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=2017.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Dye, Blake, Haler, Shea, Taylor, Farrell, Dent, Nealey, Manweller, Short, Muri, Schmick, Ormsby, Fey, Young, and Buys)
Exempting short-line railroads that haul nonfuel oils from oil spill contingency planning requirements.
Prohibits the rules adopted by the department of ecology from requiring the following to be included as components of contingency plans of class III railroads transporting oil in bulk that is not crude oil in an amount greater than twenty-four tank car loads per year: (1) Contracted access to oil spill response equipment; or(2) The completion of more than a total of one drill of any type every three years to test the contingency plans.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Goodman, Hayes, Orwall, Appleton, Klippert, Pellicciotti, Pettigrew, Chapman, Kilduff, Bergquist, Stanford, and Kloba)
Concerning domestic violence.
Modifies domestic violence provisions relating to: (1) Offender scores for assault of a child and criminal mistreatment; and(2) Revising the crime of fourth degree assault.Requires a biological sample to be collected for purposes of DNA identification analysis from an adult or juvenile convicted of assault in the fourth degree where domestic violence was pleaded and proven.Authorizes a sheriff to waive fees associated with service of a writ of habeas corpus that was issued for the return of a child when the person who was granted the writ is, by reason of poverty, unable to pay the cost of service.Requires the administrative office of the courts, through the Washington state gender and justice commission of the supreme court, to convene a work group to address the issue of domestic violence perpetrator treatment and the role of certified perpetrator treatment programs in holding domestic violence perpetrators accountable.Creates the Washington domestic violence risk assessment work group to study how and when risk assessment can best be used to improve the response to domestic violence offenders and victims and find effective strategies to reduce domestic violence homicides, serious injuries, and recidivism that are a result of domestic violence incidents in the state.Requires the Washington state gender and justice commission, in collaboration with the Washington state coalition against domestic violence and the Washington State University criminal justice program, to coordinate the work group and provide staff support.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Griffey and Cody)
Concerning reimbursement for services provided pursuant to community assistance referral and education services programs.
Requires the state health care authority to adopt standards for the reimbursement of health care services provided to eligible clients by fire departments pursuant to a community assistance referral and education services program.Requires the standards to allow payment for covered health care services provided to individuals whose medical needs do not require ambulance transport to an emergency department.Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to, in consultation with the state health care authority, conduct a cost-effectiveness review of the standards for reimbursement.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Harris, Cody, Caldier, Rodne, Slatter, Jinkins, Peterson, Kilduff, and Kagi)
Concerning persons and entities to whom the department of health may provide prescription monitoring program data.
Authorizes the department of health to provide data in the prescription monitoring program to the following: (1) The director of the state health care authority regarding medicaid clients;(2) Personnel of the department of health for assessing prescribing practices, including controlled substances-related mortality and morbidity, and providing quality improvement feedback to providers;(3) A health care facility or entity or a health care provider group of five or more providers for quality improvement purposes;(4) The local health officer of a local health jurisdiction for patient follow-up and care coordination following a controlled substance overdose event; and(5) The coordinated care electronic tracking program.Requires the department of health to: (1) Provide certain facilities, entities, and provider groups with certain prescriber information;(2) In consultation with the state hospital association, the state medical association, and the state health care authority, to determine what prescriber information will be provided; and(3) Provide dispenser or prescriber data and data that includes indirect patient identifiers to the state hospital association for use solely in connection with its coordinated quality improvement program.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Stonier, Stambaugh, Hudgins, Johnson, Ortiz-Self, Stokesbary, Sells, Jinkins, Ryu, Appleton, Pollet, Senn, Peterson, Kilduff, Bergquist, Stanford, Frame, Slatter, and Dolan; by request of Attorney General)
Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
Establishes the Washington student education loan bill of rights.Requires the student achievement council to designate a student education loan ombuds within the office of student financial assistance to provide timely assistance to a student education loan borrower with a student education loan.Requires the director of the department of financial institutions to establish fees sufficient to cover the costs of administering the department's program for student education loan servicers and the student education loan ombuds.Creates the student education loan ombuds account.Requires the state treasurer, beginning in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, to annually transfer from the financial services regulation fund to the student loan ombuds account, the greater of one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars or twenty percent of the annual assessment derived from student education loan servicing.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Bergquist, Stambaugh, Frame, Hudgins, Sawyer, Slatter, Macri, Gregerson, Peterson, McBride, Doglio, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Tharinger, Farrell, Pollet, Ormsby, Dolan, and Riccelli)
Concerning the collection of youth voter registration sign up information.
Permits a person to sign up to register to vote at the department of licensing if he or she is sixteen or seventeen years of age.Requires a social studies teacher to, each year on temperance and good citizenship day, coordinate a voter registration event in each history or social studies class attended by high school seniors.Allows county auditors to help coordinate and participate in voter registration events for students on that day.Requires the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the secretary of state, to update and distribute youth voter registration materials annually for eligible students to register to vote at school.Provides delivery options for voter registration applications.Requires the secretary of state to: (1) For each electronic registration application, obtain a digital copy of the applicant's driver's license or identicard signature from the department of licensing; and(2) Employ additional security measures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of voter preregistration applications submitted electronically.Requires the voter registration database to provide storage of pending registration records for persons under eighteen years of age.Exempts the following from public inspection and copying under the public records act: Information provided for persons under eighteen years old.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Robinson, Johnson, Cody, Harris, Pollet, Doglio, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Farrell, McBride, Fey, and Macri)
Requiring health plans to cover, with no cost sharing, all preventive services required to be covered under federal law as of December 31, 2016.
