NPI’s current ballot measure positions

Washington State, April 2019
  • Lake Washington School District Proposition #1: YES
Washington State, currently gathering signatures
  • Referendum 80, sponsored by Tim Eyman: DECLINE TO SIGN
Washington State, November 2019
  • 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 1638 (Improve Vaccination Rates for Children)

Official Description: Promoting immunity against vaccine preventable diseases.
Current Status: (March 29, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Harris
Cosponsors: Stonier, Robinson, Macri, Jinkins, Cody, Thai, Davis, Appleton, Doglio, Frame, Stanford, Bergquist, Santos, Tarleton
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Currently, state law allows parents of children attending public schools to choose not to vaccinate their children if they have a "philosophical" objection to vaccines. HB 1638 would get rid of this exemption for a single type of vaccine (the MMR vaccine) and require that children who attend public schools be vaccinated unless they cannot be for medical reasons. The "philosophical" objection would be no more. Vaccines are scientifically proven to be the only preventative treatment for highly contagious diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), and it's critical that kids receive them. NPI strongly supports this legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1114 (Hunger and Food Waste Reduction Act)

Official Description: Reducing the wasting of food in order to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts.
Current Status: (March 28, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Doglio
Cosponsors: Slatter, Fey, Peterson, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Walen
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1114 is legislation from Representative Beth Doglio that seeks to reduce food waste and fight hunger. The bill instructs public agencies and companies involved in food production, distribution, sale, disposal, and recovery to work together on strategies that improve efficiencies in food production, divert surplus food to families in need, and get us closer to zero waste goals. “It is critical that the state take every step we can to reduce hunger in our communities — particularly hunger among children,” Doglio says. “The results will be greater if we can work towards that goal while also reducing the environmental impacts of food waste.”
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5511 (Broadband Access)

Official Description: Expanding affordable, resilient broadband service to enable economic development, public safety, health care, and education in Washington's communities.
Current Status: (March 28, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors: Sheldon, Carlyle, Short, McCoy, Nguyen, Takko, Cleveland, Darneille, Dhingra, Liias, Mullet, Saldaña, Frockt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5511 acknowledges that many rural communities lack access to broadband which has become a critical part of the modern economy. Quality broadband enables access to healthcare, education, essential services and provides economic opportunities. This would help fund and facilitate access for all citizens. HB 1498 is the companion bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5497 (Supporting Immigrants)

Official Description: Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace.
Current Status: (March 28, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Frockt, Das, Keiser, Saldaña, Mullet, McCoy, Randall, Cleveland, Hunt, Liias, Conway, Darneille
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5497 would limit immigration enforcement at certain public facilities, require state agencies to review their confidentiality policies and prohibit state agencies from cooperating with federal registration or surveillance of residents based on race, religion, immigration or citizenship status. Companion bill is HB 1815.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1109 (House's Proposed Operating Budget)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session 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.

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Senate Bill 5393 (Washington's College Promise)

Official Description: Establishing a statewide free college program by changing the state need grant to the Washington college promise scholarship.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Palumbo
Cosponsors: Rolfes, Frockt, McCoy, Wellman, Liias, Pedersen, Darneille, Dhingra, Van De Wege, Hunt, Wilson, C., Keiser, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "Senate Bill 5393 would transform the State Need Grant into Washington’s College Promise grant, a guaranteed source of financial aid for more than 93,000 eligible students," the Senate Democratic Caucus explains.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1523 (Health Care Coverage)

Official Description: Increasing the availability of quality, affordable health coverage in the individual market.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Cody
Cosponsors: Macri, Riccelli, Stonier, Tharinger, Ormsby, Davis, Frame, Robinson, Thai, Doglio, Stanford, Valdez
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1523 is referred to as a public option by some. It needs amendments dealing with funding, reimbursement for providers, and timing on reaching the goal of single payer. SB 5526 is the companion bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Joint Memorial 8008 (Protect Youth From Tobacco at Federal Level)

Official Description: Urging federal legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco and vapor products to anyone under the age of twenty-one.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Bailey
Cosponsors: O'Ban, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this joint memorial.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Joint Memorial 8008 would urge the U.S. House and Senate to adopt federal legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco and vapor products to those under twenty-one years of age. "As nine of ten smokers start before age twenty-one, this would help protect young people from a lifetime of addiction," the Washington State Medical Association says.
Weigh in: Comment on this joint memorial using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5577 (Protecting Orca Whales)

Official Description: Concerning the protection of southern resident orca whales from vessels.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors: Frockt, Liias, McCoy, Dhingra, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Saldaña, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5577 would regulate whale watching boats to protect orca whales. There is a persistent problem of whale watching boats not respecting their distance from whales or improperly interacting with whales. Companion bill is HB 1580.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5526 (Health Care Coverage)

Official Description: Increasing the availability of quality, affordable health coverage in the individual market.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Cleveland, Kuderer, Randall, Keiser, Dhingra, Conway, Wellman, Darneille, Hunt, Hobbs, Das, Liias, Nguyen, Pedersen, Rolfes, Saldaña, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5526 is referred to as a public option by some. It needs amendments dealing with funding, reimbursement for providers, and timing on reaching the goal of single payer. HB 1523 is the companion bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5822 (Universal Health Care)

