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 Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Lytton, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, and Sawyer)
Allowing federally recognized tribes with lands held in trust in a county that is west of the Cascade mountain range that borders Puget Sound with a population of at least one hundred eighteen thousand, but less than two hundred fifty thousand, persons to enter into agreements regarding fuel taxes.
Authorizes the governor to enter into an agreement with a federally recognized Indian tribe, that has lands held in trust by the United States government in certain counties, regarding fuel taxes included in the price of fuel delivered to a retail station wholly owned and operated by a tribe, tribal enterprise, or tribal member licensed by the tribe to operate a retail station.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives McCabe, Orwall, Griffey, Caldier, Senn, Dent, Gregerson, Smith, Kraft, Doglio, and Kagi)
Regarding a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Collect, and disseminate to school districts, information on and curricula for the coordinated program for the prevention of sexual abuse of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, child abuse, and neglect;(2) Review existing curricula related to the prevention of sexual abuse of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade; and(3) Assist the department of children, youth, and families and school districts in establishing a coordinated program.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Doglio, Kilduff, Gregerson, Peterson, Frame, Bergquist, Orwall, Goodman, Fey, Haler, and Stanford)
Supporting students' success by increasing retention and graduation rates with evidence-based programs.
Requires the four-year institutions of higher education to report to the appropriate legislative committees on whether students who are receiving need-based federal or state grant aid are provided with a student success program.Requires the community and technical colleges to implement the following for students receiving need-based federal or state grant aid: A student success program and an evidence-based remedial program.Requires the guided pathways program to be implemented at every community and technical college in the state.Requires the student achievement council to: (1) Administer a competitive grant program to provide precollege or ongoing peer mentoring; and(2) Contract with the western interstate commission for higher education to conduct an evaluation on mental health counseling and services provided for students at the community and technical colleges.Creates the public service graduate degree conditional grant program at the University of Washington which must be funded exclusively with private funding to provide conditional grants.Creates the public service graduate degree conditional grant account.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Frame, Dolan, Blake, Fitzgibbon, Chapman, Goodman, Ryu, Tarleton, and Stanford)
Concerning comprehensive school safety planning for public and private K-12 schools.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the state building code council and the state geologist, to publish, and update every four years, guidelines and criteria for school districts, public schools that are not common schools, and educational service districts to conduct a comprehensive engineering safety survey of a public school building used by students.Requires school districts to: (1) In collaboration with local emergency response agencies, annually review and update their safe school plans, considering input from families, school staff, and the community; and(2) When adopting and updating safe school plans, in the explosion, fire, chemical release, or other hazard zone of a major rail line, consider input from emergency response agencies and the community for incorporating appropriate plan elements, including safety-related drills.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Gregerson, and Jinkins)
Addressing procedures for communicating with crime victims and survivors of crime victims.
Requires the department of commerce, through the office of crime victims advocacy, to convene and coordinate a work group to: (1) Examine practices regarding notification of family members when a person has died from a suspected homicide or other criminal means;(2) Develop recommendations for providing crime victims and survivors of homicide victims with information about crime victim services; and(3) Develop recommendations for ways in which law enforcement officers responding to the scene of a crime may provide crime victims and survivors of homicide victims with information about crime victim services.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Dolan, Harris, Hudgins, MacEwen, Kilduff, Haler, Robinson, Bergquist, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Pollet, Ormsby, and Stanford)
Concerning accountability and transparency in government contracting.
Increases transparency and accountability of public contracts.Requires better evaluation of contract performance, and the evaluation should include an assessment of whether decisions to "contract out" government services to the private sector are achieving their stated objectives.Requires an agency, department, or institution of higher education that intends to contract out, or does contract out, for services customarily and historically provided by employees in the classified service or employees included in the Washington management service to follow certain procedures and meet certain criteria.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to: (1) Conduct a program and fiscal review of the changes made by this act;(2) Upon completion of its preliminary report, transmit copies of the report to the office of financial management and affected state entities; and(3) Transmit the final report, which will include a response, if any, from the affected state entities and the office of financial management, to the legislature, the affected state entities, the governor, and the state library.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Jinkins, and Sawyer)
Concerning population-based representation on the governing body of public transportation benefit areas.
Requires members of the governing body of a public transportation benefit area to be selected to assure proportional representation, based on population, of each of the component cities and the unincorporated areas of the county located within the public transportation benefit area, to the extent possible.Authorizes multiple cities, if necessary to assure proportional representation, to be represented by a single elected official from one of the cities.Prohibits a majority of the governing board from being selected to represent a single component city.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives McCabe, Orwall, Griffey, Hayes, and McDonald)
Concerning the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners.
