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=2019.
by Representatives Macri, Jinkins, Shewmake, Robinson, Doglio, Ryu, Morgan, Goodman, Cody, Orwall, Slatter, Thai, Reeves, Appleton, Dolan, Bergquist, Peterson, Pollet, Gregerson, Frame, and Davis
Protecting tenants in residential tenancies.
Prohibits a landlord from evicting or attempting to evict, or otherwise terminating or attempting to terminate, the tenancy of a tenant without a court order which may be issued by a court only after: (1) The landlord pleads cause with specificity;(2) The tenant has an opportunity at a show cause hearing to contest the eviction; and(3) The landlord proves that cause exists.Prohibits a landlord from terminating a fixed term tenancy before completion of the term.Modifies the residential landlord-tenant act regarding: The expiration of a lease or rental agreement, where premises are rented for a specified time, but will change to a month to month tenancy; the application of a tenant's payment going towards rent; continued tenancy or relief from forfeiture; protections afforded to tenant or occupant regarding deeds of trust and surviving a sale; statutory damages for a landlord's use of rental agreement that he or she knows contains prohibited provisions; and a landlord's statement for retaining any portion of a deposit.
by Representatives Callan, Eslick, Kilduff, Leavitt, Senn, Dolan, Lovick, Frame, Dent, Corry, Appleton, Ryu, Robinson, Jinkins, Goodman, Doglio, Fey, Macri, Ormsby, and Davis; by request of Department of Commerce
Concerning services provided by the office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs.
Allows a child to be placed in a HOPE center by the department of children, youth, and families, upon filing of a child in need of services petition.Modifies provisions regarding HOPE centers, case workers having experience working with adolescents, on-site program managers, and street outreach services.
by Representatives Paul, Steele, Bergquist, Harris, Santos, Callan, Appleton, Doglio, Pollet, and Young
Requires the professional educator standards board to revise its rules on limited certificates to allow for the issuance of a conditional teaching certificate in special education to a paraeducator.Requires one day of the four-day fundamental course of study on the state standards of practice to be provided in person, if the state funding appropriated is sufficient for only one day.Requires at least one day of the course to be provided in person, if the state funding appropriated is sufficient for more than one day.Encourages school districts to provide at least one day of the ten days of general courses on the state paraeducator standards of practice as a professional learning day, where paraeducators collaborate with certified staff and other classified staff on applicable courses.
by Representatives Corry, Riccelli, Dufault, Dent, Mosbrucker, Chandler, Ybarra, and Ormsby
Modifying dates related to the application due date for health sciences and services authorities and their sales and use tax authority.
Changes the due dates of applications for health sciences and services authorities and their sales and use tax authority.
by Representatives Bergquist, Harris, Hudgins, Young, Tarleton, Ybarra, Slatter, Santos, Jinkins, Doglio, Fey, Leavitt, Ormsby, and Valdez
Concerning the participation of students who are low income in extracurricular activities.
Requires school districts to: (1) Collect and report to the associated student body executive board the data related to associated student body card purchases and student participation in school-based extracurricular activities; and(2) Develop, submit, and implement an extracurricular activity opportunity gap reduction plan.Creates the promoting lively activities for youth grant program to subsidize small school districts impacted by discounted associated student body card fees charged to high school students who are low income.Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) Administer the grant program; and(2) Allocate up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars per school year for the grant program.
by Representatives Chandler and Ormsby
Concerning the higher education retirement plans.
Provides employer contribution rates for the supplemental benefits of the higher education retirement plan for each state institution of higher education beginning July 1, 2019.Creates the higher education retirement plan supplemental benefit fund.Requires the department of retirement systems, following a determination by the pension funding council that a higher education institution has sufficiently funded the liabilities of that institution through contributions to the benefit fund, to assume responsibility for making benefit payments to higher education retirement plan supplemental beneficiaries for that institution from the portion of the benefit fund attributed to the individual institution.
by Representatives Dent, Springer, Kretz, Blake, Dye, Tharinger, Chandler, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Fey, Corry, Dufault, and Young
Concerning payments in lieu of real property taxes.