Official Description: Providing a pathway to establish a universal health care system for the residents of Washington state.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Randall
Cosponsors: Frockt, Cleveland, Wilson, C., Salomon, Nguyen, Hasegawa, Keiser, Saldaña, Van De Wege, Liias, Das, Darneille, Dhingra, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5822 would convene a work group to explore how to fund and transition to universal healthcare for all Washingtonians. This is dependent on getting a waiver from the federal government to allow states to redirect federal health care funds which HR 6097, sponsored by Pramila Jayapal, would do. HB 1877 is the companion bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5139 (Ends Semi-Annual Daylight Saving Time Switches)

Official Description: Concerning daylight saving time in Washington state.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Honeyford
Cosponsors: Hunt, Van De Wege, Fortunato, Pedersen
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5139 would set the stage for Washington to permanently ditch daylight saving time. If implemented, Washington would join California in permanently adopting Pacific Daylight Time. This would mean that in winter months (November-March), Washington would remain seven hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) instead of switching to Pacific Standard Time, which is eight hours behind UTC. Currently, the only states that do not observe Daylight Savings Time are Hawaii and Arizona. NPI supports this noble effort to end this twice-annual exercise in clock tinkering.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1453 (Protecting Tenants)

Official Description: Concerning residential tenant protections.
Current Status: (March 27, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Macri
Cosponsors: Jinkins, Morgan, Dolan, Frame, Peterson, Thai, Doglio, Gregerson, Pellicciotti, Orwall, Davis, Lekanoff, Senn, Kloba, Stanford, Ortiz-Self
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1453 would not allow a landlord to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent until after the 14th day of the month. Currently the rule is 3 days. Eviction of tenants over small and resolvable amounts of money one of the problems that lead to homelessness.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5397 (Plastic Packaging)

Official Description: Concerning the responsible management of plastic packaging.
Current Status: (March 26, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Darneille, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5397 could rid us of poorly designed plastic packaging that is difficult to recycle. Producers of plastic packaging would have to take into account environmental impacts in their design. HB 1204 is the companion bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5740 (Retirement Security)

Official Description: Creating the secure choice retirement savings program.
Current Status: (March 26, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Business at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Mullet
Cosponsors: Hobbs, Conway, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5740 acknowledges that many households have no or inadequate retirement funds. This act would allow workers to establish an IRA which would be administered by and in custody of state government. All employers would be required to offer it.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5339 (Abolishing the Death Penalty)

Official Description: Reducing criminal justice expenses by eliminating the death penalty and instead requiring life imprisonment without possibility of release or parole as the sentence for aggravated first degree murder.
Current Status: (March 25, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Walsh, Pedersen, Wellman, Keiser, Liias, Hunt, Kuderer, Nguyen, Saldaña
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5339 would permanently abolish the barbaric practice of putting people to death for the crime of aggravated first degree murder. The Supreme Court recently converted all death sentences to life sentences, but the state's death penalty statute remains on the books. It's time for abolition. According to NPI research, 69% of Washingtonians support life in prison alternatives to the death penalty, with a majority in favor of life in prison without the possibility of parole. That is exactly the replacement sentence that SB 5339 provides for. NPI strongly supports this historic, groundbreaking human rights reform. There is also a House companion, HB 1488.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5063 (Prepaid Postage for Ballot Return Envelopes)

Official Description: Providing prepaid postage for all election ballots.
Current Status: (March 22, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations 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.

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

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (March 22, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 8:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action.
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.

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House Bill 1512 (Accelerate Transportation Electrification at Ports)

Official Description: Concerning the electrification of transportation.
Current Status: (March 22, 2019) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Fey
Cosponsors: Steele, Valdez, Ortiz-Self, Fitzgibbon, Klippert, Tarleton, Mead, Pollet, Jinkins, Boehnke, Slatter, DeBolt, Dent, Chapman, Frame, Stanford, Tharinger, Macri
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: As summarized by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, House Bill 1512 "would provide authority for utilities to offer programs to assist their customers in acquiring transportation electrification equipment." Passage of this legislation will help Washington make its ports cleaner and greener. There is also a Senate companion, SB 5336.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5207 (Felony Voting Rights)

Official Description: Concerning notification of felony voting rights and restoration.
Current Status: (March 22, 2019) Minority; without recommendation.
Prime Sponsor: Dhingra
Cosponsors: Hunt, Saldaña, Darneille, Das, Cleveland, Kuderer, Pedersen, Salomon, Nguyen, Rolfes, Hasegawa, Keiser, Randall
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5207 requires the Department of Corrections to notify inmates of the process for restoring their voting rights when they become eligible.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5162 (Felons & Jury Service)

Official Description: Clarifying qualifications for jury service.
Current Status: (March 22, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Dhingra
Cosponsors: Pedersen, Wellman, Das, Keiser, Palumbo, Carlyle, Darneille, Hasegawa, Saldaña, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5162 clarifies that felons become qualified for jury service upon the restoration of their voting rights.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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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: (March 21, 2019) Minority; without recommendation.
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.

