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 Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Ortiz-Self, Johnson, Santos, Lytton, Moscoso, Pettigrew, Walkinshaw, Kilduff, Sawyer, Reykdal, Bergquist, Fey, Tarleton, and Hudgins)
Concerning witnessing a student's college bound scholarship pledge when efforts to obtain a parent's or guardian's signature are unsuccessful.
Requires the office of student financial assistance to make multiple attempts to secure the signature of a student's parent or guardian for the purpose of witnessing the student's college bound scholarship pledge.Authorizes the office of student financial assistance to partner with the school counselor or administrator to secure the parent's or guardian's signature to witness the pledge if the signature of the parent or guardian is not obtained.Requires the school counselor or administrator to: (1) Make multiple attempts to secure the parent's or guardian's signature; and(2) If the signature is still not obtained, indicate to the office of student financial assistance the nature of the unsuccessful efforts to contact the student's parent or guardian and the reasons the signature is not available.Allows the school counselor or administrator to witness the pledge unless the parent or guardian indicates that he or she does not wish for the student to participate in the program.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Ryu, Goodman, S. Hunt, Riccelli, Farrell, Cody, Tharinger, Ortiz-Self, Sullivan, Bergquist, Pollet, Dunshee, Fitzgibbon, Moscoso, Appleton, Sells, Robinson, Reykdal, Walkinshaw, Wylie, Gregory, Moeller, Gregerson, Stanford, and Ormsby)
Concerning the employee antiretaliation act.
Addresses retaliation and discrimination against employees and providing protection for employees.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Buys, Stokesbary, Wilson, Van Werven, and Riccelli)
Concerning beverage containers.
Allows the sale of a beverage container if it contains: (1) Cider or beer and is purposefully designed to be opened by removing the entire lid of the container without leaving sharp edges so that the container is effectively transformed into a drinking cup; and(2) Wording on the outside of the container that instructs the consumer as to the proper disposal method of the lid.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Sullivan, Tarleton, and Orwall)
Requiring posting of allergen information in public schools.
Requires public schools to display allergen information on a conspicuous sign in a prominent place within each area where food is served.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to consult with the department of agriculture to develop and disseminate guidance for school districts on how and what allergen information must be displayed.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Ryu, Goodman, Rodne, Griffey, Van Werven, Wylie, Moscoso, Ormsby, and Santos)
Concerning definitions related to human trafficking.
Adds the following definitions for the purposes of chapter 19.320 RCW (human trafficking): Any person; forced labor; human trafficking; menace of any penalty; and work or service.
by Representatives Shea, Orcutt, Hayes, and Scott
Modifying provisions applicable to off-road, nonhighway, and wheeled all-terrain vehicles and their drivers.
Modifies off-road vehicle provisions relating to: (1) Liability immunity for sponsoring organizations;(2) Certificate of title requirements;(3) Wheeled all-terrain vehicle registration and metal tag exemptions for out-of-state owners;(4) Equipment and declaration requirements; and(5) Display of special year tabs on metal tags for persons with disabilities.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives McCabe, Orwall, Dent, Senn, Caldier, Johnson, Fagan, Parker, Kagi, Gregerson, and Santos)
Concerning a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse for grades K-12.
Establishes the Erin's law task force for the purpose of creating and implementing a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Hurst and Condotta)
Creating a temporary pilot program authorizing the issuance of marijuana delivery endorsements to certain retailers.
Creates a temporary pilot program for the issuance of a marijuana delivery endorsement to an existing marijuana retailer's license that allows an endorsement holder to deliver marijuana to a resident age twenty-one or over at a private residence.Expires July 1, 2019.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Kagi, Stambaugh, Kuderer, Jinkins, Reykdal, Robinson, Frame, Kilduff, Sawyer, Orwall, Sells, McBride, Bergquist, and Pollet)
Making provisions to evaluate student mental health services and provide students with skills that promote mental health and well-being and increase academic performance.
Requires each educational service district to develop and maintain the capacity to serve as a convener, trainer, and mentor for educators, administrators, and other school district staff on social and emotional learning.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to conduct an inventory of the mental health service models available to students in schools, school districts, and educational service districts.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Pike, Moeller, Harris, Orcutt, Vick, Wilson, and McBride)
Creating a bistate bridge project legislative work group.
Creates the bistate bridge project legislative work group and requires the work group to facilitate strong public participation and input throughout the initial development stages to identify the most affordable, efficient project that improves freight mobility and safety, relieves traffic congestion, and meets the future needs of the region and the transportation corridor.
by House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (originally sponsored by Representatives Walkinshaw, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Sells, Reykdal, Robinson, Pollet, Kilduff, Ryu, Frame, Ormsby, Fitzgibbon, Kuderer, Sawyer, Bergquist, Gregerson, and Stanford)
Requiring inspections, specialized training, and other enhanced workplace standards on dairy farms.