Requires the office of crime victims advocacy to develop: (1) Best practices that local communities may use on a voluntary basis to create more access to sexual assault nurse examiners, including partnerships to serve multiple facilities, mobile sexual assault nurse examiner teams, and multidisciplinary teams to serve sexual assault survivors in local communities; and(2) Strategies to make sexual assault nurse examiner training available without requiring the nurses to travel unreasonable distances or incur unreasonable expenses.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Walsh, Blake, Kraft, MacEwen, Griffey, Barkis, Stambaugh, Van Werven, Buys, Haler, and Muri)
Encouraging the economic vitality of rural food and forest product businesses.
Requires the department of agriculture to: (1) Establish a pilot program to create an omnibus permitting process for businesses that process or engage in other value-added activities that involve: (a) Raw products of agriculture, fisheries, and aquaculture, including shellfish aquaculture; (b) food, food products, or cottage food products; (c) forest products; and (d) specialized forest products, processed cedar products, or specialty wood; and(2) Coordinate with the office of regulatory assistance and state agencies and local governments responsible for issuing each permit included in the omnibus permit, including the department of ecology, the department of health, and the relevant county.Prohibits the department from charging an additional fee for the use of the omnibus permitting process.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Undertake a comprehensive analysis of common value-added food and forest product manufacturing processes that generate wastes;(2) Consult with the department of natural resources and the department of agriculture in identifying common food and forest product production processes and their associated wastes; and(3) When making grants or loans for water pollution control facilities, consider whether the project will support the viability of local agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, or silviculture, and associated food or forest product processing.Requires the community economic revitalization board, when prioritizing each proposed public facilities project, to consider whether the project will support rural economic development by facilitating the long-term sustainability of local agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, and silviculture, and associated food and forest product processing activities.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer and Condotta)
Concerning the laboratory testing of marijuana products.
Removes certain responsibilities from the state liquor and cannabis board and requires the department of ecology to address: (1) The certification or accreditation of a marijuana product testing laboratory;(2) The establishment and collection of fees for the accreditation of the testing laboratories;(3) Development of a fee schedule allocating the costs of the accreditation program; and(4) The report required by January 15, 2019, with recommendations regarding laboratory accreditation standards that should be applied to marijuana testing laboratories.Imposes a nonrefundable additional fee of eighty-six dollars, on applications and renewals of licenses for marijuana producers, processors, and retailers, to be used for research by the department in developing accreditation standards for the testing laboratories and rule making in preparation for the accreditation program.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representative Macri)
Concerning the applicability of dental practice laws to integrated care delivery systems.
Exempts health care service contractors licensed under chapter 48.44 RCW and organized as a nonprofit, integrated care delivery system from certain dental practice laws.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Graves, Johnson, Muri, Macri, and Stokesbary)
Addressing the crimes of harassment.
Revises certain harassment crime provisions regarding: (1) Changing the term "cyberstalking" to "cyber harassment"; and(2) Modifying the law on the crime of cyber harassment and the crime of stalking.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Goodman, Johnson, McBride, Sawyer, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Orwall, Macri, Frame, Jinkins, Ormsby, and Pellicciotti)
Concerning actions for wrongful injury or death.
Revises provisions regarding wrongful death and survival of actions.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Hudgins, Goodman, Santos, Slatter, Lytton, Tharinger, Senn, Frame, Kloba, Ryu, and Doglio)
Concerning community solar gardens.
Establishes a framework for community solar gardens to be created and exist outside of tax-related subsidy programs.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Slatter, Schmick, Cody, Robinson, Dolan, Orwall, Tharinger, Macri, Young, Kloba, Appleton, Jinkins, Ormsby, Pollet, and Doglio)
Protecting consumers from excess charges for prescription medications.
Establishes the affordable medication for patients act.Prohibits a contract between a health carrier or a pharmacy benefit manager and a pharmacist or pharmacy from penalizing a pharmacist's or pharmacy's disclosure to a person purchasing prescription medication of information regarding: (1) The cost of the prescription medication to the person; or(2) The availability of therapeutically equivalent alternative medications or alternative methods of purchasing the prescription medication.
by House Committee on Transportation (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 Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Tarleton, Bergquist, Santos, Dolan, Valdez, Doglio, Pollet, and Stonier)
Providing room and board for certain college bound scholarship students.
Requires institutions of higher education, that offer on-campus student housing options, to provide a waiver for one year of on-campus housing to eligible students on a space-available basis.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Doglio, Fey, Tarleton, Macri, and Pollet)
Allowing the energy savings associated with on-bill repayment programs to count toward a qualifying utility's energy conservation targets under the energy independence act.
