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 Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Shea, Sawyer, Rodne, Jinkins, Walkinshaw, Fitzgibbon, Kilduff, and Pollet)
Concerning court proceedings.
Addresses the mandatory arbitration of civil actions with regard to the mandatory arbitration dollar amount established by a superior court; continuing legal education requirements for arbitrators; and fees for filing a request for mandatory arbitration.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Stambaugh, Walsh, Riccelli, Goodman, Orwall, Zeiger, Appleton, Van De Wege, Lytton, Gregerson, Reykdal, Tarleton, Ortiz-Self, Kagi, Carlyle, Wylie, Bergquist, S. Hunt, Tharinger, Senn, Robinson, Moscoso, Pollet, Walkinshaw, McBride, and Jinkins)
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports, housing stability, and identification services.
Establishes the homeless student stability and opportunity gap act.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Create a competitive grant process to evaluate and award state-funded three-year grants to school districts to increase identification of homeless students and the capacity of the districts to provide support; and(2) Include in its report to the governor and the legislature the following data for homeless students: The number of identified homeless students of color.Requires the department of commerce to: (1) In consultation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, administer a grant program that links homeless students and their families with stable housing located in the homeless student's school district; and(2) Working with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, develop a competitive grant process to make grant awards of up to five hundred thousand dollars to school districts partnered with eligible organizations on implementation of the proposal.Limits the grant program to fifteen schools per school year.Requires school districts to: (1) If they are receiving grants, measure during the academic year how often each student physically moves, what services families or unaccompanied youth could access, and whether or not a family or unaccompanied youth received stable housing by the end of the school year; and(2) If they have identified more than ten unaccompanied youth, establish a building point of contact in each middle school and high school.Provides that section 3 of this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Orwall, Pollet, S. Hunt, and Tarleton)
Concerning the frequency of evaluations for certain classroom teachers.
Requires classroom teachers who hold a valid professional certification or a valid national board certification, or both, and have received a rating of level 3 or above in their last comprehensive summative evaluation, to receive a comprehensive summative evaluation at least once every six years.Requires the steering committee created in RCW 28A.405.100 to recommend rules and guidance to the office of the superintendent of public instruction to streamline the process for the focused evaluation in order to significantly reduce the burden on teachers and principals and their evaluators.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Reykdal, and Ormsby)
Concerning tribal-state relations.
Addresses issues of mutual concern to the tribes and the state.Creates the joint summit council on Indian affairs which is part of the legislative branch of state government.Creates an administrative committee that consists of the legislative members of the council.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Kilduff, Walsh, Peterson, Gregerson, Cody, Caldier, Jinkins, Reykdal, Frame, Stanford, Sells, McBride, Bergquist, and Pollet)
Convening a task force on school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
Requires the professional educator standards board to convene a task force on school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.Requires the task force to review: (1) The projected need of school districts for school counselors, psychologists, and social workers;(2) The current capacity of the state for meeting this need;(3) Alternative certification routes for school counselors and social workers; and(4) School counselor, psychologist, and social worker preparation programs.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Magendanz, Muri, Stambaugh, Caldier, Stokesbary, Hargrove, and Pollet)
Concerning increased recruitment and retention of teachers in alternate route programs.
Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board, in collaboration with the professional educator standards board, to work with the student achievement council, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, school districts, educational service districts, the state board for community and technical colleges, the institutions of higher education, major employers, and other parties to develop and disseminate information designed to increase recruitment into approved residency teacher preparation programs at public and private institutions of higher education and alternate route teacher certification programs.Expires July 1, 2019.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Santos, Gregerson, Johnson, Reykdal, Magendanz, Pollet, Ortiz-Self, S. Hunt, Moscoso, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Rossetti, Tarleton, Zeiger, Stanford, Muri, Farrell, McBride, and Ormsby)
Increasing supports for special needs students.
