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 Representatives Robinson, Harris, Cody, Jinkins, DeBolt, Macri, Stonier, Corry, Riccelli, Thai, Kilduff, Stanford, and Kloba; by request of Department of Health
Concerning foundational public health services.
Addresses the governmental public health system which is comprised of the department of health, state board of health, local health jurisdictions, sovereign tribal nations, and Indian health programs.Requires funding for the governmental public health system to be restructured to support foundational public health services, and in restructuring, there must be efforts to reinforce current governmental public health system capacity and implement service delivery models allowing for system stabilization and transformation.Requires funding for foundational public health services to be appropriated to the office of financial management.Authorizes the office to only allocate funding to the department of health if the department, after consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes, a state association representing local health jurisdictions, and the state board of health, jointly certify to the office that they are in agreement on the distribution and uses of state foundational public health services funding across the public health system.
by Representatives Hudgins, Dye, Tharinger, Maycumber, DeBolt, Wylie, Orcutt, Chapman, Kloba, Tarleton, Frame, Appleton, Smith, Shewmake, Doglio, Paul, Reeves, Stanford, Valdez, Leavitt, Macri, and Steele; by request of Office of the Governor
Expanding affordable, resilient broadband service to enable economic development, public safety, health care, and education in Washington's communities.
Creates the governor's statewide broadband office to encourage, foster, develop, and improve affordable, quality broadband in order to: (1) Drive job creation, promote innovation, improve economic vitality, and expand markets for businesses;(2) Serve the ongoing and growing needs of education, health care, and public safety systems, industries and business, governmental operations, and citizens; and(3) Improve broadband accessibility for unserved and underserved communities.Requires the public works board to establish a competitive grant and loan program to award funding to eligible applicants to promote the expansion of access to broadband service in unserved and underserved areas.Expands the purpose of the state universal communications services program to include the provision of all communications services, including voice and broadband services.Creates the statewide broadband account.Delays, until July 1, 2025, the expiration date for the state universal communications services program.
by Representatives Jenkin and Peterson
Concerning certain public facilities district's authorization to acquire, construct, own, remodel, maintain, equip, reequip, repair, finance, and operate one or more recreational facilities other than a ski area with voter approval.
Authorizes a public facilities district, created by a city or town that participated in the creation of an additional public facilities district, to acquire, construct, own, remodel, maintain, equip, reequip, repair, finance, and operate one or more recreational facilities, other than a ski area, after obtaining voter approval to fund each recreational facility.
by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Stanford, Valdez, Frame, Appleton, Senn, Tarleton, Ormsby, Kloba, Walen, Davis, and Macri
Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.
Allows a person convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana offense, who was at least twenty-one years old at the time of the offense, to apply to the sentencing court for a vacation of the applicant's record of conviction for the offense.
by Representatives Klippert, Goodman, Barkis, Lovick, and Irwin
Concerning a proactive policing grant program.
Requires the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs to develop and implement a proactive policing grant program to provide additional, nonsupplanted funding to law enforcement agencies to address the individual public safety needs of their community.
by Representatives Tarleton, Stokesbary, Sullivan, and Vick
Concerning the classification of heavy equipment rental property as inventory.
Provides a property tax exemption to heavy equipment rental property owned by a heavy equipment rental property dealer.
by Representatives Smith, Hudgins, and Stanford
Concerning registration and consumer protection obligations of data brokers.
Requires a data broker to, on or before January 31st following a year in which a business meets the definition of data broker: (1) Register with the chief privacy officer;(2) Pay a registration fee of two hundred fifty dollars to the chief privacy officer; and(3) Provide certain information to the chief privacy officer.
by Representatives Klippert and Goodman
Concerning impaired driving.
Modifies impaired driving provisions.
by Representatives Klippert, Kraft, and Appleton
Concerning confidential information of child victims of sexual assault.
Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Information revealing the contact information for, or the specific details that describe, an alleged or proven child victim of sexual assault under age eighteen.
by Representatives Hoff, Blake, Dye, Springer, Vick, and Appleton
Concerning urban growth areas.
Clarifies the circumstances when it is appropriate for cities to extend urban governmental services to rural areas.
by Representatives Walsh and Kraft
Promoting physical safety and security of school buildings, grounds, and surroundings through environmental design principles.
Requires each school district's board of directors to consider school building plans and designs that promote effective physical safety and security through natural surveillances, natural access controls, and territorial reinforcements, or other safety-focused environmental design elements, while maintaining functional and aesthetic qualities of school buildings, grounds, and surroundings.Requires the superintendent of public instruction, when conducting required studies and surveys for securing certain information, to include an assessment of the safety and security of school buildings, grounds, and surroundings through: (1) Natural surveillances and access controls; and(2) Territorial reinforcements.
by Representatives Mead, Eslick, Wylie, Orcutt, and Doglio
Concerning the distribution of connecting Washington funds to local and state transportation agencies.
