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 Appleton, Gregerson, Reykdal, Goodman, and Buys)
Preventing breed-based dog regulations.
Prohibits a city or county from: (1) Prohibiting possession of a dog based upon its breed;(2) Imposing requirements specific to possession of a dog based upon its breed; or(3) Declaring a dog to be dangerous or potentially dangerous based upon its breed.
by Representatives Hansen, Pettigrew, Nealey, and Kirby
Concerning video and/or sound recordings made by law enforcement or corrections officers.
Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Body worn camera recordings to the extent nondisclosure is essential for the protection of a person's right to privacy.Requires law enforcement agencies and corrections agencies that deploy body worn cameras to establish policies regarding the use of the cameras.Requires the legislature to convene a task force to examine the use of body worn cameras by law enforcement and corrections agencies.Provides a June 1, 2019, expiration date for the task force.
by House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Fitzgibbon, Cody, and Bergquist)
Concerning candidate filing fee petitions.
Authorizes a candidate to submit, within a certain amount of time, a filing fee petition in lieu of paying the filing fee.Requires a filing officer to provide notice to a candidate and include the number of rejected signatures less than the sufficient number of valid signatures, if the officer with whom the petition is filed refuses to certify the petition as bearing sufficient valid signatures and the number of valid signatures is not less than ninety-five percent of the number of required signatures.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Orwall, Jinkins, Tarleton, Kilduff, Sells, McBride, Bergquist, Ormsby, Santos, and Goodman)
Protecting minors from sexual exploitation.
Authorizes law enforcement to use the limited use of administrative subpoena authority in this act for the sole purpose of investigating crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Blake, Young, Dent, and Wilson)
Creating a preferred alternative for the placement and sale of impounded livestock.
Addresses a preferred alternative in the placement of impounded livestock.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives S. Hunt, Appleton, Ormsby, and Scott; by request of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
Eliminating the certificate of academic achievement as a requirement for high school graduation.
Modifies high school graduation requirements by eliminating the certificate of academic achievement.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Nealey, Ryu, Tarleton, Springer, S. Hunt, Johnson, Zeiger, Rossetti, Clibborn, Peterson, Haler, Hargrove, Jinkins, Gregerson, Senn, and Hickel)
Concerning public records act requests to local agencies.
Creates the public records commission to administer the provisions of the public records act.Authorizes a local agency, in order to prevent excessive interference with other essential functions of the local agency, to adopt procedures that: (1) Limit the number of hours it devotes on a monthly basis to responding to public records requests;(2) Prioritize requests according to criteria established by the local agency; and(3) Encourage public records officers to contact requestors to inquire about the purpose for a request.Creates the dedicated open records account.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Griffey, Goodman, Orwall, Dent, Wilson, Van De Wege, and McBride)
Concerning prefire mitigation.
Requires the director of fire protection to develop a statewide plan for prefire mitigation that will require coordination with local fire departments and the department of natural resources to develop individualized community-wide protection plans that include public education such as firewise, partnership building, and personal wildfire action plans in the event of a wildfire.Requires the office of the state fire marshal to identify priority interface zones and work to develop a grant program to assist local jurisdictions in the voluntary adoption of the international wildland urban interface code.Creates the wildfire prevention account.Requires a city, county, or special purpose district, awarded grant funds for the mapping of wildland urban interface areas, to return the total amount awarded back to the wildfire prevention account if the international wildland urban interface code is not adopted within five years of the award.
by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Dye, Blake, Kretz, Tharinger, Short, Schmick, McCabe, Haler, Rossetti, Muri, Condotta, and Springer)
Reducing the occurrences of small wildland fires escalating into catastrophic fires through the creation of a mechanism to better equip local wildland fire suppression entities in their immediate, local suppression activities.
Creates the local wildland fire severity account.Authorizes a local suppression entity that has satisfied certain prerequisites to, upon confirmation of the start of a wildland fire within its jurisdiction or area of response, submit a request to the department of natural resources or the state fire marshal for an expenditure from the local wildland fire severity account to fund an immediate local suppression effort or provide access to prepositioned fire suppression resources.Requires the department of natural resources to accept the confirmation provided by the local suppression entity and implement the request without first independently confirming the reported start of the wildland fire.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Muri, Van De Wege, Jinkins, Kretz, Short, Fitzgibbon, Rossetti, and McBride)
Concerning animal forfeiture in animal cruelty cases.
