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2022 Legislative WRAP UP

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

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

Education

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 enforce a GHG pricing or market-based emissions cap and reduce program for stationary sources or emissions limitations on GHG emissions from stationary sources except as provided under the Program, by state statute, or required to implement federal law. Makes technical corrections to the Program statutes.

5910 (Carlyle, D-36) - Establishes the statewide Office of Renewable Fuels and creates the Renewable Fuels Accelerator Account. Authorizes the director of the Department of Commerce to provide state funding assistance to help promote and strengthen applications to secure federal funding to develop a regional clean hydrogen hub. Directs the Utilities and Transportation Commission to submit a report to the Legislature addressing specific issues relevant to advancing the production and use of non-fossil feedstock hydrogen in Washington. Adds renewable or electrolytic hydrogen and energy storage facilities as alternative energy resources eligible to opt in to the Energy Facility Site Evaluation review and certification process. Authorizes municipal utilities and public utility districts to produce, use, sell, and distribute renewable and electrolytic hydrogen.

1753 (Lekanoff, D-40) - Requires state agencies that administer funds from certain accounts created by the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) to offer consultation to federally recognized tribes whose tribal resources may be affected by the award of funds from the accounts. Requires applicants for funding from certain CCA accounts to engage in a preapplication process with all federally recognized tribes within the project area. Prohibits agencies from releasing funding from certain CCA accounts or making permitting decisions that advance the proposed project during the pendency of the preapplication process, except where required by law. Requires the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, in coordination with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, to develop a state agency tribal consultation process regarding the preapplication process.

1723 (D-Gregerson, 33) - Requires the State Broadband Office to develop a state digital equity plan and provide a report to the Governor and the Legislature by December 1, 2023, that includes the state digital equity plan and certain related information. Makes modifications to the Community Technology Opportunity Program, including renaming it the Digital Equity Opportunity Program and redefining its purpose to be the advancement of broadband adoption and digital equity. Establishes the Digital Equity Planning Grant Program to provide grants to local governments, institutions of higher education, workforce development councils, or other entities to fund the development of a digital equity plan for a discrete geographic region of the state. Codifies the Digital Equity Forum (Forum) and adds a provision allowing funds to be used to compensate, for any work done in connection with the Forum, additional persons with lived experience navigating barriers to digital connectivity.

1812 (Fitzgibbon, D-34) - Establishes the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) as an independent agency separate from the Utilities and Transportation Commission. Creates an Account for EFSEC-related expenditures and deposits. Authorizes clean energy product manufacturing facilities, storage facilities, renewable natural gas facilities, and renewable or green electrolytic hydrogen facilities to opt into the EFSEC siting process. Adds requirements for notifying and consulting with federally recognized tribes. Adds a public comment period and other engagement requirements to the EFSEC site application review process. Clarifies authorities to the EFSEC, including ongoing regulatory oversight. Directs the Department of Commerce to conduct rural stakeholder meetings and complete interim and final reports, by December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2023, to include recommendations for how to more equitably distribute costs and benefits of energy projects to rural communities. Directs the legislative Joint Committee on Energy Supply and Energy Conservation to review several issues, including inequities where large alternative energy projects have been and are forecast to be sited, and report findings and any recommendations by December 1, 2023.

1629 (Dolan, D-22) - Requires the Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, to conduct a study, subject to appropriations, regarding the use of aerial imaging technology. Specifies minimum components that must be included in the study.

1673 (Ryu, D-32) - Modifies certain application and public notice requirements for the Public Works Board's broadband grant and loan program (Broadband Program). Creates a pre-application process for the Broadband Program. Eliminates a Broadband Program requirement for a Utilities and Transportation Commission consultation and technical feasibility study. Allows the Public Works Board to make low-interest or interest-free loans or grants for emergency public works broadband projects. Exempts from public disclosure financial and commercial information and records supplied by businesses or individuals during the application process for Broadband Program.

1691 (Walen, D-48) - Requires the owners or operators of facilities and vessels subject to financial responsibility demonstration requirements to obtain a certificate of financial responsibility (COFR) from the Department of Ecology (Ecology), and provides that COFRs may not have a term greater than two years and are conclusive evidence that the COFR holder is the party responsible for a vessel or facility for purposes of determining liability under state water pollution laws. Adds federally recognized Indian tribes to the list of entities that owners or operators of stationary oil facilities must be able to compensate in the event of a reasonable worst-case oil spill, in order to demonstrate required financial responsibility to Ecology. Requires Ecology rules related to vessel and facility demonstrations of financial responsibility through self-insurance to meet certain standards, and adds certificates of deposit, letters of credit, and protection and indemnity club membership as acceptable options for vessels and facilities to demonstrate financial responsibility to Ecology.

1799 (Fitzgibbon, D-34) - Establishes state goals related to organic materials management, and requires county solid waste plans to identify priority areas and a volumetric capacity for managing organic materials in a manner consistent with state goals. Requires certain local governments to provide source-separated organic materials collection services, and requires certain businesses to arrange for organic materials management services. Amends civil and criminal liability standards applicable to the donation of food. Creates the Washington Center for Sustainable Food Management within the Department of Ecology. Establishes and expands funding programs applicable to organic materials management. Requires county and city development regulations to allow for the siting of organic materials management facilities in priority areas consistent with local solid waste plans and to the extent necessary to achieve state organic materials management goals. Requires certain local governments to adopt an ordinance addressing procurement of finished compost materials. Makes numerous changes to the program establishing standards related to the labeling of plastic and compostable products.

1663 (Duerr, D-1) - Establishes certain requirements related to methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills. Requires the owner or operator of a covered landfill to calculate the quantity of gas generated by the landfill. Requires the owner or operator of a covered landfill with gas generation equivalent to 3.0 million British thermal units per hour to install and operate a gas collection and control system unless certain exceptions apply. Establishes surface methane emissions standards for covered landfills with a gas capture system of 500 parts per million, as determined by instantaneous surface emissions monitoring, or an average methane concentration limit of 25 parts per million by volume as determined by integrated surface emissions monitoring

1846 (Berg, D-44) - Expands and extends the existing sales and use tax exemption for data centers in rural counties. Establishes a sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of eligible server equipment, and related labor and services, for eligible data centers in counties with a population over 800,000. Requires a qualifying business operating a new data center to attain a specified sustainable design or green building standard certification within three years after being placed in service. Requires data centers receiving an exemption to be developed under a community workforce agreement or project labor agreement, for new construction work performed on computer data center site.

1988 (Shewmake, D-42) - Establishes a retail sales and use tax deferral program for certain investment projects in clean technology manufacturing, clean alternative fuels production, and renewable energy storage. Reduces the amount of state sales and use tax that must be repaid by eligible projects if the recipient complies with specified labor standards.

1694 (Berry, D-36) - Designates firefighting personal protective equipment as a priority consumer product for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals under the Safer Products for Washington program. Designates products identified in the PFAS chemical action plan as priority consumer products for PFAS under Safer Products for Washington.

1814 (Shewmake, D-42) - Establishes a new community solar incentive program, to be administered by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, for providing direct benefits to low-income subscribers, lowincome service provider subscribers, and tribal and public agency subscribers (Community Solar Expansion Program). Sets a statewide total cap of $100 million for the Community Solar Expansion Program incentive payments. Creates a new public utility tax credit equal to the incentive payments paid by an electric utility under the Community Solar Expansion Program.

