Legislative Update: Week 10

Bellevue Chamber Weekly Legislative Report: Week 10

Week Overview

General Update

Last week had a continued focus on policy committee hearings and executive session as policy committees considered bills that have been sent over from the opposite house. Given the limitation on companion bills this year (where the same bill is introduced with both a House and Senate version), this is the first time the policy committees are hearing about many of the proposals they are considering. This means they are working to quickly get up to speed and work through any changes on policy bills by opposite house policy cutoff.

This coming week the focus will continue to be on policy committee hearings and executive sessions as we work towards the opposite house policy cutoff on March 26th. We will also see some bills start to be heard by the fiscal committees given there is a quick turnaround of just one week between opposite house policy cutoff and opposite house fiscal cutoff on April 2nd. Of note, both House Appropriations and Senate Ways & Means are scheduled to meet next Saturday, March 27th and the House is scheduled to be on the floor next Sunday, March 28th.

We also anticipate the release of both the House and Senate proposed budgets in that later part of this coming week. Senator Rolfes stated during a committee meeting this week that the Senate operating budget will be released on Thursday, March 25th. It is scheduled for a hearing in Senate Ways & Means on Friday, March 26th. The House has not publicly stated when they will be releasing and hearing their proposed budget, but we hear it will be out Friday and up for a hearing in House Appropriations on Saturday, March 27th. The much-improved revenue forecast (see budget section below for more detail) and the infusion of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan puts the legislature in a very different position than anticipated heading into session when there was still projected to be a significant budget shortfall.

In addition to the proposed operating budgets, we will also see the proposed capital and transportation budgets.

Click here to watch this week’s TVW Week in Review, which provides a good wrap-up of the past week in Olympia.

Budget

U.S. American Rescue Plan

The Office of Financial management did a presentation last week for the Senate Ways & Means committee on the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan of 2021. The presentation gave a helpful overview of the legislation and the specific impacts for Washington. There are still implementation details and federal guidelines expected on much of the dollars. The slides from the presentation can be found here and the video of the meeting here. The presentation lasted just over 30 minutes and was very helpful in explaining the buckets of dollars being allocated to Washington as well as disbursements going directly from the federal government to people. Given the widespread impact these dollars will have, it is well worth watching the presentation. The legislature will be considering how to appropriate the $4.25 billion in ‘flexible dollars’ that are allocated to the state. During the meeting Senator Rolfes stated the intent to work through the conversation of this funding over the next month of session, but also that they have three years, and all of those dollars don’t need to be appropriated right now. It is unclear how much of the dollars will be factored into the budget proposals being released next week.

Quarterly Economic & Revenue Forecast

On Wednesday, March 17th the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) released the official Spring 2021 quarterly economic and revenue forecast. This forecast will inform the legislature as they prepare their proposed operating budgets. In the March 17th forecast, when compared to the November 2020 revenue forecast, the forecast of funds subject to the budget outlook for the current 2019-21 biennium is projected to increase by $1.34 billion in the current 2019-21 biennium and $1.949 billion in the 2021-23 biennium. What this translates to is that compared to February 2020, the projected state revenue has a very slight shortfall in the current biennium and a forecasted positive ending balance in the 2021-23 biennium. The total reserves estimated for the 2019-21 biennium are estimated at $2.962 billion. It is important to note that the revenue forecast does not include funds provided to Washington State under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

There are several reasons that explain the significantly improved forecast including the two federal stimulus bills that have passed since the November forecast, the pace of vaccine distribution has increased significantly, retail sales have been stronger than expected, and the residential real estate market (home purchases) continues to be strong, which has resulted in higher than anticipated real estate excise tax (REET) collections.

While revenue collections overall are significantly stronger than anticipated, the Washington State Economist, Dr. Steve Lerch, continued to caution that the COVID-19 pandemic still creates substantial uncertainty with the state and national economy. Employment growth has been slower than expected, gasoline and oil prices are rising, and some business sectors (restaurants, bars, travel, and arts & entertainment) remain weak.

