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 Public Safety (originally sponsored by Representatives Pike, Manweller, Klippert, Vick, Wilson, and Buys)
Concerning correctional industries' insurance costs.
Addresses insurance costs for correctional industries.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Springer, Stokesbary, Fitzgibbon, Muri, Appleton, and Kilduff)
Concerning local government modernization.
Revises certain local government statutes to reflect technological and organizational change.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Harris, Cody, Johnson, Robinson, Senn, Clibborn, Jinkins, and Ormsby; by request of Department of Health)
Creating the interstate medical licensure compact.
Creates the interstate medical licensure compact.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Stambaugh, Wylie, Walsh, S. Hunt, Frame, Sawyer, Rossetti, Riccelli, Magendanz, Harris, Reykdal, Senn, Kagi, Lytton, Tharinger, Caldier, Stanford, Farrell, Cody, Kilduff, Peterson, Kuderer, Bergquist, Ormsby, and Santos)
Requiring private health insurers and the medicaid program to reimburse for a twelve-month supply of contraceptive drugs.
Requires a health benefit plan issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2017, that includes coverage for contraceptive drugs, to provide reimbursement for a twelve-month refill of contraceptive drugs obtained at one time by the enrollee after the enrollee has completed the initial supply of the drugs, unless the enrollee requests a smaller supply or the prescribing provider instructs that the enrollee must receive a smaller supply.Requires the state health care authority to make arrangements for all medicaid programs offered through managed care plans or fee-for-service programs to require the dispensing of contraceptive drugs with a twelve-month supply provided at one time, unless a patient requests a smaller supply or the prescribing provider instructs that the patient must receive a smaller supply.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Buys, Griffey, Springer, and Van De Wege)
Preventing water-sewer districts from prohibiting multipurpose fire sprinkler systems.
Prohibits a water-sewer district from prohibiting the use of certain multipurpose fire sprinkler systems.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives G. Hunt, Kirby, Shea, and Ormsby)
Concerning payroll cards.
Prohibits a financial institution from issuing a payroll card to a consumer unless certain conditions are met.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Young, Tarleton, Smith, Morris, and Harmsworth)
Concerning the development of a state plan to implement federal regulations on electric generation facilities.
Requires the department of ecology, in developing, adopting, and implementing a state plan in order to comply with the requirements of a federal rule relating to greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric generation facilities, to develop a state plan that: (1) Maintains state flexibility to achieve compliance using market-based regulations that include the use of market-based tools, including intrastate trading of allowance allocations;(2) Facilitates the state's participation in a regional or multistate program to trade compliance instruments; and(3) Distributes all compliance instruments equal to the baseline emissions for the compliance period.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, DeBolt, Blake, and Zeiger; by request of Recreation and Conservation Office)
Implementing the recommendations of the 2015 review of the Washington wildlife and recreation program.
Implements the proposed recommendations by the recreation and conservation office for statutory revisions of the state wildlife and recreation program.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives McCaslin, Gregerson, Shea, Appleton, Tharinger, Peterson, McBride, Manweller, Stokesbary, Reykdal, Sells, Fitzgibbon, Springer, Kochmar, Orwall, Nealey, Pike, Van De Wege, and Stanford)
Allowing nuisance abatement cost recovery for cities.
Specifies requirements for cities, towns, and code cities that exercise their authority to declare a nuisance, abate a nuisance, or impose fines or costs upon persons who create, continue, or maintain a nuisance.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Van De Wege, Taylor, DeBolt, Cody, Rodne, Kochmar, Stambaugh, Riccelli, Johnson, Jinkins, Kagi, Harris, Smith, Stokesbary, Caldier, Zeiger, Tharinger, Hickel, Fitzgibbon, Muri, Reykdal, Frame, Rossetti, S. Hunt, Hudgins, McBride, Ormsby, Appleton, Walkinshaw, Senn, Ryu, Gregerson, Sells, Harmsworth, Tarleton, Pollet, Bergquist, Stanford, and Scott)
Reducing public health threats that particularly impact highly exposed populations, including children and firefighters, by establishing a process for the department of health to restrict the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in certain types of consumer products.
