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Welcome to Olympia Newsriver, a Northwest Progressive Institute project that makes tracking priority legislation simple and easy. The Newsriver aggregates feeds for bills “with legs”, providing an up-to-date view of what’s moving in the statehouse at any given time during session.

Bill actions are sorted by topic and presented in reverse chronological order, so bills with activity appear at the top of the topical newsriver and “flow” downwards as they are displaced.

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

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

When action is taken on a bill, that bill moves up in the Newsriver (possibly to the top). A bill that is inactive for a long period of time will slowly sink to the bottom of the Newsriver like a stone settling at the bottom of a creek bed after losing momentum.

Here’s a longer explanation:

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

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

Substitute Senate Bill 5987

Official Description: Concerning transportation revenue.
Current Status: (March 26, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
Prime Sponsor: Senator Curtis King (R-14th District)
Cosponsors: Hobbs, Fain, Liias, Litzow
Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
Assessment by NPI: ESSB 5987 is the revenue component of the pavement-heavy transportation package devised by Senate Republicans. It would raise the gas tax and vehicle fees to fund projects that would primarily widen existing highways and construct brand new ones. The bill would also limit Governor Inslee’s authority to impose stronger fuel standards.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

  • Action #13 – March 26, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
  • Action #12 – March 3, 2015 – First reading, referred to Transportation (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • Action #11 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 27; nays, 22; absent, 0; excused, 0.
  • Action #10 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Action #08 – February 27, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
  • Action #09 – February 27, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
  • Action #07 – February 26, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5987
  • Action #06 – February 24, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
  • Action #05 – February 23, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
  • Action #04 – February 23, 2015 – TRAN – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
  • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
  • Action #02 – February 18, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
  • Action #01 – February 16, 2015 – First reading, referred to Transportation.

Senate Bill 5564

Official Description: Concerning the sealing of juvenile records and fines imposed in juvenile cases.
Current Status: Amendment proposed for SB 5564
Prime Sponsor: Senator Steve O’Ban (R-28th District)
Cosponsors: Darneille, Miloscia, Hargrove, Kohl-Welles, Fain, Jayapal, Brown, Habib, Dammeier, Frockt, Litzow, Warnick, Hasegawa, McAuliffe
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5564 would seal the records of juveniles who have met certain conditions, allowing them to move on in their lives after they have served their conviction and started to make restitution.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

  • Amendment proposed for SB 5564
  • Action #21 – March 26, 2015 – ELHS – Majority; do pass with amendment(s).
  • Action #20 – March 26, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 10:00 AM
  • Action #22 – March 26, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
  • Action #19 – March 18, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 1:30 PM
  • Action #18 – March 10, 2015 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & Human Services (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5564
  • Action #16 – March 6, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
  • Action #14 – March 6, 2015 – 2nd substitute bill substituted.
  • Action #17 – March 6, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 48; nays, 1; absent, 0; excused, 0.
  • Action #15 – March 6, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
  • Amendment proposed for SB 5564
  • Action #13 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
  • Action #12 – March 3, 2015 – Made eligible to be placed on second reading.
  • Action #11 – February 27, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
  • Action #09 – February 27, 2015 – WM – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
  • Action #10 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
  • Action #08 – February 24, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM
  • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
  • Action #04 – February 20, 2015 – HSMH – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
  • Action #05 – February 20, 2015 – And refer to Ways & Means.
  • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Ways & Means.
  • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM
  • Action #02 – February 5, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM
  • Action #01 – January 23, 2015 – First reading, referred to Human Services, Mental Health & Housing.

Senate Bill 5518

Official Description: Creating procedures to address campus sexual violence.
Current Status: (March 26, 2015) – HE – Majority; do pass.
Prime Sponsor: Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36th District)
Cosponsors: Litzow, Frockt, Darneille, McAuliffe, Liias, Dammeier, Fain, Keiser, Hasegawa, Habib
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5518 would create a uniform process for sexual assault reporting and disciplinary proceedings on campuses, and require univerisites to make information about the reporting process more accesible to everyone on campus. The bill would also require universities to participate in a sexual assualt climate survey and convene a workgroup on how to improve oversight of policies and procedures relating to sexual violence.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature?s website

View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

  • Action #14 – March 26, 2015 – HE – Majority; do pass.
  • Action #13 – March 26, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Higher Education at 10:00 AM
  • Action #12 – March 24, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Higher Education at 8:00 AM
  • Action #11 – March 6, 2015 – First reading, referred to Higher Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • Action #10 – March 4, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.
  • Action #09 – March 4, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
  • Action #08 – March 4, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
  • Action #07 – February 23, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
  • Action #06 – February 13, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
  • Action #05 – February 13, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
  • Action #04 – February 13, 2015 – HIE – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
  • Action #03 – February 12, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
  • Action #02 – February 3, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
  • Action #01 – January 22, 2015 – First reading, referred to Higher Education.

Senate Bill 5404

Official Description:
Current Status: (March 26, 2015) – Executive action in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 10:00 AM
Prime Sponsor: Senator Steve O’Ban (R-28th District)
Cosponsors: Darneille, Frockt, Miloscia, Kohl-Welles, McAuliffe, Chase, Pedersen, Conway
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5404 would unify many of the existing programs into the Office of Homeless Youth Programs. The goal of the office would be to reduce youth homelessness and integrate state programs to more efficiently conduct its goal of eliminating youth homelessness.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

  • Action #20 – March 26, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 10:00 AM
  • Action #19 – March 18, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 1:30 PM
  • Action #18 – March 12, 2015 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & Human Services (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • Action #17 – March 10, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 48; nays, 1; absent, 0; excused, 0.
  • Action #15 – March 10, 2015 – 2nd substitute bill substituted.
  • Action #16 – March 10, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
  • Action #14 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
  • Action #12 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
  • Action #13 – February 27, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
  • Action #10 – February 27, 2015 – WM – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
  • Action #11 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
  • Action #09 – February 24, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM
  • Action #04 – February 20, 2015 – HSMH – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
  • Action #08 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Ways & Means.
  • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
  • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
  • Action #05 – February 20, 2015 – And refer to Ways & Means.
  • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM
  • Action #02 – January 29, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM
  • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Human Services, Mental Health & Housing.
  • HB 1294
  • SB 5899
  • ESB 5091
  • SB 5321
  • House Bill 1148