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Senate Bill 5313 (K-12 Local School Levy Flexibility)

Official Description: Concerning school levies.
Current Status: (March 21, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5313 is legislation requested by the Office of Financial Management that would restore school levy flexibility. It changes the district enrichment levy lid (or cap) to be twenty-eight percent of a district's levy base, instead of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value or $2,500 per pupil. Passage of this legislation will help school districts avoid making painful and needless cuts to library services, nursing, arts and music education.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5135 (Preventing Toxic Pollution)

Official Description: Preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment.
Current Status: (March 21, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors: Frockt, Salomon, Palumbo, Cleveland, Carlyle, Kuderer, Saldaña, Billig, Dhingra, Pedersen, Wellman, Hunt, Das, McCoy, Liias, Darneille, Hasegawa, Keiser, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5135 would require tracking of consumer products that are a significant pollution source. It would increase transparency in the use of priority chemicals, regulate them and determine civil penalties to help prevent toxic pollution from said chemicals. HB 1194 is the companion bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1375 (Campaign Contribution Limits for All Port Races)

Official Description: Applying campaign contribution limits to candidates for all port districts.
Current Status: (March 21, 2019) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Wylie
Cosponsors: Stonier, Vick, Harris, Gregerson, Kraft, Appleton, Dolan, Pellicciotti, Doglio, Fey
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1375 would subject all port districts in Washington to campaign contribution limits. Current law restricts how much money a candidate for the Port of Seattle or Port of Tacoma may accept, but candidates running in other port districts are not subject to any contribution limits. This bill makes that loophole go away.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2117 (Pathway to Progressive Tax Reform)

Official Description: Providing a pathway to modernize and rebalance the Washington state tax structure so that it is equitable, adequate, stable, and transparent for the people of Washington state.
Current Status: (March 21, 2019) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Tarleton, Sullivan, Springer, Walen, Macri, Orwall, Wylie, Chapman, Morris, Doglio, Peterson, Senn, Valdez, Ortiz-Self, Stanford, Pollet, Santos
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 2117 aims to create a pathway for progressive tax reform in Washington State by appointing a legislative work group and technical advisory board to study and analyze ideas that would make our tax code more just and equitable, like a value added tax to replace our business and occupation tax.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1656 (Tenant Evictions)

Official Description: Protecting tenants in residential tenancies.
Current Status: (March 21, 2019) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Macri
Cosponsors: Jinkins, Shewmake, Robinson, Doglio, Ryu, Morgan, Goodman, Cody, Orwall, Slatter, Thai, Reeves, Appleton, Dolan, Bergquist, Peterson, Pollet, Gregerson, Frame, Davis
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1656 prohibits a landlord from evicting a tenant without just cause or terminating a fixed term tenancy. This is an effort to lessen the destabilizing effect our prolonged affordable housing crisis is having on households and communities. Companion bill is SB 5733
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1694 (Tenant Rental Deposits)

Official Description: Allowing tenants to pay certain sums in installments.
Current Status: (March 21, 2019) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Morgan
Cosponsors: Macri, Riccelli, Goodman, Jinkins, Cody, Stonier, Robinson, Appleton, Pollet, Gregerson, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1694 would allow tenants to spread out a deposit in installment payments when they move in to a rental. This makes it easier for people to move into housing.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1252 (Toughens Penalties for Corporate Crimes)

Official Description: Concerning crime committed by business entities.
Current Status: (March 20, 2019) Placed on second reading consent calendar.
Prime Sponsor: Pellicciotti
Cosponsors: Klippert, Dolan, Valdez, Orwall, Pollet, Riccelli, Goodman, Kilduff, Bergquist, Robinson, Doglio, Macri, Appleton, Hudgins, Peterson, Fitzgibbon, Stonier, Lovick, Jinkins, Tharinger, Stanford, Senn, Leavitt, Slatter, Chapman, Frame, Fey, Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: State Representative Mike Pellicciotti's Corporate Crime Act (House Bill 1252) would penalize corporations up to $1,000,000 for serious crimes. Washington State's current law caps corporate criminal fines at just $10,000, regardless of the severity of the crime. “Corporations should not face a slap on the wrist for committing crimes that would send a person to up to life in prison,” Pellicciotti says. “It’s time for corporate criminal laws to catch up with the times. It’s embarrassing that these penalties have not increased since before our legislative building was built." NPI agrees. Our research has found strong support across the ideological spectrum for stronger corporate accountability. NPI enthusiastically supports HB 1252.
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House Bill 1379 (Neutralizing Deceptive Shell PACs)

Official Description: Concerning disclosure of contributions from political committees to other political committees.
Current Status: (March 20, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Pellicciotti
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Appleton, Gregerson, Pollet, Macri, Valdez, Kloba, Bergquist, Tarleton, Doglio, Frame, Goodman, Reeves, Fey
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1379 takes aim at the practice of obfuscating who is behind a mailer or ad campaign by creating shell PACs. A shell PAC is a political action committee that had no purpose other than serving as a pass-through entity for another political action committee. For example, the Washington Association for Oil Drilling (a made up entity) might want to attack a progressive candidate by using a front called Working Families for Good Progressive Jobs. "Working Families For Good Progressive Jobs" would be listed as the Top Five Contributors in the mailers financed by the Washington Association for Oil Drilling, thereby shielding the Association's identity on the mailer itself and forcing voters to engage in detective work to find out who is really behind the mailer. HB 1379 changes the law to require the Top Five Contributors to be entities that aren't political committees, thus neutralizing the practice of creating shell PACs.
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House Bill 1196 (Ends Semi-Annual Daylight Saving Time Switches)

