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 Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Kretz, and Buys)
Concerning water rights appurtenant to land managed by the department of fish and wildlife.
Requires the department of fish and wildlife to maintain and regularly update an inventory of water rights appurtenant to each parcel of land owned or managed by the department.Creates the habitat enhancement and leasing account.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Johnson, Sells, Haler, Appleton, S. Hunt, Gregerson, Bergquist, Hudgins, Van De Wege, Moeller, Magendanz, Fey, and Pollet)
Creating the Washington advance higher education loan program.
Creates the Washington advance higher education loan program as a pilot program to: (1) Assist students in need of additional low-cost student loans and related loan benefits; and(2) Meet the state's need for individuals with higher education degrees and certificates that are in demand by employers, such as in the fields of science, including health science, technology, engineering, and math.Creates the Washington advance higher education loan account.Provides a July 1, 2021, expiration date for the pilot program.
by House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Moeller, Appleton, Stanford, Hudgins, Santos, and Ormsby)
Extending apprenticeship utilization requirements.
Extends apprenticeship utilization requirements.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Hayes, Fey, Klippert, Orwall, Appleton, Muri, MacEwen, Gregerson, Haler, Bergquist, Moeller, Riccelli, and Magendanz)
Requiring institutions of higher education to make an early registration process available to spouses and domestic partners of active members of the military.
Requires the early course registration process available for eligible veterans or national guard members to be offered to spouses receiving veteran education benefits.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris and Hudgins)
Promoting thermal energy efficiency.
Promotes the deployment of combined heat and power by: (1) Requiring consideration of combined heat and power systems in the construction of new critical governmental facilities;(2) Incorporating reports on combined heat and power facilities in integrated resource plans; and(3) Streamlining the process by which combined heat and power facilities obtain permits.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representative Blake)
Creating cost savings by providing administrative flexibility to the department of fish and wildlife in its implementation of Title 77 RCW while not directing any changes to resource management outcomes.
Provides administrative flexibility to the department of fish and wildlife in its implementation of Title 77 RCW while not directing any changes to resource management outcomes.
by House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Kirby, Holy, Van De Wege, Hayes, Stokesbary, Fitzgibbon, and Bergquist; by request of LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board)
Addressing the death benefits of a surviving spouse of a member of the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system or the state patrol retirement system.
Provides that, if the surviving spouse or domestic partner of a member of the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system or the state patrol retirement system who is killed in the course of employment is not eligible to receive industrial insurance payments due to remarriage, the surviving spouse or domestic partner shall receive an amount equal to the benefit they would receive but for the remarriage.
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 employers to offer a method of wage payment that allows an employee to obtain any part of or all of his or her wages in legal tender of the United States without fees or costs for the transaction.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Springer, Kochmar, Sullivan, Rodne, Pettigrew, Wilcox, Fitzgibbon, McBride, Tarleton, Stokesbary, Sells, Lytton, Bergquist, Ormsby, Pollet, Fey, Santos, and Walkinshaw)
Allowing the use of lodging taxes for financing workforce housing.
Uses lodging taxes to finance loans or grants to nonprofit organizations or public housing authorities for affordable workforce housing within one-half mile of a transit station.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Ryu, Kirby, Sawyer, Riccelli, Santos, and Gregerson; by request of Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises)
Concerning the office of minority and women's business enterprises account.
Changes the name of the minority and women's business enterprises account to the office of minority and women's business enterprises account.Prohibits funds used from fees collected for noncompliance with certain office provisions or contract requirements from exceeding the administrative and processing costs incurred by the office in imposing penalties.
by House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Haler, Sells, Zeiger, Takko, Harris, Tarleton, Rodne, Stanford, Muri, Santos, Stokesbary, Walkinshaw, Hayes, Riccelli, Vick, Fitzgibbon, McCaslin, Ryu, Kochmar, Sawyer, Blake, Dunshee, Holy, Moeller, Jinkins, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Farrell, Clibborn, Moscoso, and Pollet)
Concerning hours of service for certain railroad employees.
