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=2018.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Wylie, Vick, and Blake)
Clarifying residency requirements for licensed marijuana businesses.
Clarifies residency requirements for licensed marijuana businesses.Gives discretionary authority to the state liquor and cannabis board to deny a license or license renewal to an entity if the board is unable to investigate a nonresident interest holder in the entity in accordance with the investigatory standards applicable to the investigation of a state resident.
by House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Smith, and Santos)
Ensuring the competitiveness of Washington state's fishing and seafood processing industries by supporting the recapitalization of fishing fleets through certain tax preferences.
Provides a tax preference to support the recapitalization of fishing fleets and to ensure the continued competitiveness of the state's maritime, fishing, and seafood processing industries.
by House Committee on Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Tarleton, and Hudgins)
Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.
Declares it is the policy of the state that any distributed energy resources planning process engaged in by an electric utility in the state should accomplish certain goals.Provides an explanation for the goals and requires the legislature, beginning January 1, 2023, to review the state's policy pertaining to the planning and determine: (1) How many electric utilities in the state have engaged or are engaging in a planning process;(2) Whether the process has met the specified goals; and(3) Whether the goals need to be expanded or amended.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives McCabe, Orwall, Johnson, Kirby, McBride, Dye, Kilduff, Gregerson, Wylie, Haler, Appleton, Senn, and Muri)
Concerning school bus safety.
Requires every school bus, beginning September 1, 2019, to be equipped with an automated school bus safety camera.Requires every school bus manufactured or assembled after September 1, 2019, to be equipped with a shoulder harness-type safety belt assembly for each passenger position.Requires passengers in school buses equipped with seat belts to wear the belts, in a properly adjusted manner, when the school bus is in motion.Creates the school bus safety account.Requires certain funds, as part of the office of the superintendent of public instruction's school bus replacement incentive program, to be deposited into the school district's transportation vehicle fund.
by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Tharinger, Tarleton, and Jinkins; by request of Office of Financial Management)
Concerning the evaluation and prioritization of capital budget projects at the public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education.
Requires the office of financial management, in consultation with the legislative fiscal committees, the state board for community and technical colleges, and the public four-year institutions of higher education, to develop: (1) Learning space utilization standards for higher education facilities;(2) Reasonableness of cost standards for higher education capital projects; and(3) A criteria scoring and prioritization matrix for use by four-year higher education institutions and other decision makers to produce single prioritized lists of higher education capital projects that consists of a numeric rating scale that assesses how well a particular project satisfies higher education capital project criteria and a numeric measure to weigh the importance of those criteria.Requires the office to provide technical assistance to the legislative fiscal committees and the four-year institutions in using the criteria scoring and prioritization matrix mentioned above.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Stambaugh, and Jinkins)
Concerning dangerous objects on county roads and bridges.
Addresses required actions by a county with regard to dangerous objects and other public nuisances on county roads and bridges.
by House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Sawyer, Appleton, Ormsby, and Santos)
Concerning tribal-state relations.
Creates the joint committee on tribal-state relations and requires the committee to: (1) Serve as a forum for effective government-to-government communications;(2) Seek to foster resolution of issues of mutual concern between the tribes and the state; and(3) Consider the needs and concerns of tribal groups and organizations in the state, as well as American Indians in the state.Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.Expires July 1, 2026.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Condotta and Sawyer)
Authorizing marijuana retailers to sell marijuana merchandise.
Authorizes the sale, by marijuana retailers, of marijuana merchandise which is defined as wearable apparel that serves to promote or advertise the retail outlet, or a product line sold by the retail outlet, and that has labeling affixed to the wearable apparel that includes: (1) The retail outlet's name, logo, or other symbol associated with the retail outlet; or(2) A name, logo, or other symbol associated with a product line sold by the retail outlet.Requires the state liquor and cannabis board to adopt rules: (1) Regarding retail product design and marketing standards for marijuana merchandise and other products sold by licensed retailers; and(2) That establish the procedures and criteria necessary to implement the establishment of retail product design and marketing standards to ensure that marijuana merchandise and other products sold by licensed retailers are not intended to appeal to minors or otherwise encourage marijuana use by minors.
by House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Dent, Gregerson, Hargrove, Tarleton, Klippert, and Clibborn)
Concerning a community aviation revitalization loan program.
Requires the department of transportation to: (1) Convene a community aviation revitalization board;(2) Provide management services, including fiscal and contract services, and staff support, to assist the board in implementing this act;(3) Make direct loans, if certain conditions are met, to airport sponsors of public use airports in the state for the purpose of airport improvements that primarily support general aviation activities; and(4) Take reasonable measures as are necessary to familiarize government officials and members of the public with this act, particularly the board's authority to make loans.
by House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Chapman, Steele, Frame, and Tharinger)
Creating a rural county jobs program.