Modifies animal cruelty provisions regarding: (1) Timelines for euthanization;(2) Petitioning the district court for an animal's return; and(3) The authority of a law enforcement officer, animal control officer, custodial agency, or court to remove, adopt, euthanize, or require forfeiture of an animal.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Jinkins, Rodne, Kilduff, Reykdal, and Fey)
Concerning filing fee surcharges for funding dispute resolution centers.
Increases the surcharge on each civil filing fee in district court and the surcharge on each filing fee for small claims actions.Imposes a surcharge on each civil filing fee in superior court.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives McBride, Robinson, Zeiger, Ormsby, Gregerson, Orwall, Goodman, Tharinger, Tarleton, and Appleton)
Concerning the sale of manufactured/mobile home communities.
Addresses the sale of manufactured/mobile home communities.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Walkinshaw, Harris, Jinkins, Walsh, Robinson, Zeiger, Tarleton, McBride, Ormsby, Stanford, Pollet, Frame, Bergquist, and Santos)
Modifying residential landlord-tenant act provisions relating to tenant screening, evictions, and refunds.
Addresses tenant screening, evictions, and deposit or security refunds under the residential landlord-tenant act.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives DeBolt, Morris, and Smith)
Repealing certain duties of the state energy office with regard to preparing the state energy strategy document.
Removes state energy strategy duties from the department of commerce.Creates the Washington state energy strategy council to develop and adopt a state energy strategy document to guide energy-related policy decisions by the legislature.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Young, Santos, Magendanz, Stanford, and Ortiz-Self)
Establishing a competitive educational grant program to promote confidence, public speaking, and leadership skills in students.
Establishes the little toasters act.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to establish a competitive grant program to award grants to school districts for the promotion of confidence, public speaking, and leadership skills in students in grades two through five.Expires June 20, 2019.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Frame, Magendanz, Bergquist, Hargrove, Pollet, Harris, Moscoso, Muri, S. Hunt, Pettigrew, Springer, Kagi, Kuderer, Clibborn, Sawyer, Cody, Stanford, Ormsby, Senn, Farrell, Hudgins, Moeller, Kochmar, and Santos)
Concerning compensation of school directors.
Increases the maximum allowable compensation for the board of directors of a school district.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Orwall, Kirby, and Griffey)
Addressing the foreclosure of deeds of trust.
Modifies expenditures from the foreclosure fairness account with regard to: (1) The counselor referral hotline;(2) The provision of housing counseling activities to benefit borrowers;(3) The office of the attorney general to be used by the consumer protection division;(4) The office of civil legal aid for contracting with qualified legal aid programs for legal representation of homeowners in matters relating to foreclosure; and(5) The department of commerce for implementation and operation of the foreclosure fairness act.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Gregerson, Santos, and Ryu)
Concerning small works rosters.
Modifies small works roster contract procedures and the limited public works process.Increases the project cost threshold for small works roster projects and for limited public works projects.
by Representative Dunshee
Addressing the four-year balanced budget process.
Revises the four-year balanced budget process to consider one-half of the regular annual transfer to the budget stabilization account as available for balancing purposes when determining balance in the ensuing fiscal biennium.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Frockt, Keiser, Bailey, Dammeier, Liias, Hatfield, Angel, Dansel, King, Baumgartner, Brown, Cleveland, Warnick, Honeyford, Parlette, Hill, Rivers, Fain, Braun, Litzow, Conway, Sheldon, Ericksen, and Hewitt)
Concerning ambulatory surgical facilities.
Prohibits the secretary of the department of health from increasing a fee for an ambulatory surgical facility that exceeds: (1) Three percent of the current fee; or(2) The rate of inflation as determined by the consumer price index for the Seattle, Washington area as compiled by the bureau of labor and statistics of the United States department of labor for that year, whichever is lower.Requires an ambulatory surgical facility to: (1) Be surveyed no more than once every eighteen months; and(2) Once certified by the centers for medicare and medicaid services or accredited by an accrediting organization that has been determined by the secretary of the department of health to have substantially equivalent survey standards to those of the department of health, be surveyed no more than once every thirty-six months if a certification or accreditation survey occurs within eighteen months of a department survey.Addresses payors that contract with ambulatory surgical facilities that require successful completion of a survey as part of the contract.Repeals the ambulatory surgical facility account.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senator Dansel)
Concerning volunteer emergency workers volunteering with a nonprofit ambulance service provider.
Authorizes a nonprofit ambulance service provider to make provisions for the enrollment of volunteer emergency workers under the retirement and relief provisions of the volunteer firefighters' and reserve officers' relief and pension system.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senator Hill)
Requiring certain health care professionals to provide information on primary place of practice at the time of license renewal.
