The Washington State Legislature began its 2022 Legislative Session on Monday, January 10, 2022, and ends on Thursday, March 10, 2022
This Thursday, March 10, 2022, is the last day allowed for the regular session under the WA State Constitution. The only bills that remain alive are bills necessary to implement the budget and bills that have passed both chambers. If a policy bill passed both houses in two different versions, the legislature has until the closure of the session to reconcile the differences.
You can contact your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-562-6000. You can also contact them by e-mail using this format: email@example.com. If you need to look up your legislators, use the following link to find them: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
Top Action of the Week:
Sales Tax Holiday
SHB 2018 – Creating a three-day shop local and save sales and use tax holiday to benefit all Washington families for certain items $1,000 or less during the month of September.
SHB 2018 authorizes a shop local and save sales and use tax holiday for Labor Day Weekend 2022 for qualified items purchased by individuals. Although our state has an unfair tax system that is heavily dependent on the sales tax this bill does not deliver economic relief to those taxpayers at the bottom of the income scale and are in need of relief from our regressive tax system. It would waste nearly $200 million dollars that could better serve our state’s economy. Although popular in other states, experience has shown that these sales tax holidays simply lead to large windfalls for retailers and the wealthy while funds are drained from resources such as our schools and social service programs.
STATUS: SHB 2018 scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 5 PM on Monday, March 7, and an executive session on Wednesday, March 9 at 12 PM.
ACTION: Contact your senators on the Senate Ways & Means Committee and let them know that you oppose SHB 2018 and ask that it not be passed out of committee as it costs our state nearly $200 million that could better serve our state’s economy and is basically a windfall for retailers and the wealthy instead of addressing the long term needs of our state’s most vulnerable.
For a public hearing you may register to testify remotely on the bill, submit written testimony or state your position without testifying. If you want to testify or to state your position on a bill without testifying, you must register for the hearing at least 1 hour prior to the start of the hearing. Written testimony closes 24 hours after the start of the committee hearing. To register for any of these options – click on one of the two links below and follow the instructions on the screen to register:
House of Representatives Committee Hearing – https://app.leg.wa.gov/csi/house
Senate Committee Hearings – https://app.leg.wa.gov/csi/Senate
Note: Committee members for House and Senate Committees are listed at the end of this alert.
We have also included hyperlinks on each of the bill actions below, which will take you to the WA State Legislature’s comment page for the bill where you can enter your support or opposition to the bill and include a comment (up to 1000 characters) which will be sent to your legislators.
Civil and Equal Rights
Chinese American History Month
ESB 5264 – Declaring January as Chinese American history month and encouraging public schools to commemorate the month. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Recognizing contributions of Americans of Chinese descent.)
ESB 5264 declares that January of each year is Americans of Chinese descent history month. Public schools are encouraged to designate time for appropriate activities in commemoration of Americans of Chinese descent history month and the lives, history, achievements, and contributions of Americans of Chinese descent.
In 2000, Washington declared May of each year to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. According to the 2010 census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010. As of the 2010 census, there are about 4 million people of Chinese descent alone or in combination in the United States, a growth of 40 percent since the 2000 census. Washington is home to the seventh-largest Chinese American population in the United States. The 2010 census documented 94,198 people of Chinese descent alone living in Washington.
In 2019, Washington declared October of each year Filipino American History Month.
STATUS: ESB 5264 failed to pass out of the House by the March 4th cutoff and is thus DEAD.
Missing Indigenous Women and Persons Alert
SHB 1725 Concerning the creation of an endangered missing person advisory designation for missing indigenous persons.
SHB 1725 requires the Washington State Patrol to establish a Missing Indigenous Women and Persons Alert designation as a part of its Endangered Missing Person Advisory plan. This system is similar the Amber Alert system.
Indigenous people experience disproportionate rates of violence in Washington state. Tribes, state leaders, and grassroots activists have done substantial work to identify factors directly affecting the rates of violence and to ensure that addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people is a priority at every level. The legislature intends to provide law enforcement with additional tools to disseminate timely, accurate information to engage the public more effectively in assisting with locating missing indigenous people, and to compensate for the unique challenges that indigenous communities face accessing media coverage and the ability to share information.
STATUS: SHB 1725 passed out of the Senate in a slightly different version than the House and is headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Representatives, tell them you support SHB 1725 and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
Enhanced Washington Voting Rights Act
E2SSB 5597 – Concerning the Washington voting rights act.
In 2018 the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) was signed into law and deals with localities in the state where elections exhibit polarized voting and where there is a significant risk that members of a protected class do not have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of choice as a result of dilution or abridgement of their rights.
SSB 5597 makes improvements in the WVRA. A violation of the WVRA is presumptively established if:
- The political subdivision used race, ethnicity, language-minority group status, or a proxy of any of those characteristics, for apportionment; or
- Electoral district boundaries “crack” or “pack” minority communities of interest.
In addition, E2SSB 5597 does the following:
- Establishes a mechanism for claimants who send successful notices of potential WVRA violations to recover costs of up to $50,000 from jurisdictions for research needed to send the notice.
- Requires certain jurisdictions to obtain preclearance for changes to covered voting practices.
- Establishes a data repository at the University of Washington to assist jurisdictions and researchers in election best practices.
- Authorizes counties to expand commissions from three to five members to remedy a potential WVRA violation.
STATUS: E2SSB 5597 failed to pass out of the House Appropriations Committee by the February 28th cutoff date and is thus DEAD.
Redistricting Rules Changes
SB 5560 – Concerning procedures for approval and submission of the redistricting plan.
SB 5560 fixes the most egregious errors that happened at the end of the 2021 Redistricting Commission’s process. It amends the current law to require the commission to make a redistricting plan available to the public at least 72 hours before voting to approve the plan. Once the plan has been made publicly available, any amendments to the plan must be debated and voted on in open session, and at least 24 hours must pass after any amendments are adopted before the commission may vote on final approval of the plan. The plan must include at least maps showing the division of the state into congressional and legislative districts, and complete descriptions of each district using official census units, such as tracts and blocks, sufficient to codify the plan.
STATUS: SB 5560 failed to pass out of the House by the March 4th cutoff and is thus DEAD.
Use of Campaign Funds
SB 5855 Concerning the use of campaign funds to reimburse expenses for child care and other caregiving services.
SB 5855 authorizes the use of campaign contributions to reimburse candidates for expenses for the direct care, protection, and supervision of a child or person over whom the candidate has direct caregiving responsibility incurred directly due to campaign activities.
Lack of childcare is a huge impediment to running for political office. If this reimbursement isn’t clearly allowed, candidates won’t take advantage of it. This will encourage more parents, particularly single parents, and parents of young children, to run for political office, making our elected officials more representative of our communities. Over 50 federal candidates have used campaign funds to pay for childcare since a ruling in 2018. This will empower a diverse pipeline of working caregivers to run for office. Fifteen states have already passed legislation allowing the use of campaign funds for dependent care.
STATUS: SB 5855 has passed out of the House in a slightly different version from that of the Senate and is headed back to the Senate for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators to let them know you support SB 5855 . Ask them to vote YES to concur with the House amendments and send it to the governor for signature.
Economic Equity and Support for Low Income Individuals and Families
Temporary Cost of living increase for retired public workers
SB 5676 Providing a benefit increase to certain retirees of the public employees’ retirement system plan 1 and the teachers’ retirement system plan 1.
SB 5676 provides a one-time, 3 percent increase to the retirement benefits of retirees in the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Retirement System Plan 1, up to $110 per month. For retired state employees there have only been two small cost of living allowances (COLAs) in the last decade while purchasing power has decreased by 43 percent. This increase would provide much needed relief for retirees that are forced to choose between medication and food. Although this one-time increase is needed in the long run there should be an annual COLA similar to the Social Security COLA.
STATUS: SB 5676 has passed the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SB 5676 and ask him to sign it into law.
Customer Service Requirements for the Department of Social and Health Services
E2SHB 2075 Establishing service requirements for the department of social and health services.
HB 2075 establishes minimum service requirements for the DSHS due to the increase in call center wait times and reduced access to services that have resulted from DSHS office closures during COVID 19 health emergency.
It prohibits the department from imposing punitive measures against individuals when they are unable to comply with the requirements if they are unable to interact with the public due to operating decisions, such as the closure of community services offices.
The bill requires that the department ensure clients can apply for and receive services in a manner that is suited to the clients’ needs. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting client needs related to technology, language, and ability.
- Community service offices must be open for walk-in and in- person services.
- The department may not limit which clients are able to use walk-in services or limit which services may be accessed in community service offices.
- The department shall restore a certain level of staffing for in-person services during a state of emergency.
- The department shall maintain telephonic access to services.
- The average wait time for a department call center may not exceed 30 minutes.
- The department shall determine the average wait time for client telephone calls per week, and include a measurement of all incoming calls, including dropped calls.
- The state auditor shall monitor average telephone wait times monthly.
