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=2006.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Hunt, DeBolt, Williams, and Alexander)
Expanding eligibility for urban industrial land banks.
Amends RCW 36.70A.367 relating to urban industrial land banks.Expands the number of counties authorized to create an urban industrial land bank by allowing such land banks in counties that are: (1) Adjacent to a major railroad connection; and(2) In close proximity to an interstate freeway.Provides that the deadline for eligible counties to engage in the urban industrial land bank planning process is extended from December 31, 2007 until December 31, 2014.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Appleton, Woods, Sells, Eickmeyer, Flannigan, Strow, B. Sullivan, Priest, Jarrett, Chase, and Moeller)
Modifying residential density requirements in fully incorporated island cities.
Recognizes that cities coterminous with, and comprised solely of, an island in qualifying counties have unique and valuable qualities that must be preserved. Recognizing the importance of preserving these qualities, as well as the continual changes that accompany population growth, the legislature finds that these island cities must have the authority to determine the residential densities, within the confines of properly accommodating growth, that are best suited to retain the agricultural, rural, residential, and historic character enjoyed by the residents.Declares that the legislature does not intend for the provisions of this act to affirm, nullify, or otherwise affect decisions by growth management hearings boards or courts pertaining to required minimum densities in urban growth areas.
by House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody and Morrell; by request of Insurance Commissioner)
Regulating retainer health care practices.
Provides that a retainer health care practice may not accept periodic payment for health care services to retainer subscribers.Authorizes a retainer practice to charge a retainer fee as consideration for being available to provide and providing primary care services to a retainer subscriber during a specified service period if the retainer health care practice deposits the fee in one or more identifiable trust accounts and distributes the fee to the retainer practice at the end of the specified service period.Requires every retainer health care practice to maintain the following records for a period of five years, and upon request must make the following records available to the commissioner for review: (1) Forms of contracts between the retainer practice and retainer subscribers;(2) Documents relating to the creation and maintenance of any retainer fee trust accounts;(3) All advertising relating to the retainer practice and its services; and(4) All records relating to retainer fees received by the retainer health care practice.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Campbell, Morrell, McCune, McCoy, Appleton, Talcott, Linville, Conway, Sump, Springer, Green, Ericks, Dunn, and Sells)
Modifying property tax exemptions for persons with disabilities related to the performance of military duties.
Revises property tax exemptions for persons with disabilities related to the performance of military duties.
by House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Green, Morrell, Cody, Schual-Berke, Clibborn, and Conway; by request of Insurance Commissioner)
Requiring health carriers to report certain information.
Requires health carriers to report certain information.Declares it is the intent of this act to provide a method of reporting certain financial data in a user friendly format. It is also the intent of this act, to the extent possible, to utilize existing information from the annual statements when developing the additional or supplemental data statement required by this act, and to the extent possible, avoid imposing additional reporting requirements that have the unintended consequences of unduly increasing administrative costs for carriers required to file such information.
by House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Schual-Berke and Morrell)
Revising provisions addressing access to individual health insurance coverage.
Revises provisions addressing access to individual health insurance coverage.
by House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilmer, Haler, Wallace, Strow, Clibborn, Morrell, McCoy, Appleton, Ericks, Linville, Simpson, Green, and Springer)
Modifying the worker training business and occupation tax credit.
Revises the worker training business and occupation tax credit.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Morrell, Cody, Conway, Blake, Eickmeyer, Wallace, Flannigan, Roberts, and Hasegawa)
Collecting health care services debt under the homestead exemption.
Provides that, where the homestead is subject to execution, attachment, or seizure by or under any legal process whatever to satisfy a judgment in favor of any judgment creditor to pay for health care services, as defined in RCW 48.43.005, in which event the dollar limit on the value of the exemption shall be: (1) The sum of one hundred thousand dollars in the case of lands, mobile home, and improvements, or(2) The sum of fifty thousand dollars in the case of other personal property described in RCW 6.13.010.Provides that, on July 1st of each year, beginning on July 1, 2007, the administrator for the courts shall adjust the dollar limit on the exemption specified in this act by a rate of five percent over the previous year's exemption limit and shall publish the adjusted figure in the Washington state register.
by House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Morrell, Clibborn, Green, Flannigan, Eickmeyer, Conway, Dickerson, Blake, Cody, Wallace, Roberts, Appleton, Hasegawa, McCoy, Linville, Simpson, Chase, Darneille, O'Brien, Murray, B. Sullivan, Ormsby, Springer, Moeller, and Kagi)
Establishing the small employer health insurance partnership program.
