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Statehouse Bill Tracker

A tool for monitoring the Washington State Legislature

Introduction: The Statehouse Bill Tracker is an NPI project that makes tracking priority legislation simple and easy. The Tracker aggregates feeds for bills “with legs”, providing an up-to-date view of what’s moving in the statehouse at any given time during session. Bills are sorted by activity. The most recently active bills appear at the top and the least active bills appear at the bottom.

When something happens to a bill, we call that an action.

An action could be a bill’s introduction, public hearing in committee, vote on the floor, proposed amendment, or referral to another committee; all these are examples of steps in the legislative process. (See this page for a visual explanation of how a bill becomes a law). Actions affect the placement of bills in the tracker. Here’s a longer explanation:

  1. Bills are sorted in reverse chronological order. The most active bills will always appear at the top. Bills with little activity will sink to the bottom like a heavy stone settling at the bottom of a creek bed after being washed downstream by a flood.
  2. A green dot next to a bill number update indicates the bill reflects progressive values and enjoys our support. Conversely, red octagon (stop sign) indicates that we oppose the bill because it would implement policies that are contrary to progressive values. Finally, a yellow triangle means we have concerns about a bill, but are not working for its defeat.
  3. Assessments of bills are provided by NPI and organizations that we work with, such as the Washington State Labor Council or the Environmental Priorities Coalition. The person/entity that analyzed the bill and provided the wording is always listed to the left of the assessment.
  4. It is possible to view a bill’s full history without clicking away, as long as JavaScript is enabled. Simply click on the blue link that says “Click to view” and the bill history will slide out for easy viewing. (It can be hidden again using the same link, which will change to say “Click to hide”). If JavaScript is not enabled, the bill history may still be viewed, either by clicking the bill number to go to the Legislature’s website or by viewing the source of this page.

Now, let’s find out what’s moving in the statehouse!

Browse Active Legislation

Senate Bill 5096 (Levying a Capital Gains Tax)

Official Description: Concerning an excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets.
Current Status: (May 4, 2021) Effective date 7/25/2021.
Prime Sponsor: Robinson
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5096 is legislation requested by Governor Inslee that would levy a nine percent capital gains tax to reduce the regressivity of Washington State's upside down tax code. Retirement accounts, residences, farms, and timberlands would all be exempt from the tax, and a deduction would be available for small business owners. NPI supports this legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1139 (Lead-Free Drinking Water For Our Kids)

Official Description: Taking action to address lead in drinking water.
Current Status: (May 3, 2021) Effective date 7/25/2021.
Prime Sponsor: Pollet
Cosponsors: Callan, Berg, Dolan, Ryu, Leavitt, Bronoske, Ramel, Ramos, Lekanoff, Stonier, Ortiz-Self, Frame, Goodman, Rule, Bergquist, Berry, Wylie, Johnson, J., Taylor, Valdez
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "In 2021, many kids will be returning to in-person learning but unfortunately, this means they may face another public health threat -- lead in school drinking water," says Pam Clough of Environment Washington. “This bill would be a big step in the right direction by setting a limit of five parts per billion in drinking water. The bill should make clear that schools would then shut off taps contaminated with lead while developing remediation plans. Given the toxicity of lead, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an even lower standard of 1 part per billion. So really, the 5 ppb standard in this bill is a compromise." Ensuring our kids have access to clean drinking water is vital. NPI strongly supports this bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1054 (Prohibiting Brutal Police Tactics)

Official Description: Establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers.
Current Status: (April 26, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Johnson
Cosponsors: J., Entenman, Dolan, Ryu, Berry, Simmons, Bateman, Kloba, Lekanoff, Duerr, Fitzgibbon
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would prohibit brutal police tactics such as chokeholds and neck restraints. It would also bar police from setting unleashed police dogs loose on people. Additionally, among other provisions, the bill would prohibit police agencies from acquiring military grade equipment. NPI strongly supports this package of police accountability measures.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1091 (Clean Fuel Standard)