    Official Description: Determining sentences for multiple offenses and enhancements.
    Current Status: (March 24, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Roger Goodman (D-45th District)
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1148 allows excessive sentences to be mitigated, giving judges discretion and loosening up mandatory minimum sentencing laws which provide no flexibility in our judicial system.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #12 – March 24, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM
    • Action #11 – February 20, 2015 – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
    • Action #09 – February 19, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #10 – February 19, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 97; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #08 – February 19, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #07 – February 5, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #06 – January 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #03 – January 23, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM
    • Action #05 – January 23, 2015 – PS – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #04 – January 23, 2015 – PS – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #02 – January 21, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Public Safety (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1138

    Official Description: Creating a task force on mental health and suicide prevention in higher education.
    Current Status: (March 27, 2015) – Referred to Ways & Means.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Tina Orwall (D-33rd District)
    Cosponsors: Haler, Blake, Carlyle, Kochmar, Reykdal, Appleton, S. Hunt, Pollet, Tarleton, Ortiz-Self, Gregerson, Bergquist, Ormsby, Senn, Riccelli, Ryu, Tharinger, Walkinshaw, Fey
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1138 would create a taskforce to help support ongoing mental health and suicide prevention effors by Washington state universities.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #16 – March 27, 2015 – Referred to Ways & Means.
    • Action #15 – March 27, 2015 – And refer to Ways & Means.
    • Action #14 – March 27, 2015 – HIE – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #13 – March 26, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #12 – March 24, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #11 – March 4, 2015 – First reading, referred to Higher Education.
    • Action #10 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 91; nays, 6; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #08 – March 2, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #09 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #07 – February 12, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #06 – February 6, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #05 – February 4, 2015 – HE – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 4, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #04 – February 4, 2015 – HE – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #02 – January 28, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Higher Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • ESB 5510
  • SB 5267
  • HB 1389
  • House Bill 1745 (Washington Voting Rights Act)

    Official Description: Enacting the Washington voting rights act.
    Current Status: (March 30, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Luis Moscoso (D-1st District)
    Cosponsors: Bergquist, S. Hunt, Haler, Orwall, Sawyer, Stanford, Walkinshaw, Appleton, Reykdal, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Fey, Jinkins, Wylie, Goodman, Ormsby, Farrell, Riccelli, Sells, Hudgins, Lytton, McBride, Santos
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1745 would allow members of a protected class (race, color, or language minority group) to file a suit to modify the electoral map in their geographic location if it is shown to consistenly be unrepresentative of the population. This is to allow better representation to occur in areas like Central Washington, where, although they represent around 33% of the population, the number of Latinos holding public office is in the single digits.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #15 – March 30, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #14 – March 23, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #13 – March 9, 2015 – First reading, referred to Government Operations & Security.
    • Action #12 – March 5, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 52; nays, 46; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #11 – March 5, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #09 – March 5, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #10 – March 5, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1745
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1745
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1745
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1745
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1745
    • Action #08 – February 27, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #04 – February 18, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM
    • Action #05 – February 18, 2015 – SG – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 18, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #03 – February 11, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM
    • Action #02 – February 5, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 28, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • EHB 1258
  • House Bill 1553

    Official Description: Encouraging certificates of restoration of opportunity.
    Current Status: (March 19, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Brady Walkinshaw (D-43rd District)
    Cosponsors: MacEwen, Ryu, Appleton, Moscoso, Holy, Gregerson, Zeiger, Peterson, Farrell, Walsh, Reykdal, Orwall, Pettigrew, Tharinger, Fitzgibbon, Kagi
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1553 would remove barriers to achieve gainful employment for certain formerly incarcerated individuals by allowing them to apply for a certificate of restoration of opportunity which shows that the individual is trying take responsibility for their life after serving their sentence. This allows them to obtain certain professional employment licenses (if they otherwise have the neccessary skills and training), like barber or contractor, which they would otherwise be disqualified for because of their conviction.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #12 – March 19, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM
    • Action #11 – March 4, 2015 – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1553
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1553
    • Action #07 – March 2, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #08 – March 2, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #10 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 97; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #09 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #06 – February 12, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #05 – February 10, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #04 – February 6, 2015 – PS – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 6, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM
    • Action #02 – February 3, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 22, 2015 – First reading, referred to Public Safety (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1240

    Official Description: Concerning restraint or isolation of students, including students with disabilities, in public schools.
    Current Status: (March 19, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Gerry Pollet (D-46th District)
    Cosponsors: Santos, S. Hunt, Orwall, Senn, Lytton, Robinson, Walsh, Griffey, Goodman, Buys, Tarleton
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1240 requires the development and distribution of guidelines limiting the restraint or isolation of students with severe behavioral issues, and makes universal existing limitations and procedures currently applicable only to certain students.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature?s website

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #13 – March 19, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM
    • Action #12 – March 4, 2015 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1240
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1240
    • Action #09 – March 2, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #11 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 68; nays, 29; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #10 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #08 – February 27, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #05 – February 17, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #03 – February 17, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #04 – February 17, 2015 – ED – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 17, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #02 – January 26, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 15, 2015 – First reading, referred to Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1449 (Oil Transportation Safety Now)

    Official Description: Concerning oil transportation safety.
    Current Status: (March 31, 2015) – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications at 1:30 PM
    By Request: Governor Jay Inslee
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Jessyn Farrell (D-46th District)
    Cosponsors: Carlyle, Fitzgibbon, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Walkinshaw, Gregerson, Senn, McBride, Robinson, Tarleton, Pollet, Cody, Ormsby, Riccelli, Kagi, Blake, Fey, Hudgins, Lytton, Bergquist, Sells, Takko, Tharinger, Jinkins, Wylie, S. Hunt, Stanford, Reykdal, Sawyer, Appleton, Van De Wege, Clibborn, Ryu, Goodman, Kilduff
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1449 and its companion bill, SB 5087, are the real oil safety bills going through the Legislature this session. These bills require advanced notice to be given whenever oil is transported by rail in the state, disclosure of oil data to be made available to the public, oil spill contingency/prevention plans to be submitted by railroads, and raises the barrel tax to cover response and cleanup plans.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #16 – March 31, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications at 1:30 PM
    • Action #15 – March 18, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications at 1:30 PM
    • Action #14 – March 9, 2015 – First reading, referred to Energy, Environment & Telecommunications.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1449
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1449
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1449
    • Action #11 – March 5, 2015 – Committee recommendations adopted and the 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #13 – March 5, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 60; nays, 38; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #12 – March 5, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1449
    • Action #10 – March 3, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #09 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #08 – February 25, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #07 – February 25, 2015 – FIN – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Environment.
    • Action #06 – February 19, 2015 – Referred to Finance.
    • Action #03 – February 17, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Environment at 1:30 PM
    • Action #04 – February 17, 2015 – ENVI – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #05 – February 17, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #02 – February 3, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Environment at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Environment (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1238
  • House Bill 1448