Declares an intent through establishment of a small employer health insurance partnership program, to remove economic barriers to health insurance coverage for low-wage employees of small employers by building on the private sector health benefit plan system and encouraging employer and employee participation in employer-sponsored health benefit plan coverage.Provides that, to the extent funding is appropriated in the operating budget for this purpose, the small employer health insurance partnership program is established.Provides that, beginning July 1, 2007, the administrator shall accept applications from eligible employees, on behalf of themselves, their spouses, and their dependent children, to receive premium subsidies through the small employer health insurance partnership program.Requires the administrator to report biennially to the relevant policy and fiscal committees of the legislature on the effectiveness and efficiency of the small employer health insurance partnership program, including the services and benefits covered under the purchased health benefit plans, consumer satisfaction, and other program operational issues.Requires the department of social and health services to submit a request to the federal department of health and human services by October 1, 2006, for a state children's health insurance program section 1115 demonstration waiver. The waiver request shall seek authorization from the federal government to draw down Washington state's unspent state children's health insurance program allotment to finance basic health plan coverage, as provided in chapter 70.47 RCW, for parents of children enrolled in medical assistance or the state children's health insurance program. The waiver also shall seek authorization from the federal government to utilize the resulting state savings to finance expanded basic health plan enrollment, or subsidies provided to low-wage workers through the small employer health insurance partnership program established in this act.Appropriates the sum of one million dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, from the health services account to the health care authority for the small employer health insurance partnership program.Appropriates the sum of eighteen million three hundred thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, from the health services account to the health care authority to fund additional subsidized enrollment of up to ten thousand enrollees in the basic health plan.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Williams, Green, O'Brien, Kirby, Hunt, Ericks, Simpson, Lovick, McCoy, Lantz, Ormsby, Springer, and Conway)
Creating sexual assault protection orders.
Provides that a petition for a sexual assault protection order may be filed by a person: (1) Who is a victim of nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration, including a single incident of nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration; or(2) On behalf of any of the following persons who is a victim of nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration: (a) A minor child; (b) a vulnerable adult as defined in RCW 74.34.020; or (c) any other adult who, because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility, cannot file the petition.Declares that any person may seek relief under this act by filing a petition with a court alleging that the person has been the victim of nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration committed by the respondent.Provides that there shall exist an action known as a petition for a sexual assault protection order.Directs the administrative office of the courts to develop and prepare instructions and informational brochures required under this act, standard petition and order for protection forms, and a court staff handbook on sexual assault, and the protection order process. The standard petition and order for protection forms must be used after September 1, 2006, for all petitions filed and orders issued under this act.
by House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Kenney, McDonald, Conway, Wood, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Rodne, McCoy, Morrell, and Ormsby)
Modifying provisions for the cosmetology apprenticeship program.
Revises provisions for the cosmetology apprenticeship program.
by Representative Sommers
Stabilizing state convention and trade center funding levels.
Declares that, during the 2003-2005 and 2005-2007 biennia, the legislature transferred funds from the fund established under RCW 67.40.040 to the general fund--state. It is the intent of this act to provide predictable and stable funding for the operation and maintenance of the state convention and trade center by establishing funding levels in future biennia based on proven performance and return on state funds invested in the convention and trade center.
by Representatives Ericks, Strow, Sells, O'Brien, Simpson, and Lovick
Including service credit transferred from the law enforcement officers' and fire fighters' retirement system plan 1 in the determination of eligibility for military service credit.
Includes service credit transferred from the law enforcement officers' and fire fighters' retirement system plan 1 in the determination of eligibility for military service credit.
by Representatives Roach, Haler, Jarrett, Rodne, Nixon, McCune, Shabro, and McDonald
Concerning records in criminal investigations.