Priority Areas

Business Impacts

Paid Family Medical Leave

Rep. Berry introduced E2SHB 1073, which provides temporary alternate eligibility for Paid Family Medical Leave claims through June 30, 2022. It was heard on March 11th, amended and passed by the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs committee on March 17th. A summary of the changes made to the bill can be found here. One of the key changes to the bill is that it utilizes federal funding from the America Rescue Plan act to provide financial assistance to access state paid family and medical leave benefits. It has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee for further consideration.

Sen Robinson introduced ESSB 5097, which expands the definition of family member in the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. It requires the Employment Security Department to collect and analyze data and submit reports to the Legislature with certain information relating to the PFML program and requires the general fund to cover additional leave expenses under certain circumstances. It was heard on March 16th and passed by the House Labor & Workplace Standards committee on March 19th.

Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Commitment Act

Sen Carlyle sponsored SSB 5126 on behalf of the Governor and it requires the Governor to establish a comprehensive program to implement the state’s commitment and convene a Climate Commitment task force. It established a cap and invest program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be implemented by the Department of Ecology and directs distribution of auction revenues to clean transportation, natural climate resiliency, clean energy transition and assistance, and energy efficiency projects. This bill is a critical component in Sen. Hobbs’ transportation package and will be changing and in play till the end of session. The bill was heard on March 15th and was scheduled for executive session on March 18th, but no action was taken in the Senate Ways & Means committee. It has been rescheduled for executive session on March 22nd.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Rep. Fitzgibbon introduced E3SHB 1091 on behalf of the Governor, which directs the Department of Ecology to establish a Clean Fuels program to limit the aggregate, overall greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation fuel energy to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028, and 20% below 2017 levels by 2035. The bill was heard on March 10th, amended and passed by the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee on March 16th. A summary of the changes made to the bill can be found here. It has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee for further consideration.

Housing

Condominium construction

Sen. Padden introduced ESSB 5024, which exempts condominiums with 10 or fewer units and no more than two stories from the requirement to submit building enclosure design documents and obtain periodic inspections throughout the course of construction. It also allows deposit funds for purchase of a unit to be used for construction costs. The bill was heard on March 17th in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary committee. It is scheduled for executive session on March 26th.

Just cause evictions

Rep Macri introduced ESHB 1236, which specifies exclusive causes for eviction, refusal to renew a tenancy, and termination of tenancy under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) and clarifies penalties for inclusion of unlawful provisions in rental agreements. The bill was heard on March 11th, amended and passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on March 18th. A summary of the changes to the bill can be found here. The bill has been referred to Senate Rules for further consideration.

Landlord-tenant relations

Sen Kuderer introduced E2SSB 5160, and requires landlords to offer tenants a reasonable schedule for repayment of any unpaid rent accrued during the public health emergency that does not exceed monthly payments equal to one-third of the monthly rental charges during the accrued debt. It expands eligibility for claim reimbursement under the landlord mitigation program to include unpaid rent accrued during the eviction moratorium and public health emergency periods and the tenant vacated or abandoned the tenancy and any remaining unpaid rent after the tenant defaults on a repayment plan. Additionally, it requires the Department of Commerce to authorize landlord an opportunity to apply to certain state rental assistance programs. The bill was heard on March 16th and scheduled for executive session on March 25th in the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee.

Multifamily tax exemption

Sen Das sponsored E2SSB 5287 and authorize a 12-year extension of existing 8-year and 12-year Multifamily Property Tax Exemptions (MFTEs) that are set to expire if they meet certain affordability requirements. It establishes a new 20-year property tax exemption for the creation of permanently affordable homes. Additionally, it temporarily expands the definition of a city not otherwise eligible for the 12-year MFTE and the 20-year exemption for permanently affordable homes to include all cities until December 31, 2031. The bill was heard on March 16th in the House Finance committee.