    Official Description: Providing procedures for responding to reports of threatened or attempted suicide.
    Current Status: (March 17, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: RepresentativeMarcus Riccelli (D-3rd District)
    Cosponsors: Holy, Parker, Ormsby, Caldier, Hayes, Jinkins, Walkinshaw, Gregerson, Appleton, Ryu, McBride, Shea
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: Known as the Sheena and Chris Henderson’s law, HB 1448 would ensure that a person who threatened or attempted suicide would be have a follow up by a mental health professional to determine whether further care is neccessary.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #18 – March 17, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM
    • Action #17 – March 11, 2015 – First reading, referred to Human Services, Mental Health & Housing.
    • Action #15 – March 9, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #16 – March 9, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 93; nays, 5; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #14 – March 9, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #13 – March 9, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1448
    • Action #12 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #11 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #10 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #08 – February 27, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Judiciary.
    • Action #09 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #07 – February 9, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #04 – February 5, 2015 – JUDI – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 5, 2015 – JUDI – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 5, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #03 – February 5, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Judiciary at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 28, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Judiciary (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1505
  • House Bill 1295

    Official Description: Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
    Current Status: (March 16, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Zack Hudgins (D-11th District)
    Cosponsors: Magendanz, S. Hunt, Walsh, Walkinshaw, Lytton, Senn, Jinkins, Sawyer, Stokesbary, Reykdal, Robinson, McBride, Stanford, Tharinger, Bergquist, Clibborn, Pollet, Fey, Gregerson, Tarleton
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1295 would require and provide funding for schools with a high percentage of low-income students to establish a “breakfast after the bell” program, where students are able to recieve critical nutrition at the beginning of the school day. “Breakfast after the bell” programs have been shown to drastically increase participation in school breakfast programs and improve learning outcomes.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

    View full bill history for 2015 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #17 – March 16, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #16 – March 6, 2015 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.
    • Action #15 – March 4, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 65; nays, 33; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #13 – March 4, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #14 – March 4, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #12 – March 3, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #11 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #10 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #09 – February 26, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Education.
    • Action #08 – February 9, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #07 – February 5, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #03 – February 5, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Education at 8:00 AM
    • Action #06 – February 5, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 5, 2015 – ED – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 5, 2015 – ED – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 16, 2015 – First reading, referred to Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1068

    Official Description: Concerning sexual assault examination kits.
    Current Status: (March 16, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Tina Orwall (D-33rd District)
    Cosponsors: Kagi, Appleton, Gregerson, Reykdal, Carlyle, Stanford, Sawyer, Fitzgibbon, Jinkins, Cody, Hudgins, Senn, Clibborn, Moeller, Riccelli, Moscoso, Farrell, Fey
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1068 would mandate that a rape kit is collected by a law enforcement agency, it must submit the kit for testing within 30 days, reducing the backlog of rape kits which remain untested. The bill also create a workgroup to determine out to best further reduce the backlog which currently exists.
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    • Action #17 – March 16, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 1:30 PM
    • Action #16 – March 4, 2015 – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
    • Action #15 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 82; nays, 15; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #14 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #13 – March 2, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #12 – February 27, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #11 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #10 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #08 – February 19, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Public Safety.
    • Action #09 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #07 – January 27, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #06 – January 23, 2015 – PS – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #05 – January 23, 2015 – PS – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #04 – January 23, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM
    • Action #03 – January 14, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 12, 2015 – First reading, referred to Public Safety (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Action #01 – January 5, 2015 – Prefiled for introduction.

    House Bill 1284

    Official Description: Concerning hours of service for certain railroad employees.
    Prime Sponsor: Represenative Larry Haler (R-8th District)
    Current Status: (March 13, 2015) – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Cosponsors: Sells, Zeiger, Takko, Harris, Tarleton, Rodne, Stanford, Muri, Santos, Stokesbary, Walkinshaw, Hayes, Riccelli, Vick, Fitzgibbon, McCaslin, Ryu, Kochmar, Sawyer, Blake, Dunshee, Holy, Moeller, Jinkins, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Farrell, Clibborn, Moscoso, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1284 limits the amount of hours a yardmaster may be on duty to prevent railroads from working their employees. This will ensure the health and safety of the worker as well as the general public.
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    • Action #13 – March 13, 2015 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #12 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #11 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #10 – February 23, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #09 – February 23, 2015 – GGIT – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Labor.
    • Action #08 – February 12, 2015 – Referred to General Government & Information Technology.
    • Action #06 – February 10, 2015 – LAB – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #04 – February 10, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 10, 2015 – LAB – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #07 – February 10, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #03 – February 9, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – February 5, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 16, 2015 – First reading, referred to Labor (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1231
  • House Bill 1006

    Official Description: Providing damages for wage violations.
    Current Status: (March 13, 2015) – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative David Sawyer (D-29th District)
    Cosponsors: G. Hunt, Dunshee, Riccelli, Moeller, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Gregerson, Reykdal, Jinkins, Bergquist, Goodman, Moscoso, Ormsby, Farrell, Walkinshaw, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1006 increases the damages an employer must pay to their employees if they willfully and intentionally steal their employees’ wages.
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    • Action #11 – March 13, 2015 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1006
    • Action #10 – February 12, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #09 – February 5, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #07 – February 3, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #05 – February 3, 2015 – LAB – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #08 – February 3, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #04 – February 3, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #06 – February 3, 2015 – LAB – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #03 – January 13, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 12, 2015 – First reading, referred to Labor (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Action #01 – December 8, 2014 – Prefiled for introduction.