Requires a certain net tax amount from the motor vehicle fund to be distributed to the transportation improvement board and the county road administration board.Requires the state treasurer to: (1) Distribute, from the motor vehicle fund, 8.511 million dollars per biennium to the freight mobility investment account;(2) Distribute the remainder to the connecting Washington account;(3) Transfer from the multimodal transportation account, 7.35 million dollars to the complete streets grant program account; and(4) Transfer from the multimodal transportation account, 8.511 million dollars to the freight mobility multimodal account.
by Representatives Shea and McCaslin
Establishing the new state of Liberty.
Establishes a separate and independent state from the eastern portions of Washington which is named, and known as, the state of Liberty.Takes effect immediately upon consent of the United States congress to the formation of a new state of Liberty in accordance with Article IV, section 3 of the United States Constitution.
by Representatives Shea, Riccelli, Walsh, Young, and McCaslin
Governing the use of narrow track vehicles.
Provides definitions for "narrow track vehicle" and "short narrow track vehicle," for purposes of Title 46 RCW (motor vehicles), and includes the terms in certain "rules of the road" provisions.
by Representative Klippert
Concerning firearm safety training requirements applicable to the sale or transfer of semiautomatic assault rifles.
Requires firearm safety training for firearms dealers to be provided by a business or organization that is licensed and insured, or bonded, to provide the training, and issues proof of training in the way of a certificate that states the student name, training date, and authorizing signature of the training provider.Provides an exemption to the firearm safety training requirement for sales or transfers of semiautomatic assault rifles to law enforcement officers or retired law enforcement officers who provide proof that they are or were employed as commissioned law enforcement officers of a federal, state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Conway, Fortunato, Palumbo, Hunt, and Van De Wege)
Allowing the legislative gift center to sell products produced by craft distillers and microbreweries.
Authorizes the legislative gift center to sell spirits and beer produced by a licensed craft distillery or a licensed microbrewery.Requires the gift center to consult with: (1) Interest groups representing craft distilleries to select which craft spirits will be sold; and(2) The Washington beer commission to select which microbrews will be sold.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senator Zeiger; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Modifying certain common school provisions.
Modifies high school civics course provisions.Revises the criteria for the second grade reading assessment.Requires the superintendent of public instruction to provide districts with funds to purchase assessment materials and professional learning for educators needed to implement the district's reading assessment system.
by Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Carlyle, Palumbo, McCoy, Pedersen, Wellman, Das, Rolfes, Frockt, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Nguyen, Keiser, Liias, Hunt, Saldaña, Darneille, and Billig; by request of Governor Inslee)
Supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.
Establishes the Washington clean energy transformation act to support the clean energy economy and to transition to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Conway, Wellman, Braun, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Takko, Das, and Frockt)
Requires the department of labor and industries, through the supervisor of apprenticeship, 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.Requires the office of financial management to work with a coordinator to do outreach and assist in establishing apprenticeship and training programs where they do not exist in state government.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to work with a coordinator to do outreach and assist in establishing apprenticeship and training programs where they do not exist in public education.Requires the department of health to work with a coordinator and health professional associations to do outreach and assist in establishing apprenticeship and training programs where they do not exist in the health care industry.Includes "hours of work and instruction as a registered apprentice" in the definition of "prior learning," for purposes of academic credit.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored 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 using a wheelchair 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 a vehicle using a wheelchair or mobility equipment.
by Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Kuderer, Das, Warnick, Nguyen, and Palumbo)
Creating a pilot program for certain cities to hire homeless persons for local beautification projects.
Requires the department of commerce to establish a pilot program for cities to provide job opportunities to, and hire homeless people for, local beautification projects.Requires the hired homeless people to be paid at least the local minimum wage and be connected with organizations that provide wraparound housing services.Provides a July 1, 2022, expiration date for the pilot program, and a July 1, 2023, expiration date for the act.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation (originally sponsored by Senators Darneille, Wellman, Kuderer, Randall, Palumbo, Das, Hasegawa, McCoy, Nguyen, Saldaña, and Wilson, C.)
Eliminating the use of the valid court order exception to place youth in detention for noncriminal behavior.
