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 Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Condotta, Johnson, Haler, and Fey)
Allowing sales of growlers of wine.
Allows the sale of growlers of wine, except for fortified wine.Expands the requirements of a licensee with regard to filling a growler.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Harris, Cody, Orwall, DeBolt, Johnson, McBride, Clibborn, Short, Pettigrew, Robinson, Fey, Kilduff, Riccelli, Ryu, Nealey, Goodman, Tharinger, Stanford, Frame, Pollet, Jinkins, Haler, Kagi, Hargrove, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Chapman, Senn, Bergquist, Gregerson, Young, Farrell, and Slatter; by request of Attorney General and Department of Health)
Protecting youth from tobacco products and vapor products by increasing the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco and vapor products.
Raises the legal age to twenty-one years for the lawful sale or distribution of tobacco and vapor products.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Manweller, Haler, Griffey, Van Werven, and Doglio; by request of Secretary of State)
Modifying presidential primary provisions.
Updates the presidential primary process to provide an earlier default date and the flexibility needed to promote a regional presidential primary.Authorizes the secretary of state to change the date of the presidential primary to a date later in the calendar year in order to coordinate a regional primary with certain western states.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Stambaugh, McBride, Gregerson, Slatter, Frame, Macri, Peterson, Hudgins, Pollet, Orwall, Doglio, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Farrell, and Stanford)
Expanding college bound scholarship eligibility.
Revises requirements for eligibility in the college bound scholarship program.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Stambaugh, Frame, Hudgins, Sawyer, Slatter, Macri, Gregerson, Peterson, McBride, Doglio, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Tharinger, Farrell, Pollet, Ormsby, Dolan, and Riccelli)
Collecting youth voter registration sign up information.
Provides locations for a person to sign up to register to vote when he or she is sixteen or seventeen years old.Defines the term "future voter" as a United States citizen and state resident, age sixteen or seventeen, who wishes to provide information related to voter registration to the appropriate state agencies.Requires a social studies teacher to coordinate a voter registration event in each history or social studies class attended by high school seniors.Allows county auditors to help coordinate elements of the future voter program and participate in voter registration events for students on that day.Requires the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the secretary of state, to update and distribute youth voter registration materials for eligible students.Provides delivery options for voter registration applications.Requires the secretary of state, for each electronic registration application, to obtain a digital copy of the applicant's driver's license or identicard signature from the department of licensing.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Certain information provided for a person under eighteen years old.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Lytton and Hayes)
Concerning the exemption of property taxes for nonprofit homeownership development.
Exempts the following from state and local property taxes: Real property owned by a nonprofit entity for the purpose of developing or redeveloping on the real property one or more residences to be sold to low-income households including the land on which a dwelling unit stands, whether to be sold, or leased for life or ninety-nine years, to the low-income household owning the dwelling unit.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Macri, Robinson, McBride, Kagi, Sawyer, Tharinger, Doglio, Pollet, Ortiz-Self, Chapman, Cody, Jinkins, Bergquist, Hudgins, Peterson, Senn, Stonier, Riccelli, Frame, Gregerson, Dolan, Tarleton, Ormsby, Ryu, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Slatter, Pettigrew, Kloba, Orwall, Appleton, Clibborn, Farrell, and Stanford)
Concerning access to homeless housing and assistance.
Establishes the Washington housing opportunities act.Improves resources available to aid with increasing access and removing barriers to housing for individuals and families in the state.Increases the surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance.Requires the department of commerce to: (1) In collaboration with the state institute for public policy, conduct a statewide homeless study every ten years to better understand the causes and characteristics of the homeless in the state and help decision makers promote efforts toward housing stability;(2) Coordinate its efforts on the state homeless housing strategic plan with the office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs advisory committee; and(3) Provide an update on the state's homeless housing strategic plan and its activities for the prior fiscal year.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Sawyer, Goodman, McBride, and Frame)
Updating the child support economic table based on recommendations of the child support work group.
Updates the child support economic table based on recommendations of the child support work group.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Pettigrew, Frame, Stambaugh, Ortiz-Self, Fitzgibbon, Macri, Ormsby, and Gregerson)
Concerning rehabilitated offenders.
Requires the sentencing guidelines commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the sentencing reform act under chapter 9.94A RCW and make recommendations to accomplish certain goals.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representative Hudgins; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning government efficiency by eliminating or revising obsolete or inactive statutory provisions that concern the office of financial management.