    House Bill 1175

    Official Description: Creating a penalty for concealing the source of a campaign contribution.
    Current Status: (March 13, 2015) – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Kevin Van De Wege (D-24th District)
    Cosponsors: S. Hunt, Pettigrew, Moeller, Tharinger, Bergquist, Fitzgibbon, Tarleton, Gregerson, Ormsby, Ryu, Stanford, Walkinshaw, Farrell
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1175 would maintain the transparency of Washington’s election system by making the intentional concealment of a donor’s identity a felony and referring the manner to the attorney general for prosecution.
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    • Action #09 – March 13, 2015 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1175
    • Action #08 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1175
    • Action #07 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #06 – February 23, 2015 – GGIT – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Public Safety.
    • Action #05 – February 18, 2015 – Referred to General Government & Information Technology.
    • Action #03 – February 13, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM
    • Action #04 – February 13, 2015 – PS – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 28, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Public Safety (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1354

    Official Description: Concerning the employee antiretaliation act.
    Current Status: (March 13, 2015) – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32nd District)
    Cosponsors: Goodman, S. Hunt, Riccelli, Farrell, Cody, Tharinger, Ortiz-Self, Sullivan, Bergquist, Pollet, Dunshee, Fitzgibbon, Moscoso, Appleton, Sells, Robinson, Reykdal, Walkinshaw, Wylie, Gregory, Moeller, Gregerson, Stanford, Ormsby
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1354 would provide protection from retaliation for workers who file a complaint about any practice of wage theft, overtime violations, or unsafe working conditions by their employer.
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    • Action #13 – March 13, 2015 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #12 – February 27, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #11 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #10 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #09 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #08 – February 19, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Labor.
    • Action #07 – February 2, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #03 – January 29, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 8:00 AM
    • Action #05 – January 29, 2015 – LAB – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #06 – January 29, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – January 29, 2015 – LAB – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #02 – January 26, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 19, 2015 – First reading, referred to Labor (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1136

    Official Description: Concerning employment after public service in state government.
    Current Status: (March 13, 2015) – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-36th District)
    Cosponsors: S. Hunt, Tarleton, Kilduff, Appleton, Pike, Gregerson, Bergquist, Ormsby, Haler, Ryu, Sells, Pollet, Fey, Farrell
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1136 would impose a “cooling-off” period for legislators and key employees in the state government to prevent them from becoming lobbyists immediately after retirement from public service.
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    • Action #08 – March 13, 2015 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1136
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1136
    • Action #07 – March 9, 2015 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.
    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #03 – February 17, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM
    • Action #05 – February 17, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 17, 2015 – SG – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 28, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1107

    Official Description: Concerning access to and creation of cultural and heritage programs and facilities.
    Current Status: (March 13, 2015) – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Larry Springer (D-45th District)
    Cosponsors: Wilcox, Reykdal, Fitzgibbon, Bergquist, Hudgins, Lytton, McBride, Santos, Jinkins, Appleton, Tarleton, Walkinshaw
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1107 authorizes counties to create cultural access programs to advance or preserve “science or technology, the visual or performing arts, zoology, botany, anthropology, heritage, or natural history”. This allow us to preserve and enrichen the culture of our diverse communities, and become better participants in the affairs of our state and planet.
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    • Action #14 – March 13, 2015 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1107
    • Action #13 – March 5, 2015 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.
    • Action #12 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #11 – February 25, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #09 – February 25, 2015 – FIN – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #10 – February 25, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #08 – February 13, 2015 – Referred to Finance.
    • Action #06 – February 9, 2015 – CDHT – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 9, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM
    • Action #07 – February 9, 2015 – CDHT – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #04 – February 5, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs at 8:00 AM
    • Action #03 – January 20, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 12, 2015 – First reading, referred to Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Action #01 – January 9, 2015 – Prefiled for introduction.

    Senate Bill 5978

    Official Description: Modifying presidential primary provisions.
    Current Status: (April 1, 2015) – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Pam Roach (R-31st District)
    Cosponsors: Liias, Fain
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: SB 5978 would create an expensive, pointless Top Two-style presidential straw poll in the event that both the Democratic and Republican parties do not agree to use a presidential primary in 2016 to allocate delegates. Washington already has a presidential primary authorized in law, but historically the Democratic Party has not used it to allocate any delegates. Secretary of State Kim Wyman is trying to strong-arm the Democratic Party into using a primary instead of caucuses. Though NPI is not opposed to holding a presidential primary, we do oppose this irresponsible scheme.
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    • Action #12 – April 1, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM
    • Action #11 – March 12, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #10 – March 5, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Action #09 – March 3, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 36; nays, 12; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #08 – March 3, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #07 – February 26, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #06 – February 23, 2015 – Made eligible to be placed on second reading.
    • Action #03 – February 20, 2015 – GOS – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #05 – February 20, 2015 – On motion, referred to Rules.
    • Action #04 – February 20, 2015 – And refer to Ways & Means.
    • Action #02 – February 19, 2015 – Public hearing and executive action in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – February 13, 2015 – First reading, referred to Government Operations & Security.
  • HB 1647
  • ESB 5513
  • House Bill 1390

    Official Description: Concerning legal financial obligations.
    Current Status: (March 30, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Roger Goodman (D-45th District)
    Cosponsors: Holy, Jinkins, Kagi, Moscoso, Ormsby, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1390 reduces the burden of high legal costs which prevents previously-incarcerated individuals from reentering and becoming productive members of society.
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    • Action #15 – March 30, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 1:30 PM
    • Action #14 – March 11, 2015 – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
    • Action #10 – March 9, 2015 – 2nd substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #12 – March 9, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #13 – March 9, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 94; nays, 4; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #11 – March 9, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1390
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1390
    • Action #09 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #08 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #07 – February 27, 2015 – APP – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #05 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 19, 2015 – JUDI – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Judiciary at 12:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 21, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 19, 2015 – First reading, referred to Judiciary (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • SB 5514
  • SB 5329
  • Substitute Senate Bill 5343

    Official Description: Concerning parking impact mitigation from regional transit authority facility construction.
    Current Status: (March 10, 2015) – First reading, referred to Transportation (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    Original Prime Sponsor: Senator Bob Hasegawa (D-11th District)
    Cosponsors: King, Jayapal, Chase, Rolfes, Keiser, Darneille, Conway
    Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: The original incarnation of SB 5343 would have required Sound Transit to pay for zoned parking as part of the implementation of certain transit projects. The substitute does away with this requirement and simply mandates that Seattle must “must honor all requests for low-income restricted parking zone permits, charge no more than $5 per year for low-income restricted parking zone permits, and allow restricted parking zone permits for registered nonprofits located within a restricted parking zone.” Seattle already has a low-income restricted parking zone permit program, and the effect of the substitute would be to make it permanent.
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    • Action #11 – March 10, 2015 – First reading, referred to Transportation (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Amendment proposed for SB 5343
    • Action #10 – March 6, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 49; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #08 – March 6, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #07 – March 6, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #09 – March 6, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #06 – February 23, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #04 – February 17, 2015 – TRAN – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #05 – February 17, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #03 – February 16, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 20, 2015 – First reading, referred to Transportation.
  • SB 5289
  • HB 1257
  • SGA 9017
  • House Bill 1356

