Washington State Legislative Priorities for 2018

  • Bolster funding for public education and mental health by championing ideas to progressively reform Washington’s upside down tax code, such as:
    • Levying a state capital gains tax;
    • Repealing tax breaks not in the public interest;
    • Creating a tax expenditure budget;
    • Replacing I-747 with a property tax homestead exemption.
  • Fight for voting rights and electoral reform by advocating for the Voting Rights Act, postage-free ballot return envelopes, automatic and same-day voter registration, and the abolishment of Tim Eyman’s push polls, erroneously called “advisory votes”.
  • Bring greater transparency to Washington’s initiative process by championing legislation that subjects the paid petitioning industry to oversight and accountability.
  • Defend voter-approved Sound Transit 3 projects by insisting that any loss of revenue caused by changing the formula for calculating vehicle fees is offset by new revenue.
  • Support DNR’s Earth Sciences and Geology Division in its efforts to secure funding for geologic hazards mapping and assessment of landslide, earthquake, and tsunami risks.

Oregon State Legislative Priorities for 2018

  • Support the further development and possible adoption of cap and invest legislation to accelerate a just and responsible transition to a clean energy economy;
  • Eliminate the harmful and counterproductive pass-through business tax loophole to raise vitally needed revenue for public schools and other essential public services;
  • Urge the Oregon State Senate to join the Oregon State House in embracing the National Popular Vote Compact, which Washington and California have signed onto;
  • Require candidates who want to be on the presidential primary ballot in Oregon to fill out financial disclosure forms or release their tax returns;
  • Strengthen Oregon’s commitment to DREAMers by amending state law to make students eligible for in-state tuition benefits and need-based financial aid;
  • Bolster gun safety in the Beaver State by ending the so-called “boyfriend loophole”;
  • Give voters the opportunity to amend Oregon’s Constitution to declare that healthcare is a human right, not a privilege.

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 2283 (Latest Attempt to Weaken I-937)

Official Description: Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future.
Current Status: (February 5, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing and executive session in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: DeBolt
Cosponsors: Smith, Orcutt, Condotta
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill actually has nothing to do with encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future, despite its title. In reality, HB 2263 is the latest Republican attempt to weaken Initiative 937, which Washington voters approved in 2006. I-937 mandates that big utilities like Puget Sound Energy obtain 15% of their electricity from new renewable resources such as solar and wind by 2020, and bolster their conservation efforts. Hydropower doesn't count as a new renewable resource under the initiative (because damming rivers to produce electricity is not an emerging form of clean energy), but Republicans want to change that. Their goal is to sabotage I-937 and let utilities out of their obligations under the initiative by classifying hydro in the same category as solar and wind.
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Senate Bill 6029 (Student Loan Bill of Rights)

Official Description: Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
Current Status: (February 23, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Higher Education at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Liias
Cosponsors: Ranker, Fain, Frockt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6029 would make it easier for students to obtain and afford a college education. It would create a student education loan ombudsman to help students. It would bar loan servicers from engaging in deceptive lending practices and commission a study to ascertain if the state can refinance student loans from tax-exempt bond proceeds. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion.
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Senate Bill 5397 (Petition Industry Transparency)

Official Description: Requiring disclosure by entities that compensate for petition signatures.
Current Status: (February 23, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government, Elections & Information Technology at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Warnick
Cosponsors: Liias, Walsh, Nelson, O'Ban, Billig, Kuderer, King, Honeyford, Wilson, Pedersen, Hunt, Wellman, Saldaña, Carlyle
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5397 would strengthen our public disclosure laws to require that campaigns provide information about the signature gathering companies they hire, and require the signature gathering companies to keep accurate, up to date information about their workers on file to ensure law enforcement can investigate instances of signature fraud and voter harassment, which occur all too frequently. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion. Passage of this legislation is a 2018 NPI legislative priority.
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House Bill 1570 (Washington Housing Opportunities Act)

Official Description: Concerning access to homeless housing and assistance.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections at 6:00 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Macri
Cosponsors: Robinson, McBride, Kagi, Sawyer, Tharinger, Doglio, Pollet, Ortiz-Self, Chapman, Cody, Jinkins, Bergquist, Hudgins, Peterson, Senn, Stonier, Riccelli, Frame, Gregerson, Dolan, Tarleton, Ormsby, Ryu, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Slatter, Pettigrew, Kloba, Orwall, Appleton, Clibborn, Farrell, Stanford
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SHB 1570 would fight homelessness by allowing local governments to continue raising funds to expand access to housing. The bill is needed to prevent the loss of $70.5 million that would go towards combating homelessness in the 2019-2021 biennium. It is estimated that the loss of that money would result in 34,000 people becoming homeless again. The bill enjoys broad support from organizations like the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Association of Washington Cities.
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Senate Bill 5996 (Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace)

Official Description: Encouraging the disclosure and discussion of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Keiser
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5996 would prevent employers from requiring their workers to sign a nondisclosure agreement, waiver, or other document that prevents the employee from disclosing sexual harassment or sexual assault occurring in the workplace or between the employer's workers that occurs off-premises. "Workplace" includes work-related events as defined by the bill.
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Senate Bill 6086 (Ban Nonnative Fish Farms)

Official Description: Protecting the state's marine waters from the release of nonnative finfish from marine finfish aquaculture sites.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing and executive session in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Ranker
Cosponsors: Rolfes, Van De Wege, Chase, Carlyle, Saldaña, Dhingra, Darneille, Wellman, Keiser, Billig
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: NPI believes that we must act as a state to protect our wild salmon and our environment from further destruction. We need more than a moratorium on fish farms in our waters: we need to follow Alaska’s example and institute a total ban. SB 6086 will prohibit the farming of nonnative fish (including Atlantic salmon) in Washington's waters.
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Senate Bill 5513 (Tax Exemption Transparency and Accountability)

Official Description: Increasing tax exemption transparency and accountability.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing and executive session in the House Committee on Finance at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Hasegawa, Miloscia, Rolfes, Saldaña, Keiser, Wellman, Conway, Chase, Billig, Kuderer, Hunt, McCoy, Darneille
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5513 reforms the process by including tax expenditures in a tax expenditure budget. It requires an audit and review of scheduled tax expenditures for performance measurement and requires that they be readopted every 2 years or expire.
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House Bill 1452 (Expanding Opportunity Scholarships)