Prohibits a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer from manufacturing, selling, or distributing for sale or for use in this state children's products or residential upholstered furniture containing any of the following flame retardants in amounts greater than one thousand parts per million in any product component: (1) TDCPP;(2) TCEP;(3) Decabromodiphenyl ether;(4) HBCD; or(5) Additive TBBPA.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Rodne, Robinson, Johnson, and Jinkins)
Establishing a public registry for the transparency of blood establishments.
Prohibits a blood-collecting or distributing establishment from collecting or distributing blood for transfusion in the state, unless it is registered by the department of health.Requires the department of health to: (1) Register a blood-collecting or distributing establishment if it holds a license issued by the United States food and drug administration or if the applicant is a hospital that meets certain criteria;(2) Deny or revoke the registration of an establishment upon a determination that it no longer holds a license issued by the federal food and drug administration; and(3) Create and maintain an online public registry of all registered blood-collecting or distributing establishments that supply blood products for transfusion in the state, including all clients that each establishment serves.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Moscoso, Rodne, Clibborn, Stanford, and Springer)
Concerning county road administration and maintenance.
Provides taxpayers with lower road maintenance costs and greater road efficiencies by updating outdated local road statutes.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Kuderer, Goodman, Johnson, Wilcox, Morris, Hudgins, MacEwen, and Wilson)
Concerning disclosure of financial, commercial, and proprietary information of employees of private cloud service providers.
Exempts the following from disclosure under the public records act: Proprietary data, trade secrets, or other information that relates to criminal background checks, and personally identifiable information associated with requests for and responses to criminal background checks, of employees of private cloud service providers who have entered into a criminal justice information services information agreement.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Walsh, Senn, Stokesbary, Lytton, Magendanz, Muri, and Goodman; by request of Department of Early Learning)
Concerning the department of early learning's access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.
Requires the department of social and health services to maintain and share records of child abuse and neglect with the department of early learning for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.Requires the department of early learning to: (1) Be given access to certain records and information collected and retained by a juvenile justice or care agency; and(2) In order to satisfy its background check requirements, obtain from the department of social and health services records of each agency and its staff seeking licensure or relicensure, and other persons having unsupervised access to children in care.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Van Werven, S. Hunt, Moscoso, Dent, Wilson, Vick, Manweller, Muri, Scott, and Magendanz)
Concerning gender requirements in the election of chair and vice chair positions for state committees of political parties.
Allows, rather than requires, the chair and vice chair of the state committees of major political parties to be of opposite sexes.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Stambaugh, Manweller, Short, Kochmar, Wilson, Magendanz, Griffey, Riccelli, Cody, and Robinson)
Authorizing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraceptives.
Authorizes the state health officer or a county health officer to enter into an agreement with a pharmacist in order for the pharmacist to initiate or modify drug therapy related to self-administered hormonal contraceptives in accordance with written guidelines and protocols previously established and approved for the pharmacist's practice by the state health officer or a county health officer.Requires the pharmacy quality assurance commission, in order to increase awareness of the availability of contraceptives in pharmacies, to develop a sticker or sign to be displayed at a pharmacy that initiates or modifies drug therapy related to self-administered hormonal contraceptives.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Orcutt, and Muri)
Providing sales and use tax exemptions, in the form of a remittance of tax paid, to encourage coal-fired electric generation plants to convert to natural gas-fired plants or biomass energy facilities.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption, in the form of a remittance, for materials, machinery and equipment, and labor and services rendered in respect to the constructing of new structures, and expansion or renovation of existing structures, for the purpose of converting a coal-fired electric generation facility into a natural gas-fired plant or biomass energy facility.Expires July 1, 2025.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Walkinshaw, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Kagi, Gregerson, Kilduff, Frame, and Pollet)
Concerning the prescription monitoring program.
