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Washington State Legislative Priorities for 2020

Our policy priorities for the session are as follows:

  • End the practice of holding state-level elections in odd-numbered years
  • Abolish Tim Eyman’s push polls, erroneously called “advisory votes”
  • Advance the cause of abolition by repealing Washington’s death penalty statute
  • Require medically accurate, comprehensive sexual health education in our schools
  • Adopt a clean fuels standard to reduce pollution in our air and water
  • Ban single use plastic bags in grocery stores and retail establishments

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 2396 (Prohibiting Malicious Use of Bots)

Official Description: Concerning the regulation of bot communication on public-facing internet web sites.
Current Status: (January 24, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hudgins
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would give the state regulatory tools to protect against the malicious use of bots in commercial activities and trade as well as political advertising. The bill prohibits the use of bots to "communicate or interact with another person in Washington online, with the intent to mislead the other person about its artificial identity" for the purposes of "knowingly deceiving the person about the content of the communication to incentivize a purchase or sale of goods or services in a commercial transaction" and, in a political context, "knowingly deceiving the person about the content of the communication."
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2390 (Respecting Differently Abled People in our RCWs)

Official Description: Using respectful language.
Current Status: (January 24, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kilduff
Cosponsors: Goodman, Klippert
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation replaces the use of the words "handicap" and "handicapped" in state law with "disability" and "disabilities", which are more inclusive and accepted terms used to refer to differently abled people. Words matter and NPI enthusiastically supports this thoughtful effort to ensure our laws contain respectful and appropriate terminology.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2453 ("Good Cause" Eviction Legislation)

Official Description: Providing protections to residential tenants.
Current Status: (January 24, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Macri
Cosponsors: Thai, Lekanoff, Gregerson, Robinson, Ryu, Frame, Kloba, Peterson, Santos, Bergquist, Johnson, Davis, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2453 is "renter protection legislation that seeks to improve landlord-tenant relationships by requiring landlords to simply cite a reason to move someone out of a home." Sponsor Nicole Macri explains: “The statewide housing crisis is worsened by the absence of a state law prohibiting a landlord from evicting a resident without cause, and residents who are most harmed by the status quo include households of color, low income households, seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, and families with young children. No-cause evictions lead directly to homelessness, and have a destabilizing impact on the peace, health, and safety of renters and their families... My goal is to build stability in the lives of families threatened by the prospect of being forced out of their home without any idea why.” NPI concurs and supports this worthy legislation.
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House Bill 2311 (Updating Climate Pollution Reduction Goals)

Official Description: Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.
Current Status: (January 23, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Slatter
Cosponsors: Fitzgibbon, Callan, Chapman, Orwall, Ramel, Tarleton, Valdez, Duerr, Frame, Bergquist, Davis, Tharinger, Fey, Ormsby, Macri, Wylie, Doglio, Cody, Kloba, Goodman, Hudgins, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2311 is a noble effort to update our climate pollution reduction goals. The bill would modify state air pollution emission reduction targets to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, 70 percent below 1990 levels by 2040, and 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. It would also establish a net zero air pollution emissions target for 2050 for state government and for the state as a whole.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6134 (Expanding Election Cost Reimbursements)

Official Description: Concerning state reimbursement of election costs.
Current Status: (January 22, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hunt
Cosponsors: Zeiger
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 6134 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. The bill would also require some state funding to be provided to counties to support voter outreach.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2358 (Authorizes Bicyclist Yields at Stop Signs)

Official Description: Increasing mobility through the modification of stop sign requirements for bicyclists.
Current Status: (January 22, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Irwin, Leavitt, Shewmake, Harris, Doglio, Kloba
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bipartisan legislation would allow bicyclists to legally interpret stop signs as yield signs, meaning they would not need to come to a complete stop if there was no oncoming traffic present. Passage of this legislation would improve safety for bicyclists, as coming to a complete stop means having to partially dismount and remount.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2688 (Updating Washington's Transportation Policy Goals)

Official Description: Expanding transportation policy goals.
Current Status: (January 22, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Shewmake
Cosponsors: Fey, Fitzgibbon, Macri, Doglio, Peterson, Stonier, Riccelli, Davis
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would revise the goals codified in statute as the principles that Washington's transportation system must strive to meet. This proposed revision adds needed language about equity, environmental sustainability, and mode choice. NPI strongly supports this bill, which has a Senate companion.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2285 (Prioritizing Road Maintenance in Public Planning)