Official Description: Allowing for the year round observation of daylight saving time.
Current Status: (March 20, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Riccelli
Cosponsors: Steele, Stonier, Fitzgibbon, Ortiz-Self, Tarleton, Doglio, Schmick, Eslick, Lovick, Fey, Shea, Tharinger, Goodman
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1196 would set the stage for Washington to permanently ditch daylight saving time. If implemented, Washington would join California in permanently adopting Pacific Daylight Time. This would mean that in winter months (November-March), Washington would remain seven hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) instead of switching to Pacific Standard Time, which is eight hours behind UTC. Currently, the only states that do not observe Daylight Savings Time are Hawaii and Arizona. NPI supports this noble effort to end this twice-annual exercise in clock tinkering.
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House Bill 1440 (Tenant Rights)

Official Description: Providing longer notice of rent increases.
Current Status: (March 19, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Robinson
Cosponsors: Macri, Riccelli, Gregerson, Doglio, Tarleton, Kloba, Frame, Jinkins, Morgan, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1440 requires a landlord to provide a minimum of 60 days written notice of an increase in rent to tenants and prohibits the increase from becoming effective before a rental agreement term ends.
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House Bill 1527 (Working Families' Tax Credit)

Official Description: Providing a working families' tax credit.
Current Status: (March 19, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Entenman
Cosponsors: Chapman, Reeves, Frame, Tarleton, Shewmake, Senn, Cody, Ormsby, Peterson, Riccelli, Fitzgibbon, Blake, Sells, Bergquist, Stanford, Doglio, Gregerson, Macri, Tharinger, Pettigrew, Robinson, Walen, Hansen, Lekanoff, Stonier, Davis, Appleton, Fey, Ryu, Dolan, Kilduff, Valdez, Pollet, Ramos
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1527 allows low income and middle income workers to recover part or all of what they pay in state sales tax to increase their economic security and to decrease the recessivity of our state tax code. SB 5810 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5336 (Accelerate Transportation Electrification at Ports)

Official Description: Advancing electric transportation.
Current Status: (March 19, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Palumbo
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Nguyen, Saldaña, Hasegawa, Dhingra, Frockt, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: As summarized by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, Senate Bill 5336 "would provide authority for utilities to offer programs to assist their customers in acquiring transportation electrification equipment." Passage of this legislation will help Washington make its ports cleaner and greener. There is also a House companion, HB 1512.
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Senate Bill 5270 (Changing Election Timelines)

Official Description: Concerning dates and timelines associated with the operation of the state primary and elections.
Current Status: (March 18, 2019) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Hunt
Cosponsors: Kuderer, Wellman, Cleveland, Saldaña, Liias, McCoy, Das, Keiser, Palumbo
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5270 modifies dates for primaries, general elections, PCO elections, candidate filings, etc. The primary would move to the 3rd Tuesday of May and candidate filing would move to the 3rd week in March for example.
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Senate Bill 5623 (Update Collective Bargaining Laws)

Official Description: Strengthening the rights of workers through collective bargaining by addressing authorizations and revocations, certifications, and the authority to deduct and accept union dues and fees.
Current Status: (March 18, 2019) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Van De Wege
Cosponsors: Das, Hunt, Salomon, Keiser, Saldaña, Conway, Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5623 will ensure that the state's collective bargaining statutes are in compliance with the Janus decision, while protecting the freedom of Washington's public employees to join together and bargain for fair compensation. Companion bill is HB 1575
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Senate Joint Memorial 8002 (Constitutional Convention for Elections Amendment)

Official Description: Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment to that Constitution.
Current Status: (March 18, 2019) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Palumbo, Wellman, Takko
Our Position: NPI opposes this joint memorial.
Assessment by NPI: SJM 8002 asks the United States Congress to call a limited constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment. HJM 4004 is the companion memorial. The problem with this idea is that the people chosen for the convention could abuse their mandate and attempt to rewrite the entire U.S. Constitution or alter provisions they do not like. Because there is no way to make a constitutional convention truly limited, NPI opposes this memorial.
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House Bill 1520 (Require Election Date on Ballot Return Envelopes)

Official Description: Concerning calendar election dates on ballot envelopes.
Current Status: (March 18, 2019) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Morgan
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Rude, Mead, Stonier, Frame, Riccelli, Appleton, Pellicciotti, Kilduff, Doglio, Reeves
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1520 "would require the date of the election to be prominently displayed on the envelope in which a voter receives their ballot and other election materials," in the words of House Democratic caucus staff. “Even sweepstakes offers have the return date on the outside of the envelope," notes prime sponsor Melanie Morgan. "They put it there because it works. It reminds people to fill it out and turn it in. Shouldn’t this same useful information be on our ballots – the very thing our democracy depends on?” NPI agrees. We strongly support this legislation. It will help facilitate participation in elections.
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Senate Bill 5273 (Usable Presidential Primary)

Official Description: Concerning the presidential primary.
Current Status: (March 14, 2019) Effective date 7/28/2019.
Prime Sponsor: Hunt
Cosponsors: Kuderer, Wellman, Cleveland, McCoy, Dhingra, Saldaña, Billig, Mullet, Liias, Conway, Das, Frockt, Keiser, Palumbo
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5273 will create a presidential primary statute that both major political parties can use to allocate delegates to their respective national conventions. It puts the parties in charge of determining who appears on their ballots instead of leaving this up to the Secretary of State (currently Republican Kim Wyman).
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Senate Bill 5079 (Native American Voting Rights Act)