Requires the state treasurer, on behalf of the department of fish and wildlife, to distribute to counties, a certain amount in lieu of real property taxes, for eligible game lands if requested by an election.Requires a county to provide a list of eligible parcels, assessed value, and local levy rate by parcel to the department for payment the following year.
by Representatives Chapman, Shea, Valdez, Morris, Goodman, and Young
Authorizing the use of automated license plate recognition systems.
Authorizes the following to use an automated license plate recognition system: (1) A law enforcement agency or parking enforcement agency for locating vehicles on a watch list;(2) A parking enforcement agency for enforcing time restrictions on parking spaces;(3) A transportation agency for providing real time traffic information to the public, traffic modeling purposes, and traffic studies such as origin and destination studies, ramp meter efficiencies, and determining construction delays and route use;(4) A transportation agency for commercial vehicle systems at Washington state patrol enforcement sites and weigh stations; and(5) An agency for controlling access to secured areas.Allows an automated license plate recognition system to be used as a component of a photo toll system or an automated traffic safety camera.
by Representatives Slatter and Doglio; by request of Office of the Governor
Advancing electric transportation.
Provides a sales and use tax exemption on electric vehicles.Requires the department of ecology to adopt the zero emission vehicle program regulations contained in Title 13, section 1962, 1962.1, and 1962.2 of the California Code of Regulations.Declares an intent to provide clear authority for utilities to engage in and promote the build out of electric vehicle infrastructure.Requires utilities that are traditionally responsible for providing electric service to customers and for understanding and engineering the electrical grid for safety and reliability to be engaged in the electrification of the transportation system.Authorizes certain cities or towns that are engaged in the generation, sale, or distribution of energy to, for its customers: (1) Assist in financing materials and equipment for the electrification of transportation; and(2) Offer programs, services, or investments in the electrification of transportation in a way that benefits ratepayers.Permits an electric utility to submit an electrification of transportation plan, to the utilities and transportation commission, that deploys electric vehicle supply equipment or provides other electric transportation programs, services, or incentives to support electrification of transportation.Creates the electric vehicle account.
by Representatives Smith, Morris, Doglio, Ormsby, and Hudgins
Encouraging economic development by identifying ways to grow Washington's manufacturing sector through evaluating the opportunities and barriers of repurposing domestic waste stream materials.
Requires the department of commerce to arrange for the completion of an economic analysis of recyclable material and solid waste processing, export, and disposal activities.
by Representatives Vick and Walen
Combining a resolution proposing abandonment and a resolution proposing a council-manager plan of government into a single proposition.
Permits a resolution, that proposes abandonment by the city of the plan of government under which it is then operating, to be combined with a resolution that proposes to designate a person elected to council position one as the chair of the council.Allows the proposal to be placed before the voters of the city as a single proposition.
by Representatives Springer, Walsh, Appleton, Peterson, Smith, and Griffey
Concerning public records request administration.
States that the following cease to exist, effective June 30, 2020: The local government competitive grant program, the attorney general's consultation program, and the state archivist's training services.Requires agencies, with actual staff and legal costs associated with fulfilling public records requests, to report the following to the joint legislative audit and review committee: (1) The number of requests where the agency provided the requested records within five days of receiving the request;(2) The number of requests where the agency provided a time estimate for providing responsive records beyond five days after receiving the request; and(3) The average number of days from receipt of request to the date the request is closed.Requires the county auditor, in addition to other surcharges authorized by law, to charge a surcharge of one dollar per instrument for each document recorded.Requires the revenue generated through this surcharge to be transmitted to the state treasurer monthly for deposit in the local government archives account to be used exclusively for the competitive grant program and for the attorney general's consultation program and state archivist's training services.
by Representatives Slatter, Jinkins, DeBolt, Macri, Frame, Robinson, Tharinger, Bergquist, Senn, Cody, Pollet, Young, Davis, Kloba, Ortiz-Self, Lekanoff, Steele, Harris, Ormsby, Stanford, Goodman, Doglio, Fey, Leavitt, Valdez, and Hudgins
Creating the Washington health corps to support health care professionals who provide service in underserved communities.
