SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As of February 26, 2020
Title: An act relating to fostering economic growth in Washington by supporting in-state manufacturing.
Brief Description: Fostering economic growth in Washington by supporting in-state manufacturing.
Sponsors: House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Vick and Eslick).
Brief History: Passed House: 2/19/20, 98-0.
Committee Activity: Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade: 2/25/20.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TRADE
Staff: Clint McCarthy (786-7319)
Background: The mission of Commerce is to grow and improve jobs in Washington, facilitate innovation, and streamline access to business assistance and economic development services by providing them through sector-based, cluster-based, and regional partners. Industry clusters targeted by Commerce include aerospace, agriculture, food manufacturing, clean technology, information and communication technology, forest products, life science, global health, maritime, and military and defense sectors.
A business regulatory efficiency program administered by Commerce was established in 2013. Commerce and the Office of Regulatory Assistance are authorized to conduct annual multi-jurisdictional regulatory streamlining projects, beginning with the manufacturing sector. Commerce initiated a manufacturing Regulatory Roadmap Program that works with the cities of Arlington, Marysville, and Lynnwood to assess site feasibility for manufacturing facilities. In 2020 Commerce created an online version of the manufacturing portal, which allows manufacturers to search by selected criteria and compare sites.
Summary of Bill: Commerce is directed to complete a study of public policies to grow all manufacturing subsectors, and grow manufacturing jobs, throughout all of Washington's 39 counties. The study must include a comprehensive assessment of policy recommendations that will lead to improvement in regulatory conditions, infrastructure, and workforce development resources to support the growth and sustainability of the state's manufacturing sector. Commerce must complete the study in consultation with the leaders of the economic development committees of the Legislature.
Commerce is required to gather information and analysis from other state agencies that have a regulatory and tax impact on the manufacturing industry in its completion of the study.
Commerce is required to regularly meet with an advisory committee to assist with the contents of the study and the evaluation of Commerce's policy recommendations. A statewide manufacturing trade association must convene the advisory committee. The advisory committee must include members from each of the following industry subsectors:
wood product manufacturing;
primary metal manufacturing;
computer and electronic product manufacturing;
furniture and related product manufacturing;
transportation equipment manufacturing;
plastics and rubber products manufacturing;
printing and related support activities;
maritime manufacturing; and
clean energy manufacturing.
The advisory committee may offer a report to be included as an appendix to Commerce's study and policy recommendations.
Commerce must complete the study and recommend policies to facilitate the development of manufacturing in all of Washington State's counties by December 31, 2020.
Fiscal Note: Requested on February 21, 2020.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: We have seen a lot of growth in Washington State, but not as much in manufacturing. This bill is about getting industry leaders to get in a room and make some good non-partisan policy that grows manufacturing in Washington State. Recyclers would like to be included as a type of manufacturers. Scrap model handlers would like to be able to have access to some of the tax breaks that manufacturers have.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Representative Brandon Vick, Prime Sponsor; Holly Chisa, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.