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 House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Pettigrew, Chapman, Hayes, Muri, Hudgins, and Robinson; by request of Department of Corrections)
Issuing a two-year identicard for offenders released from prison facilities.
Requires the department of corrections, working in conjunction with the department of licensing, to create and implement an identicard program to provide offenders who are being released within the state a two-year state-issued identicard.Authorizes the department of licensing to charge the department of corrections with a fee of eighteen dollars for the identicard.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Gregerson, Hudgins, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Orwall, Springer, Lovick, Sells, Stonier, Clibborn, Dolan, McBride, Ryu, Goodman, Macri, Senn, Cody, Hansen, Bergquist, Slatter, Frame, Sawyer, Kloba, Stanford, Pollet, Doglio, Robinson, Wylie, Kagi, Jinkins, Sullivan, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Reeves, Morris, Tharinger, Fey, Pellicciotti, Pettigrew, Haler, Kilduff, and Farrell)
Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2018.
Establishes the Washington voting rights act of 2018 to allow certain entities to make changes to their electoral system.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Dolan, Stonier, Lovick, Springer, Appleton, Bergquist, Manweller, Tarleton, Frame, Goodman, and Ormsby)
Expanding civics education in public school.
Creates the expanded civics education teacher training program within the office of the superintendent of public instruction to provide for the selection of a team of qualified social studies teachers, and when appropriate, civics education specialists, from across the state.Requires each school district to offer a one-half credit stand-alone course in civics as an elective course to high school students in the district.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to select two school districts to serve as demonstration sites for enhanced civics education.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Pettigrew, Hayes, Griffey, Chapman, and Jinkins)
Requiring the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to improve offender programs.
Requires the department of corrections to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for cognitive behavioral change programs and reentry specific programs which must prioritize funding for and implementation of programs that: (1) Follow the risk needs responsivity model;(2) Focus on higher risk offenders, including violent and nonviolent offenders;(3) Are deemed evidence-based or research-based by the state institute for public policy or Washington State University, or are recognized in a nationally observed repository, including the national institute of justice, national institute of corrections, or the substance abuse and mental health services administration's national registry of evidence-based programs and practices; and(4) Have measurable outcomes including reducing recidivism and readmissions to correctional institutions below current levels.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Graves, Frame, Dent, Kagi, Tarleton, Fey, Eslick, Slatter, Muri, Hargrove, Dolan, Senn, McDonald, Reeves, Young, Kloba, Ormsby, Lovick, Doglio, Stonier, and Gregerson)
Concerning the online availability of foster parent preservice training.
Requires all components of the foster parent preservice training to be made available online.Requires the department of social and health services to allow individuals to complete as much online preservice training as is practicable while requiring that some preservice training be completed in person.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, MacEwen, Muri, Kilduff, Hayes, Reeves, Chapman, Haler, Johnson, Tarleton, Tharinger, Hudgins, Dent, Van Werven, Fey, Eslick, McBride, Slatter, Dolan, Valdez, Stanford, Macri, Appleton, Ormsby, Ryu, Lovick, Doglio, and Gregerson)
Concerning governmental continuity during emergency periods.
Finds that the ability of government to fulfill its constitutional and statutory responsibilities by continuing to conduct essential functions and services during the periods of significant disruption that follow catastrophic incidents requires all levels and branches of state and local government to conduct planning and preparation for continuity of operations and government to assist in fulfilling these responsibilities.States that sections 4 through 10 of this act take effect if the proposed amendment to Article II, section 42 of the state Constitution, providing governmental continuity during emergency periods resulting from a catastrophic incident, is approved by the voters at the next general election.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Harris, Slatter, Macri, Stonier, Robinson, DeBolt, Johnson, McBride, Tharinger, Dolan, Kloba, Appleton, Jinkins, and Ormsby)
Concerning hospital privileges for advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Addresses the duty of a hospital or facility to request information from physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners, who will provide clinical care under his or her license, before granting or renewing clinical privileges.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Kraft, Stanford, Eslick, McBride, Sawyer, Orcutt, Haler, Senn, Reeves, Young, Ryu, and Doglio)
Concerning tax relief for adaptive automotive equipment for veterans and service members with disabilities.