- If the department fails to meet the minimum service requirements of this section, benefit recipients may not be subject to punitive measures as it relates to their assistance.
- The department may not terminate or sanction any client’s benefits unless the community service office is fully open and operational to the public in the client’s region.
STATUS: E2SHB 2075 has passed both chambers. However, the Senate made amendments that will now need to be accepted by the House before it can be sent to the governor for signature.
ACTION: Contact your Representatives, and ask them to support full passage of E2SHB 2075, and to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
Tax Relief for Working Families
HB 1888 – Allowing the department of revenue to adjust the rates of remittance reductions in the working families’ tax credit in order to align with federal maximum qualifying income levels.
HB 1888 amends the Working Families Tax Exemption passed in 2021 to annually adjust the rate of the Working Families Tax Credit based on calculations that maintain the minimum credit being received at the maximum qualifying income level for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.
STATUS: HB 1888 has passed both chambers and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support HB 1888 and ask him to sign it into law.
Housing and Shelter for low-income households, households in need, and those experiencing homelessness
ESHB 1866 -Assisting persons receiving community support services through medical assistance programs to receive supportive housing.
ESHB 1866 establishes a program that combines existing housing and healthcare services to first provide housing to homeless persons who suffer from chronic mental and physical health problems, and then to provide treatment solutions to these problems. An effective system of services currently exists through Apple Health and excellent public and nonprofit affordable housing providers, but they have yet to be combined in an effective way across the state.
The bill as amended by the Senate
- Establishes the Apple Health and Homes Program (Program) to provide a permanent supportive housing benefit and a community support services benefit to persons who meet eligibility criteria related to income, medical risk factors and barriers to finding stable housing.
- Establishes the Office of Apple Health and Homes (Office) within the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to fund permanent supportive housing units to fulfill the needs of persons enrolled in the Program.
- Establishes the Apple Health and Homes Account to be used for permanent supportive housing programs administered by the Office.
- Expands the use of the Home Security Fund Account for it to be used to fund permanent supportive housing.
- Requires the Department Commerce to establish a rapid permanent supportive housing acquisition and development program to issue financial assistance to certain local government and nonprofit entities for acquiring and developing permanent supportive housing units.
- Requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) to review the efficacy of the Program and report their findings to the legislature by December 1, 2027.
STATUS: STATUS: ESHB 1866 has passed both chambers and will now return to the House for amendment reconciliation.
ACTION: Contact your House Representatives. Let them know you support ESHB 1866, and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments. People who suffer from chronic mental and physical health problems have far better outcomes if they are housed.
SB 5566 – Expanding eligibility for the independent youth housing program.
SB 5566 broadens the base of young people eligible or the independent youth housing program. Youth are now eligible for if they were wards of the state at any time before their 18th birthday (instead of during the 4-month period before their 18th birthday only); and increases the age limit to 25 from 23. The income requirements from all sources, except for temporary sources that include, but are not limited to, overtime wages, bonuses, or short-term temporary assignments, that does not exceed fifty percent of the area median income, remains the same.
STATUS: SB 5566 has passed both chambers and is now going back to the Senate for reconciliation of house amendments.
ACTION: Contact your Senators, and ask them to support full passage of SB 5566 and to vote YES to concur with the House Amendments.
ESSB 5428 – Concerning the application of the state environmental policy act to temporary shelters and transitional encampments.
ESSB 5428 exempts certain temporary shelters and transitions encampments for people experiencing homelessness, from application of the state environmental policy act (SEPA). Temporary shelter is defined as any use sited in a new or existing structure or modular structure that provides temporary quarters for sleeping and shelter. Transitional encampment is defined as any use having tents, modular structures, or similar shelters, including vehicles used for shelter, providing temporary quarters for sleeping and shelter. Both types of facilities may have common food preparation, shower, or other commonly used facilities that support the facility. This bill will remain in effect until August 1, 2032. In order to be eligible for this exemption:
- the facility must be used for people experiencing homelessness, must include no more than 200 beds, must not require erecting a new permanent structure, and must be used on a site for no more than five years;
- the facility is located in a jurisdiction that has declared a state of emergency on homelessness;
- the facility operator establishes a community advisory committee that creates a process to accept and address community complaints;
- the jurisdiction must determine whether to allow drugs or alcohol by facility occupants based on an analysis of the needs and population served by the facility;
- the facility must comply with water quality regulations;
- the facility host or operator must have developed a disengagement plan for cleanup of the facility, a medical waste disposal plan for the facility, and a solid waste management plan for the facility; and
- the jurisdiction must require and make available employment, mental health, and drug counseling services at the facility.
STATUS: ESSB 5428 did not pass out of both chambers before the March 4 cutoff date and is thus DEAD.
SSB 5838 – Providing a monthly diaper subsidy for parents or other caregivers receiving temporary assistance for needy families.
SSB 5838 provides a monthly diaper subsidy for parents or other caregivers receiving temporary assistance for needy families effective Nov 1, 2023. The legislature finds that diapers are a necessity for every infant. Additionally, most early childcare programs require an adequate supply of diapers for child attendance, but, apart from early head start, do not provide diapers to families in need. The legislature further finds that families unable to afford an adequate supply of diapers may provide less frequent diaper changes to their child to maximize their supply of diapers. The failure to provide adequate diaper changes is associated with an increased rate of diaper dermatitis and urinary tract infection. Further, there are links between diaper need and increased parenting stress. Children whose parents manifest high levels of stress or depression are at greater risk of social, emotional, and behavioral problems. The department of social and health services is directed to provide a monthly diaper subsidy to families with children under the age of three who are otherwise eligible for temporary assistance for needy families, subject to funds appropriated
STATUS: SSB 5838 has been passed by both chambers and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SSB5838 and ask him to sign it into law.
Surprise medical billing
E2SHB 1688 Protecting consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services, by aligning state law and the federal no surprises act and addressing coverage of treatment for emergency conditions.
In 2019, the WA State Legislature enacted the Balance Billing Protection Act prohibiting balance billing for emergency services and certain non-emergency services. A “balance bill” is a bill sent to patient by an out-of-network provider or facility for health care services provided to a patient after the provider or facility’s billed amount is not fully reimbursed by the insurance carrier, excluding permitted cost-sharing. In 2020 Congress passed the federal No Surprises Act (NSA), which establishes federal protections against balance billing for emergency services and certain other services provided at in-network facilities beginning January 1, 2022.
ESHB 1688 expands the list of services covered by the balance billing prohibitions to include post-stabilization services and air ambulance services in alignment with federal law. It also expands the definition of emergency services to include post-stabilization services and emergency services provided by behavioral health emergency services providers. The dispute resolution and arbitration process for insurance carriers, health care providers, and for facilities covered by the balance billing prohibitions is modified. The Insurance Commissioner is to submit a report and recommendations if any on how balance billing for ground ambulance services can be prevented and if ground ambulance services should be subject to balance billing procedures.
STATUS: E2SHB 1688 has passed both chambers with amendments in the Senate, and now will be returned to the House for amendment reconciliation.
ACTION: Contact your Representatives in the House let them know you support E2SHB 1688, and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
Working Families Tax Credit Law
EHB 2096 Concerning the working families’ tax exemption, also known as the working families tax credit.
EHB 2096 makes technical corrections to the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) and would ensure that everyone who needs the working families’ tax credit, including ITIN filers, have access to it with refund amounts being adjusted annually for inflation to the nearest $5.00.
STATUS: EHB 2096 has passed both chambers and is on its way to the governor’s desk for signature.
Action: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support HB 2096 and ask him to sign it into law.
Forgiveness of Student Loans
ESSB 5847 Providing information to public service employees about the public service loan forgiveness program.
ESSB 5847 would empower the Washington State student loan Advocate and the Washington State Achievement Counsel to develop materials and awareness about the federal student loan forgiveness program for program public service employees (PSLF). The Biden administration has recently announced new rule making to make it easier to receive credit for payments made under PSLF that did not previously qualify for forgiveness to boost the number of individuals eligible for student loan forgiveness under that program. https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service. This effort boosts our state’s efforts to support that goal to help alleviate the weight of crushing student debt on Washington residents who work in public service.
STATUS: ESSB 5847 has passed out of the House in a slightly different version from that of the Senate. It is now back in the Senate for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators and tell them you support ESSB 5847 and ask them vote YES to concur with the House amendments.
Hospital Charity Care
SHB 1616 Concerning the charity care act.
SHB 1616 is a Washington State Attorney General’s Request Bill that standardizes the level of hospital charity care to 400% of the federal poverty level. Charity care laws in the state of Washington require hospitals to forgive some or all the out-of-pocket costs for essential health care for low-income patients. Today, Washington charity care laws help only those who make up 200 percent of the federal poverty level – an individual who makes $26,000 per year, or $34,380 for a two-person household. Full forgiveness is only available to those at or below the federal poverty level – about $12,900 per year for an individual and $26,500 for a family of four. This legislation would expand charity care to more than 2.2 million Washingtonians who are not currently eligible.
