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 Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Graves, Stokesbary, Kilduff, Valdez, Ortiz-Self, Santos, Goodman, Fey, Bergquist, Sawyer, Tharinger, Pellicciotti, Dolan, Haler, Frame, Stanford, Macri, Kloba, Ryu, Appleton, Doglio, Young, and Stonier; by request of Office of Civil Legal Aid)
Concerning civil legal aid.
Finds that the prevalence of civil legal problems experienced by low-income people in the state exceeds the capacity of the state-funded legal aid system to address.Modifies civil legal aid provisions regarding: (1) The duty of the director of civil legal aid services to periodically assess the most prevalent civil legal problems experienced by low-income people in the state and the capacity of the state-funded legal aid system to meet the legal needs arising from the problems;(2) The appropriation of public funds for civil representation of indigent persons; and(3) The distribution of funds to persons appointed in dependency proceedings.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Condotta, Kloba, and Appleton)
Permitting cities, towns, and counties to prohibit the production, processing, or sale of marijuana only by an ordinance enacted through a public vote.
Revises uniform controlled substances act provisions regarding prohibitions, rights, and responsibilities of local governments with regard to the production, processing, or sale of marijuana.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Cody, Hudgins, Goodman, Tarleton, Santos, McBride, Stanford, Tharinger, Macri, Jinkins, Ormsby, and Doglio)
Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
Supports the deployment of clean transportation fuel technologies through a carefully designed program that reduces the carbon intensity of fuel used in the state, in order to: (1) Reduce levels of conventional air pollutants from diesel and gasoline that are harmful to public health;(2) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels, which are the state's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions; and(3) Create jobs and spur economic development based on innovative clean fuel technologies.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to analyze, by December 1, 2026, the impacts of the initial five years of clean fuels program implementation.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representative Kilduff; by request of Department of Social and Health Services)
Concerning group training homes.
Modifies group training home provisions with regard to payments and services; certification of a facility as a group training home; applications for payment by the state; and facilities must be nonsectarian.Revises the definition of "group training home" and removes all references to the term "day training center" for purposes of chapter 71A.22 RCW (training centers and homes).
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Macri, and Ormsby)
Eliminating certain postsecondary institutions' eligibility for state financial aid programs.
Prohibits the student achievement council from approving new applications from the following, with regard to eligibility for state financial aid programs: (1) A university, college, school, or institute owned or operated by a corporation for profit; or(2) A university, college, school, or institute owned, operated, purchased, or acquired by a not-for-profit corporation if the university, college, school, or institute previously operated in the state under the ownership of a corporation for profit.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Macri, Cody, Tarleton, Santos, Johnson, McBride, Muri, Tharinger, Robinson, Valdez, Stanford, Reeves, Appleton, Harris, and Stonier)
Allowing certain adult family homes to increase capacity to eight beds.
Authorizes an adult family home to provide services to up to eight adults upon approval from the department of social and health services.Requires an applicant who is requesting to increase bed capacity to seven or eight beds to successfully demonstrate the following to the department: (1) Financial solvency and management experience for the home;(2) The ability to meet other relevant safety, health, and operating standards pertaining to the operation of the home, including the ability to meet the needs of all current and prospective residents; and(3) How to mitigate the potential impact of vehicular traffic related to the operation of the home.Requires the department to charge the applicant requesting the increase in bed capacity a fee of four hundred fifty-three dollars per home.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Graves, Jinkins, Sawyer, Pollet, Valdez, and Appleton)
Concerning jury selection.
Prohibits the exclusion of a citizen from jury service on account of membership in a protected class.States that this act does not affect the right to peremptory challenges, the right to general or particular causes of challenge, or a judge's duty to excuse a juror.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Stanford, and Ormsby)
Concerning election security practices around auditing and equipment.
Provides available methods for the county auditor to use when conducting an audit on the results of votes cast.Requires a manufacturer or distributor of a voting system or component that is certified by the secretary of state to disclose to him or her and the attorney general a breach of the security of its system.Authorizes the secretary of state to decertify a voting system or component and withdraw authority for its future use or sale in the state if he or she determines that: (1) The system or component fails to meet the standards set forth in applicable federal guidelines or was materially misrepresented in the certification application; or(2) The applicant has installed unauthorized modifications to the certified software or hardware.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Riccelli, Pollet, Ormsby, and Santos)
Defining community health workers and their roles.