Official Description: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.
Current Status: (April 26, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Slatter, Berry, Dolan, Bateman, Ramos, Simmons, Ramel, Senn, Peterson, Duerr, Ryu, Valdez, Callan, Kloba, Chopp, Ormsby, Frame, Macri, Pollet, Goodman, Bergquist
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," notes the Environmental Priorities Coalition. "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 has made passage of a clean fuel standard one of its priorities for the 2021 legislative session, and strongly supports this legislation. 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.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1336 (Public Broadband Act)

Official Description: Creating and expanding unrestricted authority for public entities to provide telecommunications services to end users.
Current Status: (April 26, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Hansen
Cosponsors: Ybarra
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This important bill would remove restrictions that prevent public agencies from selling municipal or rural broadband to their constituents. Access to fast Internet is essential in the twenty-first century. NPI is proud to support this legislation to get Washington State closer to universal broadband.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5399 (Creating a Universal Healthcare Commission)

Official Description: Concerning the creation of a universal health care commission.
Current Status: (April 26, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Randall
Cosponsors: Cleveland, Das, Dhingra, Frockt, Hunt, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Nguyen, Nobles, Robinson, Saldaña, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5399 seeks to get Washington State on a path to true single player healthcare by the late 2020s. The bill authorizes a commission which must develop a plan to "provide comprehensive, equitable, and affordable health care coverage under a publicly financed and privately and publicly delivered health care system to all state residents." While NPI would like to see single payer/Medicare For All implemented sooner than 2026, it is essential that the groundwork be laid for what will be a complex transition away from a private insurance system to a single payer one, especially if a Medicare For All bill is not approved by Congress. We lose nothing by committing resources to advancing this cause. NPI enthusiastically supports SB 5399.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5126 (Washington Climate Action Commitment Act by request of the Governor)

Official Description: Concerning the Washington climate commitment act.
Current Status: (April 26, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Saldaña, Conway, Das, Frockt, Hunt, Liias, Nguyen, Pedersen, Salomon, Stanford, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This senate bill would establish a comprehensive program to implement the state's climate commitment by convening a Climate Commitment Task Force. It would also create a cap and invest program for greenhouse gas emissions and convenes on an Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Panel.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1168 (Deals with Long Term Forest Health)

Official Description: Concerning long-term forest health and the reduction of wildfire dangers.
Current Status: (April 26, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Springer
Cosponsors: Kretz, Fitzgibbon, Griffey, Riccelli, Lekanoff, Ramos, Callan, Harris-Talley, Dent, Klicker
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This House bill includes many of the priority programs the Department of Natural Resources wants to increase wildlife preparation personnel, equipment, and to accelerate at risk forest restoration programs while increasing rural jobs.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5148 (Penalizing Harassment of Elections Officials)

Official Description: Concerning the harassment of election officials.
Current Status: (March 26, 2021) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Hunt, Billig, Darneille, Das, Lovelett, Saldaña, Salomon, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Pedersen, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would make harassment of elections officials a Class B felony. "Harassment" is defined as knowingly threatening to cause bodily injury of another person, physically damaging their property, or subjecting them to a malicious act which is intended to harm them. "Election official" is defined to mean any staff member working for the Secretary of State or a county auditor's office.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5188 (Authorizing A Publicly-Owned State Bank)

Official Description: Concerning the creation of the Washington state public bank.
Current Status: (April 25, 2021) By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Conway, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Hunt, Liias, Lovelett, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5188 would, according to its introductory text, create "a cooperative Washington state public bank to act as a financial conduit that, without creating state debt, can receive deposits from state, local, and tribal government entities, issue and make loans to those entities, and issue bonds, to help facilitate access to needed capital by state, local, and tribal government entities on reasonable terms and rates." NPI has long supported creating a state bank to bolster Washington's fiscal health and enable badly needed infrastructure to be built more quickly, like Sound Transit 3. Adoption of this legislation is a priority for NPI in the 2021 session.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5062 (Washington Privacy Act)