Revenue source for eviction prevention

Rep Ormsby introduced SHB 1277, which creates an additional $100 surcharge on recorded documents to fund an eviction prevention rental assistance program, landlord mitigation program, and for the operations, maintenance, and service costs for permanent supportive housing. It creates the eviction prevention rental assistance program in the Department of Commerce. It was heard on March 15th, amended and passed by the House Appropriations committee on March 18th. The amended bill provides counties with the right of first refusal for grant awarded from the eviction prevention rental assistance program and provides an increase to the amount allocated to the landlord mitigation program account for the 21-23 biennium. The bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Transit-oriented development

Sen Mullet sponsored SB 5312 and it provides that appropriations to the Growth Management Planning and Environmental Review Fund for the purpose of grants to cities to facilitate transit-oriented development may be used to pay for the costs associated with the preparation of SEPA environmental impact statements, planned action ordinances, subarea plans, costs associated with the utilization of other tools under SEPA, and the costs of local code adoption and implementation of such efforts. It requires the Department of Commerce to prioritize applications for grants to facilitate transit-oriented development that maximize density and transit access related policy objectives. The bill was heard on March 11th, amended and passed by the House Environment & Energy committee on March 19th. The amended bill changes the date, from April 1, 2021, to April 1, 2025, by which cities must take certain actions related to increasing housing supply in order to be eligible to apply to the Department of Commerce for planning grants.

Land Use

Climate response through updates to the comprehensive plans

Rep Duerr sponsored E2SHB 1099 and was amended and passed by the House on March 5th with a 56-41 vote count. The bill adds a goal of climate change mitigation to the listed goals of the Growth Management Act. It adds a climate change and resiliency element to the list of elements that certain counties and cities must adopt under the GMA. Additionally, the Department of Commerce in consultation with other state agencies to publish guidelines that specify a set of actions counties and cities have available to them to take related to greenhouse gas emissions reductions and vehicle miles traveled reductions. The bill was heard on March 16th and is scheduled for executive session on March 24th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Emergency shelters and housing through local planning and development regulations

Rep Peterson sponsored E2SHB 1220 and it updates the housing goals of the GMA to include planning for and accommodating affordable housing. It requires jurisdiction to address moderate, low, very low, and extremely low-income housing, and racially disparate impacts in the housing element of the comprehensive plan.

Additionally, it requires the Department of Commerce to provide the inventory and analysis of existing and projected housing needs required in the housing element of the comprehensive plan. The bill was heard on March 18th and is scheduled for executive session on March 24th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Planning under the GMA

Rep Duerr sponsored ESHB 1241 and it was amended and passed by the House on March 8th with a 54-43 vote count. The bill increased the review and revision cycle for comprehensive plans and Shoreline Master Plan from 8 to 10 years. It requires counties and cities to submit an implementation progress report with certain required information to the Department of Commerce 5 years after reviewing and revising a comprehensive plan. Additionally, it requires counites, cities, and other local governments to consult with federally recognized tribes during the planning process under the GMA upon receipt of notice from the tribes. It was heard on March 16th and is scheduled for executive session on March 24th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Salmon recovery through revisions to the comprehensive plans

Rep Lekanoff introduced E2SHB 1117, and it adds a goal of salmon recovery to the listed goals of the of the Growth Management Act. It requires the land use element of the comprehensive plan to include a strategy that achieves net ecological gain of salmon habitat and stipulates that compliance by local governments is contingent on state funding and takes effect two years after the state funding has been appropriated.

Additionally, capital facilities element and transportation element of comprehensive plan must include a schedule for the elimination of all identified fish passage barriers. The Department of Fish and Wildlife must also adopt rules to establish criteria for net ecological gain and consistency with applicable regional salmon recovery plans. The bill was heard on March 16th and is scheduled for executive session on March 24th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Revenue

Capital gains

Sen. Robinson introduced SSB 5096, which applies a 7% tax to profits from the sale of stocks and bonds, personal property and the sale of a business but only if those profits are in excess of $250,000 for both individuals and those who file jointly. The bill exempts all real estate, retirement assets, assets condemned by the government, livestock, timber, timberlands, goodwill received from the sale of an auto dealership, and certain depreciable property used in a trade or business. The proceeds from the tax must be distributed as follows, the first $350 million each year going into the Education Legacy Trust Account, the next $100 million into the general fund, and the remainder into a newly created taxpayer fairness account. The bill was heard on March 15th in the House Finance committee.

