1st Legislative District Legislative Alert for March 11, 2019

Since Monday, March 4 State Legislators have been busy “on the floor” trying to pass all eligible bills out of the original chamber (house or senate) where they were originally introduced.

This Wednesday, March 13 will mark an important milestone in the 2019 Legislative session.   Known as “House of Origin Cut-Off”, this coming Wednesday will mark the day that all bills which have not passed out of the Chamber (House or Senate) to which they were introduced are now “dead” for session and will likely not move forward on the process this year.

We have already passed by a few cut-off dates and session benchmarks, which means that NOW has few bills to track, follow and support and we can focus on priorities on a few key issues.

The future critical dates for the passage of bills are listed below:

Wednesday – March 13:  Last day to consider (pass) bills in house of origin (5 p.m.)

Wednesday – April 3:  Cutoff Date for Opposite House Bills to Pass Out of Policy Committees

Tuesday – April 9:  Cutoff Date for Opposite House Bills to Pass Out of Fiscal Committees

Wednesday – April 17:  Last Day to Pass Opposite House Bills (except initiatives and alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session).

Sunday – April 28:  Last Day for the Regular Session

You can contact your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-562-6000.  You can also contact them by e-mail using this format:  firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov.  If you need to look up your legislators, use the following link to find them: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

For a full explanation of how a bill becomes law click here.

You can contact your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-562-6000.  You can also contact them by e-mail using this format:  firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov.  A complete list of email addresses for all legislators can be found at https://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/ If you need to look up your legislators, use the following link to find them: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

Note:  Committee members for House and Senate Committees are listed at the end of this alert. 

I have also included hyperlinks on each of the bill actions below, which will take you to the WA State Legislature’s comment page for the bill where you can enter your support or opposition to the bill and include a comment (up to 1000 characters).

Civil and Equal Rights

Initiative 1000

            Initiative 1000 – Washington State diversity, equity and exclusion act

            SUPPORT

Initiative 1000 redefines Affirmative Action to provide equal opportunity in Education, Employment and Contracting (Entrepreneurship) for the following groups:

  • Women
  • Veterans
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • People of Color;

Eliminates quotas and preferential treatment from Affirmative Action;

Expands Affirmative Action to include all Honorably discharged Veterans;

Protects Washington’s colleges & universities from federal penalties should they utilize race as a factor in their student admissions programs;

Expands the term, “sexual orientation” to all state anti-discrimination laws; and

Creates Washington State’s 1st Governors Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Status: I-1000 has been assigned to the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.  It has yet to be assigned to a committee in the senate.

Action:  Let your representatives and senators know that you support Initiative 1000 and ask that it be passed out of the legislature as written.

Prepaid Postage for All Election Ballots

SB 5063 Providing prepaid postage for all election ballots.

SUPPORT

SB 5063 requires prepaid postage on return envelopes for all elections, with county costs for the postage to be reimbursed by the state.

Status:  SB 5063 has passed out of the Senate and is now in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact your representatives and let them know you support SB 5063 and ask that a public hearing and executive session be scheduled.

Native American Voting Rights

SB 5079 Enacting the Native American voting rights act of Washington

PASSED

SB 5079 allows for non-traditional addresses when a traditional address has not been assigned or affixed to a voter’s residence or when a voter resides on an Indian reservation or Indian lands. This bill also permits the use of tribal identification for electronic voter registration the Secretary of State can obtain a copy of the applicant’s signature. It authorizes tribes to request ballot drop boxes on reservations and designation of state facilities on reservations as voter registration sites, with legal enforcement for election officials to comply.

StatusSB 5079 passed out of the House with amendments and was sent back to the Senate where they concurred with the engrossed substitute bill and amendments on a 45 to 3 vote.  This bill is now on its way to the governor for his signature.
Action:  Contact Governor Jay Inslee and ask that he sign SB 5079 – the Native American voting rights act of Washington into law.

Health Care Employees

            HB 1155 Concerning meal and rest breaks and mandatory overtime for certain health care employees.

            SB 5190 Concerning meal and rest breaks and mandatory overtime for certain health care employees.

SUPPORT

HB 1155 and SB 5190 address meals and rest periods for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, surgical technologists, diagnostic radiologic technologists, cardiovascular invasive specialists, respiratory care practitioners, and certified nursing assistants. The bills prohibit an employer from: (1) Using prescheduled on call time to fill chronic or foreseeable staff shortages; and (2) Scheduling nonemergency procedures that would require overtime. Exceptions are allowed to the uninterrupted meal and rest break requirement, to allow for clinical circumstances that raise the acuity of the unit such that the employee is needed back from break to avoid patient harm. Provides that the prohibition on mandatory overtime does not apply to sexual assault nurse examiners who work on a prescheduled on-call basis. Allows an employer to apply to the Department of Labor and Industries for a variance from the meal and rest break and overtime provisions.

Status:  HB 1155 has passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Labor and Commerce committee, where it is scheduled for a Public Hearing on March 14 at 8:30 AM.

SB 5190 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senator and members of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee andlet them know you support HB 1155.

Contact your senator in regards to SB 5190 and ask for a YES vote when it comes onto the floor.

Working Families Tax Credit

HB 1527 Providing a working families’ tax credit.

SB 5810 Providing a working families’ tax credit.

SUPPORT

HB 1527 provides a sales tax credit for low-income working individuals and families similar to the federal earned income tax credit. The objective as cited in the bill is allow low-income and middle-income workers to recover some or all of the sales tax, they pay to support state and local government as a way to increase their economic security and to decrease the regressivity of our state tax code. It is the legislature’s intent to provide a sales and use tax exemption, in the form of a remittance, to low income and middle-income working families. If a review finds that the working families’ tax credit provides meaningful financial relief to low-income and middle-income households, then the legislature intends to extend the expiration date of the tax preference.

Status:  HB 1527 is scheduled for an executive session in the House Finance Committee on March 14 at 1:30 PM.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the House Finance Committee and request a YES vote to pass HB 1527 out of committee.

State Office of Equity

HB 1783 Creating the Washington state office of equity.

SUPPORT

HB 1783 establishes the Washington state office of equity to promote access to equitable opportunities and resources that reduce disparities, including racial and ethnic disparities, and improve outcomes statewide across all sectors of government.

Status:  HB 1783 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action:  Contact your representatives and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1783 to pass it out of the House and onto the Senate when it comes to the floor.

Immigrants

HB 1815 Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace.

SB 5497 Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace.