Requires the following licensees to provide information on primary place of practice, as requested by the secretary of the department of health, at the time of license renewal: Dental hygienists, dentists, midwives, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, and chemical dependency professionals.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senator Padden)
Concerning the 24/7 sobriety program.
Addresses the 24/7 sobriety program.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Keiser, Becker, Cleveland, Bailey, McAuliffe, and Hobbs)
Regulating nursing home facilities.
Regulates nursing home facilities.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Keiser, Dammeier, Cleveland, Bailey, Fain, Parlette, Schoesler, Conway, Warnick, Frockt, Brown, O'Ban, Rolfes, McAuliffe, Mullet, and Chase)
Providing prenatal vitamin coverage.
Requires the state health care authority to provide prenatal vitamins for all women that may become pregnant consistent with the United States preventive services task force recommendations.
by Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Roach, and Hasegawa)
Regulating the core legislative powers of elected commissioners of a public hospital district.
Prohibits a public hospital district from entering into an agreement delegating any of the core legislative powers of its elected commissioners to another decision-making body unless a proposition to ratify such an agreement is submitted to the voters of the public hospital district at the next general election.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Keiser, Nelson, Conway, Mullet, and Dammeier)
Providing for hospital discharge planning with lay caregivers.
Addresses lay caregivers providing aftercare assistance to a patient, in the patient's residence, after the patient's discharge from a hospital.Requires a hospital to adopt and maintain written discharge policies which ensure that a discharge plan is appropriate for the patient's physical condition, emotional and social needs, and, to the extent possible, the lay caregiver's abilities as disclosed to the hospital.
by Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (originally sponsored by Senators O'Ban, Conway, Becker, Fain, Cleveland, Dammeier, Keiser, Darneille, Rolfes, Hobbs, Litzow, Angel, McAuliffe, Habib, and Jayapal)
Creating the parent to parent program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Declares it is the legislature's goal to continue, support, and enhance the existing parent to parent programs for individuals with either developmental disabilities, special health care needs, or both, and expand these programs statewide by 2021.Requires the parent to parent program to be funded through the department of social and health services and centrally administered through a pass-through to a state lead organization that has extensive experience supporting and training support parents.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Cleveland, and Becker)
Modifying the nursing facility case mix classification methodology.
Addresses the nursing facility case mix classification methodology.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Liias, Baumgartner, Carlyle, Frockt, and Bailey)
Concerning the development of higher education reverse transfer agreement plans.
Requires state universities, regional universities, and state colleges, jointly with the state board for community and technical colleges, to develop plans for facilitating the reverse transfer of academic credits from an institution of higher education to a community or technical college.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Ranker, Cleveland, and Becker)
Concerning the practice of certain East Asian medicine therapies.
Revises the definition of "East Asian medicine," for purposes of chapter 18.06 RCW (East Asian medicine practitioners), to expand the definition of "point injection therapy" to include injection of saline, sterile water, herbs, minerals, vitamins in liquid form, and homeopathic and nutritional substances, consistent with the practice of East Asian medicine.States that point injection therapy does not include injection of controlled substances contained in schedules I through V of the uniform controlled substances act or steroids.Revises the definition of "practitioner," for purposes of chapter 69.41 RCW (legend drugs--prescription drugs), to include East Asian medicine practitioners to the extent authorized under chapter 18.06 RCW.Requires the department of health, in consultation with the East Asian medicine advisory committee, to establish by rule the definition of "point injection therapy" and adopt rules regarding substances administered as part of point injection therapy consistent with the practice of East Asian medicine.Requires an East Asian medicine practitioner, before providing point injection therapy services, to obtain the necessary education and training.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Bailey, Frockt, Braun, Becker, Carlyle, and Chase; by request of Council of Presidents)
Creating administrative efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
Authorizes an institution of higher education to: (1) Working with the arts commission, expend up to ten percent of the projected art allocation for a project during the design phase in order to select an artist and design art to be integrated in the building design; and(2) Develop independent training or certification programs, or both, to ensure consistency in procurement practices for employees authorized to perform procurement functions.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Becker, McAuliffe, and Mullet)
Allowing authorized health care providers to prescribe epinephrine autoinjectors.
Allows an authorized health care provider to prescribe epinephrine autoinjectors in the name of an authorized entity for use in accordance with this act.Allows pharmacists, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and physicians to dispense epinephrine autoinjectors pursuant to a prescription issued in the name of an authorized entity.Requires completion of an anaphylaxis training program before providing or administering an epinephrine autoinjector made available by an authorized entity.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Cleveland, Becker, Rolfes, Warnick, Bailey, Miloscia, Nelson, Angel, Brown, Rivers, Frockt, Dammeier, O'Ban, King, Litzow, Hewitt, Fraser, Liias, Billig, Pedersen, Darneille, McCoy, Jayapal, Habib, Benton, Chase, and Hasegawa)
Restricting the use of certain flame retardant chemicals in children's products and residential upholstered furniture.