Official Description: Elevating road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning.
Current Status: (January 22, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: McCaslin
Cosponsors: Thai, Goehner, Barkis, Griffey, Dufault, Van Werven, Volz, Corry, Young
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill aim to "requires state transportation agencies to perform their powers, duties, and functions with preservation and safety as the preeminent priority among the state's transportation system policy goals." It also seeks to encourage the executive department "to establish objectives and plan to reduce the preservation and replacement backlog in the transportation system, for the 2022 legislative session." We agree with the sentiments in the bill, but we have some concerns about possible adverse affects on transit, which we hope can be addressed if the bill moves forward.
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Senate Bill 5165 (Barring Discrimination Against New Americans)

Official Description: Concerning discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status.
Current Status: (January 21, 2020) First reading, referred to Civil Rights & Judiciary.
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors: Hasegawa, Wellman, Darneille, Keiser, Nguyen, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This noble legislation explicitly prohibits discrimination against new Americans on the basis of citizenship status "unless a state or federal law, regulation, or government contract requires a distinction or differential treatment." The bill applies to "employers, potential employers, labor organizations, or employment agencies".
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Senate Bill 6208 (Authorizes Bicyclist Yields at Stop Signs)

Official Description: Increasing mobility through the modification of stop sign requirements for bicyclists.
Current Status: (January 21, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Billig
Cosponsors: Rivers, Liias, Randall, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bipartisan legislation would allow bicyclists to legally interpret stop signs as yield signs, meaning they would not need to come to a complete stop if there was no oncoming traffic present. Passage of this legislation would improve safety for bicyclists, as coming to a complete stop means having to partially dismount and remount.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2186 (Toughening Vehicle Load Covering Requirements)

Official Description: Concerning debris escaping from vehicles on public highways.
Current Status: (January 20, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kilduff
Cosponsors: Lovick, Kloba, Walen, Thai, Callan, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill toughens the requirements for covering vehicle loads to lower the risk of debris escaping and hitting other vehicles during transport. The bill stipulates that coverings must be "securely fastened to the vehicle to prevent the covering from becoming loose, detached, or in any manner a hazard to other users of the highway." Some of the new requirements would go into effect in 2022. NPI strongly supports this legislation and has hoped to see a bill like this for years.
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House Bill 2711 (Equitable Education Workgroup Reauthorization)

Official Description: Increasing equitable educational outcomes for foster care and homeless children and youth from prekindergarten to postsecondary education.
Current Status: (January 20, 2020) First reading, referred to Education.
Prime Sponsor: Johnson
Cosponsors: J., Corry, Stonier, Ormsby
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2711 directs Washington State's executive branch to reestablish a workgroup that will "focus on students in foster care and students experiencing homelessness throughout the educational continuum from prekindergarten through postsecondary." The bill directs the work group to "implement a plan for children and youth in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or both, to achieve parity in educational outcomes and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in educational outcomes with their general student population peers by 2027." This is Representative Jesse Johnson's first bill.
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House Bill 2744 (Buy Clean and Buy Fair Building Materials)

Official Description: Improving environmental and social outcomes associated with the production of building materials.
Current Status: (January 20, 2020) First reading, referred to Capital Budget.
Prime Sponsor: Doglio
Cosponsors: Duerr, Davis, Fitzgibbon, Ramel
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would establish new procedures for procurement of materials in new and renovated buildings. Its enactment would make the construction industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5323 (Banning Single Use Plastic Bags)

Official Description: Reducing pollution from plastic bags by establishing minimum state standards for the use of bags at retail establishments.
Current Status: (January 16, 2020) First reading, referred to Environment & Energy.
Prime Sponsor: Das
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Kuderer, Palumbo, Hunt, Rolfes, Frockt, Keiser, Pedersen, Saldaña
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: As summarized by the Senate Democrats, SB 5323 "would prohibit retailers — including grocers — from handing out thin, single-use plastic bags. They would be able to provide paper bags or durable, reusable plastic bags for 8 cents each. This charge would help retailers recover the costs of the paper or durable plastic bags, and create an incentive for shoppers to bring their own bags. People using the State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and/or the state Food Assistance Program (FAP) would not be subject to the 8 cent fee." Adoption of this legislation is a 2020 NPI legislative priority.
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House Bill 2647 (Flawed Election Security Legislation)

