation, and negotiation.Expires July 1, 2027.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Keiser, Hasegawa, and Chase)
Addressing contaminated drinking water stemming from the lead content in drinking water infrastructure, including pipes, connections, and fixtures.
Requires public water systems to: (1) By July 1, 2020, fully replace all utility-owned lead service lines to a school or an early childhood program;(2) By July 1, 2030, fully replace all utility-owned lead service lines located within its service area;(3) Bear the cost associated with the replacement; and(4) Perform utility-owned lead service line replacements in coordination with the school district, school or early childhood program, or relevant local government, as applicable.Requires educational service districts to: (1) For the health and safety of educational staff and students and consistent with the United States environmental protection agency guidance manual, ensure testing of drinking water and drinking water fixtures at public schools;(2) Prioritize schools for testing drinking water and drinking water fixtures for lead; and(3) Make results available to the community and schools where the testing has taken place.Requires the department of health to: (1) Develop guidance and testing protocols, consistent with the United States environmental protection agency guidance manual, for the educational service districts' testing drinking water and drinking water fixtures in public schools;(2) Contract with qualified independent third parties to complete the testing when the educational service district is unable to do so; and(3) Make results available to the schools and the community.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Frockt, Kuderer, Warnick, and Saldaña)
Concerning paperwork reduction in order to improve the availability of mental health services to protect children and families.
Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Perform a review of casework documentation and paperwork requirements for social workers with the department who provide services to children; and(2) Take steps to reduce paperwork, documentation, and audit requirements that are inefficient or duplicative for social workers who serve children and for providers of mental health services to children and families.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Rolfes, Billig, Braun, Warnick, Hunt, and Walsh)
Concerning the financing of early learning facilities.
Creates the early learning facilities revolving account.Requires the department of early learning, in consultation with stakeholders, to review existing licensing standards related to facility requirements to eliminate potential barriers to licensing.Requires the department of commerce to: (1) In consultation with the department of early learning, oversee the early learning facilities revolving account;(2) Act as the lead state agency for early learning facilities grant and loan program development;(3) Expend money from the account to provide state matching funds for grants or loans to provide classrooms necessary for children to participate in the early childhood education and assistance program and working connections child care;(4) Implement and administer grants or loans funded through the account for school districts;(5) Monitor performance of the grant and loan program; and(6) Convene a committee of early learning facilities experts to advise the department regarding the prioritization methodology of grant applications for certain projects.Provides a list of: (1) Activities eligible for funding through the account; and(2) Organizations eligible to receive grants or loans.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Sheldon, Fain, Liias, Pearson, and Becker)
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.Authorizes the exempt property to be used for fund-raising events and activities, including the operation of a farmers market or a thrift store, for providing financial support for the multipurpose senior citizen center or providing services and activities for senior citizens.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Rivers, Wilson, Hobbs, Chase, and Nelson)
Concerning preliminary work to develop a process for planning for a new Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia river.
Creates the joint Oregon-Washington legislative action committee.Declares that, on behalf of the state, the Washington state legislature invites the Oregon state legislature to participate in the joint legislative action committee regarding the construction of a new Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia river.Makes an appropriation from the motor vehicle fund to the department of transportation for a planning inventory to be conducted to document the existing planning data related to the construction of the new bridge.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Cleveland, Becker, and Ranker)
Concerning the hospital safety net assessment.
Modifies provisions regarding the hospital safety net assessment.Changes the expiration date for the hospital safety net assessment from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2021.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators King and Hobbs)
Concerning the board of pilotage commissioners.
Requires the board of pilotage commissioners to, until July 1, 2023, annually deposit the first one million dollars collected through the Puget Sound pilotage district tariff to the pilotage account solely for the expenditure of self-insurance premiums.Prohibits the board of pilotage commissioners, until July 1, 2023, from increasing the pilotage tariffs that are in existence on January 1, 2017.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct a performance audit of the board of pilotage commissioners to examine whether the board is complying with certain statutory requirements.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun and Rolfes)
Concerning definitions and reporting requirements for municipalities receiving lodging tax revenues.
Addresses lodging tax revenue provisions regarding the addition of the definition of "tourist" and reporting requirements for municipalities that receive the revenue.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Honeyford, Frockt, Braun, Fain, Angel, and Hunt)
Addressing the minimum retirement allowance under the teachers' retirement system, plan 1.
Addresses plan 1 of the teachers' retirement system with regard to an increase in the minimum retirement allowance.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Baumgartner, Fain, Conway, Cleveland, Rivers, Kuderer, Braun, Rossi, Hasegawa, Hunt, and Saldaña)
Promoting healthy outcomes for pregnant women and infants.
Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Require that health care facilities that provide newborn delivery services to medical assistance clients establish certain policies and procedures regarding placement of a newborn on the mother's chest and room-in practices where the newborn and mother share the same room;(2) Provide guidelines for hospitals to use when establishing the policies and procedures;(3) Require managed care organizations to report on the frequency in which they are able to adhere to the policies and procedures; and (4) Include advanced registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives when establishing certain performance measures.Requires the department of labor and industries to provide online education materials explaining the respective 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 provide enforcement.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 a July 1, 2019, expiration date for the healthy pregnancy advisory committee.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Saldaña, Hawkins, Hobbs, Hasegawa, Frockt, and Kuderer)
Addressing high occupancy vehicle lane access for blood-collecting or distributing establishment vehicles.
Encourages the department of transportation to engage in a transparent, public process to reexamine its rules surrounding access to high occupancy vehicle lanes to consider the benefits and impacts of allowing vehicles that deliver or collect blood, tissue, or blood components for a blood-collecting or distributing establishment into the high occupancy vehicle lanes.Expires August 1, 2019.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Braun)
Adopting citizen commission 2016 recommendations and making adjustments to the commission's review process.
Repeals certain tax exemptions, credits, and incentives regarding: (1) Semiconductor materials manufacturing;(2) Gases and chemicals used to manufacture semiconductor materials;(3) Semiconductor microchips; and(4) Semiconductor microchip fabrication facility siting and operation.Requires the citizen commission for performance measurement of tax preferences to include a review of tax preferences that have a statutory expiration date at least one year before the expiration of the tax preference.Authorizes the joint legislative audit and review committee, in reviewing tax preferences, to use a different economic model if that model is approved by the committee and the office of financial management as a more relevant economic model than the input-output model.Requires the committee to, for each tax preference that does not have statutory metrics or accountability standards associated with the tax preference, recommend to the legislature statutory metrics or accountability standards that will help determine the effectiveness of the tax preference in a future review.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Miloscia)
Concerning the goal of ending homelessness.
Addresses the homelessness crisis in the state and the goal of ending that crisis.Makes appropriations from the general fund to the department of commerce to be distributed to five housing authorities and five community action agencies to: (1) Implement a quality management system; and(2) Prepare and submit an application to the Washington quality awards program.Makes an appropriation from the performance audits of government account to the state auditor's office for an audit to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of state homeless programs.