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=2016.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Short, Tharinger, Fitzgibbon, and Gregerson; by request of Department of Ecology and Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Concerning water power license fees.
Changes reporting requirements of the department of ecology with regard to water power license fees.Delays, until June 30, 2027, the expiration of certain fees for federal energy regulatory commission projects.Requires the department of ecology and the department of fish and wildlife, in order to ensure accountability in the licensing, relicensing, and license implementation programs of the departments to: (1) Designate an employee as the manager of each department's hydropower licensing, relicensing, and license implementation program; and(2) Assign one employee to each licensed hydropower project to act as each department's designated licensing and implementation lead for a hydropower project.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Van De Wege, Griffey, Riccelli, and Fitzgibbon)
Modifying certain provisions governing benefit charges of fire protection districts and regional fire protection service authorities.
Addresses benefit charges of fire protection districts and regional fire protection service authorities.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Orcutt, Santos, Magendanz, Bergquist, Ortiz-Self, Kilduff, Kagi, Zeiger, Tarleton, Muri, Condotta, and Pollet)
Addressing the availability of retired teachers as substitutes.
Authorizes certain teachers in plan 2 or plan 3 of the teachers' retirement system that have retired under certain alternate early retirement provisions to be employed with an employer that has documented a shortage of certified substitute teachers for up to six hundred thirty hours per school year without suspension of their benefit.
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 Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Klippert, Takko, Griffey, Wilson, Scott, Bergquist, and Tarleton)
Concerning timing free access days at state parks with local community events.
Allows the director of the parks and recreation commission, in consultation with the department of natural resources and the department of fish and wildlife, to designate specific days when recreation sites or lands may be lawfully accessed without having to display a discover pass or day-use permit.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Zeiger, S. Hunt, Haler, and Bergquist)
Creating the TEACH pilot project of financial assistance for teachers taking basic skills and content tests for teacher certification programs.
Creates the teacher endorsement and certification help pilot project to develop an expandable program that provides grants to teachers taking basic skills and content tests for teacher certification programs.Requires the student achievement council and the professional educator standards board to: (1) Make financially needy students aware of the pilot project; and(2) Include information about the pilot project in materials distributed to schools and students.Expires June 30, 2021.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Short and Kretz)
Authorizing county legislative authorities to approve certain group B water systems based upon their delivery of water meeting safe drinking water standards.
Authorizes the county legislative authority of a certain county in eastern Washington to: (1) Act to approve the operation of a group B public water system serving less than ten connections if certain conditions are met; and(2) Choose to seek the advice of a local health jurisdiction in determining whether to approve the operation of a group B public water system.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, Taylor, Pettigrew, Shea, Gregory, G. Hunt, Pollet, Holy, Ryu, Haler, Sells, Santos, Farrell, Tarleton, Bergquist, Appleton, Moscoso, Takko, Peterson, Dunshee, Riccelli, Sawyer, Tharinger, Condotta, Gregerson, Stanford, Robinson, Fitzgibbon, Kilduff, Orwall, Ortiz-Self, Van De Wege, Goodman, Kirby, Blake, Wylie, Moeller, Fey, McBride, Hurst, Schmick, S. Hunt, Griffey, and Young; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Increasing academic rigor and streamlining assessment requirements for high school students.
Eliminates the tenth grade assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics and alternative assessments that students may use to obtain a certificate of academic achievement.Requires students to meet the standard on the smarter balanced English language arts and mathematics assessments administered in high school, or demonstrate by the beginning of their senior year that they have met state standards using the SAT or ACT.Intends for students who fail to meet the standard to take and pass locally determined courses in their senior year that align with their college or career goals and college and career standards including, when available, high school transition courses and dual credit courses.Declares it is the intent of the legislature for Washington to administer only the following for high school graduation: The assessment developed with a multistate consortium in English language arts; the assessment developed with a multistate consortium in mathematics; and the statewide assessment in science including, when operational, the comprehensive next generation science standards assessment.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Klippert and Hayes)
Concerning the crime of indecent exposure.
