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2020 Ballot Measure Positions

WASHINGTON STATE

  • Referendum 90/91: DECLINE TO SIGN

Washington State Legislative Priorities for 2020

Our policy priorities for the session were:

  • 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 (2020 Archive)

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.

Here’s where things ended up at session’s end:

Senate Bill 6168 (Supplemental Operating Budget - Senate Version)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.
Current Status: (April 3, 2020) Effective date 4/3/2020.
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.

View full bill history for 2019 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 2248 (Supporting Community Solar Projects)

Official Description: Expanding equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects.
Current Status: (April 3, 2020) Governor vetoed.
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.

View full bill history for 2019 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 2421 (Expanding Election Cost Reimbursements)

Official Description: Concerning state reimbursement of election costs.
Current Status: (April 3, 2020) Effective date 7/1/2021.
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: Pollet, Doglio
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. HB 2124 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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Senate Bill 6248 (Capital Budget -- Senate Version)

Official Description: Concerning the capital budget.
Current Status: (April 3, 2020) Effective date 4/3/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Honeyford
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This is the Senate version of the 2020 supplemental capital budget. Washington must have a capital budget, and consequently, NPI enthusiastically supports passage of this bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5147 (Sales Tax Exemption for Menstrual Products)

Official Description: Providing tax relief to females by exempting feminine hygiene products from retail sales and use tax.
Current Status: (April 3, 2020) Effective date 7/1/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Wilson
Cosponsors: L., Brown, Carlyle, Conway, Darneille, Palumbo, Keiser, Mullet, O'Ban, Short, Wagoner, Warnick
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would exempt products needed by people who menstruate (such as tampons or menstrual cups) from Washington State's sales tax. Like groceries, menstrual products are an essential personal necessity for at least half the population and ought not to be taxed.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2390 (Respecting People with Disabilities in our RCWs)

Official Description: Using respectful language.
Current Status: (April 2, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
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 people with disabilities. 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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Senate Bill 6478 (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Reform)

Official Description: Revising economic assistance programs.
Current Status: (April 2, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020*.
Prime Sponsor: Nguyen
Cosponsors: Darneille, Stanford, Saldaña, Dhingra, Das, Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Supported by the Statewide Poverty Action Network and the Washington Budget & Policy Center, this bill gives low income families participating in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families more flexibility by scrapping harsh penalties. It requires the Department of Social and Health Services "to reduce a family's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash grant after two months of continuous noncompliance with work or work activity requirements, and to terminate a family's grant after twelve months of continuous noncompliance."
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2384 (Modernizing Property Tax Exemption for Low Income Familes)

Official Description: Concerning the property tax exemption for nonprofit organizations providing rental housing or mobile home park spaces to qualifying households.
Current Status: (April 2, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Doglio
Cosponsors: Ramel, Tarleton, Macri, Kloba, Gregerson
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: NPI's allies say this bill will make it easier to keep low-income units affordable. Their collective testimony was summarized by nonpartisan legislative staff as follows: "Changing the low-income qualification from fifty to sixty percent of median income aligns with other affordable housing programs. By modifying the safe harbor provisions and simplifying administrative provisions nonprofit providers can focus their time on providing services."
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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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: (March 31, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
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.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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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: (March 31, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
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.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2322 (Transportation Budget -- House Version)

Official Description: Making supplemental transportation appropriations for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium.
Current Status: (March 31, 2020) Effective date 3/31/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Fey
Cosponsors: Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill is the vehicle for the House's version of the 2020 supplemental transportation budget. Washington must have a transportation budget, and NPI therefore supports this bill, although we have significant concerns about how the Legislature has chosen to respond to the passage of Tim Eyman's incredibly destructive Initiative 976.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1590 (Enhancing Revenue Authority for Affordable Housing)

Official Description: Allowing the local sales and use tax for affordable housing to be imposed by a councilmanic authority.
Current Status: (March 31, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Doglio
Cosponsors: Dolan, Macri, Cody, Gregerson, Wylie, Appleton, Robinson, Ormsby, Frame, Davis
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Nonpartisan legislative staff characterize this bill as "authorizing county or city legislative authorities to impose the local sales and use tax for housing and related services and eliminates the requirement that the imposition of the tax be subject to the approval of a majority of county or city voters at a general or special election." Although it does not provide local governments with new progressive revenue options, it does allow existing revenue options to be tapped through our existing system of representative government.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5395 (Comprehensive Sexual Health Education)

