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 House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Macri, Harris, Cody, MacEwen, Pollet, DeBolt, Springer, Kretz, Appleton, Caldier, Slatter, Vick, Stanford, Fitzgibbon, Riccelli, Robinson, Kloba, Valdez, Ryu, Tharinger, Jinkins, Wylie, Goodman, Bergquist, Doglio, Chambers, Senn, Ortiz-Self, Stonier, Frame, Ormsby, and Reeves)
Allowing certain adult family homes to increase capacity to eight beds.
Authorizes an adult family home to provide services to up to eight adults upon approval from the department of social and health services.Requires an applicant requesting to increase bed capacity to seven or eight beds to successfully demonstrate the following to the department: (1) Financial solvency and management experience for the home under its ownership;(2) The ability to meet other relevant safety, health, and operating standards pertaining to the operation of an eight-bed home, including the ability to meet the needs of all current and prospective residents; and(3) How to mitigate the potential impact of vehicular traffic related to the operation of the home.Requires the department to charge a nonrefundable fee to the licensee who is requesting to increase bed capacity at an adult family home to seven or eight beds, or in the event of a change in ownership of the adult family home.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Jinkins, Riccelli, Wylie, Ormsby, Tharinger, Macri, Robinson, Slatter, Kloba, Valdez, Appleton, Doglio, Pollet, Stanford, Frame, Reeves, and Bergquist; by request of Insurance Commissioner)
Protecting consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services.
Establishes the balance billing protection act.Finds that consumers receive surprise bills or balance bills for services provided at out-of-network facilities or by out-of-network health care providers at in-network facilities.Declares an intent to: (1) Ban balance billing of consumers enrolled in fully insured, regulated insurance plans and plans offered to public employees under state health care authority provisions for certain services;(2) Provide self-funded group health plans with an option to elect to be subject to the provisions of this act;(3) Remove consumers from balance billing disputes and require that out-of-network providers and carriers negotiate out-of-network payments in good faith under the terms of this act; and(4) Provide an environment that encourages self-funded groups to negotiate out-of-network payments in good faith with providers and facilities in return for balance billing protections.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Dolan and Jinkins; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Modifying certain common school provisions.
Revises criteria for the second grade reading assessment with regard to: (1) Comprehension skills of students at the beginning of second grade; and(2) Reading passages used in the assessment meeting specific criteria and being administered according to the publisher's guidelines.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.Authorizes the superintendent to provide an estimated per-pupil cost for assessments aligned to the state learning standards.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Kilduff, Klippert, Pettigrew, Appleton, and Santos)
Concerning photographs, microphotographs, and electronic images from traffic safety cameras and toll systems.
Revises traffic safety cameras and photo toll systems provisions relating to photographs, microphotographs, digital photographs, videotape, electronic images, recorded images, civil penalties, and notices of infraction.
by Representatives Stonier, Sells, Appleton, Doglio, Ortiz-Self, Jinkins, Valdez, Hudgins, Pollet, Stanford, and Macri
Creating the universal worker protections act.
Establishes the universal worker protections act and addresses the following: The employee fair classification act; prevailing wages; wage deductions; the wage payment act; the minimum wage act; unemployment insurance; industrial insurance; and wage boards for setting wages, rates, and working standards for specific industries.
by Representatives Reeves, Walen, Jinkins, Appleton, Ryu, Morgan, Orwall, Ortiz-Self, Hudgins, and Ormsby
Concerning consumer debt.
Modifies provisions relating to consumer debt.
by Representatives Senn, Entenman, Morgan, Kilduff, Macri, Gregerson, Valdez, Chapman, Wylie, Peterson, Doglio, Tharinger, Bergquist, Robinson, Ortiz-Self, Goodman, Lovick, Jinkins, Leavitt, Hudgins, Pettigrew, Slatter, Appleton, Stanford, Davis, Frame, Pollet, Fey, and Tarleton
Revising economic assistance programs by updating standards of need, revising outcome measures and data collected, and reducing barriers to participation.
Revises provisions relating to the temporary assistance for needy families program, the pregnant women assistance program, and state family assistance.Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Submit to the office of financial management, the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force, and the legislature, a revised comprehensive study of living costs, that must include recommendations for temporary assistance for needy families grant standards as a percentage of need;(2) Every four years, adjust the estimated base costs to a consumer for household budget items used in the study, in addition to annual adjustments for inflation;(3) Every ten years, submit a redesigned and updated comprehensive study to the office of financial management, the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force, and the legislature; and(4) When completing each ten-year redesign, adjust study parameters, including cost categories and geographic boundaries, as necessary.Prohibits the department from requiring an applicant for temporary assistance for needy families to attend a WorkFirst orientation as a condition of eligibility.
by Representatives Stonier, Harris, Appleton, and Jinkins; by request of Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss
Changing the Washington state center for childhood deafness and hearing loss to the Washington center for deaf and hard of hearing youth.
