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 House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives G. Hunt, Reykdal, Sawyer, Manweller, Vick, S. Hunt, and Buys)
Addressing fees and costs related to methods of wage payment.
Requires an employer to: (1) Offer a method of wage payment that allows an employee to obtain his or her wages in legal tender of the United States without fees or costs for the transaction; and(2) Offer an employee at least one other method of receiving wages that does not require the employee to maintain or open an account for purposes of direct deposit if the employer credits employee wages to a payroll card account.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Goodman, McBride, Springer, Fey, Farrell, Hudgins, Kagi, Walkinshaw, Gregerson, S. Hunt, Jinkins, Tharinger, and Pollet; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning using chemical action plans to require safer chemicals in Washington.
Establishes the toxics reduction act.Requires the department of ecology to: (1) In consultation with the department of health, select up to four chemicals for the development of chemical action plans; and(2) When developing a chemical action plan, convene an external advisory committee to provide stakeholder input, expertise, and additional information.Requires the department of enterprise services to establish purchasing and procurement policies that provide a preference for products and products in packaging that do not contain: (1) Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals as defined in chapter 173-333 WAC (persistent bioaccumulative toxins); and(2) Chemicals that have been addressed by a completed chemical action plan that has included a recommendation that the state adopt a purchasing and procurement policy for products and products in packaging that do not contain the chemical.Prohibits an agency from knowingly purchasing products or products in packaging containing the aforementioned chemicals.Provides for termination and review, under the sunset act, of the authority of the department of ecology to do the following with regard to this act: (1) Require manufacturers to provide information on chemicals and conduct alternatives assessments;(2) Prepare summary reports on alternatives assessments;(3) Prohibit the use of chemicals and the sale, offer for sale, or distribution of a product containing a prohibited chemical; and(4) Assess penalties.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Clibborn, Hayes, Ryu, Kochmar, Senn, Zeiger, Tarleton, Fey, Farrell, Harmsworth, Van Werven, Stanford, Fitzgibbon, Stokesbary, Wylie, Tharinger, Moscoso, Riccelli, and Santos)
Establishing a priority for the use, reuse, and recycling of construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials in Washington.
Requires the department of transportation and its implementation partners to collaboratively develop and establish objectives and strategies for the reuse and recycling of construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials which must include the development of criteria for the successful and sustainable long-term recycling of construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials in transportation, roadway, street, highway, and other transportation infrastructure projects.Requires the department of transportation, unless construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials are not readily available and cost-effective, to specify and annually use a minimum of twenty-five percent construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials on their cumulative transportation, roadway, street, highway, and other transportation infrastructure projects.Requires certain local governmental entities, as part of their contracting process, to request and accept bids that include the use of construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials for each transportation, roadway, street, highway, or other transportation infrastructure project.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Chase, Roach, Hatfield, and Miloscia)
Subjecting a resolution or ordinance adopted by the legislative body of a city or town to assume a water-sewer district to a referendum.
Subjects to a referendum, a resolution or ordinance adopted by the legislative body of a city to assume jurisdiction of all or part of a water-sewer district.Exempts a city legislative authority from the referendum requirement if it assumes jurisdiction of all or part of a water-sewer district through a contract with a water-sewer district or through an interlocal agreement with a water-sewer district.
by Senators Billig, Roach, Sheldon, Fain, Liias, Mullet, Fraser, Dansel, McCoy, Rolfes, Cleveland, Darneille, Habib, Padden, Nelson, Benton, Chase, Keiser, Jayapal, Hasegawa, and Frockt
Increasing transparency of campaign contributions.
Establishes the dark money elimination act.Increases transparency and accountability in the election process and requires the disclosure of contributions and expenditures by nonprofit organizations that participate significantly in Washington state elections.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Baumgartner, and Warnick)
Concerning residential security system installations.
Expands the definition of "class A basic electrical work," for purposes of chapter 19.28 RCW (electricians and electrical installations).
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (originally sponsored by Senators Pearson, Bailey, and Benton)
Concerning the effects of instream flow rules on water use.
Addresses the effects of instream flow rules on water use.Requires the department of ecology to review the Skagit river basin instream resources protection program rule to determine whether the rule has set aside sufficient water reservations to satisfy year-round human domestic needs in designated water resource inventory areas 3 and 4.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Parlette, Pearson, Rolfes, Hewitt, Litzow, Conway, Hasegawa, and McAuliffe)
Concerning outdoor recreation.