Eliminates or revises obsolete or inactive provisions that concern the office of financial management.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Gregerson, Stokesbary, Ryu, Hudgins, Cody, Pollet, Santos, Senn, Springer, Fitzgibbon, McBride, Stanford, Kagi, and Slatter)
Concerning elections in port districts that are coextensive with a county having a population of over one-half million.
Requires a port district with five members that is coextensive with a county having a population of over one and one-half million and with a legislative authority of nine members, to be divided into the same commissioner districts as the county legislative authority districts and include the same number of commissioner positions as the county legislative authority.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representative Klippert)
Concerning the retirement age for state guard members.
Allows the renewal of an extension of service age, for a state guard member, beyond age sixty-four, subject to the discretion of the adjutant general.
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 services;(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 Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Harmsworth, Hayes, Shea, and Young)
Concerning information on civil traffic infractions.
Prohibits the administrative office of the courts from displaying personally identifying information about individual cases that involve parking infractions, or infractions processed in the same manner as parking infractions, on any publicly accessible online case records portal maintained by the office.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Harris, Cody, Pollet, Doglio, Kagi, Ryu, and Slatter)
Concerning vapor products, e-cigarettes, and nicotine products taxation.
Addresses requirements for and the sale and taxation of vapor products, e-cigarettes, and nicotine products.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored 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 to implement strategic activities to reduce hazard fuels in areas that could be prone to wildfire. These techniques 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 natural resource management activities of the department of fish and wildlife, mentioned in (1) through (5) above, from certain provisions of the state environmental policy act.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Macri, Rodne, Tharinger, Stokesbary, Jinkins, Riccelli, Cody, Fey, McBride, Slatter, Valdez, Appleton, Pollet, Doglio, Stonier, and Gregerson)
Concerning health care provider and health care facility whistleblower protections.
Addresses whistleblower protection provisions with regard to health care providers and health care facilities.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Kilduff, Peterson, Ryu, Haler, Young, Jinkins, and Ormsby; by request of Attorney General)
Concerning the medicaid fraud control unit.
Requires the attorney general to establish and maintain, within his or her office, the medicaid fraud control unit.Gives the medicaid fraud control unit the authority and criminal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute medicaid provider fraud, abuse and neglect matters where authority is granted by the federal government, and other federal health care program fraud.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Eslick, Haler, and Young)
Concerning notification of wildlife transfer, relocation, or introduction into a new location.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to provide notice and hold a public hearing before department personnel relocates or introduces any wolves, coyotes, lynx, bobcats, and animals defined as big game, where the action is intended for population maintenance or enhancement.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Jinkins, Fey, Sawyer, and Gregerson)
Concerning the release and commitment of persons involuntarily committed after the dismissal of a felony.
Revises the involuntary treatment act regarding the release and commitment of persons involuntarily committed after the dismissal of a felony.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Pellicciotti, Kraft, Dolan, McDonald, Orwall, Hayes, Van Werven, Klippert, Lovick, Kloba, Fey, Tarleton, Johnson, Sawyer, Kirby, Stanford, Reeves, Jinkins, Ryu, Ortiz-Self, Riccelli, and Gregerson)
Concerning sexual exploitation.
Changes the term "patronizing a prostitute" to "sexual exploitation," and provides that the crime is a misdemeanor, except a second or subsequent conviction is a gross misdemeanor.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Ryu, Kagi, and Valdez)
Promoting the use of surplus public property for public benefit.
Modifies surplus public property provisions relating to the inventory of state property, the right of first refusal for government agencies, and the disposal of public property for public benefit.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Valdez, Macri, Ormsby, Pollet, and Appleton)
Concerning consumer reporting agency security freeze fees.
Prohibits a consumer reporting agency from imposing a charge on a consumer for a request to place, temporarily lift, or remove a security freeze.Requires the office of cybersecurity, the office of privacy and data protection, and the attorney general's office to work with stakeholders to evaluate the impact to consumers and the consumer reporting agencies regarding the modifications in this act.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, McCabe, Orwall, Reeves, Kraft, Senn, Gregerson, Muri, Riccelli, Stanford, Tharinger, and Young)
Increasing employment opportunities for spouses of military members.