Requires an electric utility to: (1) Offer an on-bill repayment program option to its retail electric customers;(2) Provide participants in the program with any conservation incentives for which the participant is eligible; and(3) Prepare a marketing and outreach program to promote its on-bill repayment program as part of its biennial conservation plan.Authorizes a qualifying utility to, in meeting its conservation targets, count the conservation savings associated with an on-bill repayment program, if the savings otherwise qualify as cost-effective conservation under this act.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Doglio, Slatter, Macri, Appleton, and Gregerson)
Reducing wasted food in order to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts.
Establishes a goal for the state to reduce, by fifty percent, the amount of wasted food generated annually by 2030, relative to 2017 levels.Authorizes the department of ecology to estimate 2017 levels of wasted food in the state using a combination of solid waste reporting data and surveys and studies measuring wasted food and food waste in other jurisdictions.Requires the department of ecology, in consultation with the department of agriculture and the department of health, to develop and adopt a state wasted food reduction and food waste diversion plan designed to achieve the goal mentioned above.Requires each county and city comprehensive solid waste management plan to include, in the waste reduction and recycling element, waste reduction strategies, which may include strategies to reduce wasted food and food waste that are designed to achieve the goals mentioned above and that are consistent with the food waste reduction plan.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Doglio and Macri)
Concerning the voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources.
Requires each electric utility to provide a voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources to: (1) Each of its new retail electric customers at the time service is established; and(2) Its existing retail electric customers through the utility's web site and through quarterly mailings as a bill insert or other publication.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt, Tarleton, Orcutt, Blake, Doglio, Fey, Springer, Pollet, Maycumber, Nealey, Schmick, Wilcox, Dye, Smith, and Vick)
Concerning the state universal communications services program.
Repeals the July 1, 2020, expiration date of the state universal communications services program.Addresses the provision, enhancement, and maintenance of broadband services, recognizing that the incumbent public network functions to provide all communications services including voice and broadband services; distribution formula for eligible communications providers; removal of an advisory board; and adoption of rules by the utilities and transportation commission.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representative Manweller)
Creating a students protecting students program.
Requires school districts to: (1) Report the following information to the office of the superintendent of public instruction: An incident alert and reporting system in use by the district and, if the district is not using a system, the barriers that the district faces in implementing a system;(2) Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, implement the students protecting students program in middle or junior high schools and high schools; and(3) Submit a students protecting students implementation plan to the office of the superintendent of public instruction by the start of the 2019-2020 school year.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Compile the district information and report it to the legislature by June 1, 2018;(2) Contract with a vendor to make an incident alert and reporting system available to public schools by the 2019-2020 school year; and(3) Contract for updates to the program as new technology is available.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Gregerson, Hayes, Eslick, Stanford, Doglio, and Tharinger)
Providing local governments with options to preserve affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.
Gives communities a local option to preserve and increase healthy, high-quality affordable rental housing opportunities for low-income households.Ensures that housing opportunities are affordable to renters at below-market rent levels with consideration of community needs, market rental costs, and income levels of renters.Allows cities and counties to adopt a property tax exemption which applies to a single-family residence with an affordable accessory dwelling unit, but does not include hotels or motels.Expires January 1, 2029.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representative Graves; by request of Uniform Law Commission)
Concerning the revised uniform unclaimed property act.
Repeals chapter 63.29 RCW (the uniform unclaimed property act) and establishes a revised uniform unclaimed property act.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Johnson, Cody, Tharinger, Harris, Slatter, Appleton, Frame, Robinson, Haler, Stonier, Fitzgibbon, Fey, Wylie, Pollet, and Macri)
Concerning long-term care services and supports.
Places responsibility for the implementation and administration of the family and medical leave program with the state health care authority, the department of social and health services, and the employment security department.Creates the long-term services and supports trust commission and requires the commission to, beginning January 1, 2019, establish certain rules and policies.States that, beginning January 1, 2025, long-term services and supports are available and benefits are payable to a registered long-term services and supports provider on behalf of a qualified individual.Requires the benefits to be paid periodically and promptly to registered long-term services and supports providers.Allows any self-employed person, beginning January 1, 2023, to elect coverage under the program.Creates the long-term services and supports trust account.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Macri, Jinkins, Kagi, Wylie, Slatter, Tharinger, Ormsby, and Robinson)
Removing health coverage barriers to accessing substance use disorder treatment services.