Official Description: Concerning comprehensive sexual health education.
Current Status: (March 27, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
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.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2588 (Accountability for Obscure Special Districts)

Official Description: Improving openness, accountability, and transparency of special purpose districts.
Current Status: (March 27, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Pollet
Cosponsors: Leavitt, Valdez, Senn, Duerr, Ryu, Frame, Boehnke, Hudgins, Kraft
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This sorely needed legislation would close loopholes in state law that are allowing obscure local governments (classified as special districts) to evade accountability. The bill would empower county governments to withhold funds from special districts that do not operate transparently in accordance with the law. The bill is partly in response to a KING5 special investigation, "Money Down The Drain," which uncovered fraud and corruption in a King County drainage district.
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: (March 25, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020*.
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.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1251 (Election Security Consultations)

Official Description: Concerning security breaches of election systems or election data including by foreign entities.
Current Status: (March 25, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill, originally sponsored by NPI's Gael Tarleton, requires the Secretary of State to annually consult with the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC), State Chief Information Officer (CIO), and each county auditor to identify instances of security breaches of election systems or election data, and identify whether the source of any security breach is a foreign entity, domestic entity, or both. Adoption of this legislation will strengthen Washington State's cybersecurity posture.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6312 (Helps Nonprofits Keep Fundraising Proceeds)

Official Description: Making the nonprofit and library fund-raising exemption permanent.
Current Status: (March 25, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Zeiger
Cosponsors: O'Ban, Rolfes
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6312 would make permanent a use tax exemption that allows nonprofits and libraries to keep all the proceeds of a prize valued under $12,000 without having to pay tax to the State of Washington. As many nonprofits are already exempt from taxes at the federal level and exempt from many taxes at the state level, it makes sense to preserve this exemption and make it permanent so that nonprofits can invest more money into their programs and services.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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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: (March 19, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
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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House Bill 2602 (Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Hairstyle)

Official Description: Concerning hair discrimination.
Current Status: (March 19, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Morgan
Cosponsors: Thai, Pettigrew, Entenman, Lovick, Slatter, Santos, Ryu, Duerr, Appleton, Bergquist, Stonier, Ramos, Leavitt, Corry, Orwall, Dolan, Frame, Valdez, Gregerson, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Davis, Riccelli, Callan, Johnson, J., Fey, Ramel, Hudgins, Kilduff, Robinson, Irwin, Doglio, Ormsby, Pollet, Macri
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill amends the Washington Law Against Discrimination so the definition of race protects certain hair textures and styles. Even though it's 2020, black and Native people still have to grapple with discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of their appearance. That is unacceptable. Passage of this legislation will provide important protections for people who wear their hair long or not straight. It is a civil rights advance that our state needs.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5165 (Barring Discrimination Against New Americans)

Official Description: Concerning discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status.
Current Status: (March 18, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
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".
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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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: (March 18, 2020) Effective date 10/1/2020.
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 1261 (Prohibiting Suction Dredging)

Official Description: Ensuring compliance with the federal clean water act by prohibiting certain discharges into waters of the state.
Current Status: (March 18, 2020) Effective date 6/11/2020.
Prime Sponsor: Peterson
Cosponsors: Fitzgibbon, Stanford, Tarleton, Ortiz-Self, Lekanoff, Doglio, Macri, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Following in the footsteps of Oregon and California, legislators in Washington, notably Strom Peterson and NPI's Gael Tarleton, are working diligently to pass a bill that will subject the destructive practice of suction dredging to the Clean Water Act, thereby effectively prohibiting suction dredging. NPI enthusiastically supports this noble environmental protection legislation. "The science is clear: Suction dredge mining degrades water quality and harms fish," Trout Unlimited explains. "More specifically, it causes erosion and sedimentation. It mobilizes mercury and other heavy metals. It impacts fish and the aquatic food web by destroying aquatic habitat, physically 'processing' fish and aquatic life, creating fish stranding risks in dredging pools (where fish are restricted to poor habitat as a consequence of physical separation from a main body of water), and destroys riparian vegetation."
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2396 (Prohibiting Malicious Use of Bots)

Official Description: Concerning the regulation of bot communication on public-facing internet web sites.
Current Status: (March 12, 2020) By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
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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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 12, 2020) Returned to Senate Rules 3.
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.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1110 (Clean Fuels Now)

Official Description: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
Current Status: (March 12, 2020) By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
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.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6324 (Accountability for Obscure Special Districts)