5714 (Carlyle, D-36) - Defers state and local sales and uses taxes on a qualified solar canopy, including labor and services rendered in the planning, installation, and construction of the project, that is located in a qualifying commercial center. Requires that a qualified solar canopy be at least 50,000 square feet and be capable of producing at least one megawatt of electricity. Reduces the amount of state sales and use tax to be repaid if the recipient complies with specified labor standards. Directs the Department of Revenue to stop accepting new applications for the deferral after June 30, 2032.

5849 (Warnick, R-13) - Extends the expiration date for a reduced business and occupation tax rate for manufacturers and wholesalers of certain kinds of solar energy systems and their components from July 1, 2027, to July 1, 2032. Removes the requirement for industrial and manufacturing lands to be zoned as of December 31, 2014, under the property tax exemption for targeted urban areas.

Firearms

1705 (Berry, D-36) - Restricts the manufacture, assembly, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of untraceable firearms. Restricts the sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of unfinished frames and receivers. Establishes standards for marking untraceable firearms and unfinished frames and receivers with serial numbers.

5078 (Liias, D-21) - Prohibits the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, and offer for sale of large capacity magazines, subject to exemptions. Establishes that violations of these restrictions are a gross misdemeanor. Provides that distributing, selling, offering for sale, or facilitating the sale, distribution, or transfer of a large capacity magazine online, is actionable under the Washington Consumer Protection Act.

1630 (Senn, D-41) - Prohibits the open carry of weapons while knowingly being in a local government building used in connection with meetings of the governing body of the local government, or any location of a public meeting of the governing body during the meeting or hearing. Prohibits the carrying and possession of weapons in areas of facilities while being used for official meetings of a school district board of directors and in election-related offices and facilities. Makes violations of weapons restrictions at certain locations a misdemeanor offense for a first violation and gross misdemeanor offense for second or subsequent violations.

Government & Growth Management

1122 (Lovick, D-44) - Eliminates the age restriction for enlistment with the Washington State Guard. Allows the Adjutant General to extend the service age of an active member of the Washington State Guard under certain conditions.

1769 (Duerr, D-1) - Provides that the terms of existence of a community municipal corporation is four years after its authorization, or 30 days after the effective date of the bill, whichever is sooner. Repeals provisions allowing the creation of a community municipal corporation following annexation of an unincorporated area or the consolidation of two or more cities. Repeals provisions related to the membership and powers of the community councils of community municipal corporations as of January 1, 2023.

2046 (Stonier, D-49) - States that, as applied to a legislator and appropriate legislative staff designees, it is not a violation of the prohibition on the use of public resources for special privileges, private gain, or campaign purposes to engage in the following activities: (1) communications directly pertaining to any legislative proposal which has been introduced in the Legislature; and (2) posting information to a legislator's official legislative website about emergencies, holidays, congratulatory letters, and information originally provided by a government entity that provides information about government resources. Adjusts the start of the election year freeze period for mail and electronic mails to constituents from December 1 the year before the general election to the first day of candidate filing in the year of the general election. Specifies that the election year freeze restrictions for websites and mail do not apply to legislators who have announced their retirement from public office and who have not filed a declaration of candidacy by the end of the candidacy filing period.

5490 (Pedersen, D-43) - Creates the Interbranch Advisory Committee (Committee) with membership from the legislative, judicial, and executive branches; cities; counties; and court clerks. Directs the Committee to discuss issues of mutual concern between the three branches of government, including access to justice and court services. Dissolves the Committee on January 1, 2026.

5582 (Hunt, D-22) - Requires a port district commission that is increasing from three to five members that will be divided into five commissioner districts to complete this division by January 1 of the year in which the two additional members will be elected. Requires a port district commission that is changing from a five-member commission with three members elected from commissioner districts and two elected at large to a commission with all five commissioners elected from commissioner districts to complete the division of the port district into five districts by January 1 of the year in which the two additional members will be elected.

5583 (Trudeau, D-27) - Requires each unit of local government that conducts redistricting to use federal decennial census populations as adjusted by the Redistricting Commission to count each person in state custody as residing at the person's last known place of residence, rather than at an adult correctional, juvenile justice, or involuntary behavioral health commitment facility.

1798 (Ryu, D-32) - Removes the requirement that the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations review the adoption of any state tourism slogan or tagline recommended by the Washington Tourism Marketing Authority.

5617 (Cleveland, D-49) - Clarifies that the Main Street Program's requirement for a local government to have a population of less than 190,000 within a local government's boundary is to be determined at the time of designation.

1716 (Valdez, D-46) - Requires that county auditors open a voting center during a special election only if the county is conducting a special election. Requires that county auditors open a voting center, rather than only conduct in-person voter registration, at certain locations. Restricts certain political activity near voting centers, student engagement hubs, and ballot drop boxes during the voting period.

1953 (Valdez, D-46) - Exempts a voter's signature, phone number, and electronic mail address on a ballot return envelope, ballot declaration, or signature correction form from public disclosure requirements. Authorizes the Secretary of State to create rules to allow for in-person inspection of those documents.

1717 (Pollet, D-46) - Requires local governments, upon receiving notice from a federally recognized Indian tribe, to enter into negotiations on a memorandum of agreement for collaboration and coordination with the tribe for participation in the planning process under the Growth Management Act, and provides for mediation if an agreement is not reached. Requires the Department of Commerce to provide notice to a tribe of a city or county's proposed adoption of a comprehensive plan upon request of the tribe, and to facilitate a dispute resolution process to attempt to resolve a tribe's concerns with a city or county's comprehensive plan or development regulations. Requires that a tribe that has a reservation or ceded lands within a county be invited to participate in the countywide planning process, and that, if the tribe does participate, that the planning process include policies that address the protection of tribal cultural resources in collaboration with the tribe.

1832 (Springer, D-45) - Allows a proposal to change a city's form of government to councilmanager under the optional municipal code and a proposal to designate the person in council position one as chair of the council to be combined and placed before voters as a single proposition. Allows a city manager under the optional municipal code to reside outside of the city, unless the city council affirmatively requires residency within the city.

1927 (Riccelli, D-3) - Provides a protected leave of absence from public employment for members of the Legislature.

5042 (Salomon, D-32) - Provides that the effective date of certain actions taken under the Growth Management Act (GMA) will be the later of the two following dates: 60 days after publication of notice of the action, or if a petition for review to the Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) is timely filed, the date on which the Board's final order is issued. Includes, in the list of actions under the GMA subject to the effective dates established in the bill: expansion of an Urban Growth Area; removal of the designation of agricultural, forest, or mineral resource lands; creation or expansion of a limited area of more intensive rural development; establishment of a new fully contained community; and creation or expansion of a master planned resort.

5196 (Billig, D-3) - Sets procedures for the Legislature to call a special session by resolution. Requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber to approve a resolution calling a special session.

5275 (Short, R-7) - Allows development and redevelopment in terms of building size, scale, use, or intensity within a limited area of more intensive rural development if all existing providers of public facilities and services confirm that there is sufficient capacity to serve the new or increased demand from the development. Requires commercial development or redevelopment within a mixed-use area of a limited area of more intensive rural development to be primarily designed to serve the needs of the rural population, and sets limits on the size of retail or food service spaces within such development.

5565 (Sheldon, D-35) - Allows fire protection districts and regional fire protection service authorities with over $10 million in annual revenue for the preceding three consecutive years to designate a person with financial or fiscal experience as the treasurer of the district or authority. Provides the designated treasurer of the fire protection district or the regional fire protection service authority the powers, responsibilities, and duties of a county treasurer and county auditor with regard to the financial matters of the district.