Prohibits a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer from manufacturing, selling, or distributing for sale or use in this state children's products or residential upholstered furniture containing any of the following flame retardants in amounts greater than one thousand parts per million in any product component: (1) TDCPP;(2) TCEP;(3) Decabromodiphenyl ether;(4) HBCD; or(5) Additive TBBPA.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Habib, Dammeier, Darneille, Liias, Roach, Keiser, Frockt, Becker, Hasegawa, Conway, and McAuliffe)
Creating a work group to develop a plan for removing obstacles for higher education 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 Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (originally sponsored by Senator Ericksen)
Creating a business and occupation tax credit for capital costs associated with providing broadband service using qualified broadband equipment.
Provides a business and occupation tax credit and a sales and use tax credit for the capital costs associated with providing and/or supporting retail broadband service using qualified broadband equipment in underserved areas of the state.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Becker, Liias, Rivers, Bailey, Parlette, Braun, Angel, Brown, Schoesler, Warnick, Honeyford, Dammeier, Pearson, Billig, King, and Hewitt)
Concerning fire suppression volunteers.
Requires the department of natural resources, in order to maximize the effective use of qualified wildland fire suppression volunteers, to: (1) Compile and maintain a master list of volunteers who have valid incident qualifications for the kind of volunteer work to be performed;(2) Create and make available a process by which potential volunteers may register with the department;(3) Make the lists of volunteers available to county legislative authorities, emergency management departments, and local fire districts and provide training to those entities on the process for ordering volunteers through established coordinated resource ordering systems of local or state firefighting organizations;(4) Cooperate with federal wildland firefighting agencies to maximize, based on predicted need, the efficient use of local resources in close proximity to wildland fire incidents;(5) Provide all necessary safety and fire suppression equipment at no cost to each volunteer when the volunteer is dispatched to fire suppression duty; and(6) Maintain its inventory of safety and fire suppression equipment for volunteers in good condition and conduct periodic inspections to ensure safety.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Hargrove and Frockt)
Concerning forest fire prevention and suppression.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) Impose an annual per parcel assessment of four dollars and ninety-five cents for every taxable parcel of land within the state that is not subject to the forest fire protection assessment;(2) Transfer ten percent of the revenue collected from the parcel assessments specified above into the military department active state service account; and(3) Create a prescribed burn manager certification program for those who practice prescribed burning in the state.Requires Central Washington University to develop: (1) A bachelor of science degree program for wildfire behavior forecasting; and(2) A specialized wildfire management certification course to train wildfire professionals.Makes appropriations.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette and Pearson)
Concerning the smoke management plan.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) In consultation with the department of ecology, other relevant state and federal agencies, participating tribes, and public and private landowners engaged in silvicultural forest burning, update the smoke management plan to increase transparency and predictability for prescribed burns; and(2) Update the smoke management plan through a science-based stakeholder process that balances forest health and public health interests.
by Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senators Parlette, Hargrove, Pearson, and Conway)
Concerning forest health through prudent wildfire prevention.
Requires the department of natural resources to: (1) In order to ensure the most efficient and effective mobilization of the state's fire prevention resources, identify: (a) Communities most vulnerable during wildfire season; (b) lands protected by the department that are geographically positioned to potentially threaten the vulnerable communities in case of wildfire; and (c) lands located outside of the department's fire protection responsibilities that are geographically positioned to potentially threaten the vulnerable communities in case of wildfire;(2) Develop a twenty-year strategic plan to treat the 2.7 million acres of forestland identified by the department as being in poor forest health condition;(3) Create a prescribed burn manager certification program for those who practice prescribed burning in the state; and(4) Encourage mechanical thinning and prescribed burning when appropriate for forest health improvement and fire prevention.Permits the department of natural resources, authorized employees, wardens, or rangers to refuse, revoke, or postpone the use of permits to burn when there is clear evidence that the particular burn is forecast to contribute to an exceedance of an air quality standard or an imminent threat to public health and safety.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Baumgartner and Conway)
Requiring that a certain percentage of state need grant recipients be pursuing degrees in STEM subjects.
Creates a work group to study the relationship between state need grants and the pursuit of degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.Expires August 1, 2017.