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 Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Peterson, Stanford, Jinkins, Goodman, Ormsby, Fey, Pollet, Tarleton, Doglio, Farrell, and Macri)
Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.
Addresses the most recent assessment of climate change science and changes certain requirements of the state with regard to greenhouse gas emission limits.Requires the department of ecology and the department of commerce to include the following in the report to the governor and certain committees of the senate and house: A description of Washington's per capita and total greenhouse gas emissions as compared to the per capita and total greenhouse gas emissions of other states, including Washington's ranking among other states as an emitter of greenhouse gases on both a per capita and total emissions basis.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Survey state agencies to determine each agency's annual expenditures made during the biennium to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to support the achievement of the reduction goals; and(2) In coordination with the department of natural resources, calculate and include in its reporting the total emissions of greenhouse gases from wildfires in the state.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Stambaugh, Orwall, Haler, Tarleton, Jinkins, Pollet, Stonier, Ryu, Hargrove, Santos, and Doglio)
Decoupling services and activities fees from tuition.
Addresses the separation of services and activities fees from student tuition fees.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Haler, Stokesbary, Ortiz-Self, Gregerson, Tarleton, Slatter, and Hudgins)
Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students.
Requires a student, who is eligible to receive the Washington college bound scholarship because he or she is a resident student, to provide an affidavit to the institution indicating that he or she will file an application to become a permanent resident and engage in activities necessary to acquire citizenship.Requires a participant who is receiving opportunity scholarship funds and is ineligible to apply for federal student aid, to submit documentation of filing a state financial aid application as approved by the office of student financial assistance.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Gregerson, Santos, and Stanford)
Concerning ensuring fairness and compliance with public works and procurement practices.
Requires the office of minority and women's business enterprises to identify state agencies and educational institutions: (1) In the lowest quintile of utilization of minority and women-owned contractors as a percentage of all contracts issued by the agency;(2) In the lowest quintile of the dollar value awarded to minority and women-owned contractors as a percentage of the dollar value of all contracts issued by the agency; and(3) That are performing significantly below their established goals, as determined by the office.Establishes an investigation unit within the office for the purpose of detecting and investigating fraud and violations.Repeals the attorney general's authority to investigate and enforce compliance with regard to contracts with minority and women-owned businesses.Requires the department of enterprise services to work with the municipal research and services center to notify local governments that are authorized to use small works rosters of this authority and to provide guidance on how to use the authority.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to review implementation of changes to small works roster and limited public works processes.Modifies small works roster contract procedures and the limited public works process.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representative Smith)
Concerning the sale and taxation of Washingtonians' personal information and related data.
Finds that there are various companies engaged in accumulating the personal data that is available to be collected on Washingtonians, aggregating or compiling that information, and reselling it without reciprocal benefit to the people of the state.Requires every person engaging within this state in the business of making sales of personal information or exchanging personal information for consideration to register with the department of revenue.Requires the department of revenue to: (1) Include in its report to certain committees of the legislature, a summary of the information received from the registrations submitted from businesses; and(2) Provide a recommendation for how to impose a tax on these businesses in order to ensure appropriate compensation to the people of the state.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Harmsworth, Young, Rodne, and Stanford)
Prohibiting the imposition of regional transit authority property taxes on less than a whole parcel.
Prohibits regional transit authority property taxes from being imposed on less than a whole parcel.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Macri, Robinson, Stanford, Slatter, Senn, Santos, Chapman, Ortiz-Self, and Jinkins)
Allowing affordable housing development on religious organization property.
Requires certain cities to allow an increased density bonus consistent with local needs for an affordable housing development of a single-family or multifamily residence located on real property owned or controlled by a religious organization if certain conditions are met.Requires a city fully planning and a county fully planning under the growth management act, with a population greater than one hundred twenty-five thousand, to allow an increased density bonus consistent with local needs for an affordable housing development of a single-family or multifamily residence located on real property owned or controlled by a religious organization if certain conditions are met.Requires the religious organization developing the affordable housing development to: (1) Pay fees, mitigation costs, and other charges required through the development of the affordable housing development; and(2) Work with the local transit agency to ensure appropriate transit services are provided to the affordable housing development.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representative Nealey)
Concerning taxes on in-state broadcasters.
Updates the calculation method of the standard deduction for radio and television broadcasters' revenue from network, national, and regional advertising.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Koster, Lytton, Springer, Volz, Senn, Tharinger, Fey, Stokesbary, Appleton, Nealey, Chapman, and Ormsby)
Providing cities and counties flexibility with existing resources.
