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=2018.
by Representatives Dolan and Doglio
Concerning the Olympia and Tumwater school district regionalization factors.
Finds that: (1) The Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston school districts are treated differently in the regionalization factors applied to school salaries under changes made to funding in the 2017 session: (a) North Thurston receiving regional adjustments of six percent; and (b) Olympia and Tumwater receiving no adjustment; and(2) The regionalization factors should treat them equally.
by Representative Appleton
Modifying earned early release provisions.
Modifies provisions relating to earned release time, good time credits, and early release for good behavior and good performance.
by Representatives Stonier, Sells, and Pollet
Concerning determinations of worker benefits and employer obligations based on a worker's status.
Establishes the employee fair classification act.Clarifies the definition of "employee" for this state and provides a regulatory and benefits structure for nonemployee workers to: (1) Provide businesses the necessary legal clarity they require to thrive as companies and employers; and(2) Ensure a basic social safety net is available to all workers, regardless of worker status.Addresses the following: Employee fair classification; wage deductions; the wage payment act; the minimum wage act; unemployment insurance; and industrial insurance.
by Representatives Fey, Muri, McBride, and Jinkins
Incentivizing the development of commercial office space in cities with a population of greater than thirty-five thousand and located in a county with a population of less than one million five hundred thousand.
Provides an incentive to stimulate commercial office space development in urban centers outside major metropolitan areas.Provides certain cities with local options to incentivize the development of commercial office space in urban centers with access to transit, transportation systems, and other amenities.Allows a governing authority of a city to designate a commercial office space development area, and within the area: (1) Adopt a local sales and use tax remittance program to incentivize the development of commercial office space; and(2) Establish a local property tax reinvestment program to make public improvements that incentivize the development of commercial office space.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to study the effectiveness of the local sales and use tax remittance and the local property tax reinvestment programs.
by Representatives Smith, McCabe, and Young
Studying state policies and programs that impact the affordability of retail electric bills in Washington state.
Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct a review of state policies and programs that: (1) Have a direct or indirect impact on retail electric bills in the state; and(2) Regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution sector of the economy.Requires the committee to consult with the department of commerce, the department of ecology, the Washington State University extension energy office, the utilities and transportation commission, and electric utilities in completing the review.Expires June 1, 2019.
by Representatives Griffey, Reeves, Eslick, Steele, and Young
Regarding career and technical education in alternative learning experience programs.
States that, in addition to the allocation provided by the superintendent of public instruction to school districts for each student enrolled in an alternative learning experience course, if a course is a vocational alternative learning experience course then the allocated state funding must also include vocational program funding enhancements.
by Representatives Senn, Dent, Kagi, Muri, and Appleton
Transferring the working connections and seasonal child care programs to the department of children, youth, and families.
Transfers the powers, duties, and functions of the department of social and health services, pertaining to the working connections child care program and the seasonal child care program, to the department of children, youth, and families.
by Representatives Frame, Irwin, Sells, Appleton, Pollet, and Stanford
Limiting overtime for correctional officers.
Prohibits an employer from requiring a correctional officer to work overtime. The acceptance by a correctional officer of overtime is strictly voluntary and the refusal to accept overtime work is not grounds for discrimination, dismissal, discharge, or other penalty, threat of reports for discipline, or employment decision adverse to the correctional officer.
by Representatives Frame, Irwin, Chapman, Senn, Sells, Sawyer, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Macri, and Stanford
Concerning the appointment of religious coordinators.
Changes the term "chaplain" to "religious coordinator" for purposes of chapter 72.01 RCW regarding the administration of state institutions.
by Representatives Eslick, Chapman, and Chandler
Concerning public employees' retirement system eligible positions, including when an employer must report a retiree to the department of retirement systems.
Revises the definition of "eligible position" for purposes of the public employees' retirement system.Requires retirement system employers to: (1) Elicit on a written form, from all new employees to an eligible position, as to their having been retired from a certain retirement system; and(2) Report a retiree in their employ in an eligible position to the department of retirement systems, and if a retiree in an eligible position works in excess of postretirement employment restrictions and the employer failed to report the employment of the retiree, that employer is liable for the loss to the trust fund.
by Representatives McCabe, Pettigrew, Stambaugh, Macri, Vick, Reeves, Jenkin, Sells, Kagi, Muri, and Kilduff
Concerning the healthy relationships campaign.