Creates the rural county high employer demand jobs program to: (1) Meet the workforce needs of business and industry in rural counties by assisting students in earning certificates, associate degrees, or other industry-recognized credentials necessary for employment in high employer demand fields; and(2) Provide selected students scholarship funds, as determined by the opportunity scholarship board, to help them meet their eligible expenses for up to one year, when they enroll in a community or technical college program that prepares them for a high employer demand field.Requires the opportunity scholarship board to create the rural jobs program account, from which scholarship funds will be disbursed beginning no later than the fall term of the 2020 academic year, if by that date, state matching funds have been received.Creates the rural jobs program match transfer account.
by House Committee on Environment (originally sponsored by Representatives Fey, Jinkins, Sawyer, Appleton, Wylie, and Pollet)
Reducing air emissions associated with certain port trucking operations.
Requires, by January 1, 2019, a drayage truck that is delivering or receiving goods from a high-volume port to meet the emission standards adopted by the United States environmental protection agency for new vehicles with heavy duty highway engines applicable to 2007 and later model years as those standards existed as of January 1, 2018.Requires a high-volume port to develop a plan that provides a roadmap to transition the fleet of drayage trucks serving the high-volume port towards using only zero emission vehicles by January 1, 2035.
by House Committee on Commerce & Gaming (originally sponsored by Representatives Tarleton, Young, Vick, Caldier, and Sullivan)
Modernizing and clarifying in-state distilled spirits production licenses and fees.
Modernizes and clarifies in-state distilled spirits production licenses and fees.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Caldier, Senn, Kagi, Kilduff, Ortiz-Self, Johnson, Muri, and McBride)
Defining the process for best interest determinations of students in out-of-home care.
Requires school districts to: (1) Collaborate with the department of children, youth, and families to develop protocols specifying specific strategies for communication, coordination, and collaboration regarding the status and progress of children in out-of-home care placed in the region, in order to maximize the educational continuity and achievement of these children;(2) Designate a foster care liaison to facilitate district compliance with state and federal laws related to students in out-of-home care; and(3) Collaborate with the department to address educational barriers for these students.Requires a student, when practical and in his or her best interest, who is placed into out-of-home care, to remain enrolled in the school they were attending at the time they entered out-of-home care.Prohibits the special education services of a student from being interrupted by a transfer to a new school.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Appleton, Griffey, and Peterson)
Clarifying the authority and procedures for unit priced contracting by public port districts.
Authorizes a port district to procure public works with a unit priced contract for the purpose of completing anticipated types of work based on hourly rates or unit pricing for one or more categories of work or trades.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Reeves, Barkis, Kilduff, and Graves)
Adding proximity to working forests to the residential real estate disclosure statement.
Revises the real estate disclosure statement, relating to the right to farm act, to include working forests, which gives home buyers a more accurate description of the effect of the act and science-based forest practices regulations that protect the state's public resources.
by House Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Shea and Goodman)
Concerning seizure and forfeiture procedures and reporting.
Modifies procedures and reporting requirements with regard to seizures and forfeitures.
by House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Appleton, Nealey, McBride, Lytton, Peterson, Griffey, Doglio, and Wylie)
Studying the constitutional and statutory obligations and tax revenue capacity of local government entities.
Requires the department of commerce to conduct a study that analyzes local governments' revenue capacity in relation to its constitutional and statutory obligations.Makes an appropriation from the liquor revolving fund to the department of commerce for purposes of the study.
by House Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Kloba, Johnson, Stonier, Macri, Valdez, Fey, and Stanford)
Concerning expanded learning opportunities.
Reconstitutes the expanded learning opportunities council as the expanded learning opportunities advisory council within the center for the improvement of student learning.Establishes new and/or modified governance provisions and duties for the advisory council.Eliminates the summer knowledge improvement pilot program.
by House Committee on Business & Financial Services (originally sponsored by Representative Kirby)
Addressing joint self-insurance programs for property and liability risks.
Enables a qualifying state agency to participate in a local government joint self-insurance program covering property and liability risks.Defines "qualifying state agency" as a state agency, board, commission, or other entity of the state, other than a local government entity, with a biennial operating budget of not more than five million dollars.
by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks (originally sponsored by Senator Van De Wege)
Improving the management of the state's halibut fishery.
States that a catch record card for halibut is five dollars.Requires the funds that are received from the sale of halibut catch record cards to be used for monitoring and management of recreational halibut fisheries.
by Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care (originally sponsored by Senators Walsh and Darneille; by request of Department of Commerce)
Concerning the Washington achieving a better life experience program account.
Requires expenditures from the Washington achieving a better life experience program account to be used only for the purposes of administrative and operating expenses of the Washington achieving a better life experience program.Allows contributions to individual Washington achieving a better life experience program accounts to be invested in self-directed investment options.Allows an investment manager to perform the same duties as the state investment board with regard to the investment of money.Requires the Washington achieving a better life experience program governing board to designate and define the terms of engagement for the custodial banks under authority that the state treasurer shall delegate with the concurrence of the office of financial management.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Conway, Cleveland, Kuderer, and Saldaña)
Improving health outcomes for injured workers by facilitating better access to medical records and telemedicine.
