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 Fey, Barkis, Irwin, Dent, Young, Mead, Chambers, Stanford, Ryu, Caldier, Springer, Walsh, Kloba, Kirby, Wylie, Griffey, Stokesbary, Vick, Appleton, Lovick, Ortiz-Self, Schmick, Steele, Dye, Doglio, Goodman, and Santos
Making adjustments to the service and filing fees for vehicle subagents and county auditors.
Doubles the cost of service fees for changes in a certificate of title, changes in ownership for nontitled vehicles, verification of record and preparation of an affidavit of lost title, a registration renewal, and issuing a transit permit.Increases the filing fee for a vehicle registration, any other right to operate a vehicle on the state highways, and a certificate of title.
by Representatives Griffey, MacEwen, and Barkis
Promoting affordable housing in unincorporated areas of rural counties within urban growth areas.
Prohibits an application from being approved for a residential targeted area in a rural county on or after January 1, 2025.
by Representatives Reeves, Sullivan, Springer, Senn, Frame, Fey, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, and Goodman
Enhancing educational opportunities for vulnerable children and youth using funding distributed from the Puget Sound taxpayer accountability account.
Authorizes counties to: (1) Pledge and use distributions from the Puget Sound taxpayer accountability account to pay debt service on county bonds if the proceeds from the bonds are used for facilities or program costs for children and youth that are low-income, homeless, in foster care, or other vulnerable populations; and(2) Use distributions from the account to start endowments to provide support for improving educational outcomes in early learning, K-12, and higher education.
by Representatives Pettigrew and Appleton
Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.
Finds an employee of a retail outlet guilty of a gross misdemeanor if he or she sells marijuana products to a person under the age of twenty-one years in the course of his or her employment.Permits the prosecution of the employee if he or she sells or otherwise provides marijuana products to a person under the age of twenty-one outside of the course of his or her employment.Prohibits a licensed marijuana retailer or employee of a retail outlet to allow a person under the age of twenty-one years to enter or remain on the premises of the retail outlet.
by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Pettigrew, Macri, Valdez, Fey, Cody, Senn, Springer, Pollet, and Tarleton
Establishing additional uses for automated traffic safety cameras for traffic congestion reduction and increased safety.
Allows automated traffic safety cameras to be used to detect the following: Stoplight violations; railroad crossing violations; stopping when traffic obstructed violations; stopping at intersection or crosswalk violations; public transportation only lane violations; stopping, standing, or parking violations at locations restricted for emergency response vehicle entry or exit or the boarding or disembarking of public transportation vehicles, including public ferries.Specifies that a public transportation vehicle is any motor vehicle, streetcar, train, trolley vehicle, ferry boat, or other device, vessel, or vehicle owned or operated by a transit authority that is used for carrying passengers and that operates on established routes.
by Representatives Stanford, MacEwen, Blake, Vick, Kirby, Young, Reeves, and Appleton
Concerning agreements between licensed marijuana businesses and other people and businesses, including royalty and licensing agreements relating to the use of intellectual property.
Authorizes a licensed marijuana business to enter into an agreement with a person, business, or other entity for goods or services registered as a trademark under federal law or other state or international trademark law.Provides information on what may be included in an agreement entered into by the marijuana business.
by Representatives Mead, Fitzgibbon, Lovick, Stanford, Doglio, Tharinger, Goodman, and Pollet
Ensuring the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the state's recycling system within the existing regulatory structure.
Declares that it is the state's goal to: Emphasize sustainable recycling practices; reduce contamination and increase the quality of recyclables; prioritize real recycling over arbitrary diversion goals and recycling rates; and ensure the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of recycling.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) Convene a stakeholder work group;(2) Conduct a statewide, coordinated public outreach and education campaign for sustainable recycling practices based on recommendations from the work group;(3) Adopt a rule establishing a process and criteria by which cities and counties may designate materials acceptable for collection in commingled recycling systems; and(4) Develop a process to keep track of and provide for the transparent management and disposal of collected recyclable materials.Provides for termination and repeal, under the sunset act, of the changes to solid waste management requirements under chapters 35.21, 35A.21, 36.58, 70.95, and 81.80 RCW as established in this act.
by Representatives Doglio, Fitzgibbon, Shewmake, Peterson, Lekanoff, Pettigrew, Goodman, Walen, Slatter, Appleton, Macri, and Tarleton
Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience.