Requires the department of labor and industries to adopt permanent rules establishing: (1) Training requirements for dairy farm employees;(2) A dairy safety emphasis unit within the department; and(3) Safety and health standards for dairy farms to ensure safe dairy workplaces.Addresses discrimination, violations, complaints, remedies, and penalties with regard to dairy farms and employees of the farms.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Pike, Scott, Vick, Shea, Walsh, and Young)
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
Authorizes licensed child care centers to serve children enrolled in kindergarten in a mixed group or classroom, excluding classrooms which serve infants not walking independently.Changes the definition of "school-age child," for purposes of chapter 43.215 RCW (department of early learning), by changing "a child who is between the ages of five years and twelve years" to "a child who is five years of age through twelve years of age."
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Orcutt and Clibborn)
Authorizing the use of certain cargo extensions that connect to a motor home or travel trailer frame.
Authorizes the connection of certain cargo extensions to motor homes and travel trailers.
by Representatives Kochmar, Hickel, and Manweller
Prohibiting the siting of certain new facilities that would jeopardize air quality in areas that have recently failed to meet air quality standards.
Prohibits the department of ecology or a local air authority from issuing a notice of construction permit to a new source that generates emissions of criteria pollutants from operations that refine or convert natural gas, crude oil, or other fossil fuels into other marketable products.
by Representative Shea
Concerning an exemption from the requirement of county treasurers to pursue collection of delinquent personal property tax assessments when the assessment is below the cost of collection.
Authorizes the county treasurer to annually calculate the added value cost of pursuing collections of personal property tax assessments and request an exemption for personal property assessment accounts below that amount from the county legislative authority.
by Senators Keiser, Honeyford, and Conway
Concerning financing essential public infrastructure.
Improves access and reliability to low-cost financing for local government infrastructure projects by authorizing public works bonds when local governments can demonstrate: (1) The importance of the project;(2) Their difficulties accessing existing private credit markets for borrowings at reasonable interest rates; and(3) The ability to reliably repay their share of the state's total cost of retiring the public works bonds.Makes changes to the existing public works program and creates the public works financing assistance program.Creates the public works financing assistance account and the public works financing assistance bond repayment account.Takes effect January 1, 2017, if the proposed amendment to Article VIII, section 1 of the state Constitution, contained in 2ESJR 8204, is approved by the voters at the next general election.
by Senators Takko, Rivers, Ericksen, Chase, Roach, Becker, Sheldon, and Benton
Allowing incremental electricity produced as a result of certain capital investment projects to qualify as an eligible renewable resource under the energy independence act.
Revises the definition of "eligible renewable resource," for purposes of the energy independence act, to include incremental electricity produced as a result of a capital investment completed after March 31, 1999, that increases, relative to a baseline level of generation prior to the capital investment, the amount of electricity generated in a facility that generates qualified biomass energy and that commenced operation before March 31, 1999.Requires the facility to demonstrate that the incremental electricity resulted from the capital investment, which does not include expenditures on operation and maintenance in the normal course of business, through direct or calculated measurement.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Fraser, McCoy, Hasegawa, and Chase)
Concerning background checks in emergency placement situations requested by tribes.
Allows an authorized agency of a federally recognized tribe, during an emergency situation when a child must be placed in out-of-home care due to the absence of appropriate parents or custodians, to request a federal name-based criminal history record check of each adult residing in the home of the potential placement resource.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Angel, Bailey, Rivers, Becker, Warnick, and Padden)
Expanding the eligibility of certain representatives and transferees to serve as directors, officers, and shareholders of professional service corporations.
Modifies professional service corporation provisions with regard to eligibility requirements and timelines for representatives and transferees to serve as directors, officers, and shareholders.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators McAuliffe and Litzow)
Creating the sandman act.
Establishes the sandman act.Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct a study of the student achievement outcomes and other related outcomes when schools have later school day start times.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Darneille, O'Ban, and Conway)
Providing continuity of care for recipients of medical assistance during periods of incarceration.
Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Suspend, rather than terminate, medical assistance benefits by July 1, 2017, for persons who are incarcerated or committed to a state hospital; and(2) Collaborate with the department of social and health services, the Washington state association of counties, the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, and accountable communities of health to improve population health and reduce avoidable use of intensive services and settings by requesting expenditure authority from the federal government to provide behavioral health services to persons who are incarcerated in local jails.Requires the department of social and health services and the state health care authority to publish written guidance and provide trainings to behavioral health organizations, managed care organizations, and behavioral health providers related to how they can provide outreach, assistance, transition planning, and rehabilitation case management reimbursable under federal law to persons who are incarcerated, involuntarily hospitalized, or in the process of transitioning out of one of these services.Allows the records of a person confined in jail to be made available to federal, state, or local agencies to determine eligibility for services such as medical, mental health, chemical dependency treatment, or veterans' services, and to allow for the provision of treatment to inmates during their stay or after release.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Roach, O'Ban, Schoesler, Warnick, Brown, Honeyford, and Benton)
Concerning dangerous drone operations near correctional facilities.