    Official Description: Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment.
    Current Status: (March 30, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-27th District)
    Cosponsors: Riccelli, S. Hunt, Farrell, Stanford, McBride, Cody, Tharinger, Goodman, Ortiz-Self, Sullivan, Bergquist, Pettigrew, Dunshee, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Moscoso, Ryu, Appleton, Sells, Pollet, Robinson, Reykdal, Walkinshaw, Senn, Wylie, Ormsby, Lytton, Moeller, Kagi, Hansen, Hudgins, Tarleton, Sawyer, Fey, Gregerson, Gregory, Van De Wege, Kilduff, Blake, Kirby, Orwall, Clibborn
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1356 would allow employees paid leave if they or their family member falls ill. It also allows them leave to protect, recover, or seek services for them and their family from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
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    • Action #19 – March 30, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #18 – March 5, 2015 – First reading, referred to Commerce & Labor.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1356
    • Action #16 – March 3, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #17 – March 3, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 51; nays, 46; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #15 – March 3, 2015 – Amendment ruled beyond the scope and object of the bill.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1356
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1356
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1356
    • Action #14 – February 27, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #13 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #09 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM
    • Action #10 – February 19, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #11 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #12 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #08 – February 16, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM
    • Action #07 – February 2, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #04 – January 29, 2015 – LAB – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #03 – January 29, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 8:00 AM
    • Action #05 – January 29, 2015 – LAB – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #06 – January 29, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #02 – January 26, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 19, 2015 – First reading, referred to Labor (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1355 (Raising the Minimum Wage)

    Official Description: Increasing the minimum hourly wage to twelve dollars over four years.
    Current Status: (March 30, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Jessyn Farrell (D-46th District)
    Cosponsors: Jinkins, Ryu, S. Hunt, Riccelli, McBride, Stanford, Carlyle, Cody, Tharinger, Goodman, Ortiz-Self, Bergquist, Dunshee, Fitzgibbon, Peterson, Moscoso, Appleton, Sells, Pollet, Robinson, Reykdal, Walkinshaw, Wylie, Ormsby, Santos, Hudgins, Tarleton, Sawyer, Moeller, Fey, Lytton, Gregerson, Gregory, Van De Wege, Kirby, Hurst, Kilduff, Sullivan, Kagi, Springer
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1355 would boost the econonmy and put Washington state’s minimum wage closer to a living wage by increasing it to $12 an hour. The new minimum wage will still be raised with inflation.
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    • Action #19 – March 30, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #18 – March 5, 2015 – First reading, referred to Commerce & Labor.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1355
    • Action #16 – March 3, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #17 – March 3, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 51; nays, 46; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #15 – March 3, 2015 – Amendment ruled beyond the scope and object of the bill.
    • Action #14 – February 27, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #13 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #09 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM
    • Action #12 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #11 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #10 – February 19, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #08 – February 16, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM
    • Action #07 – January 30, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #03 – January 29, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 8:00 AM
    • Action #06 – January 29, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #05 – January 29, 2015 – LAB – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #04 – January 29, 2015 – LAB – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #02 – January 26, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 19, 2015 – First reading, referred to Labor (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    Senate Bill 5437

    Official Description: Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
    Current Status: (March 23, 2015) – Senate Rules “X” file.
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Steve Litzow (R-41st District)
    Cosponsors: McAuliffe, Fain, Billig, Rivers, Hill, Rolfes, Hasegawa, Jayapal, Habib, Kohl-Welles, Chase, Pedersen, Conway
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: SB 5437 would require and provide funding for schools with a high percentage of low-income students to establish a “breakfast after the bell” program, where students are able to recieve critical nutrition at the beginning of the school day. “Breakfast after the bell” programs have been shown to drastically increase participation in school breakfast programs and improve learning outcomes.
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    • Action #14 – March 23, 2015 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #13 – March 4, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #10 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #11 – February 27, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #12 – February 27, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #09 – February 27, 2015 – WM – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #08 – February 13, 2015 – Referred to Ways & Means.
    • Action #05 – February 12, 2015 – And refer to Ways & Means.
    • Action #03 – February 12, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM
    • Action #06 – February 12, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #07 – February 12, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #04 – February 12, 2015 – EDU – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education.

    House Bill 1139

    Official Description: Establishing a work group to study human trafficking of youth issues.
    Current Status: (March 4, 2015) – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Tina Orwall (D-33rd District)
    Cosponsors: Kochmar, Appleton, Tarleton, Ortiz-Self, Hayes, Zeiger, Gregerson, Bergquist, Ormsby, Senn, S. Hunt, Riccelli, Ryu, Fey, Santos
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1139 would establish a workgroup to study measures to connect youth trafficked into sex work to social services and treatment, instead of further prosecution.
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    • Action #10 – March 4, 2015 – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
    • Action #08 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #09 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 97; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #07 – February 12, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #06 – February 3, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #05 – January 30, 2015 – PS – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #04 – January 30, 2015 – PS – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #03 – January 30, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 11:00 AM
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Public Safety (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1036

    Official Description: Addressing survivor benefits from the public employees’ retirement system for survivors of members in registered domestic partnerships prior to December 2012.
    Current Status: (March 4, 2015) – First reading, referred to Ways & Means.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Jim Moeller (D-49th District)
    Cosponsors: Appleton, Jinkins, Gregerson, Bergquist, Ormsby, Riccelli
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1036 would allow survivors of public employees who were in domestic partnerships to access survivor benefits if their loved ones passed away. This is to close the gaps in the law before Washington transferred to full marriage equality with the passage of Referendum 74.
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    • Action #12 – March 4, 2015 – First reading, referred to Ways & Means.
    • Action #11 – March 2, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 65; nays, 32; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #10 – March 2, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #09 – February 12, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #08 – February 9, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #06 – February 5, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 5, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 5, 2015 – APP – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #07 – February 5, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #03 – January 29, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 12, 2015 – First reading, referred to Appropriations (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Action #01 – December 8, 2014 – Prefiled for introduction.