Authorizes the replacement of existing local government expenditures with proceeds from a locally imposed sales and use tax dedicated to mental health and substance abuse.Allows all counties to seek voter approval for the criminal justice levy.Allows local governments to use revenue generated from a levy lid lift to supplant existing funds.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Cody, Hudgins, Santos, Smith, Lytton, Stanford, Young, Ormsby, Pollet, Doglio, and Gregerson)
Concerning the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products.
Establishes the fair repair act relating to the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Hudgins, Tarleton, Slatter, Lytton, and Kloba)
Recertifying renewable energy systems eligible for a renewable energy system production incentive.
Recertifies renewable energy systems that are eligible for a renewable energy system production incentive.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Hansen, Cody, Goodman, Pettigrew, Tarleton, Fey, DeBolt, Bergquist, Springer, Santos, McBride, Smith, Chapman, Slatter, Peterson, Wylie, Fitzgibbon, Morris, Stonier, Lytton, Sawyer, Robinson, Tharinger, Kagi, Pellicciotti, Dolan, Orwall, Valdez, Haler, Kilduff, Senn, Frame, Sells, Kirby, Stanford, Blake, Reeves, Clibborn, Macri, Kloba, Appleton, Stambaugh, Jinkins, Ormsby, Ryu, Hayes, Pollet, Doglio, Ortiz-Self, Riccelli, McDonald, and Gregerson)
Protecting an open internet in Washington state.
Requires a person providing broadband internet access service in the state to publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of its services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding the purchase and use of the services and entrepreneurs and other small businesses to develop, market, and maintain internet offerings.Prohibits a person engaged in the provision of broadband internet access service in the state from: (1) Blocking lawful content, applications, services, or nonharmful devices;(2) Impairing or degrading lawful internet traffic on the basis of internet content, application, or service, or use of a nonharmful device; or(3) Engaging in paid prioritization.Creates the internet consumer access account.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Harris, Dolan, and Stonier)
Simplifying the process for donating low-value surplus property owned by a city-owned utility.
Simplifies the process for donating low-value surplus property owned by a city-owned utility.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt, Kretz, Smith, Tharinger, and Buys)
Providing urban levels of internet speed and access in rural areas to secure a brighter more equitable economic future for all Washingtonians without increasing taxes or fees.
Establishes the Washington equitable broadband act.Requires the consolidated technology services agency to implement and operate a reverse auction program that awards funding to broadband internet service providers to support high-speed internet infrastructure deployment projects in unserved and underserved rural regions throughout the state.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct an evaluation of the reverse auction program.Creates the expanding rural internet access account.Requires the state treasurer to transfer the sum of three hundred million dollars from the budget stabilization account to the expanding rural internet access account.Makes an appropriation from the expanding rural internet access account to the consolidated technology services agency for the purposes in this act.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Doglio, Hudgins, Tarleton, Fey, Wylie, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Ryu, and Appleton)
Concerning energy conservation programs under the energy independence act.
Revises energy independence act provisions regarding energy conservation and renewable energy targets.Requires an investor-owned utility, in meeting its conservation targets, to offer: (1) A meter-based performance program option; and(2) An energy performance baseline program option.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Hudgins, Tarleton, Fey, Slatter, Fitzgibbon, Macri, Ormsby, and Doglio)
Concerning appliance efficiency standards.
Modifies provisions regarding efficiency standards of appliances.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, McCabe, Van Werven, Goodman, Hansen, Peterson, Johnson, Morris, Wylie, Kilduff, Chapman, Sells, Kagi, Senn, McDonald, Kirby, Stanford, Blake, Reeves, Macri, Stambaugh, Jinkins, Steele, Appleton, Doglio, Griffey, Kraft, Pollet, Valdez, Riccelli, Young, Dolan, and Gregerson)
Supporting sexual assault survivors.
Increases the duties of the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices, and changes the composition of the task force.Delays, until September 30, 2020, the expiration of the task force.Expands the training provided by the criminal justice training commission for persons responsible for investigating sexual assault cases involving adult victims.Requires law enforcement agencies to submit requests to the Washington state patrol crime laboratory by January 1, 2019, for forensic analysis of sexual assault kits collected before July 24, 2015, and in the possession of the agencies. Modifies the victims of sexual assault act with regard to the rights of sexual assault survivors.Authorizes the office of the attorney general to facilitate the hosting of the sexual assault kit initiative summit.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Pellicciotti, Sawyer, Robinson, Dolan, Chapman, Kilduff, Stanford, Macri, Ryu, Ormsby, and Doglio)
Concerning crime committed by business entities.
