2018 List of Bills that Affect LGBTQ Washingtonians

(As of Friday, March 2, 2018)

  • SB 5722 (Liias) / HB 2753 (Macri) – Restricts the practice of conversion therapy by licensed health care providers. Status: Passed Senate 32-16 on Jan. 19, and passed House of Representatives 66-32 on Feb. 28.
  • SB 5766 (Liias) – Requires development of a model transgender student policy, and for school districts to adopt policies and procedures that incorporate the model, as well as other changes to prevent harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination in public schools. Status: Passed Senate 44-5 on Jan. 25, and did not pass House of Representatives.
  • SB 5700 (Ranker) – Requires long-term care workers complete inclusiveness and cultural competency training, and for care facilities to have policies related to the LGBTQ population. Status: Passed Senate 29-18 on Feb. 12, but did not pass House Appropriations Committee.
  • SB 6037 (Pedersen) – Changes requirements surrounding surrogacy under the Uniform Parentage Act. Status: Passed Senate 27-21 on Feb. 7, and passed House of Representatives 50-47 on Feb. 27.
  • HB 2398 (Kilduff) – Expands existing prohibitions for excluding a person from jury service to conform with the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). Status: Passed House of Representatives 98-0 on Feb. 8, and passed Senate 49-0 on Feb. 27.
  • HB 2459 (Reeves) – Current statute requires certain elected positions of major political party committees to be either male or female. Status: Passed by House State Government and Elections & Information Technology Committee, but did not pass House of Representatives.
  • HB 2514 (Kilduff) – Makes it more efficient and less expensive to remove discriminatory covenants. Status: Passed by House of Representatives 97-0 on Feb. 8, and passed Senate 48-1 on Feb. 27.

OTHER BILLS OF INTEREST

  • SB 6142 (Liias) / HB 1221 (Rodne) – Authorizes commissioners of courts of limited jurisdiction to solemnize marriages. Status: House bill passed House of Representatives 87-9 on Jan. 18, and did not pass Senate. Senate bill passed 42-2 on Feb. 12, and did not pass House of Representatives.
  • SB 5598 (Pedersen) / HB 2117 (Gregersen) – Establishes new standards and procedures for a relative to petition for court-ordered visitation with a child. Status: Senate bill passed 44-5 on Jan. 25, and passed House of Representatives 56-42 on Mar. 2.
  • SB 6274 (Ranker) / HB 2867 (Doglio) – Creates “Passport to Careers” to help foster in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness access and complete college and apprenticeships. Status: Senate bill passed 35-12 on Feb. 12, and passed House of Representatives 55-43 on Feb. 28.
  • SB 6219 (Hobbs) / HB 2409 (Cody) – Reproductive Parity Act requires health plans to cover all types of contraception without cost sharing, and requires all health plans to cover abortion if they also cover maternity care. Status: Senate passed 26-22 on Jan. 31, and passed House of Representatives 50-48 on Feb. 28.