STATUS: passed out of the Senate in a slightly different version than the House and is headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Representatives, tell them you support SHB 1616 and ask them vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
Preventing Discrimination in Prescription Drugs
SSB 5610 Requiring cost sharing for prescription drugs to be counted against an enrollee’s obligation, regardless of source.
SSB 5610 requires all cost sharing amounts for prescription drugs to be counted against an enrollee’s cost-sharing requirement. Beginning January 1, 2023, when calculating an enrollee’s contribution to any applicable cost-sharing requirement, a health carrier or health care benefit manager must include any cost-sharing amounts paid by the enrollee directly or on behalf of the enrollee by another person for a covered prescription drug and apply that amount in full toward the enrollee’s deductible, out-of-pocket maximum, or similar obligation.
STATUS: SSB 5610 has passed out of the House in a slightly different version from that of the Senate and is headed back to the Senate for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators to let them know you support SSB 5610 and ask them vote YES to concur with the House amendments and send it to the governor for signature.
First-Time Homebuyer Bill
HB 2097 Changing the definition of first-time home buyer.
SHB 2097 bill modifies the definition of first-time home buyer under the Housing Trust Fund program. Under the HTF program, a first-time home buyer is an individual or their spouse or domestic partner who has not owned a home during the prior three-year period. The 2021- 23 biennial capital budget included an expanded definition for first-time home buyer for the purpose of awarding homeownership projects under the HTF to include an individual who meets any of the following:
• a single parent who has only owned a home with a former spouse while married;
• an individual who is a displaced homemaker and has only owned a home with a spouse;
• an individual who has only owned a principal residence not permanently affixed to a permanent foundation; and
• an individual who has only owned a property that is discerned to be uninhabitable by a licensed building inspector.
STATUS: SHB 2097 failed to pass out of the Senate by the March 4th cutoff date and is thus DEAD.
School Free and Reduced Meal Program
SHB 1878 Increasing public school participation in the community eligibility provision of the United States department of agriculture.
SHB 1878 expands access to the free and reduced meal program in the schools and removes an onerous application and income verification process that presents a barrier to many families in need. This bill would expand mandatory participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) – which allows schools with high numbers of low-income students to serve free meals to all students. Providing universal meals to students reduces stigma for children and families and reduces time spent on paperwork.
STATUS: SHB 1878 has been signed into law by Governor Inslee.
HB 1833 – Establishing an electronic option for the submission of household income information required for participation in school meals and programs.
HB 1833 removes a barrier to free and reduced priced meals for students by providing parents and guardians an option to provide household income through a secure online portal. The bill requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to oversee the development and implementation of a statewide electronic repository of household income information that is required for a student’s enrollment in a free and reduced-price meal program.electronic option for the submission of household income information required for participation in school meals and programs.
STATUS: HB 1833 has passed both chambers and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support HB 1833 and ask him to sign it into law.
School Funding Formulas
SHB 1590 Concerning enrollment stabilization funding to address enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SHB 1590 would address the shortfall in funds that school districts are facing due to reduced enrollment due to COVID 19. Strict reading of the apportionment process by which WA state funds school districts would require that funding be cut to all districts according to the number of students who have dis-enrolled due to the COVID 19 pandemic crisis. Although the loss of students is not sufficient to close classrooms or buildings and do not result in decreased expenditures by the districts to maintain the standard of education for those students who are enrolled, this withholding of funding would be a drastic cut that would have repercussions for years to come. These bills attempt to keep schools whole until this crisis has abated, and students and families and staffing have stabilized.
It would be stronger if those districts who have gone above and beyond to keep students enrolled, incurring excess expenditures as a result, were also made whole by full reimbursement of all COVID expenditures, as opposed to the allocation of funds according to Title 1 status. SHB 1590 is a policy fix that allows levy and local effort assistance (LEA – also known as levy equalization) to be based on 2020 levels. It needs to pass to ensure that districts remain whole and that our schools and services are maintained at a level that supports our children.
STATUS: SHB 1590 has passed the Senate in a slightly different version than the House. It now goes back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know you support SHB 1590 and ask that they vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
SSB 5581 Addressing pupil transportation allocations.
SB 5581 would require the Office of the Superintendent of Education (OSPI) to reimburse 100 percent of school district costs for serving students in distinct passenger categories beginning in the 2023-24 school year. These categories are identified as students with disabilities, those that are homeless and those in foster care.
STATUS: SSB 5581 failed to pass out of the House Appropriations Committee by the February 28th cutoff and thus it is DEAD.
ACTION: Contact your legislators and let them know you support SSB 5581 and encourage them to use the budget process to fund this currently unfunded mandate.
2SHB 1664 Concerning prototypical school formulas for physical, social, and emotional support in schools.
School Districts and educators across the state have been advocating for years to update the woefully outdated and underfunded (even by the standard of decades ago) ‘prototypical’ school funding formulas. They do not call for funding of sufficient nurses, counselors, mental health professionals, etc. for our schools, even as our schools have been called upon to provide more and more of the services more reasonably provided by our healthcare system. In some cases, there are unfunded mandates that siphon funding away from the school districts’ primary function of educating our students. There is no stable funding so districts must hunt for grant or partnership opportunities on an annual basis, or rely on the ability of local taxpayers to fill the funding gap.
2SHB 1664 requires each public school to have at least one school nurse and one counselor on site. It increases the minimum allocations for, social workers, psychologists, and counselors within the prototypical school model. Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to adopt rules that require school districts to prioritize specified funding allocated through the model for physical, social, and emotional support staff with a valid educational staff associate certificate. Physical, social, and emotional support staff is defined and include school nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, and classified staff who provide student and staff safety, parent involvement coordinators and other district employees and contractors who provide physical, social, and emotional support as defined by the OSPI.
STATUS: 2SHB 1664 passed out of the Senate with amendments and now goes back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Representative and let them know you support 2SHB 1664 and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
E2SSB 5155 Concerning prejudgment interest.
Under SB 5155 deals with tort suits and the interest on judgements. This bill would modify when the interest on judgement begins accruing from the time the event is believed to have first occurred rather than when the judgement is entered. That would mean that interest on a claim would begin to accrue before a school district even became aware of the claim and long before any investigation into the validity of the claim. This is precedent-setting for the country—there is nothing else like this—and for a reason. It is bad policy, particularly for public entities, as every penny sent to tort lawyers as a result of this bill would come straight from taxpayers.
The WA legislature is considering enacting a new law to require defendants in personal injury lawsuits to pay back interest on top of the money a jury awards the plaintiff at trial. They are also debating whether public agencies (including school districts) should be subject to this new form of “prejudgment interest,” or only private sector defendants. Senate Bill 5155:
- Takes the entire amount a jury determines a defendant must pay the plaintiff, and adds interest back to the date when the plaintiff’s claim first accrued (typically on the date of injury).
- The Senate already passed this bill but, before they did, amended the bill to exclude public agencies, including school districts and excluded medical malpractice defendants.
- The House is now considering this bill, and some House members want to put public agencies/schools back into the bill.
- The House Committee on Civil Rights & Justice considered this bill and amended it. The Committee put public schools back and medical malpractice defendants back into the bill and/or the bill could be amended on the House floor right before voting.
- What does this mean for schools if SB 5155 this amended version applies to school districts? School districts would be harshly impacted by this new form of “prejudgment interest” because of the unique nature of minor student claims.
- Minors have until age 21 to file a lawsuit (longer for some types of claims), so districts may not receive a claim for a decade or more—under this bill, years of prejudgment interest would have accumulated before districts even receive notice of a claim.
- The largest components of an award for serious injury to a child are for future damages the child is expected to incur throughout their lifetime. This bill would require school districts to pay years of BACK interest on a potential lifetime of FUTURE damages, that are unknown even at the time of award.
- The WA Office of Financial Management has projected this new type of prejudgment interest would cost schools $23M+ in interest payments over the next six years.
STATUS: E2SSB 5155 failed to pass out of the House by the March 4th cutoff, thus it is DEAD.
School District Procurement Process
ESB 5017 Clarifying school district procurement requirements for personal service contracts for construction management, value engineering, constructability review, and building commissioning. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Clarifying school district procurement requirements for service contracts for construction management, value engineering, constructability review, and building commissioning.).
SB 5017 is a technical change to the current law and clarifies that school districts can continue to procure construction management, value engineering, constructability review, and building commissioning through the request for proposal (RFP) process and allows selection of contractors based on qualifications, not just price.
STATUS: ESB 5017 has passed out of both houses and is on its way to the governor for signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support ESB 5017 and ask him to sign it into law.