SUPPORT

HB 1815 and SB 5497 establish a state wide workgroup to develop strategies with private sector businesses, labor and immigrant advocacy groups to support current and future industries across the state. 

The  attorney general’s office is to develop model policies for limiting immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law at public schools, health facilities operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state, courthouses, and shelters to assure that they remain safe and accessible to all WA residents regardless of immigration status. These entities must then adopt necessary changes to their policies to be consistent with the model policy.  If they do not adopt these changes the agency must state why and provide a copy of their policy to the attorney general.  All other organizations that provide services related to physical or mental health and wellness, education, or access to justice, are encouraged to adopt the model policy.

State agencies must review their confidentiality policies and identify any changes necessary to ensure that personal information collected on individuals is limited to that necessary to perform agency duties and is not used or disclosed for other purposes.  Policies must clearly state that public employees may not condition services or request information or proof regarding a person’s immigration or citizenship status, or place of birth, except as required by law. The policies must also ensure that  public services are available to, and public employees shall serve, all Washington residents without regard to immigration or citizenship status.

Status:  HB 1815 is in the House Rules Committee where is it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

SB 5497 has passed the out of Senate and is now in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee.

Action:  Contact your representatives and let them know you support HB 1815 and request that they vote YES when it comes to the floor.

Contact your representative and members of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and request that  SB 5497 be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

LGBTQ Commission

SB 5356 Establishing the Washington state LGBTQ commission.

SUPPORT

SB 5356 establishes the Washington State LGBTQ Commission.  The commission would have 15 members appointed by the governor and would be responsible for monitoring and advocating for legislation affecting LGBTQ people, assess programs and policies affecting LGBTQ people, coordinate with minority commissions, women’s commission and human rights commission to address issues of mutual concern and work as a liaison between the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to economic and health equity for LGBTQ people

Status:  SubstituteSB 5356 has passed the Senate on a 34 to 14 vote and is now in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the State Government and Tribal Relations Committee and let them know you support SB 5356 and ask that a public hearing be scheduled.

Transportation Funding and Tribes

HB 1584 Restricting the availability of state funds to regional transportation planning organizations that do not provide a reasonable opportunity for voting membership to certain federally recognized tribes.

SUPPORT

HB 1584 sets a requirement for regional transportation planning organizations to be eligible for state funds that they make reasonable opportunity for voting membership for federally recognized tribes that hold a reservation or trust lands within their planning area of the organization.

Status: HB 1584 has passed out of the House and is now in the Senate. It has not yet been assigned to a committee.

Action:  Contact your senators and let them know that you support HB 1584.

Felons Voting Rights

HB 1924 Concerning the voting rights of persons convicted of a felony offense.

SUPPORT

HB 1924 changes the voting rights law to automatically restore a felon’s voting rights as long as the defendant is not in custody of the department of corrections.  It states that a person serving a term of community custody is not considered to be in custody of the department of corrections unless the person is returned confinement for a violation of community custody.

Status:  HB 1924 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action:  Contact your representatives and ask that HB 1924 be pulled for a vote by the full House and for a YES vote on HB 1924 when it comes to the floor.

Ballot Drop Boxes

SB 5779 Concerning ballot drop box placement requirements

WATCH

SB 5779 changes the requirements for ballot drop box locations from a minimum of one ballot drop box per fifteen thousand registered voters to one drop box per twenty thousand registered voters in the county.

Status:  SB 5779 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Economic Equity and Support for Low Income Individuals and Families

Initiative 976 – Vehicle Fees and Taxes

Initiative 976  Limiting state and local taxes, fees, and other charges relating to vehicles.

OPPOSE

I 976 is Tim Eyman’s initiative.  The “$30 Tabs Initiative” would establish a regressive license tab fee system because cars and light trucks of all values would be taxed the same. Additionally, it would harm Sound Transit by preventing it from obtaining the amount of revenue estimated, relied upon and approved by the voters in 2016 in the measure called Sound Transit 3, and leave Sound Transit without the anticipated revenues to cover their bond costs.

Status:  Initiative 976 is in the House and Senate Transportation Committees where it is eligible for an executive session

Action:  Contact Representative Jake Fey  and Senator Steve Hobbs the chairs of the of the House and Senate Transportation Committees and let them know that you do not support Initiative 976 and request that it NOT BE SCHEDULED for an executive session and that this initiative should be put forward to voters as we trust they will make the right decision to not pass this initiative. An alternative ballot proposition will only confuse voters.

Feminine Hygiene Sales Tax Exemption

HB 1053 Providing a sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

SUPPORT

HB 1053 provides a sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

Status:  HB 1053 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action:  Contact your representatives and ask for that HB 1053 be pulled to the floor and for their support and a YES vote for HB 1053 to pass it out of the House and onto the Senate by the March 13 cutoff.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness Projects

HB 1219 Providing cities and counties authority to use real estate excise taxes to support affordable housing and homelessness projects.

SB 5195 Providing cities and counties authority to use real estate excise taxes to support affordable housing and homelessness projects.

SUPPORT

HB 1219 and SB 5195 authorize cities and counties who are required to plan or who are planning under the Growth Management Act to use of real estate excise tax revenue to support affordable housing and homelessness projects for the planning, acquisition, reconstruction, repair, replacement, rehabilitation or improvement of facilities.

Status:  HB 1219 has passed out of the House on a  74 yes to 24 nay vote.  It is now in the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

SB 5195 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senator and ask for their support and a YES vote on HB 1219 and SB 5195.  And request that HB 1219 be scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee.

SB 5358 Concerning affordable housing development on religious organization property

SUPPORT

SB 5358 requires cities and counties to allow for increased density housing to help meet local affordable housing development of single-family and multi-family residences located on property owned or controlled by a religious organization.

Status:  SB 5358 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and ask for their support and a YES vote on SB 5358.

Wage and Salary Information

HB 1696 Concerning wage and salary information.

SUPPORT

HB 1696 prohibits and employer from: (1) Seeking the wage or salary history of an applicant from the applicant or a current or former employer; or (2) Requiring that an applicant’s wage or salary history meet certain criteria.  The employer may confirm an applicant’s wage or salary history if the applicant voluntarily discloses it OR after the employer has negotiated and made an offer of employment with compensation to the applicant.  This bill also institutes a complaint process for violations of this legislation and allows the dept of labor and industries to order an employer to pay actual damages or $5000 whichever is greater if violations are found.

Status: HB 1696 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action:  Contact your representatives and let them know that you support HB 1696 and request a YES vote to pass it out of the House and onto the Senate.

