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://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/digsup.cfm?year=2006.
by House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Pettigrew, Shabro, Kessler, Priest, Cox, Conway, Haler, P. Sullivan, Appleton, Walsh, Kenney, Green, Armstrong, Hasegawa, Kagi, Hunt, McCoy, Buri, Fromhold, Strow, Curtis, McDermott, Williams, Hudgins, Moeller, Sells, Lantz, Kilmer, Chase, McDonald, Morrell, Murray, Linville, Santos, Springer, Wallace, Dickerson, Roberts, Cody, B. Sullivan, Simpson, Ericks, Upthegrove, Campbell, Ormsby, and O'Brien)
Providing collective bargaining for family child care providers.
Provides that, in addition to the entities listed in RCW 41.56.020, this act applies to the governor with respect to family child care providers. Solely for the purposes of collective bargaining and as expressly limited under this act, the governor is the public employer of family child care providers who, solely for the purposes of collective bargaining, are public employees. The public employer shall be represented for bargaining purposes by the governor or the governor's designee appointed under chapter 41.80 RCW.Declares that this act does not create or modify: (1) The parents' or legal guardians' right to choose and terminate the services of any family child care provider that provides care for their child or children;(2) The secretary of the department of social and health services' right to adopt requirements under RCW 74.15.030, except for requirements related to grievance procedures and collective negotiations on personnel matters as specified in this act;(3) Chapter 26.44 RCW, RCW 43.43.832, 43.20A.205, and 74.15.130; and(4) The legislature's right to make programmatic modifications to the delivery of state services through child care subsidy programs, including standards of eligibility of parents, legal guardians, and family child care providers participating in child care subsidy programs, and the nature of services provided.Provides that, upon meeting the requirements of this act, the governor must submit, as a part of the proposed biennial or supplemental operating budget submitted to the legislature under RCW 43.88.030, a request for funds necessary to implement the compensation and benefit provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into under this act or for legislation necessary to implement such agreement.Declares that solely for the purposes of negotiated rule making pursuant to RCW 34.05.310(2)(a) and 74.15.030, a statewide unit of all family child care licensees is appropriate. As of the effective date of this act, the exclusive representative of family child care licensees in the statewide unit shall be the representative selected as the majority representative in the election held under the directive of the governor to the secretary of the department of social and health services, dated September 16, 2005. If family child care licensees seek to select a different representative thereafter, the family child care licensees may request that the American arbitration association conduct an election and certify the results of the election.Declares that, in enacting this act, the legislature intends to provide state action immunity under federal and state antitrust laws for the joint activities of family child care licensees and their exclusive representative to the extent such activities are authorized by this act.
by House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Law (originally sponsored by Representatives Dickerson, Williams, Hasegawa, Darneille, Morrell, Roberts, Kagi, Flannigan, B. Sullivan, and Miloscia)
Addressing the impact of domestic violence on children.
Finds that there is a lack of common understanding among victim advocates, child welfare authorities, law enforcement, and the courts in dealing with the effects of domestic violence on families. Problems raised by domestic violence are compounded by differing perspectives about how to address its impact on families.Finds that discussion and resolution of these perspectives is essential to the common goal of protecting children. Efforts to enhance the safety and support of nonoffending parents lead to increased safety and well-being for children.Finds that in cases of child abuse or neglect, reasonable intervention should include appropriate training for individuals in agencies involved with domestic violence, routine screening for domestic violence, and referrals to appropriate services and relevant intervention for every family member. The legislature acknowledges the efforts of the Washington state gender and justice commission in its work on the Washington state coordinated response protocol project and developing a template for regional and local protocols for coordinated response to child maltreatment and domestic violence.Acknowledges the efforts of the Washington state gender and justice commission in its work on the Washington state coordinated response protocol project and the template for coordinated response to child maltreatment and domestic violence.Provides that the department shall, in collaboration with experts in the field of domestic violence and advocates for victims of domestic violence, review its current policies and procedures for intake, risk assessment, referrals, and investigation to determine whether they provide an adequate and appropriate means of screening cases to determine the presence, extent, and impact of domestic violence on the health, safety, and welfare of the children who are the subjects of the reports of alleged abuse and neglect. The review shall include, but is not limited to, methods and tools for: (1) Identifying indicators of domestic violence;(2) Interviewing techniques that do not increase the risk of danger to the adult victim of domestic violence or child;(3) Identifying protective factors and behaviors that may reduce the risk of harm to the child;(4) Appropriate interventions and referrals for members of the family.Requires the department to report to the Washington state coordinated response protocol project by June 1, 2007, regarding the results of its review and what changes the department made or will be making to improve its screening and investigation of cases, to determine if domestic violence is a contributing factor to child abuse or neglect and any training needed to implement the changes. The Washington state coordinated response protocol project shall report the information received from the department to the legislature by July 1, 2007.
