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 Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Lytton, Tarleton, Doglio, and Stonier)
Concerning a tax levied and collected on the retail sale of wireless devices used to access the internet.
Imposes a tax of forty cents on each retail sale of wireless devices used to access the internet.Requires the money to be deposited in the Washington internet crimes against children account to support the Washington internet crimes against children task force.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Harris, Jinkins, Robinson, Tharinger, Caldier, and Macri)
Updating health benefit exchange statutes.
Modernizes state health benefit exchange statutes by: (1) Aligning statutes with current practice; and(2) Clarifying changes to the state health benefit exchange enabling statute.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins and Wylie)
Providing for the coordination of continuity of operations efforts for elections.
Requires the adjutant general of the state military department to maintain a copy of the continuity of operations plan for election operations for each county that has a plan available.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Lovick, Irwin, Springer, Kirby, Doglio, Frame, Chandler, Stokesbary, Griffey, Volz, Ortiz-Self, McBride, Senn, Gregerson, Muri, and Pollet)
Establishing regional school safety centers in educational service districts.
Allows private schools to participate in annual school safety summits held by the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the school safety advisory committee.Requires the summit participants to: (1) Review various proposed and implemented models for regionalizing school safety planning, including proposals to establish regional safety centers;(2) Review the 2017 report on funding for safety and security in schools prepared by the state institute for public policy; and(3) Report to the superintendent of public instruction and the appropriate legislative committees on the progress of implementing an effective and efficient statewide plan for school safety that meets local needs.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Walsh, Tharinger, Chapman, and Kloba)
Establishing compassionate care renewals for medical marijuana qualifying patients.
Allows a health care professional to indicate that a qualifying patient qualifies for a compassionate care renewal of his or her registration in the medical marijuana authorization database and recognition card if the health care professional determines that requiring the qualifying patient to renew a registration in person would likely result in severe hardship to the qualifying patient because of the qualifying patient's physical or emotional condition.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Kloba, Sawyer, Condotta, Slatter, Robinson, Kirby, Stanford, Vick, Pollet, Wylie, Tharinger, and Macri)
Requiring the liquor and cannabis board to study home delivery of medical marijuana.
Requires the state liquor and cannabis board to conduct a study of regulatory options and issues related to the creation of a system for the home delivery of medical marijuana products to qualifying medical marijuana patients by licensed medical marijuana retailers.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Lytton, Fey, and Doglio; by request of Department of Commerce)
Promoting renewable natural gas.
Requires the Washington State University extension energy program and the department of commerce, in consultation with the utilities and transportation commission, to submit, by September 1, 2018, recommendations to the governor's office and the legislative energy committees on how to promote sustainable development of renewable natural gas in the state.Requires the department of commerce to: (1) In consultation with the department of ecology, the utilities and transportation commission, and the department of health, explore development of voluntary gas quality standards for the injection of renewable natural gas into the natural gas pipeline system; and(2) Consult industry groups and identify industry best practices.Provides a sales and use tax exemption for equipment necessary to process biogas from a landfill into marketable coproducts.Addresses property tax and leasehold excise tax exemptions with regard to land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and other personal property used primarily for the operation of an anaerobic digester.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Harris, Kilduff, Stonier, Lovick, Gregerson, McBride, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Valdez, Stanford, Doglio, and Macri)
Regarding the transitional bilingual instruction program.
Declares an intent to determine: (1) The qualifications of school staff currently providing supplemental instruction to English learners;(2) The number of vacant positions for school staff with training on working with English learners; and(3) Whether programs and processes are in place to prepare enough qualified staff to meet the 2019-2020 school year deadline.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the professional educator standards board to work together to compile specific information and report it to the legislature.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representative Morris)
Concerning the efficient deployment of small cell network infrastructure.
Requires a local government that can demonstrate to the department of commerce in writing that it meets certain criteria in this act to be designated on the department's web site as being investment ready for advanced and new wireless technologies.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Hudgins, and Wylie)
Studying the feasibility of a statewide infrastructure authority.
