Sine Die 2022
At 11:35 pm on Thursday, March 10, the 67th biennium of the Washington State Legislature came to a close. This session began in the darkness of the Omicron surge and ended in optimism 25 minutes before the expiration of Washington’s indoor mask mandate. And yet, this session bore many of the same COVID-19 restrictions as last session, most notably the closure of offices to constituents and lobbyists wishing to meet with members and staff in person.
Majority Democrats came to Olympia this year with two high-profile priorities at the top of their list, fixes to the long-term care program and to police reforms passed last session. Both topics were addressed in short order. Additionally, for the second year in a row, leadership asked members to introduce no more than 7 new bills and chairs to limit the number of bills passed out of committee to ease the burden of a mostly virtual session. Democratic Leadership also requested members limit the focus of their bills to “Serve Washingtonians Better, Strengthen Economic Well-Being, Advance Racial Equality and Justice, and Address the Climate Crisis” In the 2019/20 biennium, legislators introduced 2408 bills and passed 868. In the 2021/22 biennium, legislators introduced 1559 bills and passed 307 bills.
The narrowed policy focus again paid off, with Majority Democrats checking off many of the items on their to-do list. For the most part, the bills passed in the second year of the biennium, the short session, are less bold than the major laws passed in the first year, the long session. The second year is also a major election year with the entire House and half the Senate appearing on the ballot. What follows are some of the more notable bills that will become law in 2022.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
1626 (Chapman, D-24) - Provides authority for the Fish and Wildlife Commission to issue electronic licensing documents including licenses, permits, tags, stamps and catch record cards.
1649 (Shewmake, D-42) - Establishes that the Fish and Wildlife Commission may appoint up to two additional members who meet certain criteria to the Advisory Committee on Hunters and Fishers with Disabilities. Changes the content and frequency of the report the Commission must submit to the Legislature about the Advisory Committee.
5860 (Warnick, R-13) - Reestablishes the prior process for protecting unused groundwater rights in the Odessa aquifer from relinquishment.
2051 (Rule, D-42) - Requires the Conservation Commission to develop a short-term disaster recovery financial assistance program for farmers and ranchers
5504 (Warnick, R-13) - Requires the Parks and Recreation Commission to designate up to 12 days per year where access to recreation sites or lands is free.
5624 (Warnick, R-13) - Extends livestock inspection fees that expire July 1, 2023, to July 1, 2024. Extends changes to the Livestock Identification Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) that expire July 1, 2023, to July 1, 2024. Extends the requirement that the Washington State Department of Agriculture report to the Legislature and the Advisory Committee on the Livestock Identification Program to July 1, 2024.
5972 (Warnick, R-13) - Extends the expiration date for Public Records Act exemptions for certain personal identifying information of persons involved in preventative measures involving wolf interactions, as well as persons involved in reports of and responses to wolf depredations, from June 30, 2022, to June 30, 2027.
5619 (Lovelett, D-40) - Requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish a Native Kelp Forest and Eelgrass Meadow Health and Conservation Plan (plan) that endeavors to conserve and restore at least 10,000 acres of kelp forests and eelgrass meadows by 2040. Requires DNR to develop a framework to identify and prioritize native kelp forest and eelgrass meadow areas in greatest need of conservation or restoration. Requires DNR to map areas of native and nonnative kelp forests and eelgrass meadows, together with areas in which there are both native and nonnative kelp forests and eelgrass meadows throughout Puget Sound and along the coastline and submit the map to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the Legislature by December 1, 2023. Requires DNR to submit the plan to the Office of Financial Management and the Legislature by December 1, 2023, and establishes other reporting deadlines.
5961 (Sefzik, R-42) - Directs state agencies and local governments to consider using biochar when planning government-funded projects. Adds a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of sourcing forest products from lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources for the production of biochar.
1700 (Paul, D-10) - Requires 25 percent of the Watercraft Excise Tax collected each fiscal year to be deposited in the Derelict Vessel Removal Account.
1430 (Kloba, D-1) - Changes, from 55 years to 99 years, the maximum length of a lease of land managed by the Department of Natural Resources, where the purpose of the lease is for commercial, industrial, business, or recreational purposes. Requires all commercial, industrial, or business leases extending beyond 55 years to provide for periodic rental reevaluation and adjustment, except leases with rentals based on a percentage of income.
1641 (Hoff, R-18) - Reinstates the business and occupation tax exemption for custom farming. Reinstates the public utilities tax exemption for the hauling of farm products.