School Seismic Safety Grant Program
SSB 5933 Establishing a school seismic safety grant program
SSB 5933 establishes a school seismic safety grant program for school districts and state tribal compact schools for remediation of seismic or tsunami hazards in qualifying buildings. It also requires qualifying buildings be in high seismic hazard areas and that they must have been built prior to 1998, and not received a seismic retrofit to the 2005 seismic standards.
Given the failure to pass legislation to make it possible for school districts to pass bond measures to maintain schools, this bill is critical to prepare our schools for the seismic emergencies we know are coming. The Senate Capital Budget proposal is providing over $120M in seismic retrofit or school replacement provided a district can put up 33% of the cost. We have hundreds of schools in the state that were built before 1998 and need this update. The Senate is looking for $500M every biennia until the work is done to make our students safe. We need the House to maintain that funding level and move this bill forward.
STATUS: SSB 5593 passed the House unanimously and is now on its way to the governor for signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SSB 5593 and ask him to sign it into law.
E2SHB 1723 – Closing the digital divide by increasing the accessibility and affordability of telecommunications services, devices, and training.
E2SHB 1723 codifies the Digital Equity Forum into WA State Law. The Statewide Broadband Office in consultation with the Forum, the Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the Department of Social & Health Services must develop a state digital equity plan. Subject to receipt of funds from the federal government and funding from state appropriations a Digital Equity Planning Grant Program is established to provide grants to local governments, institutions of higher education, workforce development councils, or other entities to fund the development of digital equity plan for a discrete geographic region of the state. Prioritization criteria are specified. The Digital Equity Account is created in the State Treasury. Moneys in the account may be spent after appropriation. Funds from sources outside the state, from private contributions, federal or other sources may be directed to the specific purposes of the DEOP or the Digital Equity Planning Grant Program.
STATUS: E2SHB passed the Senate in an amended version from that of the House and it is now back in the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Representative and let them know that you support E2SHB 17239 and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate’s amendments
E2SHB 1153 – Increasing language access in public schools.
E2SHB 1153 establishes the Language Access Technical Assistance Program in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, school districts, charter schools, the state School for the Blind and the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth must implement a language access program for culturally responsive and systemic family engagement. When language support is offered, families show up and support school activities and engagement. This investment ensures that all parents understand the education being provided to their children. This bill helps eliminate disparities and properly train individuals to assist families who are not as familiar with the educational system here.
STATUS: E2SHB 1153 passed the Senate in an amended version from that of the House and it is now back in the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Representative and let them know that you support E2SHB 1153 and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate’s amendments
SHB 1617 – Aligning state and school holidays.
SHB 1617 specifies that all state legal holidays are also school holidays on which school must not be taught.
STATUS: SHB 1617 has passed both chambers and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SHB 1617 and ask him to sign it into law.
Student Members of the State Board of Education
SSB 5497 – Extending voting authority to student members on the state board of education.
SSB 5497 gives the two student members of the 16-member State Board of Education voting rights on the board. With this addition, a quorum for the transaction of business is raised from eight voting members to nine voting members.
STATUS: SSB 5497 has passed both chambers and is on Governor Inslee’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SSB 5497 and ask him to sign it into law.
School District Consultation with Local Tribes
SSB 5252 Concerning school district consultation with local tribes.
SSB 5252 does the following:
- Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and provide a tribal consultation training and schedule to assist school district boards of directors and staff in understanding how to engage in the federally required tribal consultation process.
- Requires school board directors and certain staff to complete the tribal consultation training every three years, beginning September 1, 2024.
- Directs the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) to convene annual, regional meetings and invite tribal councils from the federally recognized tribes for the purposes of establishing government-to-government relationships and dialogue between the tribal councils and school district boards of directors.
- Requires the WSSDA to submit three biennial reports to the Legislature regarding the progress made in the development of effective government-to-government relationships and other topics.
STATUS: SSB 5497 has passed both chambers and has been signed by Governor Inslee into law effective June 9, 2022.
Reproductive Rights and Health Care
Affirming WA State’s Abortion Act
EHB 1851 Relating to preserving a pregnant individual’s ability to access abortion care
EHB 1851 declares that every individual possesses a fundamental right of privacy to personal reproductive decisions. This bill also updates the language related to abortion care in Washington’s legal code to be gender neutral and to reflect the range of providers who are licensed to provide abortion care. These updates would ensure that the gender identities of all people who have abortions are reflected in the statute and would confirm the already established legal ability of qualified licensed providers, such as physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) to provide abortion care.
STATUS: EHB 1851 both chambers in slightly different versions and is headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Representatives, let them know you support EHB 1851 and ask for a YES vote to concur with the Senate amendments
HB 1651 Allowing providers to bill separately for immediate postpartum contraception.
HB 1651 allows providers to bill separately for devices or professional services associated with immediate postpartum contraception and they may not consider such services or devices to be part of any payments for general obstetric procedures. “Immediate postpartum contraception” is defined as the postpartum insertion of intrauterine devices or contraceptive implants performed before the patient is discharged from the hospital or birthing center and includes the devices or implants themselves.
STATUS: HB 1651 has passed both chambers of the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support HB 1651 and ask him to sign it into law.
SHB 1703 Modernizing the statewide 911 emergency communications system.
SHB 1703 addresses the ongoing effort to modernize the 911 system, which is essential to public safety and is often the first call a victim or bystander makes when experiencing trauma. This bill largely clarifies and updates the existing regulations.
STATUS: SHB 1703 has passed out of the Senate, with amendments. It will now go back to the House for reconciliation between the two passed bills.
ACTION: Contact your representative and let them know you support SHB 1703 and ask for a YES vote to concur with the Senate amendments.
Weapons, Guns, and Public Safety
ESSB 5078 Addressing firearm safety measures to increase public safety
ESSB 5078 establishes firearm safety measures to increase public safety by prohibiting the manufacture, possession, distribution, importation, selling, offering for sale, purchasing or transfer of large capacity magazines. A large capacity magazine is defined to mean an ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition, or any conversion kit, part, or combination of parts, from which such a device can be assembled if those parts are in possession of or under the control of the same person
STATUS: ESSB 5078 has passed out of both the Senate and the House. It will now be sent to the governor’s office for signature.
Action: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support ESSB 5078 and ask him to sign it into law.
ESHB 1630: Establishing restrictions on the possession of weapons in certain locations.
SHB 1630 makes it unlawful to knowingly carry or possess firearms and other specified weapons in ballot counting centers, voting centers, student engagement hubs, county elections and voter registration offices and areas of facilities used for these functions. It also makes it a crime to knowingly carry or possess a firearm on school premises, school transportation, and facilities being used by schools, and in areas of facilities while being used for official meetings of the school district board of directors.
STATUS: ESHB 1630 has passed the Senate in a slightly different version from the House. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives, let them know you support ESHB 1630 and ask to schedule it for a Floor vote and to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
ESHB 1705: Concerning ghost guns
SHB 1705 Restricts the manufacture, assembly, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of untraceable firearms. Restricts the sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of unfinished frames and receivers. It also establishes standards for marking untraceable firearms and unfinished frames and receivers with serial numbers.
STATUS: ESHB 1705 has passed both the Senate and the House, and is headed to the governor’s desk for the signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support ESHB 1705 and ask him to sign it into law.
ESSB 5690: Concerning firearms on the capitol campus for the sole purpose of organized memorial events.
The open carry of firearms is generally prohibited in certain buildings on the west state capitol campus, any buildings on the state capitol grounds, any state legislative offices, or any location of a public legislative hearing or meeting during the hearing or meeting. Exceptions to the prohibition are provided for law enforcement personnel, for persons with valid concealed pistol licenses, and for members of the armed forces who carry a firearm or other weapon in the discharge of their official duty or traveling to or from official duty. ESSB 5690 exempts uniformed color guard and honor guard from liability when carrying a firearm or other weapon on the capitol campus while actively participating in, walking to, and leaving organized memorial events. Such events are required to be permitted
STATUS: ESSB 5690 failed to pass out of the House by the March 4th cutoff and is now DEAD.
SHB 1941: Prohibiting active shooter scenarios for school safety-related drills.
SHB 1941 was amended in committee and prohibits schools from conducting lockdown drills that include live simulations of or reenactments of active shooter scenarios that are not trauma-informed and age and developmentally appropriate. Allowable safety-related drills continue to be 1) shelter-in-place; 2) lockdown; and 3) evacuate. This bill would require schools to maintain documentation of the time, date, and type of drill.
STATUS: SHB 1941 has passed out of both the Senate and the House. It will now be sent to the governor’s office for signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SHB 1941 and ask him to sign it into law.
Use of Force by Law Enforcement
ESSB 5919 Concerning the standard for law enforcement authority to detain or pursue persons.
SSB 5919 gives law enforcement more flexibility in the use of force. “Physical force” means any act likely to cause physical pain or injury or any other act exerted upon a person’s body to compel, control, constrain, or restrain the person’s movement. “Physical force” does not include pat downs, incidental touching, verbal commands, or compliant handcuffing where there is no physical pain or injury. “Necessary” means that, under the totality of the circumstances, a reasonably effective alternative to the use of force does not appear to exist, and that the amount of force used was a reasonable and proportional response to the effect the legal purpose intended or to protect against the threat posed to the officer or others.