by House Committee on State Government Operations & Accountability (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilmer, Holmquist, Green, Miloscia, Buri, Nixon, Rodne, Hudgins, P. Sullivan, Springer, Haler, Morrell, Morris, Ericks, B. Sullivan, Simpson, and Upthegrove)
Establishing a state government efficiency hotline.
Provides that, within existing funds, the state auditor must establish a toll-free telephone line that is available to public employees and members of the public to recommend measures to improve efficiency in state government and to report waste, inefficiency, or abuse by state agencies, state employees, or persons under contract with state agencies.Requires the state auditor to provide an annual overview and update of hotline investigations, including the results and efficiencies achieved, to the legislature and to the appropriate legislative committees.
by House Committee on Natural Resources, Ecology & Parks (originally sponsored by Representatives Hinkle, B. Sullivan, Condotta, and Kretz)
Establishing a statewide ORV data base.
Requires a statewide data base of ORV trails, ORV sports parks, and other ORV recreation areas open to the general public. The data base must be based on a geographic information system program and include all state and federal lands open for public ORV use. The data base must be available to the public over the committee's internet web site and a link to the data base must be created on web sites operated by all state agencies, other than colleges and universities, that manage recreational land of any nature. The committee shall fund the data base consistent with RCW 46.09.110.
by House Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture & Trade (originally sponsored by Representatives Linville, Ericksen, P. Sullivan, Buck, Ericks, Kilmer, Kessler, Grant, Walsh, B. Sullivan, Lantz, Morris, O'Brien, Conway, Morrell, and Wallace)
Providing tools for local infrastructure financing.
Recognizes that the state as a whole benefits from investment in public infrastructure because it promotes community and economic development. Public investment stimulates business activity and helps create jobs; stimulates the redevelopment of brownfields and blighted areas in the inner city; lowers the cost of housing; and promotes efficient land use.Finds that these activities generate revenue for the state and that it is in the public interest to invest in these projects through a credit against the state sales and use tax and an allocation of property tax revenue to those local governments that can demonstrate the expected returns to the state.Requires a local government to provide a report to the department by March 1st of each year. The report shall contain the following information: (1) The amount of tax allocation revenues, taxes under section 401 of this act, and local infrastructure financing received by the local government during the preceding calendar year, and a summary of how these revenues were expended;(2) The names of any businesses locating within the revenue development area as a result of the public improvements undertaken by the local government and financed in whole or in part with local infrastructure financing;(3) The total number of permanent jobs created as a result of the public improvements undertaken by the local government and financed in whole or in part with local infrastructure financing;(4) The average wages and benefits received by all employees of businesses locating within the revenue development area as a result of the public improvements undertaken by the local government and financed in whole or in part with local infrastructure financing; and(5) That the local government is in compliance with section 203 of this act.Directs the department to make a report available to the public and the legislature by June 1st of each year. The report shall include a list of public improvements undertaken by local governments and financed in whole or in part with local infrastructure financing, and it shall also include a summary of the information provided to the department by local governments under this act.Provides that, beginning September 1, 2013, and continuing every five years thereafter, the joint legislative audit and review committee shall submit a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature. The report shall, at a minimum, evaluate the effectiveness of the local infrastructure financing tool program, including a project by project review. The report that is due September 1, 2028, should also include any recommendations regarding whether or not the program should be expanded statewide and what impact the expansion would have on economic development in Washington.
by House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Law (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Kessler, Moeller, Rodne, Lovick, McDonald, Morrell, Green, McCoy, and Clibborn)
Concerning visitation rights for grandparents.