5593 (Short, R-7) - Allows a county to make revisions to an urban growth area boundary to accommodate patterns of development under certain conditions. Provides that any revision to an urban growth area boundary cannot increase the total surface area of the urban growth area, and that any areas removed from the urban growth area cannot have been characterized by urban growth.

5615 (Lovick, D-44) - Designates pickleball as the official state sport.

5616 (Rolfes, D-23) - Revises a number of dedicated accounts. Makes the Manufacturing Cluster Acceleration Subaccount and the Driver Licensing Technology Support Subaccount into separate accounts. Reenacts five accounts created or revised in the 2021-23 Omnibus Operating Appropriation bill. Creates the Clean Energy Transition Workforce Account. Eliminates three inactive accounts.

5750 (C Wilson, D-30) - Designates the Washington State Leadership Board (WSLB) as a trustee of the State of Washington, rather than a private nonprofit corporation. Makes the WSLB responsible for administering the Washington World Fellows Program, the Sports Mentoring Program, Boundless Washington, and Compassion Scholars. Creates the WSLB Account and the WSLB Special License Plate Account.

5756 (Hunt, D-22) - Establishes the Semiquincentennial Committee to coordinate and provide guidance for Washington's official observance of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.

5787 (Nguyen, D-34) - Renames the Time Certificate of Deposit Investment Program as the Surplus Funds Investment Program. Permits the Office of the State Treasurer to expand the types of investments used to invest short-term surplus funds.

5002 (Hunt, D-22) - Requires the state auditor to establish policies for agency reporting of loss of funds, assets, or other illegal activity. Makes updates or removes certain audit functions and reports required by the auditor.

5555 (Van De Wege, D-24) - Establishes a Certification Board (Board) in the state Enhanced 911 Coordination Office (Office) to create a certification and training program for public safety telecommunicators throughout the state. Requires the Office to provide staff support and assistance to the Board.

5728 (Holy, R-6) - Requires the state's portion civil asset forfeiture collections be deposited in the Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program Account.

5793 (C Wilson, D-30) - Authorizes stipends and reimbursement of other expenses for eligible individuals participating in class one groups. Requires agencies issuing stipends to report to the Office of Equity by August 30, 2023. Requires the Office of Equity to compile agency responses and report to the Governor and Legislature by August 30, 2024.

5818 (Salomon, D-32) - Exempts a fully planning city's adopted housing action plan strategies, and permanently exempts optional residential building capacity actions, from review and legal challenge under the Growth Management Act (GMA) and from review and appeal under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Exempts adoption of certain development regulations or amendments by a fully planning city that increase housing capacity and affordability and mitigate displacement, and that apply outside of critical areas, from review under the GMA and from appeal under SEPA. Exempts certain project actions from appeal under SEPA on the basis of or impacts to the aesthetics and light and glare elements of the environment if the project is subject to design review at the local government level. Directs the Department of Ecology to modify maximum thresholds in certain SEPA categorical exemptions through expedited rulemaking.

5855 (Lovelett, D-40) - Authorizes the use of campaign contributions to reimburse candidates for expenses for the direct care, protection, and supervision of a child or person over whom the candidate has direct caregiving responsibility incurred directly due to campaign activities.

1173 (Berry, D-36) - Authorizes the establishment of State Lands Development Authorities in counties with a population of 2 million or greater to oversee and manage the development or redevelopment of state-owned property that is within or adjacent to manufacturing industrial centers. Authorizes the establishment of the Ballard-Interbay State Lands Development Authority.

1329 (Wicks, D-38) - Requires governing bodies to provide an opportunity for public comment at or before every regular meeting at which final action is taken, except in emergency situations, and allows this requirement to be satisfied by accepting oral testimony, or by providing an opportunity for written testimony to be submitted prior to the meeting. Requires governing bodies, upon the request of an individual who will find physical attendance at a meeting difficult, to provide an opportunity for remote oral comment for that individual if doing so feasible and if oral public comment from other members of the public will be accepted at the meeting. Allows a public agency to hold meetings of its governing body remotely, or with limited in-person attendance, after a declared emergency and requires that the public be allowed to listen in, in real time, to such meetings. Requires all public agencies, except for certain special purpose districts, cities, and towns to post agendas online for every regular meeting and for special meetings that are held remotely or with limited in-person attendance during an emergency.

1357 (Mosbrucker, R-14) - Requires county auditors to mail or send a printable electronic version of the statewide and local voters' pamphlets to service and overseas voters who request them. Contains a null and void clause.

1376 (Fey, D-27) - Repeals the Torrens Act registration system for real property. Provides for the withdrawal of real property from the registration system and the recordation of the certificate of withdrawal.

1703 (Orwall, D-33) - Adds new definitions to the Emergency Management Act (EMA) and to Enhanced 911 (E-911) excise tax provisions. Removes the term "enhanced" where it describes 911 systems and related terms throughout the EMA and E-911 excise tax provisions. Modifies the duties of the state E-911 Coordination Office. Adds members to the E-911 Advisory Committee and modifies its reporting requirements. Specifies certain allowable uses for the E-911 Account funds

1329 (Wicks, D-38) - Requires governing bodies to provide an opportunity for public comment at or before every regular meeting at which final action is taken, except in emergency situations, and allows this requirement to be satisfied by accepting oral testimony, or by providing an opportunity for written testimony to be submitted prior to the meeting. Requires governing bodies, upon the request of an individual who will find physical attendance at a meeting difficult, to provide an opportunity for remote oral comment for that individual if doing so feasible and if oral public comment from other members of the public will be accepted at the meeting. Allows a public agency to hold meetings of its governing body remotely, or with limited in-person attendance, after a declared emergency and requires that the public be allowed to listen in, in real time, to such meetings. Requires all public agencies, except for certain special purpose districts, cities, and towns to post agendas online for every regular meeting and for special meetings that are held remotely or with limited in-person attendance during an emergency.

1647 (Tharinger, D-24) - Increases the allowable amount of recommended state funding for the biennial Building for the Arts project list from $12 million to $18 million. Increases the maximum amount of state grant assistance for individual projects from 20 percent to 33.3 percent of the estimated total capital costs, or actual cost of a project, whichever is less.

1241 (Duerr, D-1) - Increases the review and revision cycle for comprehensive plans under the Growth Management Act from eight to ten years. Extends the deadline for the next comprehensive plan update for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, and for the cities within those counties, from June 30, 2024, to December 31, 2024. Requires certain counties and cities to submit an implementation progress report with certain required information to the Department of Commerce five years after reviewing and revising a comprehensive plan, and, if any action needed to implement changes in the most recent comprehensive plan update has not occurred at the time of the report, to create a work plan to take any needed actions within two years.

1876 (Gregerson, D-33) - Requires a public investment impact disclosure to appear on the ballot as part of the ballot title for certain ballot measures that describes the state investments that will be affected if the measure is adopted.

5531 (Pedersen, D-43) - Revises and updates the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.

Healthcare

1052 (Bateman, D-22) - Requires performance standards included in group insurance contracts to be explained in the contract and filed with the Insurance Commissioner. Exempts performance payments to group policyholders required by contract from the definition of a premium and return of a premium for purposes of premium taxes. Specifies that the prohibitions on rebates, discounts, and reductions in premiums and inducements to insureds do not apply to the use of performance standards.

1124 (Cody, D-34) - Allows a registered nurse to delegate glucose monitoring and testing to a registered or certified nursing assistant or a certified home care aide.

1675 (Bateman, D-22) - Requires that pharmacy and legend drug regulations allow manufacturers and wholesalers to sell, possess, deliver, or dispense dialysis devices and related legend drugs directly to home dialysis patients.