Official Description: Concerning special purpose district financial reporting.
Current Status: (February 28, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Local Government at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Takko
Cosponsors: Carlyle
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Similar to HB 2588, this legislation would expose obscure special districts to much needed sunlight, withholding public funds from districts that refuse to provide records needed by the State Auditor's office to assess their performance, effectiveness, and compliance with sound financial practices. However, it is not as far reaching as HB 2588.
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House Bill 1808 (Helps Nonprofits Keep Fundraising Proceeds)

Official Description: Making the nonprofit and library fund-raising exemption permanent.
Current Status: (March 12, 2020) Returned to House Rules 3.
Prime Sponsor: Orcutt
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1808 would make permanent a use tax exemption that allows nonprofits and libraries to keep all the proceeds of a prize valued under $12,000 without having to pay tax to the State of Washington. As many nonprofits are already exempt from taxes at the federal level and exempt from many taxes at the state level, it makes sense to preserve this exemption and make it permanent so that nonprofits can invest more money into their programs and services.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1272 (Pilot Project to Test School Lunch Durations)

Official Description: Concerning school lunch durations.
Current Status: (March 12, 2020) By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Thai
Cosponsors: Harris, Slatter, Ryu, Riccelli, Kilduff, Caldier, Paul, Peterson, Stonier, Shewmake, Appleton, Orwall, Wylie, Gregerson, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill, from State Representative My-Linh Thai, directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), through an application-based process, to designate six public schools as demonstration sites to implement and evaluate seated lunch duration procedures for school lunch periods. It would also direct the Washington State School Directors' Association to adopt a model policy and procedure related to lunch durations, and authorizes school districts to adopt and enforce policies and procedures consistent with the model policy and procedure. NPI research has previously found strong support among Washingtonians for requiring public schools to provide at least forty-five minutes of lunch and forty-five minutes of recess.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 2511 (Domestic Workers Bill of Rights)

Official Description: Providing labor protections for domestic workers.
Current Status: (March 10, 2020) House refuses to concur in Senate amendments. Asks Senate to recede from amendments.
Prime Sponsor: Stonier
Cosponsors: Sells, Gregerson, Ormsby, Chapman, Valdez, Chopp, Bergquist, Davis, Doglio, Frame, Ramel, Pollet, Macri, Goodman, Riccelli, Robinson
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This worker protection legislation would make our economy more inclusive and equitable. "Domestic workers like nannies and housecleaners do critical jobs providing care for Washington’s families and homes," our friends at Working Washington note. "But many of these workers — who are disproportionately women and people of color — are excluded from basic protections at work, including the minimum wage, overtime, and basic protections against harassment and discrimination. We can change that by passing a statewide Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year." This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 6606 (MVET Valuation Fix That Lacks Revenue Offset)

Official Description: Concerning regional transit authorities.
Current Status: (March 9, 2020) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Liias
Cosponsors: Mullet, Hobbs, Dhingra, Kuderer, Conway, Darneille, Keiser, Wilson, C., McCoy, Das, Billig, Saldaña, Stanford
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This well-intentioned legislation seeks to respond to the passage and potential implementation of Tim Eyman's incredibly destructive Initiative 976 by changing the valuation schedule used to calculate automobile value from a table based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price to a more modern formula adopted in 2006 about eight years ahead of schedule. However, this would create a hole in the financing for the voter-approved ST3 plan that would not be filled. NPI therefore regretfully opposes this bill. “Sound Transit Board’s legislative agenda adopted in December directs staff to continue work with the Legislature to address the vehicle depreciation issue in a ‘revenue neutral manner’ in order to not impact the completion of projects approved by regional voters,” Sound Transit's Geoff Patrick affirmed in a statement provided to The Urbanist. “This bill does not meet that request of the Board in that it lacks offsets for the projected $1.024 billion reduction in revenue, which would have an approximately $2.911 billion impact through 2041 after costs of increased borrowing are factored in.”
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House Bill 2541 (Corporate Welfare for Predatory Firms)