Addresses the provision of free appropriate public education to students with disabilities under the requirements of the federal rehabilitation act of 1973.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Dent, Tarleton, Dye, Gregerson, Griffey, Hargrove, Klippert, Pike, Muri, Condotta, and McBride)
Concerning aircraft registration simplification and fairness.
Streamlines the penalty structure of late aircraft registrations and clarifies the requirements for providing proof of registration.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Kagi, Smith, McBride, Hargrove, McCaslin, Dent, Clibborn, Walsh, Walkinshaw, Scott, Sawyer, Ortiz-Self, Caldier, Hudgins, Senn, Robinson, Ormsby, Cody, Jinkins, Fey, Zeiger, Frame, Kilduff, Bergquist, and Goodman)
Concerning host home programs for youth.
Exempts the following from the definition of "agency" for purposes of chapter 74.15 RCW (care of children, expectant mothers, persons with developmental disabilities): Certain host home programs serving youth who are not in the care and custody of the department of social and health services.Requires the office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs within the department of commerce to provide a report to the governor and the appropriate legislative committees that includes the best practices for host home programs, including any recommendations regarding licensing or certifying host home programs.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Magendanz, Kagi, Santos, Senn, Peterson, Appleton, Moscoso, Goodman, Jinkins, Walkinshaw, Stanford, Clibborn, Sells, Fitzgibbon, Kilduff, Ryu, Bergquist, Pollet, and S. Hunt)
Providing court-based and school-based intervention and prevention efforts to promote attendance and reduce truancy.
Establishes the keeping kids in school act.Puts in place consistent practices and procedures, beginning in kindergarten, in which schools share information with families about the importance of consistent attendance and the consequences of excessive absences, involves families early, and provides families with information, services, and tools that they may access to improve and maintain their children's school attendance.Requires an initial stay of truancy petition in order to allow for appropriate intervention and prevention before using a court order to enforce attendance laws.Encourages efforts by county juvenile courts and school districts to establish and maintain therapeutic truancy boards and employ other best practices.Increases the number of beds in HOPE centers and crisis residential centers in order to facilitate their use for truant students.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Peterson, Goodman, and Fitzgibbon)
Ensuring the ongoing viability of safe on-site sewage systems as a component of statewide sewage management through the implementation of on-site program management plans.
Authorizes the department of health, interested counties, and the department of ecology to: (1) Capitalize and administer a sustainable unified low-interest loan program to assist homeowners with the repair and replacement of on-site sewage systems and ensure the full implementation of a county's on-site program management plan; and(2) Use any appropriate funding source for the implementation of the program and mutually develop the administration of the program in the manner that is deemed the most efficient, which may include administrating the program through the department of ecology's water quality financial assistance program.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Walkinshaw, Frame, McBride, Stanford, Jinkins, Ormsby, Gregerson, Senn, Pollet, and Tharinger)
Continuing state efforts to increase oil transportation safety.
Requires the department of ecology to contract with an eligible independent third party to update the October 2006 report to the state emergency response commission regarding statewide response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials.Expires June 30, 2019.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Haler, Zeiger, Stambaugh, Moscoso, Bergquist, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Van De Wege, Springer, Santos, Goodman, Hickel, and Tharinger)
Authorizing specified local governments to designate a portion of their territory as a creative district subject to certification by the Washington arts commission.
Authorizes a local government to designate a creative district within its territorial boundaries subject to certification as a state-certified creative district by the state arts commission.Requires the state arts commission to create a process for review of applications submitted by local governments for certification of state-certified creative districts.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Walsh, and McBride; by request of Washington State Housing Finance Commission)
Concerning private activity bond allocation.
Changes certain timelines with regard to private activity bond allocations.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Walsh, Kagi, Walkinshaw, McCabe, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Stanford, Gregerson, Ormsby, and Goodman)
Concerning working connections child care eligibility for vulnerable children.
