NPI’s current ballot measure positions

Washington State
  • Initiative 976, sponsored by Tim Eyman: NO

Statehouse Bill Tracker

A tool for monitoring the Washington State Legislature

The Statehouse Bill Tracker is an NPI project that makes tracking priority legislation simple and easy. The Tracker aggregates feeds for bills “with legs”, providing an up-to-date view of what’s moving in the statehouse at any given time during session. Bills are sorted by activity. The most recently active bills appear at the top and the least active bills appear at the bottom.

When something happens to a bill, we call that an action.

An action could be a bill’s introduction, public hearing in committee, vote on the floor, proposed amendment, or referral to another committee; all these are examples of steps in the legislative process. (See this page for a visual explanation of how a bill becomes a law). Actions affect the placement of bills in the tracker. Here’s a longer explanation:

  1. Bills are sorted in reverse chronological order. The most active bills will always appear at the top. Bills with little activity will sink to the bottom like a heavy stone settling at the bottom of a creek bed after being washed downstream by a flood.
  2. A green dot next to a bill number update indicates the bill reflects progressive values and enjoys our support. Conversely, red octagon (stop sign) indicates that we oppose the bill because it would implement policies that are contrary to progressive values. Finally, a yellow triangle means we have concerns about a bill, but are not working for its defeat.
  3. Assessments of bills are provided by NPI and organizations that we work with, such as the Washington State Labor Council or the Environmental Priorities Coalition. The person/entity that analyzed the bill and provided the wording is always listed to the left of the assessment.
  4. It is possible to view a bill’s full history without clicking away, as long as JavaScript is enabled. Simply click on the blue link that says “Click to view” and the bill history will slide out for easy viewing. (It can be hidden again using the same link, which will change to say “Click to hide”). If JavaScript is not enabled, the bill history may still be viewed, either by clicking the bill number to go to the Legislature’s website or by viewing the source of this page.

Now, let’s find out what’s moving in the statehouse!

House Bill 1074 (Protect Youth from Tobacco)

Official Description: Protecting youth from tobacco products and vapor products by increasing the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco and vapor products.
Current Status: (January 25, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Harris
Cosponsors: Orwall, Riccelli, Jinkins, DeBolt, Pollet, Stonier, Stanford, Rude, Davis, Tharinger, Macri, Slatter, Kloba, Peterson, Valdez, Kilduff, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Robinson, Appleton, Wylie, Cody, Bergquist, Doglio, Senn, Frame, Walen, Callan
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5057 is Attorney General request legislation. It would raise the age to buy tobacco products from eighteen to twenty-one, in line with the minimum age required to purchase alcoholic beverages. NPI strongly supports this public health legislation. This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion bill, SB 5057.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1064 (Perfecting De-Escalate WA's Initiative 940)

Official Description: Concerning law enforcement.
Current Status: (January 23, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Goodman
Cosponsors: Klippert, Sells, Ryu, Orwall, Irwin, Ortiz-Self, Pellicciotti, Kirby, Appleton, Lovick, Dolan, Springer, Barkis, Santos, Griffey, Kloba, Smith, Doglio, Gregerson, Shewmake, Pollet, Tarleton, Valdez, Peterson, Fey, Stanford, Slatter, Tharinger, Hansen, Wylie, Fitzgibbon, Jinkins, Macri, Bergquist, Chambers, Graham, Frame, Reeves
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1064 is bipartisan legislation that would perfect De-Escalate Washington's Initiative 940, the measure overwhelmingly passed last year by voters that changed the standard needed to prosecute police officers for use of deadly force. It is similar to a bill the Legislature previously passed which was invalidated by the State Supreme Court on a technicality. There is a Senate companion bill, SB 5029.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5183 (Senate's Proposed 2019-2021 Operating Budget)

Official Description: Concerning relocation assistance for manufactured/mobile home park tenants.
Current Status: (January 23, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Pedersen, Wellman
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5183 is the vehicle for the 2019-2021 Operating Budget in the Legislature's smaller chamber. Washington must have a budget, and NPI supports increased investments in mental health, public schools, higher education, geologic hazards research, and other essential services.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5057 (Protect Youth from Tobacco)

Official Description: Protecting youth from tobacco products and vapor products by increasing the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco and vapor products.
Current Status: (January 18, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Cleveland, Bailey, Wellman, King, Keiser, Walsh, Darneille, Liias, McCoy
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5057 is Attorney General request legislation. It would raise the age to buy tobacco products from eighteen to twenty-one, in line with the minimum age required to purchase alcoholic beverages. NPI strongly supports this public health legislation. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion bill, HB 1074.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5029 (Perfecting De-Escalate WA's Initiative 940)

Official Description: Concerning law enforcement.
Current Status: (January 18, 2019) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Padden, Pedersen, Dhingra, Saldaña, Nguyen, Holy, Salomon, Wellman, Wilson, C., Das, Randall, Carlyle
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1064 is bipartisan legislation that would perfect De-Escalate Washington's Initiative 940, the measure overwhelmingly passed last year by voters that changed the standard needed to prosecute police officers for use of deadly force. It is similar to a bill the Legislature previously passed which was invalidated by the State Supreme Court on a technicality. There is a House companion bill, HB 1064.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5063 (Prepaid Postage for Ballot Return Envelopes)

Official Description: Providing prepaid postage for all election ballots.
Current Status: (January 16, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Nguyen
Cosponsors: Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5063 would permanently require prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes across Washington State, ensuring that we don't go back to requiring the use of a stamp to return a ballot through the mail. NPI strongly supports this legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5073 (Election Cost Reimbursement)

Official Description: Concerning state reimbursement of election costs.
Current Status: (January 16, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hunt
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Elections are a public service that cost money. However, in Washington State, local governments are responsible for paying 100% of the cost of holding elections in even numbered years, including for state offices. SB 5073 helps local governments by requiring reimbursement for state-related elections cost in even numbered years. The state already reimburses counties for state-level costs in odd-numbered years.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1109 (House's Proposed Operating Budget)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations.
Current Status: (January 16, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Ormsby
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1109 is the vehicle for the 2019-2021 Operating Budget in the Legislature's larger chamber. Washington must have a budget, and NPI supports increased investments in mental health, public schools, higher education, geologic hazards research, and other essential services.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5224 (Repeal Tim Eyman's Push Polls)

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (January 16, 2019) First reading, referred to State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt, Takko, Keiser, Nguyen, Darneille, Das, Wellman, Saldaña, McCoy
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5224 would repeal part of an old Tim Eyman initiative that forces Washington's thirty-nine counties to waste precious resources on loaded, non-binding "advisory vote" measures that purport to give voters an opportunity to weigh in on revenue increases passed by the Legislature. Advisory votes -- which are really push polls cooked up by Eyman -- are costly, deceptive, and unconstitutional, and NPI strongly supports ending them.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5075 (Low Income Vehicle Fee Rebates)

Official Description: Creating a motor vehicle excise tax low-income market value adjustment program.
Current Status: (January 14, 2019) First reading, referred to Transportation.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Palumbo, Wellman, Hunt, Hasegawa, Darneille
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5075 aims to reduce vehicle fee obligations for low income families. It directs the Regional Transportation Authority, better known as Sound Transit, to provide a credit against its motor vehicle excise tax for people with incomes at or below two hundred fifty percent of the federal poverty line, adjusted for family size, for the county in which they reside. Making the MVET more equitable will allow us to fund the transit expansion we need more justly.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2017 Regular Session (Click to view)