Official Description: Creating the Washington rural development act.
Current Status: (March 2, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Maycumber
Cosponsors: Chapman, Blake, Harris, Kloba, Chambers, Stonier, Dent, Griffey, Barkis, Van Werven, Graham, Walsh, Goehner, Rude, Kretz, Tharinger, Lekanoff
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 2541 purports to be about boosting small business investment in rural communities in Washington state. In reality, the bill is just a scam that unscrupulous out-of-state investors have been running in many states over the last 40 years. These firms always promise lawmakers that they’ll make big investments in struggling communities in exchange for business tax credits, which they sell at a huge profit to insurance companies and other firms. But the promised jobs and investments rarely, if ever, actually materialize. Time and time again, the firms simply take the money lawmakers give them and run. And HB 2541 would entrust these predatory firms $60 million in scarce state tax resources that support schools, health care, child care, infrastructure, and other investments rural communities desperately need.
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House Bill 2325 (Supplemental Operating Budget - House Version)

Official Description: Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.
Current Status: (February 28, 2020) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
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.
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House Bill 2324 (Capital Budget -- House Version)

Official Description: Concerning the capital budget.
Current Status: (February 28, 2020) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Tharinger
Cosponsors: Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This is the House version of the 2020 supplemental capital budget. Washington must have a capital budget, and consequently, NPI enthusiastically supports passage of this bill.
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Senate Bill 6497 (Transportation Budget -- Senate Version)

Official Description: Making supplemental transportation appropriations for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium.
Current Status: (February 28, 2020) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Hobbs
Cosponsors: Saldaña
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill is the vehicle for the Senate's version of the 2020 supplemental transportation budget. Washington must have a transportation budget, and NPI therefore supports this bill, although we have significant concerns about how the Legislature has chosen to respond to the passage of Tim Eyman's incredibly destructive Initiative 976.
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Senate Bill 6628 (Restoring Authority to Combat Climate Pollution)

Official Description: Concerning emissions of greenhouse gases.
Current Status: (February 26, 2020) On motion, referred to Rules.
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Liias, Kuderer, Hunt, Stanford, Salomon, Wellman
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill, requested by Governor Inslee, is a response to a recent State Supreme Court ruling that limited the Department of Ecology's authority to craft rules combating air pollution that worsens the climate crisis. It revises the definitions of emission and emission standard to include direct or indirect releases or emissions of air contaminants into the ambient air. And it authorizes the Department of Ecology to require persons who produce or distribute fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases to comply with air quality and emission standards or emission limits on greenhouse gases.
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Senate Bill 6134 (Expanding Election Cost Reimbursements)

Official Description: Concerning state reimbursement of election costs.
Current Status: (February 24, 2020) Senate Rules "X" file.
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.
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Senate Bill 5224 (Abolishing Tim Eyman's Push Polls)

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (February 24, 2020) Senate Rules "X" file.
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 6610 (Abolishing Tim Eyman's Push Polls)

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (February 24, 2020) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt, Pedersen, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6610, like its predecessor 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 6247 (Domestic Workers Bill of Rights)

Official Description: Providing labor protections for domestic workers.
Current Status: (February 24, 2020) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors: Keiser, Conway, Nguyen, Randall, Darneille, Das, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Pedersen, Stanford, Wilson, C., Frockt, Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This worker protection legislation would make our economy more inclusive and equitable. "Domestic workers like nannies and housecleaners do critical jobs providing care for Washington’s families and homes," our friends at Working Washington note. "But many of these workers — who are disproportionately women and people of color — are excluded from basic protections at work, including the minimum wage, overtime, and basic protections against harassment and discrimination. We can change that by passing a statewide Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this year." This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion.
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House Bill 2453 ("Good Cause" Eviction Legislation)

Official Description: Providing protections to residential tenants.
Current Status: (February 21, 2020) Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
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 2358 (Authorizes Bicyclist Yields at Stop Signs)

Official Description: Increasing mobility through the modification of stop sign requirements for bicyclists.
Current Status: (February 21, 2020) Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
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.
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House Bill 2186 (Toughening Vehicle Load Covering Requirements)

Official Description: Concerning debris escaping from vehicles on public highways.
Current Status: (February 11, 2020) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
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 2907 (Authorizing New Revenue for Housing in King County)

Official Description: Authorizing counties with populations over two million to impose an excise tax on business.
Current Status: (February 11, 2020) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Macri
Cosponsors: Springer, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Pollet, Cody, Chopp, Tarleton, Slatter, Doglio, Hudgins, Senn, Gregerson
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would allow King County to levy an excise tax on businesses in order to reduce homelessness, save lives, and improve public safety. The bill correctly declares that "there is need for a comprehensive approach that provides shelter and services for those experiencing homelessness, increases the supply of affordable housing, addresses public safety challenges, and increases access to behavioral health services."
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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: (February 7, 2020) Referred to Appropriations.
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.
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House Bill 2415 (Updating Elections Rules for Special Districts)