Official Description: Concerning the opportunity scholarship program.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Holy
Cosponsors: Tarleton, Van Werven, Springer, Stambaugh, Haler, Pollet, Slatter
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1452 is bipartisan legislation that would open the Opportunity Scholarship Program to students pursuing professional technical certificates and degrees. Students ineligible for federal financial aid would be able to seek assistance from the state by completing an application.
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Senate Bill 6015 (Modernizing Wrongful Death Laws)

Official Description: Concerning actions for wrongful injury or death.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Judiciary at 6:00 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hasegawa
Cosponsors: Rolfes, Frockt, Pedersen, Hunt, Nelson, Darneille, Miloscia, Chase, Saldaña, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would modernize Washington's wrongful death statute, allowing families to seek justice when their loved ones are killed. Currently, state law does not allow parents to bring wrongful death claims if they are not United States citizens or if they cannot prove financial dependency on the child. That's absurd. The bill summary has a complete rundown of the changes the bill would make. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion (HB 2262).
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House Bill 2177 (Rural High Employer Demand Jobs Program)

Official Description: Creating the rural county high employer demand jobs program.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Chapman
Cosponsors: Steele, Frame, Tharinger
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 2177 is an inclusive economy initiative that would cover the cost of student tuition and fees for up to forty-five credits at a community or technical college located in a rural county. The goal is to help employers in rural communities begin to fill their open positions with newly trained workers. NPI strongly believes in good jobs for all subregions in the Pacific Northwest, and is pleased to support this bill.
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Senate Bill 6052 (Abolish Executions in Washington)

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: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Judiciary at 6:00 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Walsh
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Kuderer, McCoy, Pedersen, Billig, Dhingra, Cleveland, Liias, Darneille, Keiser, Hunt, Wellman, Chase, Miloscia, Saldaña, Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6052 would abolish the barbaric practice of executions in Washington State, advancing human rights here in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. NPI strongly and emphatically supports this legislation. It's time to end the death penalty once and for all. This bill is the Senate version; there is also a House companion bill.
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House Bill 1154 (Rebuilding the North Pacific Fishing Fleet)

Official Description: Ensuring the competitiveness of Washington state's fishing and seafood processing industries by supporting the recapitalization of fishing fleets through certain tax preferences.
Current Status: (February 22, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: Smith, Santos
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1154, sponsored by NPI's Gael Tarleton, ensures the region’s competitiveness in maritime, fishing, and seafood process industries by providing temporary incentives to support the rebuild and replacement of aging fishing vessels. “Our fishermen and women have been the backbone of Western Washington’s economy for as long as people have lived on the Puget Sound,” Tarleton says. “This bill gives badly-needed support to one of our most prosperous industries, while also accelerating our transition to a clean-energy future.”
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Senate Bill 5991 (DISCLOSE Act of 2018)

Official Description: Increasing transparency of contributions by creating the Washington state DISCLOSE act of 2018.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government, Elections & Information Technology at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Billig
Cosponsors: Fain, Palumbo, Miloscia, Hunt, Mullet, Carlyle, Frockt, Rolfes, Ranker, Darneille, Conway, Hasegawa, Pedersen, Nelson, McCoy, Takko, Saldaña, Cleveland, Wellman, Kuderer, Liias, Hobbs, Chase, Van De Wege
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: The DISCLOSE Act will expose dark money in Washington State by requiring nonprofit organizations to register with the Public Disclosure Commission as "incidental committees" when they attempt to influence the outcome of a candidate election or ballot measure. In addition to filing a statement of organization with the Commission, nonprofits wishing to engage in electioneering would also be required to identify who their major contributors are.
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Senate Bill 6032 (Supplemental Operating Budget)

Official Description: Making supplemental operating appropriations.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Rolfes
Cosponsors: Braun
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6032 is the Senate vehicle for enacting the 2018 supplemental operating budget. NPI supports passage of a supplemental budget that increases funding for schools, mental health, geologic hazards research, and many more public priorities.
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House Bill 2299 (Supplemental Operating Budget)

Official Description: Making supplemental operating appropriations.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Ormsby
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2299 is the House's vehicle for enacting the 2018 supplemental operating budget. NPI supports passage of a supplemental budget that increases funding for schools, mental health, geologic hazards research, and many more public priorities.
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House Bill 2678 (Tougher Cybercrime Protections)

Official Description: Modifying cybercrime provisions.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Jinkins, Ortiz-Self, Irwin
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SHB 2678 would modify the Cybercrime Act to change how malware and electronic data tampering are defined. This will address a gap in current statute that could allow bad actors to potentially commit crimes against people who have no idea they are being tracked and stalked online.
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House Bill 2938 (Overhauling Washington's Public Disclosure Laws)

Official Description: Concerning campaign finance law enforcement and reporting.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hudgins
Cosponsors: Dolan, Kagi, Wylie, Ormsby, Pollet
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2938 would make substantial changes to Washington's public disclosure laws, in part to address the enormous number of complaints (many of which are groundless nuisance complaints) filed by Glen Morgan. It would also increase funding for the Public Disclosure Commission, the tiny agency charged with enforcing the state's sunshine and campaign finance laws. While some of the proposed changes in this bill make sense, others do not. NPI cannot support this bill in its current form, but could support the bill if problematic sections were amended or removed.
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House Bill 1835 (Independent Expenditure Thresholds)

Official Description: Updating inflationary amounts in campaign finance laws.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Jinkins, Doglio
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This is a housekeeping bill requested by the Public Disclosure Commission that increases the inflationary monetary thresholds at which independent expenditures must be reported.
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House Bill 1851 (Better Government Contracting)

Official Description: Protecting taxpayers by providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Harris, Hudgins, MacEwen, Kilduff, Haler, Robinson, Bergquist, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Pollet, Ormsby, Stanford
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: E2SHB 1851 would improve state government contracting. As the official title says, it aims to protect taxpayers by providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting. It would give agencies more flexibility in putting contracts out to bid. (For example, a state agency may need a plumber who has expertise with systems present in old buildings, as opposed to a plumber who offers the lowest possible bid for a job.)
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House Bill 1833 (Lobbyist and Candidate Reporting Requirements)