Creates a joint select committee on infrastructure and requires the committee to complete a study to identify integrated infrastructure needs across the state, including needs related to fiber broadband, high-speed rail, long haul air cargo, and other related issues.Provides a January 1, 2020, expiration date for the committee.
by House Committee on State Govt, Elections & IT (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, McDonald, Hudgins, and Wylie)
Concerning electronic ballot return.
Requires a signed declaration, for ballots returned electronically by a voter who is not an overseas or service voter, to be received no later than the day before the county canvassing board certifies the election or primary results.Requires the county auditor to: (1) Before certification of the election for ballots returned electronically, conduct an audit of those ballots if at least forty of the ballots are returned by 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election;(2) Upon providing notice to each voter, randomly select twenty-five percent of the voters and include in their notice a request for the voter to return his or her original ballot along with the signed declaration; and(3) Analyze any original ballot returned to ensure it matches the electronically returned ballot.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, Graves, Fitzgibbon, Hayes, Tarleton, Hudgins, and McBride; by request of Department of Ecology)
Concerning the use of antifouling paints on recreational water vessels.
Declares an intent to encourage the development of safer alternatives to traditional antifouling paints and coatings on recreational water vessels.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Buys, Peterson, Stokesbary, Graves, Stambaugh, Bergquist, Vick, Walsh, Volz, Shea, Blake, and Young)
Exempting certain mobile food units from state and local regulations pertaining to commissaries or servicing areas.
Requires the regulatory authority to approve a request for a mobile food unit to be exempt from state board of health or local health jurisdiction requirements to operate from an approved commissary or servicing area if certain requirements are met.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Harris, Santos, Johnson, Caldier, Dolan, Ormsby, Valdez, Steele, Frame, Jinkins, Bergquist, Doglio, McBride, Sells, Tarleton, and Pollet)
Promoting preapprenticeship opportunities for high school students.
Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) In consultation with the state board for community and technical colleges and the Washington state apprenticeship and training council, examine opportunities for promoting recognized preapprenticeship and registered youth apprenticeship opportunities for high school students; and(2) Solicit input from persons and organizations with an interest or relevant expertise in registered preapprenticeship programs and/or registered youth apprenticeship programs.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Santos, Dolan, Frame, Bergquist, Doglio, Sells, and Ryu)
Concerning high school and beyond plans.
Requires the high school and beyond plan to: (1) Be provided to students' parents or guardians in their native language if that language is one of the two most frequently spoken non-English languages of students in the district;(2) At a minimum, include identification of dual credit programs and the opportunities they create for students, including career and technical education programs, running start programs, and college in the high school programs and information about the college bound scholarship program; and(3) Include information about options for satisfying state and local graduation requirements and aligning with the student's secondary and postsecondary goals.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to work with school districts, including teachers, principals, and school counselors, educational service districts, the Washington state school directors' association, institutions of higher education, students, and parents and guardians to identify best practices for high school and beyond plans that districts and schools may employ when complying with high school and beyond plan requirements.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Valdez, Orcutt, Eslick, and Jinkins; by request of Department of Licensing)
Concerning medical certificate requirements for applicants and holders of commercial drivers' licenses and commercial learners' permits.
Modifies the uniform commercial driver's license act with regard to: Medical certificate requirements for applicants and holders; traffic infractions for licensees while being downgraded for not maintaining a current medical certificate; excepted or nonexcepted intrastate and excepted or nonexcepted interstate; and revision of the definition of "nonexcepted intrastate" and "excepted intrastate," relating to obtaining a certificate and wishing to maintain a CDL or CLP but not operate a commercial motor vehicle without changing his or her self-certification type.Requires the department of licensing, upon receiving an electronic copy of the medical examiner's certificate from the federal motor carrier safety administration, to post a medical qualification status of "certified" on the CDLIS driver record for the driver.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Muri, and Ortiz-Self)
Modifies provisions relating to paraeducators.Makes appropriations, for fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020, from the general fund to the office of the superintendent of public instruction who, in consultation with the paraeducator board, must: (1) Procure or develop professional development for paraeducator subject matter certificates, in English language learner and special education, and the advanced paraeducator certificate; and(2) Align courses with general paraeducator certificate professional development, including necessary changes or edits to general paraeducator certificate online modules.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Sells, McCabe, Doglio, Dolan, Gregerson, and Ortiz-Self; by request of Employment Security Department)
Clarifying hours and wages for education employee compensation claims.