Official Description: Enacting the Native American voting rights act of Washington.
Current Status: (March 14, 2019) Effective date 7/28/2019.
Prime Sponsor: McCoy
Cosponsors: Billig, Cleveland, Conway, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Saldaña, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5079 would make it easier for Native Americans in Washington to vote by: (1) authorizing 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' failure to comply," (2) permitting "the use of non traditional residential addresses by any person residing on an Indian reservation or lands for voter registration purposes," and (3) permitting "the use of tribal identification for electronic voter registration where the Secretary of State can obtain a copy of the applicant's signature." (Descriptions of provisions quoted above were provided by nonpartisan legislative staff). NPI strongly supports this effort to lower barriers to voting for our Native brothers and sisters. There is a House companion, HB 1339.
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Senate Bill 5078 (Presidential Candidate Tax Returns Disclosure)

Official Description: Requiring disclosure of federal income tax returns of presidential and vice presidential candidates prior to appearing on the ballot.
Current Status: (March 14, 2019) First reading, referred to State Government & Tribal Relations.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt, Darneille, Saldaña, Conway, Frockt, Palumbo, Wellman, Pedersen, Mullet, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5078 requires that presidential candidates disclose their personal tax returns going back at least five years in order to appear on the presidential primary and general election ballots in Washington State. Noncompliant candidates would not appear on the ballot. Before 2016, the major party nominees going back several decades adhered to an unwritten rule of releasing their tax returns for public viewing. Donald Trump violated this norm in 2016.
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Senate Bill 5145 (Bans Fracking)

Official Description: Concerning the use of hydraulic fracturing in the exploration for and production of oil and natural gas.
Current Status: (March 13, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Salomon
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Dhingra, Rolfes, Frockt, Hunt, Billig, Darneille, Palumbo, Kuderer, Saldaña, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5145 would prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing to explore for and produce oil and natural gas in Washington State.
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Senate Joint Resolution 8201 (School District Bonds)

Official Description: Amending the Constitution to allow a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
Current Status: (March 12, 2019) Not adopted; yeas, 28; nays, 21; absent, 0; excused, 0.
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Dhingra, Palumbo, Pedersen, Hunt, Wilson, C., Keiser, Kuderer, Saldaña, Takko, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this joint resolution.
Assessment by NPI: SJR 8201 would make it easier to pass school bonds by requiring only a simple majority of voter approval rather than the current 60%. School bonds finance the construction and remodeling of schools. HJR 4203 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5971 (Washington Forward Transportation Package)

Official Description: Concerning transportation funding.
Current Status: (March 7, 2019) On motion, referred to Ways & Means.
Prime Sponsor: Hobbs
Cosponsors: Saldaña, Sheldon, Cleveland, Randall, Palumbo, Takko, Nguyen, Mullet, Liias, Lovelett, Conway
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5971 creates a fund from a carbon pollution fee, sales & use tax on fuel, an assessment on developments, & vehicle fees in order to fund additional investments in transportation projects. It would raise $7.9 billion over the next 10 years.
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House Bill 1722 (Ranked Choice Voting)

Official Description: Concerning local options for tabulating votes in an election.
Current Status: (February 27, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Doglio, Macri, Dolan, Goodman, Robinson, Blake, Fitzgibbon, Lovick, Shewmake, Sells, Peterson, Stanford, Appleton, Ryu, Frame, Thai, Stonier, Wylie, Riccelli, Morris, Jinkins, Tarleton, Ortiz-Self, Slatter, Bergquist
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1722 would allow tabulating votes using ranked choice voting in local elections. While ranked choice voting has some appealing aspects it also has some negatives that could lead to unintended consequences. In our quest of increasing voter turnout, gaining transparency in elections and ending the undue influence of money, lets' also be sure to do no harm. SB 5708 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5075 (Low Income Vehicle Fee Rebates)

Official Description: Creating a motor vehicle excise tax low-income market value adjustment program.
Current Status: (February 26, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
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.
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House Bill 1703 (Tax Exemption Transparency)

Official Description: Increasing tax exemption transparency and accountability.
Current Status: (February 26, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Pollet
Cosponsors: Paul, Tarleton, Valdez, Gregerson, Orwall, Stanford, Ryu, Santos, Doglio, Pettigrew, Thai, Kloba, Wylie, Goodman, Bergquist, Senn, Peterson, Fitzgibbon, Riccelli, Lekanoff, Tharinger, Jinkins, Frame, Mead, Ramos, Appleton, Fey, Dolan, Walen, Macri, Callan, Kirby, Ortiz-Self, Pellicciotti, Cody, Ormsby, Hudgins
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5513 asks for a biennial Tax Exemption report that includes the dollar value of all tax exemptions and whether they are creating jobs or providing valuable services for citizens. It would require that these expenditures, many of which have no sunset provisions, be a part of the regular budget appropriations process.
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House Bill 1782 (Broadens Open Public Meetings Act)

Official Description: Concerning public meetings of advisory groups established by local governments and other agencies.
Current Status: (February 22, 2019) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Pollet
Cosponsors: Orwall, Wylie, Appleton, Tarleton, Kilduff, Kraft
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1782 would extend the state's Open Public Meetings Act to include panels that advise a governing body, closing a loophole in our public disclosure and transparency laws. NPI strongly supports this legislation.
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House Bill 1342 (Right to Repair Electronics)