Provides a definition for "community health workers" and explains their roles as recommended by the report from the community health worker task force.Requires the department of health to: (1) By July 1, 2019, adopt rules defining the direct services that community health workers may provide; and(2) By October 1, 2018, begin to implement the recommendations of the community health worker task force related to training and education.Requires a public or private entity that employs a community health worker to, by July 1, 2019, perform a fingerprint-based background check through the Washington state patrol for those workers performing certain roles.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Hayes and Goodman)
Requiring the department of health to adopt rules establishing an abbreviated death certificate.
Requires the department of health to adopt rules regarding the content and release of an abbreviated death certificate that may be requested from a state or local registrar that includes identifying information and information related to the fact of death, but does not include: (1) Information related to the cause of the person's death;(2) Social security numbers; or(3) Names of the decedent's parents.Allows the use of an abbreviated death certificate when a death certificate must be provided to a government agency and the cause of death is not material to the filing.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Pellicciotti, Appleton, Orwall, Gregerson, and Fitzgibbon)
Concerning aircraft noise abatement.
Authorizes a port district operating an airport serving more than nine hundred scheduled jet aircraft flights per day to undertake any of the programs, or combinations of programs, authorized by chapter 53.54 RCW (aircraft noise abatement), for the purpose of alleviating and abating the impact of jet aircraft noise on areas surrounding the airport.Prohibits the port district from undertaking any of the programs in an area which is: (1) More than twelve miles beyond the paved end of a runway;(2) More than two miles from the centerline of a runway or from an imaginary runway centerline extending twelve miles from the paved end of the runway; or(3) Outside of the area contained by a parabola where the parabola is located at the terminal end of each runway.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Cody, Manweller, DeBolt, Jinkins, and Muri)
Regulating explanation of benefits forms for stand-alone dental plans.
Requires a health carrier offering a dental only plan to annually submit to the insurance commissioner the explanation of benefits form the carrier plans to use for the dental only plan for the subsequent plan year.Exempts a fully capitated dental plan from the provisions of this act.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Orcutt, Walsh, Chapman, Dent, Stanford, Muri, Hayes, Eslick, Shea, Tharinger, and Young; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Increasing participation in recreational fishing and hunting.
Increases participation in recreational fishing and hunting.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Kirby, Santos, Senn, and Kloba)
Preventing public identification or stigmatization of public school students.
Prohibits a school or school district from stigmatizing, or taking action that would likely stigmatize, a student based on attendance, academic performance, or behavior that is unsatisfactory.Requires school principals, classroom teachers, and paraeducators to confer annually to develop or review policies and practices designed to improve school climate and create a safe, respectful learning environment.Requires the center for the improvement of student learning to convene a work group to make recommendations: (1) On school climate and safe, respectful learning environment training requirements for educators;(2) That emphasize that stigmatization is counterproductive to the state's goal of improving school climate and creating a safe, respectful learning environment.Provides an August 1, 2019, expiration date for the work group.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Condotta and Sawyer)
Requiring retailers to post the total sale price of spirits for sale.
Requires a licensed retailer who conducts retail sales of spirits for off-premises consumption, to display the total sale price including state and federal taxes and fees except state and local sales taxes, for each container or package of spirits offered to the consumer for consumption off the licensed premises.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Griffey, Springer, and McBride)
Allowing fire protection district annexations and mergers within a reasonable geographic proximity.
Changes the term "adjacent" to "located within reasonable proximity," for purposes of mergers and annexations regarding fire protection districts.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Stambaugh, Tarleton, Haler, Pollet, Van Werven, Dolan, and Sells)
Concerning concurrent enrollment programs and college preparatory with examination programs.
Establishes a clear student-focused policy for concurrent enrollment and college preparatory programs with examination in the state that recognizes, without preference for a single program, the selection of quality programs leading to a credential, certificate, or degree completion.Requires the state board for community and technical colleges and the four-year institutions of higher education to convene a work group to collaborate on the benefits, challenges, and best practices surrounding concurrent enrollment and college preparation programs in the state. Provides an October 31, 2019, expiration date for the work group.Requires the education data center to convene a work group to provide consistent, easily understood concurrent enrollment programs and college preparatory programs by examination data among institutions of higher education and K-12 schools within the state. Provides a December 31, 2019, expiration date for the work group.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Kagi, Peterson, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Gregerson, Appleton, Jinkins, Ortiz-Self, Macri, Ryu, Pollet, Kloba, Goodman, Frame, and Stanford)
Concerning the use of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging.
Prohibits a person from manufacturing, knowingly selling, offering for sale, distributing for sale, or distributing for food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals have been intentionally added in any amount.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Conduct an assessment to determine if safer alternatives exist; and(2) Publish its findings in the Washington State Register on whether a safer alternative exists.Requires a manufacturer to develop, for food packaging, a compliance certificate by the date of a prohibition taking effect.
by Representative Kagi
Enhancing educational opportunities for vulnerable youth using funding distributed from the Puget Sound taxpayer accountability account.