Official Description: Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data.
Current Status: (April 25, 2021) By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Carlyle
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Billig, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Holy, Hunt, Lovelett, Mullet, Pedersen, Salomon, Sheldon, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Spearheaded by Senator Reuven Carlyle, SB 5062 has been promoted as the "gold standard" of privacy. However, the ACLU of Washington says the bill has "vague language, a laundry list of exemptions and a provision that explicitly prohibits people from holding companies accountable when they violate people’s digital privacy rights." Given that there is competing legislation to SB 5062 that is much better (the People's Privacy Act, HB 1433), NPI stands in opposition to SB 5062. Washington State, as a tech hub, has an opportunity to emphatically put user consent and security + privacy first. We shouldn't squander that opportunity. NPI agrees with the Tech Equity Coalition that defaults and accountability matter. Let's pass the People's Privacy Act instead of this bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1213 (Expanding Accessible, Affordable Child Care)

Official Description: Expanding accessible, affordable child care and early childhood development programs.
Current Status: (April 25, 2021) By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Senn
Cosponsors: Chopp, Ramos, Bateman, Sells, Shewmake, Lekanoff, Peterson, Stonier, Duerr, Fitzgibbon, Berry, Rule, Davis, Wicks, Fey, Callan, Dolan, Frame, Lovick, Chapman, Ryu, Santos, Thai, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Simmons, Slatter, Gregerson, Bergquist, Hackney, Valdez, Ramel, Riccelli, Macri, Goodman, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would expand eligibility and assist with cost in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. It would also provide for increased rates, training, grants, and services for child care and early learning providers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1216 (Protecting Urban and Community Forests)

Official Description: Concerning urban and community forestry.
Current Status: (April 22, 2021) Delivered to Governor.
Prime Sponsor: Ramos
Cosponsors: Callan, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Kloba, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby, Hackney, Ramel
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: In the words of our friends at TreePAC: "HB 1216 would direct the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist Washington cities and towns and counties in our state conducting tree inventories and canopy analysis, developing Urban Forestry Management Plans and drafting local Tree Ordinances." It is agency request legislation from Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz. NPI strongly supports this legislation and agrees it would help our state meet its goals of increasing climate resilience, protecting human health, and addressing environmental equity.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5005 (Allow Corporations to Send Electronic Notices by Default)

Official Description: Concerning business corporations.
Current Status: (April 16, 2021) Effective date 7/25/2021.
Prime Sponsor: Pedersen
Cosponsors: Padden
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would allow corporations to skip the step of getting permission from their directors or shareholders to send them notices electronically, but it would allow shareholders to object if they still prefer physical mail notices. Adoption of this bill will simplify corporate governance in the twenty-first century.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1078 (Require Automatic Voting Rights Restoration)

Official Description: Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections.
Current Status: (April 7, 2021) Effective date 1/1/2022.
Prime Sponsor: Simmons
Cosponsors: Young, Dolan, Berry, Fitzgibbon, Johnson, J., Wicks
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make it easier for those who have been incarcerated to regain their voting rights by automatically putting them back on the voter rolls. Currently, those released from DOC custody must apply to get their voting rights back. By removing a barrier to voting, we are making it easier for people to participate. NPI strongly supports this bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1406 (Levying a Wealth Tax)

Official Description: Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets.
Current Status: (April 2, 2021) Referred to Appropriations.
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Sullivan, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Kirby, Davis, Bateman, Valdez, Kloba, Pollet, Walen, Dolan, Simmons, Cody, Ramel, Lekanoff, Duerr, Ryu, Berry, Peterson, Hackney, Chopp, Macri, Bergquist, Riccelli, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: NPI strongly supports HB 1406. Adoption of a wealth tax will allow us to address the embarrassing inequity in our upside down tax code. In most other states, the tax code has at least some connection with ability to pay. But not in Washington. Everyone who makes it in business should pay it forward and invest in the future of the society in which they live -- a society in which previous generations of taxpayers paid for the infrastructure that they used to acquire or inherit their fortune. Adoption of a wealth tax will make Washington healthier, stronger, and more prosperous.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5182 (Repealing Tim Eyman's Push Polls)