    Senate Bill 5990

    Official Description: Transferring certain state sales and use taxes collected on transportation projects to the connecting Washington account.
    Current Status: (March 2, 2015) – First reading, referred to Appropriations (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Curtis King (R-14th District)
    Cosponsors: Fain, Litzow, Braun, Schoesler, Parlette, Dammeier, Warnick, Sheldon, Hewitt, Becker, Brown, Bailey
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: SB 5990 is a Republican-backed bill that transfers sales tax revenue collected on transportation projects out of the state’s general fund and into its highway fund. Since the general fund principally pays for our schools and universities, the bill would effectively take money away from education and put it towards laying asphalt instead.
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    • Action #17 – March 2, 2015 – First reading, referred to Appropriations (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Amendment proposed for SB 5990
    • Amendment proposed for SB 5990
    • Amendment proposed for SB 5990
    • Action #16 – February 27, 2015 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 26; nays, 23; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #15 – February 27, 2015 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #14 – February 27, 2015 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #13 – February 27, 2015 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #12 – February 26, 2015 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #11 – February 26, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #09 – February 25, 2015 – WM – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #10 – February 25, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #07 – February 24, 2015 – Public hearing and executive action in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM
    • Action #08 – February 24, 2015 – Referred to Ways & Means.
    • Action #04 – February 23, 2015 – TRAN – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #05 – February 23, 2015 – And refer to Ways & Means.
    • Action #06 – February 23, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
    • Action #02 – February 17, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
    • Action #01 – February 16, 2015 – First reading, referred to Transportation.

    House Bill 1922

    Official Description: Addressing small loans and small consumer installment loans.
    Current Status: (February 27, 2015) – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Larry Springer (D-45th District)
    Cosponsors: Lytton, Hurst, DeBolt, Rodne, S. Hunt, Kirby, Morris, Senn, Pettigrew, Blake, Clibborn, Takko, MacEwen, Harris, Stanford, Short, Vick, Parker, Wilcox, G. Hunt, Wylie, Pike, Moeller, Nealey, Hawkins, Johnson, Condotta, Walsh, Fagan, Buys, Kretz, Santos, Fey, Gregerson
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by Poverty Action Network: HB 1922 (and its companion SB 5899) are bills that create a “new” installment loan product that is outside the scope of the current payday lending regulation. The proposed loans would be for 12 months and up to $1,000 with expensive fees and triple digit interest rates! The only organization on record supporting these bills is MoneyTree (the payday lender) and their national trade association.
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    • Action #10 – February 27, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #09 – February 24, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #08 – February 24, 2015 – GGIT – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #07 – February 17, 2015 – Referred to General Government & Information Technology.
    • Action #03 – February 11, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Business & Financial Services at 1:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 11, 2015 – BFS – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #04 – February 11, 2015 – BFS – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #06 – February 11, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #02 – February 10, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Business & Financial Services at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – February 2, 2015 – First reading, referred to Business & Financial Services (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1519

    Official Description: Simplifying and enforcing employee status under employment laws to ensure fairness to employers and employees and address the underground economy.
    Current Status: (February 26, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-3rd District)
    Cosponsors: Reykdal, Robinson, Takko, Walkinshaw, McBride, Sells, Peterson, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Ryu, Pollet, Pettigrew, Moscoso, Ormsby, Cody, Dunshee, Tharinger, Kagi, Lytton, Moeller, Stanford, Hudgins, Orwall, Van De Wege, Bergquist, Santos, Farrell
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1519 would prevent employers from missclassifying their employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying taxes and benefits, and would create penalties for employers who continue to do so.
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    • Action #08 – February 26, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM
    • Action #07 – February 6, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #03 – February 3, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #06 – February 3, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 3, 2015 – LAB – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 3, 2015 – LAB – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 22, 2015 – First reading, referred to Labor (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    Senate Bill 5365

    Official Description: Providing that an administrative rule may be abrogated by act of the governor or either house of the legislature.
    Current Status: (March 23, 2015) – Senate Rules “X” file.
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Jim Honeyford (R-15th District)
    Cosponsors: Pearson
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: SB 5365 shortcuts the legislative process by allowing one actor in it to decide which rules apply and which don’t. This shoddy decisionmaking would confuse those served by our agencies and the public at large.
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    • Action #07 – March 23, 2015 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #05 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 20, 2015 – GOS – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #02 – February 2, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 20, 2015 – First reading, referred to Government Operations & State Security.
  • HB 1321
  • Senate Bill 5368

    Official Description: Limiting the enforcement of administrative rules and policies.
    Current Status: (March 23, 2015) – Senate Rules “X” file.
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Mike Padden (R-4th District)
    Cosponsors: Becker, Bailey, Warnick, Honeyford, Pearson, Roach
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: SB 5368 cripples the effective operation of state government by requiring the legislaure to ratify any new rule or policy adopted by a public agency. This would slow down agency work and base their operation upon political whims, rather than scientific fact or sound public policy.
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    • Action #07 – March 23, 2015 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #05 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 20, 2015 – GOS – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #02 – February 2, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 20, 2015 – First reading, referred to Government Operations & State Security.

    House Bill 1239

    Official Description: Increasing tax exemption transparency and accountability.
    Current Status: (February 20, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Gerry Pollet (D-46th District)
    Cosponsors: Appleton, Reykdal, Moscoso, S. Hunt, Stanford, Fitzgibbon, Kagi, Farrell, Ortiz-Self, Dunshee, Walkinshaw, Pettigrew, Tharinger, Ryu, Sells, Tarleton, Santos, Goodman, Cody, Wylie, McBride, Bergquist, Riccelli, Ormsby, Kirby
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1239 would require the Legislature to create a tax expenditure budget to account for money spent on tax breaks instead of public services.
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    • Action #02 – February 20, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 15, 2015 – First reading, referred to Finance (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1942

    Official Description: Concerning ballot measures regarding required information and filing fees.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Gael Tarleton (D-36th District)
    Current Status: (February 20, 2015) – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    Cosponsors: Moscoso, Ryu, S. Hunt
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill. (The prime sponsor is a member of NPI’s board.)
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1942 would end an abuse of our initiative process known as ballot title shopping. That’s when an initiative sponsor like Tim Eyman files multiple iterations of the same initiative, adding and removing provisions in the hope of getting a good ballot title. It only costs five dollars to file an initiative, so Eyman can do this very cheaply. In 1914, when the initiative process began, five dollars was equivalent to about one hundred and twenty today. The fee has never been adjusted upwards, and it needs to be, for the cost of processing initiative filings is much greater than five dollars. To preserve access to the ballot for the grassroots, HB 1942 allows sponsors to continue to pay five dollars if they submit the names of five hundred cosponsors with their initiative draft.
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    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 19, 2015 – SG – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – February 17, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – February 3, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    Senate Bill 5373

    Official Description: Modifying limitations on new evidence taken on judicial review of administrative actions.
    Current Status: (March 23, 2015) – Senate Rules “X” file.
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Brian Dansel (R-7th District)
    Cosponsors: Hobbs, Honeyford, Roach
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: SB 5373 would slow down and distort adjudication of sound public agency rules. It creates an open exemption which allows courts to use any evidence which is, in the nebulously framed words of the bill, “necessary to avoid injustice” to make a ruling on a regulation.
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    • Action #08 – March 23, 2015 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #06 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #05 – February 19, 2015 – LAW – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #04 – February 18, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 6:00 PM
    • Action #03 – February 17, 2015 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 20, 2015 – First reading, referred to Law & Justice.