Requires the department of veterans affairs, the employment security department, and the department of commerce to consult local chambers of commerce, associate development organizations, and businesses to initiate a demonstration campaign to increase employment for veterans and the spouses of military members on active duty.Directs the commissioner of the employment security department to: (1) Conduct a study of the unemployment insurance program to determine what barriers to eligibility military spouses face while on reassignment overseas; and(2) Confer with the United States department of labor on what regulatory and other actions can be taken to provide greater opportunities for those persons to participate in the unemployment insurance program.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Pike, Blake, Kraft, Peterson, Orcutt, Shea, Vick, Caldier, Manweller, Reeves, Doglio, Riccelli, Smith, Muri, McBride, Wylie, Hargrove, Eslick, Stanford, Tharinger, Kilduff, and Young)
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 House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Eslick, Vick, Jenkin, and Hargrove)
Establishing an on-premises retail alcohol license for a business at which customers participate in an art activity such as painting, pottery, or sculpting.
Establishes a wine and beer retailer's license, designated as an art activity license, which authorizes the holder to provide the following products for on-premises consumption by participants in an art activity: (1) Wine by the glass; and(2) Beer by the glass, bottle, or can.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Irwin, Wilcox, Fitzgibbon, Stokesbary, Jinkins, Muri, and Santos)
Promoting redevelopment of certain areas to encourage transit supportive densities and efficient land use.
Allows certain counties to stimulate housing opportunities and redevelopment of areas in urban growth areas to promote transit supportive densities and more efficient land use.Includes the following in the criteria that must be met before being designated a residential targeted area: An area in a county seeking to promote transit supportive densities and efficient land use that is: (1) Located no further than one and one-half miles from the boundary of a city with a population of at least two hundred thousand; and(2) Within three quarters of a mile of a corridor where certain bus service is in service or is planned for service to begin within five years of designation.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Hudgins, Jinkins, Ortiz-Self, and Irwin)
Modifying cybercrime provisions.
Revises the Washington cybercrime act.Addresses the crime of electronic data tampering in the first degree.Revises the definition of "malware" to include data instructions that are installed or used to monitor computer use or to gather information about a person or organization.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Klippert and Goodman)
Concerning impaired driving.
Modifies impaired driving provisions with regard to: (1) Loss of good time credits when offense includes minor child enhancements;(2) Removal of language on qualifications of a forensic phlebotomist;(3) Liability for the expense of an emergency response by a public agency;(4) A court's discretion to order electronic home monitoring or ninety days of 24/7 sobriety program monitoring;(5) Partial or full suspension of a sentence;(6) Penalty for minor passenger in vehicle; and(7) Provision of a temporary bypass mechanism for an ignition interlock device lockout condition.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Dent, Eslick, Bergquist, Tharinger, Goodman, Doglio, Pollet, Kloba, Macri, and Santos)
Improving access to mental health services for children and youth.
Reestablishes the children's mental health work group to: (1) Identify barriers to and opportunities for accessing mental health services for children and families; and(2) Advise the legislature on statewide mental health services for this population.Provides a December 30, 2020, expiration date for the work group.Expands the duties and responsibilities of the following: (1) The state health care authority;(2) The department of social and health services;(3) Behavioral health organizations;(4) Regional service areas;(5) The department of children, youth, and families;(6) The child and adolescent psychiatry residency program at the University of Washington; and(7) The office of the superintendent of public instruction.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Doglio, Fitzgibbon, Riccelli, Bergquist, Tharinger, McBride, and Pollet)
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 class B firefighting foams to which PFAS chemicals have been intentionally added.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Stambaugh, Kilduff, Sawyer, Wylie, Bergquist, Macri, Doglio, and Pollet)
Providing menstrual hygiene products in community and technical colleges at no cost to students.
Requires menstrual hygiene products to be available, at no cost to students, in restrooms of buildings serving students in public community or technical colleges.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, Muri, Gregerson, Stokesbary, McBride, Rodne, Ryu, Young, Kilduff, Harris, Sells, Holy, Peterson, Volz, Valdez, Haler, Stonier, Stambaugh, Fitzgibbon, Walsh, Robinson, Irwin, Blake, Appleton, Bergquist, Ortiz-Self, Stanford, Tarleton, Wylie, Barkis, Goodman, Santos, Ormsby, Pollet, and Macri)
Safeguarding the public safety by protecting railroad workers.
Establishes the safe leave act for Washington railroad workers.Finds that railroad employees have no paid sick leave and may be subject to discipline for absence due to illness or injury.Prohibits a railroad carrier from dismissing, suspending, laying off, demoting, or otherwise disciplining: (1) An employee because of absence due to illness or injury of the employee or the employee's spouse or child; or(2) An operating craft employee because of layoff due to fatigue.Requires a railroad carrier to establish a fatigue layoff program under which an operating craft employee may layoff due to fatigue without being subjected to discipline or any type of availability or attendance policy.Requires the utilities and transportation commission, before approving the layoff program, to submit the program to the leadership of the operating craft rail labor organizations state legislative boards for review and input.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Young, Sawyer, Condotta, Jenkin, Kirby, and Vick)
Authorizing spirits, beer, and wine theater licensees to have one additional screen.