Requires health plans and behavioral health organizations, to the extent that the following services are covered benefits, to cover inpatient hospital detoxification, residential subacute detoxification, inpatient hospital substance use disorder treatment, residential substance use disorder treatment, partial hospitalization substance use disorder treatment, and intensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment for the first twenty-four hours after an enrollee, or client, as appropriate, presents for these services or is referred for these services, without imposing utilization management review limitations on coverage, including prior authorization requirements.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Muri, Stonier, Stambaugh, Sawyer, Kagi, Sells, Reeves, Ormsby, Jinkins, Santos, Bergquist, Doglio, McBride, Ortiz-Self, Stanford, and Pollet)
Providing services and supports to pregnant and parenting minors to improve educational attainment.
States that a parent who is under eighteen years old and attending high school or working toward completing a general educational development certificate is eligible to receive working connections child care.Allows a school district, at the request of an eligible student, to allow the student to transport his or her infant on a school bus or other transportation provided by the district, however, if the district denies the student's request it must authorize other arrangements for transportation.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Wilcox, Jinkins, Dye, Orwall, Schmick, Cody, DeBolt, Walsh, Maycumber, Griffey, Barkis, Haler, Buys, Muri, Condotta, Robinson, Doglio, Macri, Stanford, and Irwin)
Improving the behavioral health of people in the agricultural industry.
Requires the department of health to: (1) Establish a pilot program to support behavioral health improvement and suicide prevention efforts for members of the agricultural industry workforce;(2) Contract with an entity that has behavioral health and suicide prevention expertise to develop a free resource for workers in the agricultural industry; and(3) Use an entity that has an existing telephonic and web-based resource, including entities that have prepared similar resources for other states.Requires the state office of rural health to convene a task force on behavioral health and suicide prevention in the agricultural industry and requires the task force to review the following issues: (1) Data related to the behavioral health status of persons associated with the agricultural industry, including suicide rates, substance use rates, and availability and use of behavioral health services;(2) Factors unique to the agricultural industry that affect the behavioral health of persons working in the industry;(3) Components that should be addressed in the pilot program, including consideration of components that relate to similar programs funded or partially funded by the federal office of rural health policy; and(4) Options to improve the behavioral health status of and reduce suicide risk among agricultural workers and their families, including individual focused and community focused strategies.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Muri, Kraft, and Young)
Requesting that the Brown Farm Road Northeast bridge at exit 114 over I-5 be named the "Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Bridge."
Requests that the Brown Farm Road Northeast Bridge at exit 114 over I-5 be named the Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Bridge.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Muri, Kraft, and Young)
Requesting that the South Tacoma Way bridge at exit 127 over I-5 be named the "World War I Veterans Memorial Bridge."
Requests that the South Tacoma Way Bridge at exit 127 over I-5 be named the World War I Veterans Memorial Bridge.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hunt, Baumgartner, and Mullet)
Concerning teachers' postretirement employment options.
Authorizes a teacher in plan 2 or plan 3 who retired under alternate early retirement provisions to be employed for up to eight hundred sixty-seven hours per calendar year without suspension of his or her benefit if he or she is employed exclusively as an athletic coach, a mentor to teachers, an advisor to students in teacher preparation programs, or a counselor.Expires July 1, 2021.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen, Miloscia, Hunt, Fain, Billig, Carlyle, Mullet, Kuderer, Saldaña, and Frockt)
Strengthening the initiative process by providing for more comprehensive review before initiatives receive ballot titles.
Provides for more comprehensive review before initiatives receive ballot titles in order to strengthen the initiative process.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Wilson and Palumbo)
Concerning Washington state's 529 college savings plans.
Changes the composition of the committee on advanced tuition payment and college savings.Repeals RCW 28B.95.170 (legislative advisory committee).
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, Saldaña, O'Ban, and Palumbo)
Establishing the mental health field response teams program.
Requires the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to develop and implement a mental health field response team grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies to develop and operate mental health field response team capabilities, using mental health professionals to respond to encounters involving persons with mental health issues.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Darneille, Frockt, Van De Wege, Pedersen, Hunt, Chase, Saldaña, Kuderer, and Hasegawa)
Encouraging the disclosure and discussion of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace.
Prohibits an employer from requiring an employee, as a condition of employment, to sign a nondisclosure agreement or other document that prevents the employee from disclosing sexual harassment or sexual assault occurring in the workplace, at work-related events coordinated by or through the employer, or between employees, or between an employer and an employee, off the employment premises.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Hawkins, Carlyle, Palumbo, and Mullet)
Creating a pilot program for outdoor burning for cities or towns located partially inside a quarantine area for apple maggot.