Business & Labor
1732 (Sullivan, D-47) - Delays the start date for the premium assessments under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (LTSS Trust Program) from January 1, 2022, to July 1, 2023. Delays the date benefits become available under the LTSS Trust Program from January 1, 2025 to July 1, 2026. Allows individuals born before January 1, 1968, who do not meet the LTSS Trust Program's vesting requirements, to receive partial benefits based on the number of years of premium payments. Requires employers to refund employees any LTSS Trust premiums collected before July 1, 2023.
1733 (Paul, D-10) - Establishes exemptions from the payment of premiums under the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program for certain veterans, spouses and registered domestic partners of military service members, nonimmigrant temporary workers, and employees who work in Washington and maintain a primary residence outside of Washington.
1124 (Ryu, D-32) - Modifies certain powers and authorities of state-chartered credit unions. Authorizes credit unions to invest in the equity interest of corporations that are engaged in or planning activity that is incidental or complementary to the credit union's operations. Allows credit unions to acquire real property without occupying the property within a designated period of time.
1669 (Stokesbary, R-31) - Creates a disability benefit for members of the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System totally disabled in the line of duty. Disabled members must be unable to perform any substantial gainful activity to qualify. Provides the totally disabled member with a benefit of up to 70 percent of final average salary.
1794 (Hoff, R-18) - Requires employer reimbursement of fees charged to an employee due to a paycheck returned for nonsufficient funds.
1874 (Vick, R-18) - Revises the process for an individual with a criminal conviction to request a determination of whether that criminal history is disqualifying for obtaining a professional license administered by the Department of Licensing.
5489 (Pedersen, D-43) - Amends provisions of the Washington Business Corporations Act concerning record dates, mergers, special meetings, maintenance of shareholders lists, and share exchanges. Changes provisions of the Washington Uniform Limited Partnership Act concerning partner transactions with the partnership, distributions, limitations on distributions, partner's transferable interest, and property in conversions and mergers. Amends provisions of the Washington Limited Liability Company Act concerning approval of conversion, admission and withdrawal of members, foreign professional limited liability companies, and members without an economic interest.
5564 (Keiser, D-33) - Prohibits employers from obtaining individually identifiable information regarding an employee's participation in an employee assistance program.
5701 (Nguyen, D-34) - Provides for the monthly wage under workers' compensation for inmates and institutional patients to be based on the usual wage paid in like or similar occupations where the wages are fixed. Requires the Department of Labor and Industries to submit a report to the Legislature on impacted claims by December 1, 2024.
5763 (Randall, D-26) - Repeals the statute allowing the Department of Labor and Industries to issue special certificates for the employment of individuals with disabilities at wages lower than the applicable prevailing wage rate.
5873 (Keiser, D-33) - Decreases the maximum Unemployment Insurance (UI) social cost factor for 2022 and 2023. Sets a maximum UI rate class for the purposes of the percentage of the social cost factor to be paid by small businesses in 2023.
1899 (Kirby, D-29) - Exempts certain information provided to the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) by an out-of-state or federal agency, or a regulatory association comprised of members of financial regulatory agencies, from disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA). Provides that the Director of the DFI or the Director's designee may, for the purpose of regulating financial institutions, enter into agreements governing the sharing, receiving, and use of documents, materials, or other information consistent with the PRA.
5602 (Mullet, D-5) - Authorizes the Director of the Department of Financial Institutions to examine and take enforcement actions, including joint examination and enforcement actions with other state and federal agencies, against service providers that provide certain services to state-chartered banks, savings banks, or savings and loan associations.
5676 (Conway, D-29) - Increases the monthly benefit of Public Employees' Retirement System and Teachers' Retirement System Plan 1 retirees receiving a benefit on July 1, 2021, by 3 percent, up to a maximum increase of $110.
5875 (Nguyen, D-34) - Applies the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act occupational disease presumption to certain Department of Licensing employees.
5890 (Keiser, D-33) - Removes references to "Hanford nuclear site" and "Hanford site worker" and instead applies the rebuttable presumption, for workers' compensation purposes, to "exposed workers" working at a "radiological hazardous waste facility." Specifies that the presumption does not apply to communicable respiratory diseases and communicable neurological diseases.
1752 (Stokesary, R-31) - Requires the Department of Retirement Systems to provide a Roth qualified contribution option to the public employee deferred compensation program.
1795 (Berry, D-36) - Makes void and unenforceable provisions in agreements between an employer and employee that prohibit the disclosure of conduct that is illegal discrimination, harassment, retaliation, a wage and hour violation, or sexual assault, or that is against a clear mandate of public policy, occurring in the workplace. Repeals the statute prohibiting nondisclosure agreements regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault occurring in the workplace.