Official Description: Concerning financial reporting by elected and appointed officials, candidates, and appointees.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Doglio, Jinkins, Ortiz-Self
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This is a housekeeping bill regarding reporting requirements for candidates and lobbyists. It changes some reporting thresholds and exempts judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, or their immediate family members from disclosing the mailing address of the real property in which they reside.
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House Bill 2529 (Election Costs Study)

Official Description: Concerning the costs of election administration.
Current Status: (February 21, 2018) Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Kraft
Cosponsors: Hudgins, McBride
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: House Bill 2529 would authorize the creation of a task force to study election costs in Washington, including costs associated with voting on ballot measures. Many people do not realize that elections are actually a public service just like police, fire, roads, transit, libraries, parks, pools, or schools. County governments are responsible for preparing, distributing, collecting, and tabulating ballots for all kinds of elections in Washington State, whether federal, state, or local. The state provides counties some money to cover the cost of state-related ballot items in odd-numbered years, but not even-numbered years. Passage of this bill will yield valuable information about the cost of elections and is strongly supported by NPI.
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Senate Bill 5992 (Banning Bump Stocks)

Official Description: Concerning trigger modification devices. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Concerning bump-fire stocks. )
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Van De Wege
Cosponsors: Zeiger, Dhingra, Fain, Pedersen, Liias, Nelson
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5992 will ban the sale of so-called bump stocks -- or as the bill defines them, "trigger modification devices", which were used in the horrific Las Vegas shooting to make the killer's semiautomatic weapons fire faster. Bump stocks have no legitimate purpose except for enabling semiautomatic weapons to operate more like fully automatic weapons, which are already illegal to own and possess. Passage of this bill will eliminate a gun safety loophole and make our communities safer.
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Senate Bill 6002 (Washington Voting Rights Act of 2018)

Official Description: Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2018.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6002 is the latest incarnation of the state-level Voting Rights Act that has been introduced in the Legislature for several consecutive cycles, but repeatedly stymied by Senate Republicans. It would allow members of a protected class (race, color, or community of speakers of a particular language) to file a lawsuit to modify the electoral map in their geographic location if it is shown to consistently be unrepresentative of the population. We know this works: Federally-ordered districting in Yakima produced a city council much more representative of the population. Other Washington cities would also benefit from electoral reform.
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Senate Bill 6021 (Increases Opportunities for Voter Registration)

Official Description: Extending the period for voter registration.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6021 would establish in-person same-day voter registration in Washington State and allow citizens to register to vote (if they aren't already) online up until eight days before an election, which is a 2018 NPI legislative priority. Currently, the cutoff for registration applications submitted by mail or online is twenty-nine days prior to an election, and the cutoff for in-person registration is eight days. This bill will lower barriers to voting and we strongly urge its passage. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion, HB 2297.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1896 (Expanding Civics Education)

Official Description: Expanding civics education in public schools.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018 - Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K) 12 Education at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Stonier, Lovick, Springer, Appleton, Bergquist, Manweller, Tarleton, Frame, Goodman, Ormsby
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1896 would create the Expanded Civics Education Teacher Training Program within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. A body of expert social studies teachers from around the state would be convened to develop teacher training materials and provide trainings to empower educators to better teach civics to Washington's youth. Half a million dollars would be appropriated to fund the initial phase of the program. While more needs to be done to bolster civics education, this is a good start, and NPI supports passage of this bill.
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Senate Bill 6219 (Reproductive Parity Act)

Official Description: Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Hobbs
Cosponsors: Saldaña, Dhingra, Ranker, Carlyle, Takko, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Palumbo, Chase, Nelson, Frockt, Keiser, Wellman, Darneille, Mullet, Billig, Pedersen, Rolfes, Hunt, Liias
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6219 "requires all health care plans that cover maternity care also cover abortion services and contraceptives and cannot require copayments, deductibles or other forms of cost sharing." This important and needed legislation, known as the Reproductive Parity Act, was first introduced by Senator Steve Hobbs in 2012, but did not get passed out of the Senate due to Rodney Tom, Jim Kastama, and Tim Sheldon's defections to the Republican Party.
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House Bill 1510 (Port Worker Development & Occupational Training)

Official Description: Concerning port district worker development and occupational training programs.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Tarleton
Cosponsors: McDonald, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Clibborn, Santos, Fey
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SHB 1510 is an uncontroversial bill that would modify existing statutes to allow port economic development programs to be operated by public and private entities. Ports must declare that such programs are consistent with the port district's economic development goals.
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House Bill 2282 (Protecting Net Neutrality)

Official Description: Protecting an open internet in Washington state.
Current Status: (February 20, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hansen
Cosponsors: Cody, Goodman, Pettigrew, Tarleton, Fey, DeBolt, Bergquist, Springer, Santos, McBride, Smith, Chapman, Slatter, Peterson, Wylie, Fitzgibbon, Morris, Stonier, Lytton, Sawyer, Robinson, Tharinger, Kagi, Pellicciotti, Dolan, Orwall, Valdez, Haler, Kilduff, Senn, Frame, Sells, Kirby, Stanford, Blake, Reeves, Clibborn, Macri, Kloba, Appleton, Stambaugh, Jinkins, Ormsby, Ryu, Hayes, Pollet, Doglio, Ortiz-Self, Riccelli, McDonald, Gregerson
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2282 is a response to the unacceptable rollback of net neutrality protections at the federal level. It would prohibit Internet service providers in Washington from blocking or throttling access to lawful content. It would also prohibit ISPs from engaging in "paid prioritization" (schemes in which content gets preferential treatment in exchange for a fee).
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House Bill 1800 (Washington Voting Rights Act)