Creates an outdoor burning pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of allowing certain cities and towns to burn brush and yard waste under the supervision of local fire authorities.Allows a city or town, located partially inside a quarantine area for apple maggot, to conduct outdoor burning of brush and yard waste if certain requirements are met.Expires December 31, 2021.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senator Wellman)
Concerning efficiency updates for capital budget appropriations allocated for public art.
Requires at least eighty-five percent of the money spent by the state arts commission during each biennium, for certain purposes, to be expended solely for direct acquisition of works of art.Authorizes the state arts commission to use up to two hundred thousand dollars to conserve or maintain existing pieces in the state art collection.Authorizes, for projects funded in the capital budget, state agencies and institutions of higher education, working with the state arts commission, to expend up to ten percent of the projected art allocation for a project during the design phase in order to select an artist and design art to be integrated in the building design.Requires the executive director of the state arts commission to appoint a study group to review the operations of the one-half of one percent for works of art purchased or commissioned.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Rivers, and Wilson)
Facilitating transportation projects of statewide significance.
Establishes a formal process of coordination to expedite the completion of transportation projects of statewide significance.Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Develop an application for designation of transportation projects as transportation projects of statewide significance; and(2) Designate a transportation project as a transportation project of statewide significance if the department determines, after review of the application, that the transportation project will meet certain criteria.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senator Palumbo)
Concerning emerging internet technology applications and consumers utilizing the services of carrier network companies and carrier network company operators.
Regulates carrier network companies, which use emerging technology-based platforms to prearrange for small personal property moves, and carrier network company operators, which use the companies to broker the moves.Requires a carrier network company and a carrier network company operator to obtain a permit from the utilities and transportation commission before operating for the transportation of property for compensation.States that carrier network companies are public service companies that must be regulated in a manner similar to forwarders and brokers.Requires a vehicle to display a marking identifying the name of its associated carrier network company, if it is operated by a carrier network company operator under a permit issued by the utilities and transportation commission.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Carlyle, Palumbo, Keiser, Liias, Frockt, Kuderer, Chase, Hunt, and Saldaña)
Establishing a clean, efficient, renewable energy standard.
Requires all electric utilities to eliminate from electric rates all costs associated with delivering electricity to customers that is generated from a coal-fired resource.Requires electric utilities and market customers to: (1) Reduce the total number of megawatt hours from fossil fuel generating resources used to serve the utility's load;(2) Pay a pollution mitigation charge to the department of commerce for fossil fuel megawatt hours in excess of certain limits;(3) Seek to achieve their targets at the lowest possible costs, avoid the imposition of the pollution mitigation charge, and rely on renewable or clean resources; and(4) Report to the department on progress towards the reduction in the total number of megawatt hours from fossil fuel generating resources.Requires the department of commerce, with input from relevant state agencies and the public, to: (1) Conduct and complete a study on barriers to, and opportunities for, solar photovoltaic energy generation and access to other renewable energy by low-income customers and barriers to contracting opportunities for local small businesses in disadvantaged communities; and(2) Develop and publish a study on: (a) Barriers for low-income customers to energy efficiency and weatherization investments and to zero emission and near-zero emission transportation options; (b) how to increase access to zero emission and near-zero emission transportation options; and (c) the impact of this act on utility rates as it affects individuals of varying income levels, ethnic backgrounds, and racial backgrounds.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Rolfes, Chase, Van De Wege, Conway, Keiser, Liias, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hunt, Palumbo, and Saldaña)
Creating the orca protection act.
Establishes the orca protection act.Requires the department of fish and wildlife to: (1) In order to facilitate the enforcement of RCW 77.15.740, provide extra protection to newborn calves, and protect critical feeding areas, conduct a minimum of one hundred patrols during the twenty-two most active weeks for southern resident killer whale viewing activity each year and prioritize Wednesday through Monday patrols when the activity is most active;(2) Coordinate with appropriate federal, tribal, county, and nongovernmental partners to identify research and management actions undertaken that relate to impacts from human-generated marine noise; and(3) Identify relevant research findings and management actions undertaken and identify options and recommendations on potential actions the state can take.Includes as a natural resource infraction, when a person causes a vessel to exceed a speed over ground of seven knots within four hundred yards of a southern resident orca whale.Requires the Salish Sea institute at Western Washington University to: (1) Convene a meeting to improve the coordination of recovery strategies for southern resident killer whales between Washington and British Columbia; and(2) Establish timelines for recovery actions.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Rolfes, Carlyle, Darneille, Hasegawa, Pedersen, Conway, Keiser, Hunt, Frockt, Kuderer, Chase, Liias, and Saldaña; by request of Department of Ecology)
Strengthening oil transportation safety.