Requires a county, beginning with the September 2018 distribution from the Puget Sound taxpayer accountability account, to spend the distributions for early learning facilities and services, and K-12 and postsecondary support for youth and young adults who are low income, homeless, in foster care, or in the juvenile justice system.
by Representatives Lytton, Hudgins, and Wylie
Concerning fees collected by the secretary of state.
Requires the secretary of state to: (1) Collect a fee of eleven dollars from each legal entity when the legal entity files its annual report; and(2) Deposit the fees in the business license account administered by the department of revenue.
by Representative Gregerson
Making unemployment benefits accessible to persons with family responsibilities and other availability issues and making clarifying changes.
Modifies the employment security act to allow a claimant, under certain circumstances, to claim unemployment benefits if his or her usual work schedule, working conditions, or work shifts were altered so as to make care for a child or a vulnerable adult in the claimant's care inaccessible.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Dhingra, Keiser, Walsh, Frockt, Saldaña, Darneille, Pedersen, Conway, Kuderer, and Mullet; 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 Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Wellman, Hunt, and Hasegawa)
Adopting policy and procedures on student interviews and interrogations.
Requires each school district to adopt a policy and procedures for interviews and interrogations of students on school premises.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Keiser, and Chase)
Modifying eligibility and benefits under certain economic services programs.
Modifies certain economic services program provisions with regard to eligibility and benefits.Requires the department of social and health services and the department of commerce, in consultation with the office of financial management, to: (1) Conduct a study to determine the appropriate benefit amount for persons found eligible to receive services under the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program or the essential needs and housing support program to help achieve or improve their financial stability and housing stability; and(2) Certify the fiscal impacts of modifying each benefit amount on other economic services programs.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille and Kuderer)
Revising conditions under which juvenile court records may be sealed.
Modifies juvenile court record provisions regarding the conditions under which they may be sealed.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senator Honeyford)
Siting of institutions of higher education and accompanying facilities.
States that the growth management act does not prohibit: (1) Certain counties from authorizing the extension of public facilities and utilities to serve a privately operated institution of higher education, located on a federally recognized Indian reservation, that serves fewer than two thousand students sited within three miles of an urban growth area if certain requirements are met; or(2) Connection to the utility line by a trust land by request of the tribal government.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Dhingra, Palumbo, Mullet, Frockt, Takko, Darneille, Rolfes, Billig, Cleveland, Kuderer, Wellman, Carlyle, Ranker, Hasegawa, Saldaña, Nelson, Keiser, McCoy, Van De Wege, Chase, and O'Ban)
Clarifying that court hearings under the involuntary commitment act may be conducted by video.
Authorizes, in a proceeding conducted in open court under the involuntary treatment act, a petitioner, respondent, witnesses, or presiding judicial officer to be present and participate in person or by video as determined by the court.Allows witnesses in a proceeding to also appear in court through other means, including telephonically.Allows the court to require parties and witnesses to participate in the hearing in person rather than by video.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Wellman, Zeiger, and Hasegawa; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Updating application requirements for the academic acceleration incentive program.
Addresses eligibility for advanced courses in mathematics, science, or computer science and equitable access to dual credit opportunities.Allows a high school, in a district that has not adopted an academic acceleration policy, to apply for grants if in practice it follows the established academic acceleration guidelines and meets other criteria.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers and Takko)
Concerning the authority of counties to vacate a county road that abuts on a body of water if the county road is hazardous or creates a significant risk to public safety.
Authorizes a county to vacate a county road that abuts on a body of salt or freshwater if, for the protection of public safety, the road ends on private property and part of the property provides access to a mainline railroad bridge creating a public safety hazard.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Darneille, and Palumbo)
Revising conditions under which a person is subject to exclusive adult jurisdiction and extending juvenile court jurisdiction over serious cases to age twenty-five.
Extends juvenile court jurisdiction over serious cases to age twenty-five and modifies conditions under which a person is subject to exclusive adult jurisdiction.Requires the state institute for public policy to assess the impact of this act on community safety, racial disproportionality, recidivism, state expenditures, and youth rehabilitation and submit a preliminary report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Wellman, Palumbo, and Mullet)
Defining dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requiring early screening for dyslexia.