Finds that many businesses, associations, and organizations providing goods and services to the public or conducting other activity in Washington, or otherwise affecting residents of Washington now operate nationally or globally and often maintain their business records in a location outside the state of Washington.Declares that the ability of law enforcement and the criminal justice system to effectively perform their duties to the public often depends upon law enforcement, prosecutors, and criminal defense attorneys being able to obtain and use records relevant to crimes that affect Washington's citizens, businesses, associations, organizations, and others who provide goods or services, or conduct other activity in Washington.Declares that effectively combating crime requires laws facilitating and requiring that all those who possess records relevant to a criminal investigation comply with the legal process issued in connection with criminal investigations or litigation.
by Representatives Eickmeyer, Green, Haigh, Appleton, Kilmer, O'Brien, Lantz, McCoy, Chase, Miloscia, Clibborn, and Ormsby
Establishing the Hood Canal aquatic rehabilitation account.
Establishes the Hood Canal aquatic rehabilitation account.
by Representatives Hinkle and Woods
Providing for biennial regular sessions of the legislature.
Provides for biennial regular sessions of the legislature.Declares that this act takes effect if the proposed amendment to Article II, section 12 of the state Constitution providing for biennial regular sessions of the legislature is validly submitted to and is approved and ratified by the voters at the next general election. If the proposed amendment is not approved and ratified, this act is void in its entirety.
by Representatives Pettigrew, Santos, Newhouse, Ericks, Buri, Hasegawa, McCoy, Grant, Darneille, Hunt, Green, Haler, Williams, Simpson, Chase, O'Brien, Lantz, Kenney, Hunter, Hudgins, Moeller, Morrell, Conway, and Lovick
Establishing Rosa Parks day.
Provides that on December 1st of each year or the preceding Friday when December 1st falls on a nonschool day, "Rosa Parks day" shall be observed within each public school.
by Representatives Conway, Chase, Morrell, and Wood
Raising the exemption for charitable or nonprofit bingo organizations from the gambling tax on bingo and amusement games.
Raises the exemption for charitable or nonprofit bingo organizations from the gambling tax on bingo and amusement games.
by Representatives Blake, Kessler, Buck, Takko, Orcutt, and Conway
Providing tax incentives for persons who extract, manufacture, or process timber.
Provides tax incentives for persons who extract, manufacture, or process timber.
by Representatives Chase, Sump, Eickmeyer, McCoy, Walsh, and Pearson
Studying nitrogen contributions from on-site sewage systems in Hood Canal.
Finds that nitrogen is an important factor in creating low-dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal. The legislature further finds that inputs of nitrogen to Hood Canal from on-site sewage systems are uncertain due to insufficient data and studies. Therefore, the legislature finds that improved data on the contribution of nitrogen from on-site sewage systems to Hood Canal would allow stakeholders to focus and prioritize resources.Directs the Puget Sound action team and the Hood Canal coordinating council to contract for a study in the Hood Canal to: (1) Improve data and knowledge of the loading of nitrogen from on-site sewage systems to ground water;(2) Determine the local scale efficiency of nitrogen removal from on-site sewage systems; and(3) Improve data and knowledge of the loading of nitrogen from all ground water sources to Hood Canal.Requires the Puget Sound action team and the Hood Canal coordinating council to report their findings and recommendations to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2007.Appropriates the sum of six hundred thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, from the general fund to the Puget Sound action team for the purposes of this act.
by Representatives Holmquist and Hinkle
Modifying superior court penalty assessment provisions.
Amends RCW 7.68.035 to modify superior court penalty assessment provisions.
by Representatives Haigh and Alexander
Transferring operating funds to the public works assistance account.
Declares that the public works board has determined that legislative actions in the 2005 session that diverted funds from the public works assistance account to other priorities, including job development through infrastructure improvements and assistance to local governments, has resulted in decisions to reduce maximum loan limits and has limited the number of projects that may be funded through the public works trust fund program. Therefore, it is the intent of the legislature to provide funding over three biennia to the public works assistance account in order to replace funds diverted from the account by previous actions.Provides that, beginning July 1, 2006, for six fiscal years through June 30, 2012, the state treasurer shall transfer the sum of twenty-five million dollars each fiscal year from the state general fund to the public works assistance account established in RCW 43.155.050, for a total of one hundred fifty million dollars.
by Representatives Kessler and Blake
Providing business incentives for certain certified timber mills.