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (March 17, 2021) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5182 would repeal part of an old Tim Eyman initiative that forces Washington's thirty-nine counties to waste precious resources on "advisory votes" -- fake ballot measures that falsely purport to give voters an opportunity to weigh in on revenue increases passed by the Legislature. Advisory votes -- which are really anti-tax messages written by Eyman and thus do not measure anything -- are costly, deceptive, and unconstitutional, and NPI strongly supports getting rid of them. The bill would also increase transparency of the Legislature by requiring more information about the Legislature's fiscal decisions to be published in the voter's pamphlet. Adoption of this legislation is a top NPI legislative priority for 2021.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5078 (Restricting High Capacity Firearms Magazines)

Official Description: Addressing firearm safety measures to increase public safety.
Current Status: (March 17, 2021) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Liias
Cosponsors: Kuderer, Darneille, Hunt, Nguyen, Pedersen, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: In the words of Senate Democratic staff: "SB 5078 prohibits the manufacture, sale, transfer, and possession of large capacity magazines that can accept more than ten rounds of ammunition. The bill includes several exceptions that build on existing state laws and allow use of high-capacity magazines at licensed shooting ranges or by law enforcement, along with other circumstances." Getting weapons of war off our streets will make our communities safer. High capacity magazines are not needed for hunting or self defense, and should not be sold to civilians or possessed by civilians. NPI strongly supports this legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5175 (Expanding Access to Broadband)

Official Description: Concerning the authority of the community economic revitalization board.
Current Status: (March 17, 2021) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Nguyen
Cosponsors: Wellman, Das, Hasegawa, Saldaña, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This senate bill would establish a loan and grant program for financing broadband infrastructure projects under authority of the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB). It would efficiently and sustainably expand access to broadband throughout Washington for local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1496 (Levying a Capital Gains Tax)

Official Description: Creating a more progressive tax system in Washington by enacting an excise tax on sales and extraordinary profits of high valued assets.
Current Status: (February 11, 2021) Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Senn
Cosponsors: Walen, Davis, Johnson, J., Ramel, Bergquist, Macri, Gregerson, Simmons, Sells, Peterson, Bateman, Berry, Lekanoff, Frame, Fitzgibbon, Duerr, Hackney, Slatter, Kirby, Thai, Chopp, Valdez, Riccelli, Pollet, Ormsby, Harris-Talley, Stonier
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1496 is the main vehicle for creating a capital gains tax on the wealthy in the Washington State House of Representatives this session. Sponsored by State Representative Tana Senn, it would direct most of the revenue raised to childcare through the Fair Start for Kids Account. NPI's research has found strong public support for levying a capital gains tax that is primarily used to benefit early learning, K-12 schools, or higher education, and we strongly support this proposal for moving forward with a capital gains tax.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1465 (Improving the Estate Tax)

Official Description: Making the estate tax more progressive by exempting small estates, reducing estate taxes on medium estates, increasing the estate tax on larger estates, and addressing equity in homeownership and homelessness.
Current Status: (February 9, 2021) Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM.
Prime Sponsor: Orwall
Cosponsors: Ramel, Ryu, Wylie, Frame, Ormsby, Valdez, Pollet, Thai, Chopp, Macri, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: HB 1465 makes some useful changes to the estate tax, which is Washington State's most progressive revenue source, to fund our essential public services. The exclusion amount would be increased to $2.5 million, while the rates for estates over $3 to $9 million would be increased. There would also be new rate classes for estates over $9 million. The bill is estimated to raise a total of $105 million during the 2021-2023 biennium and $168 million during the 2023-2025 biennium. 10% of the revenue raised would go to an Equity in Housing Account and the remainder would go to the Education Legacy Trust, which benefits K-12 schools and higher ed.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1046 (Updating Community Solar Project Definitions)

Official Description: Concerning community solar programs.
Current Status: (February 5, 2021) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Bateman
Cosponsors: Duerr, Leavitt, Shewmake, Kloba, Fitzgibbon, Dolan
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make it easier to build community solar projects.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1433 (People's Privacy Act)