1744 (Dolan, D-22) - States that a comprehensive cancer center that enters into a collaborative arrangement with an institution of higher education is not a state agency or state employer, and the employees of such comprehensive cancer center are not state employees nor have any right or entitlement to any benefits conferred upon state employees, if certain criteria are met.

1761 (Schmick, R-9) - Adds registered and licensed practical nurses to the types of health care providers who must dispense or distribute opioid overdose reversal medication in compliance with requirements for hospital emergency departments.

5496 (Muzzall, R-10) - Changes requirements relating to voluntary substance abuse monitoring programs for health professionals who have committed unprofessional conduct.

5546 (Keiser, D-33) - Requires health plans, including health plans offered to public employees and their dependents, to cap the amount an enrollee is required to pay for a 30-day supply of insulin at $35.

5821 (Rivers, R-18) - Requires the Department of Health to evaluate the state's current system response for cardiac and stroke emergencies and provide recommendations to the Legislature regarding potential improvements.

1286 (Chambers, R-25) - Adopts the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact to allow professionals who are licensed in a compact state to provide psychological services through the use of telecommunication technologies and temporary in-person practice.

5518 (Muzzall, R-10) - Adopts the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact to allow occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to practice occupational therapy in other member states.

5866 (Robinson, D-38) - Authorizes the Department of Social and Health Services to contract with federally recognized Indian tribes to provide the same services as an area agency on aging for persons receiving home and community services within their regional authority.

1765 (Chopp, D-43) – Eliminates expiration date of Health Benefit Exchange business and occupation tax exemption.

5508 (Liias, D-21) - Adds health care service contractors and health maintenance organizations to Washington's Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association.

5589 (Robinson, D-38) - Directs the Health Care Cost Transparency Board to measure and report on primary care expenditures in Washington. Authorizes the Office of the Insurance Commissioner to conduct an assessment and review of health carriers' primary care expenditures.

5736 (Frockt, D-46) - Allows Managed Care Organizations and Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organizations to provide partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services to persons under 21 years of age within available funding. Directs the Health Care Authority to add coverage for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for persons under 21 years of age to the Medicaid State Plan by January 1, 2024, subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

5745 (Liias, D-21) - Increases the personal needs allowance for certain clients receiving Home and Community–Based waiver services authorized by the Department of Social and Health Services Home and Community Services Division while living at home to 300 percent of the Federal Benefit Rate, effective July 1, 2022.

5765 (Randall, D-26) - Changes requirements regarding licensed midwives, including requirements for licensing and prescribing and administering drugs and devices.

5529 (Cleveland, D-49) - Repeals the requirement for Medicaid-funded personal aide providers to register with the Department of Social and Health Services. Updates the personal aide definition to account for the individual provider's transition to employees of the Consumer Directed Employer.

5532 (Keiser, D-33) - Establishes the Prescription Drug Affordability Board (Board). Requires the Board to identify prescription drugs priced above a certain threshold. Authorizes the Board to conduct affordability reviews of identified drugs and set upper payment limits beginning in 2027.

5610 (Frockt, D-46) - Requires all cost-sharing amounts paid by or on behalf of an enrollee to count toward the enrollee's applicable cost-sharing requirement under certain circumstances.

5644 (Wagoner, R-39) - Requires the University of Washington (UW) to collaborate with stakeholders in the field of co-response to establish regular opportunities for training and exchange of best practices. Requires UW to create an assessment of current capacities and characteristics of co-response teams and recommendations for future state goals. Requires UW to develop model curricula for training members of coresponse teams. Requires UW to host an annual conference starting in 2023 that draws state and national co-response team members.

5664 (Dhingra, D-45) - Establishes procedures for removal of a defendant from an outpatient competency restoration program (OCRP) when the program is no longer clinically appropriate. Requires the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to provide written notice to the court when it will exceed the maximum time for providing a competency to stand trial service and an estimate of the additional time required. Requires a defendant to agree to urinalysis and breathalyzer monitoring to participate in an OCRP. Provides liability protection for peace officers and agency personnel who participate in detaining individuals for medical clearance or forensic treatment. Allows a party to a criminal case to request competency to stand trial status check from DSHS at reasonable intervals when a defendant ordered to be admitted to a state hospital for competency services has been waiting over 21 days for state hospital admission.

5702 (Trudeau, D-27) - Requires health plans and Medicaid to provide coverage for donor human milk for inpatient use when medically necessary. Requires Department of Health to adopt minimum standards for milk bank safety.

5790 (Braun, R-20) - Requires the Department of Social and Health Services to establish a school to work program and a statewide council to connect high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to services provided by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Requires the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to submit a list of students receiving special education services to state agencies working with individuals with IDD at least three years before the student leaves the school system.

5819 (Braun, R-20) - Directs the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to hire two full time employees to review and maintain the no-paid services caseload. Requires DDA to provide case resource management services to clients on the no-paid services caseload.

5883 (Trudeau, D-27) - Permits an unaccompanied homeless minor to provide informed consent for non-emergency, outpatient, primary health care services. Allows, but does not require, a health care provider to request documentation signed under penalty of perjury, that a patient is an unaccompanied homeless minor. Permits a health care provider to rely on the representations or declaration if the health care provider does not have actual notice of the falsity of the statements. Provides immunity in any action, civil or criminal, or other disciplinary action when reliance is based on a declaration signed under penalty of perjury.

1074 (Peterson, D-21) - Authorizes local health departments to establish overdose, withdrawal, and suicide fatality review teams to review overdose, withdrawal, or suicide deaths and develop strategies to prevent future deaths.

1616 (Simmons, D-23) - Establishes two categories of hospitals for the purposes of charity care requirements and increases the existing income threshold for patients to receive charity care for the full amount of their charges, as well as the threshold to receive a discount on their charges. Allows hospitals to reduce the amount of a discount provided to a charity care patient based on the person's assets. Requires hospital charity care policies to include procedures for identifying patients who may be eligible for health care coverage through public medical assistance programs or the Washington Health Benefit Exchange and assisting them in applying for available coverage.

1646 (Bateman, D-22) - Codifies the Dementia Action Collaborative to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias on Washington residents and to update the Washington State Alzheimer's Plan.

1688 (Cody, D-34) - Expands the services covered by the balance billing prohibitions to include post-stabilization services and air ambulance services in alignment with federal law. Expands the definition of emergency services to include poststabilization services and emergency services provided by behavioral health emergency services providers. Modifies the dispute resolution process for carriers, health care providers, and facilities for bills covered by the balance billing prohibitions. Requires the Insurance Commissioner to submit a report and any recommendations on how balance billing for ground ambulance services can be prevented and if ground ambulance services should be subject to the balance billing prohibitions.

1689 (Walen, D-48) - Requires health plans to exempt enrollees from prior authorization requirements for biomarker testing for stage 3 or 4 cancer or recurrent, relapsed, refractory, or metastatic cancer.

1728 (Maycumber, R-7) - Extends the report deadlines and expiration date for the Total Cost of Insulin Work Group (Work Group). Changes the membership of the Work Group. Requires the Work Group to design strategies to provide individuals with an emergency supply of insulin.

1773 (Taylor, D-30) - Revises the definition of "in need of assisted outpatient behavioral health treatment" under the Involuntary Treatment Act. Establishes a new procedure for designated persons to directly file a petition in superior court for up to 18 months of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), and establishes requirements and procedures for the petition process. Requires the AOT petition to be served on the prosecutor, who must review the petition and, if the petition meets the requirements of law, schedule a court hearing and serve the respondent. Provides that less restrictive alternative (LRA) treatment may include a requirement to participate in partial hospitalization. Allows for revocation of an LRA order based on a person being in need of AOT on the same grounds as for other LRA orders. Amends the law governing behavioral health treatment for minors to allow commitments based on AOT for adolescents aged 13 to 17.

