Advocacy

Welcome to NPI’s Advocacy page. Here, you can find our advocacy campaigns, legislative priorities, and Statehouse Bill Tracker, a tool for keeping tabs on what is happening under the dome in the Washington State Capitol. Not familiar with our work? Learn more about NPI and what we do.

2022 Washington State Legislative Priorities

  • End the practice of holding state-level elections in odd-numbered years;
  • Abolish Tim Eyman’s push polls, erroneously called “advisory votes”;
  • Levy a wealth tax on billionaire fortunes and strengthen the estate tax to fund essential public services and reduce inequity in Washington’s tax code;
  • Ensure K-12 schools have sufficient resources to address staffing shortages, declining enrollments, and other problems exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Protect youth, teachers, and school staff from geologic hazards by providing state funding to replace or repair seismically vulnerable buildings;
  • Adopt a climate-focused, safety first transportation package that fixes unsafe roads and bridges, improves fish passage, and makes big public transit investments;
  • Require future Redistricting Commissions to make proposed legislative and congressional maps publicly available for at least seven days before voting on them;
  • Reduce e-waste and combat planned obsolescence by enacting a right to repair law;
  • Create a system for assessing proposed legislation with equity impact statements;
  • Increase transparency of expenditures intended to influence legislation.

Current Campaigns

Statehouse Bill Tracker

A tool for monitoring the Washington State Legislature

Introduction: 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!

Browse Active Legislation

House Bill 1782 (Attainable Middle Housing for Washingtonians)

Official Description: Creating additional middle housing near transit and in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing.
Current Status: (January 26, 2022) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Bateman
Cosponsors: Macri, Berry, Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Dolan, Wicks, Johnson, J.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "This bill would legalize modest-scale home types such as fourplexes and townhouses in urban residential neighborhoods in Washington cities," explains a letter organized by the Sightline Institute. "It would focus these changes where it makes most sense, allowing duplexes in smaller cities, fourplexes in large cities, and up to sixplexes on urban lots within a half-mile of major public transit." Requested by Governor Jay Inslee's office, this bill is a priority for Washington's executive department in 2022. This is the House version.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5560 (Transparency in Redistricting)

Official Description: Concerning procedures for approval and submission of the redistricting plan.
Current Status: (January 21, 2022) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 10:30 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Pedersen
Cosponsors: Wilson, J.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would require future Washington State Redistricting Commissions to make a redistricting plan publicly available at least seventy-two hours before voting to approve the plan. It would also require any amendments to the plan to be debated and voted on in open session rather than behind closed doors. The 2021 Redistricting Commission did most of its work out of public view and, in our view, violated Washington's open meetings laws. Passage of redistricting reform is a top NPI legislative priority for 2022.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5597 (Strengthening the Washington Voting Rights Act)

Official Description: Concerning the Washington voting rights act.
Current Status: (January 21, 2022) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 10:30 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors: Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would expand and clarify several provisions in the Washington Voting Rights Act, thus making it easier for residents of the Evergreen State to secure equitable representation for themselves and their neighbors. SB 5997 would explicitly bar methods of electing officeholders that constitute vote dilution and explicitly allow organizations to bring actions under the VRA.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5563 (School Enrollment Stabilization)

Official Description: Concerning enrollment stabilization funding to address enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current Status: (January 21, 2022 - Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K) 12 Education at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors: Hasegawa, Cleveland, Conway, Dhingra, Kuderer, Nguyen, Pedersen, Randall, Stanford, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill (which is the House version) would allow schools to maintain staffing levels, which provides stability for when enrollment starts to be restored. Given the pandemic, enrollment is down across the state, but reducing funding because of the drop in enrollment will strain already struggling schools and limit staffing even further. Currently, the amount of funding public school districts receive are proportional to their enrollment. This bill would allow schools to receive funding based on their 2019-2020 enrollment numbers, instead of post-pandemic enrollment numbers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1618 (Updating Local Redistricting Procedures)