Modifies penalty provisions with regard to the crime of indecent exposure.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Van De Wege, Dunshee, Tharinger, Pettigrew, Moeller, and Goodman)
Adopting the international wildland urban interface code by reference for purposes of the state building code.
Adopts the international wildland urban interface code by reference for purposes of the state building code.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Senn, Riccelli, Appleton, Wylie, Robinson, Tarleton, Goodman, Ormsby, Tharinger, Gregerson, Pollet, Sullivan, Stanford, Jinkins, Kuderer, Ortiz-Self, S. Hunt, Blake, Lytton, Kilduff, Fitzgibbon, Kagi, Sells, Reykdal, Walkinshaw, Rossetti, Sawyer, Orwall, Peterson, Van De Wege, McBride, Kirby, Fey, Santos, Cody, Hudgins, Bergquist, Moscoso, and Frame)
Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women.
Makes it an unfair practice under the state civil service act for an employer to fail or refuse to make reasonable accommodation in employment for pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related health conditions.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, Walsh, Stanford, Kagi, Robinson, McBride, Bergquist, Jinkins, and Pollet)
Creating the Washington achieving a better life experience program.
Creates the Washington achieving a better life experience program and requires the program to allow for the creation of savings or investment accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities.Creates the Washington achieving a better life experience program account.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Haler, Reykdal, Zeiger, Pettigrew, Kagi, Appleton, Jinkins, Pollet, and McBride; by request of State Board for Community and Technical Colleges)
Including certain residents who do not have a high school diploma or credential and the number of students expected to enroll in basic education for adults courses at community and technical colleges in caseload forecast council forecasting.
Requires the caseload forecast council to forecast: (1) The number of state residents ages twenty-five to forty-four who do not have a high school diploma or credential; and(2) The number of students expected to enroll in basic education for adults courses at community and technical colleges.Authorizes the caseload forecast council to request data, information, and data processing assistance from the state board for community and technical colleges and the education data center as it may need to accomplish its duties.
by House Committee on Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Kilduff, Fitzgibbon, Kirby, Goodman, Jinkins, and Tarleton)
Concerning DNA biological samples.
Addresses the collection of biological samples collected from adults and juveniles for purposes of DNA identification analysis.
by Representatives Stambaugh, Kagi, Magendanz, Tharinger, Ortiz-Self, Frame, Goodman, and Ormsby
Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.
Revises the juvenile justice act of 1977 to provide for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.Authorizes the juvenile court, if a juvenile offender is charged with animal cruelty in the first degree, to deny granting a deferred disposition to the juvenile, even if the juvenile otherwise may qualify for a deferred disposition.Requires the judge to consider whether the community will benefit from granting a deferred disposition to the juvenile offender.Addresses fines, community service, and electronic monitoring for juveniles adjudicated of taking a motor vehicle without permission in the first or second degree or theft of a motor vehicle.Authorizes the prosecuting agency, after receiving a domestic violence offense report from a law enforcement agency, to choose not to file the information as a domestic violence offense if the offense was committed against a sibling, parent, stepparent, or grandparent.Changes a court's notification requirements to the department of licensing with regard to a juvenile's first offense while armed with a firearm, or first offense in violation of certain firearm, alcohol, or drug laws.
by Representatives Moscoso, Appleton, Walkinshaw, Pettigrew, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Tharinger, Stanford, Gregerson, Sawyer, Frame, and Santos
Addressing the use of deadly force by a public officer or peace officer.
Gives law enforcement clear guidance on when use of deadly force is justifiable and when it is not which will benefit both law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
by Representatives Ryu, Ortiz-Self, Walkinshaw, Stanford, and Santos
Establishing the joint legislative task force on community policing standards for a safer Washington.