Regulates the hours of service for yardmasters.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Hunter, Moeller, Carlyle, Peterson, Goodman, McBride, Jinkins, Tarleton, Kagi, Appleton, Cody, Ryu, Pollet, Hudgins, Fey, Lytton, Robinson, Ormsby, Farrell, Dunshee, Bergquist, Stanford, S. Hunt, Pettigrew, Walkinshaw, Reykdal, Wylie, Riccelli, Tharinger, Senn, Sawyer, Gregerson, Sells, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, and Van De Wege; by request of Governor Inslee)
Implementing a carbon pollution market program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Establishes the carbon pollution accountability act.Requires the department of ecology to implement a carbon pollution market program for emissions from covered entities by creating and distributing allowances that are tradable regionally, nationally, and internationally.Establishes an economic justice and environmental equity advisory committee in the executive office of the governor to periodically evaluate the socioeconomic effects of the state's carbon emission reduction policies.Provides a carbon pollution competitiveness business and occupation tax credit.Exempts from disclosure under the public records act, financial, commercial, and proprietary information whose release would place a registered entity submitting the information at a competitive disadvantage.Creates the carbon pollution reduction account.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Moscoso, Hayes, Ryu, Stanford, Smith, Robinson, Sells, Dunshee, Reykdal, Tarleton, Gregerson, and Pollet)
Authorizing certain public transportation benefit areas to impose a sales and use tax approved by voters.
Authorizes legislative bodies of public transportation benefit areas located in certain counties to submit an authorizing proposition to the voters and, if approved, impose a sales and use tax.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, DeBolt, Dunshee, Tharinger, Short, Smith, and McBride; by request of Department of Ecology)
Concerning annually adjusting the limit on distribution of hazardous substance tax revenues to the state and local toxics control accounts to correct for inflation.
Requires the department of revenue to annually increase the limit on distribution of hazardous substance tax revenues to the state toxics control account and the local toxics control account.Provides that funds in excess of the new limit will be deposited in the environmental legacy stewardship account.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Moeller, and Tarleton)
Requiring a bistate work group for certain transportation projects.
Defines "bistate megaproject" as a highway construction project valued at five hundred million dollars or more that extends across the border between this state and another state.Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Notify the transportation committees of the legislature when it initiates work with another state to prepare an environmental impact statement that complies with the national environmental policy act on a bistate megaproject; and(2) In conjunction with developing the environmental impact statement, establish a bistate megaproject work group to assist in the preparation of the environmental impact statement and facilitate communication between the legislative bodies and other key stakeholders of the respective states.Requires the legislature, before establishing the bistate megaproject work group, to consult with the Pacific Northwest economic region to explore examples of bistate, multistate, or state-provincial work groups within the Pacific Northwest.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Zeiger, Robinson, Walsh, Walkinshaw, Pettigrew, Senn, Johnson, Orwall, Ortiz-Self, Reykdal, Carlyle, Gregerson, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Clibborn, Jinkins, Bergquist, Goodman, McBride, Pollet, Riccelli, and Kilduff; by request of Governor Inslee)
Concerning homeless youth prevention and protection.
Establishes the homeless youth act.Creates the office of homeless youth programs within the department of commerce.Requires the office of homeless youth programs to be operational no later than January 1, 2016.Transfers certain powers, duties, and functions of the department of social and health services, pertaining to youth homeless services and programs, to the department of commerce.Changes the name of "the homeless families services fund" to "the Washington youth and families fund."
by House Committee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Magendanz, Stanford, Smith, S. Hunt, and Ormsby)
Establishing data classification and encryption standards for state agencies.
Establishes, in the information technology standards maintained by the office of the chief information officer, a classification schedule for data stored on or passing to, through, or from state data networks.Requires state agencies to classify all data stored on state data systems or elsewhere according to the schedule.
by House Committee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Magendanz, Stanford, Ormsby, and Tarleton)
Addressing removal of payment credentials and other sensitive data from state data networks.
Prohibits state agencies from storing payment credentials on state data systems.Requires state agencies that currently store payment credentials to work with the office of the chief information officer to eliminate the data from state data systems.Requires the office of the chief information officer to develop a policy for minimizing the retention of social security numbers and other sensitive, personally identifiable information by state agencies when not required for the day-to-day operations of an agency or by law.
by House Committee on General Government & Information Technology (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Smith, Stanford, S. Hunt, Ormsby, McBride, and Tarleton)
Establishing a blue-ribbon panel on cybersecurity.