Addresses oil transportation safety.Finds that the department of ecology's oil spill program faces a critical funding gap due to the lack of adequate revenue to fully fund the prevention and preparedness services required by state law, including the 2015 oil transportation safety act.Declares an intent to: (1) Provide adequate revenue to fully fund prevention and preparedness services required by state law;(2) Direct the department of ecology to specifically address the risks of oils submerging and sinking; and(3) More extensively coordinate with our Canadian partners in order to protect the state's economy and its shared resources.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Establish the Salish Sea shared waters forum to address common issues in the cross-boundary waterways between Washington state and British Columbia such as: Enhancing efforts to reduce oil spill risk, addressing navigational safety, and promoting data sharing; and(2) In consultation with the Puget Sound partnership and the pilotage commission, complete a report of vessel traffic and vessel traffic safety within the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound area that includes the San Juan archipelago, its connected waterways, Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, Rosario Strait, and the waters south of Admiralty Inlet.Requires the state treasurer, beginning July 1, 2018, and each July 1st thereafter, to transfer two hundred thousand dollars from the oil spill prevention account to the national guard account for planning and conducting training of the state national guard to perform oil and hazardous materials spills and cleanup.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Kuderer, and Saldaña; by request of Department of Corrections)
Creating a graduated reentry program of partial confinement for certain offenders.
Creates a graduated reentry program of partial confinement for certain offenders.Authorizes the secretary of the department of corrections to only transfer an offender from a department correctional facility to home detention in the community if there is evidence-based programming and treatment available, and it is determined that the graduated reentry program is an appropriate placement and requires the secretary to assist the offender's transition from confinement to the community.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, O'Ban, Dhingra, Kuderer, and Hasegawa)
Allowing specified offenders to earn positive achievement time on community custody.
Authorizes an offender, who is sentenced under chapter 9.94A RCW (the sentencing reform act of 1981) or chapter 9.94B RCW (sentencing with regard to crimes committed before July 1, 2000) and is supervised by the department of corrections, to earn positive achievement time in accordance with procedures that are developed and adopted by the department.Authorizes the department of corrections to reduce the period of time an offender is supervised by the earned award of positive achievement time.Gives discretion to the department of corrections to implement this act over a period of time not to exceed twenty-one months.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Wellman, Frockt, Cleveland, Kuderer, Ranker, Conway, and Saldaña)
Concerning an employee's right to publicly file a complaint or cause of action for discrimination in employment contracts and agreements.
Addresses an employee's right to publicly file a complaint or cause of action for discrimination in employment contracts and agreements.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senator Takko)
Allowing the sale of wine by microbrewery license holders.
Authorizes a licensed microbrewery to apply to the state liquor and cannabis board for an endorsement to sell glasses of wine produced by a domestic winery for on-premises consumption.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Brown and Honeyford)
Promoting renewable energy by advancing the development of geothermal resources.
Advances the development of geothermal resources to promote renewable energy.Requires the department of natural resources to develop, periodically revise, and publish an inventory and map of state-owned lands suspected of having great potential for geothermal resource production.Prohibits the department from constructing or operating commercial geothermal facilities.Directs the joint center for deployment and research in earth-abundant materials to promote research of methods and technologies that will allow for the economical extraction of metals, minerals, and rare earth elements from underground fluids brought to the surface by geothermal power plants.Requires the board of directors of the joint center to allocate appropriated seed funds for collaboration on research of methods and technologies for the extraction.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Darneille, Zeiger, Walsh, Brown, Keiser, and Hasegawa)
Improving transition planning for students in special education who meet criteria for services from the developmental disabilities administration.
Includes the developmental disabilities administration and the division of vocational rehabilitation in the expansion of interagency agreements for postsecondary transition planning for students in special education.Coordinates efforts among multiple agencies to efficiently arrive at a meaningful transition plan into adult services for students aged sixteen to twenty-one, or earlier if appropriate, which both minimizes disruption at the time of the student's graduation and the risk of isolation and loss of acquired skills.Includes the following in the plan: Skill development, job interest sampling and job exploration, and may include other activities explored by students and young adults before job development.Requires the developmental disabilities administration to coordinate with the office of the superintendent of public instruction to provide training to schools regarding curriculum, eligibility criteria, and application processes relating to services from the developmental disabilities administration.Requires the developmental disabilities administration, the division of vocational rehabilitation, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Develop a plan of implementation to build statewide capacity among school districts to meet the requirements of this act by January 1, 2021; and(2) Provide an opportunity for all school districts to participate.
by Senate Committee on Economic Development & International Trade (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Baumgartner, Conway, Short, and Darneille)
Authorizing certain cities to establish a limited tax expenditure from local property taxes for the value of new construction to encourage redevelopment of vacant lands in urban areas.