Authorizes a theater to have one additional screen, with no more than three hundred seats, at which alcohol may be served under the terms of the spirits, beer, and wine theater license if the theater: (1) Uses an IMAX projection screen in at least one of its auditoriums; and(2) Has at least ten screens at the theater at which alcohol is served.
by Representative Sawyer
Concerning Atlantic salmon.
Implements a policy to disincentivize the continued cultivation of Atlantic salmon in our marine waters.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers and Palumbo)
Concerning residency requirements for licensed marijuana businesses.
Addresses residency requirements for licensed marijuana businesses.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Keiser, Frockt, Ranker, Conway, Nelson, Takko, Darneille, Hunt, Palumbo, Chase, Saldaña, Liias, Rolfes, McCoy, Kuderer, Billig, Wellman, Mullet, Carlyle, Hasegawa, and Pedersen)
Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity.
Addresses gender pay equity.Updates the existing state equal pay act to: (1) Address income disparities, employer discrimination, and retaliation practices; and(2) Reflect the equal status of all workers in the state.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, Miloscia, Walsh, Mullet, Billig, Kuderer, Pedersen, Hasegawa, Darneille, and Keiser)
Ensuring housing options.
Prohibits a landlord from refusing to lease or rent real property to a prospective tenant or current tenant, or expelling a tenant from real property, based on the source of income of an otherwise eligible tenant.Creates the landlord mitigation program.Allows the department of commerce to reimburse eligible claims for property damage, cost of unpaid rent, matching amounts for eligible repairs required after an inspection, attorneys' fees and costs to obtain the judgment, and up to fourteen days of lost rental income.Creates the landlord mitigation program account and allows a landlord, in order for a claim to be eligible for reimbursement from the account, to submit: (1) A judgment against the tenant through an unlawful detainer proceeding or a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction after a hearing; or(2) A claim directly to the department of commerce.Increases the affordable housing for all surcharge to thirteen dollars and requires the state treasurer to deposit three dollars of the surcharge into the landlord mitigation account.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Keiser, Miloscia, Hobbs, Takko, Wellman, Chase, Darneille, Hunt, and Saldaña)
Establishing the prevailing rate of wage based on collective bargaining agreements or other methods if collective bargaining agreements are not available.
Requires the industrial statistician to: (1) Establish the prevailing rate of wage by adopting the hourly wage, usual benefits, and overtime paid for the geographic jurisdiction established in collective bargaining agreements for those trades and occupations that have collective bargaining agreements; or(2) For trades and occupations in which there are no collective bargaining agreements in the county, establish the prevailing rate of wage by conducting wage and hour surveys.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Rivers, Kuderer, Cleveland, Miloscia, Mullet, Saldaña, Keiser, Conway, and Hasegawa)
Addressing prescription drug cost transparency.
Provides notice and disclosure of information regarding the cost and pricing of prescription drugs to provide accountability to the state for prescription drug pricing.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Van De Wege, Pedersen, and Kuderer; by request of Uniform Law Commission)
Enacting the uniform emergency volunteer health practitioners act.
Establishes the uniform emergency volunteer health practitioners act which applies to volunteer health practitioners registered with the volunteer health practitioner registration system provided for in section 5 of this act and who provide health or veterinary services in this state for a host entity while an emergency declaration is in effect.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Rivers, Carlyle, Fain, Cleveland, Liias, Van De Wege, Conway, Chase, Saldaña, and King)
Concerning health care provider and health care facility whistleblower protections.
Addresses whistleblower protection provisions with regard to health care providers and health care facilities.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Mullet, Angel, Hobbs, Palumbo, Takko, Zeiger, and Wilson)
Protecting lienholders' interests while retaining consumer protections.
Addresses the protection of a lienholder's interest and retaining consumer protections.Requires the county treasurers of the five largest counties in this state to submit a report to the house business and financial services committee and the senate financial institutions and insurance committee or appropriate legislative committees that includes information on the total number of claims submitted to each county treasurer for payment of surplus funds following a tax foreclosure sale.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Rolfes, Frockt, Pedersen, Hunt, Nelson, Darneille, Miloscia, Chase, Saldaña, and Kuderer)
Concerning actions for wrongful injury or death.