Requires the office of the chief information officer to convene a blue-ribbon panel on cybersecurity.Requires the panel to review issues including: (1) Protecting critical infrastructure from the threat of cyberattack;(2) Protecting data transfer and enhancing the security of the state's intergovernmental network; and(3) Best practices for local government response in the event of a debilitating cybersecurity incident.Expires June 30, 2017.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Holy, Riccelli, Orcutt, Haler, Shea, Johnson, Clibborn, Ormsby, Condotta, Tharinger, and McCaslin)
Creating intermittent-use trailer license plates.
Allows a registered owner to apply to the department of licensing, a county auditor or other agent, or a subagent appointed by the director of licensing for an intermittent-use trailer license plate for an intermittent-use trailer.Exempts intermittent-use trailers from vehicle registration renewal requirements.
by House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Sells, Gregerson, and Ormsby; by request of Department of Labor & Industries)
Addressing vocational rehabilitation by making certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation subcommittee permanent and creating certain incentives for employers to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities.
Modifies vocational rehabilitation provisions to: (1) Make certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation subcommittee permanent; and(2) Create certain incentives for employers to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities.Requires the department of labor and industries to conduct a study of injured workers whose employers participate in certain vocational services incentives to determine the impact on return-to-work outcomes, long-term disability, and claim costs.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Hurst, Appleton, Stokesbary, Goodman, Reykdal, Moscoso, Rodne, Pollet, Magendanz, Zeiger, Johnson, Tharinger, Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Van De Wege, Santos, Wylie, Ormsby, Walkinshaw, Gregerson, and Farrell)
Requiring Washington's tribal history, culture, and government to be taught in the common schools.
Requires the state's tribal history, culture, and government to be taught in the common schools.Requires school districts to use curriculum developed and made available free of charge by the office of the superintendent of public instruction and authorizes the school districts to modify the curriculum in order to incorporate elements that have a regionally specific focus or to incorporate the curriculum into existing curricular materials.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Dent, Blake, Buys, and Van De Wege)
Requiring the Washington state department of agriculture to approve the comparable recertification standards of private entities for the purposes of waiving the recertification requirements under the Washington pesticide control act.
Requires, rather than allows, the department of agriculture to approve the comparable recertification standards of private entities for the purposes of waiving the recertification requirements under the state pesticide control act.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Riccelli, Johnson, Wylie, Parker, MacEwen, Harris, Rodne, Schmick, Short, Pettigrew, Ormsby, Robinson, Van De Wege, Klippert, Reykdal, Sawyer, Holy, Walsh, S. Hunt, Kretz, Vick, Gregerson, McCaslin, Pike, Scott, Smith, Lytton, Hudgins, Ryu, Condotta, Sells, Moscoso, Hurst, Santos, Buys, Fey, Takko, Blake, Dent, Nealey, Kilduff, Chandler, Wilcox, Haler, Magendanz, Peterson, Ortiz-Self, Appleton, Manweller, Shea, Senn, Hayes, Kochmar, Hargrove, Muri, Stanford, Fagan, Griffey, Van Werven, Wilson, Harmsworth, Kirby, Tharinger, McBride, and Goodman)
Concerning higher education programs at Washington State University and the University of Washington.
Authorizes the board of regents of Washington State University to: (1) Establish, operate, and maintain a school of medicine at the university; and(2) Offer and teach medicine and forestry as major lines.
by House Committee on Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Walsh, Lytton, Santos, Orwall, Wylie, Robinson, Reykdal, Gregerson, Appleton, Jinkins, Farrell, Van De Wege, Carlyle, McBride, Kagi, Goodman, Kilduff, Tarleton, Ortiz-Self, Cody, Riccelli, Clibborn, Ryu, Gregory, Walkinshaw, Springer, Sawyer, Fitzgibbon, Hudgins, Fey, Dunshee, Peterson, Moeller, Bergquist, S. Hunt, Moscoso, Pollet, Takko, Sells, Sullivan, Stanford, Morris, Tharinger, and Ormsby)
Enacting the equal pay opportunity act by amending and enhancing enforcement of the equal pay act and protecting worker communications about wages and employment opportunities.