Creates the joint legislative task force on community policing standards for a safer Washington.Requires the task force to: (1) Review and discuss data collected and reported by the attorney general as directed by Senate Bill No. 6294, if passed in the 2016 legislative session, and other data reported on justifiable homicide or use of deadly force by public officers from other reputable sources;(2) Review proposals and recommend modifications to the standards for justifiable homicide and criminal liability;(3) Review current practices and tools available to law enforcement as an alternative to lethal uses of force;(4) Evaluate the availability of body cameras and similar tools and determine whether the tools should be implemented;(5) Review current training curriculum and practices available to law enforcement regarding use of force; and(6) Evaluate the public confidence in community policing practices and use of force policies in this state.Expires July 1, 2018.
by Representatives Cody and Ortiz-Self
Concerning involuntary outpatient mental health treatment for persons with a persistent or acute disability.
Revises the definition of "in need of assisted outpatient mental health treatment," for purposes of the involuntary treatment act, to include a person who has a persistent or acute disability due to a severe mental disorder that meets certain criteria.
by Representatives Harris, Cody, Pollet, Nealey, Jinkins, Kagi, Stanford, Tarleton, and Goodman
Concerning youth substance use prevention associated with tobacco and drug delivery e-cigarettes and vapor products.
Addresses the prevention of youth substance use associated with tobacco and drug delivery e-cigarettes and vapor products.
by Representatives Reykdal, Stambaugh, Tarleton, Zeiger, Hargrove, Haler, Ortiz-Self, Van Werven, and Pollet
Decoupling services and activities fees from tuition.
Addresses the separation of services and activities fees from tuition.
by Representatives Pettigrew, Moscoso, Stanford, and Goodman
Enhancing crime victim participation in the criminal justice system process.
Establishes the safety and access for immigrant victims act.Requires a certifying agency, on request of a victim or representative, including the victim's attorney, accredited representative, or domestic violence, sexual assault, or victim's service provider, to make a determination on a specific form whether the victim was a victim of criminal activity and has been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful to the detection or investigation or prosecution of that criminal activity.Prohibits a certifying agency and certifying officials from disclosing personally identifying information or the immigration status of a victim or person requesting the form certification, unless certain conditions are met.Requires the office of crime victims advocacy to convene a crime victim certification steering committee to monitor compliance with this act and to perform other duties.Defines "certifying agency" as a state or local law enforcement agency, prosecutor, administrative judge, hearing office, or other authority that has responsibility for the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.
by Representatives Gregerson, Kilduff, Jinkins, and Ortiz-Self; by request of Department of Social and Health Services
Creating efficiencies regarding requirements for license withholding and suspension for noncompliance with a child support order.
Requires an agency that issues drivers' licenses, professional or occupational licenses, or recreational or sporting licenses to withhold, restrict, or suspend the license of a responsible parent when the department of social and health services certifies that parent's name as being a licensee who is not in compliance with a child support order.
by Representatives Kirby, Reykdal, Van De Wege, Muri, Stanford, Goodman, and Ormsby
Providing salary funding to recruit and retain Washington state patrol commissioned officers.
Requires certain taxes from the sale of spirits in the original package to be deposited in the state patrol highway account to be used for salaries for commissioned officers of the Washington state patrol.
by Representatives Kilduff, Goodman, Senn, and Moeller; by request of Department of Social and Health Services
Concerning notification requirements for the department of social and health services.
Addresses the notification requirements of the department of social and health services.
by Representative Ryu
Concerning exchange facilitators.
Establishes the exchange facilitator act.Provides protection for consumers who use exchange facilitators.
by Representatives Gregerson, Sells, Reykdal, Hudgins, Walkinshaw, Kilduff, Ormsby, Orwall, Robinson, Ortiz-Self, Ryu, and Pollet
Studying the causes of workplace injuries suffered by commercial janitors.