Official Description: Concerning the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products.
Current Status: (February 22, 2019) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Hudgins
Cosponsors: Morris, Stanford, Kloba, Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: WashPIRG, Zero Waste Washington, and Repair.org say that House Bill 1342 and its Senate companion SB 5799 "would give Washingtonians what they need to fix electronics and keep them off the scrap heap. They are two of many such bills cropping up across the country, aimed at tackling the growing problem of unrepairable electronic products, ranging from cell phones to home appliances to tractors." NPI strongly supports this effort to reduce e-waste and protect consumer rights.
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Senate Joint Resolution 8209 (Public Bank Amendment)

Official Description: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution creating the Washington state infrastructure bank.
Current Status: (February 22, 2019) Referred to Ways & Means.
Prime Sponsor: Hobbs
Cosponsors: King, Mullet, Braun, Palumbo, Saldaña, Keiser, O'Ban
Our Position: NPI supports this joint resolution.
Assessment by NPI: SJR 8209 proposes an amendment to the Washington State Constitution to dedicate the revenue that goes to the Public Works Assistance Account to the purpose of making low interest loans & emergency grants to local governments - kind of like a bank. The problem has been that this account has been raided in the past to pay for other state needs.
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Senate Bill 5617 (Gillnet Fishery)

Official Description: Banning the use of nontribal gill nets.
Current Status: (February 22, 2019) Referred to Ways & Means.
Prime Sponsor: Salomon
Cosponsors: Braun, Van De Wege, Rolfes, Wilson, L., Rivers, Fortunato, Palumbo, Keiser, Das, Frockt, Warnick, Hunt, Honeyford, Brown, Cleveland, Saldaña, Darneille, Conway, Pedersen, Wilson, C., Liias, Hawkins, Kuderer, O'Ban
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5617 claims it would help save salmon & orcas but in reality is divisive, threatens many rural economies already struggling and is not based on science. We should instead encourage programs like the underfunded Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups where all stakeholders are encouraged to work together to restore salmon in Washington. Lets' not bring back the salmon wars.
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House Bill 2054 (Behavioral Health Agency)

Official Description: Establishing an agency to operate state behavioral health facilities.
Current Status: (February 22, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: DeBolt
Cosponsors: Tharinger, Schmick, Cody
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2054 establishes an agency devoted to behavioral health facilities such as state hospitals and residential habilitation facilities.
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House Joint Resolution 4203 (School District Bonds)

Official Description: Amending the Constitution to allow a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
Current Status: (February 21, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Education at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Stonier
Cosponsors: Dolan, Kirby, Jinkins, Robinson, Valdez, Ortiz-Self, Macri, Pollet, Walen, Sells, Callan, Lovick, Senn, Thai, Santos, Kilduff, Wylie, Leavitt, Tarleton, Chapman, Fey, Frame, Slatter, Bergquist, Goodman, Riccelli, Stanford
Our Position: NPI supports this joint resolution.
Assessment by NPI: HJR 4203 would make it easier to pass school bonds by requiring only a simple majority of voter approval rather than the current 60%. School bonds finance the construction and remodeling of schools. SJR 8201 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5664 (Free ID Cards for Washington's Homeless)

Official Description: Implementing an identicard program to provide individuals a Washington state issued identicard.
Current Status: (February 20, 2019) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM.
Prime Sponsor: Cleveland
Cosponsors: Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5664 aims to provide identification cards to homeless Washingtonians at no charge to them. Once equipped with state ID cards, homeless Washingtonians would have an easier time "renting an apartment, opening or accessing a bank account, using medical insurance, qualifying for federal benefits, like food stamps, or even staying in some homeless shelters," as Seattle Times reporter Jake Goldstein-Street explained in a recent story. NPI strongly supports this bill.
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House Joint Memorial 4004 (Constitutional Convention for Elections Amendment)

Official Description: Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment to that Constitution.
Current Status: (February 19, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Riccelli
Cosponsors: Wylie, Kirby, Peterson, Cody, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Orwall, Gregerson, Springer, Senn, Frame, Tarleton, Valdez, Ormsby, Pollet
Our Position: NPI opposes this joint memorial.
Assessment by NPI: HJM 4004 asks the United States Congress to call a limited constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment. SJM 8002 is the companion memorial. The problem with this idea is that the people chosen for the convention could abuse their mandate and attempt to rewrite the entire U.S. Constitution or alter provisions they do not like. Because there is no way to make a constitutional convention truly limited, NPI opposes this memorial.
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House Bill 1921 (Affordable Housing)

Official Description: Addressing the regressive nature of the Washington state housing market.
Current Status: (February 19, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Macri, Tarleton, Ryu, Appleton, Jinkins, Gregerson, Wylie, Valdez, Sells, Doglio, Stonier, Pollet, Dolan, Stanford, Morris, Cody, Peterson, Slatter, Kloba, Walen, Lekanoff
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1921 changes the real estate excise tax from a flat rate to a progressive rate structure and invests the resulting additional revenue in affordable housing throughout the state. The flat rate disproportionately impacts the well-being of low to middle income households.
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Senate Bill 5864 (Public Infrastructure Bank)

Official Description: Financing local public works through the creation of the Washington state infrastructure bank.
Current Status: (February 14, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hobbs
Cosponsors: King, Mullet, Braun, Palumbo, Saldaña, Keiser, O'Ban
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5864 establishes the Washington state infrastructure bank in the state treasury to make loans and grants to local governments for public infrastucture projects.
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House Bill 1339 (Native American Voting Rights Act)