Official Description: Prohibiting weapons at election-related offices and facilities subject to limited exemptions for law enforcement officers and security personnel.
Current Status: (January 21, 2022) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Berg
Cosponsors: Senn, Chapman, Ryu, Berry, Wicks, Bateman, Duerr, Ramel, Springer, Sells, Johnson, J., Taylor, Walen, Valdez, Callan, Cody, Davis, Goodman, Macri, Peterson, Ramos, Santos, Wylie, Slatter, Bergquist, Tharinger, Kloba, Pollet, Dolan, Riccelli, Ormsby, Harris-Talley, Hackney, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: People who are incarcerated should be counted using their last known place of residence rather than the location of the jail, prison, or other institution for local redistricting. This method is already used in state redistricting, so this bill would apply the same rules to the local process. Public testimony was summarized by the Senate's nonpartisan staff in the bill report as follows: “The use of census data currently over-represents areas with prisons, incentivizing building more prisons and mass incarceration. Communities disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration shouldn't also have less representation.”
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5583 (Prohibiting Firearms at Election Sites)

Official Description: Requiring the adjustment of census data for local redistricting to reflect the last known place of residence for incarcerated persons.
Current Status: (January 21, 2022) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 10:30 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Trudeau
Cosponsors: Hunt, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Keiser, Kuderer, Lovelett, Mullet, Nguyen, Nobles, Randall, Rivers, Saldaña, Stanford, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: During a time when elections are increasingly contested and fraught, this bill would increase safety at election-related locations and facilities. If passed, the bill will prohibit carrying or possessing firearms and other weapons at ballot counting centers, voting centers, and voter registration offices, among others. Other locations, such as schools, child care centers, and courthouses, already have similar restrictions.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1727 (Phasing Out Odd Year Elections)

Official Description: Concerning odd-numbered year elections.
Current Status: (January 19, 2022) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Entenman
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation proposes to phase out odd year elections in Washington State by 2028. Local governments would be allowed to move their elections to even-numbered years sooner than that. Some special elections could still be held in odd numbered years, but regular elections for local positions would be moved to even-numbered years. Adoption of this legislation would significantly increase participation in local elections and is one of NPI's priorities for the 2022 session.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5551 (Improving Treatment for Patients Living with HIV)

Official Description: Concerning medicaid coverage for HIV antiviral drugs.
Current Status: (January 19, 2022) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Randall
Cosponsors: Liias
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation seeks to "improve treatment and care of patients with HIV so that we can reduce transmission and end AIDS in Washington for good," prime sponsor Emily Randall says. "It would ensure Medicaid coverage of the antiviral medication that will help patients with HIV live long, healthy lives and prevent further transmission."
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1810 (Right To Repair)

Official Description: Promoting the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products in a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable manner to increase access to appropriate and affordable digital products, support small businesses and jobs, and enhance digital connectivity in Washington state.
Current Status: (January 19, 2022) Executive action taken in the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Business at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Chase, Ryu, Berry, Taylor, Fitzgibbon, Cody, Macri, Peterson, Ramel, Paul, Simmons, Bergquist, Valdez, Pollet, Stonier, Ormsby, Harris-Talley, Kloba, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1810 is a right to repair bill would combat electronic waste and planned obsolescence by requiring OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) of devices like smartphones or laptops to “make documentation, parts, and tools available to owners and independent repair providers on fair and reasonable terms, or provide a training program and allow any licensed Washington business to obtain certification as a manufacturer certified repair facility.” Passage of this legislation is a 2022 NPI legislative priority.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5670 (Attainable Middle Housing for Washingtonians)

Official Description: Creating additional middle housing near transit and in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing.
Current Status: (January 18, 2022) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing & Local Government at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Das
Cosponsors: Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "This bill would legalize modest-scale home types such as fourplexes and townhouses in urban residential neighborhoods in Washington cities," explains a letter organized by the Sightline Institute. "It would focus these changes where it makes most sense, allowing duplexes in smaller cities, fourplexes in large cities, and up to sixplexes on urban lots within a half-mile of major public transit." Requested by Governor Jay Inslee's office, this bill is a priority for Washington's executive department in 2022. This is the Senate version.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1099 (Requiring Climate Resilience in Comprehensive Planning)