Establishes the equal pay opportunity act.Updates the existing state equal pay act to: (1) Address income disparities, employer discrimination, and retaliation practices; and(2) Reflect the equal status of workers in the state.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Ormsby, Walsh, Ortiz-Self, Senn, Kagi, S. Hunt, Farrell, Dent, Zeiger, and Gregerson)
Creating the parents for parents program.
Specifies that the parents for parents program currently exists in nine counties and has been shown to increase the number of family reunifications, where appropriate, while decreasing the length of time needed to establish permanence. The goal is to increase the permanency and well-being of children in foster care through peer mentoring that increases parental engagement and contributes to family reunification.Authorizes the parents for parents program to provide structured peer mentoring, administered by child welfare parent mentors, for families entering the dependency court system.Requires funding for the parents for parents program to be through the office of public defense and centrally administered through a pass-through to a state nonprofit-lead organization that has extensive experience supporting child welfare parent mentors.Requires a research entity with experience in child welfare research to conduct an evaluation of the parents for parents program.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Kagi, Carlyle, Gregerson, Pollet, and Ormsby)
Concerning extended foster care services.
Addresses the maintenance of a dependency proceeding for the delivery of extended foster care services for any youth who is dependent in foster care at the age of eighteen years and who, at the time of his or her eighteenth birthday, is unable to meet specified requirements due to a medical condition.Requires the children's administration to: (1) Invite representatives from the division of behavioral health and recovery, the disability services administration, the economic services administration, and the juvenile justice and rehabilitation administration to the youth's shared planning meeting that is used to develop a transition plan for youth who will be aging out of foster care; and(2) If foster youth may qualify for developmental disability services, direct the youth to apply for the services and provide assistance in the application process.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Pettigrew and Stanford; by request of Department of Agriculture)
Concerning livestock movement reporting.
Authorizes the director of the department of agriculture to establish an electronic cattle transaction reporting system as a mechanism for reporting cattle transactions to the department.Allows the system to be used as an alternative to mandatory inspections for cattle only.
by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Takko, Farrell, and Walkinshaw
Concerning a leasehold excise tax credit for properties of market value in excess of ten million dollars.
Provides a leasehold excise tax credit to tax parcels that are subject to the leasehold interest and have a market value in excess of ten million dollars.
by Representatives Kochmar and Gregory
Requiring the provision of certain documents to prospective tenants and buyers of a mobile home lot.
Requires a landlord, before offering a mobile home lot for rent or sale and no later than three days before the signing of the rental or sale agreement, to provide the prospective tenant or buyer a copy of: (1) The proposed rental or sale agreement;(2) The rules and regulations of the mobile home park; and(3) The manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act.
by Representatives McBride, Nealey, Peterson, Fey, Muri, Ryu, Walsh, and Springer
Concerning real estate as it concerns the local government authority in the use of real estate excise tax revenues and regulating real estate transactions.
Addresses a local government authority's use of real estate excise tax revenues and the regulation of real estate transactions.
by Representatives Young, Scott, Shea, G. Hunt, and Zeiger
Exploring the creation of a highway military tribute bridge across a portion of Puget Sound.
Establishes the Puget Sound armed services legacy memorial act.Creates the Puget Sound armed services legacy memorial legislative joint task force for the purposes of gathering information, identifying issues, and planning for future steps related to building an armed services tribute bridge near Bremerton naval base.Requires the secretary of the department of transportation to contact the commander of the United States navy's inactive ship maintenance facility regarding the right to purchase decommissioned aircraft carriers located at Bremerton and purchase the vessels if funding is available.Expires December 31, 2016.
by Representatives Wilson, Schmick, and Johnson
Concerning members of regional transportation planning organizations representing out-of-state governments or organizations.
Prohibits a member of a regional transportation planning organization representing a government or organization outside the state from serving as a voting member of the regional transportation planning organization or any of its boards.
by Representatives Parker, Hudgins, Wilcox, Ormsby, and Magendanz
Concerning information technology budget requests.