Official Description: Enacting the Washington voting rights act.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Orwall, Springer, Lovick, Sells, Stonier, Clibborn, Dolan, McBride, Ryu, Goodman, Macri, Senn, Cody, Hansen, Bergquist, Slatter, Frame, Sawyer, Kloba, Stanford, Pollet, Doglio, Robinson, Wylie, Kagi, Jinkins, Sullivan, Appleton, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Reeves, Morris, Tharinger, Fey, Pellicciotti, Pettigrew, Haler, Kilduff, Farrell
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1500 is the latest incarnation of the state-level Voting Rights Act that has been introduced in the Legislature for several consecutive cycles, but repeatedly stymied by Senate Republicans. It would allow members of a protected class (race, color, or community of speakers of a particular language) to file a lawsuit to modify the electoral map in their geographic location if it is shown to consistently be unrepresentative of the population. We know this works: Federally-ordered districting in Yakima produced a city council much more representative of the population. Other Washington cities would also benefit from electoral reform.
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House Bill 1508 (Washington Kids Ready to Learn Act)

Official Description: Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Passed final passage; yeas, 87; nays, 8; absent, 0; excused, 3.
Prime Sponsor: Stonier
Cosponsors: Dolan, Ortiz-Self, Riccelli, Orwall, Peterson, Sawyer, Doglio, Gregerson, Slatter, Frame, Macri, Bergquist, Senn, Ryu, Kloba, Stanford, Sells, Farrell, Lovick, McBride, Pollet, Hudgins, Jinkins, Kagi, Appleton, Goodman, Tharinger, Clibborn, Ormsby, Cody, Santos, Fey, Pettigrew
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "Breakfast After the Bell offers nutritious meals to students without interrupting instructional time," explains Andy McVicar on behalf of the House Democratic caucus. "Breakfast programs for low-income children are reimbursed in part or full by the federal government, and currently have low utilization rates. Breakfast After the Bell is expected to increase participation in those existing programs. By moving breakfast after the bell, instead of before, students will receive a healthy meal without having to stand in line and miss instructional opportunities."
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House Bill 1541 (Prescription Drug Pricing Accountability)

Official Description: Addressing prescription drug cost transparency.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Robinson
Cosponsors: Johnson, Harris, McBride, Doglio, Wylie, Peterson, Cody, Stonier, Frame, Sawyer, Macri, Sells, Orwall, Jinkins, Senn, Tharinger, Stanford, Riccelli, Fitzgibbon, Ormsby, Gregerson, Hudgins, Ortiz-Self, Ryu, Farrell, Tarleton, Pollet, Clibborn, Fey, Kilduff, Reeves, Kagi, Chapman, Pellicciotti, Bergquist, Goodman, Lovick, Slatter
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: 2SHB 1541 "would improve regulation, transparency and accountability on prescription drug pricing," notes the Washington State Labor Council. "The bill is supported by the Healthy Washington Coalition of community organizations, labor unions, health plans, faith based groups, patient groups, and provider associations."
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House Bill 2297 (Increases Opportunities for Voter Registration)

Official Description: Extending the period for voter registration.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Hudgins, Lytton
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2297 would establish in-person same-day voter registration in Washington State and allow citizens to register to vote (if they aren't already) online up until eight days before an election, which is a 2018 NPI legislative priority. Currently, the cutoff for registration applications submitted by mail or online is twenty-nine days prior to an election, and the cutoff for in-person registration is eight days. This bill will lower barriers to voting and we strongly urge its passage. This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion, SB 6021.
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House Bill 1723 (Protecting Hanford Workers)

Official Description: Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States department of energy Hanford site.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Passed final passage; yeas, 74; nays, 21; absent, 0; excused, 3.
Prime Sponsor: Haler
Cosponsors: Riccelli, Sells, Gregerson, Ormsby, Doglio, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1723 protects workers at the Hanford site (the most polluted location in the United States) by creating a prima facie presumption of occupational disease. A Hanford worker is defined as "any person, including a contractor or subcontractor, who was engaged in the performance of work, either directly or indirectly, for the United States, on projects and contracts at the Hanford nuclear site and who worked on the site for at least one eight-hour shift and who is covered under the state's industrial insurance laws."
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House Bill 2262 (Modernizing Wrongful Death Laws)

Official Description: Concerning actions for wrongful injury or death.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Santos
Cosponsors: Goodman, Johnson, McBride, Sawyer, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Orwall, Macri, Frame, Jinkins, Ormsby, Pellicciotti
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would modernize Washington's wrongful death statute, allowing families to seek justice when their loved ones are killed. Currently, state law does not allow parents to bring wrongful death claims if they are not United States citizens or if they cannot prove financial dependency on the child. That's absurd. The bill summary has a complete rundown of the changes the bill would make. This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion (SB 6015).
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House Bill 1469 (Modernizing the Presidential Primary)

Official Description: Modifying presidential primary provisions.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Hudgins
Cosponsors: Manweller, Haler, Griffey, Van Werven, Doglio
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1469 would make several useful major changes to Washington State's presidential primary, including moving up the default date of the election to mid-March, which is earlier in the nominating season than the current default date in late May. However, changes to this bill are still needed prior to final passage to protect political parties' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly.
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House Bill 2967 (Levying a Capital Gains Tax)

Official Description: Assisting Washington families by improving the fairness of the state's tax system by enacting a capital gains tax and providing property tax relief.
Current Status: (February 19, 2018) Minority; without recommendation.
Prime Sponsor: Lytton
Cosponsors: Dolan, Wylie, Frame, Valdez, Pollet, Doglio, Santos, Macri
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2967 would levy a capital gains tax on the wealthy and use the revenue to partially offset the Senate Republicans' property tax levy swipe scheme, which was incorporated into the 2017-2019 operating budget during last year's budget negotiations. NPI research shows a majority of Washingtonians surveyed are in favor of levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy. Oregon and Idaho already levy such taxes.
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House Bill 1209 (Strengthens Local Government Access to Credit Unions)

Official Description: Concerning municipal access to local financial services.
Current Status: (February 16, 2018) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Bergquist
Cosponsors: Vick, Kirby, Walsh, Blake
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1209 would allow credit unions to accept deposits from local governments beyond the maximum insured amount, subject to collaterization. Passage of this bill will allow local governments to manage more of our common wealth through member-owned credit unions. NPI strongly supports this legislation.
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Senate Bill 6203 (Levying a Pollution Tax)

