Two NPI priority bills are on the move in the Washington State Legislature, with one week left to go until the 2022 chamber of origin cutoff arrives.
HB 1810, sponsored by Representative Mia Gregerson (D‑33rd District: South King County), has been placed on second reading in the House of Representatives and could run on the floor whenever leadership decides the time is ripe.
The bill requires companies that make electronics to either make documentation, parts, and tools available to owners and independent repair shops on “fair and reasonable terms,” or else provide training to allow businesses based in Washington to become manufacturer certified to carry out repairs.
69% of Washington voters surveyed on NPI’s behalf last November said they supported right to repair legislation, while only 13% were opposed. We unveiled our poll finding at HB 1810’s public hearing last month.
If HB 1810 gets a floor vote in the House before next Tuesday at 5 PM, it would be sent over the Senate for further consideration.
Meanwhile, over in the Senate, legislation to give Sound Transit more flexibility for funding future transit expansion projects has been sent up to the Rules Committee by the Senate Transportation Committee.
SB 5528, sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen (D‑43rd District: Seattle) got a do pass recommendation at yesterday’s Transportation meeting.
The bill would allow Sound Transit to create what are known as “enhanced service zones” within its jurisdiction. Following the creation of such a zone (i.e. the City of Seattle), Sound Transit could ask voters within just that zone to levy a special motor vehicle excise tax and a commercial parking tax to accelerate existing projects or system planning for future projects to benefit the region.
The roll call vote on the bill was as follows:
Voting for a “do pass” recommendation: Democratic Senators Marko Liias, Rebecca Saldaña, Annette Cleveland, Mona Das, Liz Lovelett, John Lovick, Joe Nguyen, T’wina Nobles, Emily Randall, and Claire Wilson; Republican Senators Brad Hawkins and Tim Sheldon
Voting for a “do not pass” recommendation: Republican Senators Phil Fortunato and Mike Padden
Voting for “without recommendation”: Republican Senators Curtis King, Jeff Holy, and Jeff Wilson
NPI’s research has found that more than seven in ten voters in Seattle support accelerating Sound Transit’s Phase III system expansion projects, which include light rail to Ballard to West Seattle. We released these findings last summer in partnership with our friends at Seattle Subway, who are championing Senate Bill 5528. As with every other bill that hasn’t yet run on the floor, the legislation must be approved by the Senate no later than next Tuesday afternoon or it will go inactive for the remainder of the legislative session.
The 2022 legislative session convened twenty-nine days ago, which means the midway point of the 2022 session is later today.
In accordance with the Washington State Constitution, which limits even-numbered year regular sessions to sixty days, the Legislature must adjourn Sine Die no later than March 10th, 2022. The Legislature has the option of returning to continue working on one or more priorities in a special session, but Democratic legislative leadership is unlikely to support such a move.