Requires a practitioner to use the prescription monitoring program established in chapter 70.225 RCW before initially prescribing a substance included in schedule II or III for the treatment of noncancer-related chronic or intractable pain.Authorizes the department of health to provide data in the prescription monitoring program to: (1) Persons authorized to prescribe or dispense legend drugs for the purpose of providing medical or pharmaceutical care for their patients;(2) A health care facility or entity for the purpose of providing medical or pharmaceutical care to the patients of the facility or entity; and(3) A health care provider group of five or more providers for purposes of providing medical or pharmaceutical care to the patients of the provider group.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn and Buys)
Concerning the state building code council.
Imposes a temporary surcharge of one dollar on each residential building permit issued by a county or a city and a temporary surcharge of five dollars and fifty cents for each nonresidential building permit issued by a county or a city.Changes the composition and duties of the state building code council.Requires the department of enterprise services to employ permanent and temporary staff and contract for services for the state building code council.Creates the legislative task force on the state building code council's administration and operations.Requires the task force to review and provide recommendations on certain issues with regard to the state building code council and the state building code.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Smith, Morris, and Magendanz)
Establishing the office of privacy and data protection.
Creates the office of privacy and data protection, within the office of the state chief information officer, to serve as a central point of contact for state agencies on policy matters involving data privacy and data protection.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct a program and fiscal review of the office.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Clibborn and Moscoso)
Concerning wholesale vehicle dealers.
Requires a wholesale vehicle dealer to purchase vehicles from or sell vehicles to other dealers licensed by the department of licensing.
by Representative DeBolt
Concerning a property tax exemption for land owned by a nonprofit organization and designated as a master planned location for major industrial activity.
Provides a property tax exemption for real property owned by a nonprofit that is within an area designated as a master planned location for major industrial activity outside urban growth areas on lands formerly used or designated for surface coal mining and supporting uses.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Dansel and Benton)
Concerning penalty waivers for delinquent property taxes.
Requires penalties for delinquencies on property taxes to be waived by the county treasurer if the delinquency was the result of circumstances beyond the control of the taxpayer.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Conway, Hasegawa, Keiser, and Darneille)
Restricting the social security offset to disability compensation.
Exempts the following from social security offset requirements: (1) Workers who applied to receive social security retirement benefits before the date of their injury; and(2) Workers receiving social security benefits before their injury.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senator Roach)
Concerning the licensing of real estate appraisers.
Addresses examination requirements of real estate appraisers who are currently certified or licensed under the laws of another state.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Conway, Jayapal, Cleveland, Rolfes, Fraser, Litzow, Fain, Nelson, Habib, Chase, Mullet, Liias, Pedersen, Takko, Hasegawa, Ranker, Frockt, Hill, Benton, and Billig)
Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women.
Requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee for a pregnancy-related or childbirth-related health condition, if she so requests, unless the employer demonstrates that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Rolfes, Fraser, Conway, McCoy, O'Ban, Litzow, Fain, Rivers, Becker, Darneille, McAuliffe, Habib, Chase, and Benton)
Concerning the exemption of property taxes for nonprofit homeownership development.
Exempts the following from state and local property taxes: Real property owned by a nonprofit entity for the purpose of developing or redeveloping one or more residences to be sold to low-income households.
by Senate Committee on Accountability & Reform (originally sponsored by Senators Schoesler and Hargrove)
Concerning the removal of provisions that are no longer necessary for continued publication in the Revised Code of Washington.
Repeals, amends, recodifies, and/or decodifies certain provisions that are no longer necessary for continued publication in the Revised Code of Washington.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Fain, Hobbs, and Roach)
Concerning the operating and reserve accounts of the horse racing commission.
Creates the Washington horse racing commission operating reserve account and requires expenditures from the account to be used only for operating expenses of the horse racing commission.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators King and Takko)
Concerning the disposition of penalties paid for failure to comply with recreational site or lands pass/permit requirements.
Addresses the disposition by a county treasurer of monetary penalties for natural resource infractions with regard to discover pass, vehicle access pass, and day-use permit requirements.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Warnick, and Ranker)
Concerning migratory bird hunting fees.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to work cooperatively with its waterfowl advisory group and other appropriate stakeholders to: (1) Assess migratory bird permit fees and program needs; and(2) Review options and recommendations on changes to the migratory bird permit fee, or other program changes, based on the results of the assessment.Requires the state auditor to audit the department of fish and wildlife's use of fees derived from the sale of migratory bird permits for compliance with statutory requirements.Expires June 30, 2017.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers and Conway)
Concerning the provision of personal services and promotional items by cannabis producers and processors.