Creates the healthy relationships campaign.Requires each employer to solicit at least one employee to volunteer to serve as the contact person for the healthy relationships campaign, however, if no employee volunteers, the owner of the business must serve as the contact person.Requires the employment security department to: (1) Solicit and award a contract for a multimedia presentation on healthy relationships, which must cover how to identify domestic violence, sexual harassment, and other forms of unhealthy relationships;(2) Provide resources for assistance; and(3) Make the video available on its web site.
by Representatives McCabe, Manweller, Sells, and Gregerson; by request of Department of Labor & Industries
Concerning delegation of inspection duties.
Authorizes the department of labor and industries to delegate all or part of its duties of inspection to a qualified inspection agency; and requires the agencies to be objective, competent, and independent from the companies responsible for the work being inspected.
by Representatives Steele, McBride, Muri, Johnson, Caldier, Valdez, Eslick, and Gregerson
Concerning service animals.
Penalizes the intentional misrepresentation of a service animal.States that a person has committed a civil infraction and will be assessed a monetary penalty for the crime of misrepresentation of a service animal. The maximum penalty and default amount is five hundred dollars.
by Representatives Steele, Holy, and Stambaugh
Concerning postsecondary institution policy on gift equity packaging.
Requires the student achievement council to ensure that a postsecondary institution participating in the state student financial aid program has a gift equity packaging policy allowing for a student who receives a private scholarship to receive up to one hundred percent of his or her unmet need before the student's federal or state financial aid is reduced under the institution's gift equity packaging policy.
by Representatives Harris, Dolan, and Muri; by request of State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction
Exchanging and aligning specific powers, duties, and functions of the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education.
Finds that specific powers, duties, and functions of the state board of education and the superintendent of public instruction should be realigned, therefore, the legislature declares an intent to clarify, and in some cases shift, responsibilities related to private schools, educational service district boundaries, career and technical education equivalencies, adoption of learning standards, waiver of school district requirements, and compliance with basic education requirements.
by Representatives McDonald, Muri, and Young
Providing motor vehicle excise tax relief to low-income senior citizens and disabled individuals.
Provides a partial exemption of motor vehicle excise taxes to a resident who qualifies for a property tax exemption.
by Representatives Tharinger, Chapman, Appleton, and Santos
Concerning Indian health care in Washington state.
Creates the governor's Indian health council to provide the resources necessary to: (1) Implement the national policy of Indian self-determination; and(2) Assure the highest possible health status for American Indians and Alaska Natives.Creates the Indian health improvement reinvestment account and requires the council to establish a committee to provide oversight over the account.
by Representative Kirby
Requiring minimum liability insurance coverage for certain towing expenses.
States that minimum liability insurance coverage provisions relating to costs and fees being owed to a third party, such as for towing, recovery, and storage, are subject to a limit of not less than five thousand dollars.
by Representative Riccelli
Concerning interscholastic activities and basketball tournaments.
Addresses the Washington interscholastic activities association and voluntary nonprofit entities with authority over interschool athletic and extracurricular activities for students.Requires a voluntary nonprofit entity to submit an annual report to the office of the superintendent of public instruction on student appeal determinations, assets, and financial receipts and disbursements.Subjects the rules and policies adopted and applied by the entity to annual review and approval of the office.States the requirements for championship elimination basketball tournaments held by the Washington interscholastic activities association or voluntary nonprofit entity.
by Representatives Eslick, Pike, Griffey, and Young
Deannexing from a park and recreation district.
Authorizes a city, town, or county to deannex that portion of the city, town, or county from a park and recreation district that was formed under chapter 36.69 RCW.
by Representatives Eslick, Pike, Griffey, and Van Werven
Concerning employment opportunity training programs in restaurants and grocery stores.
Establishes the employment opportunity act.Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to establish procedures for the issuance of special training certificates to employers to pay wages to new employees during a training period at seventy-five percent of the state's minimum wage or the federal minimum wage rate, whichever is greater.Allows only employers licensed to operate as a restaurant or grocery store to use the special training certificate.
by Representatives Senn, Chapman, Clibborn, Vick, Springer, Appleton, and Barkis
Concerning construction defect actions.
Requires the board of directors of a unit owners' association or a homeowners' association, before service of a summons and complaint on a defendant, with respect to construction defect actions, to also mail or deliver written notice to the last known address of each construction professional against whom an action is proposed.
by Representatives Kilduff, Stambaugh, Tarleton, Haler, Orwall, Graves, Kagi, Hudgins, Appleton, Doglio, Pollet, Gregerson, and Santos
Ensuring the passport to college promise program is available to certain populations of foster youth.
Makes the passport to college promise program available to students who have emancipated from the federal foster care system and a tribal foster care system.
by Representatives Morris, Schmick, and Hudgins
Transferring duties of the life sciences discovery fund.