Delays, until July 1, 2028, the expiration of the sales and use tax exemption for adaptive equipment required to customize vehicles for disabled veterans in order to: (1) Provide specific financial relief for severely injured veterans; and(2) Ameliorate a negative consequence of the state's tax structure.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, Tarleton, Lytton, Tharinger, Blake, and Appleton)
Establishing a reporting process for the department of natural resources regarding certain marbled murrelet habitat information.
Finds that protecting the habitat of the marbled murrelet is beneficial to the state and our environment, however, the protection and recovery of the murrelets may have impacts, specifically on timber jobs in our rural communities and lost revenues to our schools, counties, and junior taxing districts through reduced timber harvests.Requires the department of natural resources to provide a report to the legislature that includes an economic analysis of: (1) The net loss or gain of revenues to each of the trust beneficiaries from a proposed marbled murrelet habitat conservation plan approved by the board of natural resources and forwarded to or approved by the United States fish and wildlife service;(2) The potential net loss or gain of jobs for each impacted county; and(3) Economic activity benefits from additional conservation measures that support murrelet protection and recovery.Requires the commissioner of public lands to appoint a marbled murrelet advisory committee to assist the department in developing and providing the report.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Hayes, Ortiz-Self, Eslick, Ryu, Harmsworth, Sells, Peterson, Van Werven, Pellicciotti, Klippert, Goodman, Kloba, Tarleton, Fey, Santos, Smith, Tharinger, Dolan, Valdez, Stanford, Appleton, Lovick, Doglio, Griffey, Stonier, and Gregerson)
Establishing a criminal justice system diversion center pilot project.
Requires the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to administer a criminal justice system diversion center pilot project to make improvements in: (1) Reducing recidivism and the use of crisis and emergency resources;(2) Decreasing behaviors associated with untreated mental health and substance use disorders; and(3) Increasing effective engagement with treatment providers, housing stability, engagement in prosocial activity, and rates of employment and financial self-sufficiency.Expires July 1, 2020.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Kraft, Wylie, Jinkins, and Harris)
Concerning the licensure and certification of massage therapists and reflexologists.
Requires a licensed massage therapist or a certified reflexologist to have government-issued photo identification on his or her person at all times he or she practices massage therapy or reflexology; and requires the photo identification to bear the same name as the massage therapy license or reflexology certification.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Slatter, Fey, McBride, Dolan, Macri, and Doglio)
Encouraging the use of electric or hybrid-electric aircraft for regional air travel.
Establishes the linking communities by encouraging regional aircraft electrification act (the LINK-AIR act).Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Solicit input from the work group and adopt goals for encouraging the use of electric or hybrid-electric aircraft in commercial air travel in the state; and(2) Convene a work group to analyze the state of the electrically powered aircraft industry and current infrastructure to develop a sustainable plan for achieving the goals as developed by the work group.Provides a July 1, 2020, expiration date for the work group.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Reeves, Stanford, Bergquist, Tarleton, Slatter, Shea, Barkis, Senn, and Ryu; by request of Insurance Commissioner)
Concerning the creation of a work group to study and make recommendations on natural disaster mitigation and resiliency activities.
Creates a working group to study and make recommendations on natural disaster and resiliency activities.
by Representatives Van Werven and Muri
Extending the business and occupation tax return filing due date for annual filers.
States that business and occupation tax payments, for annual filers, are due on or before the last day of the third month immediately following the end of the period covered by the return.
by Representatives Hudgins, Morris, Kloba, and Muri
Establishing an autonomous vehicle work group.
Requires the transportation commission to convene a work group to develop policy recommendations to address the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roadways in the state.Expires December 31, 2023.
by Representatives Hudgins, Shea, Morris, Kloba, and Muri
Concerning the development of a report by the governor's autonomous vehicle work group concerning the testing of autonomous commercial motor vehicles on public roadways in the state.