Changes the name of the Washington state center for childhood deafness and hearing loss to the Washington center for deaf and hard of hearing youth.Changes the name of the center for childhood deafness and hearing loss account to the Washington center for deaf and hard of hearing youth account.
by Representatives Dent, Peterson, Griffey, Caldier, Goodman, Volz, Stanford, Lovick, Reeves, Klippert, Frame, Schmick, Harris, Appleton, Kretz, DeBolt, Cody, Macri, Orwall, Shea, Blake, Kloba, Doglio, Ortiz-Self, Eslick, Jinkins, Van Werven, Fey, Ormsby, Callan, Bergquist, Tarleton, and Leavitt
Requiring traumatic brain injury screenings for children entering the foster care system.
Requires a child entering the foster care system to have a screening for identification of a traumatic brain injury.Includes the following in the comprehensive plan for evaluating and identifying children and youth in need of assistance of long-term care, of the secretary of the department of children, youth, and families: Individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, medical fragility, serious emotional or behavioral disabilities, and physical impairments.
by Representatives Dye, Hudgins, Mosbrucker, Smith, Tarleton, Eslick, Appleton, Doglio, and Frame
Concerning the authority of the community economic revitalization board with respect to loans and grants to political subdivisions and federally recognized Indian tribes for broadband.
Authorizes the community economic revitalization board to make broadband loans and grants to local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for financing the cost to build infrastructure to provide high-speed, open-access broadband service for economic or community development.Requires a responsible local government official or a federally recognized Indian tribe to: (1) Be present during board deliberations and provide requested information; and(2) Demonstrate to the board that no other timely source of funding is available to it at costs reasonably similar to financing available from the board.
by Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Takko and Rivers)
Concerning fire service mobilization.
Repeals section 5, chapter 181, Laws of 2015, which is a July 1, 2019, expiration date for certain state fire service mobilization laws.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban and Wagoner)
Concerning veteran diversion from involuntary commitment through increased coordination between the veterans administration and the health care authority.
Requires an evaluation and treatment facility to inquire as to a person's veteran status or eligibility for veterans benefits and, if the person appears to be potentially eligible for the benefits, whether the person would be amenable to treatment by the veterans health administration compared to other relevant treatment options.If he or she is amenable, the designated crisis responder shall first refer the person to the veterans health administration for mental health or substance use disorder treatment at a facility capable of meeting his or her needs including the involuntary treatment options available at the Seattle division of the VA Puget Sound health care system.
by Senators Rivers, Warnick, Wilson, L., Padden, Zeiger, Palumbo, and Kuderer
Creating a special license plate to support the maintenance and improvements of Washington state parks.
Creates Washington state parks-Sasquatch special license plates to provide support for the maintenance and improvements of the state parks.
by Senators Rivers, Salomon, Frockt, Wilson, C., Carlyle, Billig, Wellman, Zeiger, Warnick, Palumbo, Pedersen, Van De Wege, Hasegawa, Holy, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, and O'Ban
Concerning Holocaust education.
Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to partner with nonprofit organizations that teach lessons of the Holocaust and support and train teachers in instructing the lessons of the Holocaust or other acts of genocide to: (1) Develop best practices and curricula for high quality instruction, where the curricula is of various lengths and complexities;(2) Encourage and support middle school, junior high school, and high school teachers in implementing these best practices and curricula; and(3) Collect feedback from the nonprofit organizations about: (a) How the best practices and curricula are being implemented statewide and if they should be modified; (b) the number of teachers in the past two years; and (c) whether the curricula should be required in public schools, and if so, in which grades.Requires middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools that offer curriculum instruction to use the curricula and follow the best practices.
by Senators Rivers, Schoesler, Becker, Brown, Short, Warnick, Wilson, L., and Fortunato
Concerning the authority of counties to vacate a county road that abuts on a body of water if the county road is hazardous or creates a significant risk to public safety.
Authorizes a county to vacate a county road that abuts on a body of salt or freshwater if, for the protection of public safety, the road ends on private property and part of the property provides access to a mainline railroad bridge creating a public safety hazard.
by Senators Rivers, Wagoner, Warnick, Becker, Short, Hawkins, Fortunato, Palumbo, and O'Ban
Harming police animals.
Finds a person guilty of harming a police dog, accelerant detection dog, or police horse, which is a class B felony, if the person kills the dog or horse.
by Senators Rivers, Palumbo, Randall, and Wellman
Designating Sasquatch the official cryptid or crypto-animal of Washington.
Designates the species of cryptid commonly called "Sasquatch" or "Bigfoot" or "Forest Yeti" as the official cryptid of the state.
by Senators Rivers, Cleveland, Keiser, Saldaña, and Kuderer
Manicuring for diabetics.
Requires the director of the department of licensing, in consultation with the cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, and manicuring advisory board, to develop training for manicurists regarding the risks associated with performing manicure services for diabetics.Requires a manicurist, before engaging in the manicure for a client, to ask the client if he or she is diabetic.