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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!

  • SB 6312
  • HB 2229
  • HB 2105
  • HB 2148
  • SB 5991
  • HB 2473
  • EHB 1279
  • HB 2552
  • HB 2178
  • HB 2201
  • House Bill 1313

    Official Description: Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment.
    Current Status: (March 13, 2014) – By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
    Prime Sponsor: Laurie Jinkins (D-27th District)
    Cosponsors: Farrell, Morrell, Green, Dunshee, Lytton, Sawyer, Sells, Fitzgibbon, Riccelli, Moeller, Appleton, Reykdal, Roberts, Ryu, Pollet, Moscoso
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill and its companion legislation, SB 5594.
    Assessment by Washington Work & Family Coalition: Paid sick days are important to the health and well-being of our state’s people, families, and economy. Assuring that all workers earn paid leave to deal with critical health and family needs reduces public costs for health care, elder care, and public assistance.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #24 – March 13, 2014 – By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
    • Action #23 – February 26, 2014 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #22 – January 30, 2014 – First reading, referred to Commerce & Labor.
    • Action #21 – January 29, 2014 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 52; nays, 45; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #20 – January 29, 2014 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #19 – January 29, 2014 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #18 – January 29, 2014 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Action #17 – January 20, 2014 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #16 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #15 – November 7, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #14 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #13 – March 13, 2013 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1313
    • Action #12 – March 5, 2013 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #09 – March 1, 2013 – APP – Majority; do pass 1st substitute bill proposed by Labor & Workforce Development.
    • Action #10 – March 1, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #11 – March 1, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #08 – March 1, 2013 – APP – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #07 – February 18, 2013 – Referred to Appropriations.
    • Action #03 – February 13, 2013 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM
    • Action #04 – February 13, 2013 – LWD – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 13, 2013 – LWD – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 13, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #02 – February 5, 2013 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 10:00 AM
    • Action #01 – January 23, 2013 – First reading, referred to Labor & Workforce Development.
  • HB 2347
  • HB 1817
  • Senate Bill 5811

    Official Description: Addressing employee wellness programs
    Current Status: (March 3, 2014) – Senate Rules “X” file.
    Prime Sponsor: Rodney Tom (48th District)
    Cosponsors: Fain, Hill, Rivers, Baumgartner, Shin
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill.
    Assessment by Washington State Labor Council: SB 5811 would strip state employees of their right to negotiate wellness programs in the state health care agreement. The bill would also impose a wellness program with no employee say whatsoever.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #18 – March 3, 2014 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #17 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #16 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #15 – April 28, 2013 – By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
    • Action #14 – April 2, 2013 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 10:00 AM
    • Action #13 – March 15, 2013 – First reading, referred to Labor & Workforce Development (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
    • Amendment proposed for SB 5811
    • Action #12 – March 13, 2013 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 28; nays, 21; absent, 0; excused, 0.
    • Action #10 – March 13, 2013 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #11 – March 13, 2013 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #09 – March 13, 2013 – 1st substitute bill substituted.
    • Action #08 – March 12, 2013 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #05 – March 1, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #06 – March 1, 2013 – Minority; without recommendation.
    • Action #07 – March 1, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #04 – March 1, 2013 – WM – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 28, 2013 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – February 21, 2013 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM
    • Action #01 – February 18, 2013 – First reading, referred to Ways & Means.

    Senate Bill 5275

    Official Description: Allowing employers to pay a training wage for a specified period of time.
    Current Status: (March 3, 2014) – Senate Rules “X” file.
    Prime Sponsor: Janéa Holmquist Newbry (R-13th District)
    Cosponsors: Braun, Becker, Sheldon, Carrell, Schoesler, Smith, Honeyford
    Our Position: NPI opposes this bill and its companion legislation, HB 1150.
    Assessment by The Stranger: HB 5275 would establish a “training wage,” by which employers could pay workers seventy-five percent of the state minimum wage for the first 680 hours of work. That’s $1,562 out of the pockets of a minimum-wage worker.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #12 – March 3, 2014 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #11 – January 17, 2014 – Moved to Rules White Sheet.
    • Action #10 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #09 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #08 – March 26, 2013 – Senate Rules “X” file.
    • Action #07 – March 8, 2013 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Amendment proposed for SB 5275
    • Action #05 – February 5, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 5, 2013 – CL – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 5, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #03 – February 4, 2013 – Executive action in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 30, 2013 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 24, 2013 – First reading, referred to Commerce & Labor.
  • HB 2179
  • HB 2202
  • HB 2465
  • HB 2248
  • HB 2525
  • HB 2443
  • HB 2238
  • HB 2223
  • HB 1102
  • HB 2143
  • HB 2180
  • HB 2286
  • HB 2274
  • HB 2233
  • SB 5278
  • Engrossed House Bill 1891

    Official Description: Increasing protections for employees under the Washington industrial safety and health act of 1973.
    Current Status: (January 13, 2014) – Referred to Labor & Workforce Development.
    Prime Sponsor: Chris Reykdal (D-22nd District)
    Cosponsors: OrmsbySellsMoellerRyuGreenFreeman
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by NPI: EHB 1891 would strengthen the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act by increasing civil and criminal penalties imposed on violators, requiring that employers inform new employees of their rights under WISHA, and guarantee that victims have the opportunity to meet with the Director of the Department of Labor & Industries if they so choose. 
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #19 – January 13, 2014 – Referred to Labor & Workforce Development.
    • Action #18 – January 13, 2014 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration.
    • Action #17 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #16 – November 7, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #15 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #14 – April 28, 2013 – By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
    • Action #13 – April 3, 2013 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM
    • Action #12 – March 12, 2013 – First reading, referred to Commerce & Labor.
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1891
    • Action #09 – March 8, 2013 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Action #11 – March 8, 2013 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 65; nays, 32; absent, 0; excused, 1.
    • Action #10 – March 8, 2013 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1891
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1891
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1891
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1891
    • Action #08 – March 1, 2013 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.
    • Action #07 – February 22, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #03 – February 21, 2013 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM
    • Action #04 – February 21, 2013 – LWD – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 21, 2013 – LWD – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #06 – February 21, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #02 – February 20, 2013 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM
    • Action #01 – February 14, 2013 – First reading, referred to Labor & Workforce Development.