Provides that the legislature: (1) Finds that beginning July 1, 2016, authorizations for the working connections child care subsidy will be effective for twelve months; and(2) Intends to allow certain populations of vulnerable children to be eligible for the working connections child care subsidy for a minimum of twelve months.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Kilduff, McCabe, Muri, Wilson, Stanford, and Jinkins)
Providing consumer protections for military members on active duty.
Authorizes a service member, who has been called into active service, to terminate or suspend the following services upon written notice, including electronic mail, to the service provider: (1) Telecommunication services from a telecommunications company;(2) Internet services provided from an internet service provider;(3) Health studio services from a health studio; and(4) Subscription television services from a television service provider.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Reykdal, McBride, Rossetti, Santos, and Pollet)
Concerning the issuance of a Washington state high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate.
Requires a high school equivalency certificate, that is issued by the state board for community and technical colleges and the superintendent of public instruction, to be issued as follows: (1) If the recipient of the certificate is at least eighteen years of age or has completed eighteen or more credits in a twenty-four credit graduation system adopted in accordance with a resolution of the state board of education, the recipient's certificate must be issued as a Washington state high school diploma; and(2) For all other recipients, the certificate must be issued as a high school equivalency certificate.Requires the superintendent of public instruction, in collaboration with the state board for community and technical colleges, to develop recommendations for modifying state and school district graduation rate data collection and tabulation requirements and processes to reflect the Washington state high school diplomas.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Shea, Short, Schmick, Taylor, Scott, and McCaslin)
Ensuring that restrictions on the use of solid fuel burning devices do not prohibit the installation or replacement of solid fuel burning devices or the use of these devices during temporary outages of other sources of heat.
Authorizes a person to: (1) Install or repair a certified solid fuel burning device, approved by the department of ecology, in a residence or commercial establishment; and(2) Replace a solid fuel burning device with a certified solid fuel burning device.Authorizes the burning of wood in a solid fuel burning device, regardless of whether a burn ban has been called, if there is an emergency power outage.Authorizes, for the duration of an emergency power outage, the use of a solid fuel burning device or the temporary installation, repair, or replacement of a solid fuel burning device to prevent the loss of life, health, or business.Requires a nonprevailing petitioner that challenges the use of a solid fuel burning device in an emergency power outage to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorneys' fees, incurred in opposing the challenge to the use of the solid fuel burning device during the emergency power outage.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Blake, Kretz, Sullivan, Cody, Jinkins, Kagi, Goodman, Ormsby, Tharinger, Rossetti, and Reykdal)
Providing for suicide awareness and prevention education for safer homes.
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 health to develop and administer a safe homes project to provide financial incentives to firearms dealers and firearms ranges to encourage voluntary participation in a program to implement suicide awareness and prevention strategies.Provides a business and occupation tax credit for a licensed firearms dealer or a firearms range that is certified as a safe homes partner.Requires the department of fish and wildlife to update the pamphlet 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.
by Representatives McBride and Nealey
Addressing real estate as it concerns the local government authority in the use of real estate excise tax revenues and regulating real estate transactions.
Addresses seller and landlord disclosure requirements for certain real estate transactions; and the use, by local governments, of the real estate excise taxes for certain capital projects.
by Representatives McBride, Hudgins, Senn, and Santos
Recognizing art and cultural resources as components of state environmental policy.
Recognizes the following as components of state environmental policy: Art and cultural resources such as music, dance, and theater.
by Representative Orcutt
Concerning performance oversight of the state transportation system.
Requires the office of financial management to: (1) In consultation with the transportation commission, establish objectives and performance measures for the department of transportation and other state agencies with transportation-related responsibilities to ensure transportation system performance progresses toward the attainment of certain policy goals;(2) Submit objectives and performance measures to the legislature for its review and provide copies of the same to the transportation commission; and(3) By December 31, 2016, and each year thereafter, complete a performance report for the prior fiscal year.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner and Hobbs)
Addressing the use of a digital platform to employ certain independent contractors.