Recognizes that the recent Washington State Supreme Court decision in In re Parentage of C.A.M.A. found Washington's grandparent visitation statutes to be unconstitutional. It is the intent of the legislature to bring the law in line with the court's holding in that case, in order to ensure that grandparents have a viable means of petitioning the court for visitation with their grandchildren.Repeals RCW 26.09.240.
by House Committee on State Government Operations & Accountability (originally sponsored by Representatives Simpson, Woods, and Hunt)
Clarifying that state and local governing bodies may support or oppose ballot propositions.
Clarifies that state and local governing bodies may support or oppose ballot propositions.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Springer, Rodne, Lantz, Williams, and Moeller)
Expanding the types of property subject to seizure and forfeiture in money laundering provisions.
Expands the types of property subject to seizure and forfeiture in money laundering provisions.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Haigh, Eickmeyer, Green, Morris, Crouse, Armstrong, Curtis, Sump, Dunshee, and Clements)
Adding members to the state board for volunteer fire fighters and reserve officers.
Adds members to the state board for volunteer fire fighters and reserve officers.
by House Committee on State Government Operations & Accountability (originally sponsored by Representatives Holmquist, Haigh, Nixon, Green, Schindler, Clements, Sump, Ahern, McDermott, Haler, Chase, Sells, McDonald, Hasegawa, Kenney, Kristiansen, Bailey, and McCune)
Modifying absentee ballot envelope content.
Revises absentee ballot envelope content.Provides that, if the county auditor is a candidate for election or reelection to any public office, the county auditor may not place his or her name on the security envelope or return envelope.
by House Committee on State Government Operations & Accountability (originally sponsored by Representatives Miloscia, Hunt, Campbell, and Dunshee)
Expanding campaign finance disclosure in small political subdivisions.
Declares that the reporting provisions of chapter 42.17 RCW apply to a candidate in any political subdivision if the candidate receives or expects to receive five thousand dollars or more in contributions.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Lantz, Ericks, Santos, Williams, Rodne, Priest, Hudgins, Darneille, Morrell, Kessler, McDonald, Roberts, McCoy, Kenney, Campbell, P. Sullivan, Wallace, Hasegawa, Kilmer, Green, Simpson, Wood, Ormsby, and Springer)
Protecting confidentiality of domestic violence information.
Provides that a domestic violence advocate may not, without the consent of the victim, be examined as to any communication between the victim and the domestic violence advocate.Provides that a domestic violence advocate may disclose a confidential communication without the consent of the victim if failure to disclose is likely to result in a clear, imminent risk of serious physical injury or death of the victim or another person.Provides that any domestic violence advocate participating in good faith in the disclosing of communications under this act is immune from liability, civil, criminal, or otherwise, that might result from the action. In any proceeding, civil or criminal, arising out of a disclosure under this act, the good faith of the domestic violence advocate who disclosed the confidential communication shall be presumed.Requires the secretary to adopt policies and procedures to protect the confidentiality and prevent the disclosure of information about recipients who have disclosed to the department that they are past or current victims of domestic violence and stalking.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Ericksen, Wood, Dunn, Armstrong, and Ericks; by request of Washington State Patrol)
Clarifying procedures for sound and video recordings by law enforcement officers.
Clarifies procedures for sound and video recordings by law enforcement officers.
by House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Green, Appleton, Woods, Cody, Moeller, Haigh, Conway, Lantz, Hudgins, Roberts, McCoy, Kenney, Morrell, P. Sullivan, Hasegawa, Kilmer, Simpson, and Ormsby)
Requiring that mental health professionals do private home visits in pairs and providing for other safety and violence prevention measures.
Requires that mental health professionals do private home visits in pairs and providing for other safety and violence prevention measures.Requires that any mental health professional who engages in home visits to clients shall be provided by their employer with a wireless telephone or comparable device for the purpose of emergency communication.Requires that any mental health professional that is dispatched on a crisis outreach visit shall have prompt access to existing case files, if any exist, on the client they are being sent to evaluate.Provides that annually, all community mental health employees who work directly with clients shall be provided with training on safety and violence prevention. The curriculum for the training shall be developed collaboratively among the department of social and health services, contracted mental health providers, and employee organizations that represent community mental health workers.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Simpson, Priest, Conway, Hinkle, Williams, Ericks, Sells, Rodne, McDonald, Kilmer, and Green; by request of LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board)
Determining the retirement allowance of a member who is killed in the course of employment.