Addresses criminal offenses of business entities and fines for those offenses.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Kilduff, Kagi, Ortiz-Self, Tarleton, Ormsby, Stonier, and Gregerson)
Implementing child support pass-through payments.
Requires the department of social and health services, effective February 1, 2019, to pass through child support: (1) In an amount that does not exceed one hundred dollars per month collected on behalf of a family; or(2) In the case of a family that includes two or more children, an amount that is not more than two hundred dollars per month.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Haler, Tarleton, McBride, Peterson, Dolan, Frame, Valdez, Kilduff, Senn, Stanford, Kloba, Clibborn, Macri, Ryu, Doglio, Riccelli, and Gregerson)
Regulating opioid medications at educational institutions.
Increases access to opioid overdose medication at kindergarten through twelfth grade schools and institutions of higher education.Strengthens public health surveillance by requiring collection and reporting of certain opioid overdose-related data.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) In consultation with the department of health, develop opioid-related overdose policy guidelines and training requirements for public schools and school districts;(2) Develop and administer a grant program to provide funding to public schools with any of grades kindergarten through twelve and public institutions of higher education to train personnel on the administration of the medication to respond to symptoms of an overdose; and(3) Coordinate with the department of health to prepare and publish the summaries of the overdose information.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, Goodman, Tharinger, Jinkins, and Appleton)
Concerning access of broadcasters to a geographic area subject to the declaration of a national, state, or local emergency.
Prohibits the seizure or confiscation of a vehicle, fuel, food, water, or other essentials brought into an area affected by an emergency or disaster by a first informer broadcaster.Exempts federal, state, and local agencies, and their employees, from liability for any action, or failure to act, when facilitating access of a first informer broadcaster to an area affected by an emergency or disaster.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Nealey, Goodman, Jenkin, Klippert, Haler, Smith, and Hansen)
Concerning ex parte temporary orders outside of normal court hours.
Addresses the issuance, by a district court, of an ex parte temporary order for protection when a law enforcement officer responds to an act of domestic violence between family or household members, outside of normal court hours, and a party requests the order for protection.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Dolan, Appleton, Gregerson, Pellicciotti, Jinkins, Senn, Wylie, Peterson, Sawyer, Fitzgibbon, Valdez, Stanford, Pollet, Doglio, Goodman, Ormsby, Macri, Riccelli, Robinson, and Stonier; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning procedures in order to automatically register citizens to vote.
Establishes the automatic voter registration act of 2018.Requires the department of licensing to implement an automatic voter registration system so a person who is eligible to vote and is applying for or renewing an enhanced driver's license or identicard may register to vote or update voter registration at the time of registration or renewal, by an automated process.Requires the state health benefit exchange to: (1) Provide directly to the secretary of state's office information required to register to vote or transfer a registration for certain consenting persons; and(2) Study the feasibility of implementing automatic voter registration.Requires the office of the secretary of state to conduct a study and prepare recommendations for creating an automatic voter registration process: (1) For residents who recently completed the naturalization process; and(2) At birth.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Information maintained in the pending voter registration database.Provides that section 201 of this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Holy, Klippert, Stonier, Lytton, Maycumber, Muri, McDonald, and Ortiz-Self; by request of LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board)
Addressing the definition of veteran.
Designates the end of the Persian Gulf War as February 28, 1991, or ending on November 30, 1995, if the participant was awarded a campaign badge or medal for that period.Includes in the definition of "combat veteran" a period of military service that would qualify for a campaign badge or medal.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Doglio, Tarleton, Fey, Appleton, Bergquist, and Tharinger)
Establishing maritime Puget Sound regional prevailing wages.
Requires the department of labor and industries, for the purposes of determining whether a maritime Puget Sound regional prevailing wage rate for shipbuilding and ship repair should be established, to: (1) Collect data from Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties; and(2) Determine what a regional rate would be using the collective data from these counties.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford and Kloba)
Concerning issuance of search warrants by district and municipal court judges.
Authorizes a district or municipal court judge, if the jurisdiction of a district or municipal court encompasses all or part of more than one county, to issue a search warrant for a person or evidence if the county in which the offense is alleged to have occurred is one of the counties encompassed within that court's jurisdiction.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Stambaugh, Fitzgibbon, Gregerson, Caldier, Kilduff, Tharinger, Hansen, Orwall, Wylie, Stonier, Bergquist, Clibborn, Dolan, McBride, Kraft, Macri, Senn, Reeves, Haler, Riccelli, Valdez, Sawyer, Tarleton, Frame, Doglio, Fey, Robinson, Pollet, Kloba, Stanford, and Santos)
Protecting personal information regarding sexual harassment claims.
Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Information that identifies an agency employee who has made a claim with the employing agency of sexual harassment and has requested that his or her identity or identifying information not be disclosed without his or her consent.Subjects a person to civil liability if he or she: (1) Requests and obtains the identity or identifying information of an agency employee that has made a claim of sexual harassment; and(2) Uses the information to harass, stalk, threaten, or intimidate that employee.Requires the public records exemptions accountability committee to, by January 1, 2023, prepare and submit a report to the legislature that includes recommendations on whether the exemption mentioned above should be continued, modified, or terminated.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representative Eslick)
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 House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Smith, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, and Senn)
Concerning Washington's economic development potential as a world leader in the responsible management of postconsumer materials.
Requires the department of commerce to: (1) Arrange for the completion of an economic analysis of recyclable material and solid waste processing, export, and disposal activities in the state; and(2) Develop the analysis and recommendations in this act in consultation with a focused stakeholder work group.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Arrange for the facilitation of, and may participate in, efforts by the stakeholder work group to develop a public outreach strategy with the goal of improving recycling practices;(2) With input from the stakeholder work group, develop guidelines designed to provide assistance that supports implementation of a public outreach strategy to reduce collected recyclable material contamination rates and promote statewide best practices in the types and materials or recyclable material collection; and(3) Include, in prioritizing the evaluation of the solid waste stream, present economic opportunities for material recovery, recycling, and reuse.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Miloscia, Hunt, Palumbo, Liias, Fain, Saldaña, Pedersen, Carlyle, Keiser, Cleveland, Mullet, Conway, and Kuderer)
Prohibiting political action committees from receiving a majority of their funds from one or a combination of political committees.
Prohibits a political committee from receiving an overwhelming majority of their funds from one or a combination of political committees.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Hunt, Liias, Palumbo, Kuderer, Saldaña, Pedersen, Darneille, Carlyle, Keiser, Mullet, and Wellman)
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 to register to vote at school.Provides delivery options for voter registration applications.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Certain information provided for a person under eighteen years old.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (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;(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; and(3) Develop a compliance consequence process similar to the three-strike system developed by the department of transportation, including the allowance for a good faith effort.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.Requires a bidder, before being awarded a public works project, to not have received a third strike from an awarding agency under the compliance process during the one year immediately preceding the date of the bid solicitation.Allows appropriations to be made from the public works administration account for certain state agency costs for programs required by chapter 39.04 RCW (public works).
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen and Padden; by request of Uniform Law Commission)
Concerning limited cooperative associations.
Establishes the Washington limited cooperative association act.Defines a limited cooperative association as an autonomous, unincorporated association of persons united to meet their mutual interests through a jointly owned enterprise primarily controlled by those persons.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Rivers, Hunt, and Palumbo)
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 Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Sheldon, Warnick, Walsh, Palumbo, and Liias)
Exempting impact fees for low-income housing development.
Exempts emergency shelters for domestic violence victims or people experiencing homelessness from impact fees.Exempts the following from the definition of "development activity": Buildings or structures constructed as shelters that provide emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness or emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs and Brown)
Extending the business and occupation tax exemption for amounts received as credits against contracts with or funds provided by the Bonneville power administration and used for low-income ratepayer assistance.
Exempts, until January 1, 2029, business and occupation taxes on amounts received by a person in the form of credits against power contracts with or funds provided by the Bonneville power administration, for the purpose of implementing energy conservation programs or demand-side management programs, as long as the amount that would otherwise be owed is used for purposes of low-income ratepayer assistance or weatherization.Requires utilities to give priority to uses of funds that permanently lower energy costs for low-income ratepayers.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Angel and Takko)
Concerning the destruction of court exhibits by county clerks.
Authorizes a county clerk to, at any time more than ten years after a case completion order or final mandate in any action, obtain an order from the superior court authorizing destruction of exhibits, court recordings, and reporters' notes.Authorizes exhibits of possible value to be turned over to the sheriff for disposal, however, if any exhibits deemed by the county clerk to possess historical value, they may be offered to the state of Washington archivist.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Fortunato, Hunt, Kuderer, Zeiger, Miloscia, and Saldaña)
Reestablishing the productivity board.
Reestablishes the productivity board and removes the language which suspended the board.Requires the composition of the board to be completed by July 31, 2018.Requires the board to prepare a topical list of the productivity awards granted and disseminate this information to the legislature and all state government agencies that may be able to adapt them to their procedures.Provides amounts for cash awards.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Keiser, Hasegawa, Palumbo, and Saldaña)
Establishing the healthy energy workers task force.