Encourages the redevelopment of vacant or undeveloped land in targeted urban areas to increase employment opportunities for family living wage jobs and help accomplish the planning goals of cities in the state.Allows the legislative authorities of certain cities to authorize an ad valorem tax expenditure for the value of new construction within the city if the legislative authority finds that there are both significant areas of vacant or undeveloped land and insufficient family living wage jobs for its wage earning population in areas proximate to the vacant or undeveloped land.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Cleveland, Ranker, Rivers, Frockt, Keiser, Carlyle, and Kuderer)
Concerning the handling of child forensic interview and child interview digital recordings.
Provides a definition of "child forensic interview" for purposes of chapter 26.44 RCW (abuse of children).Requires each county to revise and expand its existing child sexual abuse investigation protocol to include the handling of child forensic interview digital recordings.Subjects any and all audio and video recordings of child forensic interviews, disclosed in a criminal or civil proceeding, to a protective order or other order as appropriate.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Any and all audio or video recordings of child forensic interviews.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Mullet and Rivers)
Modifies provisions relating to paraeducators.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Padden)
Concerning school safety.
Requires a first responder agency, when notifying a school of a situation that may require an evacuation or lockdown, to: (1) Determine if schools in the vicinity are similarly threatened; and(2) Notify schools in the vicinity for which an evacuation or lockdown appears reasonably necessary.Requires two educational service districts, selected by the office of the superintendent of public instruction in coordination with the nine educational service districts, to: (1) Establish regional school safety centers as part of a statewide network;(2) Provide regional coordination of school safety efforts related to behavioral health threat assessment and suicide prevention across the state; and(3) Provide school safety resources related to behavioral health threat assessment and suicide prevention to the school districts in the region.Requires the two selected service districts to employ a behavioral health threat assessment coordinator.Requires the regional school safety centers to provide technical assistance to school districts seeking funding for first aid, health, and safety and security resources including defibrillators and saws with automatic braking systems.Provides that section 2 of this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Saldaña, and Rolfes)
Updating the environmental and sustainability literacy plan.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to convene a work group to update the environmental and sustainability literacy plan and develop grade appropriate model lessons that connect to adopted state standards.Requires the model lessons developed by the work group to be placed in the open courseware repository, if Senate Bill No. 6201 is enacted into law.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Carlyle, Fain, Palumbo, and Saldaña)
Authorizing an alternative form of regulation of electrical and natural gas companies.
Authorizes the utilities and transportation commission to, under certain conditions, regulate an electrical or gas company by authorizing an alternative form of regulation.Requires electrical companies, gas companies, and the commission to use the greenhouse gas planning adder when evaluating and selecting conservation policies, programs, and targets.Requires electrical companies to use the greenhouse gas planning adder in developing and evaluating integrated resource plans.Requires gas companies to use the greenhouse gas planning adder in developing integrated resource plans that describe a mix of natural gas, biogas, or synthetic gas and conservation.Requires electrical companies and gas companies to use the greenhouse gas planning adder in evaluating and selecting intermediate-term and long-term resource options.Requires the commission to use the greenhouse gas planning adder in evaluating integrated resource plans and intermediate-term and long-term resource options selected by electrical companies and gas companies.Requires a multistate electric company with retail customers and generation located outside the state to use the greenhouse gas planning adder beginning January 1, 2020.Requires the following to be considered a nonemitting resource: (1) Gas consisting largely of methane and other hydrocarbons derived from the decomposition of organic material in landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, and anaerobic digesters; and(2) Qualified biomass energy.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators King, Palumbo, and Hobbs)
Clarifying the collection process for existing vehicle service transactions.
Clarifies the department of licensing's collection process for existing vehicle service transactions.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Dhingra, O'Ban, Darneille, Saldaña, Wellman, Cleveland, Billig, Fain, Hasegawa, Keiser, Kuderer, and Palumbo)
Providing postsecondary education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
Addresses postsecondary education and training for incarcerated adults.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators King, Carlyle, Hobbs, Zeiger, O'Ban, Walsh, Brown, Darneille, Miloscia, Palumbo, and Saldaña)
Concerning legal support for kinship caregivers.
