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Hot Topics Week 5: Feb.5-Feb. 10, 2018

OLYMPIA — As we reach the mid-point of the 2018 session, Senate Democrats remain focused on policies that put people first. Last week, the Senate passed several measures that protect and improve women’s health care with bipartisan support, including the Reproductive Parity Act which had been blocked by Senate Republicans since 2013. The Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee also took a big step toward a cleaner future by passing a plan to put a price on carbon pollution. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, expect to see a flurry of hearings on dozens of bills in the Senate Ways & Means Committee as the Legislature faces a Tuesday deadline to move bills out of fiscal committees. The remainder of the week will focus on floor action as the full Senate considers a long list of bills before a Feb. 14 deadline to move all bills out of the Senate.

Click here for a list of bills passed by the Senate so far in the 2018 session.

Monday

Ways & Means, 10 a.m., Senate Hearing Room 4 Full agenda as of 2/4 – Subject to change

Public Hearing:

  • SSB 5689 – Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace.
  • SSB 5407 – Ensuring housing options.
  • SSB 6253 – Establishing a clean, efficient, renewable energy standard.
  • SSB 6314 – Extending the existing state property tax exemption for residences of senior citizens and disabled persons to local regular property taxes.
  • SSB 5935 – Enhancing consumer access, affordability, and quality of broadband and advanced telecommunications services.
  • SSB 6161 – Establishing a training course for campaign treasurers.
  • SB 6201 – Making the open educational resources project permanent.
  • SSB 6421 – Updating the environmental and sustainability literacy plan.
  • SSB 6410 – Concerning school safety.
  • SSB 6388 – Concerning paraeducators.
  • SB 6389 – Regarding career and technical education in alternative learning experience programs.
  • SB 6184 – Adding part-time employees to state civil service.
  • SSB 6026 – Prohibiting health carriers and pharmacy benefit managers from using contracts to prevent pharmacists from telling their customers about cheaper ways to buy prescription drugs.
  • SSB 6150 – Concerning opioid use disorder treatment, prevention, and related services.
  • SSB 6102 – Enacting the employee reproductive choice act.
  • SB 6549 – Expanding the access to baby and child dentistry program to serve children with disabilities.
  • SSB 6129 – Concerning an ambulance transport quality assurance fee.
  • SSB 5970 – Establishing the mental health field response teams program.
  • SB 6491 – Increasing the availability of assisted outpatient behavioral health treatment.
  • SB 6573 – Establishing the capacity to purchase community long-term involuntary psychiatric treatment services through managed care.
  • SSB 6160 – Revising conditions under which a person is subject to exclusive adult jurisdiction and extending juvenile court jurisdiction over serious cases to age twenty-five.
  • SSB 6277 – Creating a graduated reentry program of partial confinement for certain offenders.
  • SB 6283 – Repealing an expiration date that affects state fire service mobilization.
  • SSB 6453 – Concerning legal support for kinship caregivers.
  • SB 6309 – Extending the timeline for completing a family assessment response.
  • SSB 6223 – Concerning equitable educational outcomes for vulnerable children and youth.
  • SSB 6502 – Concerning eligibility for the essential needs and housing support and the aged, blind, or disabled assistance programs.
  • SSB 6539 – Ensuring compliance with the state’s fiduciary duty in managing state trust lands.
  • SB 6109 – Concerning the International Wildland Urban Interface Code.
  • SSB 6413 – Reducing the use of certain toxic chemicals in firefighting activities.
  • SSB 6396 – Concerning the use of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging.
  • SSB 6268 – Creating the orca protection act.
  • SSB 6386 – Ensuring the funding of fairs.
  • SSB 6529 – Establishing a modernizing pesticide notification work group.
  • SSB 6199 – Concerning the consumer directed employer program.
  • SSB 6360 – Improving transition planning for students in special education who meet criteria for services from the developmental disabilities administration.
  • SSB 6101 – Establishing the evergreen free college act.
  • SSB 6262 – Establishing pilot programs to plan for the needs of certain college students experiencing homelessness.
  • SSB 6246 – Providing for approval of school district bonds by fifty-five percent of the voters voting.
  • SJR 8213 – Amending the Constitution to allow at least fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
  • SB 6480 – Concerning local government infrastructure