Determines the retirement allowance of a member who is killed in the course of employment.Provides that the retirement allowance paid to the spouse and dependent children of a member who is killed in the course of employment, as set forth in RCW 41.05.011(14), shall include reimbursement for any payments of premium rates to the Washington state health care authority pursuant to RCW 41.05.080. Eligibility for coverage shall be as determined in rules governing benefits offered by the public employees' benefits board.Declares that the legislature reserves the right to amend or repeal this act in the future and no member or beneficiary has a contractual right to receive any distribution not granted prior to that time.
by House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Morrell, and Moeller)
Modifying provisions with respect to disciplining health professions.
Provides that any individual who applies for a license or temporary practice permit or holds a license or temporary practice permit and is prohibited from practicing a health care profession in another state because of an act of unprofessional conduct that is substantially equivalent to an act of unprofessional conduct prohibited by this chapter or any of the chapters specified in RCW 18.130.040 is prohibited from practicing a profession in this state until proceedings of the appropriate disciplining authority have been completed under RCW 18.130.050.Requires the disciplining authority to initiate an investigation in every instance where the disciplining authority receives information that a health care provider has been disqualified from participating in the federal medicare program, under Title XVIII of the federal social security act, or the federal medicaid program, under Title XIX of the federal social security act.Provides that, upon a guilty plea or conviction of a person for any felony crime involving homicide under chapter 9A.32 RCW, assault under chapter 9A.36 RCW, kidnapping under chapter 9A.40 RCW, sex offenses under chapter 9A.44 RCW, burglary or trespass under chapter 9A.52 RCW, theft or robbery under chapter 9A.56 RCW, or fraud under chapter 9A.60 RCW the prosecuting attorney shall notify the state patrol of such guilty pleas or convictions.Provides that when the state patrol receives information that a person has pled guilty to or been convicted of one of the felony crimes under this act, the state patrol shall transmit that information to the department of health. It is the duty of the department of health to identify whether the person holds a credential issued by a disciplining authority listed under RCW 18.130.040, and provide this information to the disciplining authority that issued the credential to the person who pled guilty or was convicted of the crimes committed in this act.Requires that, when developing its biennial budget request for appropriation of the health professions account created in RCW 43.70.320, beginning in the 2007-2009 budget and continuing in subsequent biennia, the department shall specify the number of full-time employees designated as investigators and attorneys and the costs associated with supporting their activities. The department shall also specify the additional full-time employees designated as investigators and attorneys that are required to achieve a staffing level that is able to respond promptly, competently, and appropriately to the workload associated with health professions disciplinary activities and the costs associated with supporting disciplinary activities.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee, in consultation with the department, to report to the legislature by December 1, 2010, with recommendations for formulas for determining appropriate staffing levels for investigators and attorneys at the department of health involved in the health professions disciplinary process to achieve prompt, competent, and appropriate responses to complaints of unprofessional conduct. The report must be based upon the department's prior experience with staff levels compared to the number of providers, complaints, investigations, and other criteria that the department finds are relevant to determining appropriate staffing levels.Repeals RCW 18.57.174 and 18.71.0193.
by House Committee on Children & Family Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Schual-Berke, Clibborn, Appleton, Moeller, Green, Cody, Morrell, Walsh, McIntire, Kagi, Kenney, Hasegawa, and Simpson)
Creating a foster care health unit in the department of social and health services.
Creates a foster care health unit in the department of social and health services.Finds that there must be greater coordination and integration of systems, in particular coordination between children's administration and the health and recovery services administration as well as other agencies that provide or pay for health services for foster youth, to ensure that the health care needs of children in foster care are met in a timely manner.
by House Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture & Trade (originally sponsored by Representatives P. Sullivan, Newhouse, Grant, Kristiansen, Quall, Armstrong, Blake, Haler, Wallace, Skinner, Clibborn, Chandler, Condotta, Kessler, Morrell, Simpson, Conway, Kirby, Sells, Rodne, Kilmer, and Linville)
Establishing the Washington beer commission.