SB 5090 Addressing wage and salary information.

SUPPORT

SB 5090 prohibits an employer from: (1) Seeking the wage or salary history of an applicant from the applicant or a current or former employer; or (2) Requiring that an applicant’s prior wage or salary history meet certain criteria.

Status:  SB 5090 is in the Senate Rules Committee where can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate

Action:  Contact your senators ask for their support and a YES vote on SB 5090 when it comes to the floor for a vote.

Consumer Rights

Senior Citizen and Veterans Property Taxes

HB 1181 Providing property tax relief for senior citizens and qualifying veterans.

SB 5160 Concerning property tax exemptions for service-connected disabled veterans and senior citizens.

SUPPORT

HB 1181 and SB 5160 seeks to adjust the income qualification thresholds for the exemption program and are modified beginning with taxes levied for collection in calendar year 2020, and thereafter, as follows:

  • Income Threshold 1 replaces the $30,000 income threshold—Income Threshold 1 is defined as equal to the greater of Income Threshold 1 for the previous year or 45 percent of the county median household income (CMI);
  • Income Threshold 2 replaces the $35,000 income threshold—Income Threshold 2 is defined as equal to the greater of Income Threshold 2 for the previous year or 55 percent of CMI; and
  • Income Threshold 3 replaces the $40,000 income threshold—Income Threshold 3 is defined as equal to the greater of Income Threshold 3 for the previous year or 65 percent of CMI. The income threshold for the deferral program is defined as equal to the greater of the income threshold for the previous year or 75 percent of CMI, replacing the $45,000 income threshold.

The income threshold for the deferral program is defined as equal to the greater of the income threshold for the previous year or 75 percent of CMI, replacing the $45,000 income threshold. Senate Bill Report – 3 – SB 5160 CMI is defined as median household income estimates for Washington by county of the legal address of the principal place of residence, as published by the Office of Financial Management (OFM).

A claimant may, among other stated exceptions, be confined to the home of a relative for the purpose of long-term care without disqualification to the property tax exemption program.

 The term “principal place of residence” is defined to mean a residence occupied for more than nine months each calendar year.

 The bill includes language that states the tax preference is exempt from the tax preference performance statement and ten-year expiration date requirements for new tax preferences because the Legislature intends for the preference in this act to be permanent.

The substitute versions of these bills added language to add an heir to those who can keep the deferral going if they independently qualify for the program and have been living in the house.

Status:  HB 1181 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

SB 5160 passed out of the Senate on  37 to 11 vote and is not in the House Finance Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact Representatives Kloba and Stanford and ask them to support HB 1181 with a YES vote when it comes to the floor.

Contact Contact Representatives Kloba and Stanford and the members of the House Finance Committee and ask for their support for SB 5160 and to pass it out of the Finance Committee to the House Rules Committee.

Out of Network Health Care Services

HB 1065 Protecting consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services.

SUPPORT

HB 1065 establishes the balance billing protection act. This bill finds that consumers receive surprise bills or balance bills for services provided at out-of-network facilities or by out-of-network health care providers at in-network facilities. HB 1065 and SB 5031 declare an intent to: (1) Ban balance billing of consumers enrolled in fully insured, regulated insurance plans and plans offered to public employees under state health care authority provisions for certain services; (2) Provide self-funded group health plans with an option to elect to be subject to the provisions of this act; and (3) Remove consumers from balance billing disputes and require that out-of-network providers and carriers negotiate out-of-network payments in good faith under the terms of this act.

Status:  HB 1065 passed out of the House on March 4 with at 84 to 13 vote.  It is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 AM

Action:  Contact Senator Palumbo and members of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee and ask for their support of HB 1065 and pass it out of committee.

Debt Collection

HB 1066 Requiring debt collection complaints to be filed prior to service of summons and complaint.

SB 5034 Requiring debt collection complaints to be filed prior to service of summons and complaint.

SUPPORT

Requires that debt collection complaints be filed before service of the summons and complaint on defendants to ensure that defendants: (1) Understand that it is an existing court case; (2) Are informed of the case number; and (3) Receive adequate notice and a reasonable opportunity to respond and be heard to avoid default judgment. Prohibits a licensee or employee of a licensee from serving a debtor with a summons and complaint unless the summons and complaint have been filed with the court and bear the case number assigned by the court. 

Status:  HB 1066 is in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is scheduled for an executive session on Thursday, March 14 at 10:00 AM.

SB 5034 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a hearing and vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know that you support HB 1066 and request that they pass it out of committee.
Contact the
Senate Rules Committee and your senator and ask that SB 5034 be scheduled for a vote by the full House and for a YES vote on  SB 5034

Protecting Taxpayers from Home Foreclosure

HB 1105 Protecting taxpayers from home foreclosure.

SUPPORT

HB 1105 is a bill that seeks to help consumers avoid foreclosure due to a lapse in the payment of state property taxes. The bill creates a counselor referral hotline account and a housing counseling activities account. The objective of the bill is to provide greater notice to taxpayers who are delinquent and help provide a mechanism to cure the delinquency through housing counselor assistance and/or through a payment plan agreement with taxing authorities.  With the problem of homelessness and the rising property taxes in our state we must do everything we can to ensure that those that can afford to stay in their house are given the opportunity to do so with better notice and assistance.

Status:  HB 1105 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to pull HB 1105 to the floor and to support this bill with a YES vote on when it comes to the floor for a vote.

Medical Bill Debt Collection Reform

HB 1531 Reforming the Rules for Medical Debt Collection.

SUPPORT

HB 1531 would ensure that people are not penalized for seeking medical care when they need it. Medical billing is not transparent, and people often don’t know how much they owe until after they have already received medical care.  This is a problem for those with insurance and those without it. This bill will address the following problems with our current system:

  • Reduces Pre-Judgment interest from 12% to 9%
  • Reduces Post Judgment interest from 12% to 9%
  • Mandates that debt collectors provide people with information about Charity Care
  • Requires Debt collectors to cease collections if a Charity Care Application is Pending
  • Eliminates bench warrants for medical debt
  • Prohibits the assignment and sale of debt for 120 days after the first billing
  • Prohibits debt collectors from making adverse credit reports for 180 days post assignment.
  • Increases the amount people can keep in their bank accounts when garnished from $500 to $2000.

Status:  HB 1531 passed out of the House on a 90 Yes, 4 Nay, and 4 excused vote.  HB 1531 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it scheduled for  public hearing on Thursday, March 14 at 10 AM.