Hot Topics Week 4: Jan. 28-Feb.2, 2018

OLYMPIA — As the midpoint of the 60-day session approaches, Senate Democrats continue to pass priority legislation with bipartisan support, including votes last week to help sick Hanford workers, reduce gun violence, and expand college opportunities for DREAMers. This week features hearings on youth homelessnessstudent loanselectric vehicleslaw enforcementnet neutrality‘ban the box’ policies, and many more issues. Policy committees also face a Friday deadline to move bills out. Any policy bill that doesn’t earn committee support by the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday is likely “dead” this session.


• Democratic leaders from the House and Senate will hold a press availability at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Senate Caucus Room.
• Possible floor action Wednesday-Friday.
• This is not a complete list of committees or agendas. It only includes items we think you might find of interest. Check the legislative website for complete agendas.
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Monday, Jan. 2

Health & Long Term Care 10 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 1

SB 6273 – Concerning state charity care law. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.

Law & Justice 10 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 4

SB 5970 – Establishing a pilot project for crisis intervention response teams composed of qualified law enforcement and mental health professionals to respond professionally, humanely, and safely to crisis involving people with mental health issues.

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks 1:30 pm, Senate Hearing Rm 3

SB 6396 – Concerning the use of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging. 

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Financial Institutions & Insurance 8 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 3

SJM 8002 – Requesting that Congress enact legislation that would reinstate the separation of commercial and investment banking functions that were in effect under the Glass-Steagall act.

SB 6400 – Concerning local authority to address affordable housing needs through regulation of rent and associated charges.

SB 6532 – Creating a Washington affordable housing tax credit program.

SB 6557 – Concerning sales, use, and excise tax exemptions for self-help housing development

Energy, Environment & Technology 10 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 1

SB 6080 – Concerning the electrification of transportation.

SB 6098 – Reducing climate altering emissions from light duty vehicles

Health & Long Term Care 10 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 2

SB 6157 – Regarding prior authorization. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

SB 6416 – Requiring the insurance commissioner to review a health carrier’s surplus levels in its rate filing review process.

SB 6470 – Concerning health carrier provider networks.

Human Services & Corrections 1:30 pm, Senate Hearing Rm 2

SB 6560 – Ensuring that no youth is discharged from a public system of care into homelessness SB 6566 – Concerning juvenile offenses

Ways & Means 3:30 pm, Senate Hearing Rm 4

SB 6110 – Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position. (Ban the box)

SSB 5689 – Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace.

SSB 6029 – Establishing a student loan bill of rights

Wednesday, Jan. 31 

Energy, Environment & Technology 8: a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 1

SB 6423 – Concerning the internet.

State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections 8 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 2

SB 6075 – Concerning disclosure of contributors to online political advertising.

Labor & Commerce 1:30 p.m., Senate Hearing Rm 4

SB 6266 – Concerning loot boxes in online games and apps.

Friday, Feb. 2

State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections 8 a.m., Senate Hearing Rm 2

SB 5816 – Designating Sasquatch the official cryptid or crypto-animal of Washington.

Last week Senate Democrats moved quickly on key policy priorities such as voting rights and equal pay — issues that had been bottled up by Republican committee chairs over the last five years. The pace won’t slow this week with hearings on legislation that will finally put the people of Washington state first: preventing gun violence, combating the opioid epidemic, reducing carbon pollution, ensuring a women’s right to quality reproductive care and more.

  • Democratic leaders from the Senate and House will hold a joint media availability at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Senate Majority Caucus Room.
  • Possible floor action on Wednesday and Thursday.

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MONDAY, Jan. 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Resolution in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at noon on the Senate floor.

Law & Justice 10:00 am, Senate HR 4

  • SB 5992 – Concerning trigger modification devices.
  • SB 6049 – Concerning high capacity magazines.
  • SB 5444 – Concerning enhanced background checks and licensure for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
  • SB 5463 – Protecting public safety through responsible storage of firearms.
  • SB 6146 – Relating to local government authority to regulate firearms.