Official Description: Reducing carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy.
Current Status: (February 15, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Ranker, Palumbo, Nelson, Pedersen, Frockt, Billig, Rolfes, McCoy, Keiser, Wellman, Liias, Hunt, Chase, Saldaña, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6203 is legislation requested by Governor Inslee that would levy a pollution tax in Washington State to accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy. "We have been working tirelessly over the years to make progress and, together with our tribal partners, the business community, labor, members of communities of color, nonprofits and concerned citizens have come together to take a major step in putting a price on pollution in Washington state,” notes Senator Kevin Ranker, the bill's number two sponsor. NPI research shows 59% of Washingtonians surveyed support levying a pollution tax to help our state meet its emission reduction targets. We strongly support this bill.
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Senate Bill 5919 (Protecting Washingtonians' Internet Privacy)

Official Description: Concerning consumer protection of internet privacy.
Current Status: (February 10, 2018) Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Ranker
Cosponsors: Fain, Miloscia, Rivers, Rossi, Billig, Carlyle, Brown, Rolfes, Frockt, Hasegawa, Conway, Warnick, Darneille, Pedersen, Keiser, Zeiger, Baumgartner, Cleveland, Chase, Kuderer, Takko, McCoy, Hunt, Nelson, Saldaña, Fortunato, Liias, Short, Mullet, Palumbo, Wellman
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5919 is a response to Congress' passage of a shameful, truly horrible bill that eviscerates online privacy protections for Americans, allowing companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to sell information about their customers. It decrees: "No telecommunications or internet service provider that has entered into a franchise agreement, right-of-way agreement, or other contract with the state of Washington or a political subdivision, or that uses facilities that are subject to such agreements, even if it is not a party to the agreement, may collect personal information from a customer resulting from the customer's use of telecommunications or internet service provider without express written approval from the customer."
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House Bill 1506 (Equal Pay for Equal Work)

Official Description: Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity.
Current Status: (February 8, 2018) Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Senn
Cosponsors: Pellicciotti, Slatter, Macri, Peterson, Chapman, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Sawyer, Frame, Gregerson, Farrell, Kilduff, Kagi, Dolan, Clibborn, Pollet, McBride, Stanford, Doglio, Appleton, Robinson, Fitzgibbon, Sells, Goodman, Tharinger, Hudgins, Ormsby, Riccelli, Fey, Pettigrew
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill modifies the Equal Pay Act to more explicitly prohibit discriminatory compensation practices in the workplace and introduce gender-neutral language into state law. It also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees from discussing their wages or asking for a pay raise. The legislation is based on the simple concept of equal pay for equal work.
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Senate Bill 5955 (Alters ST Vehicle Fee Valuation Formula)

Official Description: Concerning the collection of a motor vehicle excise tax approved by voters of a regional transit authority in 2016.
Current Status: (February 8, 2018) Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Wellman, Keiser, Hobbs, Palumbo, Mullet, Liias, Chase, Hasegawa, Darneille, Conway, Cleveland, Nelson, Billig, Takko
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Substitute Senate Bill 5955 would require Sound Transit to switch to using a different formula for calculating vehicle fees than the one mandated in the authorizing legislation the House and Senate adopted in 2015. The effect of this change would be to reduce Sound Transit's revenue. The bill attempts to partially compensate for this lost revenue, but does not replace it in full. As revenue loss would negatively affect Sound Transit's ability to deliver projects in a timely fashion, NPI is opposed to the bill in its current form, and urges the Senate to amend it to provide 1:1 replacement funding for Sound Transit.
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House Bill 2338 (Clean Fuel Standards)

Official Description: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.
Current Status: (February 7, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Cody, Hudgins, Goodman, Tarleton, Santos, McBride, Stanford, Tharinger, Macri, Jinkins, Ormsby, Doglio
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2338 would reduce pollution in Washington State by require refineries to reduce the intensity of air pollutants in their fuels. Refineries can comply with the new standards through many avenues. Options available to them would include blending biofuels, purchasing credits from utilities and others that sell electricity for electric vehicles, and reducing emissions associated with refining. California, Oregon and British Columbia already have successful clean fuels initiatives, making Washington the last Left Coast jurisdiction without one.
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Senate Joint Resolution 8213 (Lowering Threshold for Passage of School Bonds)

Official Description: Amending the Constitution to allow at least fifty-five percent of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
Current Status: (February 6, 2018) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Mullet
Cosponsors: Palumbo, Fain, Frockt, Dhingra, Pedersen, Wellman, Kuderer, Keiser, Billig, Carlyle, McCoy, Takko, Rolfes, Cleveland, Liias, Saldaña, Hunt, Conway, Van De Wege, Miloscia
Our Position: NPI supports this joint resolution.
Assessment by NPI: SJR 8213 is a constitutional amendment that would lower the threshold for passage of school bonds from a three-fifths vote (60%) to 55%. NPI prefers a threshold of greater than fifty percent, but supports this amendment as a step towards ultimately modifying our plan of government to permit school bonds to pass by majority vote.
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House Bill 2200 (Protecting Washingtonians' Internet Privacy)

Official Description: Protecting the privacy and security of internet users.
Current Status: (February 3, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hansen
Cosponsors: Taylor, Smith, Buys, Harmsworth, Graves, Maycumber, Walsh, J., Kraft, Haler, Condotta, Nealey, Bergquist, Steele, Van Werven, Stonier, Macri, Farrell, Cody, Slatter, Tarleton, Senn, Kagi, Pollet, Frame, Chapman, Dye, Hudgins, Stanford, Reeves, Dent, Hayes, Ryu, Peterson, Sells, Kloba, Santos, Johnson, Fitzgibbon, Holy, Ormsby, Caldier, Sawyer, Wylie, Hargrove, Kilduff, Blake, Orcutt, Gregerson, Young, Appleton, Shea, Koster, Morris, Tharinger
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2200 is a response to Congress' passage of a shameful, truly horrible bill that eviscerates online privacy protections for Americans, allowing companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to sell information about their customers. This bill would bar broadband internet service providers from selling or sharing information about their users without consent, and require providers to make information about their privacy policies more conspicuous.
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House Bill 1410 (Funding for Intercity Transit)