Declares that: (1) Marketing is a dynamic and changing part of Washington agriculture and a vital element in expanding the state economy;(2) The sale in this state and export to other states and abroad of beer made in this state contribute substantial benefits to the economy of the state and provide a large number of jobs and sizeable tax revenues;(3) The production of beer in this state is a new and important segment of Washington agriculture that has potential for greater contribution to the economy of the state if it undergoes continued development; and(4) The general welfare of the people of this state will be served by continued development of the activities of the production of beer, that will improve the tax bases of local communities where agricultural land and processing facilities are located, and reduce the need for state and federal funding of local services. The industries are therefore affected with the public interest.
by House Committee on State Government Operations & Accountability (originally sponsored by Representatives Green, Nixon, Haigh, Hunt, and Lantz; by request of Secretary of State)
Updating public records provisions.
Establishes the division of archives and records management in the office of the secretary of state to ensure the proper management and safeguarding of public records. All public records remain the property of the state of Washington. Public records must be delivered by outgoing officials and employees to their successors and must be retained, preserved, stored, transferred, destroyed, or disposed of in accordance with chapter 40.14 RCW. The state archivist will administer the division and must have reasonable access to all public records, wherever kept, for the purposes of information, surveying, or cataloging.Provides that public records shall not be disposed of or destroyed until the expiration of applicable retention periods on records retention schedules approved by the state or local records committee. Unless otherwise provided by state or federal law, rule, or regulation, retention periods approved for records series that serve as primary documentation of official actions, transactions, contracts, or agreements must be at least six years.Declares that nothing in chapter 40.14 RCW prohibits a legislator or legislative employee from contributing his or her personal papers to any private library, public library, or the state archives. The state archivist is authorized to receive papers of legislators and legislative employees and is directed to encourage the donation of such personal papers to the state. The state archivist is authorized to establish such guidelines and procedures for the collection of personal papers and correspondence relating to the legislature as the archivist sees fit. Legislators and legislative employees are encouraged to contribute their personal papers to the state for preservation.Declares that it shall be the duty of the chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate to advise the party caucuses in each house concerning the necessity to keep public records. The state archivist or his or her representative shall work with the chief clerk and secretary to provide information and instructions on the best method for keeping legislative records.Repeals provisions of chapter 40.14 RCW.
by House Committee on Natural Resources, Ecology & Parks (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Kretz, B. Sullivan, Orcutt, Haler, and Ericks)
Making technical corrections to certain public lands statutes.
Makes technical corrections to certain public lands statutes.
by House Committee on Housing (originally sponsored by Representatives Miloscia, Chase, and Hasegawa)
Using surplus property to develop affordable housing.
Revises provisions relating to using surplus property to develop affordable housing.
by House Committee on State Government Operations & Accountability (originally sponsored by Representatives Haigh, Nixon, Hudgins, Jarrett, Cody, Haler, Santos, and Morrell)
Applying whistleblower and discrimination provisions to contractors who hold contracts with the state.
Applies whistleblower and discrimination provisions to contractors who hold contracts with the state.
by House Committee on Select Committee on Hood Canal (originally sponsored by Representatives Appleton, B. Sullivan, Eickmeyer, and Cody)
Authorizing a geoduck planting pilot program.
Directs the department to implement a pilot program to test the effectiveness of planting geoducks on state aquatic lands located in the aquatic rehabilitation zone established in RCW 90.88.010(2). The program must be developed and implemented in consultation with the department of fish and wildlife.Provides that the pilot program may be on appropriate state subtidal and intertidal lands including lands managed by the department and the state parks and recreation commission.Requires the department to design the test program to compare geoduck populations of the test sites with other sites in the aquatic rehabilitation zone established in RCW 90.88.010(2) providing comparable growing conditions.Provides that, in conducting the pilot program, the department shall work with school districts, veterans organizations, and other interested groups to actively involve and educate citizens regarding the environmental issues in Hood canal and the role geoducks play in the ecosystem.Requires the program to be designed to test geoduck populations and growth rates for a period of at least five years. No later than December 31, 2011, the department shall report the results of the program to the appropriate committees of the legislature and make recommendations as to whether the program should be expanded, otherwise modified, or terminated.
by House Committee on Criminal Justice & Corrections (originally sponsored by Representatives Simpson, Lantz, Wallace, Morrell, Kilmer, Green, Springer, Dunshee, P. Sullivan, Quall, B. Sullivan, Grant, Appleton, Williams, Darneille, O'Brien, Haler, Clibborn, Hunt, Lovick, Hasegawa, McDermott, Rodne, Moeller, Kessler, Strow, Fromhold, Sells, and Ericks)
Prohibiting the distribution of false sex offender notifications.