Health & Long Term Care 10:00 am, Senate HR 2

  • SB 6150 – Concerning opioid use disorder treatment, prevention, and related services.
  • SB 6050 – Concerning restrictions on prescriptions for opiates.

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks 1:30 pm, Senate HR 4

  • SB 6316 – Concerning the certification and evidence of adequate and available water

Labor & Commerce 1:30 pm, Senate HR 3

  • SB 6227 – Concerning workplace injuries by janitors.
  • SB 6214 – Allowing industrial insurance coverage for posttraumatic stress disorders of law enforcement and firefighters.

Human Services & Corrections 1:30 pm, Senate HR 2

  • SB 6222 – Concerning expansion of extended foster care eligibility.

Early Learning & K-12 Education 1:30 pm, Senate HR 1

  • SB 6144 – Reducing state assessment requirements to only those required for federal purposes in order to facilitate removal of inequitable barriers to students.
  • Executive Session: SB 6003 – Concerning breakfast after the bell programs in certain public schools. SB 5766 – Preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying in public schools.

Transportation 3:30 pm, Senate HR 1

  • SB 6054 – Requiring the department of transportation to complete a study on passenger-only ferry services.

TUESDAY, Jan. 16

Higher Education & Workforce Development 8:00 am, Senate HR 2

  • SB 6087 – Expanding opportunities for apprenticeships for inmates.

Financial Institutions & Insurance 8:30 am, Senate HR 3

  • SB 6375 – Developing a publicly owned depository business plan

Energy, Environment & Technology 10:00 am, Senate HR 4

  • SB 6203 – Reducing carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy.

Law & Justice 10:00 am, Senate HR 1

  • Executive Session: SB 5992 – Concerning trigger modification devices

Health & Long Term Care 10:00 am, Senate HR 2

  • SB 6219 – Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
  • SB 5701 – Creating the Washington apple care trust

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks 1:30 pm, Senate HR 3

  • SB 6099 – Concerning orca captivity

Early Learning & K-12 Education 1:30 pm, Senate HR 1

  • SB 6141 – Strengthening school district plans for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students

Ways & Means 3:30 pm, Senate HR 4

  • Executive Session: SB 6090 – Concerning the capital budget. SB 6089 – Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts.

Transportation 3:30 pm, Senate HR 1

  • Work Session: Electric vehicles; Road Usage Charge pilot.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17

State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections 8:00 am, Senate HR 2

  • SB 5780 – Making provisions to commemorate the centennial of national women’s suffrage.
  • SB 6200 – Allowing persons who will turn eighteen years of age by the general election to vote in the primary election

Energy, Environment & Technology 8:00 am, Senate HR 1

  • SB 6130 – Concerning community solar gardens

Labor & Commerce 1:30 pm, Senate HR 4

  • SB 5249 – Providing damages for wage theft.
  • SB 5527 – Simplifying and enforcing employee status under employment laws to ensure fairness to employers and employees and address the underground economy

Transportation 3:30 pm, Senate HR 1

  • Work Session: Cascadia subduction zone impacts on state highway system. 

THURSDAY, Jan. 18

Energy, Environment & Technology 10:00 am, Senate HR 1

  • SB 5935 – Enhancing consumer access, affordability, and quality of broadband and advanced telecommunications services.

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks 1:30 pm, Senate HR 3

  • SB 6235 – Concerning the establishment of forest practices pre-application review

Health & Long Term Care 10:00 am, Senate HR 2

  • Work Session: Global perspective on Universal Health Care; State perspective on Universal Health Care.
  • SB 5747 – Addressing health care financing and development of a publicly sponsored integrated delivery system by creating the access for all trust.

Higher Education & Workforce Development 8:00 am, Senate HR 2

  • SB 6263 – Expanding the passport to college promise program to include youth experiencing homelessness and foster youth. SB 6259 – Creating the social work professional loan repayment program.

Ways & Means 3:30 pm, Senate HR 4

  • SB 5513 – Increasing tax exemption transparency and accountability.
  • Executive Session: SB 6062 – Addressing the establishment of an individual health insurance market claims-based reinsurance program.