Official Description: Creating a charter of people's personal data rights.
Current Status: (February 1, 2021) First reading, referred to Civil Rights & Judiciary.
Prime Sponsor: Kloba
Cosponsors: Sutherland, Ryu, Johnson, J., Valdez, Dolan, Young, Ramel, Bergquist, Eslick, Jacobsen, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Spearheaded by the ACLU of Washington and introduced by Representative Shelley Kloba, this is legislation aimed at greatly strengthening Washingtonians' privacy online. The ACLU's Jennifer Lee explains: "The People’s Privacy Act is founded on the assumption that everyone’s privacy should be protected by default and that people’s data should not be used without their affirmative, opt-in consent. It gives people the right to know what data companies have about them and the right to correct and delete their information. It prohibits companies from using, selling or sharing data without people meaningfully given consent, which is the true gold standard for privacy." NPI believes everyone has a right to privacy and that privacy and cybersecurity go hand in hand. Enactment of this legislation will give us strong protections that will safeguard our civil rights and liberties.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1195 (Extending the Time Frame for Establishing Charter Schools)

Official Description: Extending the time frame for establishing charter schools.
Current Status: (January 29, 2021) Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 10:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Walen, Springer, Sullivan, Callan, Stokesbary, Chapman, Dufault, Lovick
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill is an attempt to extend Washington State's unsuccessful experiment with charter schools, which are schools that are publicly funded but not fully under public control. The time period would be extended from the original, April 3, 2021 to a new date of April 3, 2026 during which forty more charter schools could be established. Of those authorized so far, five have closed and none have received a financial audit.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1053 (Delaying Implementation of Reusable Bag Bill)

Official Description: Delaying the implementation of restrictions on carryout bags.
Current Status: (January 26, 2021) Referred to Rules 2 Consideration.
Prime Sponsor: Peterson
Cosponsors: Dye, Kloba, Ortiz-Self
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would continue the pause in implementation of the Reusable Bag Bill which was one of NPI's 2020 Legislative Priorities. The pause was ordered by Governor Jay Inslee through a proclamation earlier in the pandemic. While NPI understands the rationale for this bill, pollution is a massive and growing problem and we have strong concerns with delaying implementation further.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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House Bill 1265 (Sabotaging Washington's Presidential Primary)

Official Description: Concerning the presidential primary.
Current Status: (January 18, 2021) First reading, referred to State Government & Tribal Relations.
Prime Sponsor: Rude
Cosponsors: Chapman, Griffey, Walsh, Graham, Eslick, Jacobsen, Chase, Robertson
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Enactment of this legislation would undo NPI's work on presidential primary reform from years past. It would force the Washington State Democratic Party to stop using the state-run presidential primary, because it would set up a competing ballot (next to the Democratic and Republican ballots) that would trick people into throwing away their votes by participating in the equivalent of an opinion poll instead of voting a ballot that counts, something that is explicitly prohibited by national Democratic rules. NPI is strongly opposed to this unnecessary, counterproductive legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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Senate Bill 5231 (Clean Fuel Standard)

Official Description: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.
Current Status: (January 15, 2021) First reading, referred to Environment, Energy & Technology.
Prime Sponsor: Stanford
Cosponsors: Saldaña, Billig, Carlyle, Das, Frockt, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Nguyen, Nobles, Pedersen, Robinson, Salomon, Wilson, C.
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," notes the Environmental Priorities Coalition. "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 has made passage of a clean fuel standard one of its priorities for the 2021 legislative session, and strongly supports this legislation. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5134 (Public Confidence in Law Enforcement)

Official Description: Enhancing public trust and confidence in law enforcement and strengthening law enforcement accountability for general authority Washington peace officers, excluding department of fish and wildlife officers.
Current Status: (January 14, 2021) Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 8:00 AM.
Prime Sponsor: Salomon
Cosponsors: Darneille, Das, Hunt, Pedersen, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would enhance public trust and confidence in law enforcement by strengthening accountability for Washington peace officers. It changes how misconduct by law enforcement officers is dealt with and introduces new provisions related to discipline.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)