Creates the Washington health corps, which: (1) Is the state's initiative to encourage health care professionals to work in underserved communities, and in exchange for service, the health care professional receives assistance with higher education, in the form of loan repayment or a conditional scholarship; and(2) Consists of the health professional loan repayment and scholarship program and the behavioral health loan repayment program.Creates the behavioral health loan repayment program for credentialed health professionals serving in underserved behavioral health areas.Requires both programs to be administered by the office of student financial assistance.Requires the student achievement council, in consultation with the department of health, to study the need, feasibility, and potential design of a grant program to provide funding to behavioral health students completing unpaid pregraduation internships and postgraduation supervised hours for licensure.Creates the behavioral health loan repayment program account.
by Representatives Eslick, Sutherland, Griffey, Lovick, Stanford, and Mead
Expanding the allowable powers of fire protection districts.
Allows a fire protection district to: (1) Enter into an interlocal agreement with a local jurisdiction to maintain and repair a vehicle owned and used exclusively by the county, city, town, school district, or other political subdivision of the state; and(2) Directly provide, enter into an interlocal agreement with a local government entity to provide, or contract with a local government entity to provide ordinary maintenance services and administrative services that the district performs in support of its powers and purpose.Authorizes the maintenance and repair of school buses to be provided by a fire protection district.
by Representatives Eslick, Sutherland, Griffey, Lovick, Dufault, Stanford, and Mead
Concerning bid limits for purchases and public works by fire protection districts.
Increases the limits on formal sealed bidding for purchases and public works by fire protection districts.
by Representatives Dolan, Klippert, Irwin, Lovick, Appleton, Ortiz-Self, Sells, Chapman, Cody, Doglio, and Macri
Disposing of confiscated firearms.
Prohibits a court from ordering a confiscated firearm to be held by a law enforcement agency beyond the conclusion of proceedings in which the firearm is needed for evidentiary purposes.Requires a law enforcement agency to dispose of the firearm in accordance with standards provided in RCW 9.41.345, 63.32.010, and 63.40.010.
by Representatives Steele, Kirby, Rude, Jenkin, Eslick, and Doglio
Allowing recorking wine at wineries and tasting rooms.
Permits a customer of a domestic winery to remove, from the premises of the domestic winery or from a tasting room location, a portion of wine purchased for on-premises consumption recorked or recapped in its original container.
by Representatives Steele, Eslick, Goehner, and Riccelli
Exempting information relating to the regulation of explosives from public disclosure.
Exempts the following from disclosure under the public records act: Records obtained and reports submitted as required by the state explosives act.Requires the public records exemptions accountability committee to prepare and submit a report to the legislature that includes recommendations on whether the exemption created above should be continued, modified, or terminated.
by Representatives Rude, Steele, Santos, Jinkins, Bergquist, and Doglio
Changing the term alternative learning experience to personalized learning experience.
Modifies certain common school provisions by changing the term "alternative learning experience" to "personalized learning experience."
by Representatives Tharinger, Harris, Chapman, Jinkins, Boehnke, Robinson, Riccelli, Appleton, Kilduff, Doglio, Leavitt, Macri, and Ormsby
Concerning the establishment of a training network for adult family homes.
Requires the following if the department of social and health services has a contract for personal care services with an adult family home represented by an exclusive bargaining representative: (1) Training required for adult family homes must be available through an adult family home training network;(2) Contributions to the network must be made under a collective bargaining agreement;(3) The network shall provide reports as required by the department verifying that providers have complied with all training requirements; and(4) The exclusive bargaining representative shall designate the network.
by Representatives Tarleton, Tharinger, and Pollet
Requesting that Congress establish more checks and balances to reduce the possibility of nuclear war.
Requests congress to establish more checks and balances to reduce the possibility of nuclear war.
by Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology (originally sponsored by Senators Carlyle, Palumbo, Wellman, Hunt, Saldaña, Liias, and Kuderer; by request of Department of Commerce)
Concerning appliance efficiency standards.