Requires the department of labor and industries to conduct a study on commercial janitorial safety that measures the workers' safety and health risks associated with their work tasks.Expires December 31, 2021.
by Representatives Gregerson, Pike, Moscoso, Orwall, Robinson, Hudgins, Van De Wege, Appleton, Stanford, and Goodman
Granting a city or town the authority to establish and operate a traffic school without county consent, control, or supervision.
Authorizes the establishment and operation of a traffic school by a city, town, or county without county consent, control, or supervision.
by Representatives Riccelli, Parker, Haler, Stanford, and Tarleton
Creating a pilot program allowing the use of a nationally recognized college readiness assessment to earn a certificate of academic achievement for high school graduation purposes and for federal and state accountability purposes.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) If permitted by the elementary and secondary education act of 1965, as reauthorized by the every student succeeds act of 2015, implement a pilot program for school districts to pilot the administration of a nationally recognized college readiness assessment for high school students to use to earn a certificate of academic achievement for high school graduation purposes and to meet federal and state school accountability requirements;(2) Enter into an agreement with a provider or providers of nationally recognized college readiness assessments for the provision and administration of the assessment for the purposes of the pilot program; and(3) Solicit and select up to seven school districts to participate in the pilot program.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee, four school years after the first administration of the nationally recognized college assessment by the pilot school districts, to conduct a review to determine the effects of using the assessment.
by Representatives Pettigrew and Kagi
Creating Fred Hutch special license plates.
Creates Fred Hutch special license plates to support Fred Hutch cancer research.
by Representatives Hickel, Stambaugh, Zeiger, Caldier, Kochmar, Haler, Magendanz, and Pollet
Expanding the professional educator workforce by increasing career opportunities in education, creating a more robust enrollment forecasting, and enhancing recruitment efforts.
Increases career opportunities in education, creates a more robust enrollment forecasting, and enhances recruitment efforts.Allows retired teachers to reenter the workforce without penalty of pension benefits, adequate student enrollment forecasting, additional funding for the alternative routes and educator retooling programs, and enhancements to recruitment.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with school districts, educational service districts, and other state agencies, to develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide initiative to increase the number of qualified individuals who apply for teaching positions in the state.Makes an appropriation.
by Representatives Manweller, Springer, and Tharinger
Addressing the use of a digital platform to employ certain independent contractors.
Exempts the following from the provisions of the state industrial insurance act: A person employed as a domestic servant in a private home by an employer who secures the services of a domestic servant through a digital platform.
by Representatives Moscoso, Manweller, and Tarleton
Modifying freight mobility strategic investment board duties relating to certain freight and rail planning.
Revises the duties of the freight mobility strategic investment board with regard to freight and rail planning.
by Representatives Dent, Griffey, McCabe, Blake, Johnson, Haler, Springer, and Ormsby
Using global positioning system technology to protect the safety of wildland firefighters.
Establishes the wildland firefighter safety act.Authorizes the department of natural resources to require all fire suppression equipment and personnel in its employ or direction to be outfitted with an electronic monitoring device that uses global positioning system technology to protect the safety of wildland firefighters.
by Representatives Dent, Blake, McCabe, Schmick, Chandler, Short, Griffey, Johnson, Dye, Haler, and Springer
Concerning accessing land during a fire suppression response for the purpose of protecting livestock from a wildland fire.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) Allow livestock owners, or employees or agents of a livestock owner, to access public lands for the purpose of retrieving or caring for livestock that are lawfully present on the public lands during a fire suppression response affecting the land in question; and(2) Include language that explains the right of access, and associated assumption of liability, in the text of a grazing lease.
by Representatives Walkinshaw, Jinkins, Hudgins, Stanford, and Santos
Providing public notices of public health, safety, and welfare in a language other than English.