Action:  Contact Senator Palumbo and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know that you support HB 1531 and let them know that you support HB 1531 an request that it be passed out of committee.

Zombie Debt Collection

HB 1730 Stopping the Practice of Time-Barred Debt Collection.

SUPPORT

HB 1730 is a bill to stop the practice of debt collection once the statute of limitations has passed.  Under the current law, debt collectors can still contact you by phone and by mail asking you to pay on a debt that has already passed the statute of limitations. This practice is often known as zombie debt collection because a consumer can unknowingly restart the clock on the statute of limitations by making a payment and restart their legal liability on the debt. The objective of this bill is to stop this practice. Under this bill, any payment of principal or interest made after the limitations period has expired shall not revive or extend the limitations period. This bill will hopefully stop a very misleading practice of debt collectors.

Status:  HB 1730 has passed out of the House on a 94 YES, 4 NAY and 4 Excused vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, March 14 at 10:00 AM.

Action:  Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee ask for their support on HB 1730 and let them know that you support HB 1730 and request that it be passed out of committee.

Increasing Jurisdictional Amounts in Small Claims Court

SB 5621 – Increasing the jurisdictional amount for small claims courts.

Support

SB 5621 raises the jurisdiction of small claims court from $5,000 to $10,000 for individual persons. With the amendment as the bill passed out of committee the amount that businesses can file in small claims court remains at $5000.

Status:  On March 4, 2019, SB 5621 has passed out of the Senate on a 39 YES, 9 NO, and 1 excused vote.  It is now in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact Representatives Kloba and Stanford and members of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and let them know that you support SB 5621 and ask for their support of this bill to pass it out of committee.

Rights and Health Care

Healthcare Provider Misconduct Notice

HB 1198 Requiring health care providers sanctioned for sexual misconduct to notify patients.

SUPPORT
HB 1198 requires a health care provider who is subject to the uniform disciplinary act and has been sanctioned by a disciplining authority for sexual misconduct to provide a disclosure to all patients before a patient’s first visit with the licensee following the sanction.

Status:  HB 1198 passed out of the House on a unanimous vote.  It is now in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact your senators and members of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee,  let them know you support HB 1198 and ask that they pass this bill out of committee.

Dental Coverage for Pacific Islander

SB 5274 Concerning dental coverage for Pacific Islanders residing in Washington.
SUPPORT
SB 5274 establishes a dental services program that provides dental coverage to income-eligible members of Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations and the United States with no premium or cost-sharing payment requirements. Defines “COFA citizen” as a person who is a citizen of: (1) The Republic of the Marshall Islands; (2) The Federated States of Micronesia; or (3) The Republic of Palau.  This would expand dental coverage to the COFA citizens who qualify for medical assistance.  Currently other income eligible Washington residents who qualify for medical assistance also qualify for dental assistance.

Status:  SB 5274 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your senator and let them know that you support SB 5274 and request a YES vote when it comes to the floor.

Indian Health Improvement Act

SB 5415 Creating the Washington Indian health improvement act.

SUPPORT

SB 5415 establishes the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act to establish the Indian health improvement account to provide incentives to tribes to assume the administrative burdens created by the federal requirements for the state shift health care costs to the federal government.  It establishes an advisory committee made up of primarily tribal representatives and local urban Indian health organizations whose responsibilities include a.  adopting the Indian health advisory plan, b. facilitating better understanding of health disparities and historical trauma and tribal sovereignty and self-governance, c. providing oversight of contracting and service performance contracts to address impacts on services to American Indians and Alaska Natives, and d. providing oversight of the Indian Health reinvestment account. The goal of the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act is to raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives and improve delivery of services by increasing access to care, strengthening continuity of care, and improving population health through investment in capacity and infrastructure.

Status:  SB 5415 is now in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your senators and let them know that you support SB 5415 and ask for a YES vote to pass when it comes to the floor and pass it over to the House for consideration.

Maternal Mortality

SB 5425 Concerning maternal mortality reviews

SUPPORT

SB 5425 updates the state’s maternal mortality review which conducts comprehensive, multidisciplinary review of maternal of women while pregnant or within one year of the end of the pregnancy.  It requires that at least one member of the panel be a tribal representative and expands the list of categories of persons who can serve on the panel.  It also expands the list of agencies to include the new Department of Children, Youth and Families and its licensees and providers who may be requested to provide records for the morality review panel.  The bill will also allow the Department of Health with a signed written data sharing agreement to share information with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The requirements for data sharing agreement prohibit identifying information for the deceased individuals and their families from being released and any attempts of the recipient from attempting to identify these individuals.

Status:  SB 5425 has passed out of the Senate on a 46 Yes to 3 Excused vote.  It is now in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Friday, March 15 at 8:30 AM.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know that you support SB 5425 and request a YES vote to pass it out of committee.

Comprehensive Sex Education

SB 5395 Concerning comprehensive sexual health education.
SUPPORT
SB 5395 expands the requirements for every public school to provide comprehensive sexual health education that is an integral part of the curriculum.  The curriculum in addition to being medically and scientifically accurate, must also be evidence based and encourage healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection and are free from violence, coercion and intimidation.  The curriculum also must teach how to identify and respond to behaviors that contribute to sexual violence and emphasize the importance of affirmative consent before sexual activity.

Status:  SB 5395 has passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Education Committee where is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 AM.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the House Education Committee and let them know you support SB 5395 and request that SB 5395 be passed out of committee with a YES vote.

Nonresident Pharmacies

HB 1412 Concerning nonresident pharmacies.

SUPPORT
HB 1412 amends the state’s statute regarding pharmacies located in other states and Canada and clarifies what types of documentation is necessary for licensure by the department of health.

Status:  HB 1412 passed out of the House on Friday, March 1 with a 90 to 3 vote (5 members were excused).  It is scheduled for a public hearing on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 AM in the Senate Health & Long Term Care

Committee.

Action:  Contact your senators and members of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee to let them know you support HB 1412 and ask that it be passed out of committee with a YES vote.

SB 5184 Concerning prescription coverage and the use of nonresident pharmacies.
SUPPORT
SB 5184 Requires health carriers to include in any contract with a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) a requirement that the PBM receive enrollee authorization prior to filling prescriptions through a nonresident pharmacy. Requires health plans and nonresident pharmacies to provide notices to health plan enrollees about the use of nonresident pharmacies.

Status:  SB 5184 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and let them know you support SB 5184 and request that they vote YES on SB 5184

Standardized Health Care Plans

HB 1523 Increasing the availability of quality, affordable health coverage in the individual market.