Rep Senn sponsored a similar bill, HB 1496, and it imposes a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of real property and 9.9% rate on the sale of corporate stocks, bonds, and other high-end financial assets to fund the expansion and affordability of childcare. The bill exempts the first $200,000 in profit for single taxpayers and $400,000 for joint filers. It also exempts primary residences sold for $5 million or less; retirement accounts, including IRA and 401K retirement plans; livestock; and the sale of agricultural land and timber. Qualifying family-owned businesses grossing under $10 million annually are also exempt. The capital gains tax proposal also includes a credit for taxes paid through the Real Estate Excise Tax. For the first two years, 50% of the revenue is directed to the Fair Start for Kids Account created under HB 1213 and the balance goes to the State General Fund. After two years, the amount going to the Fair Start for Kids Account increases to 60%. The bill was heard on February 11th in the House Finance committee. This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Covered Lives

Sen. Robinson introduced SB 5149, which would impose a tax on health insurance plans in Washington. Revenue collected under this proposal is deposited in the foundational public health services account. The bill is at the request of the Governor. SB 5149 was heard on January 27th, amended and passed by the Senate Health & Long-Term Care committee on February 12th. A summary of the changes to the amended bill can be found here. Among the changes made, the amendment set a maximum per member per month rate and total assessment to be collected for each fiscal year starting at $1.54 in fiscal year 2022 and increasing each year to $3.07 for fiscal year 2026 and beyond. It also removes limited health care services plans from the definition of covered lives. The bill has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee for further consideration.

This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Estate Tax

Rep Orwall sponsored HB 1465 and it changes the Washington estate tax, including increasing the exclusion amount, changing deductions, and making changes to the rates and rate structure. It creates the Equity in Housing Account to be funded by 10% of the estate tax revenues and can only be used to address homelessness, including foreclosure prevention, rental assistance, outreach engagement services, housing services, and behavioral health. The bill was heard on February 9th in the House Finance committee. This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Sugary Beverage Tax

Sen Robinson introduced SB 5371, which provides funding for public health services and health equity initiatives through a statewide sweetened beverage tax. The bill imposes a tax on sugar sweetened beverages of $0.175 per fluid ounce, and then annually is adjusted to reflect the yearly increase of the consumer price index. Of the revenue collected, 60% must be deposited into a health equity account, and the remaining 40% must be deposited into the foundational public health services account. The bill establishes a community advisory board to make recommendations on the disbursement of funds in the health equity account. It is scheduled for a public hearing on February 22nd in the Senate Ways & Means committee. This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Wealth Tax

Rep Frame and Sen Hunt introduced HB 1406/SB 5426, which improves the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets. The bill creates a state wealth tax by narrowing the existing tax preference that exempts all intangible property and assesses a modest one percent tax only on financial intangible assets, such as publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. The first $1,000,000,000 of assessed value is exempt from the Washington state wealth tax. The bill uses revenue generated by the state wealth tax to offer credits against taxes paid disproportionately by low-income and middle-income families and small start-up and low-margin businesses. In addition, the bill invests the revenues generated by the tax to fund other critical services, such as education, childcare, public health, housing, and public safety. HB 1406 bill was heard on February 2nd in the House Finance committee. SB 5426 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. Both bills are considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Transportation

Extending the issuance period of driver licenses and identicards

Rep Ramel sponsored SHB 1207 and it extends the renewal cycle for standard and enhanced driver’s licenses, standard and enhanced identicards, commercial driver’s licenses, and motorcycle endorsements from 6 years to 8 years and adjusts the associated fees to reflect the new terms while allowing an option for a 6-year renewal term. It allows online issuance and renewal of non-photo driver’s instruction permits and requires remote photo capture at driver’s license and identicard online renewal beginning January 2023. The bill was heard on March 16th in the Senate Transportation committee.

Fare enforcement

Rep Fitzgibbon introduced SHB 1301 and was amended by the House Transportation committee to allow Sound Transit to establish an alternative fare enforcement system, which allows for the issuance of notices of violation, the resolution of notices of violation, and appeals. It also limits the fines associated with notices of violation to the same maximum amount allowed for civil infractions. The bill was heard on March 16th in the Senate Transportation committee.

