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 Representative Tharinger; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning the capital budget.
Funds capital projects.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger and DeBolt; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts.
Authorizes the state finance committee to issue general obligation bonds to provide funds to finance the projects described and authorized by the legislature in the omnibus capital and operating appropriations acts for the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Haler, Hansen, Holy, Stanford, and Muri)
Expanding opportunities for higher education students.
Creates the medical student loan program to increase the physician workforce in rural underserved areas in the state.Requires the office of student financial assistance to administer the program.Creates the medical student loan account.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representative Peterson)
Relating to providing a tiered tax on the possession of hazardous substances to provide for the current program's immediate needs and a more stable source of revenue in the future.
Provides a tiered tax on the possession of hazardous substances to provide for the current program's immediate needs and a more stable source of revenue in the future.Requires the department of ecology, in consultation with the department of revenue, to provide a report regarding cleanup and stormwater projects and projected hazardous substance tax revenues to the office of financial management and legislative fiscal committees by October 1, 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2024.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Lytton, Jinkins, and Macri)
Concerning investing in Washington families by improving the fairness of the state's excise tax system by narrowing or eliminating tax preferences, imposing a business and occupation tax surcharge while eliminating tax liability for small businesses, enacting an excise tax on capital gains, modifying the real estate excise tax, making administrative changes, and implementing marketplace fairness in Washington.
Addresses the state's tax system with regard to: (1) Capital gains taxes;(2) Business and occupation tax rate change and deduction;(3) Eliminating the sales and use tax exemption for bottled water;(4) Repealing the preferential business and occupation tax rate for warehousing and reselling prescription drugs;(5) Narrowing a use tax exemption for self-produced fuel;(6) Eliminating the preferential business and occupation tax rate for international investment management services;(7) Nonresident sales tax exemption remittances;(8) Graduated real estate excise tax rates;(9) Real estate excise tax on foreclosures;(10) Requiring local governments that issue building permits to supply subcontractor information to the department of revenue;(11) Remote sellers, referrers, and marketplace facilitators;(12) The expansion of an individual's liability for an entity's unpaid tax obligations;(13) Reducing interest on tax refunds; and(14) Transfers to the education legacy trust account.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Braun, and Rolfes)
Concerning foster care and adoption support.
Requires respite care to include case aides who provide temporary assistance to foster parents as needed with the overall goal of supporting the parental efforts of the foster parents, however this does not include overnight assistance. Requires the department of social and health services to contract with nonprofit community-based organizations in each region to establish a statewide pool of individuals to provide the care.Requires the state institute for public policy to prepare an outcome evaluation of the respite care.Requires the secretary of the department of social and health services to: (1) In order to encourage adoption of children between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, include continued eligibility for the Washington college bound scholarship as part of a new negotiated adoption agreement; and(2) Within the department's appropriations, establish a case review panel for the purpose of reviewing foster care cases where permanency has not been achieved for children within twelve months after being placed in out-of-home care.Requires the governor to regularly acknowledge the contributions of foster parents to the state with, at a minimum, a letter signed by the governor.Creates the foster parent shared leave pool to allow employees to donate leave to be used as shared leave for an employee who is a foster parent needing to care for or preparing to accept a foster child in their home.Repeals the child and family reinvestment account.Eliminates the termination and repeal, under the sunset act, of the child and family reinvestment account and the methodology for calculating savings.Requires any residual balance remaining in the child and family reinvestment account to be transferred to the general fund.Creates the child welfare system improvement account.