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=2019.
by Senators Palumbo, Rivers, and Mullet
Authorizing marijuana retailers to sell certain products and merchandise.
Authorizes the state liquor and cannabis board to adopt rules regarding: (1) Retail product design and marketing standards for marijuana merchandise and other products sold by licensed retailers; and(2) The establishment of a retail product design and marketing standards to ensure that marijuana merchandise and other products sold by marijuana retailers are not intended to appeal to minors or otherwise encourage marijuana use by minors.
by Senators Palumbo and Rivers
Regarding the ability of business and nonprofit entities to obtain a marijuana license.
Prohibits the issuance of any kind of marijuana-related license to a business entity or nonprofit entity, unless formed under state law or holding a certain certificate of registration.Requires a person holding more than ten percent interest in the entity to possess the same qualifications required of the licensee, with the exception of any residency requirement.Authorizes the state liquor and cannabis board to impose additional licensing fees to recover additional costs incurred in investigating a nonresident who is required to be investigated.Gives discretionary authority to the board to deny a license or license renewal to an entity if, after reasonable efforts, the board is unable to investigate the nonresident, in accordance with the investigatory standards applicable to the investigation of a state resident.
by Senators Palumbo, Wagoner, Nguyen, Mullet, Carlyle, Hunt, Das, Randall, and Wellman
Creating an apprenticeship program for inmates.
Requires the secretary of the department of corrections to award a nongovernmental agency experienced with preapprenticeship training and employment navigation with one hundred thousand dollars annually to establish an apprenticeship opportunity pilot program at the Monroe correctional complex.Requires the nongovernmental agency partner to: (1) Provide former inmates with the requisite tools and other support services to increase the likelihood of former inmates completing their apprenticeships; and(2) Track certain information regarding the participating inmate for two years after his or her release.Expires January 1, 2024.
by Senators Palumbo, Wilson, L., Kuderer, and Randall
Preventing breed-based dog regulations.
Prohibits a city or county from: (1) Prohibiting the possession of a dog based upon its breed;(2) Imposing requirements specific to possession of a dog based upon its breed; or(3) Declaring a dog dangerous or potentially dangerous based upon its breed.
by Senators Dhingra, King, Frockt, Zeiger, Pedersen, Das, Rolfes, Palumbo, Kuderer, Keiser, Wellman, Hunt, Mullet, and Saldaña
Concerning provisions governing firearms possession by persons who have been found incompetent to stand trial and who have a history of one or more violent acts.
Prohibits a person from possessing a firearm if his or her charges are dismissed based on incompetency to stand trial and the court makes a finding indicating that the person has a history of one or more violent acts.
by Senators Dhingra, Rivers, Wellman, Salomon, Keiser, Nguyen, Das, Randall, Palumbo, Carlyle, Wilson, C., Hunt, Mullet, and Saldaña
Providing a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products.
by Senators Dhingra, Hunt, Saldaña, Darneille, Das, Cleveland, Kuderer, Pedersen, Salomon, Nguyen, Rolfes, Hasegawa, Keiser, and Randall
Concerning notification of felony voting rights and restoration.
Requires the department of corrections to notify an inmate of the process for provisional and permanent restoration of voting rights before the termination of authority over the inmate.
by Senators Palumbo, Wilson, L., Mullet, Wilson, C., Carlyle, Cleveland, Kuderer, Zeiger, Liias, Das, and Frockt
Concerning emergency medical services for animals.
Authorizes an emergency medical services provider, in an emergency medical or fire response or response to aid law enforcement, to provide certain emergency medical services to an animal before or during transfer for further treatment by a licensed veterinarian.
by Senators Palumbo, Rolfes, Hunt, Liias, and Pedersen
Concerning retail pet stores.