Revises provisions regarding wrongful death and survival of actions.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Rolfes, Angel, and Hobbs)
Concerning contractor bonding requirements for public transportation benefit areas and passenger-only ferry service districts.
Addresses the requirements for contractor bonding for public transportation benefit areas and passenger-only ferry service districts.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Frockt, Rolfes, Van De Wege, Keiser, Conway, Short, and Hasegawa)
Prohibiting health carriers and pharmacy benefit managers from using contracts to prevent pharmacists from telling their customers about cheaper ways to buy prescription drugs.
Prohibits health carriers and pharmacy benefit managers from offering or agreeing to a contract provision that penalizes a pharmacy or pharmacist for disclosing information to a customer regarding cheaper ways to buy prescription drugs.Allows the insurance commissioner to suspend or revoke the registration of a health carrier or pharmacy benefit manager for a violation of this act.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen, Walsh, Takko, Fain, Rivers, Billig, Ranker, Cleveland, Kuderer, Van De Wege, Hobbs, Liias, Palumbo, Frockt, Hasegawa, Mullet, Hunt, Saldaña, Rolfes, Dhingra, Carlyle, Darneille, Chase, Conway, Nelson, Wellman, McCoy, and Keiser; by request of Uniform Law Commission)
Concerning the uniform parentage act.
Repeals most of chapter 26.26 RCW (the uniform parentage act) and creates a new chapter for the uniform parentage act.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Frockt, Rolfes, Liias, Keiser, Saldaña, and Kuderer; by request of Insurance Commissioner)
Addressing the establishment of an individual health insurance market claims-based reinsurance program.
Creates the Washington reinsurance program to stabilize the rates and premiums for individual health plans and provide greater financial certainty to consumers of health insurance.Requires the program to be operated by the Washington vaccine association through the Washington reinsurance program management board.Requires the insurance commissioner, in consultation with the office of financial management, the department of revenue, the state health care authority, and the state health benefit exchange, to conduct a study on alternative financing mechanisms for the program.Exempts the following from disclosure under the public records act: Data, information, and documents necessary to prepare the state innovation waiver application, determine reinsurance parameters obtained by the commissioner, and determine reinsurance claims payments.Creates the Washington reinsurance program account.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Liias, Warnick, Hunt, and Saldaña)
Exempting certain tow truck operators using the telephone call functionality of a wireless communications device from traffic infractions.
Exempts the following from the traffic infraction of using a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway: A person operating a tow truck that is registered and regulated under towing and impoundment laws, while responding to a disabled vehicle, to the extent that person is using the telephone call functionality of a wireless communications device.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Palumbo, Carlyle, Mullet, Wellman, Ranker, Keiser, McCoy, Frockt, Rolfes, Pedersen, and Hasegawa)
Concerning distributed generation.
Modifies distributed generation provisions with regard to: (1) Available net metering offered by electrical utilities;(2) Any remaining unused kilowatt-hour credits to be used to assist qualified low-income residential customers of the electric utility in paying their electricity bills; and(3) Including the total amount of kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed for the most recent twelve-month period on customer billing issued by certain light or power businesses or gas distribution businesses.Requires the state building code council, in consultation with the department of commerce and local governments, to conduct a study of the state building code and adopt changes necessary to encourage greater use of renewable energy systems.Requires the department of commerce to convene a work group to identify issues and laws associated with the future of net metering.Provides a June 30, 2020, expiration for the work group.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Kuderer, Keiser, Liias, Chase, and Conway)
Requiring maintenance of minimum essential health care coverage.
Requires each resident in the state to ensure that he or she, or any dependents thereof, are covered under minimum essential health care coverage for each month.Creates a task force on exploring individual mandate enforcement mechanisms and requires the task force to: (1) Review and analyze the feasibility of different options for state enforcement of the requirement to maintain the coverage, and of other options to incentivize the maintenance of coverage other than a mandate; and(2) Develop recommended options for enforcement.Provides a June 30, 2019, expiration date for the task force.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Wellman, Zeiger, Chase, and Hasegawa; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Modifying provisions on second grade reading assessments.
Requires school districts to select a second grade oral reading assessment which must be annually administered each fall, and if a student scores substantially below grade level then he or she must be assessed at least one more time during the second grade.Requires each school to: (1) Have assessment results available by the fall parent-teacher conferences and notify parents about the assessment during the conferences;(2) Inform the parents of their students' performance on the assessment;(3) Identify actions the school intends to take to improve the child's reading skills; and(4) Provide parents with strategies to help them improve their child's score.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Wellman, Keiser, Hasegawa, and Kuderer; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Expanding statewide career and technical education course equivalency options.