1930 (Jacobsen, R-25) - Allows cosmetology licensees whose licenses expired, or was canceled, on or after March 1, 2020, to renew their license before June 30, 2023.
2019 (Boehnke, R-8) - Requires the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board), with certain stakeholders, to identify certain skills and educational needs and gaps for retail workers. Requires the Workforce Board and certain stakeholders to make recommendations to the Legislature on developing credentials, and creating educational and career opportunities, for retail workers. Requires the Workforce Board to submit reports to the Legislature.
5519 (Dozier, R-16) - Discontinues the status of certificate holder for certified public accountants beginning on July 1, 2024. Automatically converts individuals with valid certificates to licensees in an inactive status, unless they meet requirements to become active licensees before July 1, 2024.
5791 (Schoesler, R-9) - Provides Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 1 members with a one-time lump sum equal to $100 per month of service for retirees and a minimum of $20,000 for catastrophic and duty disability retirees, and duty death beneficiaries.
5600 (Keiser, D-33) - Requires the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (Apprenticeship Council) to establish sector-based platforms to promote industry collaboration and review classroom and on-the-job training standards for apprenticeship programs, review and recommend applications for new apprenticeship programs to the apprenticeship council, and collaborate with any relevant Centers of Excellence. Requires the Governor to establish a committee to develop apprenticeship programs for state agencies. Requires apprenticeship programs seeking approval to provide an assessment for future sustainability. Requires the Apprenticeship Council, when evaluating applications for new apprenticeship programs, to consider whether graduating apprentices will move toward a living wage, the availability of a career ladder to graduating apprentices, or the existence of non-wage benefits as factors in the approval process. Requires the Department of Labor and Industries to perform an apprenticeship retention study and provide the Legislature a report on incentivizing apprenticeships and an assessment on the lack of local apprenticeship programs in rural communities and the logistical burdens apprentices in those areas encounter and to develop policy options for alleviating these issues. Establishes grants for technology and remote learning infrastructure modernization, wrap-around support services for apprentices, and updating necessary equipment in apprenticeship programs.
5649 (Robinson, D-38) - Provides that an allowable purpose for family leave is any leave taken by an employee during the seven calendar days following the death of the family member for whom the employee would have qualified to take medical leave for the birth of their child or would have qualified for family bonding leave. Specifies that leave taken by certain employees in the first six weeks after giving birth must be medical leave unless the employee chooses to use family leave. Expires the collective bargaining agreement exception contained in the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. Requires the Employment Security Department to publish a list of employers with approved voluntary plans on its website. Contains provisions on short- and long-term actuarial services assessing the financial condition of the PFML program to maintain financial stability of the family and medical leave insurance account. Creates a legislative task force on PFML program premiums and requires a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee report.
5761 (Randall, D-26) - Modifies the requirements to provide wage information to require employers to provide the wage scale or salary range in job postings and to include a general description of all benefits and other compensation, rather than providing wage and salary information only upon request of an applicant after the initial job offer. Removes the requirement that if no wage scale or salary range exists, the employer must provide the minimum wage or salary expectation prior to posting the position, making a position transfer, or making the promotion. Limits the persons who are entitled to remedies to a job applicant or an employee.
5810 (Mullet, D-5) - Establishes that legal service contractors are not insurers and legal service plans are not insurance.
1902 (Schmick, R-9) - Provides for reopening a workers' compensation claim where the provider fails to submit the application.
1497 (Mosbrucker, R-14) - Restricts telephone solicitation to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Requires telephone solicitors to provide identifying information within the first 30 seconds of a call, and to end the call within 10 seconds of the called party indicating they want to end the call. Requires telephone solicitors requesting a donation or gift of money to provide a specific list of options to the called party. Expands the definition of telephone solicitation to include calls to nonresidential telephone customers.
1648 (Vick, R-18) - Creates an inactive license designation that reduces the number of continuing professional education credits needed for certified public accountants (CPAs) that want to maintain their license while not actively practicing as a CPA.
1701 (Bergquist, D-11) - Increases the retirement benefit multiplier for certain members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) from 2 percent to 2.5 percent for years of service from 15 and up to 25. Provides certain LEOFF 2 retirees with a one-time lump sum equal to $100 per month of service for retirees and a minimum of $20,000 for catastrophic and duty disability retirees, and duty death beneficiaries.
1704 (Kirby, D-29) - Allows service contract providers and protection product guarantee providers to use more than one reimbursement insurance policy to cover their obligations and liabilities.