Prohibits a retail pet store from selling or offering for sale, a dog or cat, unless the dog or cat has been: (1) Obtained from an animal care and control agency or animal rescue group; and(2) Spayed or neutered, or will be spayed or neutered before the buyer takes possession of the animal.Authorizes a retail pet store to enter into a cooperative agreement with an animal care and control agency or animal rescue group to showcase or display dogs or cats available for adoption.
by Senators Palumbo, Bailey, Rolfes, Wilson, C., Randall, Hunt, Das, and Keiser
Notifying purchasers of hearing instruments about uses and benefits of telecoil and bluetooth technology.
Requires a person who engages in fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments to: (1) Before initial fitting and purchase, notify a person seeking to purchase a hearing instrument, about the uses, benefits, and limitations of hearing instruments that are telecoil-enabled and compatible with assistive listening systems and that use bluetooth technology or other short range one-to-one technology similar to bluetooth; and(2) Provide a receipt to each person who enters into an agreement to purchase a hearing instrument, containing language that verifies that before initial fitting and purchase the consumer was informed about the uses, benefits, and limitations of telecoil-enabled and bluetooth-enabled hearing instruments.Requires the office of deaf and hard of hearing to develop educational materials to be distributed by hearing aid dispensers to persons with hearing loss that explain: (1) The uses, benefits, and limitations of current hearing assistive technology, including telecoil and bluetooth; and(2) How a person can access assistive listening systems using telecoil-enabled hearing instruments.
by Senators Palumbo, Rolfes, Hunt, and Zeiger
Prohibiting the use of live animals to practice invasive medical procedures in paramedic training programs.
Authorizes paramedic training programs that train individuals in the medical treatment of persons to: (1) Only use human-based training methods; and(2) Not use pigs or other live animals.Makes an appropriation from the general fund to the Michael K. Copass paramedic training program at Harborview medical center to develop and produce simulator models for the use of paramedic trainees and practicing paramedics in their initial and ongoing training.
by Senators Palumbo, Wilson, L., Rolfes, Mullet, Wilson, C., Hunt, and Kuderer
Concerning the adoption of dogs and cats used for science or research purposes.
Requires certain higher education research facilities that use dogs or cats for scientific or research purposes and plan on euthanizing a dog or cat used for those purposes, to first offer the dog or cat for adoption.
by Senator Hobbs; by request of Office of Financial Management
Making 2017-2019 supplemental transportation appropriations.
Makes 2017-2019 supplemental transportation appropriations.
by Senators Hobbs and Palumbo; by request of Office of Financial Management
Making transportation appropriations for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium.
Makes transportation appropriations for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium.
by Senators O'Ban, Rivers, Becker, Braun, Padden, Holy, Zeiger, Wilson, L., Brown, Schoesler, Warnick, and Short
Encouraging economic growth by providing a state business tax credit for new employment positions.
Provides a business and occupation tax credit for: (1) New employees hired for new positions created after July 1, 2019; and(2) New positions filled by existing employees if the position vacated by the existing employee is filled by a new hire.Requires the department of revenue to determine eligible areas for the following calendar year.Requires the employment security department to provide the department of revenue with any information needed to verify eligibility.
by Senators O'Ban and Frockt
Developing multistage threat assessments to increase safety in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.
Requires school districts and institutions of higher education to develop and implement a multistage threat assessment process that meets local safety needs and aligns with an evidence-based model.Defines a threat assessment as a multistage structured team process used to evaluate the risk posed by a student, individuals, or groups typically as a response to an actual or perceived threat or concerning behavior.Requires educational service districts to develop and maintain the capacity to offer training, coordination, and evaluation on the multistage threat assessment process.Requires the reengagement plan to be communicated with law enforcement and service providers as appropriate.
by Senators Keiser, Conway, Kuderer, Frockt, and Saldaña
Concerning industrial insurance wage loss.
Revises the state industrial insurance act regarding the computation of wages and lost earning capacity of workers, and additional payments for prior pensioners.Requires an employer insured with the department of labor and industries, who pays a worker's portion of a health insurance premium in addition to the employer portion, to be eligible for reimbursement of the amount he or she paid for the worker's portion of the premium.
by Senators Zeiger, Takko, and King
Concerning mobile food units.
