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 Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, S. Hunt, Hudgins, Ormsby, and Fey)
Creating new appliance efficiency standards.
Addresses new energy efficiency standards for certain battery charger systems sold, offered for sale, or installed in the state.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Pollet, Zeiger, S. Hunt, Haler, and Bergquist)
Creating the TEACH pilot project of financial assistance for teachers taking basic skills and content tests for teacher certification programs.
Creates the teacher endorsement and certification help pilot project to develop an expandable program that provides grants to teachers taking basic skills and content tests for teacher certification programs.Requires the student achievement council and the professional educator standards board to: (1) Make financially needy students aware of the pilot project; and(2) Include information about the pilot project in materials distributed to schools and students.Expires June 30, 2021.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Schmick, Cody, and Jinkins)
Addressing the Washington state health insurance pool.
Freezes enrollment for nonmedicare Washington state health insurance pool plans until August 1, 2017.Delays, until December 31, 2018, the discontinuation of nonmedicare Washington state health insurance pool plans.Declares an intent to examine the funding of the Washington state health insurance pool during the period that nonmedicare plans pool enrollment is frozen.Requires a work group to analyze the program and available options to fund the pool.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Stanford, Lytton, Tarleton, and Fitzgibbon)
Preserving water resources for an array of water supply needs, including irrigated agriculture, fish and wildlife habitat, and municipal use, by updating water conservation standards for appliances.
Updates water conservation performance standards.Requires fixtures, fittings, and toilets sold, offered for sale, or distributed in the state to meet the requirements of section 3(4) of this act, except the following toilets used: (1) By children in day care facilities;(2) In bariatric applications; and(3) In a correctional facility, a juvenile confinement facility, a state hospital, a psychiatric unit of a hospital, a licensed service provider, or an evaluation and treatment facility.
by Representatives Riccelli, Ormsby, S. Hunt, and Gregerson
Concerning county commissioner elections.
Requires certain noncharter counties to: (1) By January 31, 2017, establish a redistricting committee to divide the county into five commissioner districts; and(2) Beginning in 2018, hold district elections for all county commissioners.Authorizes certain noncharter counties, upon the approval of a majority of registered voters in the county, to choose to hold both district nominations and district elections for the office of county commissioner.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Haler, Clibborn, Moscoso, Stambaugh, Sawyer, Kochmar, Hickel, Zeiger, Ortiz-Self, Sells, Fitzgibbon, Farrell, Reykdal, Springer, Orwall, Muri, Santos, Pettigrew, Ormsby, Goodman, Stokesbary, Kilduff, Orcutt, Fey, Tarleton, Hayes, McBride, Morris, Stanford, Pollet, Frame, and Bergquist)
Including highway workers employed on a transportation project by a contractor in the tuition and fee exemption for children and surviving spouses of highway workers.
Includes the following in the tuition fees and services and activities fees exemption at the state universities, the regional universities, and The Evergreen State College: Children and surviving spouses of a highway worker who lost his or her life or became totally disabled in the line of duty or was a highway worker while either employed by a general contractor or subcontractor, on a transportation project, or employed by a transportation agency.
by House Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Frame, Zeiger, Walkinshaw, Stambaugh, Fitzgibbon, Haler, Tarleton, Pollet, Reykdal, McBride, Kagi, Kilduff, Morris, Ryu, and Stanford)
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
Requires the council of presidents to convene a work group to develop a plan for removing obstacles for students with disabilities.Expires August 1, 2017.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Walsh, Kagi, Fey, Kilduff, Stanford, and McBride; by request of Washington State Department of Commerce)
Concerning implementation of the homeless youth prevention and protection act of 2015.
Authorizes the department of social and health services, for the purpose of providing for the service needs of youth who are in foster care, to disclose to the department of commerce, and its contractors, those confidential child welfare records that pertain to or may assist with meeting the service needs of youth admitted to crisis residential centers or HOPE centers under contract to the office of homeless youth prevention and protection.Authorizes an unaccompanied youth thirteen years of age or older to give consent for the collection of his or her personally identifying information for purposes of the Washington homeless client management information system.Changes certain duties and reporting requirements of the following with regard to dependent children: Crisis residential centers, the department of commerce, and the department of social and health services.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, S. Hunt, and Stanford)
Establishing standards for election data and reporting.
Requires the secretary of state to: (1) Develop statewide election data and reporting standards for how election-related data is maintained and reported by each county auditor; and(2) Every odd-numbered year, conduct and publish a statewide survey of voted ballot rejection rates and the reasons for those rejections by county auditors and canvassing boards.Requires records of ballots counted to be made available to the public at the end of each day that the county auditor has processed ballots during and after an election.
by House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Stambaugh, Kagi, Magendanz, Tharinger, Ortiz-Self, Frame, Goodman, and Ormsby)
Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.