Requires the governor's autonomous vehicle work group, established under executive order 17-02, to prepare a report to the legislature: (1) Evaluating the merits of a pilot project to test the use of autonomous commercial motor vehicles on public roadways in the state; and(2) Making recommendations for the design of the pilot project.
by Representatives Sawyer and Condotta
Creating a drug enforcement task force on the illicit production of marijuana.
Requires the Washington state patrol to create a new drug enforcement task force with the sole purpose of controlling the illicit production of marijuana and marijuana-related products in the state.
by Representatives Barkis, Haler, and Dolan
Modifying provisions related to surveys and maps in chapter 58.24 RCW.
Modifies state agency for surveys and maps provisions.
by Representatives Young, Sawyer, Condotta, Jenkin, Kirby, and Vick
Authorizing spirits, beer, and wine theater licensees to have one additional screen.
Authorizes a theater that serves alcohol to customers in each screen at the theater to have one additional screen, with no more than three hundred seats, where alcohol may be served under the terms of the spirits, beer, and wine theater license.
by Representatives McCabe, Wylie, Orcutt, Irwin, Chapman, Goodman, and Griffey
Concerning snow bikes.
Requires the department of licensing to allow a motorcycle owner to register or renew his or her registration and, at the same time, register or renew the vehicle for use as a snow bike.Includes snow bikes in the definition of "snowmobile" for purposes of department of licensing provisions.Allows a person to operate a motorcycle, that previously had been converted to a snow bike, upon a public road, street, or highway of this state if certain conditions are met.
by Representatives Peterson and Ortiz-Self
Recognizing the fourth Saturday of September as public lands day.
Declares the last Saturday of September as public lands day.
by Representatives Shea, McCabe, and Holy
Concerning unemployment insurance benefits for individuals required by law to be terminated from employment and the unemployment insurance experience rating for affected employers.
Requires an individual who was terminated for gross misconduct related to a criminal act, for which the employer is required by law to terminate the individual, to be disqualified for unemployment insurance benefits in connection with employment with that employer.Requires the employer, if an individual is terminated due to a criminal conviction, or a finding of fact, that constitutes gross misconduct, to notify the employment security department within seven days of terminating the individual's employment.Authorizes a contribution paying base year employer to receive relief of charges for benefits if the benefit charges result from payment to an individual who was terminated from employment due to pending charges of a criminal act for which the employer is required by law to terminate the individual.
by Representatives Harmsworth, Griffey, Muri, Walsh, Graves, Manweller, Stambaugh, McDonald, Kraft, Stokesbary, Taylor, Eslick, Hayes, Holy, and Pike
Reducing the state retail sales and use tax rate.
Lowers the rate for retail sales and use taxes.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Johnson, Goodman, Muri, MacEwen, Kilduff, Hayes, Reeves, Chapman, Haler, Walsh, Tarleton, Tharinger, Dent, Hudgins, Valdez, Stanford, Macri, Ryu, and Appleton)
Amending the state Constitution to provide governmental continuity during emergency periods resulting from a catastrophic incident.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to provide governmental continuity during emergency periods resulting from a catastrophic incident.
by Representatives Hudgins, Shea, Morris, and Muri
Establishing a joint select committee on autonomous vehicle technology policy.
Creates a joint select committee on autonomous vehicle technology policy.Expires December 31, 2023.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Keiser, Miloscia, Hobbs, Takko, Wellman, Chase, Darneille, Hunt, and Saldaña)
Adding training on public works and prevailing wage requirements to responsible bidder criteria.
Requires a bidder, before award of a public works contract, to also meet the following responsibility criteria to be considered a responsible bidder and qualified to be awarded a public works project: (1) Have received training on the requirements related to public works and prevailing wage under chapters 39.04 and 39.12 RCW; and(2) Have designated a person or persons to be trained on these requirements.Requires the department of labor and industries to: (1) Provide the training on the public works and prevailing wage requirements; and(2) Keep records of entities that have satisfied the training requirement, or are exempt, and make the records available on its web site.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Fortunato, Conway, Miloscia, Hobbs, Takko, Hasegawa, Wellman, and Saldaña)
Addressing compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements.
