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 Representatives Graves, Stokesbary, Wilcox, Caldier, Maycumber, Dent, McCaslin, and Young
Creating and funding a school choice scholarship program for foster students.
Creates the foster student scholarship program to provide children and youth in foster care with the option to attend the public or private school of their caregiver's choice.Requires the department of children, youth, and families to: (1) Administer the program; and(2) Submit a program report to the legislature.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education to cooperate with the department to provide any data needed for the report.Creates the foster student scholarship account.Provides a business and occupation tax credit for contributions made by a person to the foster student scholarship account.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Ranker)
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 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) In the event that orca whales are not present, place emphasis on patrols that protect living marine resources in northern Puget Sound;(3) 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(4) 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: (1) An aircraft to approach within two hundred yards of a southern resident orca whale; or(2) 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.Increases the endangered wildlife special license plate fees and requires at least five dollars for each initial or renewal plate to be used for orca-related activities.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (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.Provides a July 1, 2021, expiration date for the Salish Sea shared waters forum.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, O'Ban, Kuderer, Hasegawa, and Conway)
Issuing an identicard for offenders released from prison facilities.
Requires the department of corrections, working in conjunction with the department of licensing, to create and implement an identicard program to provide offenders, released within the state, with a state-issued identicard.Requires the department of licensing to charge the department of corrections a fee sufficient to cover fifty percent of the costs of an identicard.Authorizes the department of corrections and the department of licensing to: (1) Enter into a memorandum of understanding to meet the requirements of this act; and(2) Have discretion to implement this act over a period of time not to exceed twelve months from the effective date of section 4 of this act.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Rivers, and Palumbo)
Extending an expiration date that affects state fire service mobilization.
Amends the expiration date in section 5, chapter 181, Laws of 2015, relating to state fire service mobilization, and postpones the date to July 1, 2024.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Van De Wege, King, Rivers, Takko, Hasegawa, and Saldaña; by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Increasing commercial fishing license fees for nonresidents.
Increases the fees for a nonresident to purchase a commercial fishing license.Authorizes the director of the department of fish and wildlife to issue permits to members of the Wanapum band of Indians to take other freshwater food fish for ceremonial and subsistence purposes.
by Senator Baumgartner
Creating the Washington state resident medical education access act.
Establishes the Washington state resident medical education access act of 2018.Requires at least ninety percent of the students admitted into the University of Washington medical education programs and the Washington State University medical education programs to be resident students.Requires the total pool of admitted students, for purposes of calculating the percent of students admitted into the University of Washington medical education programs, to be calculated as the nonresident and resident students net the number of nonresident Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho students.
by Senator Baumgartner
Designating April 1st as Governor Jay Inslee Integrity Day.
Designates the first day of April as Governor Jay Inslee Integrity Day.