Finds that: (1) This state, more than any other state in the country, has been using the valid court order exception of the juvenile justice and delinquency prevention act, a loophole in federal law allowing judges to detain status offenders for disobeying court orders;(2) Use of the exception to detain youth for acts like truancy, breaking curfew, or running away from home is counterproductive;(3) These youth should not be confined with or treated with the same intervention as criminal offenders; and(4) Studies show a disproportionality in race, gender, and socioeconomic status of youth referred to courts or detained, or both.Strengthens and funds community-based programs that are culturally relevant and focuses on addressing disproportionality of youth of color, especially at-risk youth.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Hunt, Conway, Keiser, Dhingra, Saldaña, Kuderer, and Pedersen)
Extending collective bargaining rights to assistant attorneys general.
Grants the right to assistant attorneys general to collectively bargain unless otherwise excluded below.Excludes the following from collective bargaining: Division chiefs, deputy attorneys general, the solicitor general, special assistant attorneys general, certain confidential employees, and any assistant or deputy attorney general who reports directly to the attorney general.Requires the governor or designee and an exclusive bargaining representative to negotiate one master collective bargaining agreement for assistant attorneys general.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Palumbo, Rolfes, Frockt, McCoy, Wellman, Liias, Pedersen, Darneille, Dhingra, Van De Wege, Hunt, Wilson, C., Keiser, and Kuderer; by request of Office of the Governor)
Establishing a statewide free college program by changing the state need grant to the Washington college promise scholarship.
Creates the Washington college promise scholarship program to: (1) Replace the state need grant program; and(2) Provide a statewide free college program for eligible participants and greater access to postsecondary education for state residents.Requires the office of student financial assistance to: (1) Implement and administer the program;(2) Establish rules for implementation of the program; and(3) Award Washington college promise scholarships to eligible students beginning in academic year 2021-2022.Requires the legislature to appropriate funding for the program.Requires the caseload forecast council to estimate the anticipated caseload of the program and submit the caseload forecast.Repeals certain statutes in chapter 28B.92 RCW regarding the state need grant program.Repeals chapter 28B.119 RCW (the Washington promise scholarship program).
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation (originally sponsored by Senators Wilson, C., Nguyen, Das, Darneille, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Providing postsecondary education opportunities to enhance public safety.
Authorizes postsecondary education degree opportunities and training of incarcerated adults through the community and technical colleges and the department of corrections.Supports the use of secure internet connections expressly for furthering postsecondary education degree opportunities and training of incarcerated adults.Requires the department of corrections, the state board for community and technical colleges, and the office of the chief information officer to submit a report to the governor and the appropriate legislative committees by outlining a plan for implementing secure internet connections.Prohibits the department from implementing or using a new secure internet connection for offender postsecondary education until the legislature reviews the report mentioned above.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, King, Liias, Wellman, Saldaña, Conway, Hunt, and Wilson, C.; by request of Employment Security Department)
Concerning paid family and medical leave.
Modifies and reorganizes certain statutes in the family and medical leave program.
by Senators Hobbs, King, and Fortunato
Addressing the use of local stormwater charges paid by the department of transportation.
Requires the local government utility to: (1) In coordination with the department of transportation, develop a plan for the expenditure of the local stormwater charges for that calendar year; and(2) Provide a progress report on the use of charges assessed for the prior year.Prohibits charges to be paid until the plan and report have been submitted to the department of transportation.
by Senators Hobbs, King, and Sheldon
Concerning parking at rest areas.
Changes the amount of time, from eight hours to four hours, in which vehicles, trailers, campers, and motorcycles may camp or maintain a camp, tent, or other sleeping accommodation or facility, in a safety rest area.Requires the department of transportation to designate zones within a safety rest area with shorter parking time limits for maximum efficiency and safety.Permits commercial vehicles to park up to an hour beyond federally mandated rest periods.Prohibits a person from engaging in solicitation.Requires the Washington state patrol to enforce this act to the maximum extent practicable.
by Senators Keiser and Conway; by request of Attorney General
Amending the application of the occupational disease presumption for cancer for Hanford site workers.
Addresses the state industrial insurance act and the presumption established for cancer that applies to a United States department of energy Hanford site worker that was not given a qualifying medical examination because the examination was not required.
by Senators Fortunato, Darneille, Saldaña, Pedersen, King, Sheldon, Hobbs, Dhingra, Holy, and Wilson, L.; by request of Washington State Patrol
Clarifying background check requirements for an application for a concealed pistol license.
Requires a background check for an original concealed pistol license to be conducted through the Washington state patrol criminal identification section and include a national check from the federal bureau of investigation through the submission of fingerprints.
by Senators Zeiger, Hunt, and Kuderer; by request of Secretary of State
Concerning names used by candidates in elections.
Requires a candidate, when filing for office, to use the name appearing on his or her voter registration.Prohibits the use of a last name or surname that is different from the last name or surname that appears on the candidate's voter registration.