Modifies provisions regarding efficiency standards for appliances.
by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Carlyle, Frockt, Palumbo, and Nguyen)
Providing religious accommodations for postsecondary students.
Addresses the religious accommodation policy of postsecondary educational institutions.
by Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Hasegawa and Saldaña)
Modifying notice and opportunity provisions relating to certain enforcement actions taken by a homeowners' or condominium association.
Authorizes homeowners' and condominium associations to impose and collect charges for late payments of assessments and, after reasonable notice for a fair opportunity to be heard by the board of directors or a representative designated by the board, levy reasonable fines.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Takko and Saldaña)
Concerning the authorization to impose special excise taxes on the sale of lodging.
Authorizes a city or town, located in a county with a population of less than four hundred thousand, to impose a special excise tax on the sale of lodging.
by Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce (originally sponsored by Senators Keiser, Wellman, Saldaña, Randall, Das, Dhingra, Cleveland, Conway, Wilson, C., Darneille, Kuderer, Takko, Salomon, Hasegawa, and Hunt)
Preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers.
Requires every hotel, motel, retail, behavioral health, custodial employer, or property services contractor who employs a custodian, security guard, hotel or motel housekeeper, or room service employee who spends a majority of his or her working hours alone or whose primary work responsibility involves working without another coworker present, at a location that is not his or her home, to: (1) Adopt a sexual harassment policy;(2) Provide mandatory training to the managers, supervisors, and employees;(3) Provide a list of resources for the employees to use; and(4) Provide a panic button to each worker that spends most of his or her working hours alone or whose primary work responsibility involves working without another coworker present, at a location that is not his or her home.Requires the department of labor and industries to publish advice and guidance for employers with fifty or fewer employees relating to the requirements mentioned above.Requires the director of the department of labor and industries to establish procedures for licensing property service contractors.Requires hotels and motels, with sixty or more rooms, to meet the requirements in this act by January 1, 2020, and other businesses by January 1, 2021.
by Senate Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Senators Zeiger, Warnick, Van De Wege, Fortunato, and Takko)
Encouraging the success of agriculture on agricultural land.
Provides that, encouraging the conservation of productive agricultural lands requires local governments to have a regulatory strategy that allows agricultural landowners to successfully engage in agriculture.Permits counties and cities to use other measures, with regard to agricultural lands that include: Consolidating multiple permit requirements; reducing the amount of time required for permit review; expanding opportunities for county or city employees to provide technical assistance to landowners; and increasing coordination among counties, cities, and other agencies to avoid duplication of work during permit review.Authorizes the department of commerce to provide financial assistance and incentives to counties and cities to promote innovative zoning techniques and other measures.Changes the date to July 1, 2020, in which the county legislative authority must adopt certain ordinances or resolutions that allow it to participate in the voluntary stewardship program.Changes the date to July 31, 2021, in which the state conservation commission must determine, for participating watersheds, whether adequate funding to implement the voluntary stewardship program was provided during the preceding biennium.
by Senators Warnick, Walsh, Bailey, Becker, Short, Fortunato, Rivers, Padden, Ericksen, Honeyford, Wagoner, Wilson, L., Holy, and Hasegawa
Requiring that cursive writing be taught in common schools.
Requires common schools to give instruction in cursive writing.Requires a school district board of directors, when it reviews or adopts its English language arts curriculum, to incorporate curricula to teach cursive writing.
by Senators King, Saldaña, Walsh, Darneille, Das, Wilson, C., and Hasegawa
Establishing a kinship care legal aid coordinator.
Creates the role of kinship care legal aid coordinator in the office of civil legal aid.Requires the coordinator to consult with the kinship care oversight committee, the state supreme court access to justice board's pro bono council, the state bar association moderate means program, the department of social and health services aging and long-term support administration, and the office of public defense, to identify and facilitate the development of local and regional kinship care legal aid initiatives and to further efforts to implement relevant recommendations from the kinship care oversight committee.Requires the kinship care oversight committee to coordinate with the coordinator to develop, expand, and deliver training materials designed to help pro bono and low bono attorneys provide legal advice and assistance to kinship caregivers on matters that relate to their ability to meet physical, mental, social, educational, and other needs of children and youth in their care.
by Senators Fortunato, Rivers, Becker, Hawkins, Brown, Hobbs, Warnick, Honeyford, Wilson, L., Short, and Palumbo
Clarifying personal belonging disposal for impounded vehicles.