Expands the information required for agency budget requests for proposed information technology expenditures.
by Representatives Holy, Blake, Kretz, Buys, Schmick, and Condotta
Initiating the adaptive management program within the forests and fish law to ensure that no proposed timber harvest is negatively affected solely due to its proximity to a stream that is not a fish bearing stream.
Requires the forest practices board to direct and engage the adaptive management process and prioritize a work plan for the cooperative monitoring evaluation and research committee and the timber/fish/wildlife policy committee to evaluate the stream typing system in the forest practices rules and ensure that no proposed timber harvest is denied, delayed, or conditioned solely on its proximity to a stream that is not a fish bearing stream.Expires July 1, 2017.
by Representatives Farrell, Tarleton, Robinson, Walkinshaw, Riccelli, Gregerson, Lytton, Bergquist, Ormsby, Fitzgibbon, Pollet, and Santos
Creating a pedestrian fatality and serious injury review panel.
Requires the traffic safety commission to convene a pedestrian fatality and serious injury review panel and requires the panel to identify all pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries that occurred in the state during the preceding calendar year.
by Representative Hudgins; by request of Department of Agriculture
Concerning fees assessed by the department of agriculture.
Implements the recommendations of a work group convened by the department of agriculture by: (1) Increasing certain food safety and animal health program fees;(2) Allowing the department of agriculture to assess an inspection fee on certain manufacturing facilities that are required to be inspected and do not satisfy the definition of milk processing plant; and(3) Requiring money received for certain licenses to be deposited in the agricultural local fund rather than in the general fund.
by Representative Santos
Bringing Washington state government contracting provisions into compliance with federal law as it relates to small works bonding requirements.
Brings contracting provisions into compliance with federal law as it relates to small works bonding requirements.
by Representatives Klippert, Scott, and Haler
Concerning the murder of an unborn viable child.
Includes in the crime of murder in the first degree, when a person: (1) With a premeditated intent to cause the death of an unborn viable child, causes the death of the unborn viable child by intentionally inflicting any injury upon the mother of the child; or(2) Under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to an unborn viable child, and thereby causes the death of the unborn viable child.Includes in the crime of murder in the second degree, when a person, with intent to cause the death of an unborn viable child but without premeditation, causes the death of the unborn viable child by intentionally inflicting any injury upon the mother of the child.
by Representative Kirby
Relating to insurance for providers of commercial transportation services.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to insurance for providers of commercial transportation services.
by Representatives Peterson, Walkinshaw, Gregerson, Robinson, McBride, Tarleton, Riccelli, Bergquist, and Stanford
Requires the department of health to establish a naloxone access grant program to distribute funds to local health jurisdictions to purchase naloxone and distribute it to persons at highest risk for opioid overdose.Imposes a fee of ten cents on each sale at retail of prescription opioids.Creates the naloxone access account.
by Representative S. Hunt
Exempting the addresses of certain child care providers from the public records act.
Exempts from public inspection and copying under the public records act, the street address of certain child care facilities and the home address of certain child care providers.
by Representatives Carlyle, Manweller, Pollet, Ryu, Reykdal, Ormsby, and Tharinger
Concerning the creation, extension, expansion, accountability, and transparency of state tax preferences.
Addresses state tax preferences with regard to: (1) Improving tax preference data collection;(2) Incorporating department of revenue-led work group recommendations for improving department of revenue annual surveys and reports;(3) Authorizing public disclosure of firm-specific tax savings from business tax incentives; and(4) Updating and modernizing the department of revenue tax exemption report.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Dammeier, Cleveland, Keiser, and Warnick)
Raising licensure limits to allow assisted living facilities to serve a higher acuity resident population.
Authorizes an assisted living facility to provide continuing nursing services if it secures a designation on its license from the department of social and health services.
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 a resolution or ordinance adopted by the legislative body of a city to assume jurisdiction of all or part of a water-sewer district to a referendum.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Hatfield, and Conway)
Establishing the cannabis patient protection act.