The situations where a peace officer may use physical force are expanded. A peace officer may use physical force against a person when necessary to:
- protect against criminal conduct where there is probable cause to make an arrest;
- effect an arrest;
- prevent an escape;
- effect an investigative detention, with less than probable cause if the peace officer has reasonable and articulable facts that point towards criminal activity, including when, under the totality of the circumstances, the situation escalates so that there are now facts sufficient to effectuate an arrest, whether or not an arrest is carried out; or
- protect against an imminent threat of bodily injury to the peace officer, another person, or the person against whom force is being used.
The standard reasonable care is also amended.
The standard for vehicular pursuits is amended. A peace officer may not conduct a vehicular pursuit unless four factors are met:
- there is reasonable suspicion that a person in the vehicle has committed, or is committing a violent offense, sex offense, an escape offense, a driving under the influence offense, a crime against persons offense, or another criminal offense where the public safety risks of failing to apprehend or identify the person are considered to be greater than the safety risks of the vehicular pursuit under the circumstances;
- the pursuit must be necessary for the purpose of identifying or apprehending the person;
- the person poses a public safety risk, and the safety risk of failing to apprehend or identify the person is greater than the safety risks of the vehicular pursuit under the circumstances; and
- the officer receives authorization to continue the pursuit from a supervising officer and there is supervisory control of the pursuit.
We believe that this bill rolls back the protections put in place last year with E2SHB 1310. In part, that bill, created a standard for the use of force by peace officers. The current law allows a peace officer to use physical force against another person when necessary to protect against criminal conduct where there is probable cause to make an arrest; effect an arrest; prevent an escape; or protect against an imminent threat of bodily injury to the peace officer, another person, or the person against whom force is being used. A peace officer may use deadly force only when necessary to protect against an imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to the officer or another person.
This bill is unnecessary and is a dangerous step backwards. This bill expands the authority to use physical force in all investigatory stops based on reasonable suspicion, the lowest standard of proof. It allows for considerable officer discretion which will increase racial profiling.
STATUS: ESB 5919 5919 has passed the House in a slightly different version from the Senate. It is now headed back to the Senate for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators and let them know that you OPPOSE ESB 5919 and urge them to vote NO!
SHB 1735 Modifying the standard for use of force by peace officers.
SHB 1735 Modifies the standard for use of force by peace officers by allowing an officer to use physical force against another person. A peace officer may use physical force against a person to the extent necessary to carry out specified acts. The authority of a peace officer to use physical force against a person, subject to the requirement to exercise reasonable care, is expanded to include the following circumstances:
- taking a person into custody, transporting a person for evaluation or treatment, or providing other assistance under civil or forensic commitment laws;
- taking a minor into protective custody when authorized or directed by statute;
- executing or enforcing a court order authorizing or directing a peace officer to take a person into custody;
- executing a search warrant; or
- executing or enforcing an oral directive issued by a judicial officer in the courtroom or a written order where the court expressly authorizes a peace officer to use physical force to execute or enforce the directive or order.
The provision regarding use of deadly force is modified by replacing the term “imminent threat” with “immediate threat,” distinguishing it from the restrictions on the use of physical force. A peace officer may use deadly force against another person only when necessary to protect against an immediate threat of serious physical injury or death to the officer or another person.
STATUS: SHB 1735 was signed by Gov Inslee 3/4/22 into law. Its effective date is 3/4/2022.
ESHB 2037 Modifying the standard for use of force by peace officers.
SHB 2037 modifies the standard for use of force by peace officers, but only with respect to providing that physical force may be used to the extent necessary. It also clarifies that deadly force may be used in the face of an immediate threat, clarifies that physical force may be used to protect against a criminal offense when there is probable cause that a person has committed or is committing the offense, authorizes the use of physical force to prevent a person from fleeing a temporary investigative detention, authorizes the use of physical force to take a person into custody when authorized or directed by statute, provided that the standard does not permit violations to the United States Constitution or state Constitution, and defining deadly force, physical force, necessary, and totality of the circumstances.
STATUS: ESHB 2037 has passed the Senate in a slightly different version from the version passed by the House. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know that you support ESHB 2037 and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
State patrol diversity
SHB 2057 Strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion in the state patrol workforce.
SHB 2057 the Governor’s Office of Equity is directed to contract for an independent, expert consultant to support their oversight of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) strategic plan. Additional consultant activities include developing agency-specific process and outcome measures which consider community feedback and recommending effective agency programs and services to reduce disparities across the WSP. Several activities assigned to the consultant in the underlying bill are assigned to the Office of Equity including providing technical assistance to the WSP and annual reporting to the Governor and Legislature on the evaluation of progress in implementing the plan.
Appropriates $650,000 from the State Patrol Highway Account to the Governor’s Office of Equity for the purposes of the independent consultant contract, a study of barriers to hiring commissioned officers and costs associated with oversight. $331,000 from the State Patrol Highway Account is provided to the WSP and to support the costs of WSP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office and the external psychologist contract.
STATUS: SHB 2057 has passed the Senate in a slightly different version from the version passed by the House. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know that you support SHB 2057 and ask them to vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
Sexual assault nurse examiners
HB 1622 Creating programs to encourage sexual assault nurse examiner training.
HB 1622 requires the Washington State University College of Nursing to establish two programs: (1) a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) online and clinical training program; and (2) a regional SANE leader pilot program.
STATUS: HB 1622 has passed the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support HB 1622 and ask him to sign it into law.
Sex Trafficking and Prevention
HB 1748 Concerning aged, blind, or disabled program eligibility for victims of human trafficking.
Makes victims of human trafficking eligible for the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program and the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) program.
Victims of human trafficking and other certain crimes, and their qualifying family members, are eligible for the following state assistance programs:
- The Food Assistance Program for legal immigrants, if they are not eligible for the federal food stamp program;
- State Family Assistance Programs if they otherwise meet program eligibility requirements; and
- Medical Care Services, if they are not eligible for Apple Health for Kids or other federal health insurance.
- Replaces references to “drug or alcohol” with “substance use” for purposes of the HEN and the ABD program.
Victim of human trafficking is defined in statute as a non-citizen and any qualifying family members who have:
- filed or are preparing to file an application for a T or U visa with the appropriate federal agency; or
- been harmed by certain crimes including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring, trafficking, or coercion of an involuntary servitude, the sexual exploitation of children, among others, and:
- the person is taking steps to meet conditions for federal benefits for victims of trafficking; or
- the person is preparing to file or has filed an application for asylum.
- been harmed by certain crimes including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring, trafficking, or coercion of an involuntary servitude, the sexual exploitation of children, among others, and:
STATUS: HB 1748 has passed the House in a slightly different version from the Senate. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know that you support HB 1748. Ask them for a YES vote to concur with the House amendments when it comes to the floor.
Missing and Endangered Persons
SHB 1571 Concerning protections and services for indigenous persons who are missing, murdered, or survivors of human trafficking.
HB 1571 does the following:
- Requires a county coroner or medical examiner with jurisdiction over the remains of a deceased indigenous person to make certain efforts to contact family members and affected tribes of the deceased and provide an opportunity for family and affected tribes to conduct spiritual practices or ceremonies, subject to certain limitations.
- Requires a county coroner or medical examiner with jurisdiction over the remains of a deceased indigenous person to make certain efforts to contact the deceased person’s family and facilitate return of the remains prior to entrusting the remains to a funeral home.
- Requires the Department of Commerce’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy to establish two grant programs related to services and resources for indigenous survivors of human trafficking.
- Provides that, upon knowledge from certain authorities that a person in custody or being released from custody at a jail is the subject of a missing person’s report, the jail is required to notify the agency of original jurisdiction for the missing person’s report.
STATUS: SHB 1571 has passed the Senate in a slightly different version from what passed out of the House. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know that you support SHB 1571. Ask that they vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
SHB 1725 Concerning the creation of an endangered missing person advisory designation for missing indigenous persons
HB 1725 Requires the Washington State Patrol to establish a Missing Indigenous Women and Persons Alert designation as a part of its Endangered Missing Person Advisory plan.
STATUS: SHB 1725 has passed the Senate in a slightly different version from what passed out of the House. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know that you support SHB 1725. Ask that they vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
Criminal mistreatment of children and vulnerable adults
ESHB 1048 Concerning the removal of specific religious references regarding the criminal mistreatment of children and vulnerable adults from a statute.
SHB 1048 removes a statutory reference that gives rise to constitutional issues by singling out one particular religion in statute. The statute makes changes to current state law that health care decisions made in reliance on faith-based services do not constitute negligent treatment or maltreatment unless such a decision poses clear and present danger to the health, welfare, or safety of a child. It also removes the reference to a person who is furnished with Christian Science treatment by an accredited Christian Science practitioner in lieu of medical care as not being considered deprived of medically necessary health care or abandoned.