1015 (Maycumber, R-7) - Establishes the Equitable Access to Credit Program (Program) within the Department of Commerce (Commerce). Authorizes Commerce to award grants to qualified lending institutions for lending or investing in historically underserved communities. • Creates a credit against business and occupation taxes owed for contributions made to the Program.
1359 (Stonier, D-49) - Reduces certain liquor license fees set to expire or issued between April 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023, by half.
2124 (Riccelli, D-3) - Grants employees of the legislative branch collective bargaining rights. Creates the Office of State Legislative Labor Relations.
Cannabis, Liquor & Gaming
1210 (Morgan, D-29) - Replaces the term "marijuana" with the term "cannabis" throughout the Revised Code of Washington and requires the Liquor and Cannabis Board to use expedited rulemaking to make the same change to the Washington Administrative Code. Provides that the term "marijuana" as used under federal law generally refers to the term "cannabis" used throughout the Revised Code of Washington.
5480 (King, R-14) - Establishes a new liquor license endorsement ($100 per year) for distilleries, wineries, and breweries to contract for packaging services with other licensed distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Includes examples of authorized packaging services such as canning, bottling, and bagging of alcoholic beverages; mixing products before packaging; repackaging of finished products into mixed consumer packs; and receiving and returning products subject to requirements.
5796 (Saldaña, D-37) - Renames the Dedicated Marijuana Account to the Dedicated Cannabis Account. Restructures, modifies, and removes certain appropriations to agencies, local governments, and the State General Fund.
1859 (Kloba, D-1) - Establishes an interagency coordination team for cannabis laboratory quality standards, consisting of the Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), and the Department of Health (DOH). Requires the WSDA to establish and maintain cannabis testing laboratory quality standards, which cannabis laboratories must adhere to in conducting tests of cannabis product samples.
Children, Youth & Families
2068 (Stonier, D-49) - Requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to select a qualified nonprofit organization physically located in Washington to create and operate the Imagination Library of Washington Program that would contract with a national nonprofit foundation that exists for the purpose of working with local entities to identify eligible children and mail age-appropriate, high quality books each month to those children at no cost to families.
1747 (Ortiz-Self, D-21) - Expands the good cause exception to the requirement that the court require the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to file a termination petition if a child is in out-of-home care for 15 of the last 22 months to include circumstances where DCYF has not yet met with the caregiver for the child to discuss guardianship as an alternative to adoption or the court has determined that guardianship is an appropriate permanent plan. Requires the court to consider the efforts taken by DCYF to support a guardianship and whether a guardianship is available as a permanent option for the child when considering one of the required elements of a termination of parental rights petition. Expands the subsidy program for eligible relatives appointed by the court to include limited guardians of a minor. Prohibits a child who is placed with a relative or other suitable person from being moved, unless, under certain criteria, the court finds that a change in circumstances necessitates a change in placement.
5548 (Pedersen, D-43) - Specifies permitted methods of transferring custody of a child with the intent to abandon the rights and responsibilities concerning the child, including through a judicial award of custody or adoption placement by an authorized child-placing agency. Prohibits unregulated child custody transfers by a parent, guardian, or an individual with whom a child has been placed for adoption to someone beyond family members and other specified categories of individuals and with the intent to abandon the rights and responsibilities concerning the child. Prohibits a person from receiving custody of a child or acting as an intermediary in a child custody transfer if the person knows or reasonably should know that the transfer violates the prohibition on unregulated child custody transfers. Prohibits advertising of custody transfers by unlicensed or unauthorized persons or entities. Requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to take appropriate action under child welfare laws in response to probable violations of the prohibition on unregulated child custody transfers.
5814 (Cleveland, D-49) - Requires the Department of Labor and Industries (Department) to cover the costs for the examination of a suspected victim of Assault of a Child, subject to appropriation. Requires the Department to report information related to such claims to the Legislature and Governor by November 1, 2023, and annually thereafter.
1890 (Callan, D-5) - Creates a strategic plan advisory group under the children and youth behavioral health work group for the purpose of developing a behavioral health strategic plan for children, youth transitioning to adulthood, and their caregivers. Modifies the children and youth behavioral health work group by adding a member, allowing up to six meetings per year, and allowing stipends up to $200 per day for members with lived experience
1834 (Callan, D-5) - Requires that the rules of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) categorize a student absence from school for a mental health reason as an excused absence due to illness, health condition, or medical appointment. Directs the SPI to develop, in consultation with a student advisory group, guidelines to implement the student absence rules.