Establishes the cannabis patient protection act.Adopts a comprehensive act that uses the regulations in place for the recreational market to provide regulation for the medical use of marijuana.Ensures that patients: (1) Retain their ability to grow their own marijuana for their own medical use; and(2) Have the ability to possess more marijuana-infused products, useable marijuana, and marijuana concentrates than what is available to a nonmedical user.Creates a medical marijuana endorsement to a marijuana retail license to permit a marijuana retailer to sell marijuana for medical use to qualifying patients and designated providers.Establishes a medical marijuana consultant certificate.Requires the department of health to develop recommendations on establishing medical marijuana specialty clinics that would allow for the authorization and dispensing of marijuana to patients of health care professionals who work on-site of the clinic.Provides a sales and use tax exemption to qualifying patients on purchases of: (1) Marijuana for medical use when authorized by a health care professional and when purchased at a marijuana retailer with a medical marijuana endorsement; and(2) Marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products for medical use when qualifying patients hold a valid authorization card.Provides a retail sales and use tax exemption for anyone who purchases low THC, high CBD products.Changes the name of the state liquor control board to the state liquor and cannabis board.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senator Honeyford)
Concerning resident curators of state properties.
Authorizes a state agency, with statutory authority to lease state-owned properties to private parties, to negotiate a lease at a rate that is less than fair market value in consideration of the lessee's occupancy of the property and agreement to restore, maintain, rehabilitate, or otherwise improve the leased property.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Angel, Roach, and O'Ban)
Revising a property tax exemption for veterans with total disability ratings and their surviving spouses or domestic partners.
Provides more extensive property tax relief to veterans with total disability ratings and their surviving spouses or domestic partners.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Bailey, Rivers, Brown, and Keiser)
Addressing the health benefit exchange aggregation of funds and collection of data.
Prohibits, except for the small business health options program, the state health benefit exchange from aggregating or delegating the aggregation of funds that comprise the premium for an enrollee.Requires the state health benefit exchange to: (1) Capture detailed enrollment and demographic data for enrollment processed for qualified health plans and medicaid plans and post monthly enrollment reports to the web page;(2) Ensure the qualified health plans report data back to the exchange on enrollees that may enter a grace period; and(3) Jointly with the office of the insurance commissioner and the state health care authority, monitor the process of moving the payment function out of the exchange.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Keiser, and Becker)
Implementing a value-based system for nursing home rates.
Adopts a new system for establishing nursing home payment rates.Requires the department of social and health services, in cooperation with nursing facility provider associations, nursing home employees, and consumer groups, to design and develop a new system that matches payments to patient care needs, reward efficiency, incentivize controlling costs, and promote quality of care.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey and Dammeier)
Concerning the joint legislative executive committee on aging and disability.
Creates the joint legislative executive committee on aging and disability and requires the committee to: (1) Identify key strategic actions to prepare for the aging of the population in the state, including state budget and policy options; and(2) Consult with the office of the insurance commissioner, the caseload forecast council, the state health care authority, and other appropriate entities with specialized knowledge of the needs and growth trends of the aging population and people with disabilities.Expires December 1, 2017.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senator Hatfield)
Requiring a study of the effects long-term antibiotic therapy has on certain Lyme disease patients.
Requires the medical quality assurance commission to do a study of the effects of long-term antibiotic therapy on patients who have been diagnosed with posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome.Expires July 1, 2016.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Rivers, Parlette, Hatfield, and Hobbs)
Addressing the delivery of basic firefighter training and testing.
Requires the director of fire protection to develop and adopt a plan for the Washington state patrol fire training academy to deliver basic firefighter training and testing for all city fire departments, fire districts, regional fire authorities, and other municipal fire agencies within the state.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Warnick, Rivers, Schoesler, Honeyford, Parlette, Becker, and King)
Transferring a railroad right-of-way to the Port of Royal Slope.
Requires the department of transportation to transfer to the Port of Royal Slope, at no cost, the Royal Slope railroad right-of-way, and any materials, equipment, and supplies purchased as a part of the Royal Slope rehabilitation project.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Liias, Roach, Hasegawa, Fain, McCoy, Keiser, Pearson, Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, and Conway)
Allowing emergency medical services to develop community assistance referral and education services programs.
