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 Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Kagi, Stambaugh, Caldier, Robinson, Springer, Hargrove, Tarleton, Ormsby, Doglio, and Stanford)
Establishing the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.
Creates the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.Creates the intergenerational poverty advisory committee to assist the task force.Requires the task force to, among other things: (1) Oversee the partner agencies' operation of the WorkFirst program and temporary assistance for needy families program;(2) Determine evidence-based outcome measures for the WorkFirst program;(3) Develop accountability measures for WorkFirst recipients and the state agencies responsible for their progress toward self-sufficiency;(4) Collaborate with partner agencies and the advisory committee to analyze available data and information regarding intergenerational poverty in the state; and(5) Direct the department of social and health services to develop a five-year plan to reduce intergenerational poverty and promote self-sufficiency.
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.Makes an appropriation from the state general fund to the student achievement council for the purposes of funding the state need grant.
by Representatives Hayes, Smith, and Johnson
Concerning mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.
States that a person who: (1) Obstructs the duty of a mandatory reporter to make a report is guilty of a gross misdemeanor; and(2) Is a mandatory reporter and fails to make, or fails to cause to be made, the report, due to negligence, may be issued a class 1 civil infraction.Requires state contracts with youth-serving organizations to include a requirement that youth-serving organizations provide a signed acknowledgment of the organization's compliance with the mandatory reporter posting law.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Bergquist, Pollet, Gregerson, Appleton, Valdez, Ryu, Jinkins, Macri, Tarleton, Hudgins, McBride, Doglio, Stonier, Fey, Goodman, Santos, Frame, and Stanford)
Creating the hunger-free students' bill of rights act.
Establishes the hunger-free students' bill of rights act.Requires a school that participates in the national school lunch program and/or the school breakfast program to annually distribute and collect an application for all households of children in kindergarten through grade twelve to determine student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.Requires local liaisons for homeless children and youths designated by districts to improve systems to identify homeless students and coordinate with the applicable school nutrition program to ensure that each homeless student has proper access to free school meals.Prohibits school or district personnel or a school volunteer from: (1) Taking any action directed at a student under the age of fifteen to collect unpaid school meal fees;(2) Stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a school meal;(3) Requiring a student, who cannot pay, to perform chores or other actions in exchange for a meal or to reduce or eliminate a debt;(4) Requiring a student to dispose of a meal because of his or her inability to pay;(5) Allowing any disciplinary action taken against a student to result in the denial or delay of a meal; or(6) Requiring a parent or guardian to pay fees or costs in excess of the actual amounts owed for unpaid meals.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to collect, analyze, and promote best practices in local meal charge policies.
by Representatives Doglio, Jinkins, Senn, Pettigrew, Dolan, Hudgins, Stanford, Chapman, Kagi, Appleton, Gregerson, Tarleton, Santos, Kilduff, Pollet, Macri, Frame, and Bergquist
Establishing the Washington state women's commission.
Creates the Washington state women's commission in the office of the governor.Requires the director of the commission to: (1) Monitor state legislation and advocate for legislation affecting women;(2) Work with state agencies to assess programs and policies that affect women;(3) Include, in the first biennial report, an analysis of pay inequity based on gender among individuals employed in the office of the governor and, separately, an analysis of pay inequity based on gender among employees included in the Washington management service;(4) Coordinate with the minority commissions and human rights commission to address issues of mutual concern; and(5) Work as a liaison between the public and private sector to eliminate barriers to women's economic equity.Requires the commission to provide staffing support to the interagency committee of state employed women, a volunteer organization that aims to better the lives of state employees by advising the governor and agencies on policies that affect state employed women.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Kretz, Maycumber, Taylor, Buys, and Shea)
Managing wolves using translocation.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) Immediately initiate the state environmental policy act process in order to use translocation as a method to provide relief to residents living in areas where multiple packs of wolves range;(2) Initiate translocation of wolves, consistent with the findings from the state environmental policy act analysis, to regions with fewer wolves; and(3) Use best available science to determine which locations are unoccupied by wolves to become recipient sites and verify that potential recipient sites contain stable prey populations.Prohibits the department from translocating wolves that are known to depredate livestock or show signs of being habituated to livestock or the presence of humans.Requires the translocation process to be expedited by all state agencies involved in the process.
by Representatives Graves, Sullivan, Haler, Hargrove, Pike, and Senn
Concerning the responsibilities for state routes in cities or towns.
Increases the population threshold, every five years through 2033, at which a city or town will have increased responsibility and control of certain streets.
by Representatives Fey, Young, and Muri
Concerning the Tacoma Narrows bridge debt service payment plan.
Requires the transportation commission to maintain tolls at no more than: (1) Toll rates effective at the fiscal year 2018 level until fiscal year 2022; and(2) Twenty-five cents higher than the toll rates effective at the fiscal year 2018 level beginning in fiscal year 2022 until the debt service and deferred sales tax obligation is fully met and state contribution loans are fully repaid.Requires the state treasurer to make state contribution loan transfers: (1) To the Tacoma Narrows toll bridge account on the first day of each fiscal biennium, beginning in the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium, through the life of the debt service plan; and(2) In amounts necessary to ensure debt service payments are made in full after toll revenue from the Tacoma Narrows bridge toll facility is applied to the debt payment amounts.
by Representative Tarleton
Updating spirits industry regulations.