Official Description: Enacting the Native American voting rights act of Washington.
Current Status: (January 30, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Lekanoff
Cosponsors: Orwall, Gregerson, Leavitt, Peterson, Ryu, Macri, Valdez, Lovick, Appleton, Dolan, Frame, Sells, Senn, Davis, Robinson, Springer, Stanford, Santos, Bergquist, Jinkins, Ormsby, Pollet, Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5079 would make it easier for Native Americans in Washington to vote by: (1) authorizing 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' failure to comply," (2) permitting "the use of non traditional residential addresses by any person residing on an Indian reservation or lands for voter registration purposes," and (3) permitting "the use of tribal identification for electronic voter registration where the Secretary of State can obtain a copy of the applicant's signature." (Descriptions of provisions quoted above were provided by nonpartisan legislative staff). NPI strongly supports this effort to lower barriers to voting for our Native brothers and sisters. There is a Senate companion, SB 5079.
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Senate Bill 5331 (Long Term Care Support)

Official Description: Concerning long-term services and supports.
Current Status: (February 13, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Palumbo
Cosponsors: Honeyford, Cleveland, Walsh, Randall, King, Frockt, Billig, Conway, Dhingra, Keiser, Kuderer, Pedersen, Saldaña, Warnick
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5331 would help cover long term care expenses. The problem is very few people can afford long term care insurance and Medicare doesn’t cover associated costs leaving many people forced to pay out of pocket until they qualify for Medicaid. HB 1087 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5784 (Partially Exempts Legislature from Public Records Act)

Official Description: Concerning records disclosure and retention obligations of the legislative branch.
Current Status: (February 13, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:30 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Pedersen
Cosponsors: Hunt, Salomon, Billig, Liias, Keiser, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5784 is proposed legislation offered by Senator Jamie Pedersen that would partially shield the Legislature from the provisions of the Public Records Act. While the bill has several nobly intentioned provisions designed to strike a balance between transparency and legislative productivity, NPI cannot support it in its current form, as it provides too many broad exemptions to legislators that other elected leaders do not get. Like the Washington Coalition For Open Government, we hope the bill can be amended to address our concerns.
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Senate Joint Resolution 8202 (School District Bonds)

Official Description: Amending the Constitution to allow at least fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
Current Status: (February 12, 2019 - Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K) 12 Education at 12:05 PM.
Prime Sponsor: Mullet
Cosponsors: Wellman, Palumbo, Frockt, Keiser, Randall
Our Position: NPI supports this joint resolution.
Assessment by NPI: SJR 8202 would make it easier to pass school bonds by requiring 55% of voter approval rather than the current 60%. School bonds finance the construction and remodeling of schools.
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House Joint Memorial 4008 (Nuclear Weapons)

Official Description: Requesting that Congress establish more checks and balances to reduce the possibility of nuclear war.
Current Status: (February 7, 2019) First reading, referred to State Government & Tribal Relations.
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: Tharinger, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this joint memorial.
Assessment by NPI: HJM 4008 requests that congress establish more checks & balances to reduce the possibility of the President having the sole, unchecked authority to launch nuclear weapons and making it U.S. policy to not be the first in nuclear weapon use in case of conflict.
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House Bill 1064 (Perfecting De-Escalate WA's Initiative 940)

Official Description: Concerning law enforcement.
Current Status: (February 5, 2019) Effective date 2/4/2019.
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.
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House Bill 1601 (Universal Work Protection Act)

Official Description: Creating the universal worker protections act.
Current Status: (February 5, 2019) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Stonier
Cosponsors: Sells, Appleton, Doglio, Ortiz-Self, Jinkins, Valdez, Hudgins, Pollet, Stanford, Macri
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1601 would provide portable benefits to people classified as independent contractors. "HB 1601 would also establish a system of standards boards, which would provide workers classified as contractors with a voice in their jobs — a way to come together with companies & representatives of the public to set & raise standards in their industries," Working Washington says.
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Senate Bill 5799 (Right to Repair Electronics)

Official Description: Concerning the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products.
Current Status: (February 1, 2019) First reading, referred to Environment, Energy & Technology.
Prime Sponsor: Hasegawa
Cosponsors: Nguyen
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: WashPIRG, Zero Waste Washington, and Repair.org say that Senate Bill 5799 and its House companion HB 1342 "would give Washingtonians what they need to fix electronics and keep them off the scrap heap. They are two of many such bills cropping up across the country, aimed at tackling the growing problem of unrepairable electronic products, ranging from cell phones to home appliances to tractors." NPI strongly supports this effort to reduce e-waste and protect consumer rights.
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House Bill 1086 (Indigent Defense Costs)

Official Description: Increasing appropriated funding for public defense services.
Current Status: (January 29, 2019) Referred to Appropriations.
Prime Sponsor: Chapman
Cosponsors: Harris, Goodman, Gregerson, Appleton, Vick, Frame, Kilduff, Walsh, Blake, Jinkins, Valdez, Ryu, Tharinger, Doglio, Senn, Leavitt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1086 would increase appropriated funding for public indigent defense service from the current 4% to eventually 100%. This free service is a federal constitutional mandate the state passed down to the counties. Many counties have revenues not keeping up with inflation and with growing populations, they are having to cut other vital services. SB 5098 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5513 (Restoring Earned Wages)