Requires the department of commerce to designate a nonprofit organization to receive funds previously administered by the life sciences discovery fund authority through the life sciences discovery fund.Requires the designated organization to be established with a primary mission of growing and sustaining the life science ecosystem within the state.Adjusts the functions of the life sciences discovery fund.Repeals or recodifies chapter 43.350 RCW regarding life sciences research.
by Representatives Kilduff, Caldier, Muri, Young, and Appleton
Establishing an equitable debt service repayment plan for the Tacoma Narrows bridge.
Addresses the Tacoma Narrows bridge repayment plan.Declares an intent, in order to offset the toll rate increases that would otherwise be necessary to meet increases in future debt service payments, to set forth state contributions in the transportation budget for each fiscal biennium through the life of the debt service plan of up to one hundred twenty-five million dollars.Expires June 30, 2032.
by Representatives Maycumber, Cody, Holy, Clibborn, Irwin, Lovick, Graves, DeBolt, Harris, Rodne, Stonier, Slatter, Kagi, Klippert, Eslick, Muri, Vick, Johnson, and Young
Establishing a special allegation and sentencing enhancement for the use or consumption of heroin in the presence of a person under the age of eighteen.
States that, in a criminal case where a defendant has been convicted of the manufacture, delivery, or possession of a controlled substance where the offense involved heroin, and there has been a special allegation pleaded and proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he or she used or consumed heroin, or allowed another person to use or consume heroin, in the presence of a person under the age of eighteen, the court shall make a finding of fact of the special allegation, or if a jury trial is had, the jury shall, if it finds the defendant guilty, find a special verdict as to the special allegation.
by Representatives Jinkins, Harris, Cody, Tharinger, Stonier, Slatter, Clibborn, Macri, Riccelli, Robinson, Valdez, Appleton, and Johnson
Delineating charity care and notice requirements without restricting charity care.
Revises the definition of "charity care," for purposes of chapter 70.170 RCW regarding health data and charity care, to include "indigent persons when third-party coverage, if any, has been exhausted."Requires each hospital to post and display notice of charity care availability, and be posted in all languages spoken by more than ten percent of the population of the hospital service area.
by Representatives Kloba, Harris, Kirby, Robinson, Appleton, Johnson, Stonier, Dolan, Macri, Maycumber, Slatter, and Stanford
Regarding prior authorization.
Prohibits a health carrier from requiring prior authorization for an initial evaluation and management visit and up to twelve consecutive treatment visits with a contracting provider in a new episode of care of certain therapies that meet standards of medical necessity and are subject to quantitative treatment limits of the health plan.
by Representatives Dent, Wylie, Nealey, and Chandler
Concerning publicly owned industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
Authorizes the department of ecology, when making loans for water pollution control facilities, to provide loans to publicly owned industrial wastewater treatment facilities that reduce the burden on a municipal wastewater facility.
by Representatives Morris, Slatter, Doglio, and Fitzgibbon
Authorizing an alternative form of regulation of electrical and natural gas companies.
Authorizes the utilities and transportation commission to, under certain conditions, regulate an electrical or gas company by authorizing an alternative form of regulation.Requires electrical companies, gas companies, and the commission to use the carbon planning adder when evaluating and selecting conservation policies, programs, and targets.Requires electrical companies to use the carbon planning adder in developing and evaluating integrated resource plans and evaluating and selecting long-term resource options.Requires the following to be considered a nonemitting resource: Gas consisting largely of methane and other hydrocarbons derived from the decomposition of organic material in landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, and anaerobic digesters.
by Representatives Shea, McCaslin, Eslick, and Young
Concerning vaccines containing mercury or aluminum.
Prohibits a vaccine with any mercury-containing product in any amount from being purchased, distributed, or administered to any person in this state.Prohibits a vaccine purchased, distributed, or administered to a person in this state from exceeding a certain amount of aluminum in the recommended individual dose.
by Representatives Shea, McCaslin, Eslick, DeBolt, and Young
Distributing information about the risks associated with vaccinations.
Requires the department of health to adopt a standard disclaimer form for each vaccine approved by the federal food and drug administration.Requires health care providers to provide a patient with the relevant disclaimer form for each vaccine before it is administered.
by Representatives Shea, McCaslin, Eslick, and Young
Notifying parents and guardians about immunization exemptions.