Requires a health plan to provide coverage for the same preventive services required to be covered under: (1) 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-13 (2016); and(2) Federal rules or guidance in effect on December 31, 2016, implementing 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-13.
by House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Schmick and Cody)
Concerning curricula for persons in long-term care facilities with behavioral health needs.
Requires the department of social and health services to adopt rules to establish: (1) Minimum competencies and standards for the approval of curricula for facility-based caregivers serving persons with behavioral health needs and geriatric behavioral health workers; and(2) An exception allowing geriatric behavioral health workers to be recognized in the minimum staffing requirements as part of the direct care service delivery to individuals who have a behavioral health condition.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Santos, Pettigrew, Harris, Young, Stonier, Pike, Appleton, Johnson, Fey, Bergquist, Hudgins, Kraft, Slatter, and Tarleton)
Increasing the career and college readiness of public school students.
Creates the work-integrated learning demonstration pilot project to promote work-integrated learning experiences for students.Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board to convene a work-integrated learning advisory committee to provide advice to the legislature and the education and workforce sectors on creating opportunities for students.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the advisory committee to jointly select three or four high schools to develop work-integrated learning project programs.Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board and the office of the superintendent of public instruction to jointly review and analyze reports and data submitted to evaluate the work-integrated learning project programs.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Senn, Dent, Kagi, and Kilduff)
Implementing recommendations from the children's mental health work group.
Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Oversee the coordination of resources and services through the managed health care system and tribal organizations providing health care services for children who are eligible for medical assistance and have been identified as requiring mental health treatment;(2) Require provider payment for annual depression screening for certain youth; and (3) Require provider payment for maternal depression screening for mothers of children ages birth to one year.Requires the department of early learning to establish a child care consultation program linking child care providers with evidence-based, trauma-informed, and best practice resources regarding caring for infants and young children who present behavioral concerns or symptoms of trauma.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to produce a case study of an educational service district that is successfully delivering and coordinating children's mental health activities and services.Requires Washington State University to offer one twenty-four month residency position that is approved by the accreditation council for graduate medical education to one resident specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry.Requires a behavioral health organization to, upon initiation or renewal of a contract with the department of social and health services, reimburse a provider for a behavioral health service provided to certain covered persons through telemedicine or store and forward technology.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody and Jinkins; by request of Department of Social and Health Services)
Concerning professionals qualified to examine individuals in the mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems.
Corrects a technical oversight by recognizing a designated chemical dependency specialist as one of the qualified examining professionals authorized to sign an initial fourteen-day substance use disorder detention petition during the interim period between June 28, 2016, and April 1, 2018.Allows a physician assistant working with a supervising psychiatrist to qualify as a designated crisis responder.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Farrell, Kilduff, Doglio, Robinson, Stanford, Hudgins, McBride, Macri, Ormsby, Frame, Slatter, Jinkins, and Pollet)
Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women.
Prohibits an employer from failing or refusing to make reasonable accommodation for an employee for pregnancy.Requires the attorney general to investigate complaints and enforce this act.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Dent, Senn, Kagi, Griffey, Johnson, and McBride)
Reducing certain documentation and paperwork requirements in order to improve children's mental health and safety.
Requires the department of social and health services to immediately perform a review of its rules, policies, and procedures related to the documentation requirements for behavioral health services with regard to individual initial assessments to identify areas in which duplicative or inefficient documentation requirements can be eliminated or streamlined for providers.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.
by Senators Angel, Hobbs, and Wellman
Authorizing funeral planning and funeral services as noninsurance benefits under group life and disability insurance policies.
Authorizes life insurers and disability insurers, with prior approval of the insurance commissioner, to include funeral planning and funeral services as part of a policy or certificate of group life insurance or group disability insurance, however, it must be disclosed that this noninsurance benefit does not constitute an insurance funded prearrangement contract.
by Senators Takko, Rivers, and Chase
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 January 1, 2020, that increases, relative to a baseline level of generation before the capital investment, the amount of electricity generated in a facility that generates qualified biomass energy and commenced operation before March 31, 1999.Requires the facility to demonstrate: (1) Its baseline level of generation over a three-year period before the capital investment in order to calculate the amount of incremental electricity produced; and(2) 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 Senators Mullet, Palumbo, Rivers, Liias, Wilson, and Kuderer
Requiring establishment of a systemwide credit policy regarding AP exams. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Requiring establishment of credit policies regarding AP exams. )
Requires institutions of higher education to establish a coordinated, evidence-based policy for granting as many undergraduate college credits to students who have earned minimum scores of three on AP exams as possible and appropriate.
by Senators O'Ban, Pedersen, Angel, and Darneille
Modifying theft of rental, leased, lease-purchased, or loaned property provisions. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Concerning theft of rental property. )
Includes in the crime of theft of rental 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 Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports (originally sponsored by Senators Fortunato, Sheldon, Rivers, and Wilson)
Simplifying the process for bona fide charitable and nonprofit organization to engage in activities and social pastimes, and raise funds for their authorized purposes.
Simplifies the process for bona fide charitable and nonprofit organizations to: (1) Engage in activities and social pastimes; and(2) Raise funds for their authorized purposes.
by Senate Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Senator Schoesler)
Concerning personnel requirements for municipal ambulance services.
Requires an ambulance service established by volunteer or municipal corporations in a rural area with insufficient personnel, with approval from the department of health, to use a driver without medical or first-aid training as long as the driver is at least eighteen years old, successfully passes a background check issued or approved by the department, possesses a valid driver's license with no restrictions, is accompanied by a nondriving emergency medical technician while operating the ambulance during a response or transport of a patient, and only provides medical care to patients to the level that they are trained.