Modifies towing and impoundment provisions regarding the disposal of personal belongings.
by Senators Fortunato, Hasegawa, Takko, Brown, Becker, Padden, Wilson, L., Schoesler, Short, Holy, Warnick, Sheldon, Honeyford, Saldaña, Hobbs, Palumbo, and Randall
Establishing permissible methods of parking a motorcycle.
Requires a motorcycle stopped or parked on a one-way or two-way highway to be stopped or parked parallel or at an angle to the curb or edge of the highway with at least one wheel or fender within twelve inches of the curb nearest to which the motorcycle is parked or as close as practicable to the edge of the shoulder nearest to which the motorcycle is parked.Allows a county, city, or town to, by ordinance, prohibit the angle stopping or parking of a motorcycle however, posting of a visible sign to provide notice of the prohibition is required.Allows more than one motorcycle to occupy a parking space, provided that the parked motorcycles occupying the parking space do not exceed the boundaries of that parking space.Specifies that angle parking of motorcycles on a roadway, is not subject to approval by the department of transportation, if the parking is on a federal-aid or state highway.
by Senators Mullet, Wilson, L., and O'Ban
Concerning rewards cards.
Relieves businesses from the obligation to report rewards cards as unclaimed property.Exempts lawfully issued rewards cards from the provisions of the uniform unclaimed property act (chapter 63.29 RCW).
by Senators Hunt, Van De Wege, Das, Keiser, Palumbo, Saldaña, Mullet, and Walsh
Providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.
Declares an intent to require better evaluation of contract performance by increasing transparency and accountability of public contracts.Finds that: (1) State agencies and institutions of higher education were prohibited from contracting out for services that were regularly and historically provided by classified state employees; and(2) The personnel system reform act lifted the prohibition, authorizing state agencies and institutions of higher education to contract out for those services.Declares an intent that this act be applied only to government services that have been customarily and historically performed by state employees in the classified service.
by Senator Frockt
Concerning public works contracting procedures.
Revises procedures for public works contracts.Removes limitations on certain design-build projects.Provides availability to public entities for job order contracting.Requires an apprenticeship utilization for some contracts.Exempts the following from disclosure under the public records act: Financial information supplied by or on behalf of a person, firm, or corporation for the purpose of qualifying to submit a bid or proposal for alternative public works contracting procedures.
by Senators Becker, Brown, Short, Bailey, Warnick, Wilson, L., Fortunato, Holy, Wagoner, Zeiger, McCoy, and Honeyford
Requiring publicly owned wastewater treatment plants that directly discharge to Puget Sound to control pollution from opioids.
Requires a general or individual waste discharge permit or national pollution discharge elimination system permit, issued or renewed by the department of ecology, for a publicly owned wastewater treatment plant that directly discharges to Puget Sound to remove or neutralize opioids and opioid-derived pollution.States that a public body, subject to the provisions above, is ineligible to receive a grant or loan under the following if the public body is responsible for a water pollution control facility that does not comply with the terms of a permit relating to the reduction of opioid pollution: (1) Chapter 70.146 RCW (water pollution control facilities financing);(2) Chapter 70.150 RCW (the water quality joint development act);(3) Chapter 90.48 RCW (water pollution control); and(4) Chapter 90.50A RCW (water pollution control facilities--federal capitalization grants).
by Senators Hunt, Nguyen, Hasegawa, Saldaña, and Frockt
Eliminating tax preferences for bullion.
Repeals the business and occupation tax exemption on the sale of precious metal bullion and monetized bullion.
by Senators Keiser, Nguyen, Hasegawa, Saldaña, Frockt, and Hunt
Imposing a business and occupation tax surcharge on pharmaceutical advertising revenues for substance abuse and mental health services.