Authorizes the community assistance referral and education services program to: (1) Use the services of emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics; and(2) Partner with hospitals to reduce readmissions.
by Senator Dansel
Extending the date for allowing certain counties and cities to not plan under the growth management act.
Extends, until December 31, 2016, the date for allowing certain counties and cities to not plan under the growth management act.
by Senators Becker, Keiser, Cleveland, Bailey, Jayapal, Dammeier, Frockt, Brown, Warnick, Parlette, and Conway
Creating the board of telemedicine.
Creates the board of telemedicine with responsibility to establish technology requirements and provide guidance on the means of interaction between a provider in one location and a patient in another location.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, and Litzow
Concerning transportation revenue.
Addresses transportation revenue with regard to: (1) Motor vehicle and special fuel taxes;(2) License fees by weight and freight project fees, electric vehicle fees, commercial driver's license fees, enhanced driver's license and identicard fees, studded tire fees, report of sale and transitional ownership fees, and intermittent-use trailer fees; and(3) Local revenue options related to transportation benefit districts, community transit sales tax, passenger-only ferry service districts, and Sound Transit funding. Creates the Washington electric vehicle infrastructure bank to provide financial assistance for the installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations within the state.Creates the connecting Washington account.Provides contingent effective dates.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, and Litzow
Concerning additive transportation funding and appropriations.
Adopts the additive transportation budget.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, and Litzow
Authorizing bonds for transportation funding.
Requires the state finance committee, upon the request of the department of transportation, to issue general obligation bonds to provide funds for the location, design, right-of-way, and construction of selected projects or improvements that are identified as connecting Washington projects or improvements in an omnibus transportation appropriations act.
by Senators King, Fain, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Dammeier, Warnick, Sheldon, Hewitt, Becker, Brown, and Bailey
Transferring certain state sales and use taxes collected on transportation projects to the connecting Washington account.
Transfers from the general fund to the connecting Washington account, state sales and use taxes paid with funds appropriated in an omnibus transportation appropriations act for transportation projects.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Warnick, Sheldon, Becker, and Brown
Concerning activities at the department of transportation funded by the environmental legacy stewardship account.
Provides funding for legacy storm water permit compliance activities and fish passage barrier removal activities at the department of transportation from the environmental legacy stewardship account.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Warnick, Sheldon, Becker, and Brown
Modifying certain requirements for ferry vessel construction.
Addresses ferry vessel construction requirements for the department of transportation.
by Senators King, Fain, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Warnick, Sheldon, Hewitt, Becker, and Brown
Concerning public works contracts and projects.
Addresses public works contract and project provisions with regard to apprenticeship training programs.Requires the department of labor and industries to provide registered contractors with the option of completing a wage survey electronically.Exempts from prevailing wage requirements, certain workers or other persons involved in the fabrication or manufacture of nonstandard items used in connection with or incorporated into a public works project.Creates the state coordinator for the federal helmets to hardhats program in the department of transportation and requires the department to establish procedures, in consultation with the department of veterans affairs and applicable veterans and labor organizations, for coordinating with the program and other opportunities for veterans to obtain skilled training and employment in the construction industry.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Dammeier, Warnick, Sheldon, Hewitt, Becker, Brown, and Bailey
Concerning permits for state transportation corridor projects.
Addresses permits for state transportation corridor projects.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Dammeier, Warnick, Sheldon, O'Ban, Becker, Brown, and Bailey
Modifying the transportation system policy goal of mobility.
Includes congestion relief and improved freight mobility in the transportation system's policy goal of mobility.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Dammeier, Warnick, Sheldon, O'Ban, Hewitt, Becker, and Brown
Concerning Washington state department of transportation projects.
Provides an expedited environmental review and approval process that the department of transportation must use for a transportation project requiring the preparation of an environmental impact statement under the national environmental policy act.Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Streamline the permitting process by developing and maintaining positive relationships with the regulatory agencies and the Indian tribes; and(2) Use available technologies to minimize permit delays for, inform and interact with interested parties including relevant environmental regulatory authorities regarding, and optimize the effectiveness of proposed compensatory mitigation projects.Requires the department of ecology to convene a work group including the department of transportation and local governments to identify procedures to more effectively achieve certain objectives related to local land use reviews.
by Senators King, Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Dammeier, Warnick, Sheldon, O'Ban, Hewitt, Becker, and Brown
Concerning transportation project delivery.