1779 (Callan, D-5) - Requires hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities to adopt policies requiring the use of smoke evacuation systems for planned surgical procedures. Creates an account to provide limited reimbursement to certain hospitals for the costs of purchasing and installing smoke evacuation systems.

1851 (Thai, D-41) - Grants specific statutory authorization for physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and certain other providers acting within their scopes of practice to perform abortions. Prohibits the state from taking action against an individual based on pregnancy outcomes or for assisting a pregnant individual in exercising the right to reproductive freedom.

1893 (Donaghy, D-44) - Modifies the definition of "emergency medical technician" (EMT) to allow EMTs to provide collaborative medical care. Creates a provisional emergency services provider certification and establishes eligibility criteria and certain corresponding restrictions on employment.

1651 (Thai, D-41) - Requires health plans to allow providers to bill separately for devices or professional services associated with immediate postpartum contraception.

1708 (Cody, D-34) - Prohibits a hospital that is an originating site or a distant site for audio only telemedicine from charging a facility fee.

1739 (Maycumber, R-7) - Requires hospitals to adopt policies on any pathogen of epidemiological concern, rather than only methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. Imposes and changes hospital reporting requirements relating to pathogens of epidemiological concern.

1800 (Eslick, R-39) - Requires the Health Care Authority (HCA) to design and implement a parent portal to connect families with information and services related to behavioral health for minors. Requires HCA to dedicate staff resources to conducting engagement efforts with parents, youth, and behavioral health providers related to behavioral health services for minors. Adds members to the advisory council for the State Office of Behavioral Health Consumer Advocacy. Imposes training requirements for behavioral health consumer advocates related to behavioral health services for minors.

1860 (Davis, D-32) - Requires the Performance Measures Coordinating Committee to convene a work group of stakeholders to establish performance measures that track rates of homelessness and housing instability among medical assistance clients. Requires the Health Care Authority to include in any contract with a managed care organization (MCO) a requirement to provide housing related care coordination services to enrollees being discharged from inpatient behavioral health settings. Requires psychiatric hospitals to inform the MCO in which the person is enrolled of the discharge.

1881 (Harris-Talley, D-37) - Establishes a voluntary certification process for birth doulas.

1821 (Schmick, R-9) - Changes the definition of established relationship for purposes of reimbursement for audio-only telemedicine.

1866 (Chopp, D-43) - Establishes the Apple Health and Homes Program (Program) to provide a permanent supportive housing benefit and a community support services benefit to persons who meet eligibility criteria related to income, medical risk factors and barriers to finding stable housing. Establishes the Office of Apple Health and Homes (Office) within the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to fund permanent supportive housing units to fulfill the needs of persons enrolled in the Program. Establishes the Apple Health and Homes Account to be used for permanent supportive housing programs administered by the Office. Expands the use of the Home Security Fund Account for it to be used to fund permanent supportive housing. Requires Commerce to establish a rapid permanent supportive housing acquisition and development program to issue financial assistance to certain local government and nonprofit entities for acquiring and developing permanent supportive housing units. Requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) to review the efficacy of the Program and report their findings to the legislature by December 1, 2027.

5753 (Robinson, D-38) - Modifies requirements regarding the membership, compensation, and meetings of various boards, commissions, and advisory committees that oversee health professions.

5799 (Robinson, D-38) - Exempts provider clinics and affiliated organizations from the workforce education investment surcharge.

Housing & Homelessness

2061 (Ormsby, D-3) - Clarifies that "public improvements" for the purposes of community revitalization financing include permanently affordable housing.

5815 (Cleveland, D-49) - Creates a program in the Department of Licensing to provide certain homeless individuals with a taxpayer-funded original or renewal identicard.

5853 (Billig, D-3) - Authorizes the Washington State Department of Transportation to lease property purchased as part of the Interstate 90 Corridor and the US 395 North Spokane Corridor projects at less than fair market rent to a community-based nonprofit corporation or the Department of Commerce to remedy past impacts to historically marginalized populations.

1724 (Macri, D-43) - Establishes an advisory committee on permanent supportive housing within the Department of Commerce. Expands membership of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board to include an operator of permanent supportive housing and services.

2064 (Peterson, D-21) - Authorizes landlords to offer tenants the option of paying an entirely or partially nonrefundable fee in lieu of a security deposit. Requires landlords to use the fee in lieu of a security deposit to purchase insurance coverage for losses associated with unpaid rent or unit damage. Provides certain requirements, limitations, and timelines for landlords and insurers when undertaking collection activities to receive reimbursement from tenants who opt into paying a fee in lieu of a security deposit.

1905 (Senn, D-41) - Requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, in coordination with the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs (OHY), to develop and implement a rapid response team that appropriately responds to support youth and young adults exiting a publicly funded system of care. Requires the OHY to provide flexible funding and system of care grants to support the housing needs of youth exiting a publicly funded system of care. Requires the OHY to select, monitor, and provide funding and assistance for a minimum of six total counties that implement Housing Stability for Youth in Crisis Programs for a period of three years.

2001 (McCaslin, R-4) - Allows tiny house communities to be part of an affordable housing incentive program under the Growth Management Act.

5758 (Gildon, R-25) - Requires the Housing Finance Commission to implement a condominium conversion tenant-to-homeowner program. Requires the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) to review and report on issues associated with the conversion of multifamily buildings to condominium ownership. Expands membership of the AHAB to include a representative of a condominium association or common interest community association.

5862 (Lovelett, D-40) - Clarifies the responsibilities of a capital provider of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACER) funds to include billing, collection, and enforcement of delinquent C-PACER liens or C-PACER assessment installments. Authorizes a C-PACER lien to be foreclosed in the same manner as a mortgage lien rather than in the same manner as delinquent property taxes. Specifies the order in which proceeds of the foreclosure sale of the property must be applied.

5566 (Kuderer, D-48) - Expands eligibility under the Independent Youth Housing Program to include formerly dependent youth up to age 25 and youth receiving extended foster care services.

5713 (Das, D-47) - Authorizes a property tax exemption until January 1, 2033, for qualifying limited equity cooperative housing that provides low-income housing.

5749 (Trudeau, D-27) - Requires a landlord to accept a personal check, cashier's check, or money order for rent payments. Requires a landlord to allow tenants to submit rent payments by mail or at an accessible, on-site location. Prohibits a landlord from including in the rental agreement a provision in which the tenant agrees to make rent payments through electronic means only.

5868 (Hawkins, R-12) - Expands the use of the rural county public facilities sales and use tax to include affordable workforce housing.

1975 (Wylie, D-49) - Allows a public housing authority to contract with a property management services company for the operation of a housing project. Specifies that rent and other housing project revenues collected by a property management services company to pay operating and maintenance costs must be treated as private funds.

1593 (Leavitt, D-28) - Expands the Landlord Mitigation Program (LMP) to allow landlord claims for damages to residential rental property when a tenant-victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment, or stalking terminates the tenancy and other conditions are met. Clarifies that public housing authorities may apply for claim reimbursement under certain LMP programs.

1643 (Hackney, D-11) - Exempts from real estate excise tax the sale or transfer of real property to a nonprofit, cooperative association, housing authority, public corporation, county, or municipal corporation if the grantee intends to use the property for housing for low-income persons.

1738 (Peterson, D-21) - Increases the Housing Finance Commission's debt limit from $8 billion to $14 billion.