Authorizes the department of social and health services to: (1) Also purchase legal representation for kinship caregivers of children who are at risk of being dependent, or who are dependent, to establish or modify a parenting plan; or(2) Secure orders establishing other relevant civil legal relationships authorized by law.Requires the purchase to be within the department's appropriations.Encourages the department to work with the office of public defense parent representation program and the office of civil legal aid to develop a cost-effective system for providing effective civil legal representation for the parents and kinship caregivers.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, O'Ban, Hasegawa, and Kuderer)
Creating a pilot program to allow certain counties to provide additional family services through community truancy boards and site secure crisis residential center facilities.
Requires the office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and the office of juvenile justice or its successor agency, in consultation with the state center for court research, to conduct a pilot program to address the shortage of available secure crisis residential centers in the state as alternatives to juvenile detention and the ability of community truancy boards to provide services to prevent nonoffender youth from entering the juvenile court system.Provides a July 1, 2020, expiration date for the pilot program.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick and Darneille)
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 Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Saldaña, Hobbs, King, Sheldon, Schoesler, and Padden)
Changing the baseball stadium based special license plate.
Repeals RCW 46.18.215 (baseball stadium license plates) and creates a Seattle Mariners special license plate that will display the Seattle Mariners logo.Creates the academic, mentoring, and innovation grant account.Requires receipts from special license plate fees in this act to be deposited in the account and requires money in the account to only be used for grants to support youth to stay in school, participate in sports, and receive mentorships.Provides funds, once the state has been reimbursed for the special license plates, to the academic, mentoring, and innovation grant account.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Palumbo, Ranker, Carlyle, Hasegawa, and Kuderer)
Increasing transparency and accountability for intercollegiate athletic programs.
Requires the board of trustees or regents of each state college and university to specifically approve, in an open public meeting, the annual budget for its programs for intercollegiate athletic competition in advance of any expenditure for that fiscal year.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Darneille, O'Ban, Becker, Zeiger, and Fortunato)
Concerning the legal and geographical review requirements for the conditional release of sexually violent predators to a less restrictive alternative.
Establishes a sexually violent predator review group.Requires the state sex offender policy board to establish and provide oversight, staff support, research, and consultation to the sexually violent predator review group, led by the sexually violent predator section chief in the attorney general's office.Requires the review group to, at a minimum: (1) Identify regional differences and challenges to developing appropriate treatment and facilities for persons released to less restrictive alternatives;(2) Recommend methods to promote and increase the development of appropriate treatment and facilities for persons released to a less restrictive alternative statewide, targeting counties that do not currently have appropriate services;(3) Develop a statewide repository to identify all certified treatment providers by county; and(4) Recommend the appropriate procedures and level of involvement for the department of social and health services and the department of corrections in discharge planning, community supervision, and developing appropriate treatment and facilities for persons released to less restrictive alternatives.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Rivers, and Wilson)
Ensuring compliance with the state's fiduciary duty in managing state trust lands.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) Endeavor to generate an average of two hundred thirty million dollars from state lands and state forestlands each year;(2) Evaluate its lands portfolio and revenue streams, management practices, and transaction processes, and develop options and recommendations designed to ensure the state's fiduciary duty is being met and increase the amount and stability of revenue from state lands and state forestland over time;(3) Seek to account for the volatility of forest product markets and consider ways to mitigate the impact of market downturns on its revenues;(4) Annually adjust the two hundred thirty million dollar goal for inflation, however, it may not count trust land transfer funds towards the goal; and(5) Prepare an evaluation of use authorizations and leases of state-owned aquatic lands for industrial and commercial uses.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to develop methods or tools to estimate the current asset value of state lands and forestlands.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Billig, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Palumbo, and Wellman)
Ensuring that no youth is discharged from a public system of care into homelessness.
Requires the office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs to develop a plan to ensure that no youth is discharged from a public system of care into homelessness.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Dhingra, Chase, Cleveland, Darneille, Saldaña, and Kuderer)
Concerning juvenile offenses.
Modifies crimes regarding depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Requires the Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, in consultation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the Washington association for the treatment of sexual abusers, the department of children, youth, and families, the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, representatives from public defense, and other relevant stakeholders, to convene a work group to make recommendations to the legislature regarding age-appropriate prevention and intervention strategies to address potential harms caused by exchange of intimate images by minors.Provides a July 1, 2019, expiration date for the work group.
by Senators Mullet, Rolfes, Dhingra, and Frockt
Concerning funding for the support of common schools.
Modifies provisions regarding the aggregate rate for property tax levies and the support of common schools.Requires the state treasurer to transfer the sum of two hundred thirteen million dollars on July 1, 2018, and one hundred ninety million dollars on July 1, 2019, from the budget stabilization account to the state general fund.Requires the money transferred into the general fund to be used for the support of common schools.