Authorizes the establishment of a commercial property assessed clean energy and resiliency (C-PACER) program that jurisdictions can voluntarily implement to ensure that free and willing owners of agricultural, commercial, and industrial properties and multifamily residential properties with five or more dwelling units can obtain low-cost, long-term financing for qualifying improvements, including energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, and resiliency projects.Requires the department of commerce to: (1) Establish a voluntary statewide C-PACER program to administer the approval and municipal recordation of qualified improvements; and(2) Allocate appropriated funds to cover start-up costs associated with the voluntary statewide program over the course of the first twenty-four months following the designation of a contracted program administrator.Allows the department to establish a loan loss reserve or credit enhancement program to support financing of qualified projects if the agency determines that a credit enhancement program is appropriate.
by Representatives Gregerson, Barkis, Ryu, Peterson, Orwall, Stokesbary, Doglio, Macri, Davis, Jinkins, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Young, Frame, and Goodman
Concerning local governments planning and zoning for accessory dwelling units.
Promotes and encourages the creation of accessory dwelling units as a means to address the need for additional affordable housing options and encourages local governments to increase the availability of affordable housing by subsidizing accessory dwelling units with local sales tax revenue.Requires the state building code council to adopt rules pertaining to accessory dwelling units that are consistent with the definitions and standards in this act.Requires cities and counties to adopt ordinances, development regulations, and other official controls regarding the minimum gross floor area of accessory dwelling units.Prohibits the local ordinance by which impact fees are imposed from establishing an impact fee amount for accessory dwelling units that is greater than fifty percent of the amount set for single-family residences.
by Representatives Ryu, Mosbrucker, Stanford, and Pollet
Concerning short-term rentals.
Requires a short-term rental operator to: (1) Obtain a business license from the department of revenue; and(2) Maintain liability insurance to cover a short-term rental unit in the aggregate of not less than one million dollars.Prohibits a short-term rental operator from: (1) Engaging in the business of providing a short-term rental unit unless the operator is in compliance with the requirements of this act and applicable local codes; and(2) Advertising short-term rental units that are not licensed or violate prohibitions or restrictions on the rentals.
by Representatives Hoff, Wylie, Corry, Sutherland, Vick, Paul, Smith, and Goodman
Developing a short form for death certificates.
Requires the department of health to establish rules regarding the content and release of an abbreviated death certificate that may be requested from a state or local registrar, and must include identifying information and information related to the fact of death, but does not include: Information related to the cause of death; social security numbers; or names of the parents.Requires paper and online forms for requesting the release of an abbreviated death certificate to include a notice stating that the certificate might not contain sufficient information for all purposes.
by Representatives Orcutt, Chapman, DeBolt, Blake, Walsh, and Van Werven
Allowing a local sales and use tax as a credit against the state sales tax for rural high-speed internet infrastructure without increasing the total sales and use tax rate.
States that, without increasing the total sales and use tax rate, this act allows a local sales and use tax as a credit against the state sales tax for rural high-speed internet infrastructure.
by Representatives Orcutt and DeBolt
Entering abandoned cemeteries for authorized purposes.
Permits entry into an abandoned cemetery for burials, care and maintenance activities, and visitation of graves.Allows the department of archaeology and historic preservation to grant authority to maintain and protect an abandoned cemetery upon application made by certain state or local governmental organizations, such as cities or counties, or by certain preservation organizations.
by Representative Orcutt
Concerning cemetery district withdrawal of territory.
Modifies provisions regarding the withdrawal of territory from a cemetery district.
by Representatives Orcutt and Santos
Increasing the number of school districts that may be authorized to reduce the minimum number of required school days in a school year.