Official Description: Improving the state's climate response through updates to the state's comprehensive planning framework.
Current Status: (January 17, 2022) Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Duerr
Cosponsors: Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Bateman, Ramel, Gregerson, Goodman, Ryu, Kloba, Chopp, Ormsby, Pollet, Fey, Santos, Davis
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would add the goal of climate damage mitigation to the Growth Management Act and require climate resilience to be an element of the planning that local governments must undertake to comply with the Growth Management Act. NPI supports an amendment to the bill to mention trees, urban forest, and green space as a part of the bill's environmental definition.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5188 (Creating a State Bank)

Official Description: Concerning the creation of the Washington state public bank.
Current Status: (January 14, 2022) Placed on third reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Conway, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Hunt, Liias, Lovelett, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would form a public financial cooperative that would lend to local governments and tribal nations. The cooperative would not compete with commercial banks or credit unions and would not constitute a broker or dealer in securities, but it would be able to help cities, counties, and tribes with their financing needs.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5182 (Abolishing Anti-Tax "Advisory Vote" Propaganda)

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (January 10, 2022) On motion, referred to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt, Conway, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Lovelett, Nguyen, Pedersen, Van De Wege, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5182 would repeal part of an old Tim Eyman initiative that forces Washington's thirty-nine counties to waste precious resources on "advisory votes" -- fake ballot measures that falsely purport to give voters an opportunity to weigh in on revenue increases passed by the Legislature. Advisory votes -- which are really anti-tax messages written by Eyman and thus do not measure anything -- are costly, deceptive, and unconstitutional, and NPI strongly supports getting rid of them. The bill would also increase transparency of the Legislature by requiring more information about the Legislature's fiscal decisions to be published in the voter's pamphlet. Adoption of this legislation is a top NPI legislative priority for 2022.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1076 (Whistleblower Actions for Violations of Workplace Protections)

Official Description: Allowing whistleblowers to bring actions on behalf of the state for violations of workplace protections.
Current Status: (January 10, 2022) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Hansen
Cosponsors: Fitzgibbon, Berry, Dolan, Johnson, J., Ramos, Simmons, Ramel, Ortiz-Self, Gregerson, Ryu, Bronoske, Valdez, Callan, Kloba, Hackney, Chopp, Ormsby, Stonier, Frame, Santos, Macri, Pollet, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would allow whistleblowers to bring what are known as qui tam actions for employer violations of laws like the Washington Law Against Discrimination, the Minimum Wage Act, or farm contractor labor laws. In a qui tam action, the person seeking relief does so in place of the state as a public action. Passage of this legislation will help address problems like wage theft, increasing badly needed protections for Washington workers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1590 (School Enrollment Stabilization)

Official Description: Concerning enrollment stabilization funding to address enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current Status: (January 10, 2022) First reading, referred to Appropriations.
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Callan, Pollet, Bateman, Ramel, Wicks, Johnson, J., Senn, Ryu, Duerr, Walen, Goehner, Valdez, Davis, Fey, Ramos, Santos, Simmons, Wylie, Slatter, Kloba, Stonier, Riccelli, Hackney, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill (which is the House version) would allow schools to maintain staffing levels, which provides stability for when enrollment starts to be restored. Given the pandemic, enrollment is down across the state, but reducing funding because of the drop in enrollment will strain already struggling schools and limit staffing even further. Currently, the amount of funding public school districts receive are proportional to their enrollment. This bill would allow schools to receive funding based on their 2019-2020 enrollment numbers, instead of post-pandemic enrollment numbers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1406 (Levying A Wealth Tax)

Official Description: Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets.
Current Status: (January 10, 2022) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Sullivan, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Kirby, Davis, Bateman, Valdez, Kloba, Pollet, Walen, Dolan, Simmons, Cody, Ramel, Lekanoff, Duerr, Ryu, Berry, Peterson, Hackney, Chopp, Macri, Bergquist, Riccelli, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make Washington’s tax code more progressive by establishing a 1% wealth tax on residents with over $1 billion in intangible assets (such as mortgages, bonds, stocks, or shares of private corporations). HB 1406 also addresses enforcement, requiring the Department of Revenue to audit at least 20% of individuals registered to pay the wealth tax by 2026. By passing this bill, the Legislature can reduce inequity in the state's tax code, requiring the ultra-wealthy to pay more of their fair share, and better support the state's essential public services. The richest Washingtonians currently pay the least in taxes as a percentage of their income and wealth than the least affluent Washingtonians.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)