Official Description: Authorizing certain public transportation benefit areas to impose a sales and use tax increase approved by voters.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Doglio
Cosponsors: Dolan, Fey, Farrell, Jinkins, Fitzgibbon, Pollet, Springer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1410 would empower Intercity Transit to go to Thurston County voters with a proposition to increase sales tax revenue to fund needed service improvements. "Intercity Transit serves over 100,000 people," proponents noted in their testimony, as summarized by legislative staff. "Seventy-five percent of the budget [comes] from sales and use taxes. There has recently been a reduction in overall federal support, which undermines our ability to address capital needs, let alone put additional services on the street. The success of our comprehensive plan is dependent on a higher level of service than we can currently provide."
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Senate Bill 5995 (Prescription Drug Pricing Accountability)

Official Description: Protecting consumers and purchasers from excessive increases in generic prescription drug prices.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Ways & Means.
Prime Sponsor: Keiser
Cosponsors: Pedersen
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5995 will combat price gouging by drug manufacturers. It makes it a violation of the Consumer Protection Act for drug companies to impose "unjustified and excessive" price increases on generic drugs that Washingtonians need to treat illnesses or conditions that impair their quality of life.
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Senate Bill 6083 (Maintaining Public Health, Safety & Environmental Standards)

Official Description: Maintaining public health, safety, and environmental standards.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Ways & Means.
Prime Sponsor: Cleveland
Cosponsors: Ranker, Kuderer, Keiser, Conway, Hunt, Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6083 prohibits state agencies and regional air pollution control agencies from reducing environmental and public health standards to ensure that if the federal "minimum" standards are lowered during the current presidential administration, no state standards will be lowered. This is push back against the Trump administration actions to lower protections.
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House Bill 1537 (Petition Industry Transparency)

Official Description: Requiring disclosure by entities that compensate for petition signatures.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Haler
Cosponsors: Springer, Tarleton, Nealey, Goodman, Sawyer, Pollet, Fey
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1537 would strengthen our public disclosure laws to require that campaigns provide information about the signature gathering companies they hire, and require the signature gathering companies to keep accurate, up to date information about their workers on file to ensure law enforcement can investigate instances of signature fraud and voter harassment, which occur all too frequently. This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion. Passage of this legislation is a 2018 NPI legislative priority.
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Senate Bill 6406 (Repeals Tim Eyman and John Carlson's I-200)

Official Description: Restoring the fair treatment of underserved groups in public employment, education, and contracting.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Chase
Cosponsors: Hasegawa, Saldaña, McCoy, Wellman, Keiser, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6406 would repeal Initiative 200, a Tim Eyman and John Carlson initiative that prohibits affirmative action. “Our society benefits the most when people of all races and ethnicities are in community together,” says State Senator Bob Hasegawa. “Racial discrimination did not end in 1998. The implementation of I-200 has severely set back communities of color. You cannot aspire for racial equality and not examine the historical wrongs people of color have faced. Righting those wrongs take time; we still have work to do.” NPI supports this legislation.
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Senate Bill 6488 (Reining in Ticket Bots)

Official Description: Concerning ticket sales over the internet.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Ways & Means.
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Liias, Conway, Kuderer
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: “Anyone who has gone to a concert, the theater or a ball game knows that there’s a major problem with ticket bots sweeping up substantial numbers of tickets automatically and then selling them on both legitimate and less legitimate websites,” says Senator Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of SB 6488. “This is an attempt to gain meaningful and actionable regulatory control over companies taking advantage of mass purchasing and to get a handle on a serious consumer protection issue that has become a real problem for lots of people.”
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House Bill 2902 (Fish Barrier Removal)

Official Description: Ensuring that Washington aggressively acts to open fish habitat by removing barriers under all forms of ownership.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Appropriations.
Prime Sponsor: Wilcox
Cosponsors: Blake, Chandler, Barkis, Griffey, DeBolt, Tharinger, Walsh, Chapman, Orcutt, Stokesbary
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2902, sponsored by Republican State Representative J.T. Wilcox, seeks to speed up the process of removing barriers to fish passage in our state. $50 million would be appropriated for removal projects under the original bill. In addition to NPI, the bill is supported Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Association of Washington Cities, the Washington State Association of Counties, and the Puget Sound Partnership.
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House Bill 2534 (Moves Top Two Election to June)

Official Description: Concerning dates and timelines associated with the operation of the state primary and elections.
Current Status: (February 2, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Chapman, Jinkins
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2534 would move Washington State's Top Two election from August to June each year, and move the filing period from May to March. Moving the Top Two election out of midsummer will make it easier for Washingtonians to participate and simplify our elections system at the same time. NPI strongly supports this bill.
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House Bill 1939 (Creating Cesar Chavez Day)

Official Description: Recognizing the thirty-first day of March as Cesar Chavez day.
Current Status: (February 1, 2018) Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Hudgins
Cosponsors: Bergquist, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Robinson, Jinkins, Gregerson, Stanford, Ormsby, Santos, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1939 would designate the last day in March as Cesar Chavez Day. March 31st is the date that Chavez, a legendary union organizer who helped farmworkers achieve better pay and working conditions, was born. NPI honors Chavez each year at our Spring Fundraising Gala by naming a table in his honor.
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Senate Bill 6103 (Preserve Public Lands Act)

Official Description: Concerning conveyances of federal public lands in the state of Washington.
Current Status: (January 29, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Ranker
Cosponsors: Palumbo, Carlyle, Wellman, McCoy, Nelson, Billig, Van De Wege, Rolfes, Kuderer, Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6103 discourages the federal government from transferring ownership of public lands to private developers for resource extraction in Washington state. Several state agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Commission, Board of Natural Resources, and the State Parks and Recreation Commission, are directed to take efforts to protect against unauthorized federal public land conveyances or the repeal of any federal lands designations such as presidential designations under the federal Antiquities Act. This is push back against the Trump administration actions.
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House Bill 2459 (Gender-Neutral Terminology for Political Party Positions)