Authorizes cannabis producers and processors to provide personal services and promotional items to retailers.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Miloscia and Hobbs; by request of Housing Finance Commission)
Concerning private activity bond allocation.
Adjusts the initial allocation of the activity bond state ceiling with regard to housing and student loans.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Pearson, Jayapal, Rolfes, Takko, Dansel, Warnick, and Hewitt)
Concerning administrative processes of the state parks and recreation commission.
Changes certain voting requirements of the state parks and recreation commission.Increases the lease term to eighty years for state parks.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Hasegawa, Dammeier, Liias, and Chase)
Modifying and updating small works roster construction and limited public works requirements.
Authorizes state agencies and authorized local governments to: (1) Use a uniform small works roster to award contracts for construction, building, renovation, remodeling, alteration, repair, or improvement of real property with an estimated cost of five hundred thousand dollars or less; and(2) Create a single general small works roster or a small works roster for different specialties or categories of anticipated work.Requires the department of enterprise services to work with the municipal research and services center to notify local governments authorized to use small works rosters of this authority and to provide guidance on how to use the authority.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick and Conway)
Concerning certified public accountant firm mobility.
Modifies provisions regarding certified public accountant firm mobility.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Hewitt and Warnick)
Requiring periodic certification elections for labor unions representing public employees.
Requires periodic certification elections for labor unions representing public employees.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Hewitt and Conway)
Concerning enhanced raffles.
Delays, until June 30, 2022, the expiration of RCW 9.46.0323 relating to enhanced raffles.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators King, Hasegawa, Conway, Keiser, Hewitt, Rivers, and Chase)
Addressing provisions concerning wineries in respect to the licensing of private collections of wine, allowing wineries to make sales for off-premises consumption at special occasion licensed events, modifying special occasion licenses, and making certain related technical corrections.
Authorizes a domestic winery, during an event held by a nonprofit holding a special occasion license, to take orders and accept payment for wines of its own production under certain conditions.Authorizes a special occasion licensee, in addition to offering the sale of wine by the individual serving for on-premises consumption, to sell wine in original, unopened containers for on-premises consumption if permission is obtained from the state liquor and cannabis board before the event.Addresses special permits by individuals or businesses to sell a private collection of wine or spirits to an individual or business.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Hewitt, Keiser, Fraser, Conway, Angel, Hasegawa, King, Bailey, Brown, Dansel, Schoesler, Warnick, Honeyford, and Sheldon)
Concerning mechanics' and materialmen's liens.
Requires a person furnishing labor, professional services, materials, or equipment for the improvement of real property to: (1) Have a lien upon the improvement for the actual costs to that person; and(2) Before filing a claim of lien, and if he or she is required to give notice of the right to claim a lien, give written notice to the owner or reputed owner and to the contractor from which payment is due when the payment is thirty days late.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner and Braun)
Addressing minimum standards of employment.
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, labor scheduling, or leave from employment.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Mullet, and Hargrove)
Addressing industrial insurance claims made to self-insurers.
Requires a self-insurer, for an industrial insurance claim for which a worker may be entitled to benefits other than medical treatment, to: (1) If he or she has determined to allow the industrial insurance claim, issue an order allowing the claim to the injured worker, attending medical provider, and the department of labor and industries within a specific amount of time; and(2) If he or she requires additional time to determine whether to allow or request denial of the claim, issue an order to the injured worker, attending medical provider, and the department within sixty days from the date that the claim was filed.
by Senators Fain, Rivers, Litzow, Baumgartner, Keiser, and Roach
Ensuring equal pay for equal work by amending and enhancing enforcement of equal pay and protecting worker communications about wages.
Updates the existing state equal pay act so it reflects the equal status of all workers in the state.Makes an appropriation to the joint legislative audit and review committee so it can review public agency pay schedules to evaluate the existence of disparities in pay in the state's public sector employment.