Provides business incentives for timber mills designated as forest products operations of statewide significance.
by Representatives Hinkle and Woods
Authorizing a regular session of the legislature each odd-numbered year.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution authorizing a regular session of the legislature each odd-numbered year.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Parlette, Keiser, Fraser, Honeyford, and Kline; by request of Department of Labor & Industries)
Providing additional funding to the prevailing wage program of the department of labor and industries by discontinuing the transfer of moneys from the public works administration account to the general fund-state account.
Provides additional funding to the prevailing wage program of the department of labor and industries by discontinuing the transfer of moneys from the public works administration account to the general fund-state account.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Schmidt, Pridemore, Jacobsen, Kline, and Shin)
Providing for academic employee salary increments for community and technical colleges.
Finds that the community and technical colleges offer high quality, cost-effective instructional programs to the citizens of the state.Finds that academic employee morale and willingness to invest in professional development, and academic employee recruitment and retention, are improved by consistent and predictable practices that provide salary increases to recognize two-year college academic employees who upgrade their skills and professional experience.Declares an intent that state appropriations be adjusted to an amount which, together with academic employee turnover savings, provide for consistent and predictable funding of academic employee salary increases for state-funded academic employees who qualify through experience, professional development, and training pursuant to local collective bargaining.
by Senate Committee on Water, Energy & Environment (originally sponsored by Senators Pridemore, Esser, Poulsen, Morton, Schmidt, Fairley, Benson, Berkey, Regala, Kohl-Welles, Weinstein, Prentice, Kastama, Johnson, Thibaudeau, Kline, Eide, Shin, Rockefeller, Jacobsen, Haugen, Doumit, Oke, Franklin, Swecker, Carrell, Rasmussen, Spanel, Fraser, McAuliffe, Keiser, Brown, Finkbeiner, Brandland, and Benton)
Providing for electronic product recycling.
Finds that a convenient, safe, and environmentally sound system for the collection, transportation, and recycling of covered electronic products must be established.Finds that the system must encourage the design of electronic products that are less toxic and more recyclable.Finds that the responsibility for this system must be shared among all stakeholders, with manufacturers financing the collection, transportation, and recycling system.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation (originally sponsored by Senators Doumit, Oke, Jacobsen, Schoesler, and Delvin)
Concerning coastal crab fisheries licenses.
Amends RCW 77.70.350 relating to coastal crab fisheries licenses.Provides that, by December 31, 2010, the department must, in cooperation with the coastal crab fishing industry, evaluate the effectiveness of this act and, if necessary, recommend any statutory changes to the appropriate committees of the senate and house of representatives.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Fraser, Mulliken, Pridemore, Rockefeller, Spanel, and Roach; by request of Select Committee on Pension Policy)
Creating optional public retirement benefits for justices and judges.
Provides that, beginning January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007, any member of the public employees' retirement system eligible to participate in the judicial retirement account plan under chapter 2.14 RCW may make a one-time irrevocable election, filed in writing with the member's employer, the department of retirement systems, and the administrative office of the courts, to discontinue future contributions to the judicial retirement account plan in lieu of prospective contribution and benefit provisions under this act.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning, K-12 & Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Delvin, McAuliffe, Hewitt, Pridemore, and Rasmussen)
Expanding the baccalaureate degree program at WSU, Tri-Cities.
Provides that, beginning in the fall of 2006, the campus may admit lower division students directly, while continuing to work closely with Columbia Basin College providing innovative coadmission, coenrollment, and program options as articulated in the Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities Coordinated Bachelors agreement. By simultaneously admitting freshmen and sophomores, increasing transfer enrollment, coadmitting transfer students, and expanding graduate and professional programs, the campus shall develop into a four-year institution of higher education serving the Tri-Cities region.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Haugen, Brown, and Keiser; by request of Department of Transportation)
Eliminating the department of transportation's exemption from the public works apprenticeship utilization requirements.
Eliminates the department of transportation's exemption from the public works apprenticeship utilization requirements.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Jacobsen, Mulliken, Haugen, and Sheldon; by request of Department of Transportation)
Extending the negotiation period for the Milwaukee Road trail.