Creates the healthy energy workers task force to: (1) Review the information generated through the presumption of occupational disease for department of energy Hanford site workers; and(2) Develop recommendations for successfully diagnosing and treating diseases or other health problems experienced by workers, including contractors and subcontractors, who have performed work for the United States at the Hanford site.Requires the University of Washington, through the center of excellence for chemically related illness at Harborview Medical Center, and the department of labor and industries, to provide administrative support to the task force, including making arrangements for the inaugural and subsequent meetings of the task force.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Wellman, Rolfes, and Billig; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Modifying basic education provisions.
Modifies provisions regarding basic education funding.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Fortunato, Mullet, and Angel)
Addressing joint self-insurance programs for property and liability risks.
Authorizes a qualifying state agency to: (1) Participate in a local government joint self-insurance program formed or operating in accordance with chapter 48.62 RCW regarding local government insurance transactions; and(2) Participate in the program to obtain property and liability insurance coverage.Defines "qualifying state agency" as a state agency, board, commission, or other entity of the state with a biennial operating budget of not more than five million dollars.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Zeiger, Palumbo, Hasegawa, Wellman, Miloscia, Keiser, Conway, Darneille, O'Ban, Sheldon, Chase, Frockt, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Expanding registered apprenticeship programs.
Requires the regulatory apprenticeship council and the workforce training and education coordinating board to: (1) Develop a strategic plan focused on apprenticeship; and(2) In consultation with the governor's office, the department of labor and industries, the apprenticeship council, and the workforce training and education coordinating board shall collaborate with the state board for community and technical colleges, the employment security department, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (a) Review existing registered apprenticeship programs; (b) analyze opportunities to statewide expansion of registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs; and (c) recommend policies to implement strategies that increase registered youth and adult apprenticeships.Creates the apprenticeship work group to review the work, mentioned above, being done.Requires the department of labor and industries, through the supervisor of apprenticeship, to employ a coordinator to do outreach to the private sector and assist industries in establishing registered apprenticeship and training programs where they do not exist.Creates the complete Washington program to: (1) Connect prior learning, including registered apprenticeships and other skills-based work experience, with postsecondary degree completion; and(2) Expand postsecondary degree pathways that recognize prior learning in the form of registered apprenticeship programs.Provides a December 31, 2018, expiration date for the apprenticeship work group.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Dhingra, Darneille, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Concerning eligibility for the essential needs and housing support and the aged, blind, or disabled assistance programs.
Modifies eligibility for the essential needs and housing support program and the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program to improve housing stability for seniors and people with disabilities.Requires the department of social and health services to share client data for individuals eligible for essential needs and housing support with the department of commerce and designated essential needs and housing support entities.Requires the department of commerce, in collaboration with the department of social and health services, to provide a secure and current list of individuals eligible for the essential needs and housing support program to designated entities within each county.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, O'Ban, Darneille, Palumbo, and Saldaña)
Concerning suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education, with enhanced services to student veterans.
Requires the department of health to: (1) In collaboration with the student achievement council, develop a statewide resource for behavioral health and suicide prevention for the state's postsecondary institutions;(2) Convene and consult with a work group that consists of representatives from stakeholder groups; and(3) Contract with an entity that has suicide prevention expertise.Creates the suicide prevention in higher education grant program to provide funding to postsecondary institutions for the institutions to create partnerships with health care entities to provide mental health, behavioral health, and suicide prevention to students in their institutions.Requires the student achievement council to administer the grant program in collaboration with the work group convened by the department.Requires postsecondary institutions to submit a report to the department of health for establishing a baseline for behavioral health concerns and responses at the institutions of higher education.Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct a study on academic stress in higher education settings.
by Senator Ranker
Concerning the taxation of vapor products.
Includes the following in the definition of "tobacco products," for the purposes of chapter 82.26 RCW (taxes on tobacco products): A product containing a solution or other consumable substance that contains tobacco or nicotine derived from tobacco that employs a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit that can be used to produce vapor from the solution or other substance.Modifies the function of the cancer research endowment fund match transfer account.Creates the vapor products safety account.Requires the state treasurer, by July 1, 2019, and by July 1st each year thereafter, to: (1) Transfer all revenues collected under this act to the cancer research endowment fund match transfer account; and(2) Transfer five million dollars to the vapor products safety account. Requires the state liquor and cannabis board to use the money in the vapor products safety account for the prevention of sales of vapor products to minors and related activities for control of vapor product marketing and vapor product safety.
by Senators Pedersen and Braun
Relating to criminal justice.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to criminal justice.
by Senator Darneille
Relating to human services.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to human services.
by Senator Wellman
Relating to education.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to education.