Authorizes the superintendent of public instruction to grant waivers to fifteen or fewer school districts with student populations of less than five hundred students, with two of those fifteen waivers to be reserved for districts with student populations of less than one hundred fifty students.
by Representatives Orcutt, Appleton, Caldier, and Sutherland
Allowing an additional property tax exemption for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities leasing land in a mobile home park or manufactured housing community.
Provides eligibility for an additional property tax exemption, if a tenant owns a mobile or manufactured home and qualifies for the exemption under RCW 84.36.381.
by Representatives Orcutt and Pollet
Providing rental assistance to mobile home park tenants.
Creates a mobile home/manufactured housing rental assistance program, that will be administered by the department of commerce, to assist low-income tenants of mobile homes or manufactured housing to maintain an affordable level of rental payments for a mobile home lot.Authorizes the department to give a tenant monetary rental assistance on a monthly basis for assisting the tenant in the payment of rent for a mobile home lot.Entitles a tenant, once he or she is approved for monetary rental assistance, to receive the assistance for one year.Makes an appropriation from the general fund to the department of commerce for the purposes of this act.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Representative Orcutt
Concerning the valuation of vehicles in private sales for purposes of use taxation.
States that bicycles are not considered vehicles for purposes of use taxes.Requires use taxes to be collected when a vehicle sale is between two private individuals.
by Representative Orcutt
Extending the tax preference for investment projects in distressed counties and community empowerment zones.
Changes the July 1, 2020, expiration date to July 1, 2030, for the tax preference for investment projects in distressed counties and community empowerment zones.
by Representative Orcutt
Making the nonprofit and library fund-raising exemption permanent.
Deletes the July 1, 2020, expiration date for the use tax exemption on nonprofit and library fund-raising.
by Representatives Orcutt and Caldier
Requiring the beneficiaries of the Alaskan Way viaduct project to pay for cost overruns from the project.
Addresses the payment for cost overruns from the Alaskan Way viaduct project.
by Representatives Schmick and Tharinger
Concerning rural health payment changes by the health care authority.
Requires the state health care authority to take advantage of federal opportunities to transform care delivery and enhance the financial viability of rural facilities and providers through improved systems of medicare and medicaid payment.
by Representatives Kilduff, Harris, Orwall, Eslick, Callan, Jinkins, Appleton, Caldier, Frame, Doglio, Goodman, Pollet, Morgan, and Tarleton
Concerning coverage for hearing instruments for children.
Requires a health carrier that offers a health plan issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, to include coverage for hearing instruments for people who are eighteen years of age or younger, which includes a new hearing instrument every five years.
by Representatives Reeves, Leavitt, Kilduff, Appleton, Lovick, and Stanford
Concerning military spouses.
Establishes the military spouse equal economic opportunity act.Includes military spouse status as a protected class under the law against discrimination.Requires state agencies to waive licensing fees and expedite certain business and professional licenses for a military spouse.Addresses state hiring preferences, business and occupation tax credits, and existing employment initiatives, with regard to military spouses.Requires the department of commerce to convene a work group to develop recommendations on best practices for collecting demographic data on military families receiving services, support, assistance, and benefits from state agencies.Requires the office of financial management and the employment security department to develop a report on military spouses who reside in the state, and working-age military spouses residing in the state, as applicable, and issue the report to the joint committee on veterans' and military affairs.Requires the office of minority and women's business enterprises to design and implement a two-year pilot program to conduct outreach to military spouses who are women and minority business owners, for providing support and technical assistance to those business owners.Provides a December 31, 2023, expiration date of the pilot program.
by Representatives Sullivan, Santos, Ortiz-Self, and Ormsby
Incorporating the costs of employee health benefits into school district contracts for pupil transportation.
Requires a pupil transportation services contract to include: (1) Sufficient funds specifically for the contracting employer to provide the employees of the contractor with an employer health benefits contribution equal to the monthly school employer funding rate for the school employees' benefits board program, less the retiree remittance for the public employees' benefits board; and(2) An amount equivalent to the total employer and employee contribution rate to the school employees' retirement system, multiplied by the estimated salaries of the employees of the contractor.
by Representative Orwall
Concerning the involuntary treatment act.