SB 5526 Increasing the availability of quality, affordable health coverage in the individual market.

SUPPORT
HB 1523 and SB 5526 establish regulations for insurance plans in the exchange such as reducing deductibles, making more services available before the deductible, provide predictable cost sharing, reducing barriers to maintaining and improving health, and encouraging choice based on value while limiting increases in health plan premium rates.  

Status:  HB 1523 has passed the House on a  57 yes and 41 nay vote.  It has not yet been assigned to a committee in the Senate. 

SB 5526 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and let them know you support HB 1523 and SB 5526 and  request a YES vote to pass the standardized health care plans into law.

Reproductive Healthcare Access for All

SB 5602 Eliminating barriers to reproductive health care for all.
SUPPORT
HB 5602 expands reproductive health access to all people in Washington. This bill includes specific provisions that address the reproductive health care needs of Washington’s immigrant and transgender communities.  SB 5602 does the following:

  1. Creates a state funded program to cover family planning services for immigrants who would be eligible for the Take Charge federal waiver program but cannot access it because of federal restrictions. It also requires outreach and education about this program.
  2. Prohibits gender identity discrimination, including automatic denials based on gender identity, in all reproductive health services covered by Medicaid and private insurance plans.
  3. Requires private insurance plans to cover additional reproductive health services, beyond those required in the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA) and the preventive services statute.
  4. Corrects the RPA to explicitly include student health plans.

Status: SB 5602 passed out of the House on a 28 yes to 17 nays .  SB 5602 is now in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know you support SB 5602 and ask that it be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Universal Health Care

SB 5822 Providing a pathway to establish a universal health care system for the residents of Washington state.
SUPPORT
SB 5822 declares that health care is a human right. This bill directs the health care authority (HCA) to convene a workgroup on establishing a universal health care system in Washington state.  The work group must consist of stakeholders, including: 1) consumers, patients, and the general public , 2) large and small businesses with experience with large and small group insurance and self-insured models, 3) labor, 4) health care providers and facilities, 5)health insurance carriers, 6)state agencies, and 6) legislators. The work group must study and make recommendations to the Legislature on how to create, implement, maintain, and fund a universal health care system that may include publicly funded, publicly administered, and publicly and privately delivered health care that is sustainable and affordable to all Washington residents including: 1) options for increasing coverage and access for uninsured and underinsured 2) transparency measures, 3) innovations promoting quality, 4) options for ensuring a just transition to a universal health care system for all stakeholders, 5) options to expand health care purchasing in collaboration with neighboring states, and 6) options for revenue and financing mechanisms to fund the system. Requires HCA to make the work group’s preliminary reports with findings and preliminary recommendations available for public comment by November 15, 2019, and May 15, 2020.

Status:  SB 5822 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and ask for their support and YES vote on SB 5822 to pass it out of the Senate and onto the House for consideration.

Female Genital Mutilation

SB 5257 Restricting the practice of female genital mutilation
SUPPORT
SB 5257 revises the list of acts or conduct of licensed providers that are considered unprofessional and thus prohibited to include performing female genital mutilation which is defined as circumcision, excision, or infibulation of the whole or any part of the labia majora, labia minora, or clitoris that is performed for nonmedical reasons on any: (a) Patient under the age of eighteen; or (b) Nonconsenting patient age eighteen or older.

Status:  SB 5257 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and let them know you support HB 5257 and ask that they vote YES when SB 5257 comes to the floor.

Pelvic Exam Consent

SB 5282 Requiring informed consent for pelvic exams.
SUPPORT
SB 5282 Prohibits a licensed health care provider from knowingly performing or authorizing a student practicing under their authority to perform a pelvic examination on a patient who is anesthetized or unconscious.

Status:  SB 5282 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and let them know you support SB 5282 and ask that they vote YES when SB 5282 comes to the floor.

Violence Against Women

Sexual Assault Kit Notice

HB 1016 Concerning hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection.
SUPPORT
HB 1016 requires a hospital that does not provide sexual assault evidence kit collection or have appropriate providers available to provide the collection at all times, to develop a plan by July 1, 2020, to assist individuals with obtaining the collection. Requires a hospital that does not perform the collection or have appropriate providers available to, beginning July 1, 2020: (1) Provide notice, within two hours of a request, to an individual who presents in the emergency department and requests a collection that the hospital does not perform the collection or does not have appropriate providers available; and (2) Coordinate care with the local community sexual assault agency and assist the patient in finding a facility with an appropriate provider available.

Status:  HB 1016 has passed the House and is in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senators on the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee and let them know that you support HB 1016 and request that they pass it out of committee.

Sexual Assault Protection Orders

HB 1149 Clarifying requirements to obtain a sexual assault protection order.

SUPPORT
HB 1149 finds that the state supreme court’s decision in Roake v. Delman, 189 Wn.2d 775 (2018), does not reflect the legislature’s intent regarding requirements for obtaining a civil sexual assault protection order. The bill clarifies that a petitioner who seeks a sexual assault protection order is not required to separately allege or prove that the petitioner has a reasonable fear of future dangerous acts by the respondent, in addition to alleging and proving that the petitioner was sexually assaulted by the respondent.

Status:  HB 1149 has passed out of the House and is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing at 10 AM on Thursday, March 14.

Action: Contact your senators and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1149.

Sexual Assault Survivors

HB 1166 Supporting sexual assault survivors

SUPPORT
HB 1166 changes the composition of the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices.

Requires the task force to: (1) Develop policies and submit recommendations on the storage, retention, and destruction of unreported sexual assault kits; (2) Monitor implementation of state and federal legislative changes; (3) Collaborate with the office of the attorney general to implement reforms pursuant to federal grant requirements; and (4) Make recommendations for institutional reforms.

Provides a December 31, 2021, expiration date for the task force.

Requires the state auditor to conduct a comprehensive performance audit of the statewide sexual assault tracking system and operations of the Washington state patrol crime laboratory with respect to processing sexual assault kits.

Requires the statewide sexual assault kit tracking system to designate sexual assault kits as unreported or reported.

Expands the requirements of the specialized, intensive, and integrative training for people responsible for investigating sexual assault cases involving adult victims.

Requires the Washington state patrol, when it receives a request for examination of a sexual assault kit from a law enforcement agency, to conduct the laboratory examination of the kit and enter relevant information into the combined DNA index system, within forty-five days of receipt of the request.

Requires law enforcement agencies to submit to the Washington state patrol crime laboratory requests for forensic analysis of sexual assault kits collected before July 24, 2015, and in the possession of the law enforcement agencies.