Modifies the employment security act to clarify the hours and wages for education employee compensation claims.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Lytton, Jinkins, Pollet, and Frame)
Eliminating certain tax preferences not being used and recommended for repeal as determined by the joint legislative audit and review committee.
Repeals RCW 82.16.055 regarding public utility tax deductions relating to energy conservation or production from renewable resources.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, Reeves, and Tharinger)
Concerning veterans' assistance levies.
Addresses the veterans' assistance levy.Requires the levy to be imposed by the legislative authority of the county as: (1) A separate levy, independent of the regular property tax levy; or(2) Part of its levy authorized in RCW 84.52.043 (1) (b).States that if the consolidated tax levy rate still exceeds certain limitations, the certified property tax levy rates authorized for veterans' assistance must be reduced on a pro rata basis or eliminated.Requires the department of veterans affairs to collect certain data from each county and submit an accountability report to the legislature that provides certain information from each county.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Stonier, Muri, and Pollet)
Modifying the learning assistance program.
Restores flexibility to the use of learning assistance program funds and requires school districts to budget and expend learning assistance program funds at both the district and school levels in a manner consistent with the Washington integrated student supports protocol.Requires monitoring of school district learning assistance programs to ensure fidelity in implementing best practices in a manner consistent with the Washington integrated student supports protocol.Encourages school districts, in preparation for the implementation of this act, to expend the appropriations for the learning assistance program in a manner consistent with the Washington integrated student supports protocol; plans for district expenditures in the 2019-2020 school year should consider the needs of participating students at the school district's various schools, and prioritize student needs based on system-level, including district, school, and community, needs assessments, and student-level needs assessments performed as part of the Washington integrated student supports protocol.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Doglio, Dolan, Stanford, Stonier, Bergquist, and Reeves)
Concerning diaper changing stations at restaurants.
Requires a restaurant, with an occupancy of at least sixty persons that offers a children's menu, to install and maintain at least one diaper changing station accessible to women and one accessible to men, or one accessible to both.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Griffey, Senn, Reeves, Kloba, Stanford, Kagi, Stonier, Appleton, Goodman, Gregerson, Kilduff, Doglio, Peterson, Tharinger, Frame, Slatter, and Stambaugh)
Concerning child care for student parents in public institutions of higher education.
Declares an intent to: (1) Improve access and completion rates of student parents enrolled in community and technical colleges by reducing existing restrictions to subsidized child care; and(2) Address the teacher shortage by allowing students receiving working connections child care program benefits to pursue certificates and degrees in teaching, paraeducation, and early childhood education, without losing their working connections child care program benefits.Requires the department of early learning and the department of children, youth, and families, in consultation with the state board for community and technical colleges and the student achievement council, to revise rules: (1) That require applicants or consumers who are full-time students and who are not WorkFirst participants to work at least an average of twenty or more hours per week, or at least an average of sixteen hours or more per week in a federal or state work-study program, as a condition of receiving working connections child care program benefits;(2) Applicable to full-time students enrolled in community or technical or tribal colleges, to eliminate the work requirement as a condition of receiving working connections child care program benefits; and(3) Regarding the types of certificate and degree programs that applicants and consumers may pursue while receiving working connections child care program benefits, to include certificates and degrees in paraeducation and early childhood education.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman and Blake)
Concerning spirits retail licenses.
Prohibits the state liquor and cannabis board from denying a spirits retail license to an applicant that is not a contract liquor store or operating rights holder because there is a spirits retail license holder in the trade area that the applicant proposes to serve if: (1) The applicant's location is within a rural county; and(2) At the time the application is submitted there is not a spirits retail license holder within a fifteen-mile travel distance of the applicant's location.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Doglio, Peterson, McBride, and Van Werven)
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 Representatives Sullivan, Lytton, Ortiz-Self, and Pollet
Transferring nine hundred ninety-five million eight hundred two thousand dollars from the budget stabilization account to the state general fund to offset the revenue impact of reducing the combined rate for state property tax levies to 2.365 dollars per thousand dollars of assessed value for taxes levied for collection in calendar year 2019 and to two dollars and thirty cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for taxes levied for collection in calendar year 2020.