Imposes a business and occupation tax surcharge on amounts received by a person, including persons in the business of radio and television broadcasting, for the sale of advertising space or time in a media outlet to promote the sale of prescription drugs directly to consumers.Requires receipts from the surcharge to be used for services related to the prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance addiction and behavioral health conditions.
by Senator McCoy
Concerning the duties of mental health professionals.
Allows a health care provider or health care facility to disclose certain health care information about law enforcement personnel, without the patient's authorization, under certain circumstances.
by Senators Conway, Bailey, and Van De Wege; by request of Select Committee on Pension Policy and LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board
Clarifying the written consent requirement for survivorship benefit options.
Specifies that: (1) Written consent from a spouse or domestic partner is not required if a member who is married or a domestic partner selects a joint and survivor option and names the member's spouse or domestic partner as the survivor beneficiary;(2) "Member" means a member of one of the following retirement systems: Law enforcement officers and firefighters; teachers; school employees; public safety employees; public employees; and the Washington state patrol.
by Senators Palumbo, Carlyle, Rolfes, Mullet, Nguyen, Hobbs, Liias, Pedersen, and Braun
Concerning cloud computing solutions.
Requires state agencies to: (1) Adopt third-party, commercial cloud computing solutions for new information technology or telecommunications investments;(2) Submit a cloud migration plan to the office of the state chief information officer that outlines its technology sourcing strategy and ways it can use the cloud to reduce costs; and(3) Receive a waiver from the office if they have a service requirement that prohibits the use of a cloud computing solution.Requires the office of the state chief information officer to conduct a statewide cloud computing readiness assessment to prepare for the migration of core services to cloud services.Requires the consolidated technology services agency, in coordination with the department of enterprise services, to conduct a competitive procurements process to identify no more than three contracts to provide cloud computing services or system migration support.Requires state agency directors of human resources to report to the office and the employment security department on impacts to staffing related to state employees who could not be reassigned to other duties as a result of the cloud migration.Creates a training program for employees who could not be reassigned.Requires the employment security department, in coordination with the office of financial management, to develop a program to support employees and dislocated workers affected by the policies in this act.
by Senators Cleveland and Kuderer
Exempts the following from the definition of "compounding" for purposes of chapter 18.64 RCW: Mixing, reconstitution, or other acts that are performed in accordance with directions contained in approved labeling provided by the product's manufacturer and other manufacturer directions consistent with that labeling.Requires medicinal preparations that are compounded for patient administration or distribution to a licensed practitioner for patient use or administration to meet the standards of the official United States pharmacopeia as it applies to nonsterile and sterile administered preparations.Requires the pharmacy quality assurance commission to adopt rules identifying which chapters or provisions of the official United States pharmacopeia are applicable to nonsterile and sterile products and preparations compounded for patient administration or distribution to a licensed practitioner for patient use or administration.
by Senators Cleveland and Wilson, C.
Implementing an identicard program to provide individuals a Washington state issued identicard.
Requires the department of commerce, working in conjunction with the department of licensing, to create and implement an identicard program to provide a state-issued identicard to homeless individuals.Prohibits charging a fee to a homeless individual who is eligible for issuance of an identicard.Authorizes the department of commerce and the department of licensing to enter into a memorandum of understanding to meet the requirements of this act, and have discretion to implement this act.
by Senators Wilson, C., Randall, and Das
Concerning the creation of a youth development work group within the department of children, youth, and families.
Creates a youth development work group, within the department of children, youth, and families, to develop a mission, vision, and goals over the 2019-2021 biennium for supporting youth ages five to young adulthood with a racial equity and inclusion lens.Requires the department of children, youth, and families to provide up to five stipends to cover travel and time for work group members that do not have the resources or job classification to participate in a statewide work group.Expires December 31, 2021.
by Senators Hobbs, King, Mullet, Braun, Palumbo, Saldaña, Keiser, and O'Ban
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution creating the Washington state infrastructure bank.
Proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to create the Washington state infrastructure bank.