5252 (Wellman, D-41) - Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and provide a tribal consultation training and schedule to assist school district boards of directors and staff in understanding how to engage in the federally required tribal consultation process. Requires school board directors and certain staff to complete the tribal consultation training every three years, beginning September 1, 2024. Directs the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) to convene annual, regional meetings and invite tribal councils from the federally recognized tribes for the purposes of establishing government-to-government relationships and dialogue between the tribal councils and school district boards of directors. Requires the WSSDA to submit three biennial reports to the Legislature regarding the progress made in the development of effective government-to-government relationships and other topics.
5497 (C Wilson, D-30) - Extends voting authority to the two student members of the State Board of Education (SBE) except in matters directly relating to graduation requirement changes that apply to their school and graduating class. Makes corresponding changes to quorum requirements for the transaction of business by the SBE.
1878 (Riccelli, D-3) - Expands the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) mandatory participation requirements to all public schools with an identified student percentage of 40 percent, or lower if permitted by federal law. Requires school districts, to the extent practicable, to group schools for the purpose of maximizing the number of schools eligible to participate in the CEP. Includes a null and void clause if funding for the bill is not provided in the state budget.
5545 (Wagoner, R-39) - Modifies the mandatory tuition waiver for spouses and domestic partners of eligible veterans and National Guard members who lost their lives in service, became totally and permanently disabled, or are determined to be prisoners of war or missing in action.
1642 (Leavitt, D-28) - Modifies eligibility requirements and the award amount for the Washington National Guard Postsecondary Education Grant program.
1833 (Berg, D-44) - Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to oversee the development and implementation of a statewide electronic repository of household income information that is required for a student's enrollment in a free and reduced-price meal program. Exempts this household income information from disclosure under the Public Records Act. Directs OSPI to submit annual reports on the implementation of the electronic repository.
1867 (Paul, D-10) - Expands categories of data to be included in the annual dual credit report to the Legislature. Revises responsibilities in coordinating and producing the report.
1941 (Walen, D-48) - Prohibits school lockdown drills from including live simulations of or reenactments of active shooter scenarios that are not trauma-informed and age and developmentally appropriate.
1974 (Ybarra, R-13) - Transfers duties related to the conduct of elections for members of the State Board of Education and educational service district boards from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Washington State School Directors' Association.
1051 (Pollet, D-46) - Adds a full-time or emeritus member of the faculty to the Board of Regents for both the University of Washington and Washington State University.
1907 (Steele, R-12) - Requires the Washington Student Achievement Council to ensure that postsecondary institutions participating in state student financial aid programs allow a student who receives a private scholarship to receive up to 100 percent of the student's unmet need before the student's federal, state, or institutional aid is reduced.
2007 (Slatter, D-48) - Establishes the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program under the Washington Health Corps.
1955 (Rule, D-42) - Makes numerous changes to education and other requirements related to students who are the subject of a dependency proceeding including changes related to definitions, transmittal of education records, educational continuity, transportation, and foster care liaisons. Defines students who are the subject of a dependency proceeding to mean a child or youth who is located in Washington State and who is the subject of a shelter care or dependency order or an equivalent order of a tribal court of a federally recognized Indian tribe; or eligible for benefits under the federal Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program.
5017 (Wellman, D-41) - Modifies the list of school district purchases that require public notification and bidding to include construction work by a contractor who meets the public works responsible bidder criteria, rather than "other work" generally. Provides an enumerated list of services that are not "construction work" and requires that such services meet certain procurement requirements, beginning January 1, 2023.
5539 (Hunt, D-22) - Requires that state funding be provided to each educational service district (ESD) for the employer cost of school employees' benefits for employees of the ESD who are covered by collective bargaining.
5854 (Randall, D-26) - Allows higher education institutions to set administrative processes for activities constituting private uses of state resources at more than de minimis costs to the institution, but which are required as part of a faculty member or research employee's job requirements
5933 (Frockt, D-46) - Establishes a school seismic safety grant program for school districts and state-tribal compact schools for remediation of seismic or tsunami hazards in qualifying buildings. Requires qualifying buildings to be located in high seismic hazard areas and must have been built prior to 1998 and has not received a seismic retrofit to 2005 seismic standards.
5376 (C Wilson, D-30) - Requires public schools to annually notify parents, students, and school employees about the services available through the Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO). Tasks OEO with developing a template of the notification information with translation into Spanish and include other languages as resources allow.
5498 (C Wilson, D-30) - Requires school districts, if requested by the student's parent, guardian, or custodian, to issue a high school diploma to a deceased student if the student was academically eligible to graduate or had completed at least 75 percent of the number of credits required to graduate, and died after completing the 11th grade school year. Establishes that districts are not required to award a diploma to a deceased student at the same ceremony or event as other graduating students.