Declares an intent to protect our communities both from violent sex offenders and from persons who frighten our communities by distributing false sex offender community notification bulletins.Declares that a person is guilty of distributing a false sex offender community notification bulletin if, with the intent to alarm, harass, or intimidate any other person, he or she distributes information designed to resemble a sex offender community notification bulletin knowing that it is not a sex offender community notification bulletin.Provides that distributing a false sex offender community notification bulletin is a class C felony.
by Representatives Dunshee, Dickerson, Quall, Upthegrove, Green, Hasegawa, Roberts, and Morrell
Encouraging middle and junior high schools to address the issue of eating disorders in their health and fitness curriculum.
Provides that all public middle and junior high schools in the state are strongly encouraged to ensure that instruction is provided to students in the health and fitness curriculum regarding identification of the warning signs, behavioral patterns, and avenues of support for young people with abnormal eating behaviors or eating disorders.
by Representatives Chase and Hasegawa
Regulating credit card-based checks.
Establishes provisions for regulating credit card-based checks.
by Representatives Roach, Chase, Takko, Shabro, Rodne, Simpson, Serben, Nixon, Williams, Morrell, Sells, Haler, Campbell, and Ahern
Regarding disorderly conduct.
Declares that a person is guilty of disorderly conduct if the person: (1) Uses abusive language and thereby intentionally creates a risk of assault;(2) Intentionally disrupts any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority;(3) Intentionally obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic without lawful authority; or(4)(a) Engages in fighting or in tumultuous conduct or makes unreasonable noise and continues to do so after being asked to stop, within five hundred feet of: (i) The location where a funeral or burial is being performed; (ii) a funeral home during the viewing of a deceased person; (iii) a funeral procession, if the person described in this act knows that the funeral procession is taking place; or (iv) a building in which a funeral or memorial service is being conducted; and(b) The activity adversely affects the funeral, burial, viewing, funeral procession, or memorial service.Declares that disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor.
by Representatives Orcutt and Dunn
Allowing private garbage collection in certain annexed mobile home parks.
Provides that when the owner of a mobile home park, as defined in RCW 59.20.030, is collecting garbage for that park's tenants on the effective date of an annexation by a city or town, the owner may continue collecting garbage for that mobile home park.
by Representatives Grant and Newhouse
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 Representatives Nixon and Roach
Establishing procedures for the creation of new counties.
Declares that the purpose of this act is to establish procedures for the orderly formation of new counties or consolidation of existing counties and to provide for an equitable apportionment of the debts, liabilities, and assets of the parent county or counties between the new county and the remaining portions or portion of each parent county.Repeals RCW 4.12.070, 36.09.010, 36.09.020, 36.09.035, 36.09.040, and 36.09.050.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Regala, Esser, Prentice, Hewitt, Pridemore, and McCaslin)
Modifying requirements for voter-approved regular property tax levies.
Amends RCW 84.55.050 to revise requirements for voter-approved property tax levies.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, McCaslin, Thibaudeau, Franklin, Fraser, Kline, and Regala)
Concerning medical use of marijuana.
Declares an intent to clarify the law on medical marijuana so the lawful use of this substance is not impaired and medical practitioners are able to exercise their best professional judgment in the delivery of medical treatment without fear of state criminal prosecution. This act is also intended to provide clarification to law enforcement and to all parties in the judicial system.Provides that the department shall establish a voluntary registration program for the issuance of voluntary registry identification cards to any otherwise qualified patient under RCW 69.51A.010 who wishes to obtain a voluntary registry identification card.Directs the department to create and maintain a list of the persons who have voluntarily requested that they be issued registry identification cards pursuant to this act. Except as provided in this act, names and other identifying information from the list established pursuant to this act shall be confidential and not subject to public disclosure under any local, state, or federal law.Provides that names and other identifying information for the list established pursuant to this act may be released to: (1) Authorized employees of the department as necessary to perform official duties of the department; and(2) Authorized employees of the state or local law enforcement agencies, only as necessary to verify that a person is a lawful possessor of a voluntary registry identification card.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care (originally sponsored by Senator Brandland)
Requiring disclosure of specified health care information for law enforcement purposes.
Declares that the purpose of this act is to aid law enforcement in combating crime through the rapid identification of all persons who require medical treatment as a result of a criminal act and to assist in the rapid identification of human remains.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Thibaudeau, Kline, and Kohl-Welles)
Making available optional insurance coverage to dependent children.