    House Bill 1323

    Official Description: Repealing advisory votes.
    Current Status: (February 20, 2015) – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Chris Reykdal (D-22nd District)
    Cosponsors: Sawyer, S. Hunt, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1323 would get rid of Tim Eyman’s unconstitutional, costly, and deceptive push polls (which Eyman calls advisory votes), decluttering our ballots and saving taxpayers money.
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    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 19, 2015 – SG – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – February 18, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 19, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1154

    Official Description: Creating the affordable college for everyone grant contract program.
    Current Status: (February 20, 2015) – Minority; do not pass.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Steve Bergquist (D-11th District)
    Cosponsors: Zeiger, Muri, Haler, Pollet, Moscoso, Gregerson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Santos
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1154 would transform the State Need Grant into a “Pay It Forward” funding model, where eligible students would pay no tuition or fees upfront, but would instead pay a percentage of their income back into the fund over the next 20 years, creating a sustainable fund which helps students become unburdened by student debt.
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    • Action #05 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #03 – February 20, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Higher Education at 10:00 AM
    • Action #06 – February 20, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #04 – February 20, 2015 – HE – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 28, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Higher Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).

    House Bill 1025

    Official Description: Requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create the Washington health security trust.
    Current Status: (February 20, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 10:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Sherry Appleton (D-23rd District)
    Cosponsors: Moscoso, Tarleton, Tharinger, S. Hunt, Ryu, Jinkins, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Kagi, Stanford, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby, Walkinshaw, Farrell, Gregerson, Robinson, Lytton, Peterson, Moeller, Riccelli, Fey, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1025 would direct the state to set up a single-payer healthcare system for all Washington state residents.
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    • Action #03 – February 20, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 10:00 AM
    • Action #02 – January 12, 2015 – First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Action #01 – December 8, 2014 – Prefiled for introduction.
  • SB 5021
  • House Bill 2048

    Official Description: Concerning the division of large first-class school districts.
    Current Status: (February 20, 2015) – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37th District)
    Cosponsors: Pettigrew
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 2048 is another time-wasting governance scheme proposed by lawmakers who seem more interested in meddling with local jurisdictions than doing their jobs. It would forcibly split the Seattle School District into two by 2019, even there is no demand for such a change and no evidence that it would do anything except disrupt the lives of Seattle students, teachers, and parents.
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    • Action #07 – February 20, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #03 – February 19, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Education at 8:00 AM
    • Action #05 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #06 – February 19, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #04 – February 19, 2015 – ED – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – February 10, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – February 9, 2015 – First reading, referred to Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1151
  • HB 1352
  • HB 1739
  • House Joint Resolution 4210 (Constitutional Amendment)

    Official Description: Amending the Constitution to provide for a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district bonds at general elections.
    Current Status: (February 16, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Mia Gregerson (D-33rd District)
    Cosponsors: Muri, Santos, Orwall, Ryu, Hunter, Sells, Ormsby, Springer, Bergquist, Ortiz-Self, Kilduff, Moscoso, Peterson, Senn, Farrell, Hudgins, Fey, McBride, Fitzgibbon, Clibborn, Morris, Moeller, Takko, Wylie, Gregory, Riccelli, Walkinshaw, Hansen, Robinson, Kagi, Jinkins, Lytton, Tharinger, Goodman, Pettigrew, Cody, Carlyle, Sawyer, Stanford, Appleton, Dunshee, Tarleton, Van De Wege, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this constitutional amendment.
    Assessment by NPI: Currently, the Constitution of the State of Washington does not allow school districts to issue bonds for facility construction unless a supermajority of their voters agree. This amendment would lower the threshold for passage of a school bond proposition to a majority (greater than fifty percent), but only for general elections, which have higher participation than special or Top Two elections.
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    • Action #02 – February 16, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – February 3, 2015 – First reading, referred to Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • SB 5344
  • SB 5421
  • SB 5420
  • SB 5331
  • HB 1038
  • House Bill 1314 (Pollution Accountability Act)

    Official Description: Implementing a carbon pollution market program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    Current Status: (February 12, 2015) – Referred to Appropriations.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34th District)
    Cosponsors: Hunter, Moeller, Carlyle, Peterson, Goodman, McBride, Jinkins, Tarleton, Kagi, Appleton, Cody, Ryu, Pollet, Hudgins, Fey, Lytton, Robinson, Ormsby, Farrell, Dunshee, Bergquist, Stanford, S. Hunt, Pettigrew, Walkinshaw, Reykdal, Wylie, Riccelli, Tharinger, Senn, Sawyer, Gregerson, Sells, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Van De Wege
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1314 would implement a carbon reduction plan which would raise close a billion dollars in revenue a year which would go towards education, transportation, affordable housing, and rebates for working families while also creating 400,000 jobs in our state. This bill would target the biggest polluters in our state, work to stop the effects of climate change, and put our state in coordination with the efforts of other governments in our region.
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    • Action #08 – February 12, 2015 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #04 – February 10, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Environment at 1:30 PM
    • Action #06 – February 10, 2015 – ENVI – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #07 – February 10, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #05 – February 10, 2015 – ENVI – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #03 – January 29, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Environment at 8:00 AM
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Environment at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 19, 2015 – First reading, referred to Environment (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1162
  • SB 5422
  • SB 5370
  • HB 1204
  • House Bill 1143

