HB 2793-S2.E - DIGEST

Creates the safe homes task force to raise public awareness and increase suicide prevention education among new partners who are in key positions to help reduce suicide.

Requires the University of Washington school of social work to administer and staff the task force and convene the initial meeting of the task force.

Requires the department of fish and wildlife to update the pamphlet on firearms safety and the legal limits of the use of firearms to incorporate information on suicide awareness and prevention.

Requires a licensed pharmacist, a person holding a retired active pharmacist license, or certain other professionals holding a retired active license to complete a one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.

Requires the schools of pharmacy at the University of Washington and Washington State University to convene a work group to jointly develop a curriculum on suicide assessment, treatment, and management for pharmacy students.

Requires the department of health and the pharmacy quality assurance commission to jointly develop written materials on suicide awareness and prevention that pharmacies can post or distribute to customers.


March 31, 2016

To the Honorable Speaker and Members,
The House of Representatives of the State of Washington

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am returning herewith, without my approval as to Sections 3 and 9, Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 2793 entitled:

"AN ACT Relating to providing for suicide awareness and prevention education for safer homes."

Section 3 of this bill creates the safe homes project and Section 9 provides for the expiration [of] that section. These two sections are from a prior version of the bill and the final bill was not properly amended to remove them. The bill's prime sponsor and other advocates requested this veto because the work on the safe homes project is premature. The task force created in Section 2 of the bill will begin a pilot and provide the necessary ground work to better analyze the potential of this project.

For these reasons I have vetoed Sections 3 and 9 of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 2793.

With the exception of Sections 3 and 9, Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill No. 2793 is approved.

Respectfully submitted,
Jay Inslee