Requires each school district and charter school to: (1) Screen each student in kindergarten, first, and second grade for indications of dyslexia; and(2) If the student shows indicators of below grade level literacy development or indicators of dyslexia, provide interventions based on the school's system of support.Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Reconvene a dyslexia advisory council to advise the superintendent on matters relating to dyslexia;(2) With input from the advisory council, determine which screening tools meet the developmental and academic criteria to indicate typical literacy development and dyslexia; and(3) Host literacy screeners to be used by school districts in grades K-2 on its website.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Palumbo, O'Ban, Hobbs, McCoy, Chase, Sheldon, Zeiger, and Wagoner)
Establishing a donation program for resident disabled veterans to receive hunting and fishing licenses.
Authorizes the department of fish and wildlife to accept donations from the public so that resident veterans, who are eligible for reduced fishing and hunting license fees based on a service-related disability, may elect to use a donation towards their purchase of hunting and fishing licenses.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Hobbs, Keiser, Van De Wege, Palumbo, Hasegawa, Rolfes, Ranker, Mullet, Saldaña, Kuderer, and Wellman)
Allowing industrial insurance coverage for posttraumatic stress disorders affecting law enforcement officers and firefighters.
Exempts certain firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians from a rule of the department of labor and industries that claims based on mental conditions or mental disabilities caused by stress do not fall within the definition of occupational disease.Provides a prima facie presumption, with regard to certain firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians who are covered under the state industrial insurance act, that posttraumatic stress disorder is an occupational disease.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Carlyle, O'Ban, Walsh, Frockt, Darneille, Zeiger, Palumbo, Hunt, Kuderer, Wellman, and Liias)
Concerning equitable educational outcomes for vulnerable children and youth.
Requires the department of children, youth, and families, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the department of commerce office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs, and the student achievement council to convene a work group with aligned nongovernmental agencies, including a statewide nonprofit coalition that is representative of communities of color and low-income communities focused on educational equity, to create a plan for children and youth in foster care and children and youth experiencing homelessness to facilitate educational equity with their general student population peers and to close the disparities between racial and ethnic groups by 2027.Expires December 31, 2018.
by Senate Committee on Economic Development & International Trade (originally sponsored by Senators Chase, Hasegawa, and Palumbo)
Establishing the Washington state economic growth commission.
Creates the Washington state economic growth commission and requires the commission to: (1) Develop a state economic growth strategy related to accelerating technology innovation; and(2) Establish the feasibility and devise a plan for establishing a manufacturing innovation institute.Makes an appropriation from the general fund to the department of commerce for the purposes of this act.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Darneille, Palumbo, Keiser, McCoy, Liias, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Creating the social work professional loan repayment program.
Creates the social work professional loan repayment program for social work professionals which will be administered by the office of student financial assistance.Allows social workers employed by the department of social and health services children's administration or the department of children, youth, and families to participate in the program two years after commencing their employment as a social worker for either agency.Establishes a pilot program for up to ten embedded social workers to participate in the social work professional loan repayment program.Establishes a pilot program for up to ten mental health professionals or social workers employed by local governments to participate in the social work professional loan repayment program.Authorizes the office of student financial assistance to grant loan repayment to eligible participants from the funds appropriated for this purpose or from private or public funds given to the office for this purpose.Creates the social work professional loan repayment program fund.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Takko and Short)
Concerning the administration of irrigation districts.
Modifies irrigation district provisions with regard to duties of director, oaths of office, official bonds, and bids on construction work.
by Senators Van De Wege, Warnick, and Takko
Providing enhanced payment to small rural hospitals that meet the criteria of a sole community hospital.
Requires payments for recipients eligible for certain medical assistance programs for services provided by a hospital, regardless of the beneficiary's managed care enrollment status, to be increased to one hundred fifty percent of the hospital's fee-for-service rates, when services are provided by a rural hospital that satisfies the requirements of RCW 74.09.5225 (3)(a) (section 1 (3)(a) of this act).
by Senators Hobbs and Palumbo
Addressing taxicab transportation regulation.
Requires a county and a city that have entered into a cooperative agreement for the joint regulation of taxicabs or for hire vehicles to: (1) Provide for taxicab license reciprocity, by allowing the driver of a taxicab to transport passengers for hire from within either jurisdiction without holding or obtaining any additional licensing or permit from either jurisdiction;(2) Subject the vehicle and driver to the rules and regulations of the jurisdiction in which it is operating;(3) Relicense as a taxicab, a for hire vehicle that it regulates and that performs substantially the same transportation service for the public as a taxicab; and(4) Charge the owner of a for hire vehicle a nominal relicensing fee not to exceed one hundred dollars.
by Senator Carlyle
Relating to energy.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to energy.
by Senator Van De Wege
Relating to natural resources.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to natural resources.