Requires state agencies, required by law or rule to provide public notices to a community or area to advise or inform the public about an imminent or emergent public health, safety, or welfare risk, to also provide notices in the language that diverse residents can understand when a significant segment of the community speaks a language other than English and has limited proficiency in English.Requires each local organization or joint local organization for emergency management to maintain updated demographic data for their jurisdictions and information on the languages represented by their respective communities.
by Representative Short
Addressing telemedicine and integrated behavioral health care training.
Includes in the definition of "telemedicine," for the purposes of this act, consultation between psychiatrists and other providers, including primary care physicians, nurses, care coordinators, case managers, social workers, and psychologists to provide diagnostic and medication management evaluation and education.Requires the department of health to partner with the University of Washington to establish up to six centers of excellence in evidence-based integrated behavioral health training.
by Representatives Kretz, Blake, Schmick, Dunshee, Short, Haler, Stanford, and Chandler
Ensuring that restrictions on outdoor burning for air quality reasons do not impede measures necessary to ensure forest resiliency to catastrophic fires.
Authorizes the department of natural resources to inspect an area and issue a burning permit for forest resiliency burning, if the burning is unlikely to significantly contribute to a violation of air quality standards.Authorizes the department of natural resources, authorized employees, or a warden or ranger to refuse, revoke, or postpone the use of permits for forest resiliency burning if: (1) Necessary for the safety of adjacent property; or(2) Burning poses an unreasonable risk of air pollution.
by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Chase, Keiser, Fraser, and Frockt
Adding training on public works and prevailing wage requirements to responsible bidder criteria.
Requires a bidder, before award of a public works contract, to also meet the following responsibility criteria to be considered a responsible bidder and qualified to be awarded a public works project: Have attended training from the department of labor and industries or a training program approved by the department relating to the requirements associated with public works and prevailing wage under chapters 39.04 and 39.12 RCW.
by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Chase, Keiser, and Fraser
Improving compliance with prevailing wage procedures.
Addresses prevailing wage procedures with regard to imposing civil penalties on contractors and subcontractors who fail to post certain statements or records required by chapter 39.12 RCW (prevailing wages on public works).
by Senators Conway, Keiser, Hasegawa, and Fraser
Establishing the prevailing rate of wage based on collective bargaining agreements or other methods if collective bargaining agreements are not available.
Requires the industrial statistician to establish the prevailing rate of wage based on collective bargaining agreements or other methods if collective bargaining agreements are not available.
by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Chase, Keiser, Fraser, and Frockt
Addressing compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements.
Modifies public works provisions with regard to bidding on public works contracts and compliance by apprentices of labor hour requirements.Requires the supervisor of apprenticeship to monitor compliance by contractors and awarding agencies of apprenticeship utilization requirements.
by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Chase, Keiser, Fraser, and Frockt
Addressing the time period for workers to recover wages under prevailing wage laws.
Provides that the time period for recovery of wages owed to a worker affected by a determination of the prevailing rate of wage is tolled until the prevailing wage determination is final.
by Senators Warnick, Schoesler, King, Honeyford, and Brown
Concerning contingency plans for the transport of biological oils and blends by railroads.
Provides that contingency plans for railroads transporting oil in bulk are not required for the transport of biological oils and blends.
by Senator Warnick
Modifying the penalty for taxpayers that do not submit an annual survey or report.
Modifies penalties for taxpayers who fail to submit an annual survey or report.
by Senators Baumgartner and Braun
Addressing local regulation of private employers.
Prohibits a city, town, or port district from requiring, enforcing, or otherwise regulating, by means of charter, ordinance, regulation, rule, resolution, contract, or purchasing agreement, any of the following for private employers: Payment of wages, hours of work, employee retention, or leave from employment.
by Senators Baumgartner and Braun
Reforming industrial insurance through privatization and competition.