Revises the juvenile justice act of 1977 to provide for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders.Authorizes the juvenile court, if a juvenile offender is charged with animal cruelty in the first degree, to deny granting a deferred disposition to the juvenile, even if the juvenile otherwise may qualify for a deferred disposition.Requires the judge to consider whether the community will benefit from granting a deferred disposition to the juvenile offender.Addresses fines, community service, and electronic monitoring for juveniles adjudicated of taking a motor vehicle without permission in the first or second degree, theft of a motor vehicle, or possession of a stolen vehicle.Authorizes the prosecuting agency to: (1) After receiving a domestic violence offense report from a law enforcement agency, choose not to file the information as a domestic violence offense if the offense was committed by a juvenile against a sibling, parent, stepparent, or grandparent; and(2) In determining whether to file the information as a domestic violence offense, take into consideration whether the victim of the offense requests that the information not be filed as a domestic violence offense or does not object to an information not being filed as a domestic violence offense.Changes a court's notification requirements to the department of licensing with regard to a juvenile's first offense while armed with a firearm, first unlawful possession of a firearm offense, or first offense in violation of certain firearm, alcohol, or drug laws.
by Representatives Senn, Nealey, and Reykdal
Relating to local government financing.
Introduced by title and introductory section only, relating to local government financing.
by Representatives Riccelli, Short, Ormsby, Parker, Holy, Manweller, McCaslin, Tharinger, Peterson, Stanford, Kretz, Magendanz, and Moscoso
Excluding certain school facilities from the inventory of educational space for determining eligibility for state assistance for common school construction.
Requires rules adopted by the superintendent of public instruction for determining eligibility for state assistance for new construction to exclude from the inventory of available educational space those spaces that have been vacated by new construction in lieu of modernization and used for purposes of supporting state-funded all-day kindergarten and class size reduction in kindergarten through third grade if the lack of district facilities warrants such a use.
by Representatives Santos, Moscoso, and Hudgins
Concerning health care for Pacific Islanders residing in Washington under a compact of free association.
Increases access to health care services for the following islanders residing in this state: Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; the Federated States of Micronesia; or the Republic of Palau.
by Representatives Wilson, Van Werven, Stambaugh, Kochmar, Hickel, Caldier, Walsh, Dye, Short, Scott, Pike, and Muri
Providing tax relief to females by exempting feminine hygiene products from retail sales and use tax.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption on feminine hygiene products.
by Representative Fey
Requesting that the new state route number 529 Ebey Slough bridge be named the Robert Rasmussen Sr. Memorial Bridge.
Requests that the new state route number 529 Ebey Slough Bridge be named the Robert Rasmussen Sr. Memorial Bridge.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Braun, Honeyford, and Hatfield)
Providing sales and use tax exemptions, in the form of a remittance of tax paid, to encourage coal-fired electric generation plants or biomass energy facilities to convert to natural gas-fired plants. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Providing sales and use tax exemptions, in the form of a remittance of tax paid, to encourage coal-fired electric generation plants to convert to natural gas-fired plants or biomass energy facilities. )
Provides a sales and use tax exemption for labor and services rendered in respect to the constructing of new structures, and expansion or renovation of existing structures, for the purpose of converting a coal-fired electric generation facility into a natural gas-fired plant or a biomass energy facility. Expires July 1, 2026.Requires a person to repay the sales and use taxes remitted to that person, beginning one year after the natural gas-fired plant or biomass energy facility is operationally complete, if the number of employment positions, reported to the employment security department, at the natural gas-fired plant or biomass energy facility decreases by twenty-five percent from the previous year's employment level.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen and O'Ban; by request of Uniform Law Commission)
Enacting the uniform power of attorney act.
Repeals chapter 11.94 RCW (power of attorney).Establishes the uniform power of attorney act.
by Senators Rolfes, Parlette, Warnick, and Rivers
Concerning career and technical education materials, supplies, and operating costs.
Addresses the costs of exploratory and preparatory career and technical education courses.Creates the basic education benefit account and requires the funds from the account to be used for the materials, supplies, and operating costs of the career and technical education program.
by Senator Braun
Creating a flexible voluntary program to allow family members to provide personal care services to persons with developmental disabilities or long-term care needs under a consumer-directed medicaid service program.
Requires the department of social and health services to develop and implement a consumer-directed medicaid program which is intended to be a voluntary alternative option for individuals with long-term care needs or developmental disabilities who choose to receive personal care services from a family member.
by Senators Braun, Benton, Rivers, Angel, Becker, Roach, Schoesler, Bailey, Brown, Miloscia, Warnick, Honeyford, Dammeier, Fain, O'Ban, Sheldon, Parlette, and Hewitt
Requiring voter approval for any action or combination of actions by the legislature that raises taxes.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution requiring voter approval for any action or combination of actions by the legislature that raises taxes.