Provides that a person is guilty of a dangerous drone operation if the person knowingly operates a drone over or within one thousand feet of the perimeter of a correctional facility without authorization from the department of corrections.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Schoesler and Hargrove)
Concerning improvements to tax and licensing laws administered by the department of revenue.
Addresses the department of revenue's administration of tax and licensing laws regarding: (1) Real estate excise tax exemption for inheritance transfers;(2) Pet adoption fees;(3) Automated sales suppression devices and phantom-ware;(4) Annual surveys and reports for tax preferences;(5) Private school bus operators;(6) Estate tax return filing relief;(7) Clarification that licensing information may not be disclosed for commercial purposes;(8) Background investigations; and(9) Revision of the date by which the department of revenue is required to provide estimates of the amount of public forestland that is available for timber harvesting.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Rolfes, Litzow, Billig, Rivers, Conway, and McAuliffe)
Expanding the professional educator workforce by increasing career opportunities in education, creating a more robust enrollment forecasting, and enhancing recruitment efforts.
Allows retired teachers to reenter the workforce without penalty of pension benefits, adequate student enrollment forecasting, additional funding for the alternative routes and educator retooling programs, and enhancements to recruitment.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with school districts, educational service districts, and other state agencies, to develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide initiative to increase the number of qualified individuals who apply for teaching positions in the state.Makes an appropriation.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senator Padden)
Establishing deadlines for final determinations and dispositions in agency adjudicative proceedings.
Revises administrative procedure act provisions as follows: (1) Requires an agency to make a final administrative determination or disposition for any matter that is subject to an adjudicative proceeding within two years after the commencement of the adjudicative proceeding unless all parties to the proceeding agree to waive the time limitation; (2) Authorizes a person to file a petition for judicial review and is presumed to have exhausted all administrative remedies when an agency fails to comply with (1) above;(3) Authorizes the court to receive evidence in addition to that contained in the agency record for judicial review, if it relates to the validity of the agency action at the time it was taken and is needed to decide disputed issues regarding any issue or fact identified as contested in a petition for judicial review filed under (2) above; and(4) Prohibits the court from remanding certain matters, when a petition for judicial review is filed under (2) above, unless all parties consent.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators Dammeier, Conway, O'Ban, Darneille, and Angel)
Concerning a business and occupation tax deduction for chemical dependency services provided by a health or social welfare organization.
Provides a business and occupation tax deduction to health or social welfare organizations for providing chemical dependency services.Expires January 1, 2020.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hill, Hobbs, Becker, Hargrove, Bailey, Miloscia, Benton, Braun, Parlette, Angel, Dammeier, Warnick, Litzow, Padden, Rivers, Brown, Dansel, King, Sheldon, Fain, and Darneille)
Concerning the Dan Thompson memorial developmental disabilities community trust account.
Requires the following to be deposited in the developmental disabilities community trust account: (1) All net proceeds from the use of operating or previously operating residential habilitation centers that would not impact current residential habilitation center operations; and(2) Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of property formerly used as a residential rehabilitation center.
by Senators Hill, Hargrove, Ranker, Darneille, Parlette, Becker, Braun, Fain, and Bailey
Concerning state hospital practices.
Requires the department of social and health services to: (1) Charge certain behavioral health organizations or entities for each day of care provided at a state hospital;(2) Evaluate its current staffing structure and assignment of work to increase its use of psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners;(3) Hire psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners for vacant positions or to perform work and tasks that may be performed by other job classifications and professions at the state hospitals;(4) Identify and discharge at least thirty patients at western state hospital to alternative settings; and(5) In order to address safety at the state hospitals, examine staffing patterns, best practices, and discrepancies in staffing practices between the state hospitals and prevailing business practices in other hospitals, and adjust staffing practices where appropriate.Requires a behavioral health organization to manage the utilization of long-term civil commitment beds purchased at a state hospital or other facility by patients within the catchment area of the behavioral health organization who receive civil commitments and ensure that the patients efficiently transition into the community.Develops placement for geriatric and long-term care patients at western state hospital and reduces current demands on state hospital staff.
by Senators Keiser, Honeyford, and Conway
Amending the Constitution to allow the state to guarantee debt issued on behalf of a political subdivision for essential public infrastructure. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Amending the Constitution to allow the state to guarantee debt issued to local governments for infrastructure projects. )
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to allow the state to guarantee debt issued to local governments for infrastructure projects.