Revises the involuntary treatment act.
by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Chandler, Thai, Lekanoff, Ryu, Valdez, Pettigrew, Stonier, Gregerson, Wylie, Ormsby, Goodman, Pollet, Doglio, Peterson, Morris, Riccelli, Fey, Appleton, Frame, Jinkins, Davis, Walen, Orwall, Stanford, Dolan, Hudgins, Santos, Springer, Macri, and Morgan
Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace.
Creates a keep Washington working statewide work group.Requires the attorney general, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, to publish model policies for limiting immigration enforcement at public schools, health facilities, courthouses, and shelters, so they remain safe and accessible to all residents, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.Provides a list of state agencies that are required to review their confidentiality policies and identify any changes necessary to ensure that information collected from individuals is limited to that necessary to perform agency duties and not used or disclosed otherwise.Prohibits state agencies, state departments, and law enforcement from cooperating with or assisting in an investigation or enforcement of a federal registration or surveillance program that targets residents on the basis of race, religion, immigration or citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin.
by Representatives Dent, Peterson, Dye, Orcutt, Klippert, Caldier, Sutherland, and McCaslin
Making permanent the tax preferences for aircraft owned by nonprofit organizations to provide emergency medical transportation services.
Exempts certain aircraft from aircraft excise taxes, which are aircraft: (1) Owned by a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxation under Title 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code; and(2) Exclusively used to provide emergency medical transportation services.
by Representatives Sells, Chapman, Gregerson, Ormsby, and Morgan
Ensuring for a skilled and trained workforce in high hazard facilities.
Requires the department of labor and industries, in consultation with the Washington state apprenticeship and training council, to approve a curriculum of in-person classroom and laboratory instruction for approved advanced safety training for workers at high hazard facilities.Authorizes the training to be provided by a registered apprenticeship program approved by the department's supervisor of apprenticeship.Requires the supervisor, in coordination with the assistant director for the department's division of occupational safety and health, to periodically review and revise the curriculum to reflect current best practices.
by Representatives Appleton, Dolan, and Lovick
Requiring individual metering of households for water and sewer charges based on the actual water use of the household.
Requires owners, landlords, and property managers of multiunit buildings, condominium buildings, mobile home parks, manufactured housing communities, and manufactured/mobile home communities that charge individual dwelling or rental units for water and sewer utilities to provide submetering or direct metering of each dwelling or rental unit of the property.
by Senators Fortunato, Schoesler, Becker, and Padden; by request of Secretary of State
Concerning new counties.
Establishes procedures for the formation of new counties or consolidation of existing counties and provides for an equitable apportionment of the debts, liabilities, and assets of the parent county or counties between the new county and the remaining portion or portions of each parent county.
by Senators Rolfes, Hunt, and Wilson, C.
Creating a mobile home lot rent increase mediation process.
Creates a mediation process for an increase to the lot rent in a mobile home park.
by Senators Hasegawa, Conway, and O'Ban
Concerning state contracts with veteran-owned businesses.
Encourages state agencies to award three percent of all public works and procurement of goods and services to veteran-owned businesses certified by the department of veterans affairs.
by Senators Wagoner, Takko, and Honeyford
Concerning collector truck operators.
Provides a definition for "collector truck" which is a vehicle that: (1) Has current registration;(2) Is older than thirty years old;(3) Meets a certain weight criteria;(4) Is capable of safely operating on the highway; and(5) Is used for occasional use to and from truck conventions, auto shows, circuses, parades, displays, special excursions, and antique vehicle club meetings.Exempts a collector truck operator from: (1) Commercial driver's license requirements if he or she is using the vehicle in accordance with the information above; and(2) Medical examination and certification requirements of RCW 46.25.055.
by Senators Randall, Cleveland, Becker, Keiser, and Wilson, C.; by request of Washington State Medical Commission
Changing the name of the medical quality assurance commission to the Washington medical commission.