Exempts the following from the definition of "employer" for purposes of the state industrial insurance act: A person employed as a domestic servant in a private home by an employer who has less than two employees regularly employed forty or more hours a week in such employment; or to do gardening, maintenance, or repair, in or about the private home of the employer.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Frockt, Litzow, O'Ban, Fain, Mullet, Dammeier, Jayapal, Billig, Rivers, Pedersen, Rolfes, Darneille, McAuliffe, Hasegawa, Carlyle, Habib, Keiser, Conway, and Liias)
Enacting the homeless student stability and opportunity gap act.
Establishes the homeless student stability and opportunity gap act.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to create a competitive grant process to evaluate and award state-funded three-year grants to school districts to increase identification of homeless students and the capacity of the districts to provide support, which may include education liaisons, for homeless students.Requires the department of commerce, in consultation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, to administer a grant program that links homeless students and their families with stable housing located in the homeless student's school district.Requires each school district that has identified more than ten unaccompanied youth to establish a building point of contact in each middle school and high school.Makes appropriations.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Benton and Mullet)
Addressing employer agreements to reimburse certain employee costs for the use of personal vehicles for business purposes.
Exempts the following from the provisions of Title 48 RCW (the insurance code): Agreements whereby a third party contracted by an employer provides mileage reimbursement and incidental maintenance and repairs to the employer's employees for personal vehicles used for business purposes.
by Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance (originally sponsored by Senators Angel and Hobbs)
Addressing registered service contract and protection product guarantee providers.
Modifies provisions regarding protection product guarantee providers and registered service contract providers.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Jayapal, Litzow, Billig, Mullet, Hobbs, Fain, Hasegawa, and Habib)
Addressing civil service qualifications.
Modifies civil service provisions regarding lawful permanent residents.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Roach, Ranker, Takko, McCoy, Hobbs, Litzow, Fain, Hasegawa, and Chase)
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.
by Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senator Benton)
Concerning retractable basketball hoop safety.
Requires each school district board of directors to annually arrange for the inspection of all retractable basketball hoops owned by the school district.Requires the department of labor and industries to establish rules adopting safety and health standards for the hardware associated with the operation of retractable basketball hoops.
by Senator Hargrove
Addressing and mitigating the impacts of property crimes in Washington state.
Addresses property crime in the state.Responds to the findings of the state justice reinvestment task force by: (1) Changing sentencing policy to require supervision of certain people convicted of property offenses;(2) Providing treatment, if needed, and programs to reduce recidivism; and(3) Providing additional support to local governments and victims of property crime.Changes the composition and duties of the sentencing guidelines commission.Requires the commission to: (1) Be colocated with the caseload forecast council;(2) In conjunction with the council, monitor and report to the governor and the legislature on the effectiveness of this act in reducing property crimes in the state; and(3) Prepare racial and ethnic impact analyses as required.Requires the department of commerce to establish a law enforcement grant program and a pretrial grant program.Provides for termination and review, under the sunset act, of the sentencing guidelines commission's authorities established in this act.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senators Ranker, Padden, and Hargrove
Modifying legal financial obligations provisions.
Provides an order of priority for the distribution of payments made by, or on behalf of, an offender.
by Senators Bailey and Warnick
Requiring a toll exemption for school buses.
Requires the transportation commission to provide an exemption from all tolled facilities for school buses, regardless of whether the school bus is traveling on a regularly scheduled route.Requires the department of transportation to develop a process for school buses to use tolled facilities without requiring the use of transponders and a "Good to Go!" account.
by Senator Parlette
Concerning outdoor burning.
Prohibits outdoor burning in an urban growth area with a population greater than ten thousand.
by Senator Roach
Allowing a city, town, code city, or county to request mediation in the event of a conflict with another city, town, code city, or county.
Authorizes a local government that has a conflict with another local government to request from the attorney general's office the names of three mediators from which the local governments must choose a mediator, unless both agree to use another mediator.