Official Description: Modifying gender references pertaining to major political party committees.
Current Status: (January 29, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Reeves
Cosponsors: Robinson, Macri, Riccelli, Hudgins, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would revise state law to get rid of language that refers to "state committeeman" and "state committeewoman" in the statute governing major political parties. It would also specify that chairs and vice chairs must be of different declared genders (as opposed to "opposite sexes", the current language). Essentially, it is a language cleanup for modern times. If passed, this bill will harmonize state law with the charter amendment adopted by the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention. Republicans have yet to make similar internal changes.
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House Bill 2201 (Reduces Funding for Sound Transit Projects)

Official Description: Concerning the collection of a motor vehicle excise tax approved by voters of a regional transit authority in 2016.
Current Status: (January 26, 2018) First reading, referred to Transportation.
Prime Sponsor: Pellicciotti
Cosponsors: Slatter, Reeves, Clibborn, Lovick, Ormsby, Pollet, Kilduff, Kloba, Orwall, Sells, Stanford, Wylie, Senn
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2201 would impair Sound Transit's revenue by requiring Sound Transit to adopt a different depreciation schedule for calculating motor vehicle excise tax payments. Sound Transit would be required to provide credits and refunds to taxpayers who have already renewed their vehicle tabs since March 1st. Lastly, the bill dictates Sound Transit must reprioritize if the loss of revenue affects its ability to deliver projects. NPI appreciates that many legislators desire to see Sound Transit adopt a different formula for calculating motor vehicle excise taxes, but HB 2201 violates the precept of <em>First, do no harm</em> because it would reduce revenue going to Sound Transit. It is the Legislature is responsible for how Sound Transit's vehicle fees are being calculated. If the formula is to be changed, corresponding moves must be made to restore any lost funding. HB 2201 does not make any such moves and we therefore oppose it.
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Senate Bill 6191 (Replacing Faithless Presidential Electors)

Official Description: Requiring presidential electors to vote for party nominees.
Current Status: (January 25, 2018) Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt, Conway, Liias, Sheldon, Darneille, Mullet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would provide a way to remove faithless electors and allow them to be immediately replaced by faithful electors who will honor the people's will. It is intended to prevent a repeat of what we saw in 2016, when four individuals violated their oaths and cast Electoral College votes for individuals other than Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
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Senate Bill 6104 (Defend Scientific Information & Research Act)

Official Description: Defending scientific information and research.
Current Status: (January 24, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Ranker
Cosponsors: Carlyle, Wellman, Palumbo, Keiser, Nelson, Rolfes, McCoy, Kuderer, Hasegawa
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 6104 Employees working for the federal government or federally funded research entities are usually licensed and credentialed under state law. Employees who report improper governmental activity may enjoy federal whistleblower protections but could lose their state certification. This bill prohibits a licensing entity to take disciplinary action, including loss of credentials or professional licenses, against a public employee or contractor who reports improper governmental activity. It also encourages state agencies and professionals to continue to make scientific information open to the public without fear of losing their professional licenses or credentials. This is push back against Trump administration actions.
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Senate Bill 6003 (Breakfast After The Bell)

Official Description: Concerning breakfast after the bell programs in certain public schools. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs. )
Current Status: (January 23, 2018) First reading, referred to Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "Breakfast After the Bell offers nutritious meals to students without interrupting instructional time," explains Andy McVicar on behalf of the House Democratic caucus. "Breakfast programs for low-income children are reimbursed in part or full by the federal government, and currently have low utilization rates. Breakfast After the Bell is expected to increase participation in those existing programs. By moving breakfast after the bell, instead of before, students will receive a healthy meal without having to stand in line and miss instructional opportunities."
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House Bill 1999 (Enlarging the Seattle Port Commission)

Official Description: Concerning elections in port districts that are coextensive with a county having a population of over one-half million.
Current Status: (January 23, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Stokesbary, Ryu, Hudgins, Cody, Pollet, Santos, Senn, Springer, Fitzgibbon, McBride, Stanford, Kagi, Slatter
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1999 would enlarge the commission that governs the Port of Seattle to nine members elected by district. (The Port of Seattle, despite its name, has the same political boundaries as King County.) The bill also purports to increase commissioners' pay to make it equivalent to that of a state legislator, although commissioners already voted to increase their pay to such a level a few years ago. NPI does not oppose district elections, but a nine-member Seattle Port Commission would undermine the governance of the NW Seaport Alliance, a groundbreaking joint endeavor with the Port of Tacoma in Pierce County which took many years of work to put together.
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House Bill 1080 (Bonds for the Capital Budget)

Official Description: Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts.
Current Status: (January 19, 2018) Effective date 1/19/2018.
Prime Sponsor: Tharinger
Cosponsors: DeBolt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Passage of HB 1080 is essential to the implementation of the capital budget, which the Legislature failed to pass during last year's legislative session. This bill would authorize the issuance of $2.57 billion in bonds to finance the projects the budget calls for. The legislation must garner the votes of affirmative votes of 60% state representatives to pass its chamber of origin.
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House Bill 1440 (Student Loan Bill of Rights)

Official Description: Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
Current Status: (January 18, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Stonier
Cosponsors: Stambaugh, Hudgins, Johnson, Ortiz-Self, Stokesbary, Sells, Jinkins, Ryu, Appleton, Pollet, Senn, Peterson, Kilduff, Bergquist, Stanford, Frame, Slatter, Dolan
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1440 would make it easier for students to obtain and afford a college education. It would create a student education loan ombudsman to help students who borrow money to pay for school if they have a problem with their lenders. It would bar loan servicers from engaging in deceptive lending practices, and commission a study to ascertain if the state can refinance student loans from tax-exempt bond proceeds.
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Senate Bill 5984 (access to health care)

Official Description: Concerning access to health care for all state residents with apple health on the health benefit exchange.
Current Status: (January 18, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Wellman, Frockt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5984 would require the state health care authority to seek waivers of federal law to allow Apple Health to be offered as an option to individuals otherwise ineligible for Medicaid. It also requires the exploration of the option to form regional risk pools, etc. with Oregon and California.
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House Bill 1159 (Mandatory Cooling-Off Period)