Limiting bonding toll revenues on certain state highway facilities

Sen King sponsored SB 5232 and it repeals toll bond authorizations for I-405/SR 167 express toll lanes and the Puget Sound Gateway facility. It also requires toll facility proposals to consider a policy guideline to pledge toll revenue for debt financing only when the revenue is generated from toll bridges. The bill was placed on second reading by the Senate Rules committee on March 5th and awaits further action. This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Transportation Revenue

More details about Sen Hobbs’ proposal are here:

Details about the Rep Fey’s proposal are here:

http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2021/htRevenueAndSpendingFramework1_19.pdf

Sen King unveiled an 8-year $10.1 billion revenue proposal on February 19th. It includes a $0.03 cent gas tax increase, increase in vehicle weight fees, transit and light rail surcharge, 2% increase in the bicycle sales and use tax, and shifting the motor vehicle sales and use tax from the operating budget to the transportation budget. His proposal predominately funds highway maintenance and preservation, culverts, and major highway projects such as the US 2 Trestle, Hood River Bridge, and I-5 Columbia River Bridge. Details about Sen King’s proposal can be found here.

Looking Ahead

The focus will remain on policy committees where bills will be heard, and executive action taken as we work towards opposite house policy cutoff on March 26th. We will also see the release of the transportation budget on March 22nd and hearings in the Senate and House Transportation committees on March 23rd. The Senate operating and capital budgets will be released on March 25th, and the capital budget public hearing will be March 25th and the hearing on the operating budget will be on March 26th.

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 26th - Opposite House Policy Cutoff
  • April 2nd - Opposite House Fiscal Cutoff
  • April 11th - Opposite House Floor Cutoff
  • April 25th - Sine Die

Bellevue Chamber Bill Status Report

 

Bill # Abbrev. Title Short Description Status Sponsor
E2SHB 1073 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program. S Ways & Means Berry
E3SHB 1091 (SB 5231) Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of

transportation fuel.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Fitzgibbon

HB 1093

(SB 5091)

Operating budget, 2nd

supp.

Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second

supplemental operating appropriations.

H Approps Ormsby
HB 1094

(SB 5092)

Operating budget 2021-

2023

Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium

operating appropriations.

H Approps Ormsby
 

 

 

 

SHB 1095

 

 

 

 

Emergency assistance/tax

Concerning the taxation of governmental financial assistance programs addressing the impacts of conditions giving rise to a gubernatorial or presidential emergency proclamation by creating state business and occupation tax and state public utility tax exemptions, a sales and use tax exemption for the receipt of such financial assistance, and clarifying the sales and use tax

obligations for goods and services purchased by recipients of such financial assistance.

 

 

 

 

C 4 L 21

 

 

 

 

Walen

ESHB 1097 (SB 5090) Worker protections Increasing worker protections. S Rules 2 Sells
HB 1098 (ESSB 5061) Unemployment insurance Concerning unemployment insurance. H Labor & Workpl Sells
HB 1135 (SB 5165) Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium. H Transportation Fey
HB 1136 (SB 5166) Supp. transportation budget Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation appropriations. H Transportation Fey
SHB 1137 (SB 5465) Road maintenance/planning Elevating road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning. S Transportation McCaslin
SHB 1151 Public assistance Bolstering economic recovery. S Ways & Means Leavitt
SHB 1157 (SSB 5390)  

Housing supply

Increasing housing supply through the growth management act and housing density tax incentives for local governments.  

H Finance

 

Bateman

 

 

HB 1188

 

B&O tax payment deferral

Providing a business and occupation tax payment deferral to address the economic

impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses in the state.

 

H Finance

 

MacEwen

ESHB 1189 (2SSB 5211) Tax increment financing Authorizing tax increment financing for local governments. S Rules 2 Duerr
SHB 1204 (SB 5256) Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of transportation. H Rules R Macri
 

HB 1228

Landlord-tenant/COVID- 19 Addressing residential landlord-tenant requirements in response to the COVID-19

public health emergency.

H Hous, Human Sv  

Barkis

ESHB 1232 GMA/affordable housing

plans

Planning for affordable housing under the

growth management act.

S Housing & Loca Barkis
ESHB 1241 Growth management act

plans

Planning under the growth management act. S Housing & Loca Duerr
HB 1243 Local infra. project areas Addressing local infrastructure project areas. H Finance Wicks
 

 

HB 1249

 

Transp. project tax revenues

Concerning sales tax revenues of transportation projects being used for transportation purposes with at least 70 percent being deposited into the motor

vehicle fund.