Provides that any plan offered to public employees under chapter 41.05 RCW must offer each public employee the option of covering any unmarried dependent of the employee: (1) Under the age of twenty-five; or(2) Under the age of thirty and a veteran, as defined in RCW 41.04.007, regardless of whether the dependent is enrolled in an educational institution.Provides that any employee choosing under this act to cover a dependent who is: (1) Age twenty through twenty-three and not a registered student at an accredited secondary school, college, university, vocational school, or school of nursing; or(2) Age twenty-four through twenty-nine, shall be required to pay the full cost of such coverage.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senator Rockefeller)
Concerning child support provisions.
Provides that the department shall: (1) Issue to an obligor or noncustodial parent a formal accounting or financial statement, documenting payments and credits for child support, and if applicable, spousal maintenance, at the end of each year, or upon request;(2) Award a certificate to those who are in satisfactory or excellent compliance with their noncustodial financial obligations, at the end of each year, or upon request; and(3) Keep a record of the certificate, which may be admitted at the court's discretion, as evidence in civil proceedings involving the noncustodial parent.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Franklin, Kline, Kastama, Keiser, Regala, and Jacobsen)
Concerning use of public funds to finance campaigns for local office.
Revises limitations on use of public funds for political purposes.Provides that the legislative authority of a city or county may establish, through adoption of an ordinance or resolution, a program allowing the use of public funds to finance campaigns for local office. The ordinance or resolution must be submitted to, and approved by, a vote of the people at the next general election in the form of a referendum for those local jurisdictions with referendum power, or in the form of an advisory ballot for those local jurisdictions without referendum power.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Doumit, Zarelli, Prentice, Rasmussen, and Mulliken)
Extending the state sales and use tax credit for certain public facilities districts.
Extends the state sales and use tax credit for certain public facilities districts to April 1, 2007.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senator Kastama; by request of Secretary of State)
Ensuring equipment accessibility for voters with visual impairments.
Ensures equipment accessibility for voters with visual impairments.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Kastama and Fairley; by request of Secretary of State)
Clarifying laws on ballot measures.
Clarifies laws on ballot measures.Repeals RCW 29A.32.050.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Morton and Schoesler)
Creating a temporary permit for the sale of one thousand or fewer rabbits.
Creates a temporary permit for the sale of one thousand or fewer rabbits.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Kastama, Pridemore, and Kline)
Studying public school facility needs.
Provides that, by December 1, 2007, the department of community, trade, and economic development, in coordination with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, will study how local governments that are required or choose to plan under RCW 36.70A.040 and the school districts within whose boundaries they are located could assure that permanent public school facility space adequate to serve enrollment generated by residential development and proximately located to the development is in place at the time the enrollment is generated; develop recommendations for statutory requirements, funding mechanisms, and planning processes; and present the study and recommendations to the governor, the superintendent of public instruction, and the legislature. The study and recommendations shall assist the local governments and school districts in achieving their overall school facility and community planning and development objectives.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Deccio and Keiser)
Licensing specialty hospitals.
Finds that specialty hospitals jeopardize the financial balance of community hospitals by selectively providing care to less ill patients, treating fewer medicare, medicaid, and uninsured patients, providing primarily care that is profitable to investors, and reducing community hospital staffing.Declares that, to assure that private and public hospitals in Washington remain financially viable institutions able to provide general acute care in their communities and maintain the capacity to respond to local, state, and national emergencies, the legislature has concluded that specialty hospitals must meet certain conditions in order to be licensed. These conditions will ensure that specialty hospitals and community hospitals compete on a level playing field and, therefore, will minimize the adverse impacts of specialty hospitals on community general hospitals while assuring quality patient care.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Parlette, and Keiser)
Modifying provisions for cosmetology licensing exemptions.
Declares that RCW 18.16.060 does not apply to persons engaging in the practice of cosmetology for the sole purpose of preparing any individual for a professional photograph, or a theatrical, musical, film, video, or television performance.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Prentice, Johnson, and Kohl-Welles)
Including financial literacy in work activity provisions.