Introduces competition into the industrial insurance system through a choice of insurance carriers from whom employers can purchase industrial insurance.Creates the joint legislative task force on industrial insurance privatization to develop proposed legislation to eliminate the state-run industrial insurance fund.Requires the department of labor and industries and the office of the insurance commissioner to cooperate with the task force and each provide a nonvoting liaison member to the task force.
by Senators Brown, Schoesler, and Hewitt
Financing of improvements for state-owned lands to be transferred for private development.
Authorizes a city to finance public improvements using state land improvement financing subject to certain conditions.
by Senators Warnick, Parlette, Hasegawa, and Conway
Requiring completion of an apprenticeship program to receive a journey level or residential specialty electrician certificate of competency.
Requires completion of an apprenticeship program to receive a journey level or residential specialty electrician certificate of competency.
by Senators Chase, Hewitt, Rolfes, Hasegawa, Jayapal, McAuliffe, Ranker, Conway, and Frockt
Concerning cetacean captivity.
Creates the crime of unlawful cetacean captivity.
by Senators Miloscia, Padden, O'Ban, Pearson, and Sheldon
Requiring the establishment of performance management systems at the state department of corrections.
Requires the department of corrections to: (1) Develop a robust lean performance management plan to be overseen by the governor in collaboration with the department;(2) Coordinate performance management activities between correctional facilities to develop common performance measures and frameworks; and(3) Study the application of the Baldrige quality management framework or an equivalent performance management system to its own activities and report its findings to the governor and relevant legislative policy and fiscal committees.Requires the plan to conform to the Baldrige excellence framework most applicable to nonprofit government operations.Requires the state auditor to: (1) Conduct a performance audit of the department's management systems and metrics one year after their implementation; and(2) Conduct an immediate performance audit of the department's management system in place and report its findings to the governor and relevant legislative policy and fiscal committees.
by Senators Pearson, Bailey, and Warnick
Establishing a proof of water reliance application process by which any property owner who relies on legal water availability to obtain a building permit prior to the invalidation of an instream flow rule may secure proof that continued use of water at the property will not be considered to be causing impairment of minimum flows.
Establishes an orderly process by which property owners may acquire proof from the department of ecology that their expectation to use their property established in reliance on government determinations of water availability will be recognized and supported because the owners will not be considered to be causing impairment of minimum flows.
by Senators Cleveland, Rivers, Keiser, Becker, Frockt, Bailey, Conway, Jayapal, Billig, and Hasegawa
Concerning elder justice centers.
Addresses the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.Requires the department of social and health services to establish two elder justice center demonstration programs, one in Clark county and the other in Spokane county.
by Senator Fain
Requiring the department of social and health services to collect and publicly report information on the safe surrender of newborn children.
Requires the department of social and health services to collect and compile information concerning: (1) The number and medical condition of newborns transferred by the parent to a qualified person after the effective date of this act;(2) The number and medical condition of newborns abandoned within the state who were not transferred after the effective date of this act; and(3) Report its findings to the public annually, which may be on its web site.
by Senators Liias, Bailey, Frockt, Miloscia, and McAuliffe
Changing provisions relating to services and activities fees at institutions of higher education.
Addresses the separation of services and activities fees from tuition.
by Senators Chase, McAuliffe, Hasegawa, and Conway
Requiring music education in elementary schools.
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Promote the adoption of school-based curricula and policies that provide quality daily music education for all elementary school students; and(2) Encourage policies that provide all elementary school students with opportunities for musical activities.Requires certain school districts to increase the number of hours of music offered in elementary schools.Requires schools receiving all-day kindergarten program support to provide a curriculum that provides experiences in music.
by Senators Bailey, Pearson, and Warnick
Concerning a feasibility study to examine whether water storage would provide noninterruptible water resources to users of permit exempt wells.
Requires the department of ecology, in cooperation with the department of health, Skagit county, and nonmunicipally owned public water systems in Skagit county, to conduct a study to examine the feasibility of using water storage to recharge the Skagit river basin when needed to meet minimum instream flows and to provide noninterruptible water resources to users of permit exempt wells within the Skagit river basin.