    Official Description: Allowing voters to return a voted ballot and signed declaration by fax or email.
    Current Status: (February 9, 2015) – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Sam Hunt (D-22nd District)
    Cosponsors: Reykdal, Bergquist, Appleton, Dunshee, Orwall, Tarleton, Robinson, Gregerson, Ormsby, Riccelli, Ryu, Springer, Jinkins, Walkinshaw, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI is neutral on this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1143 would allow all Washington voters to return ballots by fax or email, which military and overseas voters can already do. Email, however, is a largely insecure medium, because very few people utilize end-to-end encryption to protect messages and the contents of attachments while in transit. We support the idea of making voting easier, but not at the expense of election security and integrity. Like the Secretary of State, we have concerns about how this legislation would work in practice.
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    • Action #07 – February 9, 2015 – Referred to Rules 2 Review.
    • Action #03 – February 5, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 5, 2015 – SG – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 5, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 5, 2015 – SG – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #02 – January 27, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • SGA 9087
  • HB 1273
  • SB 5332
  • Senate Bill 5375

    Official Description: Requiring disclosure by entities that compensate for petition signatures.
    Current Status: (February 5, 2015) – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Marko Liias (D-21st District)
    Cosponsors: Warnick, Billig
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: Senate Bill 5375 would subject the signature gathering industry to badly needed oversight and accountability. As in Oregon, paid petitioners would be required to register with the Secretary of State’s office, but their personal contact information would be exempted from public disclosure, so as to protect their privacy.
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    • Action #02 – February 5, 2015 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 20, 2015 – First reading, referred to Government Operations & State Security.

    House Bill 1180 (Authorizing Legislation for Sound Transit 3)

    Official Description: Concerning dedicated funding sources for high capacity transportation service.
    Current Status: (February 5, 2015) – Referred to Finance.
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Jake Fey (D-27th District)
    Cosponsors: Farrell, Fitzgibbon, Moscoso, Walkinshaw, Sells, Pollet, Ortiz-Self, Dunshee, Goodman, Bergquist, Tarleton, Ryu, Cody, Clibborn, Kagi, Morris, Peterson, Jinkins, Senn, McBride, Pettigrew, Sawyer, Gregerson, Robinson, Reykdal
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by Seattle Transit Blog: HB 1180 is “a standalone bill that [would] provide enough capacity, given voter approval, to fund a substantial amount of new light rail. Were this bill were to somehow avoid the shoals of the process, it would separate the region’s self-funded transit needs from the ongoing debate about statewide taxes and highway spending.”
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    • Action #08 – February 5, 2015 – Referred to Finance.
    • Action #07 – February 2, 2015 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #03 – February 2, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
    • Action #06 – February 2, 2015 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 2, 2015 – TR – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 2, 2015 – TR – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #02 – January 28, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 15, 2015 – First reading, referred to Transportation (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • SB 5366
  • House Bill 1497

    Official Description: Concerning appointments of the board of directors of a school district of the first class having within its boundaries a city with a population of four hundred thousand people or more.
    Current Status: (February 3, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Eric Pettigrew (D-37th District)
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1497 would alter the composition of the board of Seattle Public Schools. The board would remain a seven-member board, but only five of its directors would be elected. The remaining two would be appointed by the mayor of Seattle. School board directors have traditionally been chosen by the people, however, and we believe it should remain so. Seattle Public Schools is a separate jurisdiction from the City of Seattle and should not answer to City Hall.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

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    • Action #02 – February 3, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Education (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1233
  • House Bill 1210

    Official Description: Concerning poll-site voting and voting identification requirements.
    Current Status: (January 29, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Graham Hunt (R-2nd District)
    Cosponsors: Taylor, Muri, Zeiger, Griffey, Shea, Scott, Van Werven, Buys, Haler
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: HB 1210 would allow counties to return to our old, more difficult voting system and institute new voter suppression laws, erecting even more barriers to voting for Washingtonians.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

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    • Action #02 – January 29, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 15, 2015 – First reading, referred to State Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • HB 1144
  • HB 1163
  • SB 5061
  • SB 5170
  • HB 1228
  • SB 5639
  • SB 5574
  • HB 1261
  • HB 1538
  • SB 5492
  • SB 5461
  • House Bill 1158

    Official Description: Granting local governments the authority to make challenges related to growth management planning subject to direct review in superior court.
    Current Status: (January 22, 2015) – Public hearing in the House Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM
    Prime Sponsor: Representative Liz Pike (R-18th District)
    Cosponsors: Blake, DeBolt, Manweller, Harris, Hayes, Buys, Magendanz, Hargrove, Haler, Wilson, McCaslin
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: House Bill 1158 would undermine the Growth Management Act, putting challenges to local planning decisions into costly review by the superior court, instead of the growth management hearings board.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

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    • Action #02 – January 22, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Local Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • SB 5469
  • HB 1463
  • Senate Joint Resolution 8201 (Constitutional Amendment)

    Official Description: Amending the Constitution to address changes in state expenditures and revenues made by initiative.
    Companion: HJR 4204
    Current Status: (January 21, 2015) – First reading, referred to Ways & Means.
    Prime Sponsor: Senator Joe Fain (R-47th District)
    Cosponsors: Mullet, Litzow, Pedersen, Dammeier, Darneille, Hill, Kohl-Welles, Braun, Hobbs, Cleveland, Miloscia, Fraser, Rivers, Billig, Angel, Honeyford, Becker, Bailey, Warnick, Parlette, Padden, Hewitt, Ranker, Hatfield, McCoy, Chase, King, Dansel, Rolfes, O’Ban, Hargrove, Habib, Jayapal, Conway, Keiser
    Our Position: NPI opposes this constitutional amendment.
    Assessment by NPI: SJR 8201 would prohibit Washingtonians from sponsoring initiatives that do not fiscally balance, with the exception of initiatives that repeal a revenue increase within its first year.
    Weigh in: Comment on this resolution online through the Legislature’s website.

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    • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Ways & Means.
  • SB 5393
  • HB 1493
  • HB 1484
  • HB 1502
  • SB 5432
  • HB 1498
  • SB 5123
  • HB 1401
  • HB 1104
  • HB 1350
  • SB 5283
  • SB 5063
  • HB 1325
  • HB 1385
  • HB 1324
  • SB 5306
  • SB 5285
  • HB 1388
  • HB 1242
  • HB 1206
  • HB 1203
  • HB 1040
  • HB 1202
  • HB 1201
  • HB 1205
  • HB 1200
  • SB 5225
  • HB 1049
  • HB 1216
  • HB 1229
  • SB 5087
  • HB 1156
  • SB 5128
  • SB 5026
  • SJR 8200
  • HB 1001
  • HB 1058
  • HB 1051
  • HB 1012