Addresses apprenticeship utilization requirements on public works.Requires awarding agencies to: (1) Monitor apprenticeship utilization hours by contractor; and(2) Report the apprenticeship utilization by contractor and subcontractor to the supervisor of apprenticeship at the department of labor and industries by final project acceptance.Requires the supervisor of apprenticeship to verify compliance by contractors, subcontractors, and awarding agencies of apprenticeship utilization requirements; and allows the supervisor to coordinate with the department of enterprise services, the department of transportation, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and other agencies or organizations to assist in tracking compliance.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Palumbo, Wilson, Ranker, Zeiger, Liias, Bailey, and Frockt)
Decoupling services and activities fees from tuition.
Addresses the separation of services and activities fees from tuition.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Saldaña, Kuderer, Cleveland, Hasegawa, Darneille, Hunt, Conway, Keiser, Hobbs, McCoy, and Pedersen)
Concerning health care for Pacific Islanders residing in Washington under a compact of free association.
Increases access to health care services for the citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia residing in this state by providing premium and cost-sharing assistance for health coverage purchased through the state health benefit exchange.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Wellman, Saldaña, Nelson, Keiser, Hasegawa, McCoy, Carlyle, Pedersen, Chase, Ranker, Conway, Darneille, and Kuderer)
Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace.
Establishes the keep Washington working act.Creates the keep Washington working statewide steering committee established within the department of commerce.Requires the attorney general, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, to publish model policies for limiting immigration enforcement consistent with federal and state law at public schools, health facilities operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state, courthouses, and shelters, to ensure they remain safe and accessible to residents, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.Requires state agencies to review their confidentiality policies and identify changes necessary to ensure that information collected from individuals is limited to that necessary to perform agency duties and is not used or disclosed for any other purpose.Prohibits a state agency, department, or law enforcement from using agency or department funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, cooperate with, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of unconstitutional or illegal registrations or surveillance programs that target residents on the basis of race, religion, immigration status, citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin.Prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from using agency or department funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Rivers, Liias, Pedersen, Darneille, Chase, and Kuderer)
Requiring training for long-term care providers on the needs of the LGBTQ population.
Requires adult family home licensees, assisted living facility licensees or administrators, and nursing home licensees to complete two hours on a one-time basis of department of social and health services-approved cultural competency training relating to the LGBTQ population.Requires continuing education training for long-term care workers to include at least one hour of cultural competency training on issues relating to the LGBTQ population.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Liias, Pedersen, Billig, Fain, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Preventing harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination in public schools.
Requires each school district to: (1) Adopt or amend a transgender student policy and procedure that includes addressing discriminatory harassment of transgender students and that incorporates, at a minimum, the model transgender student policy and procedure created by the state school directors' association;(2) Share the policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers, and school employees; and(3) Designate one person in the district as the primary contact regarding the transgender student policy.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Develop a statewide training class for those people who act as the primary contact regarding the antiharassment, intimidation, or bullying policy; and(2) In collaboration with the department of health and the department of social and health services, review and align the questions in the healthy youth survey with the model transgender student policy and procedure created by the state school directors' association the next time these questions are reviewed.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Walsh, Rolfes, Rivers, Saldaña, Angel, Wellman, Brown, Chase, Wilson, Cleveland, Keiser, Warnick, Short, Kuderer, Becker, Ranker, Bailey, Conway, and Hunt)
Commemorating the centennial of national women's suffrage.
Requires the Washington women's history consortium to: (1) Provide leadership for statewide commemoration from 2018 through 2020 of the centennial pertaining to the passage by congress of the Nineteenth Amendment and its subsequent ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures in August 1920;(2) Begin preparations for the statewide commemoration;(3) Create and distribute a portfolio of public humanities programs to engage Washingtonians and visitors with important aspects of the women's right to vote movement;(4) Encourage private organizations, schools, institutions of higher education, public agencies, and local governments to organize and participate in activities;(5) Coordinate with regional and national organizations and agencies with respect to their commemorative work;(6) Coordinate with the national collaborative for women's history sites by contributing a Washington component to the development of a nationwide votes for women trail; and(7) Administer a grant program for certain public agencies, educational institutions, and organizations to assist with the activities.Expires July 1, 2021.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Conway, and Palumbo)
Creating a presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States department of energy Hanford site.
