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=2015.
by Representatives Chandler, Blake, Buys, Stanford, Hayes, and Parker
Concerning best practices for water banks.
Establishes the Yakima basin water banking best practices act to establish standards for water banking in the Yakima basin.
by House Committee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman and Moscoso; by request of Department of Corrections)
Creating an identicard program for certain incarcerated offenders.
Requires the department of corrections, in conjunction with the department of licensing, to provide offenders with a state-issued identicard.Requires an offender receiving a state-issued identicard to pay a fee, as established by the department of licensing, to the department of corrections to offset the cost of obtaining the identicard.Allows the department of licensing to charge the department of corrections a fee for the amount appropriate to cover the cost of production of an identicard issued to an eligible offender.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Wilcox, Springer, Magendanz, G. Hunt, Muri, Kirby, Takko, Kilduff, and Hargrove)
Establishing a legislative task force on school siting.
Creates the legislative task force on school siting and requires the task force to review the issue of siting schools inside and outside of urban growth areas.Requires staff from the office of the superintendent of public instruction, affected school districts, counties, and cities to support the task force by providing local information as needed.Expires January 1, 2016.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, Pollet, Springer, Bergquist, S. Hunt, Lytton, Tarleton, Wylie, and McBride; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning dual credit opportunities provided by Washington state's public institutions of higher education.
Provides students with more dual credit opportunities and financial aid to low-income students to increase their participation in dual credit opportunities.Clarifies the running start program and the college in the high school program.Provides that sections 1 through 3 of this act are null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Condotta and Hurst)
Assisting small businesses licensed to sell spirits in Washington state.
Allows a group of individual retailers authorized to sell spirits for consumption off the licensed premises to, for purposes of negotiating volume discounts, accept delivery of spirits at their individual licensed premises or at any one of the individual licensee's premises, or at a warehouse facility registered with the state liquor control board.Authorizes the state liquor control board to assess a penalty at a rate no higher than one percent per month on the balance of an unpaid license issuance fee if a licensee, subject to license issuance fee requirements, fails to submit its quarterly reports or payment to the board.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford, Manweller, Blake, Orcutt, Ryu, Zeiger, Moscoso, Harris, Appleton, Wilcox, Takko, Haler, Pollet, Kochmar, Ormsby, Holy, Vick, Fey, Sells, Dunshee, Hayes, Farrell, S. Hunt, Reykdal, and Van De Wege)
Concerning passenger-carrying vehicles for railroad employees.
Requires the utilities and transportation commission to: (1) Regulate persons providing contract railroad crew transportation and contract crew hauling vehicles with respect to the safety of equipment, driver qualifications, insurance levels, and safety of operations;(2) Compile data regarding reported safety complaints, accidents, regulatory violations and fines, and corrective actions taken by the commission involving passenger-carrying vehicles; and(3) Develop an inspection program for contract crew hauling vehicles.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Moscoso, Kochmar, Clibborn, Fey, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, and Tarleton)
Concerning work performed by state forces on ferry vessels and terminals.
Increases the threshold from one hundred twenty thousand dollars to two hundred forty thousand dollars for work performed on ferry vessels and terminals by state forces.Requires the department of transportation, when the estimated cost of work to be performed by state forces is between one hundred twenty thousand dollars and the dollar amount set above, to first contact contractors that appear on the department's small works roster to do specific work the contractors are qualified to do to determine if any contractor is interested and capable of doing the work.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Hayes, Clibborn, Orcutt, Takko, Harmsworth, Riccelli, Rodne, Bergquist, Wilson, Robinson, Smith, Muri, and Magendanz)
Exempting certain department of transportation actions from local review or permit processes under the shoreline management act.
Exempts the following from requirements to obtain a substantial development permit, conditional use permit, variance, letter of exemption, or other review conducted by a local government to implement the shoreline management act: (1) Normal maintenance or repair of existing structures or developments by the department of transportation, including maintenance or repair of damage caused by accident, fire, or the elements; and (2) Construction or installation of safety structures and equipment by the department of transportation, including pavement marking, freeway surveillance and control systems, railroad protective devices, grooving, glare screen, safety barriers, energy attenuators, and hazardous or dangerous tree removal.
by Representative Hunter
Imposing fines, withholding taxes, and other measures to encourage local jurisdictions to timely file state-required reports. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Allowing the state treasurer to withhold taxes to encourage local jurisdictions to timely file financial reports. )
Requires the state auditor to notify the state and county treasurers of special purpose districts that have not timely filed the required annual financial report for the current year.Prohibits the state treasurer from distributing local sales and use taxes imposed by the special purpose district to the district until the state treasurer is notified that the district is compliant.Prohibits county treasurers from distributing regular property taxes imposed by the special purpose district, or other charges the county collects on behalf of the district, to the district until the county treasurer is notified that the district is compliant.
by Representatives Taylor, Scott, Young, and Shea
Repealing the prescription monitoring program.
Repeals the prescription monitoring program.
by Senators Brown, Hewitt, and Sheldon
Including nuclear energy in the definition of a "qualified alternative energy resource" for the purposes of RCW 19.29A.090.
Revises the definition of "qualified alternative energy resource," for the purposes of RCW 19.29A.090 (voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources), to include nuclear energy.Expands the information required on the billing statement of a retail electricity customer.
by Senators Becker, Braun, Warnick, Dammeier, and Benton
Protecting public sector workers' rights through public disclosure of public sector unions' finances.
Increases transparency and financial disclosure of public sector unions' finances.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senators Braun, Baumgartner, Rivers, and Angel
Simplifying and adding certainty to the calculation of workers' compensation benefits. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Simplifying and adding certainty to the calculation of workers' compensation benefits by creating a working group to develop recommendations. )
Requires the department of labor and industries to convene a benefit accuracy working group to develop recommendations to improve the calculation of wages under the industrial insurance program.Requires the working group to focus on improving the accuracy, simplicity, fairness, and consistency of calculating and providing wage replacement benefits.Prohibits the working group from considering overall reductions in existing worker benefit levels.
by Senators Braun, Baumgartner, Dammeier, Rivers, Bailey, Sheldon, Schoesler, Warnick, and Honeyford
Creating the workers' recovery act by amending provisions governing structured settlements by lowering age barriers and clarifying legislative intent. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Creating the workers' recovery act by amending provisions governing structured settlements by lowering age barriers. )
Establishes the workers' recovery act.Revises structured settlement provisions and lowers age barriers.
by Senators Braun and Cleveland
Concerning pharmaceutical waste.
Requires the department of ecology to convene a work group to identify the problems of properly managing pharmaceutical wastes and recommend solutions to improve management of these wastes at the site of generation through treatment or disposal by commercial waste management facilities.
by Senators Angel, Liias, Roach, McCoy, and Chase
Creating appeal procedures for single-family homeowners with failing septic systems required to connect to public sewer systems.
Requires a local government with an ordinance or resolution requiring connection to a public sewer system to, upon the failure of an on-site septic system, provide an administrative appeals process to consider denials of permit applications to repair or replace the septic system.
by Senators Keiser, Honeyford, and Conway
Amending the Constitution to allow the state to guarantee debt issued on behalf of a political subdivision for essential public infrastructure.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to allow the state to guarantee the obligations incurred to finance or refinance essential public infrastructure by or on behalf of a local government entity as authorized by the legislature.