5755 (Trudeau, D-27) - Authorizes certain cities to establish a limited sales and use tax incentive program to encourage redevelopment of underdeveloped lands in urban areas for affordable housing. Creates a ten-year sales and use tax deferral and exemption for qualifying multifamily housing projects if the project includes at least 50 percent of the housing units for very-low, low, and moderate income households.

Human Services & Veterans

1755 (Peterson, D-21) - Requires the Department of Social and Health Services to allow a time limit extension to the five-year limit for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families when the most recently published state unemployment rate is 7 percent or higher.

1980 (Taylor, D-30) - Allows Developmental Disabilities Administration clients to participate in employment and community access services concurrently.

5785 (Lovelett, D-40) - Directs the Department of Social and Health Services to provide transitional food assistance for five months to a household that ceases to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and is not in full family sanction status.

5838 (Nobles, D-28) - Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Department of Social and Health Services may make additional monthly payments to recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families with children under the age of 3, for the purpose of child-related necessities such as diapers.

5268 (Keiser, D-33) - Requires caseload forecasting and budgeting for the number of individuals requesting supported living, services provided through the CORE, Individual and Family Services and Basic Plus Waivers, and the number of individuals expected to reside in state-operated living alternatives. Directs the Department of Social and Health Services to examine the need for community respite beds and crisis stabilization services, study Medicaid rates for contracted community residential service providers, develop quality metrics for community residential and residential habilitation centers, coordinate services across systems, establish a staffing plan to achieve one case manager per 35 clients, and create certain procedures when individuals transition to intermediate care facilities for crisis stabilization Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to review the Developmental Disabilities Administration's eligibility procedures.

5729 (Nguyen, D-45) - Provides a good cause exception to the 90-day deadline to request an adjudicative hearing for applicants and recipients of benefits from the Department of Social and Health Services or the Health Care Authority who are aggrieved by a decision of the agency or authority. Provides a definition of good cause to mean a substantive or legal justification for failing to meet a hearing deadline.

5929 (C Wilson, D-30) - Expands the membership of the Legislative-Executive WorkFirst Poverty Oversight Task Force to include a representative from the Women's Commission, the LGBTQ Commission and the Office of Equity

1181 (Orwall, D-33) - Creates various outreach programs and other services to prevent suicide among veterans and military service members. Establishes a veterans suicide prevention emblem for license plates. Requires certain buildings, bridges, ferries, and parks to display a sign with the 988 National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline. Allows the Secretary of State to raise funds for a Washington State Global War on Terror Memorial.

2008 (Taylor, D-30) - Prohibits the Developmental Disabilities Administration from using intelligence quotient scores in determining eligibility for programs and services beginning July 1, 2025.

1748 (Entenman, D-47) - Makes victims of human trafficking eligible for the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program , the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) program, and the Pregnant Women Assistance Program. Replaces references to drug or alcohol with substance use for purposes of the HEN and the ABD programs.

2075 (Peterson, D-21) - Establishes minimum service expectations and requirements for the Department of Social and Health Services Economic Service Administration's Community Services Division.

Law & Justice

5575 (Lovick, D-44) - Creates two additional Superior Court positions for Snohomish County. Requires the Snohomish County legislative authority to document approval and agreement to pay for the additional positions in order for them to become effective.

5931 (Wagoner, R-39) - Authorizes the chief judge of each division of the Court of Appeals to appoint any regularly elected and qualified judge of a court of general jurisdiction, any retired judge of the Court of Appeals, or any active or retired justice of the Supreme Court as a judge pro tempore on the Court of Appeals. Authorizes the chief judge of each division of the Court of Appeals to appoint a judge from that division with an expired term to serve as a judge pro tempore on the Court of Appeals to complete their cases or other judicial business.

1961 (Peterson, D-21) - Authorizes courts to waive auditor's fees related to name change orders upon affidavit that the person is unable to pay the fees due to financial hardship.

5612 (L Wilson, R-17) - Enables victims and survivors of victims to present a statement personally or by representation at the sentencing hearing for convictions involving domestic violence.

5628 (Dhingra, D-45) - Renames the crime of cyberstalking to cyber harassment and amends the elements of that crime. Creates the crime of cyberstalking Permits certain victims of cyber harassment to apply to the secretary of state's address confidentiality program.

5788 (Pedersen, D-43) - Makes changes to laws related to a minor guardianship

1571 (Mosbrucker, R-14) - Requires a county coroner or medical examiner with jurisdiction over the remains of a deceased indigenous person to make certain efforts to contact family members and affected tribes of the deceased and provide an opportunity for family and affected tribes to conduct spiritual practices or ceremonies, subject to certain limitations. Requires a county coroner or medical examiner with jurisdiction over the remains of a deceased indigenous person to make certain efforts to contact the deceased person's family and facilitate return of the remains prior to entrusting the remains to a funeral home. Requires the Department of Commerce's Office of Crime Victims Advocacy to establish two grant programs related to services and resources for indigenous survivors of human trafficking. Provides that, upon knowledge from certain authorities that a person in custody or being released from custody at a jail is the subject of a missing person's report, the jail is required to notify the agency of original jurisdiction for the missing person's report.

1725 (Lekanoff, D-40) - Requires the Washington State Patrol to establish a Missing Indigenous Person Alert designation as a part of its Endangered Missing Person Advisory plan.

1825 (Dye, R-9) - Establishes standards governing the designation, appointment, and authority of presiding judges pro tempore in single judge courts.

1901 (Goodman, D-45) - Revises provisions governing court jurisdiction over civil protection order proceedings. Includes coercive control within the definition of domestic violence and defines the term. Revises procedures and standards for filing and service of protection order petitions and orders. Makes changes to aspects of the protection order hearing process. Modifies standards and procedures for entry of protection orders and relief that may be granted. Addresses violations and enforcement by specifying required court appearances following an arrest or criminal charge, and revises the types of orders included under the offense of unlawful possession of a firearm. Revises provisions governing modification or termination to address adding a new child to an order and who may file a petition for modification or termination of a vulnerable adult protection order. Requires the Gender and Justice Commission to include as part of its work on protection order laws consideration of a study on the impact of including coercive control, and specifies possible parameters for the study.

1241 (Simmons, D-23) - Allows a court to not impose or waive full or partial restitution and accrued interest owed to any insurer or state agency, except restitution owed to the Department of Labor and Industries for the crime victims compensation program, if the offender does not have the current or likely future ability to pay. Allows a court to not impose interest on any restitution or to waive or reduce accrued interest during an offender's period of incarceration after considering several factors including whether the offender is indigent and the victim's input. Establishes a revised standard of indigency for purposes of a number of provisions applicable to legal financial obligations.

Policing

1719 (Bronoske, D-28) - Removes the prohibition on the use and acquisition of ammunition of .50 caliber or greater by law enforcement agencies. Narrows the prohibition on the use and acquisition firearms of .50 caliber by law enforcement agencies to apply only to rifles of .50 caliber or greater.

1735 (Johnson, D-30) - Expands the authority for a peace officer to use physical force, subject to the requirement to exercise reasonable care, in additional specific circumstances. Modifies the requirement to exercise reasonable care before using force, including defining "de-escalation tactics" and clarifying when de-escalation tactics and less lethal alternatives must be used by a peace officer before using physical or deadly force. Provides that the standard for use of force by peace officers does not limit or restrict a peace officer's authority or responsibility to perform lifesaving measures or perform community caretaking functions to protect health and safety, and does not prevent a peace officer from responding to requests for assistance or service by specified individuals and members of the public.