Authorizes and encourages the department of transportation to use the design-build procedure for public works projects over ten million dollars when certain conditions exist.Requires the department of transportation to convene an expert review panel to examine the department's implementation and use of design-build contracting.
by Senator Roach
Concerning the protection of groundwater.
Specifies that, in all aspects of water resource management, withdrawals that would deplete the quantity or damage the quality of a groundwater source to an extent that it would jeopardize the source must be discouraged.
by Senator Darneille
Addressing the caseload forecast council.
Requires the first forecast of children eligible to participate in the early childhood education and assistance program to be prepared by the caseload forecast council in time to facilitate the development of budget proposals by the governor for the 2016 legislative session.
by Senator Dansel
Allowing joint meetings of multiple county legislative authorities.
Authorizes county legislative authorities of multiple counties to conduct joint meetings to transact business of participating counties if a meeting agenda item or items are of shared interest or concern to citizens of participating counties.
by Senators Cleveland, Chase, and Kohl-Welles
Concerning the definition of a newspaper.
Provides a July 1, 2020, expiration date for the definition of "newspaper" for purposes of business and occupation taxes.
by Senators Chase, Keiser, McAuliffe, McCoy, Hasegawa, and Jayapal
Concerning pesticide application in school facilities.
Requires the state school directors' association, in consultation with the department of health and the superintendent of public instruction, to develop a model integrated pest management policy that emphasizes the use of nonchemical pest control measures.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senator Hobbs
Concerning conservation districts' special assessments.
Modifies provisions relating to conservation districts' special assessments.
by Senators Braun, Honeyford, and Hatfield
Providing for the acquisition of coal displacement power.
Allows electrical companies, that participated previously in the retirement of a coal-fired generation plant in this state by purchasing coal transition power, to receive the same rate of return on power purchase agreements that will displace the coal transition power purchase agreements.
by Senator Braun
Establishing the state average annual wage as the maximum compensation to be used for calculating state retirement benefits.
Provides that, for persons first employed after December 31, 2015, annual contributions by the boards of regents of the state universities, the boards of trustees of the regional universities and The Evergreen State College, the student achievement council, or the state board for community and technical colleges shall not exceed ten percent of the state average annual wage for the prior calendar year.
by Senators Jayapal, Miloscia, Fraser, Padden, and Conway
Increasing the capability of state agencies to develop lean cultures and implement lean performance management strategies through the development of lean curricula and pilot programs administered by the department of enterprise services.
Requires the department of enterprise services to: (1) Develop a suite of lean training modules for employees, middle managers, supervisors, and leaders;(2) Develop a pilot program for a cohort of up to eight small state agencies to build and advance lean culture for the purpose of achieving measurable improvement results within the participating agencies;(3) Conduct a pilot program for the purpose of promoting lean culture and achieving measurable improvement results within an individual agency or within a specific program in an agency of medium or large size;(4) Consult with Results Washington when selecting the agency or program for this pilot; and(5) Conduct a prepilot assessment and a postpilot assessment of each participating agency using certain performance metrics.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senators Roach and Padden
Modifying theft of rental, leased, lease-purchased, or loaned property provisions.
Includes in the crime of theft of rental, leased, lease-purchased, or loaned property, when a person who has control of personal property under a written rental agreement intentionally holds the property beyond the expiration of the rental period without the effective consent of the owner of the property, depriving the owner of the property of its use in further rentals.
by Senators Chase, Roach, Hasegawa, and Keiser
Concerning approval of a tax levy by a public hospital district board.
Modifies public hospital district provisions with regard to tax levy approvals.
by Senator Parlette
Providing sales and use tax exemptions to persons who suffered property damage in a catastrophic wildfire as defined in this act.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption to individuals and entities that suffered property damage caused by the Carlton complex fire for qualifying purchases of services and tangible personal property.