Requires the director of the parks and recreation commission, when setting priorities and developing criteria for the awarding of grants to outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs, to consider programs that use veterans for at least fifty percent of program implementation or administration.Requires the governor to appoint and maintain a senior policy advisor to the governor on outdoor recreation to focus on promoting, increasing participation in, and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation in the state, with a particular focus on achieving economic development and job growth through outdoor recreation.
by Senators Braun, Baumgartner, and Dammeier
Requiring employee organizations to submit digital copies of their collective bargaining agreements to the public employment relations commission. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Requiring public employers to submit digital copies of collective bargaining agreements to the public employment relations commission. )
Requires digital copies of collective bargaining agreements to be submitted by public employers to the public employment relations commission.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Conway, Becker, and Pearson)
Addressing registration and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers.
Changes the registration and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers from the department of revenue's business licensing service to the office of the insurance commissioner.Requires the joint select committee on health care oversight to convene a stakeholder work group comprised of participants in the prescription drug delivery chain.Provides that the work group assignments may include the following: (1) Review the entire drug supply chain;(2) Discuss suggestions that recognize the unique nature of small retail pharmacies and possible options that support a viable business model that do not increase the cost of pharmacy products;(3) Review the availability of drugs on the list and list prices for community retail pharmacies;(4) Review phone contacts and standards for response times and availability; and(5) Review the pharmacy acquisition cost from national or regional wholesalers that serve community retail pharmacies in this state and consider when or whether to make an adjustment and under what standards.
by Senators Ericksen and Ranker
Concerning regulatory and financial mechanisms and means to promote the retirement of coal-fired electric generation facilities. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Requiring the department of commerce, in consultation with the appropriate committees of the legislature, to study the costs and benefits of retiring an eligible coal plant. )
Requires the energy division of the department of commerce, in consultation with the appropriate committees of the senate and house of representatives, to study the costs and benefits of retiring an eligible coal plant.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl-Welles, Darneille, Padden, Keiser, Conway, Chase, and Hasegawa)
Concerning the trafficking of persons.
Designates the office of crime victims advocacy as the single point of contact in state government regarding the trafficking of persons.Creates the Washington state clearinghouse on human trafficking as an information portal to share and coordinate statewide efforts to combat the trafficking of persons.Reestablishes the state task force against the trafficking of persons which will be chaired by the director of the office of crime victims advocacy.Delays, until June 30, 2017, the expiration of the commercially sexually exploited children statewide coordinating committee.Allows establishments that maintain restrooms for use by the public to voluntarily post, in all restrooms of the establishment, a notice which may be in a variety of languages and include toll-free telephone numbers a person may call for assistance, including numbers for the national human trafficking resource center and the office of crime victims advocacy.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Brown, Angel, Miloscia, Braun, Dansel, Schoesler, Hewitt, and Chase)
Addressing fiscal notes and fiscal impact statements.
Addresses fiscal notes and dynamic fiscal impact statements.Requires fiscal notes dealing with corrections, child welfare, and mental health issues to include an estimate of the fiscal impact of expenditure reductions or increases on other state or local program expenditures as well as any return on investment as a result of the legislation if requested by a member of a legislative fiscal committee for legislation projected to result in an increase or decrease in state expenditures exceeding five million dollars.Requires the director of the office of financial management and the director of the state institute for public policy to convene a work group to explore the establishment of a nonpartisan agency to conduct objective, impartial fiscal analysis on behalf of the legislature.
by Senators Honeyford, Hatfield, Chase, and Brown
Preserving the common law interpretation and application of the vested rights doctrine. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Increasing certainty and predictability in the land use permit process. )
Increases certainty and predictability in the land use permit process.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Bailey, Hill, Becker, Fain, Miloscia, Parlette, Angel, Schoesler, Brown, Litzow, Warnick, Honeyford, Sheldon, Rivers, Roach, and Benton)
Establishes the college affordability program to reduce tuition.
by Senators Baumgartner, Hasegawa, Conway, and Braun
Creating a labor and industries ombuds within the department of commerce.
Creates the ombuds for employers in the department of commerce.Authorizes the ombuds to: (1) Act as an advocate for employers in interactions with the department of labor and industries;(2) Offer and provide information on department of labor and industries programs as appropriate to employers;(3) Identify, investigate, and facilitate resolution of employer complaints relating to department of labor and industries programs; and(4) Maintain a statewide toll-free telephone number for the receipt of complaints and inquiries.