2037 (Goodman, D-45) - Modifies the standard for the use of physical force by peace officers. Defines physical force.


Rehabilitation & Re-entry

1894 (Harris-Talley, D-37) - Allows a juvenile diversion agreement to be extended by six months at the request of a juvenile.

5694 (Stanford, D-1) - Authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Corrections (DOC) to contract and enter into agreements with federally recognized tribes providing for the operation of any correctional facility or program for persons convicted of certain crimes and sentenced by the authority of federally recognized tribes, subject to certain requirements. Authorizes the DOC to receive and imprison persons sentenced by the authority of federally recognized tribes in a state correctional institution.

1818 (Simmons, D-23) - Extends the period for which the Department of Corrections (DOC) may provide rental vouchers from three months to six months. Allows DOC to provide rental vouchers to any person releasing from a state correctional facility if a voucher will support the person's release by preventing housing instability or homelessness. Requires the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to conduct an outcome evaluation and benefit-cost analysis of the expanded housing voucher program and submit a report by November 1, 2025. Repeals fees related to DOC supervision and eliminates the cost of supervision fund.

2050 (Harris-Talley, D-37) - Repeals the requirement for parents or other legally obligated persons to pay a portion of the cost of their child's support, treatment, and confinement in Department of Children, Youth, and Family's Juvenile Rehabilitation residential facilities and repeals the ability of courts to order the parents or custodial person's to pay or contribute to the payment of the cost of their child's detention. Cancels all outstanding debts or other obligations including interest charges owed by the parents or other legally obligated persons. Terminates all pending actions or proceedings against the parents or other legally obligated persons to recover the debt owed.

5245 (Brown, R-8) - Adds certain crimes to the list of offenses eligible for notification by the Department of Corrections. Prohibits application of certain victim and witness notification requirements if a person was granted release due to resentencing proceedings.

5695 (Dhingra, D-45) - Requires Department of Corrections (DOC) to establish a comprehensive body scanner program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and a male correctional facility as part of an expanded pilot program to create drug-free prisons. Requires DOC to develop policies and procedures necessary to establish a comprehensive body scanner program that must be used to conduct security screenings for certain persons entering the secure perimeter of the facility. Directs DOC to develop alternative search methods for certain individuals. Provides that incarcerated individuals with body scans for substance related contraband must be, if appropriate, assessed for and receive substance use disorder treatment. Directs DOC to submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature and sunsets the pilot on June 30, 2024.

1956 (Hackney, D-11) - Exempts from public disclosure certain records relating to incarcerated individuals maintained by the Department of Corrections including body scanner images, certain records maintained pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and certain health information.

Tax Policy

1888 (Thai, D-41) - Authorizes the Department of Revenue to annually adjust the rate of Working Families Tax Credit reductions based on qualifying income changes.

1982 (Volz, R-6) - Clarifies the applicability of penalties and interest on personal property taxes.

5505 (Rolfes, D-23) - Allows public meeting halls and churches that are property tax exempt to conduct qualifying farmers markets without losing the property tax exemption.

1990 (Duerr, D-1) - Provides a sales and use tax deferral for qualified Interstate 405/State Route 167 Corridor construction projects.

2099 (Berg, D-44) - Provides for the calculation of interest when the Department of Revenue grants a filing extension for any return. Increases the statute of limitations for the prosecution of the class C felony of filing fraudulent or false returns and for the use of sales suppression software to six years after the date of commission or discovery.

1914 (Riccelli, D-3) - Modifies the membership of the board of directors of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (Program). Adds supporting the growth and development of the state film industry as an allowable use of Program funding assistance. Establishes a goal and an enhancement award for productions in rural communities. Increases the total statewide Business and Occupation (B&O) tax credit limit for Program contributions from $3.5 million to $15 million per calendar year. Increases the B&O tax credit limit one person may claim for Program contributions from $750,000 to $1 million per calendar year.

2058 (Tharinger, D-24) - Provides a leasehold excise tax exemption for leasehold interests in State Parks and Recreation Commission-owned facilities that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the Washington Heritage Register.

5849 (Randall, D-26) - Creates a manufacturing and research and development sales and use tax incentive program for targeted counties. Expands the warehouse sales and use tax exemption to include warehouses over 100,000 square feet in targeted counties. Caps the maximum amount of sales and use tax that may be exempted for the construction or expansion of any warehouse or grain elevator at $400,000 .Expires the warehouse sales and use tax exemption on July 1, 2032. Requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes in the warehouse sales and use tax exemption in diversifying the tax base and increasing employment within targeted counties.

Transportation

5631 (Kuderer, D-48) - Disqualifies a person from driving a commercial motor vehicle for a first violation of a human trafficking offense.

1934 (Fey, D-27) - Removes the requirement that a tribal government provide the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) with a waiver of their tribal sovereign immunity and agree not to place the property in trust status in order to participate in an exchange agreement with WSDOT for the transfer of property requiring environmental mitigation.

2033 (Donaghy, D-44) - Allows firetrucks to operate rear-facing blue lights. Requires drivers to reduce speed on high-speed highways to 50 miles per hour or less if unable to move over when approaching an emergency or work zone.

1784 (Thai, D-41) - Provides that, under certain circumstances, the display of a single license plate may be temporarily obstructed by a trailer hitch; a wheelchair lift or wheelchair carrier; a trailer being towed by the vehicle; a bicycle rack, ski rack, or luggage rack; or a device for transporting a forklift used for product delivery purposes.

2074 (Wylie, D-49) - Exempts a resident of a state that borders Washington that does not impose sales and use tax on transactions involving off-road vehicles (ORVs) from paying a licensing fee, if registering an ORV in Washington. Requires those out-of-state residents to pay any other applicable taxes and fees related to ORV registration.

1984 (Jacobsen, R-25) - Requires paper-issued registration certificates for vehicles, trailers, and vessels to be printed to allow for the manual removal of a registrant's address, by the named registered owner, without compromising any required information on the certificate.

1790 (Ramos, D-5) - Replaces temporary permits with temporary license plates following application for the registration of a vehicle. Requires that temporary license plates be composed of durable material and be displayed in the same manner as a license plate.

5558 (King, R-14) - Allows local governments along a bordering state to form a bistate commission to finance, construct, and operate a new replacement interstate bridge.

5085 (Rolfes, D-23) - Lowers the additional annual electric vehicle registration renewal fee on electric motorcycles from $150 to $30.

5528 (Pedersen, D-43) - Allows a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to establish one or more enhanced service zones (ESZ) within its boundaries to finance high capacity transportation system improvements directly benefiting the ESZ. Allows an RTA to collect certain additional taxes within an ESZ if a majority of the voters in the ESZ approve.

5687 (C Wilson, D-30) - Allows jurisdictions to establish a 20-mph speed limit on nonarterial highways without first conducting an engineering and traffic investigation. Requires pedestrians, when walking upon a roadway, to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any vehicle upon the roadway. Expands the use of automated traffic safety cameras to detect speed violations on any roadway identified in a school walk area.

5898 (Liias, D-21) - Supplements existing highway bond authorizations with an additional pledge of vehicle-related fees, for future bond issuances.

1706 (Sells, D-38) - Requires port terminal operators to provide sufficient restrooms in appropriate locations for drayage drivers. Grants the departments of Health and Labor and Industries jurisdiction to enforce this restroom requirement.