Requires public and private schools and licensed day care centers to notify parents and guardians of the availability of medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions to vaccinations in the following circumstances: (1) At enrollment or on the student's first day of attendance, whichever is first; and(2) Before vaccinations are administered on school grounds or day care grounds.
by Representative Kirby
Addressing joint self-insurance programs for property and liability risks.
Authorizes a qualifying state agency to participate in: (1) A local government joint self-insurance program formed or operating in accordance with chapter 48.62 RCW regarding local government insurance transactions; and(2) The program to obtain liability insurance coverage.Defines "qualifying state agency" as a state agency, board, commission, or other entity of the state with a biennial operating budget of not more than five million dollars.
by Representatives Stanford, Hudgins, and Appleton
Penalizing employers who relocate call centers to another country.
Establishes the Washington call center jobs act.Requires an employer that intends to relocate a call center, or one or more facilities or operating units within a call center, to a foreign country to notify the commissioner of the employment security department at least one hundred twenty days before the relocation.Requires the commissioner to compile a semiannual list of employers that have notified him or her and: (1) Post the list on the department's web site; and(2) Distribute the list to state agencies.Requires state agency contracts for purchases of call center services to provide that the work performed by the contractor be performed within the state.
by Representatives Dent, Blake, Dye, Reeves, and Eslick
Creating a task force on marijuana odor.
Creates a task force on marijuana odor and requires the task force to review the following issues: Methods to mitigate, mask, conceal, or otherwise address marijuana odors and emissions; and the potentially harmful impact of the odors and emissions on people in close proximity to a marijuana production or processing facility.Expires June 30, 2019.
by Representatives Condotta, Jenkin, Vick, Caldier, Walsh, and Kraft
Applying to Congress for a convention to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution related to a balanced federal budget.
Applies to Congress for a convention to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution related to a balanced federal budget.
by Representatives Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Gregerson, Haler, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Sells, Wylie, Stonier, Robinson, Jinkins, Frame, Stanford, Tharinger, Bergquist, Macri, Doglio, Kagi, Kilduff, Pettigrew, Pollet, Goodman, Kloba, and Ormsby
Creating the Unified Table on Sexual Harassment.
Creates the unified table on sexual harassment.
by Senators Palumbo, Saldaña, and Ranker
Providing options for local governments to adopt alternative voting procedures.
Allows a county, city, town, or district to: (1) Eliminate the primary for a single or multiple position office within their jurisdiction; or(2) Use a proportional voting system for an office with multiple positions.Prohibits a primary from being held for an office where the primary has been eliminated.Requires the secretary of state to approve a proportional voting system before it is adopted by a county, city, town, or district.Allows the following to authorize a change to their electoral system: A school board; the legislative authority of a city or town; the commissioner of a county; the legislative authority of a code city or town; the board of fire commissioners of a fire protection district; and the port commission.
by Senators Wellman, Chase, Van De Wege, Cleveland, Conway, Saldaña, Hunt, and Kuderer
Supporting the business of child care.
Requires the department of children, youth, and families to: (1) Develop, in consultation with the statewide child care resource and referral network and the community and technical college system, a community-based training module for child care providers and entrepreneurs;(2) Collaborate with the state board for community and technical colleges to align all or parts of the training module with course outcomes identified in early childhood education classes that may be offered by the community and technical colleges; and(3) Along with the state board for community and technical colleges, integrate training module content in early childhood education curriculum.
by Senators Wellman, Mullet, Fain, Hunt, and Kuderer; by request of Department of Early Learning
Concerning background checks for persons providing child care services.
Requires the following to submit a new background application to the department of children, youth, and families, for renewal of a background clearance card or certificate: Agency licensees holding a license, persons who are employees, and persons who have been previously qualified by the department.
by Senators Wagoner, Miloscia, Fortunato, Schoesler, Braun, Brown, Short, Becker, Padden, and Wilson
Concerning fiscal notes for supreme court decisions.
Requires the office of financial management, in consultation with the administrative office of the courts, to establish a procedure for the provision of fiscal notes estimating the impact of state supreme court decisions that increase or decrease, or tend to increase or decrease, state and local government revenues or expenditures.
by Senators Chase, Hasegawa, Saldaña, McCoy, Wellman, Keiser, and Kuderer
Restoring the fair treatment of underserved groups in public employment, education, and contracting.
Removes references to the state civil rights act and restores the fair treatment of underserved groups in public employment, education, and contracting.
by Senator Darneille; by request of Department of Social and Health Services
Concerning private case management of child welfare services.
Removes the responsibilities of supervising agencies as they pertain to child welfare services under chapters 13.34, 74.13, and 74.15 RCW.
by Senators Padden and Pedersen
Regulating body worn cameras.