5657 (Wellman, D-41) - Requires each school district operating an institutional education program for youth in state long-term juvenile institutions to provide an opportunity to access an elective computer science course, subject to appropriations. Provides that if a district cannot provide a computer science course that is fully aligned with state learning standards due to facility or technology security limitations, the district must adapt the course to align with as many standards as possible. Requires each district to annually report data regarding institutional computer science courses.
5720 (Mullet, D-5) - Requires the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP) to establish a grant program for integrating financial literacy education into professional development for certificated staff, with specific criteria for grant recipients. Tasks FEPPP with additional duties, subject to appropriation, in support of financial literacy including, but not limited to hiring support staff; contracting with education service districts; facilitating the creation and implementation of professional development for certified educational staff relating to financial literacy; working to facilitate specific outreach to specific student populations; and coordinating with providers in early childhood education and assistance programs.
5764 (Randall, D-26) - Aligns the maximum Washington College Grant for full-time apprentices (WCG-A) to the maximum award for full-time students attending two-year institutions. Requires the William D. Ruckelshaus Center to study, consult stakeholders, and report on further developing and improving opportunities for apprentices to receive credit towards degrees. Requires access to the financial aid offices at the community and technical colleges, or verification of access to the WCG-A by the Washington Student Achievement Council, for apprentices by the 2025- 26 school year. Requires credits to be established for registered apprenticeship programs by the 2028-29 school year.
5789 (Randall, D-26) - Creates the Washington Career and College Pathways Innovation Challenge Program (program) to award grants to local and regional entities for programs with the objective of meeting state educational attainment goals. Directs the Student Achievement Council (Council) to administer the program based on a competitive grant process. Permits the Council to solicit and receive gifts, grants, and endowments from public or private sources in support of the program. Repeals and modifies parts of the Washington Fund for Innovation and Quality
5847 (Liias, D-21) - Requires the Student Loan Advocate (Advocate) to create and provide information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to public service employees (employees) annually. Requires the Office of Financial Management (OFM) to develop a program for state agencies to certify employment for the purposes of PSLF by July 1, 2023. Requires OFM to work with certain entities to develop a plan for a state initiative for increasing access and removing barriers for PSLF for all public service employees by December 1, 2024. Establishes a calculation for part-time academic employees' duties outside of assigned in-class teaching to be counted towards full-time employment for the purposes of PSLF.
5878 (Rolfes, D-23) - Adds visual and performing arts to the statutory list of subjects included in the common school curriculum. Requires Washington State public schools to offer regular instruction in at least one visual art or one performing art throughout the academic school year, beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Requires arts instruction to be performed by qualified specialists who shall be consulted when determining course offerings.
1644 (Senn, D-41) - Expands allowable uses of school districts' transportation vehicle funds to include purchase, installation, and repair of vehicle charging stations and other zero-emission fueling stations, converting or repowering existing gas or diesel vehicles to electric or zero emission pupil transportation vehicles, and feasibility studies to transition to electric or zero-emission vehicles for pupil transportation
1664 (Rule, D-42) - Increases minimum allocations for nurses, social workers, psychologists, and counselors in the prototypical school funding model over three school years. Designates certain staff positions as "physical, social, and emotional support staff" (PSES staff) and specifies that the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) may only allocate funding to the extent of and proportionate to a school district's demonstrated actual ratios of PSES staff. Requires that funding for PSES staff be prioritized to staff with a valid educational staff associate certificate. Requires the SPI to submit to the Legislature four biennial implementation reports.
1617 (Morgan, D-29) - Specifies that all state legal holidays are also school holidays on which school may not be taught.
1622 (Mosbrucker, R-14) - Requires the Washington State University College of Nursing to establish two programs—a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) online and clinical training program, and a regional SANE leader pilot program.
1153 (Orwall, D-33) - Requires school districts, charter schools, the state School for the Blind, and the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (education entities) to collect data on language access and language access services. Requires certain education entities to adopt a language access policy and procedures and to implement a language access program that meets stated requirements. Requires establishment of credentialing requirements for spoken and sign language interpreters working in public schools to interpret for students' families. Creates a Language Access Technical Assistance Program and a Language Access Advisory Committee
1389 (Corry, R-14) - Requires school districts, charter schools, the state School for the Blind, and the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (education entities) to collect data on language access and language access services. Requires certain education entities to adopt a language access policy and procedures and to implement a language access program that meets stated requirements. Requires establishment of credentialing requirements for spoken and sign language interpreters working in public schools to interpret for students' families. Creates a Language Access Technical Assistance Program and a Language Access Advisory Committee.