Extends the negotiation period for the Milwaukee Road trail to July 1, 2009.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Prentice, Haugen, Mulliken, Berkey, Kastama, and Rasmussen)
Providing research and services for special purpose districts.
Directs the municipal research council to contract for the provision of research and services to special purpose districts. A contract shall be made with a state agency, educational institution, or private consulting firm, that in the judgment of council members is qualified to provide such research and services.Declares that research and services to special purpose districts shall consist of: (1) Studying and researching issues relating to special purpose district government;(2) Furnishing legal, technical, consultative, and field services to special purpose districts concerning issues relating to special purpose district government; and(3) Acquiring, preparing, and distributing publications related to special purpose districts.Requires that the activities, programs, and services of the municipal research council to special purpose districts shall be carried on in cooperation with the associations representing the various special purpose districts. Services to special purpose districts shall be based upon the moneys appropriated to the municipal research council from the special purpose district research services account under this act.Provides that, by June 30, 2010, the municipal research council shall prepare a report on services provided to special purpose districts under this act, and shall provide this report to the joint legislative audit and review committee.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles and Keiser)
Modifying the taxation of motion picture and video production services.
Revises the taxation of motion picture and video production services.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Pridemore; by request of Department of Revenue)
Clarifying the taxation of insurers.
Finds that exempting insurers from excise taxes on the purchase or sale of services is inequitable and results from the inadvertent failure to revise insurance premiums tax statutes to be consistent with other excise tax statutes.Declares an intent to require insurers to pay retail sales and use taxes on purchases of both tangible personal property or services, on the same terms as other taxpayers. This act is intended to apply both prospectively and retrospectively.
by Senators Kline and Rasmussen
Extending the limitation period for personal injury actions involving acts that would constitute sex offenses.
Provides that the following actions shall be commenced within three years: (1) An action for waste or trespass upon real property;(2) An action for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property, including an action for the specific recovery thereof, or for any other injury to the person or rights of another not hereinafter enumerated except for an injury to a person or the rights of another where the injury is caused by acts that would constitute a sex offense under chapter 9A.44 RCW, whether or not the person was convicted of the offense, in which case such an action may be commenced at any time.
by Senators Eide, Franklin, Rasmussen, and McAuliffe
Protecting persons with developmental disabilities.
Protects persons with developmental disabilities from perpetrators who commit their crimes while providing transportation, within the course of their employment, to persons with developmental disabilities.
by Senators Deccio and Berkey
Allowing a business waiver to smoking prohibitions.
Provides that, if the owner of a place of employment can document, using documents filed with the state department of revenue, a loss of ten percent or more of the gross revenue for the first quarter of 2006 versus the first quarter of 2005, it may apply to the department of health for a waiver of RCW 70.160.030. If the owner can show a decline of ten percent or more and the other requirements under this act are met, the waiver must be granted. The waiver must be granted for the entire building if minors are prohibited from the entire premises as required by liquor control board rules or for a section of the building such as a smoking room if the entire premises are not completely off limits to minors as required by liquor control board rules.Declares that all waivers granted under this act become null and void when all tribal casinos in the state are deemed fully nonsmoking by the department.
by Senators Fairley and Rasmussen
Providing for the care and education of children in licensed staffed residential homes.
Finds that staffed residential homes, as currently licensed by the department of social and health services, are a type of group-care facility that provides quality services for children in a home-like setting, including expectant mothers and children with developmental disabilities.Finds that the children served by licensed staffed residential homes primarily attend public schools, and that their social and educational needs can be better met by collaboration and communication between the school district, the staffed residential home provider, and the department of social and health services.Finds that community integration of children served in licensed staffed residential homes is beneficial to the children, helpful to their educational needs, and builds stronger relationships with community members.Declares an intent that stronger relationships be created between staffed residential homes, school districts, the department of social and health services, and the community, to promote positive social and educational outcomes for children served by staffed residential homes.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Prentice, Parlette, Kline, and Rasmussen)
Establishing a committee on gambling policy setting.
Resolves that the joint select committee may make a preliminary progress report to the legislature no later than the end of the 2007 legislative session, and shall submit its final findings and recommendations to the legislature and the governor by January 1, 2008.