Requires a local regulatory authority to grant a permit to operate a mobile food unit to an applicant in the authority's jurisdiction if the applicant: (1) Has obtained a valid permit to operate the mobile food unit from another local regulatory authority; and(2) Provides certain information to the local regulatory authority from which the applicant is seeking a permit.Requires the department of health and the state board of health to adopt rules to implement this act.
by Senators Padden, Pedersen, Becker, Palumbo, Zeiger, Van De Wege, Holy, Dhingra, Braun, Schoesler, Warnick, Ericksen, Honeyford, Bailey, Brown, Short, Sheldon, Fortunato, O'Ban, Das, Mullet, Wellman, and Wilson, L.
Concerning condominium construction warranties.
States that condominium construction warranties, under the state uniform common interest ownership act, do not apply to condominiums with less than seven units.
by Senators O'Ban, Palumbo, Conway, Becker, and Zeiger
Modifying the election and authority of regional transit authority board members.
Revises certain regional transit authority provisions regarding the authority, accountability, and election of board members.Requires a five-member districting commission appointed by the governor to define the districts as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2019.
by Senators Palumbo, Rivers, Billig, Wellman, Rolfes, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer, Mullet, Pedersen, and Saldaña
Concerning disclosure of contributions from political committees to other political committees.
Revises the fair campaign practices act regarding political action committees avoiding the requirement that political advertisements disclose the sponsor and the sponsor's top five donors.
by Senators Hasegawa, Hunt, and Keiser
Creating the whole Washington health trust.
Creates a single nonprofit health financing entity called the whole Washington health trust that will simplify health care financing, eliminate administrative waste for providers, promote a health care delivery system that is responsive to the essential health needs of each county, and guarantee all residents may enroll for coverage of a single comprehensive set of essential health benefits.
by Senators Palumbo, Rivers, Rolfes, King, Carlyle, Mullet, McCoy, Wellman, Das, Nguyen, Randall, Frockt, Salomon, Keiser, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Darneille, Cleveland, Saldaña, Dhingra, Pedersen, Conway, and Van De Wege
Concerning net metering.
Modifies certain net metering of electricity provisions regarding the cumulative generating capacity available; unused kilowatt-hour credits used to assist qualified low-income residential customers; and kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed for the most recent twelve-month period required on customer billing statements.Requires the state building code council, in consultation with the department of commerce and local governments, to conduct a study of the state building code and adopt changes necessary to encourage greater use of renewable energy systems.Requires the department of commerce to convene a work group to identify issues and laws associated with the future of net metering.Provides a June 30, 2021, expiration date for the work group.
by Senators Kuderer, Hunt, Takko, Keiser, Nguyen, Darneille, Das, Wellman, Saldaña, McCoy, Hasegawa, and Pedersen
Concerning advisory votes.
Removes the advisory vote from the election statutes.
by Senators Takko and Short
Clarifying the contracting procedures for cities.
Provides a definition for "lowest responsible bidder" to clarify the contracting procedures for cities.
by Senators Kuderer, Conway, and Keiser
Concerning the off-duty conduct of an employee or a prospective employee.
Prohibits an employer from failing or refusing to hire an individual; discharging or barring a person from employment; or discriminating 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 certain activities.
by Senators Kuderer, Hunt, Takko, Nguyen, and Billig
Concerning deadlines for receipt of voter registrations by election officials.
Requires voter registration applications to be received by an election official by the required voter registration deadline.Provides information on how to submit a change of address.
by Senators Takko and Saldaña
Concerning the authorization to impose special excise taxes on the sale of lodging.
Addresses the imposition of special excise taxes on the sale of lodging.
by Senators Zeiger, Hunt, Mullet, Palumbo, and Saldaña; by request of Secretary of State
Concerning the presidential primary.