STATUS: ESHB 1048 failed to be passed out of the Senate by the March 4th cutoff date and is now DEAD.
SSB 5572 Implementing the recommendations of the Washington state internet crimes against children task force.
SSB 5572 adds an element to the crime of sexual exploitation of a minor, adds an element to the crime of minors selling depictions of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and adds an element to the exemption from liability of minors possessing depictions of themselves engaged in an act of sexually explicit conduct.
STATUS: SSB 5572 failed to be passed out of the House by the March 4th cutoff date and is now DEAD
SHB 1901 Updating laws concerning civil protection orders to further enhance and improve their efficacy and accessibility.
SHB 1901 updates the 2021 law and amends it by adding “coercive control” under the definition of domestic violence for purposes of protection orders. The bill also includes a number of technical corrections dealing with safety of victims and minor children.
STATUS: SHB 1901 passed out of the Senate on March 3 in a slightly different version from the House. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and let them know that you support SHB 1901. Ask that they vote YES to concur with the Senate amendments.
ESSB 5245 Concerning the safety of crime victims.
ESSB 5245 was amended in committee and now provides that the department of correction and witness notification programs are expanded to add victims of domestic violence offenders, assault in the 3rd degree, vehicular homicide by disregard for the safety of others, unlawful imprisonment, and controlled substance homicide to receive notification of the offender’s pending release. Note that violent offenders, sex offenders, and domestic violence protection order offenders are already included in this RCW.
STATUS: ESSB 5245 has passed the House in a slightly different version from the Senate. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators and let them know that you support ESSB 5245. Ask that they vote YES to concur with the House amendments.
SHB 1593 Expanding the landlord mitigation program to alleviate the financial burden on victims attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment, or stalking.
The Landlord Mitigation Program (Program) is expanded to allow landlords’ claims to the Department of Commerce up to $5,000 for damages to rental property when:
- the tenant has terminated his or her tenancy pursuant to the provision in the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA), which allows tenants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment, or stalking to terminate;
- the property has sustained damage beyond normal wear and tear;
- the landlord has, within 21 days of termination:
- provided the tenant with a statement regarding the basis for retaining any of the damage deposit; and
- rather than retaining any of the damage deposit for those damages, returned the full damage deposit to the tenant; and
- the landlord has agreed not to proceed against the tenant to recover sums exceeding the amount of the damage deposit.
STATUS: SHB 1593 has passed the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SHB 1593 and ask him to sign it into law.
Trauma informed responses in the legal system
SB 5612 Ensuring domestic violence victims and survivors of victims have the opportunity to make a statement during sentencing for all domestic violence convictions.
SB 5612 enables victims and survivors of victims to present a statement personally or by representation at the sentencing hearing for convictions involving domestic violence.
STATUS: SB 5612 passed out of the House in a slightly different version from the Senate. It is now headed back to the Senate for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators and let them know that you support SB 5612 and ask that they vote YES to concur with the House amendments
SSB 5814 Providing funding for medical evaluations of suspected victims of child abuse.
SSB 5814 would re-establish a similar statute as the 2015 legislation (which expired in 2019) which provided funding for medical evaluations for suspected victims of physical child abuse.
STATUS: SSB 5814 has passed the legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
ACTION: Contact Governor Inslee and let him know that you support SSB 5814 and ask him to sign it into law.
ESSB 5628 Concerning cyber harassment, addressing concerns in the case of Rynearson v. Ferguson, and adding a crime of cyberstalking.
The current crime of cyberstalking is renamed cyber harassment. The intent element of the crime is limited to the intent to harass or intimidate. In addition to the current factors that raise this crime from a gross misdemeanor to a class C felony, the following likewise raise the crime to a class C felony:
- the person cyber harasses a criminal justice participant who is performing their official duties at the time the threat is made;
- the person cyber harasses a criminal justice participant because of an action taken or decision made by the criminal justice participant during the performance of their official duties; or
- the person commits cyber harassment in violation of any protective order protecting the victim.
ESSB 5628 also creates a new crime named cyberstalking. A person commits the gross misdemeanor crime of cyberstalking if they:
- knowingly and without consent install or monitor an electronic tracking device or causes an electronic tracking device to be installed, placed, or used with the intent to track the location of another person; and
- the perpetrator knows or reasonably should know that knowledge of the installation or monitoring would cause the person reasonable fear, the perpetrator has notice that the person does not want to be contacted or monitored by the perpetrator, or there is a protective order in effect protecting the person being stalked from the perpetrator.
The crime of cyberstalking is elevated to a Class C felony if committed under several additional circumstances.
Victims of cyber harassment may apply to have their address protected through the Secretary of State’s address confidentiality program.
STATUS: ESSB 5628 has passed the House in a slightly different version from the Senate. It is now headed back to the House for concurrence.
ACTION: Contact your Senators and let them know that you support ESSB 5628. Ask them to vote YES to Concur with the House amendments.
Sales Tax Holiday
SHB 2018 – Creating a three-day shop local and save sales and use tax holiday to benefit all Washington families for certain items $1,000 or less during the month of September.
SHB 2018 authorizes a shop local and save sales and use tax holiday for Labor Day Weekend for qualified items purchased by individuals. Although our state has an unfair tax system that is heavily dependent on the sales tax this bill does not deliver economic relief to those taxpayers at the bottom of the income scale and are in need of relief from our regressive tax system. It would waste nearly $200 million dollars that could better serve our state’s economy. Although popular in other states, experience has shown that these sales tax holidays simply lead to large windfalls for retailers and the wealthy while funds are drained from resources such as our schools and social service programs.
STATUS: SHB 2018 is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 5 PM on Monday, March 7, and an executive session on Wednesday, March 9 at 12 PM
ACTION: Contact your senators on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and let them know that you oppose SHB 2018 and ask that it not be passed out of committee as it costs our state nearly $200 million that could better serve our state’s economy and is basically a windfall for retailers and the wealthy instead of addressing the long term needs of our state’s most vulnerable.
SHB 1816 Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.
ESSB 5693 Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.
Both the House and the Senate presented their versions of the Supplemental Budget for the 2021-23 biennium with both bills moving rapidly through each house. Supplemental budgets are considered and passed in the even-numbered years to make adjustment to the primary 2-year budget which is passed in odd-numbered years. Both houses start off with the Governor’s supplemental budget proposal which was originally released in December.
Your legislators need to hear from you that now is the time to invest in our communities so that our families and residents of the State of WA can survive and thrive in our world today. Although the revenue forecasts are positive due to state taxes coming in faster than originally expected and federal COVID relief funds that have yet to be allocated, our state’s residents still have extraordinary needs. COVID has resulted in the health and well-beginning of our state’s residents being highly impacted, some positively (i.e., mostly the wealthy) and negatively for many. Since March 2020, economic, racial and gender inequality have deepened. According to the WA Employment Security Department 2021 ended with 70,000 fewer jobs than when the pandemic began. According to the US Census Bureau Pulse Survey between December 20, 2021, and January 10, 2022, 450,000 Washington State households reported not having enough to eat in the previous 7 days, and over 500,000 reported little to no confidence that they would be able to pay the next month’s rent or mortgage.
The following information regarding the supplemental budget is a portion of an article written by the WA State Budget and Policy Center and is in our opinion a good summary of why we need to invest rather than siphon resources away from public needs:
“Lawmakers in Washington state should heed the wisdom of community advocates, who know from both research and personal experience that greater funding for schools, health care, childcare, early learning, and the environment will strengthen families. This greater funding will also ensure communities – especially those who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) who have been hit hardest by the economic downturn and public health crisis – have the resources needed to get through and beyond these difficult times. But to make these important investments, lawmakers must reject costly tax cuts that would unnecessarily benefit the wealthy and disadvantage BIPOC and lower-income Washingtonians by permanently draining funding from their communities. Investing in community foundations, as proposed by Governor Inslee, will set the state up to thrive in the long run.
Washington state lawmakers have the opportunity to make historic investments in their communities right now. Over the past 25 years, the state has seen significant growth in its population and economy. But relative to that growth, state funding for community needs has declined since the mid-1990s. As Figure 1 shows below, under Governor Inslee’s proposed adjustments to the 2021-23 state budget, total funding (including federal stimulus funds) would be nearly $1 billion less than what was allocated in the 1995-1997 budget (adjusted for economic growth). And total state-only funding would be nearly $10 billion less under the governor’s proposal compared to mid-1990s levels.
Only with substantial COVID-19 relief from the federal government has the state budget been able to rebound from the deep funding cuts enacted following the Great Recession. However, these funds are temporary – intended only to address the current public health and economic crises. As a result, lawmakers cannot rely on federal support to meet long-term community needs. Instead, to maintain community investments after federal relief expires at the end of 2024, state lawmakers must find new and equitable sources of funding.”