Official Description: Concerning election security.
Current Status: (January 16, 2020) First reading, referred to State Government & Tribal Relations.
Prime Sponsor: Walsh
Cosponsors: Blake, Boehnke
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2647 is legislation developed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman that purports to improve election security in Washington State. This is the House version. One of the primary objectives of the bill is to eliminate the ability of Washingtonians to return ballots via fax or email. While NPI agrees that allowing ballots to be returned electronically without proper authentication is a problem, this bill does not attempt to put in place a replacement mechanism for allowing servicemembers and expatriate voters to return a ballot without using the U.S. Mail. The bill would also require people who collect ballots to turn in to keep logs which would have to be submitted to elections officials. And finally, it would increase funding for elections security. There are good aspects in this bill, but as written, it's not fully baked, which is very concerning.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6412 (Flawed Election Security Legislation)

Official Description: Concerning election security.
Current Status: (January 16, 2020) First reading, referred to State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections.
Prime Sponsor: Zeiger
Cosponsors: Mullet
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6412 is legislation developed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman that purports to improve election security in Washington State. This is the Senate version. One of the primary objectives of the bill is to eliminate the ability of Washingtonians to return ballots via fax or email. While NPI agrees that allowing ballots to be returned electronically without proper authentication is a problem, this bill does not attempt to put in place a replacement mechanism for allowing servicemembers and expatriate voters to return a ballot without using the U.S. Mail. The bill would also require people who collect ballots to turn in to keep logs which would have to be submitted to elections officials. And finally, it would increase funding for elections security. There are good aspects in this bill, but as written, it's not fully baked, which is very concerning.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2248 (Supporting Community Solar Projects)

Official Description: Expanding equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects.
Current Status: (January 16, 2020) Public hearing in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Doglio
Cosponsors: DeBolt, Fey, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Shewmake, Leavitt, Ramel, Ryu, Tarleton, Appleton, Ramos, Slatter, Ormsby, Macri, Wylie, Kloba, Goodman, Peterson, Hudgins, Pollet, Tharinger
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill updates state law to allow more people to benefit from incentive payments from the deployment of solar energy installations.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6398 (Updating Washington's Transportation Policy Goals)

Official Description: Expanding transportation policy goals.
Current Status: (January 16, 2020) First reading, referred to Transportation.
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Lovelett, Liias, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would revise the goals codified in statute as the principles that Washington's transportation system must strive to meet. This proposed revision adds needed language about equity, environmental sustainability, and mode choice. NPI strongly supports this bill, which has a House companion.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6124 (Environmental Sustainability Education)

Official Description: Establishing a statewide environmental sustainability education program.
Current Status: (January 15, 2020 - Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K) 12 Education at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hunt
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This noble legislation directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to "contract with a Washington state-based qualified 501(c) nonprofit community based organization to integrate the state learning standards in English language arts, mathematics, and science with the FieldSTEM model of outdoor field studies and project-based and work-based learning opportunities aligned with the environmental, natural resources, and agricultural sectors." It goes on to spell out how the nonprofit and OSPI should work together to ensure that young Washingtonians get the environmental sustainability education they deserve. NPI strongly supports this bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6167 (Emergency Expenditures for Homelessness)

Official Description: Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account to alleviate the issue of homelessness.
Current Status: (January 14, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This is governor's request legislation that would tap the Rainy Day Fund (also known as the budget stabilization account) to secure funds for homelessness. NPI has concerns about this bill. While legislative action is sorely needed to address our housing affordability and homelessness crisis, the budget stabilization account exists to help get the state through bad economic times, and we believe the account should be reserved for that purpose. Accessing the account requires minority consent, and Republicans have indicated they will oppose this bill. We therefore expect it to fail. However, alternative legislation to raise revenue for housing could be passed with just a majority vote, per the State Constitution.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6168 (Supplemental Operating Budget - Senate Version)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.
Current Status: (January 14, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill is the Senate's vehicle for the operating supplemental budget, which follows the biennial operating budget passed last session. Washington State must have an operating budget and we therefore support SB 6168, though not necessarily all of its provisions.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2413 (Healthy Forests & Wildfire Preparedness)

Official Description: Concerning funding for wildfire prevention and preparedness activities.
Current Status: (January 14, 2020) First reading, referred to Appropriations.
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Frame, Pollet, Wylie, Doglio
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation, requested by the Department of Natural Resources, would devote more resources to preparing for and fighting wildfires, a crucial need for our region. It would raise revenue for emergency response by levying a wildfire surcharge payment on most property and casualty insurance providers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6093 (Eliminating State Park Entrance Fees)