Prohibits the disposal or destruction of untested sexual assault kits.

 Status:  HB 1166 passed out of the House on a unanimous vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senators and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, letting them know you support HB 1166 and request that they pass it out of committee.

Statute of Limitations for Felony Sex Offences

HB 1231 Modifying the statute of limitations for certain felony sex offenses.
SUPPORT
Substitute HB 1231 lifts the statute of limitations on the crimes of Rape in the first and second degrees if the victim is under the age of 16; Rape of a Child in the second and third degrees; Child Molestation in the second and third degrees; Sexual Misconduct with a Minor in the first degree; Custodial Sexual Misconduct in the first degree; and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The statute of limitations is extended to 20 years for Rape in the first and second degrees if the victim is 16 years or older, and for Indecent Liberties. The statute of limitations is extended to 10 years for the crime of Rape in the third degree. The statute of limitations for Incest is extended to 10 years, or the victim’s thirtieth birthday if committed against a victim under the age of 18, whichever is later.

Status:  HB 1231 passed out of the House on an 89 yes to 7 nay  vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1231 to pass it out of committee.

Temporary Protection Orders

HB 1350 – Issuing temporary protection orders

SUPPORT

HB 1350 modifies which courts handle temporary protection order and transferring to the superior courts

Status:  HB 1350 has passed out of the House on a 60 yes to 36 nay vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know that you support HB 1350 and request that they pass HB 1350 out of committee.

Immunity from Prosecution  for Prostitution in Some Circumstances

HB 1382 Increasing access to emergency assistance for victims by providing immunity from prosecution for prostitution offenses in some circumstances.
SUPPORT
HB 1382 allows for persons seeking emergency assistance or seeks emergency assistance for a victim of a violent offense, assault in the third degree, assault in the fourth degree or rape in the third degree to not be charged with prostitution if the evidence of the charge was obtained as a result of the need for emergency assistance.

Status:  HB 1382 has passed out of the House on a unanimous vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know that you support HB 1382 and request that they pass it out of committee.

Domestic Violence Programs

HB 1517 Concerning domestic violence.

SUPPORT
HB 1517 does the following

  • Requires the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to conduct a study on domestic violence (DV) treatment programs operating under the new administrative regulatory model.
  • Requires the Washington State University Department of Criminal Justice to develop a DV risk assessment tool.
  • Establishes requirements for DV offenders participating in the Special Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative.
  • Modifies community custody conditions for DV offenders.
  • Establishes requirements for deferred prosecutions involving DV behavioral problems.
  • Specifies timeframes for which DV no-contact orders entered as a condition of sentence remain in effect.
  • Requires the enforcement of civil DV protection orders issued by Canadian Courts.

Substitute HB 1517 modifies the current statutory definitions pertaining to DV to distinguish between DV committed by intimate partners and family or household members. Intent language was added specifying that the legislative intent for reorganizing the definition is to facilitate data analysis rather than to substantively change DV cases.

Status:  SHB 1517 has passed out of the House on a unanimous vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know that you support SHB 1517 and request that it be voted out of committee.

Domestic Violence Resources

HB 1533 Making information about domestic violence resources available in the workplace.
SUPPORT
HB 1533 requires that the employment security department create a domestic violence poster with a space for an employer to provide the name or names of community resources regarding domestic violence.  The poster is required to be posted with the other required employment posters.

Status:  HB 1533 has passed the House and is now in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session

Action:  Contact your senators and members of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee and let them know that you support HB 1533 and ask that a public hearing and executive session be scheduled.

Missing and Murdered Native American Women

HB 1713 Improving law enforcement response to missing and murdered Native American women.
SUPPORT
HB 1713 establishes a legislative task force on missing and murdered Native American women to monitor and improve law enforcement response to missing persons reports for Native American women. This task force is responsible for developing a best practices protocol, developing a tool kit for tribal and urban Indian communities  to educate families about steps and actions they can take if a loved one is missing, raising public awareness of the issue.  representatives on this task force include representatives from the legislature, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, the bureau of Indian affairs, FBI, and the governor’s office of Indian affairs.  The first report of this committee is due Dec 1, 2019.  The task force must also develop a database of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations that provide aid and support in locating missing Native American women.

Status:  HB 1713 has passed out of the House on a unanimous vote. It is now in the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Friday, March 15 at 1:30 PM.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections 

Committee and let them know that you support HB 1713 and request that it be passed out of committee.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention

SB 5258 Preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers.
SUPPORT
SB 5258 requires every hospitality, retail, behavioral health care, or custodial employer, or labor contractor who employs a custodian, security guard, hotel or motel housekeeper, or worker who spends a majority of his or her working hours alongside two or fewer coworkers 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 alongside two or fewer coworkers 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.

Status:  SB 5258 has passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Labor and Workplace Standard Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your representatives and members of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee and let them know you support SB 5258 to protect isolated workers from sexual harassment. 

HB 1756 Concerning the safety and security of adult entertainers.

SUPPORT
HB 1756 requires the Dept of Labor and Industries to develop training for entertainers that includes 1) education about the rights and responsibilities of entertainers, including working as an independent contractor; 2) reporting workplace injuries, including sexual and physical abuse and sexual harassment; 3) risk of human trafficking; and 4) resources for assistance.  The bill also requires the entertainer to sign an affidavit that they have received this training in order to receive or renew an adult entertainer license.  The adult entertainment establishment must provide a panic button to each entertainer at no cost to the entertainer.  The bill also requires the adult entertainment establishment to record accusations regarding customer acts of violence including sexual assault/harassment and retain this information for 5 years after the most recent accusation.  If the accusation is made under penalty of perjury or other evidence, the customer must be prohibited for at least 3 years after the date of the incident.

Status:  HB 1756 has passed out of the House on a 95 yes to 3 nay vote.  It is now in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee and ask for their support to pass HB 1756.

Protection Orders

HB 1786 Improving procedures and strengthening laws relating to protection orders, no-contact orders, and restraining orders.
SUPPORT
HB 1786 requires that a court when issuing a protection order, no-contact order, or restraining order to also issue an order prohibiting the individual from accessing, obtaining, or possessing any firearms or other dangerous weapons if evidence shows the individual used, displayed, or threatened to use a firearm or other dangerous weapon.  It also requires the surrender of any concealed pistol license by the individual.  It also changes the language in the law from “intimate partner” to “protected person”.

Status:  HB 1786 has passed out of the House on a 56 yes and 42 nay vote.  It is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know that you support HB 1786 and request that they pass it out of committee..