States that there exists a prima facie presumption, with regard to United States department of energy Hanford site workers who are covered under the state industrial insurance act, that the following diseases and conditions are occupational diseases: (1) Respiratory disease; (2) Heart problems, experienced within seventy-two hours of exposure to fumes, toxic substances, or chemicals at the site;(3) Cancer;(4) Beryllium sensitization, and acute and chronic beryllium disease; and(5) Neurological disease.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Hobbs, Palumbo, Saldaña, Hunt, Conway, Chase, and Mullet)
Authorizing the issuance of personalized collector vehicle license plates.
Authorizes a registered owner with a collector vehicle license plate to receive a personalized collector vehicle license plate upon payment of a one-time initial fee of fifty-two dollars.Allows a person applying for a collector vehicle license plate to personalize their collector vehicle license plate by paying the additional fifty-two dollar fee, in addition to any other required fees or taxes.Allows a registered owner to apply to the department of licensing to personalize a collector's license plate.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Billig, Darneille, Palumbo, Frockt, Rolfes, Liias, Keiser, Pedersen, Hunt, Wellman, Conway, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Mullet, and Nelson)
Extending the period for voter registration.
Allows a person to register to vote at the division of elections if in a separate city from the county auditor's office, a voting center, or other location designated by the county auditor.Extends the period for voter registration.Requires the secretary of state to establish procedures to enable new or updated voter registrations to be recorded on an expedited basis.Requires the following to be included in the voters' pamphlet: For the 2018 general election, information regarding the changes in the deadlines to register to vote made by this act.
by Senators Hasegawa, Chase, and Saldaña
Concerning the motion picture competitiveness program.
Removes the requirement of the department of commerce to include the following in its criteria for the approved motion picture competitiveness program: Giving preference to additional seasons of television series that have previously qualified.
by Senators Wagoner and Angel
Creating the veterans service officer program.
Creates the veterans service officer program in the department of veterans affairs to provide funding to underserved eligible counties to establish a veterans service officer within the county.Creates the veterans service officer fund.
by Senators Wagoner and Angel
Modifying qualifications for disabled veterans to receive fee exempt license plates.
Addresses the qualifications to receive fee-exempt license plates for disabled veterans and the rate of service-connected compensation he or she is receiving.
by Senators Hasegawa and Van De Wege
Concerning the transparency of local taxing districts.
Requires an irrigation district, metropolitan municipal corporation, public utility district, diking district, drainage district, sewer improvement district, solid waste collection district, solid waste disposal district, television reception improvement district, and water-sewer district to disclose information on billing statements sent to customers as follows: An itemized listing of rates and charges, including the amount of state and local taxes collected and paid by the district or corporation, as applicable, and whether taxes are collected on behalf of other political subdivisions.
by Senators Honeyford and Warnick
Establishing the water infrastructure program.
Creates the water infrastructure program which will be administered by the department of ecology.Requires the department to administer the program to support and fund infrastructure projects designed to reduce pollution from stormwater, prevent flooding, increase the availability of water supplies for beneficial uses, or improve fish passage.Declares an intent to appropriate two hundred fifty million dollars for projects to achieve the goals in this act.Creates the water infrastructure program account, the water infrastructure program bond account, and the water infrastructure program taxable bond account.
by Senators Chase, Hasegawa, and Zeiger
Establishing a joint legislative task force on the data center industry.
Creates the joint select legislative task force on maintaining and expanding the data center industry in Washington.Requires the task force to review the following issues: (1) The current state of the data center industry in the state;(2) Policies and incentives available in the state and other areas for data centers; and(3) Recommendations for changes to state and local policies to maintain and expand data centers and create jobs.