For additional information and analysis of the governor’s proposed budget click here to read the entire article from the WA State Budget & Policy Center.
STATUS: SHB 1816 is in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full House.
ESSB 5693 has passed out of the Senate and the House in slightly different versions. It now goes back to the Senate for concurrence
ACTION: Contact your legislators on SHB 1816 and in the Senate on ESSB 5693 and let them know that you support a supplemental budget plan makes much-needed community investments that at-least return WA State to pre-recession levels, although this is not enough to meet today’s needs. The one-time funds from the federal government cannot fill the gaps in the long run to fund essential state services. We must expand on the governor’s proposal for the welfare of our state’s residents and fund schools, childcare, healthcare, and social services. Let your legislators know that you support a new progressive revenue stream and not budget cuts. Our poorest communities can no longer afford the disproportionately high tax burden they currently face. We must ensure that our state is able to maintain community investments for the years to come and not be shortsighted due to a one-time influx of federal dollars.
National Infrastructure Bank
SJM 8006 Concerning a national infrastructure bank.
SJM 8006 is a resolution that requests the US Congress pass and the President of the United States sign the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2021. H.R. 3339, or the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2021, is a bill that creates the National Infrastructure Bank to facilitate the long-term financing of infrastructure projects. Specifically, the bank must provide loans to public and private entities for financing, developing, or operating eligible infrastructure projects. An eligible project must have a public sponsor as well as local, regional, or national significance. The bill treats the bank as a government corporation exempt from tax, and treats contributions to the bank as charitable contributions.
Projects that receive a loan must pay all laborers and mechanics locally prevailing wages, and use only certain United States-produced construction materials unless a waiver is secured from the bank. The bank shall issue stock and may also issue bonds and maintain a discount line of credit with the Federal Reserve System.
Much of our country’s and state’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Many communities lack housing, workable transportation networks, clean, safe, and sustainable water, and food production networks. For example, in the area of transportation many low-income women and their families struggle to find reliable transportation which can affect their health – resulting in missed appointments and poor illness management, even if care is readily available, as well as access to resources for healthy food. This new infrastructure bank would also create tens of millions of high paying jobs, train our youth with skills they could use for a lifetime, and lift many of our disadvantaged persons out of poverty and despair. Additional jobs mean more tax revenue for our cities, counties and state and would improve the lives of those in our communities. A National Infrastructure Bank is a win-win for our state and local communities – providing reduced cost financial instruments for our local and state government infrastructure projects and a better quality of life for all of WA State’s residents including women and children.
STATUS: SJM 8006 failed to pass out of the House by the March 4th cutoff date and is thus DEAD. Although SJM 8006 is dead in the WA State Legislature, the Federal Legislation – HR 3339 is alive in the US Congress.
ACTION: Contact your Congressional Representatives and ask them to sign on as a Co-Sponsor of HR 3339 – National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2021.
SHB 1406 Improving the equity of Washington state’s tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets
SB 5426 Improving the equity of Washington state’s tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets.
SHB 1406 and SB 5426 establish a 1 percent wealth tax on intangible financial assets of more than $1 billion. Only approximately 100 people in WA State would be affected.
STATUS: SHB 1406 is in the House Appropriations Committee where it is eligible of a public hearing and executive session.
SB 5426 is Senate Ways and Means Committee where it is eligible for an executive session to pass out of committee.
ACTION: Contact your representatives on the House Appropriations committee and let them know that you support SHB 1406 and request that it be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session to pass out of committee.
Contact your senators on the Senate Ways and Means Committee regarding SB 5092 and let them know that you support a wealth tax and ask that it be scheduled for an executive session to pass out of committee.
HB 1465 Making the estate tax more progressive by exempting small estates, reducing estate taxes on medium estates, increasing the estate tax on larger estates, and addressing equity in homeownership and homelessness.
HB 1465 revamps the estate tax to make it more progressive. For an estate of an individual dying on or after passage of this bill, changes are made to the estate tax. The exclusion amount is increased to $2.5 million and the language providing for annual adjustment is updated to reflect the change in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle metropolitan area. The rates for estates over $3 million through $9 million are increased. Additional rate classes are created for estates over $9 million.
The bill further dedicates 10% of the proceeds to the Equity in Housing Account to be used to address homelessness, including foreclosure prevention, rental assistance, outreach engagement services, housing services, and behavioral health, with priority for agencies, programs, and services which address current and historical racial inequities
Note: For the estate of a married/domestic partner decedent, all of the community property and all of the decedent’s separate property are reported on the estate tax return. The community property assets are then reduced by 50 percent to reflect the deceased individual’s share of the property.
STATUS: HB 1465 is in the House Finance Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing and executive session.
ACTION: Contact your representatives on the House Finance Committee and let them know you support HB 1465 and ask that they pass it out of committee. Let your legislators know that you support a new progressive revenue stream and not budget cuts. Our poorest communities can no longer afford the disproportionately high tax burden they currently face.
E2SSB 5188 An act relating to the creation of the Washington State public financial cooperative.
E2SSB 5188 establishes a public financial cooperative as a cooperative membership organization to receive deposits from state, local or federally recognized tribal governments and invest the deposits in lawful funds. The cooperative can also develop and conduct a program to make loans (other than to the state) to its members for project costs of infrastructure and development projects. Debt is issued in the name of the bank rather than the State of Washington. The financial cooperative may be activated under the following conditions:
- the state treasurer completes a study that provides recommendations on staffing and operational needs for the financial cooperative;
- an appropriation is provided from the state that is sufficient to allow the state to issue debt with a competitive rating;
- articles of activation are completed in a format approved by the State Finance Committee and filed with the Secretary of State; and
- a duplicate of the original articles of activation and additional information is filed with the Department of Financial Institutions.
STATUS: ESSB 5188 is in the Senate Rules Committee is DEAD for this year as it did not pass out of the Senate.
Timm Ormsby (Chair), Steve Bergquist (Vice Chair), Mia Gregerson (Vice Chair), Nicole Macri (Vice Chair), Matt Behnke, Kelly Chambers, Chris Corry, Michele Calder, Bruce Chandler, Frank Chop, Eileen Cody, Laurie Dolan, Mary Dye, Joe Fitzgibbon, Noel Frame, Drew Hansen, Paul Harris, Larry Hoff, Cyndy Jacobsen, Jesse Johnson, Debra Lukianoff, Drew McEwen, Gerry Pullet, Skyler Rude, Cindy Ryu, Joe Schmick, Tana Sen, Larry Springer, Mike Steele, Drew Cokesbury, Monica Stonier, Pat Sullivan, and Steve Tharinger
Capital Budget Committee:
Steve Thüringen (Chair), Lisa Callan (Vice Chair), David Hackney (Vice Chair), Peter Albano, Jessica Bateman, Mary Dye, Carolyn Slick, Greg Gilday, Shelley Kloba, Vicki Kraft, Mari Leavitt, Drew MacEwan, Jacquelin Maycumber, Joel McEntire, Gina Mossbunker, Strom Peterson, Marcus Riccelli, Alicia Rule, Mike Steele, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Mike Sells, Sharon Shoemake, and Mike Volz
Children Youth and Families:
Tana Sen (Chair), Kirsten Harris-Talley (Vice Chair), Alicia Rule (Vice Chair), Lisa Callan, Rob Chase, Tom Dent, Carolyn Slick, Roger Goodman, Bob McCaslin, Brad Lippert, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Emily Wicks, and Jesse Young
Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee
Drew Hansen (Chair), Tarra Simmons (Vice Chair), Peter Albano, Lauren Davis, Debra Engelman, Greg Gilday, Roger Goodman, Jenny Graham, Steve Kirby, Brad Lippert, Tina Orwall, Strom Peterson, My-Linh Thai, Javier Valdez, Amy Wallen, Jim Walsh, and Alex Ybarra
College and Workforce Development Committee:
Vandana Slater (Chair), Debra Entenman (Vice Chair), Mari Leavitt (Vice Chair), Kelly Chambers, Bruce Chandler, Drew Hansen, Larry Hoff, Cyndy Jacobsen, Vicki Kraft, Dave Paul, Gerry Pullet, Mike Sells, and Robert Sutherland
Commerce and Gaming Committee:
Shelley Kloba (Chair), Emily Wicks (Vice Chair), Drew MacEwan, Kelly Chambers, Steve Kirby, Melanie Morgan, Eric Robertson, Brandon Vick, and Sharon Wylie
Community & Economic Development
Cindy Ryu (Chair), Dave Paul (Vice Chair), Matt Behnke, Rob Chase, Chris Corry, Brandy Donaghy, Noel Frame, Cyndy Jacobsen, Jesse Johnson, Vicki Kraft, Alicia Rule, Robert Sutherland, and Jamila Taylor
Consumer Protection and Business Committee:
Steve Kirby (Chair), Amy Wallen (Vice Chair), Chris Corry, Jeremy Dufault, Cindy Ryu, Sharon Tomiko Santos, and Brandon Vick
Sharon Tomiko Santos (Chair), Laurie Dolan (Vice Chair), April Berg, Steve Bergquist, Lisa Callan, Bob McCaslin, Joel McEntire, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Skyler Rude, Mike Steele, Monica Stonier, Jim Walsh, and Alex Ybarra
Environment & Energy Committee:
Joe Fitzgibbon (Chair), Davina Durer (Vice Chair), Peter Albano, Liz Berry, Mary Dye, Matt Behnke, Jake Fey, Keith Goerner, Kirsten Harris-Talley, Mark Clicker, Alex Ramel, Sharon Shewmake, and Vandana Slatter
Noel Frame (Chair), April Berg (Vice Chair), Amy Walen (Vice Chair), Ed Orcutt, Rob Chase, Frank Chopp, Jeremie Dufault, Kirsten Harris-Talley, Melanie Morgan, Tina Orwall, Alex Ramel, Larry Springer, Drew Stokesbary, My-Linh Thai, Brandon Vick, Sharon Wylie, and Jesse Young
Health Care and Wellness Committee:
Eileen Cody (Chair), Jessica Bateman (Vice Chair), Dan Bronoske, Michelle Caldier, Lauren Davis, Paul Harris, Nicole Macri, Jacquelin Maycumber, Marcus Riccelli, Skyler Rude, Joe Schmick, Tarra Simmons, Monica Stonier, Steve Tharinger, and Alex Ybarra
Housing, Human Services, and Veterans Committee:
Strom Peterson, (Chair), Jamila Taylor (Vice Chair), Andrew Barkis, Jessica Bateman, Michele Caldier, Frank Chopp, Brandy Donaghy, Greg Gilday, Mari Leavitt, and My-Linh Thai,
Labor and Workplace Standards Committee:
Mike Sells (Chair), Liz Berry (Vice-Chair), Dan Bronoske, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Paul Harris, Larry Hoff, and Gina Mosbrucker
Local Government Committee:
Gerry Pollet (Chair), Davina Duerr (Vice Chair), Tina Berg, Keith Goehner, Dan Griffey, Eric Robertson, and Tana Senn
Public Safety Committee:
Roger Goodman (Chair), Jesse Johnson (Vice Chair), Lauren Davis, Jenny Graham, Dan Griffey, David Hackney, Brad Klippert, Gina Mosbrucker, Tina Orwall, Bill Ramos, Tarra Simmons, and Jesse Young
Laurie Jinkins (Chair), Steve Bergquist, Dan Bronoske, Michelle Calder, Lauren Davis, Tom Dent, Jeremy Dufault, Greg Gilday, Jenny Graham, Mia Grierson, Paul Harris, Cyndy Jacobsen, Mark Clicker, Joel Kretz, Melanie Morgan, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Tina Orwall, Alex Ramel, Marcus Riccelli, Eric Robertson, Tarra Simmons, Larry Springer, Monica Jurado Stonier, Pat Sullivan, My-Linh Thai, Amy Wallen, and J.T. Wilcox
Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee:
Mike Chapman (Chair), Sharon Shewmake (Vice Chair), Bruce Chandler, Tom Dent, Joe Fitzgibbon, Mark Klicker, Shelley Kloba, Joel Kretz, Debra Lekanoff, Joel McEntire, Melanie Morgan, Ed Orcutt, Bill Ramos, Joe Schmick, and Larry Springer
State Government and Tribal Relations Committee:
Javier Valdez (Chair), Debra Lekanoff (Vice Chair), Laurie Dolan, Jenny Graham, Mia Gregerson, Mike Volz, and Jim Walsh
Jake Fey (Chair), Sharon Wylie (1st Vice Chair), Dan Bronoske (2nd Vice Chair), Bill Ramos (2nd Vice Chair), Andrew Barkis, Liz Berry, Mike Chapman, Tom Dent, Brandy Donaghy, Davina Duerr, Debra Entenman, Carolyn Eslick, Keith Gohner, Dan Griffey, David Hackney, Mark Klicker, Bob McCaslin, Ed Orcutt, Dave Paul, Alex Ramel, Marcus Riccelli, Eric Robertson, Vandana Slatter, Robert Sutherland, Jamila Taylor, Javier Valdez, Mike Volz, Jim Walsh, and Emily Wicks
Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee:
Kevin Van De Wege (Chair), Jesse Salomon (Vice Chair), Judy Warnock, Jim Honeyford, Christine Rolfs, Derek Stanford, and Shelly Short
Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long-Term Care Committee:
Minka Dhingra (Chair), Keith Wagoner, David Frock, T’wina Nobles, and Judy Warnock
Business, Financial Services and Trade Committee:
Mark Mullet (Chair), Bob Hasegawa (Vice Chair), Perry Dozier, Sharon Brown, David Frockt, John Lovick, and Lynda Wilson
Early Learning and K-12 Committee:
Lisa Wellman (Chair), T’wina Nobles (Vice Chair – K12 Education), Claire Wilson (Vice Chair – Early Learning), Perry Dozier, Brad Hawkins, Sam Hunt, Jim McCune, Mark Mullet, and Jamie Pedersen,
Environment, Energy, and Technology Committee:
Reuven Carlyle (Chair), Liz Lovelett (Vice Chair), Phil Fortunado, Sharon Brown, Marko Liias, Joe Nguyen, John Lovick, Tim Sheldon, Shelly Short, Derek Stanford, and Lisa Wellman
Health and Long Term Care Committee:
Annette Cleveland (Chair), David Frockt (Vice Chair), Ron Muzzall, Steve Conway, Jeff Holy, Karen Keiser, Mike Padden, Emily Randall, Ann Rivers, June Robinson, Kevin Van De Wege, and Jeff Wilson
Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee:
Emily Randall (Chair), T’wina Nobles (Vice Chair), Jeff Holy, and Marko Liias
Housing and Local Government Committee:
Patty Kuderer (Chair), Mona Das (Vice Chair), Phil Fortunato, Annette Cleveland, Chris Gildon, Liz Lovelett, Shelly Short, Jesse Solomon, and Judy Warnick
Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee:
Joe Nguyen (Vice Chair), Chris Gildon, Perry Dozier, Jim McCune, Rebecca Saldaña, and Claire Wilson
Labor, Commerce, & Tribal Affairs Committee:
Karen Keiser (Chair), Derek Stanford (Vice Chair – Commerce & Tribal Affairs), Steve Conway (Vice Chair-Labor), Curtis King, John Braun, Jim Honeyford, June Robinson, Rebecca Saldaña, and Mark Schoesler
Law & Justice Committee:
Jamie Pedersen (Chair), Manka Dhingra (Vice Chair), Mike Padden, Jeff Holy, Patty Kuderer, Jim McCune, Jesse Salomon, and Keith Wagoner
Karen Keiser (Vice Chair), Andy Billig, John Braun, Reuven Carlyle, Annette Cleveland, Chris Gildon, Bob Hasegawa, Curtis King, Patty Kuderer, Marko Liias, Ron Muzzall, Joe Nguyen, Jamie Pedersen, Ann Rivers, Shelly Short, and Clair Wilson
State Government & Elections Committee:
Sam Hunt (Chair), Patty Kuderer (Vice Chair), Jeff Wilson, Bob Hasegawa, and Brad Hawkins
Rebecca Saldaña (Vice Chair), Curtis King, Annette Cleveland, Mona Das, Phil Fortunato, Brad Hawkins, Liz Lovelett, John Lovick, Joe Nguyen, T’wina Nobles, Mike Padden, Emily Randall, Tim Sheldon, Claire Wilson, and Jeff Wilson
Ways & Means Committee:
Christine Rolfes (Chair), David Frockt (Vice Chair – Capital), June Robinson (Vice Chair – Operating and Revenue), Lynda Wilson, John Braun, Sharon Brown, Reuven Carlyle, Steve Conway, Manka Dhingra, Bob Hasegawa, Jim Honeyford, Chris Gildon, Sam Hunt, Karen Keiser, Marko Liias, Mark Mullet, Ron Muzzall, Jamie Pedersen, Ann Rivers, Kevin Van De Wege, Keith Wagoner, Judy Warnick, and Lisa Wellman
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Thank you to the following people who contributed to this edition of the 1st LD 2022 Weekly Legislative Alert
- Cathy Baylor
- Christina Henry
- Amber Koens
- Linda Malanchuck-Finnan
- Jackie McGourty
- Linda Tosti-Lane
- Lisa Weber
 Tracy Yeung & Andy Nicolas, “Now is the time to invest in community foundations and the people they serve” – Scmudget Blog, Washington State Budget & Policy Center. February 14, 2022. https://budgetandpolicy.org/schmudget/now-is-the-time-to-invest-in-community-foundations-and-the-people-they-serve/