Changes the dates for the presidential primary and for which the secretary of state may propose an alternative date for the primary.
by Senators Wilson, C. and Wilson, L.; by request of Department of Licensing
Amending motor vehicle laws to align with federal definitions, make technical corrections, and move an effective date to meet a federal timeline.
Revises certain motor vehicle laws to align with federal definitions; makes technical corrections; and delays an effective date to meet a federal timeline.
by Senators Bailey, Wagoner, Becker, Zeiger, Honeyford, Padden, Short, and Wilson, L.
Concerning veteran survivor tuition waiver eligibility.
Addresses college and university fee provisions regarding tuition waiver eligibility for veteran survivors and national guard member survivors.
by Senators Bailey, Wagoner, Zeiger, Becker, and Honeyford
Concerning the qualifications of a legal newspaper.
Modifies legal publications provisions by requiring a newspaper to have the ability to verify circulation by an independent certified circulation audit, in order to be considered a legal newspaper.
by Senators Keiser and Conway
Creating an alternative process for sick leave benefits for workers represented by collective bargaining agreements.
Allows workers covered under a collective bargaining agreement for the construction industry to negotiate comparable benefits that ensure that: (1) Eligibility can be achieved; and(2) The benefits are portable from employer to employer.
by Senators Keiser, Palumbo, Rivers, and Short
Modifying the excise tax for medical marijuana patients with recognition cards for products identified as beneficial for medical use.
Provides that, the marijuana excise tax does not apply to sales of the following, when sold by certain marijuana retailers: Marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products, identified by the department of health to be beneficial for medical use.Requires each seller making exempt sales to maintain information establishing eligibility for the exemption in the form and manner required by the state liquor and cannabis board.
by Senators Keiser, King, Saldaña, Conway, Hasegawa, and Fortunato
Revises the plumbing laws.
by Senators Keiser, Conway, Wellman, Braun, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Takko, Das, and Frockt
Requires the following to employ a coordinator to do outreach and assist in establishing registered apprenticeship programs where they do not exist in state government, public education, and the health care industry: (1) The department of labor and industries, through the supervisor of apprenticeship;(2) The office of financial management;(3) The office of the superintendent of public instruction; and(4) The department of health.Includes "hours of work and instruction as a registered apprentice" in the definition of "prior learning," for purposes of academic credit.
by Senators Carlyle, Hunt, Saldaña, Nguyen, and Mullet
Creating a work group to replace certain Marcus Whitman statues.
Creates a work group to study and make recommendations on an appropriate historical figure to represent the state in the state capitol and the national statuary hall in the United States capitol.Provides a November 1, 2020, expiration date for the work group.
by Senators Carlyle, Randall, Wilson, C., Das, Frockt, and Keiser
Concerning concussions in youth sports.
Requires the University of Washington medicine sports health and safety institute and the Harborview injury prevention and research center to collect and synthesize: (1) The most current scientific research, data, evidence-based best practices to improve concussion recognition, and to educate parents, teachers, coaches, and other supervising adults to intervene when a sports concussion is suspected;(2) The most current research and data on the impact of concussions to female youth athletes and youth athletes participating in other than high-impact contact sports; and(3) Materials for licensed health care providers regarding concussion care.Requires the University of Washington medicine sports health and safety institute to: (1) Develop and maintain a web site to serve as a repository for the collected information; and(2) Work in conjunction with the Washington interscholastic activities association to promote the developed web site throughout the state.Requires the University of Washington to maintain a web site of up-to-date, concussion-related information and resources.
by Senators Carlyle, Pedersen, Palumbo, and Mullet
Concerning commercial transportation services freight deliverers.
Revises certain definitions for purposes of chapter 48.177 RCW (commercial transportation services).
by Senators Carlyle and Braun
Authorizing the state investment board to invest the assets of the first-class cities' retirement systems.
Authorizes the state investment board to enter into agreements with the city councils or commissions of first-class cities to assume the duties of investing the retirement funds of the first-class cities' retirement systems.Changes the composition of the state investment board.
by Senators Short, Takko, Brown, and Mullet
Expanding the operable intent of RCW 34.05.271 and 34.05.272 to certain activities of natural resources agencies.