2057 (Valdez, D-46) - Requires the Governor's Office of Equity to provide oversight of the Washington State Patrol's (WSP) development and ongoing implementation of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Recruitment and Retention plan (strategic plan). Directs the Office of Equity to work with the Department of Enterprise Services to contract for an independent, expert consultant to assist with the oversight. Requires the consultant to establish benchmark goals for the demographic composition of the WSP workforce, develop agency specific process and outcome measures of performance, recommend effective agency programs and services to reduce disparities, evaluate progress in the implementation of the strategic plan, annually update the strategic plan in coordination with the WSP, report biannually on the composition of the WSP workforce and otherwise assist the Office of Equity. Requires the Office of Equity to provide technical assistance to the WSP, publish the strategic plan on its performance dashboard, report performance on the dashboard, establish accountability procedures for the WSP, report annually to the Governor and Legislature on the WSP's compliance with the strategic plan and progress towards meeting performance goals. Expires these requirements on June 30, 2032.

2076 (Berry, D-36) - Establishes minimum per mile, per minute, and per trip rates for drivers of transportation network companies (TNCs) and provides drivers with paid sick time, and workers' compensation coverage. Creates uniform statewide regulations of TNCs. Creates a fund for a Driver Resource Center to, among other things, support drivers in resolving disputes related to account deactivations. Establishes statewide preemption with exceptions for certain local ordinances.

1655 (Griffey, R-35) - Directs the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to reconfigure its maintenance operations to assure that state-owned and operated safety rest areas are open for use except for seasonal closures or cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. Allows the WSDOT to initiate a strategic planning process that addresses the maintenance, operation, and safety of its owned and operated safety rest areas. Requires the WSDOT to report to the transportation committees of the legislature the changes made or planned to be made to operation of the safety rest areas by January 15, 2023, including recommendations related to commercial vehicle parking.

1785 (Fey, D-27) - Eliminates the June 30, 2025, expiration date of requirements to set Washington State Patrol trooper and sergeant salaries to be competitive with other state law enforcement agencies, conduct salary surveys during the collective bargaining process, and provide proportionate salary increases for captains and lieutenants.

1815 (Ryu, D-32) - Requires the Washington State University to convene a catalytic converter theft work group. Requires the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, when funded, to establish a grant and training program to assist local law enforcement agencies targeting metal theft. Requires scrap metal businesses engaging in a transaction involving a catalytic converter removed from a vehicle to maintain documentation that the seller's private metal property was the result of the seller replacing private metal property from a vehicle registered in the seller's name. Imposes additional fines for violations of criminal laws related metal property. Creates a Consumer Protection Act violation for facilitating the offer of used catalytic converters for sale without first verifying proof of ownership of the catalytic converter, or failing to retain verified records of ownership of used catalytic converters offered for sale for at least two years. Limits cash payments for nonferrous metal property to not more than $30 while allowing the balance to be paid by check or electronic methods at the time of the transaction. Provides that vehicle wreckers businesses' record keeping requirements apply to catalytic converters. Prohibits cash payments by scrap metal businesses and vehicle wreckers for transactions involving catalytic converters.

2024 (Fey, D-27) - Extends the deferral period for sales and use taxes associated with the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement and High-Occupancy Vehicle project from five years after project completion to 24 years after project completion.

1530 (Chambers, R-25) - Creates the Washington Wine special license plate. Directs proceeds from the plate be directed to the State of Washington Tourism to promote tourism throughout Washington.

5488 (Randall, D-26) - Requires the state treasurer to make quarterly transfers of $3,250,000 from the general fund to the Tacoma Narrows Toll Bridge Account beginning in September 2022 and ending July 1, 2032, for a total of $130,000,000. Modifies the legislative intent of the state loans to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge initiated in 2018 to convey that the legislature intends that the Transportation Commission will adjust tolls with the intended goal of maintaining two-axle toll rates at no more than 75 cents lower than the toll rates in effect as of October 1, 2021.

5741 (Lovick, D-44) - Creates the Patches Pal special license plate. Allows for the renaming and redesign of the plate in the future.

Supplemental Capital Budget Highlights

  • $300 million for Rapid Capital Acquisition, including $60 million for Permanent Supportive Housing through Apple Health and Homes

  • $113 million for the Housing Trust Fund

  • $15 million for Homeless Youth projects

  • $2 million for the mobile home preservation program

  • $72 million for residential crisis triage and stabilization facilities

  • $26 million for community behavioral health capacity grants

  • $13 million for capital investments at state-run behavioral health facilities

  • $100 million for seismic upgrades at public schools

  • $48 million for early learning facilities

  • $30 million for public universities

  • $24 million for public community and technical colleges

  • $22 million in grants for distressed public schools

  • $120 million of additional spending authority for the Public Works Board

  • $108 million for clean water grants and loans

  • $40 million for the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB)

  • $24 million for specific infrastructure projects around the state

  • $16 million for infrastructure at ports

  • $50 million for the State Broadband Office

  • $25 million for broadband projects in unserved areas through the PWB

  • $25 million for broadband projects in underserved areas through CERB

  • $80 million for low-income weatherization

  • $10 million for energy efficiency upgrades at the Intalco aluminum smelter

  • $10 million for siting of a solar manufacturing facility in Grant County

  • $1.5 million to replace T12 lighting in K-12 schools

  • $236 million for water pollution control facilities

  • $15 million for the salmon recovery funding board (IIJA)

  • $10 million for acquisition of the Springwood Ranch property in Kittitas County

  • $6.5 million for State Parks projects

  • $3 million for the Voluntary Stewardship Program

  • $6 million for dental capacity grants

  • $4 million for food banks


Supplemental Operating Budget Highlights

  • $351 million to increase rates for vendors providing services to individuals with a developmental disability or with long-term care needs

  • $252 million in total funds to extend the Medicaid transformation project for five years

  • $236 million to increase the calculation of inflation for K-12 salaries, as well as materials, supplies, and operating costs

  • $232 million for wage increases and other compensation changes for state employees

  • $200 million for reinvestment grants to communities disproportionately impacted by criminal laws and penalties for illegal drug sales, possession, and use

  • $150 million to design and implement a state student loan program

  • $102 million to support the transition to electric vehicles

  • $90 million to address the physical and social emotional needs of K-12students

  • $83 million for various salmon recovery projects across the state, including the Duckabush estuary restoration project

  • $58 million for the Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program

  • $58 million for clients living in a shared living situation under the Liang settlement

  • $57 million for solar energy projects

  • $50 million to expand access to broadband

  • $50 million for costs associated with resentencing, as required under State v. Blake

  • $49 million to increase rates for Working Connections Child Care

  • $46 million for health care workforce and training initiatives

  • $38 million for expansions within the Aged, Blind, or Disabled Program

  • $34 million to modify the eligibility and awards for the Washington College Grant

  • $24 million for regional behavioral health networks to address needs of non-Medicaid clients

  • $23 million in total funds for projects within the Information Technology pool

  • $18 million for a benefit increase for eligible retirees of TRS1 and PERS1

  • $13 million for cybersecurity training programs within higher education

  • $13 million for investments in the Early Childhood Education & Assistance

Supplemental Transportation Budget Highlights

  • $5.4 billion toward carbon reduction and multimodal expansion.

  • $3 billion for maintenance and preservation.

  • $3 billion for public transportation.

  • Free fares for passengers 18 and younger on all public transportation.

  • $2.4 billion to fund fish passage barrier removals.

  • $1.3 billion in active transportation, including Safe Routes to School and school-based bike programs.

  • $1 billion to fund Washington’s portion of an I-5 replacement bridge across the Columbia River.

  • $836 million to build four new hybrid-electric ferries.

  • $150 million towards ultra-high-speed rail.

  • $50 million for walking and biking infrastructure





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