Expands equivalency options for statewide career and technical education courses.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Palumbo, Carlyle, McCoy, Hobbs, Wellman, Sheldon, Hawkins, Mullet, Conway, and Brown)
Concerning the electrification of transportation.
Authorizes the governing authority of an electric utility, formed under chapter 35.92 RCW (municipal utilities), and the commission of a public utility district to adopt an electrification of transportation plan.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Palumbo, Darneille, Liias, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Hunt, Keiser, and Saldaña)
Establishing pilot programs to plan for the needs of certain college students experiencing homelessness.
Requires the state board for community and technical colleges to establish a pilot program to encourage college districts to plan, and requires the student achievement council to establish a pilot program to encourage four-year institutions of higher education to plan, for the following: (1) The unique needs and challenges of students experiencing homelessness, including laundry facilities, storage, showers, culinary programs to provide free or reduced-price meals, and short-term housing or housing assistance; and(2) To develop surplus property for affordable housing to accommodate the needs of those students.Provides a July 1, 2023, expiration date for the pilot programs.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Palumbo, Keiser, Wellman, Darneille, Liias, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Hunt, and Saldaña)
Helping former foster youth and youth experiencing homelessness access and complete college and registered apprenticeships.
Establishes the passport to careers act.Creates the passport to careers program to: (1) Encourage foster youth and unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness to complete higher education or a registered apprenticeship or preapprenticeship program;(2) Improve high school graduation outcomes of the youth through coordinated P-20 and child welfare outreach, intervention, and planning; and(3) Improve postsecondary outcomes by providing the youth with planning, information, support, and direct financial resources.Creates a passport to apprenticeship opportunities program and requires the program to: (1) Identify students and applicants who are eligible for services; and(2) Provide financial assistance.Requires the office of student financial assistance to implement the passport to careers with two programmatic pathways: (1) The passport to college promise program; and(2) The passport to apprenticeship opportunities program.Requires the office of student financial assistance to contract to provide certain services to disadvantaged populations seeking to complete apprenticeships and preapprenticeships.Repeals the June 30, 2022, expiration of the passport to college promise program.Requires the departments of social and health services and children, youth, and families, with input from the superintendent of public instruction to devise and implement procedures for: (1) Identifying students and applicants eligible for services; and(2) Sharing that information with the office of student financial assistance, institutions of higher education, and certain other entities.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators McCoy, Palumbo, Takko, Hunt, Chase, and Sheldon; by request of Department of Ecology)
Concerning wastewater operator certifications.
Addresses the establishment and collection of fees for the issuance and renewal of wastewater treatment plant operator certificates by the department of ecology.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) With the advice of an advisory committee, establish an initial fee schedule by rule;(2) Conduct a workload analysis to determine a biennial budget estimate for the wastewater treatment plant operator certification program each biennium; and(3) Assess and collect fees from wastewater treatment plant operators at a level that recovers the costs identified in its biennial operating budget.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Chase, Sheldon, Hobbs, Rivers, Short, and Saldaña; by request of Department of Ecology)
Concerning the use of antifouling paints on recreational water vessels.
Declares an intent to encourage the development of safer alternatives to traditional antifouling paints and coatings on recreational water vessels.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Liias and Wagoner)
Preventing fires in rental dwelling units.
Directs the state director of fire protection to: (1) Investigate ways to prevent fire deaths in rental dwellings;(2) Educate landlords and tenants regarding their responsibilities;(3) Develop possible criminal penalties;(4) Evaluate insurance certification requirements or changes to the building code, and other possible programs or funding that would improve installation and maintenance of smoke detectors in rental apartments and single-family homes; and(5) Form a task force of stakeholders including landlords of residential units, tenants, local governments, firefighters, representatives from home builders and construction trades, the insurance industry, and a nonprofit that provides free smoke detectors and installation.
by Senators Takko and Palumbo
Providing business and occupation tax relief to rural manufacturers.
Provides relief, from business and occupation taxes, to manufacturers located in rural counties.
by Senator Frockt
Relating to revenue.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to revenue.
by Senator Frockt
Relating to the capital budget.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to the capital budget.
by Senator Billig
Relating to state government.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to state government.
by Senator Rolfes
Relating to fiscal matters.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to fiscal matters.