Official Description: Concerning the employer-employee relationship.
Current Status: (January 28, 2019) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Keiser
Cosponsors: Conway, Wellman, Frockt, Saldaña
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5513 simplifies "independent contractor" definitions. Too often, incorrect worker classification strips workers of earned wages, creates an unlevel playing field for businesses, and siphons away state revenue
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House Bill 1697 (Young Adult Health Care)

Official Description: Concerning health coverage for young adults.
Current Status: (January 28, 2019) First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness.
Prime Sponsor: Macri
Cosponsors: Lekanoff, Thai, Jinkins, Dolan, Robinson, Pettigrew, Peterson, Stonier, Valdez, Ortiz-Self, Wylie, Doglio, Riccelli, Santos, Appleton, Ryu, Stanford, Bergquist, Goodman, Pollet, Gregerson, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1697 extends eligibility for Apple Health to all low-income 19-26 year old regardless of immigration status. SB 5814 is the companion bill.
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Senate Bill 5073 (Election Cost Reimbursement)

Official Description: Concerning state reimbursement of election costs.
Current Status: (January 24, 2019) Referred to Ways & Means.
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.
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House Bill 1067 (Political Revolving Door)

Official Description: Concerning employment after public service in state government.
Current Status: (January 24, 2019) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Pellicciotti
Cosponsors: Pollet, Gregerson, Macri, Dolan, Kilduff, Irwin, Appleton, Leavitt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1067 restricts the ability of certain state officers and employees from working as lobbyists to influence certain state agencies for two years after leaving public service. SB 5033 is the companion bill.
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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 23, 2019) Referred to Ways & Means.
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.
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House Bill 1488 (Abolishing the Death Penalty)

Official Description: Reducing criminal justice expenses by eliminating the death penalty and instead requiring life imprisonment without possibility of release or parole as the sentence for aggravated first degree murder.
Current Status: (January 23, 2019) First reading, referred to Public Safety.
Prime Sponsor: Orwall
Cosponsors: Goodman, Valdez, Jinkins, Harris, Stanford, Pellicciotti, Frame, Appleton, Tarleton, Ormsby, Ramos, Walen, Cody, Hudgins, Davis, Macri, Riccelli
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1488 would permanently abolish the barbaric practice of putting people to death for the crime of aggravated first degree murder. The Supreme Court recently converted all death sentences to life sentences, but the state's death penalty statute remains on the books. It's time for abolition. According to NPI research, 69% of Washingtonians support life in prison alternatives to the death penalty, with a majority in favor of life in prison without the possibility of parole. That is exactly the replacement sentence that SB 5339 provides for. NPI strongly supports this historic, groundbreaking human rights reform. There is also a Senate companion, SB 5339.
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Senate Bill 5229 (Unusable Presidential Primary)

Official Description: Concerning the presidential primary.
Current Status: (January 18, 2019) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM.
Prime Sponsor: Zeiger
Cosponsors: Hunt, Mullet, Palumbo, Saldaña
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5229 is legislation requested by Secretary of State Kim Wyman that moves up the date of the presidential primary but does not make it usable for both major political parties. The bill forbids recounts and would create a separate, meaningless "straw poll" on the presidential primary ballot. Both provisions violate national Democratic Party nominating rules. Passage of this bill as introduced would leave the Democratic Party unable to use the presidential primary. NPI's position is that we need a primary that both major parties can use, so we oppose this bill.
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House Bill 1343 (Levying a Capital Gains Tax on the Wealthy)

Official Description: Increasing revenues for the support of state government.
Current Status: (January 18, 2019) First reading, referred to Finance.
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: Dolan, Valdez, Ormsby, Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1343 would levy a capital gains tax on the wealthy to fund public education in Washington. Requested by Governor Inslee, this bill would implement an idea that NPI research has consistently found strong support for. In NPI's last research poll, 58% of respondents expressed support for levying a capital gains tax to fund education. There is a Senate companion bill, SB 5129.
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Senate Bill 5129 (Levying a Capital Gains Tax on the Wealthy)

Official Description: Increasing revenues for the support of state government.
Current Status: (January 16, 2019) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors: Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5129 would levy a capital gains tax on the wealthy to fund public education in Washington. Requested by Governor Inslee, this bill would implement an idea that NPI research has consistently found strong support for. In NPI's last research poll, 58% of respondents expressed support for levying a capital gains tax to fund education. There is a House companion bill, HB 1343.
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Senate Bill 5222 (Whole Washington Health Trust)

Official Description: Creating the whole Washington health trust.
Current Status: (January 16, 2019) First reading, referred to Health & Long Term Care.
Prime Sponsor: Hasegawa
Cosponsors: Hunt, Keiser
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: NPI strongly supports bringing universal, single-payer healthcare to Washington State. However, we don't think it should be funded by a capital gains tax on high earners, as we believe that funding from a capital gains tax on high earners should be dedicated to public education. Furthermore, the cosponsors of SB 5222 have stated that while they, like us, are enthusiastic about bringing single-payer healthcare to Washington, they don't think a bill like this can realistically be implemented until Trump and Pence are out of the White House. So, in the meantime, there's an opportunity to have a conversation about what needs to go into a strong single-payer bill that can avoid the kind of problems that we saw with the rollout of healthcare.gov and the failed "Cover Oregon" initiative, using bills like 5222 as a springboard.
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Senate Bill 5153 (Senate's Proposed 2019-2021 Operating Budget)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 biennium operating appropriations.
Current Status: (January 15, 2019) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors: Braun
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5153 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.
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