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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!

House Bill 1153

Official Description: Encouraging certificates of restoration of opportunity.
Current Status: (February 5, 2015) – Executive action in the House Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM
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 #03 – February 5, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM
  • Action #02 – January 20, 2015 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM
  • Action #01 – January 14, 2015 – First reading, referred to Local Government (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
  • SB 5375
  • HB 1295
  • HB 1284
  • HB 1745
  • HB 1036
  • HB 1158
  • SB 5564
  • SB 5513
  • SB 5510
  • HB 1257
  • SB 5422
  • HB 1389
  • SB 5331
  • SB 5421
  • SB 5420
  • SB 5366
  • HB 1505
  • HB 1233
  • HB 1006
  • HB 1519
  • HB 1449
  • SB 5518
  • HB 1273
  • HB 1180
  • HB 1261
  • SB 5368
  • SB 5332
  • SB 5289
  • SB 5365
  • HB 1107
  • House Bill 1139

    Official Description: Establishing a work group to study human trafficking of youth issues.
    Current Status: (January 30, 2015) – PS – Executive action taken by committee.
    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.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

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

    • 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 1175

    Official Description: Creating a penalty for concealing the source of a campaign contribution.
    Current Status: (January 30, 2015) – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 11:00 AM
    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.
    Weigh in: Comment on this bill online through the Legislature’s website

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

    • Action #03 – January 30, 2015 – Executive action in the House Committee on Public Safety at 11:00 AM
    • 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).
  • SB 5329
  • HB 1356
  • SB 5404
  • HB 1355
  • HB 1294
  • HB 1314
  • HB 1144
  • HB 1354
  • HB 1163
  • 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

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

    • 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 1231
  • HB 1258
  • HB 1138
  • HB 1136
  • HB 1154
  • SB 5061
  • HB 1238
  • SB 5267
  • SB 5343
  • SB 5373
  • HB 1228
  • HB 1068
  • HB 1143
  • HB 1352
  • HB 1148
  • SB 5170
  • SB 5437
  • SB 5370
  • SB 5344
  • HB 1240
  • SB 5514
  • SB 5469
  • HB 1538
  • SB 5461
  • SB 5492
  • SB 5393
  • HB 1493
  • SB 5123
  • SB 5432
  • HB 1390
  • HB 1484
  • HB 1498
  • HB 1502
  • 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.

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

    • Action #01 – January 21, 2015 – First reading, referred to Ways & Means.
  • HB 1104
  • HB 1401
  • SB 5285
  • HB 1388
  • SB 5306
  • SB 5063
  • HB 1321
  • HB 1350
  • HB 1324
  • HB 1325
  • HB 1385
  • HB 1323
  • SB 5283
  • HB 1201
  • HB 1229
  • HB 1206
  • HB 1205
  • HB 1204
  • HB 1203
  • HB 1040
  • HB 1202
  • HB 1242
  • SB 5225
  • HB 1200
  • HB 1216
  • HB 1239
  • HB 1049
  • HB 1162
  • SB 5021
  • SB 5087
  • HB 1156
  • HB 1151
  • SB 5128
  • HB 1038
  • HB 1012
  • HB 1058
  • HB 1051
  • HB 1001
  • HB 1025
  • SJR 8200
  • SB 5026