Official Description: Conforming elections for certain special districts with Title 29A RCW.
Current Status: (February 8, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hudgins
Cosponsors: Gregerson, Pollet, Wylie
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill requires certain local governments (irrigation, diking/drainage, flood control, and conservation districts) to follow the same standardized election procedures that other local governments must follow. It makes terms of office for drainage districts four years instead of six, for example, and it requires elections for these obscure special districts to be held in even-numbered years at the same time as high profile state and federal positions. NPI strongly supports this noble legislation.
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Senate Bill 6412 (Flawed Election Security Legislation)

Official Description: Concerning election security.
Current Status: (February 5, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
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.
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Senate Bill 6615 (Reinstate I-1351/Add Education Support Personnel)

Official Description: Concerning staff funding for school districts.
Current Status: (February 5, 2020 - Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K) 12 Education at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6615 would partially phase in a voter-approved initiative that was suspended by the Washington State Legislature several years ago (I-1351) to put more teachers, librarians, administrators, counselors, nurses, social workers, and other support positions in public schools.
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Senate Bill 6108 (Sabotaging Sound Transit)

Official Description: Nullifying certain taxes approved by regional transit authority voters.
Current Status: (February 4, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
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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House Bill 2529 (Eliminating Odd Year Elections)

Official Description: Concerning odd-numbered year elections.
Current Status: (January 31, 2020) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Entenman, Fey, Wylie, Mead, Peterson, Thai, Ramos, Hudgins, Tarleton, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2529 is forward-thinking legislation that would phase out elections in odd-numbered years to reduce voter fatigue, save tax dollars, and increase voter participation in elections for thousands of positions at the local level. Though imperfect, this legislation represents the serious beginning of a noble effort to end Washington's failed experiment in holding general elections every year instead of in even numbered years only, as we did from statehood in 1889 until 1973. Adoption of this bill is an NPI legislative priority. This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion.
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House Bill 2788 (Diverting Tax Dollars to Public Schools)

Official Description: Concerning local effort assistance for charter schools.
Current Status: (January 29, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Pettigrew
Cosponsors: Stokesbary, Springer, Steele, Walen, Harris, Sullivan, Rude, Dolan, Lekanoff
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill attempts to divert public tax dollars to continue and expand Washington's unsuccessful charter schools experiment. NPI emphatically opposes funding privately run or privately administered schools with public tax dollars, and will work to defeat this ill-conceived legislation.
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Senate Bill 6398 (Updating Washington's Transportation Policy Goals)

Official Description: Expanding transportation policy goals.
Current Status: (January 28, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
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.
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Senate Bill 5995 (Washington State Investment Trust)

Official Description: Establishing the Washington investment trust.
Current Status: (January 28, 2020) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade at 8:30 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hasegawa
Cosponsors: Das, Nguyen, Van De Wege, Keiser, Conway, Saldaña, Billig, Darneille, Takko, Liias, Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This thoughtful state bank legislation would create "a publicly owned depository to be known as the Washington investment trust as a legacy institution that amasses sufficient capital reserves to address social and economic opportunities now and in the future." The depository would not compete with commercial banks for the business of households and firms. Rather, it would be an institution serving state agencies and local governments. The bill explicitly authorizes the trust to engage in investment and financing of "construction, rehabilitation, replacement, and improvement of new and existing public infrastructure systems." This is an idea that Washington needs to become more resilient and protected from the next economic downturn.
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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.
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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 6503 (Eliminating Odd Year Elections)

Official Description: Concerning odd-numbered year elections.
Current Status: (January 20, 2020) First reading, referred to State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections.
Prime Sponsor: Nguyen
Cosponsors: Lovelett, Wilson, C., Das, Pedersen
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6503 is forward-thinking legislation that would phase out elections in odd-numbered years to reduce voter fatigue, save tax dollars, and increase voter participation in elections for thousands of positions at the local level. Though imperfect, this legislation represents the serious beginning of a noble effort to end Washington's failed experiment in holding general elections every year instead of in even numbered years only, as we did from statehood in 1889 until 1973. Adoption of this bill is an NPI legislative priority. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion.
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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.
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Senate Bill 5412 (Clean Fuels Now)

Official Description: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
Current Status: (January 16, 2020) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology at 10:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Palumbo, Das, Nguyen, McCoy, Darneille, Frockt, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Pedersen, Rolfes
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. This is the Senate version; the House version is HB 1110.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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