Offsets the revenue impact of reducing the combined rate for state property tax levies.
by Representatives Kirby and Ortiz-Self
Updating Washington's architect registration law to increase reciprocity and align the law with national standards.
Increases reciprocity and aligns the state's architect registration law with national standards.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senator Chase)
Concerning recommendations of the sunshine committee.
Addresses the recommendations of the sunshine committee with regard to the public records act.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Frockt, Carlyle, Keiser, Nelson, Liias, Darneille, Wellman, Saldaña, McCoy, Rolfes, Ranker, Billig, and Hasegawa)
Concerning certain procedures upon initial detention under the involuntary treatment act.
Revises involuntary treatment act provisions regarding a person who presents a likelihood of serious harm and the possession or control of a firearm.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, Wellman, Kuderer, Chase, Darneille, Ranker, Pedersen, Hunt, Liias, and Saldaña; by request of Attorney General)
Aligning the sale and purchase requirements for assault weapons with the sale and purchase requirements for handguns and pistols.
Provides a definition for "assault weapon" for purposes of chapter 9.41 RCW (firearms and dangerous weapons).Aligns requirements for the sale or transfer of an assault weapon with requirements for the sale or transfer of a handgun.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (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; and(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.Authorizes the electronic reporting system, being developed by the department of labor and industries, to be used for monitoring and/or reporting apprenticeship utilization hours.Authorizes the department of transportation, in lieu of monetary penalty and incentive requirements, to use its three strike system for ensuring compliance 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.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Rivers, Kuderer, Cleveland, Miloscia, Mullet, Saldaña, Keiser, Conway, and Hasegawa)
Addressing prescription drug cost transparency.
Provides notice and disclosure of information regarding the cost and pricing of prescription drugs to provide accountability to the state for prescription drug pricing.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer and Hasegawa)
Concerning the off-duty conduct of an employee or a prospective employee.
Provides that it is an unfair practice for an employer to fail or refuse to hire an individual, discharge or bar a person from employment, or discriminate against a person in compensation or in other terms or conditions of employment, because the employee or prospective employee participates in or has participated in an activity in furtherance of the exercise of the employee's constitutional rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, or other rights guaranteed by the first amendment of the United States Constitution, if the activity occurs off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Wellman, Saldaña, Nelson, Keiser, Hasegawa, McCoy, Carlyle, Pedersen, Chase, Ranker, Conway, Darneille, and Kuderer)
Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace.
Establishes the keep Washington working act.Creates the keep Washington working statewide work group established within the department of commerce.Requires the attorney general, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, to publish model policies for limiting immigration enforcement consistent with federal and state law at public schools, health facilities operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state, courthouses, and shelters, to ensure they remain safe and accessible to residents, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.Requires state agencies, that regularly receive requests from a federal immigration authority for assistance with immigration enforcement, to review their confidentiality policies and identify changes necessary to ensure that information collected from individuals is limited to that necessary to perform agency duties and is not used or disclosed for any other purpose.Prohibits a state agency, department, or law enforcement from using agency or department funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, cooperate with, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any registration or surveillance programs or other laws, rules, or policies that target residents solely on the basis of race, religion, immigration status, citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin.Prohibits an individual from: (1) Being detained solely for the purpose of determining immigration status; or(2) Being taken into, or held, in custody based solely on a civil immigration warrant.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Walsh, Rolfes, Rivers, Saldaña, Angel, Wellman, Brown, Chase, Wilson, Cleveland, Keiser, Warnick, Short, Kuderer, Becker, Ranker, Bailey, Conway, and Hunt)
Commemorating the centennial of national women's suffrage.