Higher Education Sexual Violence Task Force

HB 1998 Creating a task force on sexual violence at institutions of higher education.

SUPPORT
HB 1998 establishes a joint legislative task force on Title IX protections and compliance.  The task force is directed to

  • Examine legislative, administrative, and other options to ensure that this state provides clear, consistent, and comprehensive protections for survivors that are consistent with federal law;
  • Develop model procedures, policies, and guidance for institutions of higher education to implement in this state; and
  • Evaluate and recommend oversight and accountability measures, including the feasibility of establishing a statewide office to implement, monitor, and ensure the consistency of campus sexual violence policies statewide.

Status:  HB 1998 has passed out of the House on a unanimous vote with one excused vote.  It is now in the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your senator and members of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and let them know that you support HB 1998 and request that they schedule HB1998 for a public hearing and executive session.

High Capacity Magazines

SB 5062 Concerning high capacity magazines.
SUPPORT
SB 5062 prohibits a person from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, offering to sell, or purchasing a large capacity magazine. Defines “large capacity magazine” as an ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition.   

Status:  SB 5062 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action:  Contact your senators and let them know that you support SB 5062 and ask SB 5062 be pulled to the floor and passed on to the House with a YES vote.

Trafficking Victims

SB 5164 Providing public assistance to certain victims of human trafficking.
SUPPORT
SB 5164 requires the department of social and health services, for determining eligibility for public assistance and participation levels in the cost of medical care, to exempt restitution payments made to people of Japanese and Aleut ancestry pursuant to the civil liberties act of 1988 and the Aleutian and Pribilof Island restitution act.

Authorizes the department of social and health services to establish a food assistance program for victims of human trafficking.

Provides eligibility to victims of human trafficking for state family assistance programs, as provided in rule, who otherwise meet program eligibility requirements.

Requires medical care services to be provided to victims of human trafficking, who are not eligible for Medicaid, who otherwise qualify for the state family assistance program.

Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Add the medical care services enrollees into the apple health for kids, with the same benefits and services provided to Medicaid apple health for kids enrollees; and (2) Coordinate with the department, food assistance programs for legal immigrants, state family assistance programs, and refugee cash assistance.

Status:  SB 5164 has passed out of the Senate unanimously with one excused vote.  It is now in the House Appropriations Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your representatives and members of the House Appropriations Committee and let them know you support SB 5164 and ask SB 5164 be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session to pass out of committee.

Possession of Firearms

SB 5205 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.
SUPPORT
SB 5205 Prohibits a person from possessing a firearm if his or her charges are dismissed based on incompetency to stand trial and the court makes a finding indicating that the person has a history of one or more violent acts.

Status:  SB 5205 has passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your representatives and members of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee and let them know you support SB 5205 and ask it be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session to be passed out of committee.

Legislative Code of Conduct

SB 5861 Extending respectful workplace code of conduct provisions to all members of the legislative community.
SUPPORT
SB 5861 requires the public disclosure commission to establish a code of conduct for registered lobbyists. It must include a process for conducting investigations into any alleged violations of the code of conduct in order to make credible findings when allegations are sustained. The code of conduct must be modeled on the code of conduct developed for the legislature itself.  Lobbyists must sign a statement at the time of registration that they have completed a training course on the respectful workplace code developed by the commission.  If a lobbyist’s registration is revoked, they cannot conduct any lobbying activity during the period of revocation.

Status:  SB 5861 has passed out of the Senate on a 29 to 18 with 2 excused votes.  It is now in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.

Action:  Contact your representatives and members of the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee and let them know that you support SB 5861 and ask that it be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

HOUSE COMMITEES

Appropriations Committee:
Timm Ormsby (Chair), June Robinson (1st Vice Chair), Steve Berquist (2nd Vice Chair), Drew Stokesbary, Drew MacEwen, Skyler Rude, Michele Caldier, Bruce Chandler, Eileen Cody, Laurie Dolan, Mary Dye, Joe Fitzgibbon, Drew Hansen, Paul Harris, Larry Hoff, Zach Hudgins, Laurie Jinkins, Vicki Kraft, Nicole Macri, Gina Mosbrucker, Eric Pettigrew, Gerry Pollet, Cindy Ryu, Joe Schmick, Tana Senn, Larry Springer, Derek Stanford, Mike Steele, Pat Sullivan, Robert Sutherland, Gael Tarleton, Steve Tharainger, and Mike Volz

Capital Budget Committee:
Steve Tharinger (Chair), Beth Doglio (Vice Chair), Strom Peterson (Vice Chair), Richard DeBolt, Norma Smith, Mike Steele, Lisa Callan, Chris Corry, Lauren Davis, Mary Dye, Carolyn Eslick, Chris Gildon, Morgan Irwin, Bill Jenkin, Mari Leavitt, Debra Lekanoff, Jacquelin Maycumber, Melanie Morgan, Marcus Riccelli, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Mike Sells, Monica Jurado Stonier, and Jim Walsh

Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee
Laurie Jinkins (Chair), My-Linh Thai (Vice Chair), Morgan Irwin, Jeremie Dufault, Roger Goodman, Jenny Graham, Drew Hansen, Christine Kilduff, Steve Kirby, Brad Klippert, Tina Orwall, Matt Shea, Javier Valdez, and Amy Walen

College and Workforce Development Committee:
Drew Hansen (Chair), Debra Entenman (Vice Chair), Mari Leavitt (Vice Chair), Luanne Van Werven, Chris Gildon, Jenny Graham, Steve Berquist, Jared Mead, Dave Paul, Gerry Pollet, Bill Ramos, Skyler Rude, Mike Sells, Vandana Slatter, Robert Sutherland, and Jesse Young

Consumer Protection and Business Committee:
Steve Kirby (Chair), Kristine Reeves (Vice Chair), Brandon Vick, Larry Hoff, Andrew Barkis, Brian Blake, Jeremie Dufault, Cindy Ryu, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Derek Stanford, Mike Volz, and Amy Walen

Education Committee:
Sharon Tomiko Santos (Chair), Laurie Dolan (Vice Chair), Dave Paul (Vice Chair), Mike Steele, Bob McCaslin, Mike Volz, Steve Berquist, Michelle Caldier, Lisa Callan, Chris Corry, Paul Harris, Christine Kilduff, Vicki Kraft, Jacquelin Maycumber, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Skyler Rude, Monica Jurado Stonier, My-Linh Thai, and Javier Valdez