1590 (Dolan, D-22) - Provides enrollment stabilization amounts in the 2021-22 school year equal to 50 percent of the difference in combined state revenues using 2019-20 enrollment and 2021-22 enrollment if a local education agency's combined state revenue generated in the 2021-22 school year is less than what its combined state revenue would be using 2019-20 enrollment. Authorizes the use of 2019-20 enrollment values to calculate enrichment levy limits in the 2023 calendar year and to calculate local effort assistance in the 2022 and 2023 calendar years.
1751 (Leavitt, D-28) - Expands the definition of hazing. Requires each institution of higher education to prohibit hazing both on and off campus. Requires each institution of higher education to provide students with an educational program on hazing as part of new student orientation. Requires each institution of higher education to publicly report actual findings of hazing violations. Requires each institution of higher education to provide hazing prevention education to employees. Requires employees and volunteers at each public and private institution of higher education to report occurrences of hazing to a designated authority at the institution. Prohibits a person reporting hazing at an institution of higher education from being sanctioned for hazing unless the person is directly involved in the reported act. Requires social fraternity and sorority organizations to notify an institution before opening or reopening a local chapter, to notify the institution when it implements a hazing investigation, and to certify to the institution that all of the organization's websites contain a full list of hazing violations against the local chapter within the last five years. Requires each public institution of higher education to establish a hazing prevention committee to promote and address hazing prevention.
1805 (Paul, D-10) - Allows the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program to accept advanced degree program students who exceed 125 percent of the state median income if they demonstrate financial need through other factors. Aligns the definition of "resident student" for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program with the Washington College Grant. Includes registered apprenticeships under the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program Professional-Technical Degree and Certificate programs. Establishes that the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program is automatically renewed until the program length expires, 125 percent of the program length, or the credit or clock-hour equivalent of five years. Establishes that the state match for the Rural County High Employer Demand Jobs Program must be based on donations and pledges received as of the date of the caseload forecast to ensure predictable treatment of the Program in the budget process. Removes the 2.0 grade point average for the Rural County High Employer Demand Jobs Program and instead requires students to meet satisfactory academic progress toward completion of an eligible program.
1835 (Hansen, D-23) - Requires the Washington Student Achievement Council to conduct a statewide marketing campaign to promote the Washington College Grant. Establishes Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Washington Application for State Financial Aid Outreach and Completion Pilot Programs at certain public libraries and at certain high schools. Makes changes to the Washington College Grant program to determine a student's financial need eligibility based on whether they are receiving benefits through a public assistance program.
2078 (Rule, D-42) - Establishes the Outdoor Learning Grant Program, subject to appropriations, to develop and support educational experiences for students. Creates the Outdoor Education Experiences Program, within the grant program, to develop and support outdoor learning opportunities for fifth and sixth grade students. Includes these programs within outdoor-based activities that student participation in may be considered instructional days.
1699 (Bergquist, D-11) - Allows retirees in certain state retirement system to work in a nonadministrative position for up to 1040 hours per year while continuing to receive retirement benefits, until July 1, 2025.
1736 (Sullivan, D-47) - Establishes the Washington Student Loan Program to issue student loans with 1 percent interest rates to resident students with financial need pursuing undergraduate or high-demand graduate programs.
5874 (Nobles, D-28) - Expands residency for all active duty, veteran, and dependent students who are eligible for educational benefits under Title 38 U.S.C. or Title 10 U.S.C. Chapter 1606. Modifies residency for dependents to include spouses, state-registered domestic partners, and dependents of military members including National Guard and reservists. Adds a definition for child. Modifies residency for certain students to require that the student have lived in Washington for a period of one year prior to enrollment in higher education primarily for reasons other than educational.
Environment, Energy & Technology
1280 (Ramel, D-40) – Declares that it is the public policy of the state to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions reduction practices are included in the design of major publicly owned or leased facilities, and that the use of all-electric energy systems and at least one renewable energy or combined heat and power system is considered. Requires life-cycle cost analysis guidelines developed by the Department of Enterprise Services for public facilities to include provisions that identify all-electric energy systems as a system alternative.
1619 (Fitzgibbon, D-34) - Establishes new energy efficiency standards for air purifiers, commercial ovens, and electric vehicle supply equipment, beginning January 1, 2024. Updates the energy efficiency standards applicable to commercial hot food holding cabinets, beginning upon the Act's effective date, and portable electric spas and residential ventilating fans, beginning January 1, 2024. Eliminates state efficiency standards for uninterruptible power suppliers and pool pumps.