Requires the Washington women's history consortium to: (1) Provide leadership for statewide commemoration from 2018 through 2020 of the centennial pertaining to the passage by congress of the Nineteenth Amendment and its subsequent ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures in August 1920;(2) Begin preparations for the statewide commemoration;(3) Create and distribute a portfolio of public humanities programs to engage Washingtonians and visitors with important aspects of the women's right to vote movement;(4) Encourage private organizations, schools, institutions of higher education, public agencies, and local governments to organize and participate in activities;(5) Coordinate with regional and national organizations and agencies with respect to their commemorative work;(6) Coordinate with the national collaborative for women's history sites by contributing a Washington component to the development of a nationwide votes for women trail; and(7) Administer a grant program for certain public agencies, educational institutions, and organizations to assist with the activities.Requires the director of the department of archaeology and historic preservation to receive, administer, and disburse gifts, grants, and endowments from private sources as may be made in trust or otherwise for the purposes of this act.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Carlyle, Hasegawa, and Hunt)
Concerning the review process of the citizen commission for performance measurement of tax preferences.
Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee, when reviewing tax preferences, to include the following: (1) The overall effective tax rate for the industry groups benefiting from the tax preference;(2) An analysis of the general effects on the overall state economy and regions within the state, including the effects on the consumption and expenditures of persons and businesses within the state, employment, and personal income; and(3) Using economic modeling techniques, evaluate potential economic impacts of the tax preference compared to the economic impact of government activities funded at the same level as the preference.
by Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Fain, Miloscia, Rivers, Rossi, Billig, Carlyle, Brown, Rolfes, Frockt, Hasegawa, Conway, Warnick, Darneille, Pedersen, Keiser, Zeiger, Baumgartner, Cleveland, Chase, Kuderer, Takko, McCoy, Hunt, Nelson, Saldaña, Fortunato, Liias, Short, Mullet, Palumbo, Wellman, Hobbs, Pearson, and Sheldon)
Protecting the privacy and security of internet users.
Prohibits a broadband internet access service provider, except with the opt-in approval of the customer, from: (1) Selling or transferring customer proprietary information;(2) Sending or displaying an advertisement to a customer selected to be sent or displayed based on the customer's proprietary information; or(3) Conditioning, or effectively conditioning, provision of service on a customer's agreement to waive privacy rights guaranteed by law or rule.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senator Becker)
Concerning negligent entrustment by rental car agencies.
Provides that a person who rents a motor vehicle to another person and does not comply with the requirements of RCW 46.20.220 (section 1 of this act) may be held liable for negligent entrustment.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Kuderer, Wellman, Keiser, Hobbs, Palumbo, Mullet, Liias, Chase, Hasegawa, Darneille, Conway, Cleveland, Nelson, Billig, and Takko)
Concerning the collection of certain taxes and fees as a result of a high capacity transit system approved by the voters of a regional transit authority in 2016.
Requires a contract entered into with a regional transit authority for the collection of a motor vehicle excise tax to provide that the department of licensing receives full reimbursement for the administration and collection of the tax, including those costs related to customer service and information technology.Requires the department of licensing, when issuing notices to persons renewing vehicle registration, to indicate the net result after application of the credit.Requires a regional transit authority that includes portions of a county with a population of more than 1.5 million and imposes a motor vehicle excise tax to: (1) Establish a market value adjustment program to be implemented for vehicles with registrations that are due or become due on or after September 1, 2018;(2) Provide a credit against the motor vehicle excise tax due; and(3) Beginning July 1, 2019, and continuing through the end of June 2020, allow an additional one-time credit against the motor vehicle excise tax due.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Saldaña, Kuderer, Conway, Chase, Van De Wege, Hunt, Hasegawa, Pedersen, Frockt, Palumbo, Liias, Darneille, Wellman, Nelson, Hobbs, McCoy, Miloscia, Takko, Rolfes, Mullet, Billig, and Dhingra)
Modifying collective bargaining law to authorize providing additional compensation to academic employees at community and technical colleges.
Allows a board of trustees to provide additional compensation to academic employees at community and technical colleges that exceeds that provided by the legislature.
by Senator O'Ban
Concerning the taxation of accountable communities of health.
Provides a business and occupation tax deduction for an accountable community of health on amounts received as delivery system reform incentive payments under the federal medicaid program as authorized by the federal social security act.Expires January 1, 2024.