    House Bill 1440

    Official Description: Ensuring fairness to employers by protecting employees.
    Current Status: (January 13, 2014) – Referred to Labor & Workforce Development.
    Prime Sponsor: John McCoy (D-38th District)
    Cosponsors: Sullivan, Ryu, Sells, Green, Cody, Moscoso, Goodman, Bergquist, Riccelli, Hunt, Fitzgibbon, Pollet, Seaquist, Roberts, Ormsby, Stonier, Pettigrew, Van De Wege, Hudgins, Reykdal, Blake, Freeman, Moeller, Jinkins, Appleton, Kagi
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by Washington State Labor Council: HB 1440 aims to address our underground economy, wage theft and employee misclassification. It’s all about cracking down on businesses that are cheating workers — and state and local governments — out of the money they are owed.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #18 – January 13, 2014 – Referred to Labor & Workforce Development.
    • Action #17 – January 13, 2014 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration.
    • Action #16 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #15 – November 7, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #14 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #13 – March 13, 2013 – Returned to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1440
    • Amendment proposed for HB 1440
    • Action #12 – March 6, 2013 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.
    • Action #11 – March 1, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #08 – February 28, 2013 – FIN – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #10 – February 28, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #09 – February 28, 2013 – FIN – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #07 – February 8, 2013 – Referred to Finance.
    • Action #06 – February 7, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #04 – February 7, 2013 – LWD – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #05 – February 7, 2013 – LWD – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 7, 2013 – Executive action in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM
    • Action #02 – January 31, 2013 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 28, 2013 – First reading, referred to Labor & Workforce Development.

    Engrossed House Bill 1044 (Reproductive Parity Act)

    Official Description: Concerning health plan coverage for the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.
    Current Status: (January 13, 2014) – Referred to Health Care & Wellness.
    Prime Sponsor: Eileen Cody (D-34th District)
    Cosponsors: Jinkins, Takko, Blake, Maxwell, Lytton, Moscoso, Fitzgibbon, Tharinger, Bergquist, Clibborn, Pollet, Goodman, Appleton, Reykdal, Kirby, Green, Van De Wege, Pettigrew, Sells, Springer, Hunt, Moeller, Carlyle, Ryu, Haigh, Liias, Kagi, Tarleton, Pedersen, McCoy, Stanford, Hunter, Hudgins, Farrell, Ormsby, Upthegrove, Riccelli, Stonier, Fey, Santos
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by Planned Parenthood Votes NW: EHB 1044 (the Reproductive Parity Act) will give women the freedom and privacy to make their own pregnancy decisions – not their insurance plan or their employer.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #20 – January 13, 2014 – Referred to Health Care & Wellness.
    • Action #19 – January 13, 2014 – Rules Committee relieved of further consideration.
    • Action #18 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #17 – November 7, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #16 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #15 – April 28, 2013 – By resolution, returned to House Rules Committee for third reading.
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1044
    • Action #14 – April 1, 2013 – Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care at 10:00 AM
    • Action #13 – February 25, 2013 – First reading, referred to Health Care.
    • Action #11 – February 22, 2013 – Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
    • Action #12 – February 22, 2013 – Third reading, passed; yeas, 53; nays, 43; absent, 0; excused, 2.
    • Action #10 – February 22, 2013 – Floor amendment(s) adopted.
    • Amendment proposed for EHB 1044
    • Action #09 – February 13, 2013 – Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
    • Action #08 – February 12, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #07 – February 8, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #05 – February 8, 2013 – HCW – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #06 – February 8, 2013 – HCW – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #04 – February 8, 2013 – Executive action in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM
    • Action #03 – January 31, 2013 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM
    • Action #02 – January 14, 2013 – First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness.
    • Action #01 – January 10, 2013 – Prefiled for introduction.

    House Bill 1095

    Official Description: Concerning nursing staffing practices at hospitals.
    Current Status: (January 13, 2014) – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    Prime Sponsor: Tami Green (D-28th District)
    Cosponsors: Cody, Morrell, Reykdal, Appleton, Ryu, McCoy, Bergquist, Pollet
    Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
    Assessment by Washington State Labor Council: HB 1095 would protect patient safety by establishing standards for safe nurse staffing levels at hospitals. This statewide safety standard would make sure that the heart of patient care — having enough nurses to care for patients — comes first and require CEOs to listen to their own staffing committee when more staff is required.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

    View full bill history for 2013 Regular Session (Click to view)

    • Action #15 – January 13, 2014 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #14 – November 7, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #13 – May 13, 2013 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
    • Action #12 – March 1, 2013 – Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
    • Action #11 – February 25, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #10 – February 25, 2013 – APPH – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass.
    • Action #09 – February 25, 2013 – APPH – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #08 – February 25, 2013 – Public hearing and executive action in the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services at 1:30 PM
    • Action #05 – February 22, 2013 – HCW – Majority; do pass.
    • Action #03 – February 22, 2013 – Executive action in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM
    • Action #06 – February 22, 2013 – Minority; do not pass.
    • Action #07 – February 22, 2013 – Referred to Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services.
    • Action #04 – February 22, 2013 – HCW – Executive action taken by committee.
    • Action #02 – January 29, 2013 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM
    • Action #01 – January 16, 2013 – First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness.
  • HB 1804