Finds that for a variety of reasons, many citizens may lack the basic financial knowledge necessary to spend their money wisely, save for the future, and manage money challenges, such as a job loss, financing a college education, or a catastrophic injury.Finds that financial literacy is an essential element in achieving financial stability and self-sufficiency.Declares an intent to encourage participation in financial literacy training by WorkFirst participants, in order to promote their ability to make financial decisions that will contribute to their long-term financial well-being.Requires the department to consider the options for financial literacy training available in the community, including information and resources available through the financial literacy public-private partnership created under RCW 28A.300.450, and may authorize up to ten hours of financial literacy training as a core activity or an optional activity under WorkFirst.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections (originally sponsored by Senators Regala, Swecker, Kastama, and Rasmussen)
Concerning campaign finance disclosure.
Declares that the campaign finance reporting provisions of chapter 42.17 RCW apply to a candidate in an election for city or town mayor or council if the candidate receives or expects to receive three thousand five hundred dollars or more in contributions. The commission shall increase or decrease this amount pursuant to RCW 42.17.690.
by Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Haugen, Prentice, Fairley, Oke, Fraser, Swecker, Shin, Kline, Rockefeller, Eide, Kohl-Welles, Keiser, McAuliffe, Rasmussen, Franklin, Thibaudeau, Jacobsen, Brown, and Sheldon)
Requesting a federal exemption regarding the definition of income for public assistance.
Requires the department of social and health services to seek all necessary exemptions and waivers from and amendments to federal statutes, rules, and regulations to exempt housing assistance or housing vouchers received by military personnel as income for purposes of determining eligibility under this act for food stamps or food stamp benefits transferred electronically and medical assistance. The department shall report annually to the appropriate committees of the legislature on the efforts to secure the federal changes to permit full implementation of this act.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Keiser, Franklin, and Fairley)
Protecting agricultural workers.
Provides that, in addition to the surety bond required under RCW 19.30.040, the director shall require the deposit of a separate repatriation bond by any person acting as a farm labor contractor under chapter 19.30 RCW and participating or applying to participate in the federal H-2A visa program established under section 218 of the federal immigration and nationality act of 1952 as amended (8 U.S.C. Sec. 1101, 1184, and 1188). The purpose of the repatriation bond is to cover travel expenses for returning H-2A workers to their home in their country of origin, and room, board, and other living expenses for H-2A workers while they await repatriation if the farm labor contractor fails to make timely repatriation of H-2A workers when appropriate.Authorizes any person to protest the issuance or renewal of a license under this act. The director shall not issue a license to operate as a farm labor contractor if the director determines that: (1) The applicant has made any misrepresentations or false statements in his or her application for a license;(2) The applicant owes any debts or has any outstanding judgments from administrative or judicial determinations against him or her or any of his or her agents, partners, associates, stockholders, or profit sharers arising out of his or her farm labor contracting activities in this or any other state or country;(3) The applicant has repeatedly violated, or willfully aided or abetted any person in the violation of, any laws, including international laws, federal or state laws, or laws of other nations, or any agreements with agricultural workers or third parties, related to his or her farm labor contracting activities in this or any other state or country;(4) The applicant's character, competency, or responsibility are not satisfactory;(5) The applicant violated chapter 19.30 RCW on or after January 1st of the year preceding the year of application.Repeals RCW 19.30.090.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Haugen, Mulliken, and Rasmussen)
Providing excise tax exemptions for water services provided by small water systems.
Provides excise tax exemptions for water services provided by small water systems.Requires that, by December 1, 2010, the fiscal committees of the house of representatives and the senate, in consultation with the department, shall report to the legislature on the effectiveness of the tax exemptions under this act.
by Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Development (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Parlette, Franklin, Keiser, and Kline; by request of Employment Security Department)
Improving unemployment insurance collection and penalty tools.
Provides that an employer who files an incomplete or incorrectly formatted tax and wage report as required by RCW 50.12.070 shall receive a warning letter for the first occurrence. For subsequent occurrences, the employer is subject to a penalty as follows: When no contributions are due, for the second occurrence the employer is subject to a seventy-five dollar penalty, for the third occurrence the employer is subject to a one hundred fifty dollar penalty, and for the fourth occurrence and for each occurrence thereafter, a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars will be assessed.
by Senators Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, Thibaudeau, Keiser, and Fairley
Modifying unemployment insurance provisions.
Revises unemployment insurance provisions.Repeals 2005 c 133 s 10 (uncodified).