Changes the name of the medical quality assurance commission to the Washington medical commission.
by Senators Kuderer, Warnick, King, Fortunato, Walsh, Keiser, and Hobbs
Creating a new exclusion from mandatory industrial insurance coverage for persons transporting freight.
Specifies that, for industrial insurance coverage, a freight broker or freight forwarder that enters into an agreement with a licensed common or contract carrier for the transportation of freight on behalf of the broker or forwarder is not the employer of the common or contract carrier with which it contracts or the drivers engaged by the common or contract carrier to operate commercial vehicles owned or operated by the common or contract carrier.
by Senators Conway, King, Keiser, and Kuderer
Addressing the methodology for establishing the prevailing rate of wages for the construction of affordable housing, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and low-income weatherization and home rehabilitation public works.
Requires an industrial statistician to: (1) Establish the prevailing rate of wage for residential construction by conducting wage and hour surveys; and(2) Employ other appropriate methods to establish the prevailing rate of wage, if he or she determines that information received from the survey is insufficient to determine the rate for the construction trade.
by Senators Conway, Braun, and Sheldon; by request of State Board of Accountancy
Concerning public accounting services.
Revises the public accountancy act regarding certain entities that perform or offer to perform attest or compilation services.
by Senators Rivers, Palumbo, Conway, Cleveland, and Pedersen
Protecting consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices when acquiring a dog or cat through a lease or other contract.
Finds the following void and unenforceable: A contract offered or entered into to transfer ownership of a dog or cat in which ownership is contingent upon making payments over a period of time subsequent to the transfer of possession of the dog or cat, or that provides for or offers the option of transferring ownership of the dog or cat at the end of a lease term.
by Senators Palumbo and Liias
Concerning minimum urban density requirements in growth management act cities and counties.
Requires cities and counties to implement certain requirements for types of housing in areas designated for residential use and located within one-quarter mile of a school, park, rail station, hospital, community center, or area designated for commercial or mixed use or multifamily housing.Establishes a state grant program for local planning costs associated with meeting the requirements of this act and other state land use and planning requirements.Requires urban growth areas to permit urban densities of no less than six dwelling units per acre in areas designated for residential use.Requires the county auditor to charge a surcharge for each document recorded.Requires the state's portion of the surcharge to be deposited in the growth management planning and environmental review fund which may only be expended for purposes of the grant program.
by Senators Palumbo, Kuderer, and Wilson, C.
Increasing the penalties for failing to stop for a school bus displaying red flashing lights.
Increases the penalties for failing to stop for a school bus displaying red flashing lights.
by Senators O'Ban, Conway, Wilson, C., and Wilson, L.
Allowing nonresident children from military families to enroll in Washington's public schools prior to arrival in the state.
States that a child of a military family complies with the residency requirements for enrollment in a school district if his or her parent is transferred to, or is pending transfer to, a military installation within the state while on active duty.Requires the parent to provide to the school district proof of residence in the district within fourteen days of the arrival date.
by Senators O'Ban and Conway
Increasing employment opportunities for spouses of military members.
Requires the department of veterans affairs, employment security department, and department of commerce to consult local chambers of commerce, associate development organizations, and businesses to initiate a demonstration campaign to increase military spouse employment.Requires the office of financial management to: (1) Develop a military spouse recruitment program that targets military spouses and gives them credit for their knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities;(2) In developing the program, consult with the department of enterprise services, the department of veteran affairs, the state military transition council, the veterans employee resource group, the employment security department, and other interested stakeholders.Requires certain state agencies to submit a specific report to the human resources director.
by Senators Wilson, C. and Keiser
Concerning regionalization factors used for Federal Way school district compensation.
Modifies the regionalization factors used for compensation of the Federal Way school district in the 2017-2019 operating budget.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, King, Mullet, Braun, Palumbo, Saldaña, Keiser, and O'Ban)
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution concerning the public works assistance account.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution regarding deposits into, and withdrawals and appropriations from, the public works assistance account.