Official Description: Concerning employment after public service in state government.
Current Status: (January 16, 2018) Referred to Rules 2 Review.
Prime Sponsor: Pellicciotti
Cosponsors: Haler, Sells, Pollet, Hudgins, Kilduff
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1159 would require top state officials to take a yearlong “cooling-off” period before they can become lobbyists. Former officials would also have to specify where they are taking a new job and declare if they are paid by an entity that does business with or lobbies the state Legislature and executive department officials.
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Senate Bill 5701 (Apple Care Trust)

Official Description: Creating the Washington apple care trust.
Current Status: (January 16, 2018) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Keiser, Chase, Hasegawa, Darneille, Ranker, McCoy, Kuderer, Saldaña, Conway, Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5701 creates the Washington Apple Care Trust as an agency of the state government to provide coverage for a set of health services for all residents. It creates the reserve accounts, the displaced worker training account, and the benefits account.
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House Bill 2145 (Aerospace Tax Break Accountability)

Official Description: Honoring the legislature's intent to create and retain local jobs through incentives provided to the aerospace industry by redirecting those incentives to other job creating opportunities if the number of aerospace jobs continue to decline.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Robinson, Farrell, Jinkins, Santos, Doglio, Macri, Dolan, Bergquist, Sells, Pollet, Sawyer, Wylie, Ryu, Appleton, Chapman, Gregerson, Cody, Kirby, Stonier, Riccelli, Fitzgibbon, Kloba, Peterson, Fey, Slatter, Tharinger, Stanford, Ortiz-Self, Orwall
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "HB 2145 would reduce Boeing’s tax credit by half if the company’s employment in Washington drops below 70,000 jobs," explains The Washington State Labor Council. "The company gets no tax credit and pays the standard tax rate all other manufacturers pay if its employment drops below 67,500 jobs. Boeing currently employs 71,036 Washington workers, down from 83,295 in November 2013. Aerospace tax credits would remain in place if the job loss is due to a nationwide industry downturn."
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House Bill 1646 (Pollution Tax)

Official Description: Promoting an equitable clean energy economy by creating a carbon tax that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Appleton, Fey, Goodman, McBride, Cody, Macri, Doglio, Pollet, Jinkins
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1646 would levy an escalating pollution tax on emissions from fossil fuels and production of electricity beginning in mid-2018 at a rate of $15 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Revenue raised would be be dedicated to helping displaced workers and investing in renewable energy and forest health projects.
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House Bill 1764 (Property Tax Levy Limit Reform)

Official Description: Replacing the one percent property tax revenue limit with a limit tied to cost drivers.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) Referred to Finance.
Prime Sponsor: Lytton
Cosponsors: Koster, Springer, Nealey, Senn, Harris, Kloba, Frame, Tharinger, Tarleton, Slatter
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1764 would abolish Tim Eyman's I-747, which is choking the life out of our cities and counties, and replace it with a more reasonable limit on property tax levies tied to cost drivers. The regular levy revenue growth limit (set at 101% by I-747, which the Legislature reinstated in 2007 after the Supreme Court struck it down) would be changed to the greater of 100% plus population change and inflation, but not to exceed 105%.
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Senate Bill 5772 (Property Tax Reform)

Official Description: Replacing the one percent property tax revenue limit with a limit tied to cost drivers.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Pedersen
Cosponsors: Hobbs, Takko, Walsh, Keiser, Saldaña
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5772 would abolish Tim Eyman's I-747 which is choking the life out of our cities and counties and replace it with a more reasonable limit on property tax levies tied to cost drivers.
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House Bill 2059 (Washington Investment Trust)

Official Description: Establishing the Washington investment trust.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Ortiz-Self, Dolan, Doglio, Gregerson, Goodman, Orwall, Jinkins, Stonier, Sells, Appleton, Chapman, Stanford, Tharinger, Kloba, Ormsby, Santos, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 2059 creates the WA Investment Trust to serve as a depository for state monies and federal transportation funds and is authorized to manage and invest state monies in order to facilitate financing and construction of new and existing public infrastructure systems. The Washington Investment Trust Commission is established as the primary governing authority of the Trust.
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Senate Bill 5464 (Washington Investment Trust)

Official Description: Establishing the Washington investment trust.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Hasegawa
Cosponsors: Saldaña, Wellman, Keiser, Chase, Conway, Ranker, Liias, Kuderer, Hunt, Darneille, Frockt, Cleveland, McCoy, Nelson, Palumbo, Rolfes
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5464 creates the WA Investment Trust to serve as a depository for state monies and federal transportation funds and is authorized to manage and invest state monies to facilitate financing and construction of new and existing public infrastructure systems. The Washington Investment Trust Commission is established as the primary governing authority of the Trust.
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House Bill 1026 (Washington Health Security Trust)

Official Description: Requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create the Washington health security trust.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Appleton
Cosponsors: Tharinger, Robinson, Stanford, Lytton, Ormsby, Jinkins, Wylie, Goodman, Sells, Farrell, Doglio, Riccelli, Fey, Pollet, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Chapman, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1026 creates the Washington health security trust to provide coverage for a set of health services for all residents. Requires the joint select committee on health care oversight to contract for an actuarial analysis of the funding needs of the Washington health security trust and recommend a funding mechanism to the appropriate legislative standing committees and the governor.
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Senate Bill 5509 (Pollution Tax)

Official Description: Promoting an equitable clean energy economy by creating a carbon tax that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) Due to Senate committee reorganization, referred to Energy, Environment & Technology.
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Ranker, Frockt, Hunt, Saldaña
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5509 promotes an equitable clean energy economy by creating a pollution tax that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities.
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Senate Resolution 8678 (Restoring Majority Rule in the Senate Rules)

Official Description: Amending the permanent rules of the Senate.
Current Status: (January 8, 2018) Adopted.
Prime Sponsor: Liias
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this resolution.
Assessment by NPI: Senate Resolution 8678 amended the permanent rules of the Senate to remove unconstitutional language added by the Senate Republicans that attempted to require a two-thirds vote to advance revenue bills. This resolution harmonizes the Senate rules with Article II, Section 22 of the Washington State Constitution and respects our cherished tradition of majority rule.
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