Modifies alcohol beverages provisions with regard to distilled spirits producers, distilled spirits brand owners, licensing, and fees.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Liias, Walsh, Nelson, O'Ban, Billig, Kuderer, King, Honeyford, Wilson, Pedersen, Hunt, Wellman, Saldaña, and Carlyle)
Concerning disclosure in initiatives, referenda, and recall petitions.
Regulates signature gatherers and those who employ signature gatherers.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Information disclosed to the public disclosure commission or a law enforcement agency.
by Senators Mullet, Palumbo, Carlyle, Braun, Kuderer, Dhingra, Pedersen, Takko, McCoy, Liias, and Conway
Modifying the Washington advanced college tuition payment and college savings programs.
Requires the governing body of the advanced college tuition payment program and the college savings program to allow account owners who purchased units before July 1, 2015, to redeem the units at the unit cash value price if the redeemed funds are deposited immediately into an eligible state college savings program account.Requires the committee on advanced tuition payment and college savings, in consultation with the state actuary and state investment board, to: (1) Establish a period that is not less than ninety days during which eligible purchasers may redeem units at the unit cash value price and provide at least thirty days' notice before the ninety-day window to all eligible account holders about the redemption option; and(2) Establish the unit cash value price.
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.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to, in making grant awards, give priority to grants for high schools: (1) That have not previously received grant funds through the academic acceleration incentive program;(2) With a high proportion of low-income students;(3) Identified as having high disproportionality in their dual credit enrollment data; or(4) Seeking to develop new capacity for dual credit courses rather than proposing marginal expansion of current capacity.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 academic acceleration guidelines and meets other criteria.Authorizes the office of the superintendent of public instruction to retain a percentage of learning assistance program allocation funds to support districts in meeting certain requirements, including data collection and reporting and providing professional development and technical assistance.Allows a school district: (1) During the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years only, to expend a portion of the district's learning assistance program allocation to develop a dropout early warning and intervention data system; and(2) To expend a portion of the district's learning assistance program allocation on interventions for students identified as at risk of not graduating using that data system.
by Senators Ranker, Conway, Hobbs, Keiser, Van De Wege, Palumbo, Hasegawa, Saldaña, Hunt, Walsh, Kuderer, Wellman, and Fortunato
Addressing the presumption of occupational disease for purposes of workers' compensation by adding medical conditions to the presumption and extending the presumption to certain publicly employed firefighters and investigators and law enforcement.
States that, there exists a prima facie presumption, with regard to public employee fire investigators who are covered under the state industrial insurance act, that the following are occupational diseases: Respiratory disease, heart problems, cancer, and infectious diseases.States that, there exists a prima facie presumption, with regard to law enforcement officers who are covered under the state industrial insurance act, that the following are occupational diseases: Heart problems and infectious diseases.Requires the department of labor and industries to convene a work group to discuss policy and procedural options for amending the first responder occupations and occupational diseases.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Conway, Cleveland, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Improving health outcomes for injured workers by facilitating better access to medical records and telemedicine.
Requires a self-insured employer to ensure that relevant medical records of an injured worker scheduled for an independent medical exam are provided as electronic medical records to the independent medical exam physician or physicians; if electronic records are not possible, paper records must be delivered to the physician or physicians at least ten business days before the exam.Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to adopt policies developed by the telemedicine collaborative to establish access to telemedicine for independent medical exams and reimburse independent medical exam physicians for services.Requires the telemedicine collaborative to: (1) Develop policies for the department to establish access to telemedicine for independent medical exams and reimburse the physicians for services in a manner that is similar to the policies developed for commercial health insurance plans and medicaid managed care plans; and(2) Develop a training program to train physicians who perform independent medical exams.
by Senators Fain, Keiser, Takko, and Short
Requiring a public hearing before a local government may remove a recorded restrictive covenant from land owned by the local government. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Requiring a public hearing before a local government may remove, vacate, or extinguish certain covenants from land it owns. )
Requires a city, town, municipal corporation, code city, or county to hold a public hearing upon a proposal to remove, vacate, or extinguish a recorded restrictive covenant, or any known covenant from an unrecorded deed, from property owned by the local government before the action is finalized.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa and Van De Wege)
Concerning the transparency of local taxing districts.
Requires a metropolitan municipal corporation, public utility district, diking district, drainage district, sewerage improvement district, solid waste collection district, solid waste disposal district, water-sewer district, and city or town operating as a municipal utility to disclose information on billing statements sent to customers as follows: (1) The rates of state and local taxes imposed on the corporation, district, or utility, as appropriate, with respect to the billed services, if any; and(2) The amount of the taxes to be paid directly by the customer or taxpayer through the billing statement.Requires an electric utility, except as otherwise provided, to: (1) Provide written or electronic notice of public hearings where changes in electricity rates will be considered or approved by the utilities and transportation commission or governing body; and(2) Disclose on each billing statement the rate of tax imposed upon the electric utility, if any, and the amount of the tax to be paid directly by the retail electric customer through the billing statement.