Finance Committee:
Gael Tarleton (Chair), Amy Walen (Vice Chair), Ed Orcutt, Jesse Young, Mike Chapman, Noel Frame, Nicole Macri, Jeff Morris, Tina Orwall, Larry Springer, Drew Stokesbary, Brandon Vick, and Sharon Wylie  

Health Care and Wellness Committee:
Eileen Cody (Chair), Nicole Macri (Vice Chair), Joe Schmick, Michelle Caldier, Kelly Chambers, Lauren Davis, Richard DeBolt, Paul Harris, Laurie Jinkins, Jacquelin Maycumber, Marcus Riccilli, June Robinson, Monica Jurado Stonier, My-Linh Thai, and Steve Tharinger

Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee:
Cindy Ryu (Chair), Melanie Morgan (Vice Chair), Bill Jenkin, Andrew Barkis, Debra Entenman, Noel Frame, Chris Gildon, Mari Leavitt, and Kristine Reeves

Human Services and Early Learning Committee:
Tana Senn (Chair), Lisa Callan (Vice Chair), Noel Frame (Vice Chair), Tom Dent, Carolyn Eslick, Bob McCaslin, Chris Corry, Roger Goodman, Dan Griffey, Christine Kilduff, Brad Klippert, John Lovick, & Lillian Ortiz-Self

Labor and Workplace Standards Committee:
Mike Sells (Chair), Mike Chapman (Vice-Chair), Gina Mosbrucker, Bruce Chandler, Mia Gregerson, Larry Hoff, and Timm Ormsby

Public Safety Committee:
Roger Goodman (Chair), Lauren Davis (Vice Chair), Brad Klippert, Robert Sutherland, Sherry Appleton, Jenny Graham, Dan Griffey, John Lovick, Tina Orwall, Mike Pellicciotti, and Eric Pettigrew

Rules Committee:
Frank Chopp (Chair), Steve Berquist, Kelly Chambers, Mike Chapman, Chris Corry, Lauren Davis, Noel Frame, Chris Gildon, Christine Kilduff, Joel Kretz, John Lovick, Jacqueline Maycumber, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Tina Orwall, Eric Pettigrew, Marcus Riccelli, Skyler Rude, Larry Springer, Monica Jurado Stonier, Pat Sullivan, Robert Sutherland, Mike Volz, J. T. Wilcox, and Sharon Wylie

State Government and Tribal Relations Committee:
Mia Gregerson (Chair), Mike Pelliciotti (Vice Chair), Jim Walsh, Keith Goehner, Sherry Appleton, Laurie Dolan, Zack Hudgins, Gina Mosbrucker, and Norma Smith

Transportation Committee:
Jake Fey (Chair), Vandana Slatter (2nd Vice Chair), Javier Valdez (2nd Vice Chair), Sharon Wylie (1st Vice Chair), Andrew Barkis, Jim Walsh, Jessy Young, Matt Bohnke, Kelly Chambers, Mike Chapman, Tom Dent, Beth Doglio, Jeremie Dufault, Debra Entenman, Carolyn Eslick, Keith Goehner, Mia Gregerson, Morgan Irwin, Shelley Kloba, John Lovick, Bob McCaslin, Jared Mead, Ed Orcutt, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Dave Paul, Mike Pellicciotti, Bill Ramos, Marcus Riccelli, Matt Shea, Sharon Whewmake, and Luanne Van Werven

SENATE COMMITEES

Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long-Term Care Committee:
Manka Dhingra (Chair), Keith Wagoner, Jeanne Darneille, David Frockt, and Steve O’Ban

Early Learning and K-12 Committee:
Lisa Wellman (Chair), Claire Wilson (Vice Chair), Brad Hawkins, Jeff Holy, Sam Hunt, John McCoy, Mark Mullet, Mike Padden, Jamie Pedersen, Jesse Salomon, and Keith Wagoner

Health and Long Term Care Committee:
Annette Cleveland (Chair), Emily Randall (Vice Chair), Steve O’Ban, Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Steve Conway, Manka Dhingra, David Frockt, Karen Keiser, Ann Rivers, and Kevin Van De Wege

Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee:
Guy Palumbo (Chair), Emily Randall (Vice Chair), Jeff Holy, Sharon Brown, Doug Ericksen, Marko Liias, and Lisa Wellman

Housing Stability and Affordability Committee:
Patty Kuderer (Chair), Mona Das (Vice Chair), Hans Zeiger, Jeanne Darneille, Phil Fortunato, Rebecca Saldaña, and Judy Warnick

Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee:
Jeanne Darneille (Chair), Joe Nguyen (Vice Chair), Maureen Walsh, Annette Cleveland, Steve O’Ban, Claire Wilson, and Hans Zeiger

Labor and Commerce Committee:
Karen Keiser (Chair), Steve Conway (Vice Chair), Curtis King, John Braun, Rebecca Saldaña, Maureen Walsh, and Lisa Wellman

Law & Justice Committee:
Jamie Pedersen (Chair), Manka Dhingra (Vice Chair), Mike Padden, Jeff Holy, Patty Kuderer, Jesse Salomon, and Lynda Wilson

Rules Committee:
Cyrus Habib (Chair), Karen Keiser (Vice Chair), Mark Schoesler, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, Reuven Carlyle, Annette Cleveland, Bob Hasegawa, Curtis King, Patty Kuderer, Marko Liias, John McCoy, Joe Nguyen, Ann Rivers, Tim Sheldon, and Shelly Short

State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee:
Sam Hunt (Chair), Patty Kuderer (Vice Chair), Hans Zeiger, Barbara Bailey, Bob Hasegawa, Brad Hawkins, and Dean Takko

Transportation Committee:
Steve Hobbs (Chair), Rebecca Saldaña (Vice Chair), Curtis King, Tim Sheldon, Annette Cleveland, Mona Das, Manka Dhingra, Phil Fortunato, Joe Nguyen, Steve O’Ban, Mike Padden, Emily Randall, Dean Takko, Claire Wilson and Hans Zeiger

Ways & Means Committee:
Christine Rolfes (Chair), David Frockt (Vice Chair, Operating, Capital Lead), Mark Mullet (Capital Budget Cabinet), John Braun, Sharon Brown, Jim Honeyford, Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, Reuven Carlyle, Steve Conway, Jeanne Darneille, Bob Hasegawa, Sam Hunt, Karen Keiser, Marko Liias, Guy Palumbo, Ann Rivers, Mark Schoesler, Kevin Van De Wege, Keith Wagoner, Judy Warnick, and Lynda Wilson

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