1623 (Mosbrucker, R-14) - Extends the requirement for the Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission to convene energy resource adequacy meetings through calendar year 2029. Requires the 2022 energy resource adequacy stakeholder meeting to address the risk of rolling blackouts and inadequacy events, discuss how proposed electrification laws and regulations may require new state policy for resource adequacy, and identify incentives to enhance and ensure resource adequacy.
1793 (Hackney, D-11) - Prohibits an association of unit owners in a common interest community from prohibiting or unreasonably restricting the installation or use of an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) within the boundaries of an owner's unit or in a designated parking space. Authorizes an association to impose reasonable restrictions on the EVCS, including requiring an application for approval prior to installation. Requires an association to approve an application to install an EVCS if the unit owner meets specified requirements. Provides that a unit owner is responsible for all the costs associated with the EVCS, including the costs of electricity. Provides a cause of action against an association for willful violations and sets forth penalties.
5747 (Stanford, D-1) - Adds other federal and state agencies and Idaho to a list of entities that the Department of Ecology (Ecology) must consult with, and requires Ecology to invite consultation from federally recognized tribes, during Ecology's annual preparation and update of the statewide master oil and hazardous substance spill prevention and contingency plan (statewide master plan). Adds federally recognized tribes to a list of entities whose responsibilities for preventing and responding to spills must be stated in the statewide master plan. Directs Ecology, during the preparation of the statewide master plan, to require or schedule unannounced vessel oil spill drills to test the sufficiency of already required oil spill contingency plans for vessels.
1931 (Fey, D-27) - Extends the expiration date of hydropower projects licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from June 30, 2023, to June 30, 2029.
1768 (Duerr, D-1) - Requires the Department of Enterprise Services to issue guidelines for cost-effectiveness determinations. Authorizes state agencies, school districts, and municipalities to deploy distributed energy resources as conservation projects at facilities owned by the agencies. Amends definitions applicable to energy conservation projects to allow public agencies to contract for projects and services that reduce energy demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
5590 (Wagoner, R-39) - Extends the expiration date of the Marine Resources Advisory Council until June 30, 2032.
5678 (Short, R-7) - Allows an investor-owned utility to petition the Utilities and Transportation Commission for a declaratory order to determine whether an energy transformation project, nonemitting electric generation project, or renewable resource project meets the requirements of the Clean Energy Transformation Act standards.
5715 (Wellman, D-41) - Redefines broadband service to mean any service providing advanced telecommunications capability and Internet access with transmission speeds that, at a minimum, provide 100 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 20 Mbps upload instead of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Removes the specification in the definition of unserved areas that the state's definition of broadband service may not be actual speeds of less than 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
5895 (Frockt, D-46) - Removes the requirement that local governments must obtain all required permits within one year of the effective date of the enacted budget to receive grants or loans for a remedial action.
5544 (Brown, R-8) - Establishes the Washington Blockchain Work Group (work group). Requires the work group to submit a report on potential uses and impacts of blockchain, including impacts on existing industries, utilities, demand for electricity, and demand for computer processing capacity, and recommended policies that facilitate the development of blockchain applications in Washington by December 1, 2023.
5585 (Rolfes, D-23) - Removes the existing cap on the fee charged for water quality permits administered by the Department of Ecology (Ecology). Creates an advisory committee to provide recommendations to Ecology for setting the water quality permit fee rate and schedule.
5634 (Carlyle, D-36) - Increases the fees assessed by the Utilities and Transportation Commission for electric, natural gas, telecommunications, wastewater, and water companies from 0.2 percent to 0.4 percent of intrastate gross operating revenues.
5722 (Nguyen, D-34) - Requires the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to adopt state energy management and benchmarking requirements for buildings between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet and to multifamily residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet (tier 2) by December 1, 2023. Requires Commerce to evaluate benchmarking data to determine energy use and greenhouse gas emissions averages by building type by July 1, 2029. Requires Commerce to adopt rules for performance standards for tier 2 buildings by December 31, 2030. Extends the early adopter incentive program to tier 2 buildings.
5842 (Carlyle, D-36) - Provides provisions relating to compliance instruments under the Cap and Invest Program (Program), including requiring covered or opt-in entities to annually transfer a percentage of compliance instruments in order to smooth their compliance obligation for each four-year compliance period. Revises the dates of the emissions baseline data to 2015-2019 from 2023-2025 for new covered entities in the second compliance period under the Program. Directs that specific information required under the Program is confidential and exempt from public disclosure. Directs that no state agency may adopt or enf