Requires a self-insured employer to ensure that relevant medical records of an injured worker scheduled for an independent medical exam are provided as electronic medical records to the independent medical exam physician or physicians; if electronic records are not possible, paper records must be delivered to the physician or physicians at least ten business days before the exam.Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to develop access to telemedicine for independent medical exams and reimburse the physicians for services in a manner that is similar to the policies developed for commercial health insurance plans and medicaid managed care plans.
by Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, Fain, Mullet, and Keiser; by request of Health Care Authority)
Concerning the January 1, 2020, implementation of the school employees' benefits board program.
Addresses the implementation of the school employees' benefits board program, effective January 1, 2020.Addresses: Compensation and reimbursement related to school employees' benefits board member service; charter schools are employers and school employees' benefits board organizations under certain circumstances; school districts, educational service districts, and charter schools providing contributions to the state health care authority for insurance and health care plans for school employees and their dependents; and functions of the school employees' benefits board in designing and approving insurance benefit plans and establishing eligibility criteria.Revises the definition of "board," for purposes of chapter 41.05 RCW (state health care authority), to include the school employees' benefits board. Exempts the following information relating to insurance and financial institutions from disclosure under the public records act: Claims data, including health care and financial related data received under section 32 of this act, received and held by the state health care authority.Creates the school employees' insurance reserve fund, the school employees' benefits board program flexible spending administrative account, the school employees' benefits board salary reduction account, and the school employees' benefits board dental benefits administration account.
by Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Billig, Zeiger, Kuderer, Keiser, Palumbo, and Saldaña)
Providing early intervention services for eligible children. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Developing a funding model for early intervention services for eligible children. )
Requires the department of children, youth, and families to: (1) Oversee the provision of early intervention services to eligible children with disabilities from birth through two years of age;(2) Be payor of last resort for the services;(3) In consultation with the department of early learning, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the office of financial management, the caseload forecast council, and legislative fiscal staff, develop a model with which to determine the amount of annual allocations to be appropriated in the omnibus appropriations act after July 1, 2019, for the services; and(4) Direct public entities who are billing medicaid to provide the services to bill private insurance as soon as practicable.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Wellman, Keiser, McCoy, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Hunt, and Conway)
Expanding eligibility for the state need grant.
States that families that earn up to one hundred percent of the state's median family income are eligible for student financial aid.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Wilson and Rivers)
Addressing the creation of a deferred prosecution program for nonpayment of license fees and taxes for vehicle, vessel, and aircraft registrations.
Authorizes a county to set up a deferred prosecution program for persons who receive a citation for failing to register a vehicle, an aircraft, or a vessel.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Saldaña, Keiser, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Chase, and Conway)
Concerning an employee's written authorization for the deduction of union dues and fees.
Addresses collective bargaining agreements and the deduction of union dues and fees.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Dhingra, Palumbo, Darneille, Mullet, Saldaña, Takko, Frockt, Rolfes, Kuderer, Cleveland, Chase, Carlyle, Wellman, Hasegawa, Ranker, Keiser, Liias, Billig, Nelson, McCoy, Van De Wege, Pedersen, Hunt, and Conway)
Concerning provisions governing firearms possession by persons who have been found incompetent to stand trial and who have a history of one or more violent acts.
Requires a court, if it dismisses certain charges, to make a finding as to whether the defendant has a history of one or more violent acts, and if so, the defendant is barred from the possession of firearms until a court restores his or her right to possess a firearm.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senator Hunt)
Eliminating certain requirements for the annexation of an unincorporated island of territory.
Eliminates certain requirements for the annexation of an unincorporated island of territory.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Takko, Angel, and Chase)
Clarifying the authority and procedures for contracting by public port districts.
Allows a port district to construct a public work, by contract, without calling for bids if the estimated cost of the work or improvement, including cost of materials, supplies, and equipment, will not exceed the sum of forty thousand dollars.Requires the port district managing official to award contracts as equitably as possible among qualified contractors, including minority and woman-owned contractors.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs and King; by request of Department of Licensing)
Concerning medical certificate requirements for applicants and holders of commercial drivers' licenses and commercial learners' permits.
Modifies the uniform commercial driver's license act with regard to: Medical certificate requirements for applicants and holders; traffic infractions for licensees while being downgraded for not maintaining a current medical certificate; excepted or nonexcepted intrastate and excepted or nonexcepted interstate; and revision of the definition of "nonexcepted intrastate" and "excepted intrastate," relating to obtaining a certificate and wishing to maintain a CDL or CLP but not operate a commercial motor vehicle without changing his or her self-certification type.Requires the department of licensing, upon receiving an electronic copy of a certificate from the federal motor carrier safety administration, to post the status on the CDLIS driver record.
by Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, Palumbo, King, Wagoner, McCoy, and Liias)
Prohibiting the imposition of regional transit authority property taxes on less than a whole parcel.
Prohibits regional transit authority property taxes from being imposed on less than a whole parcel.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Takko and Walsh)
Authorizing counties and cities planning under the growth management act to impose certain real estate excise taxes by councilmanic action.
Authorizes a city or a county that plans under the growth management act to impose certain real estate excise taxes by councilmanic action.
by Senators Ranker and Hasegawa
Requesting that Washington state, and all other coastal states, have the opportunity to opt out of the proposed National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
Requests that Washington state, and all other coastal states, have the opportunity to opt out of the proposed national outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program.