 

 

H Approps

 

 

Orcutt

SHB 1277 (SB 5279)  

Housing/revenue source

Providing for an additional revenue source for eviction prevention and housing stability services.  

H Exec Action

 

Ormsby

 

HB 1300

 

Landlord damage claims

Addressing documentation and processes governing landlords' claims for damage to

residential premises.

 

H Rules R

 

Thai

 

HB 1319

Washington recovery rebate Creating a Washington recovery rebate by

temporarily expanding the working families' tax exemption.

 

H Finance

 

Corry

HB 1321 (SB 5114) Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. H HC/Wellness MacEwen
ESHB 1332 (SB 5402) Property tax deferral/COVID Concerning property tax deferral during the COVID-19 pandemic. S Ways & Means Sullivan
 

HB 1334

Appropriations/COVID- 19 Making appropriations to revive our economy and accelerate a lasting recovery for Washington.  

H Approps

 

Stokesbary

 

 

HB 1343

 

 

Unemployment ins./employers

Providing employer relief in unemployment insurance by relieving COVID-19-related benefit charges, providing contribution relief, making appropriations to rebuild the unemployment trust fund and making

clarifying changes.

 

 

H Labor & Workpl

 

 

Hoff

HB 1350 Limited equity coop. housing Providing a property tax exemption for limited equity cooperative housing. H Finance Bateman
 

 

 

HB 1358

 

 

 

State school levies

Providing property tax relief by reducing both parts of the state school levies based on an amount that approximates the fiscal impact of extraordinary growth in property values that exceeded the valuation growth assumptions of budget writers when part two

of the state school levy was enacted.

 

 

 

H Finance

 

 

 

Orcutt

 

 

 

HB 1367 (SB 5343)

 

 

 

Medicaid appropriations

Revising 2019-2021 fiscal biennium appropriations of state and federal funding for previously implemented medicaid rates and other medicaid expenditures in the developmental disabilities and long-term

care programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

C 5 L 21

 

 

 

Ormsby

ESHB 1368 (SB 5344) Federal funding/COVID- 19 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through state actions supported by federal funding.  

C 3 L 21

 

Ormsby

HB 1371 State property tax levies Eliminating the state property tax levies over four years. H Finance Sutherland
HB 1388 Motor vehicle sales Concerning motor vehicle sales. H ConsPro&Bus Kloba
HB 1389 Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing Concerning transportation. H ConsPro&Bus Corry
 

HB 1406 (SB 5426)

 

Wealth tax

Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial

intangible assets.

 

H Finance

 

Frame

HB 1433 Personal data rights

charter

Creating a charter of people's personal data

rights.

H Civil R & Judi Kloba
 

HB 1436

 

Regulations/health crises

Encouraging economic recovery by reducing

regulatory burdens during declared public health crises.

 

H State Govt & T

 

Walsh

 

HB 1441

Prospective tenants/COVID-19 Prohibiting discrimination against prospective tenants for unpaid rent or eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

H Rules C

 

Morgan

 

2SHB 1460

 

Telecommunications access

Closing the digital divide by establishing excise taxes on telecommunications services to fund the expansion of the universal

service programs in Washington.

 

H Rules C

 

Gregerson

 

 

HB 1465

 

 

Estate tax

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.

 

 

H Finance

 

 

Orwall

 

EHB 1482

Common interest/foreclosure Addressing foreclosure protections for

homeowners in common interest communities.

 

S Law & Justice

 

Walsh

SHB 1492 (SSB 5425) Unempl. extended benefits Concerning extended benefits in the unemployment insurance system. S Labor, Comm & T Sells
 

HB 1494

 

Antidisplacement/prop. tax

Providing housing safety, security, and protection for Washington families by creating the antidisplacement property tax

exemption.

 

H Finance

 

Harris-Talley

 

HB 1496

 

High valued assets tax

Creating a more progressive tax system in Washington by enacting an excise tax on

sales and extraordinary profits of high valued assets.

 

H Finance

 

Senn

 

HB 1503

 

Alt. fuel vehicle tax ex.

Establishing an alternative fuel vehicle retail sales and use tax exemption for lower-

income individuals.

 

H Transportation

 

Wylie

 

 

HB 1511

 

Surplus property/housing

Defining affordable housing for purposes of

using surplus public property for public benefit.