Requires the department of natural resources, before enacting a significant legislative rule, giving final approval to technical guidance documents, or finalizing habitat conservation plans, to identify the sources of scientific information reviewed and relied upon by the agency in the course of preparing to take the activity.Requires the forest practices board, before enacting a significant legislative rule or giving final approval to technical guidance documents, to identify the sources of scientific information reviewed and relied upon by the board in the course of preparing to take the activity.
by Senators Short and Wilson, L.
Concerning the economic development of rural counties.
Revises the growth management act regarding the removal of a county and the cities within the county from the requirements to plan under that act.
by Senators Short and Wilson, L.
Concerning standing before the growth management hearings board.
Revises the growth management act regarding standing before the growth management hearings board.
by Senators Short, Dhingra, Wilson, L., and Das
Creating a domestic violence offender registry.
Requires the court, when a person is convicted of a qualifying domestic violence offense, to enter an order designating the person a serious domestic violence offender and requiring the person to appear on the serious domestic violence offender registry.Requires the Washington state patrol to: (1) Maintain a central registry of serious domestic violence offenders;(2) Upon request of a person who appears on the registry, investigate whether the person's registration period has ended by operation of law;(3) Notify registered serious domestic violence offenders of any changes to the registration requirements; and(4) Notify an offender included on the registry for one or more offenses committed exclusively when the offender was a juvenile of his or her ability to petition for relief from registration.
by Senators Short, Sheldon, and Wilson, L.
Clarifying what science may be used by cities and counties to designate critical areas.
Revises the growth management act to clarify which science may be used by cities and counties to designate critical areas.
by Senators Hunt and Zeiger
Concerning sunshine committee recommendations.
Addresses recommendations of the sunshine committee on the public records act.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying: (1) Applications for public employment other than for vacancies in elective office;(2) Certain residential addresses but not including city, state, and zip codes, passports, and visa numbers;(3) Proprietary data, trade secrets, or other information that is submitted by a vendor to the department of social and health services for purposes of the development, acquisition, or implementation of state purchased health care;(4) Trade secrets; and(5) Bids, quotations, or proposals submitted to an agency for goods or services in response to a solicitation issued for the goods or services until the agency announces the apparent successful bidder based on predetermined criteria or decides not to accept any bids, quotations, or proposals.
by Senators Frockt, Zeiger, Hobbs, Bailey, Rolfes, Hunt, Conway, Das, Honeyford, Keiser, and Mullet; by request of Military Department
Addressing catastrophic incidents that are natural or human-caused emergencies by providing guidance that may be used by state public schools to plan for seismic catastrophic incidents.
Requires the adjutant general of the state military department to develop guidance, in consultation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, that may be used by local school districts in developing, maintaining, training, and exercising catastrophic incident plans.
by Senators Dhingra, Padden, Kuderer, Palumbo, Wilson, L., Holy, and Das
Changing the definition of theft.
Revises the definition of "theft," for purposes of the Washington criminal code, to include when a person conceals the property of another intending that the concealment will deprive the other person of its use or benefit.
by Senator Hunt
Eliminating certain requirements for the annexation of an unincorporated island of territory.
Eliminates certain requirements for the annexation of an unincorporated island of territory.
by Senators Mullet, Palumbo, Billig, Das, and Hunt
Concerning permanent daylight saving time in Washington state.
Requires the standard time for the state to be permanent daylight saving time year-round, which is that of the fifth zone designated by federal law as Pacific Standard Time, 15 U.S.C. Secs. 261 and 263, advanced by one hour.Provides for submission of this act to a vote of the people.
by Senators Mullet, Rivers, Palumbo, and Rolfes
Concerning prescription drug cost transparency.