Official Description: Concerning free public access to state parks and lands.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) First reading, referred to Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks.
Prime Sponsor: Schoesler
Cosponsors: Becker, Braun, O'Ban, Holy, Zeiger, Fortunato, Ericksen, Warnick, Muzzall, Wilson, L., Sheldon, Rivers, Short
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This Republican legislation would make state parks free to enter, allowing more Washingtonians to enjoy their public lands, especially low income Washingtonians. While NPI supports this idea, prime sponsor Mark Schoesler has so far unfortunately made this partisan legislation -- there are only Republican cosponsors on the bill. We therefore do not expect the bill to move very far, but we do hope that even if this bill does not advance, the idea makes it into another bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6108 (Sabotaging Sound Transit)

Official Description: Nullifying certain taxes approved by regional transit authority voters.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) First reading, referred to Transportation.
Prime Sponsor: O'Ban
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This is the latest effort by Steve O'Ban to sabotage the voter-approved work of Sound Transit, Puget Sound's Regional Transit Authority. NPI strongly opposes this ill-conceived legislation.
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Senate Bill 6161 (Ammunition Excise Tax)

Official Description: Imposing an excise tax on ammunition.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
Prime Sponsor: Dhingra
Cosponsors: Kuderer, Das
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill imposes an excise excise on ammunition, "making wholesale sales in this state of ammunition in an amount equal to two cents per round of ammunition that measures .22 caliber or less, and five cents per round of ammunition for all other ammunition." All funds would be deposited in the crime victims' compensation account. This is a creative way to pool resources to sustain essential public services. NPI strongly supports this bill.
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House Bill 2325 (Supplemental Operating Budget - House Version)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Ormsby
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill is the House's vehicle for the operating supplemental budget, which follows the biennial operating budget passed last session. Washington State must have an operating budget and we therefore support HB 2325, though not necessarily all of its provisions.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt, Takko, Keiser, Nguyen, Darneille, Das, Wellman, Saldaña, McCoy, Hasegawa, Pedersen
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 getting rid of them. Adoption of this legislation is a top NPI legislative priority for 2020.
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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: (January 13, 2020) Placed on third reading by Rules Committee.
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. In 2018, the Supreme Court 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. Adoption of this legislation is a 2020 NPI legislative priority.
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House Bill 1110 (Clean Fuels Now)

Official Description: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Slatter, Kloba, Peterson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Cody, Bergquist, Doglio, Robinson, Pollet, Stanford, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of our climate and air pollution in Washington," the Environmental Priorities Coalition says. "We need our transportation to be clean, affordable, and accessible. A Clean Fuel Standard will require fuel producers and importers to reduce pollution from the fuels that power our transportation system. It is a tested and effective policy that would clean our air, give us more options to fuel our vehicles (such as electricity and local renewable biofuels), create economic development, cut climate pollution, and move us beyond oil." NPI agrees; adoption of this legislation is one of our priorities for the 2020 session.
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Senate Bill 5395 (Comprehensive Sexual Health Education)

Official Description: Concerning comprehensive sexual health education.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) Placed on third reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Wilson
Cosponsors: C., Randall, Keiser, Saldaña, Takko, Mullet, Wellman, Das, Nguyen, Billig, Pedersen, Rolfes, Darneille, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5395 would require all public schools in Washington to provide inclusive, mandatory sexual education to our state's youth. It is OSPI-request legislation from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Comprehensive sexuality health education is essential to young people’s good health, their relationships and also meeting their life goals,” sponsor Claire Wilson says. “Young people deserve to have information, they deserve to have resources, and they deserve to have the skills they need to protect their health and also build their future without shame and without judgment.” Adoption of this legislation is an NPI legislative priority for 2020.
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House Bill 1793 (Authorizing Traffic Safety Cameras)

Official Description: Establishing additional uses for automated traffic safety cameras for traffic congestion reduction and increased safety.
Current Status: (January 13, 2020) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Pettigrew, Macri, Valdez, Fey, Cody, Senn, Springer, Pollet, Tarleton
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would authorize the use of traffic safety cameras in Seattle to enforce laws requiring intersections to be kept clear. Footage could only be used for enforcement of traffic laws and for no other purpose. NPI believes this legislation could make a crucial difference for people with disabilities trying to get around Seattle's urban core.
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