Provides a definition of "intimate image," for purposes of inspection and copying exemptions in the public records act, with regard to body worn camera recordings.Eliminates the June 1, 2019, expiration date of chapter 10.109 RCW regarding the use of body worn cameras.
by Senator Ericksen
Concerning public utility district authority to acquire electrical distribution properties.
Gives a public utility district the right, after formation of the district, to acquire by purchase or condemnation electrical distribution properties in western Washington from an investor-owned utility.Requires the utilities and transportation commission to determine the value of the property and provide an analysis to the board of commissioners of the public utility district.Makes an appropriation from the carbon pollution reduction account, created in Senate Bill No. 6203, to the department of commerce for the purposes of providing assistance to public utility districts purchasing or condemning any electrical distribution properties.
by Senator Padden
Concerning school safety.
Requires a first responder agency, when notifying a school of a situation that may require an evacuation or lockdown, to: (1) Determine if schools in the vicinity are similarly threatened; and(2) Notify schools in the vicinity for which an evacuation or lockdown appears reasonably necessary.Requires school buildings that are occupied by students to be mapped by the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs or from other sources.
by Senators Keiser, Fain, Brown, Fortunato, and Palumbo
Concerning advanced spacecraft manufacturing.
Provides a business and occupation tax credit to eligible persons for research and development conducted in advanced spacecraft manufacturing.Requires the department of revenue, except as otherwise provided in section 5 of this act, to issue a sales and use tax deferral certificate for state and local sales and use taxes on each eligible investment project.Expires July 1, 2028.
by Senator Chase
Regulating water pollution discharges under the national pollutant discharge elimination system permit program in a manner similar to that adopted by the environmental protection agency and other western states.
Requires the department of ecology to issue a national pollutant discharge elimination system general permit through its authority under RCW 90.48.260, or a general permit issued under the authority of chapter 90.48 RCW (the coastal waters protection act of 1971), that applies to small scale motorized mining; and use permit provisions similar to those adopted in other western states or by the environmental protection agency.
by Senators Van De Wege, Wellman, Palumbo, Billig, Hunt, Kuderer, Saldaña, and Chase
Reducing the use of certain toxic chemicals in firefighting activities.
Prohibits a manufacturer of class B firefighting foam from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale, or distributing for sale or use in this state class B firefighting foam to which PFAS chemicals have been intentionally added.Requires a manufacturer or other person that sells firefighting personal protective equipment to a person, local government, or state agency to provide written notice to the purchaser if the equipment contains PFAS chemicals.Authorizes the department of ecology to: (1) Request a certificate of compliance from a manufacturer of class B firefighting foam or firefighting personal protective equipment; and(2) Assist the department of enterprise services, other state agencies, fire protection districts, and other local governments to avoid purchasing or using firefighting agents containing PFAS chemicals.
by Senators Billig, Conway, Liias, and Saldaña
Concerning population-based representation on the governing body of public transportation benefit areas.
Requires the members of the governing body of a public transportation benefit area, if the population of the county in which the area is located is more than four hundred thousand and the county does not also contain a city with a population of seventy-five thousand or more operating a transit system, to be selected to assure proportional representation, based on population, of each of the component cities located within the area and the unincorporated areas of the county located within the area, to the extent possible within the restrictions placed on the size of the governing body of the area.Requires the proportional representation requirements to be taken into consideration, when determining if a change to the composition of the governing body is appropriate, if: (1) The population of the county in which the public transportation benefit area is located is more than four hundred thousand;(2) The county does not also contain a city with a population of seventy-five thousand or more operating a transit system; and(3) The composition of the governing body must be changed if necessary to meet this requirement.
by Senators Hunt, Dhingra, Keiser, Kuderer, Saldaña, and Chase
Requiring permission to bring a concealed firearm into another person's residence or dwelling place.
Prohibits a person from carrying a concealed firearm into the residence or dwelling place of another person without first obtaining the express permission of the owner or person in legal control or possession of the residence or dwelling place.Requires the court, upon conviction for a violation, to: (1) Order the person to surrender any concealed pistol license; and(2) Prohibit the person from obtaining a concealed pistol license for a period of five years from the date of conviction.
by Senators Frockt, Wellman, Conway, Hunt, Cleveland, Chase, Hasegawa, Mullet, Kuderer, Ranker, Takko, Saldaña, Billig, Keiser, Rolfes, Pedersen, Nelson, Darneille, McCoy, Liias, and Van De Wege
Concerning census funding.
Requests the provision of adequate funding for the 2020 census.