Requires the following to submit certain prescription drug cost and utilization data or prescription drug data or other data, as appropriate, for the previous calendar year, to the office of financial management: (1) A health carrier;(2) A pharmacy benefit manager; and(3) A pharmacy services administrative organization representing a pharmacy or pharmacy chain in the state.Requires a manufacturer to submit written notice informing the state health care authority that the manufacturer has filed the following with the federal food and drug administration: (1) A new drug application or biologics license application for a pipeline drug; or(2) A biologics license application for a biological product or biosimilar drug.Requires the state health care authority to prepare a list of ten prescription drugs that have a significant impact on state expenditures or are critical to public health.
by Senators Mullet, Wellman, Palumbo, and Randall
Providing for approval of school district bonds by fifty-five percent of the voters voting.
Provides for approval by fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.Takes effect if the proposed amendment to Article VII, section 2 of the state Constitution, providing for approval by fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds, is approved by the voters at the next general election and certified by the secretary of state.
by Senators Sheldon and Kuderer
Concerning the use of "van accessible" parking spots.
Prohibits a person from parking in a parking space designated as "van accessible" unless they are parking a vehicle that is equipped for and using wheelchairs or mobility equipment.Includes the following in the definition of "unauthorized use," for purposes of this act: Use of a parking placard, special license plate, special year tab, or identification card to park in a "van accessible" parking space when not actually parking an eligible vehicle.
by Senators Sheldon and Conway
Modifying the operation of motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.
Allows an operator of a motorcycle to overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken, under certain circumstances.Requires the department of transportation, once it has opened the use of the shoulder of a limited access facility for public transportation vehicles, to allow motorcycles to use the shoulder during the same time periods and conditions.
by Senators Sheldon, Honeyford, and Short
Prohibiting road usage charges in rural counties.
Prohibits the state from imposing or collecting any new road usage charge, vehicle miles traveled fee, or other similar type of comparable charge, tax, or fee, in rural counties.
by Senators Keiser, Saldaña, and Randall
Concerning the use of the term birth center.
Prohibits a facility from using the term "birthing center," "childbirth center," or "birth center" unless the facility is duly licensed under chapter 18.46 RCW (birthing centers).
by Senators Keiser, Cleveland, Dhingra, Randall, Kuderer, Darneille, Das, Hunt, Mullet, and Palumbo
Restricting the practice of female genital mutilation.
Revises the uniform disciplinary act regarding the performance of female genital mutilation which constitutes unprofessional conduct for any license holder under the jurisdiction of the act.
by Senators Keiser, Wellman, Saldaña, Randall, Das, Dhingra, Cleveland, Conway, Wilson, C., Darneille, Kuderer, Takko, Salomon, Hasegawa, and Hunt
Preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers.
Requires every hospitality, retail, behavioral health care, or custodial employer, or labor contractor who employs a custodian, security guard, hotel or motel housekeeper, or worker who spends a majority of his or her working hours alongside two or fewer coworkers at a location that is not his or her home to: (1) Adopt a sexual harassment policy;(2) Provide mandatory training to the managers, supervisors, and employees;(3) Provide a list of resources for the employees to use; and(4) Provide a panic button to each worker that spends most of his or her working hours alongside two or fewer coworkers at a location that is not his or her home.Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to establish procedures for licensing property service contractors.
by Senators O'Ban, Rivers, Fortunato, Braun, Warnick, Becker, Honeyford, Bailey, Wagoner, Brown, and Palumbo
Applying to Congress for a convention to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution related to a balanced federal budget.
Applies to congress for a convention to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution related to a balanced federal budget.
by Senators Short, Van De Wege, Warnick, Palumbo, Brown, McCoy, Braun, Liias, Schoesler, Hunt, Wilson, C., Wilson, L., Rolfes, Das, and Rivers
Supporting the continued research, development, production, and application of biochar from our forests and agricultural lands.
Supports the continued research, development, production, and application of biochar from our forests and agricultural lands.
by Senators Mullet, Wellman, Palumbo, Frockt, Keiser, and Randall
Amending the Constitution to allow at least fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to allow at least fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.