H Hous, Human Sv  

Bergquist

 

 

 

HB 1513

 

 

 

Carbon emissions

Improving environmental health by reducing carbon emissions through increasing climate resilience and mitigating the effects of climate change by levying a carbon pollution tax, authorizing a climate finance bond program, and investing in clean economic

growth.

 

 

 

H Env & Energy

 

 

 

Lekanoff

ESHB 1515 Security deposit waiver fees Concerning security deposit waiver fees. S Housing & Local Peterson
ESHB 1521 (SB 5446) Warehousing & manuf. jobs Supporting warehousing and manufacturing job centers. S Ways & Means Entenman
 

HB 1522

 

Engineering services/B&O tax

Lowering the cost of state-funded transportation projects by eliminating business and occupation tax pyramiding on

engineering services.

 

H Finance

 

Barkis

HB 1523 Transp. benefit district tax Concerning renewal of the sales and use tax for transportation benefit districts. H Rules C Wylie
 

ESHB 1529

Toll revenues/debt service Modifying requirements in order to pay for debt service obligations when toll revenues are not sufficient to cover legal obligations.  

S Transportation

 

Barkis

 

HB 1534

 

Carbon pollution tax

Establishing a carbon pollution tax that recognizes the nature of energy-intensive,

trade-exposed industries.

 

H Env & Energy

 

Shewmake

HB 1535 Necessities/sales & use

tax

Exempting family and household necessities

from the sales and use tax.

H Finance Stokesbary
HB 1546 Multiuse roadway safety

acct

Concerning allowable uses for the multiuse

roadway safety account.

H Rules R Eslick
HB 1553

(SB 5473)

"Open safe, open now"

plan

Implementing the "open safe, open now"

plan for reopening Washington.

H State Govt & T MacEwen
 

HJR 4204

 

Residential ex./property tax

Concerning a constitutional amendment providing for a residential real property

exemption from property taxes levied for state purposes.

 

H Finance

 

Harris-Talley

ESSB 5061 (HB 1098) Unemployment insurance Concerning unemployment insurance. C 2 L 21 Keiser
2SSB 5062 Data Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data. H Civil R & Judi Carlyle
SB 5090 (ESHB 1097)  

Worker protections

 

Increasing worker protections.

 

S Labor, Comm &

 

Keiser

SB 5091 (HB 1093) Operating budget, 2nd supp. Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations. S Ways & Means Rolfes
SB 5092 (HB 1094) Operating budget 2021-

2023

Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. S Ways & Means Rolfes
ESSB 5096 Capital gains tax Concerning an excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets. H Finance Robinson
ESSB 5097 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program. H LAWSDP Robinson
SB 5114 (HB 1321) Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. S State Govt & E Braun

 

ESSB 5115 Health emergency/labor Establishing health emergency labor

standards.

H Labor &

Workpla

Keiser
SSB 5126 Climate commitment act Concerning the Washington climate

commitment act.

S Ways & Means Carlyle
SSB 5130 Personnel files &

discipline

Concerning employee's rights concerning

personnel files and disciplinary actions.

S Rules X Kuderer
 

SB 5138

 

Financial instit./B&O tax

Eliminating a business and occupation tax

deduction for financial institutions to fund affordable housing.

 

S Business, Fina

 

Kuderer

SB 5139 Rent increases, limiting Limiting rent increases after expiration of the governor's eviction moratorium. S Housing & Loca Das
E2SSB 5141 Env. justice task force recs Implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force. H Env & Energy Saldaña
SSB 5152 Vehicle and driver data Enhancing data stewardship and privacy protections for vehicle and driver data. H Transportation Nguyen
 

 

SB 5156

 

Budget stabilization approps

Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account to address issues of homelessness, home security, and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on

small businesses.

 

 

S Ways & Means

 

 

Rolfes

 

 

E2SSB 5160

 

 

Landlord-tenant relations

Addressing landlord-tenant relations by providing certain tenant protections during and after public health emergencies, providing for legal representation in eviction cases, and authorizing landlord access to

state rental assistance programs.

 

 

H Hous, Human Svc

 

 

Kuderer

SB 5162 Unanticipated revenue Concerning unanticipated revenue. S Ways & Means Rolfes
SB 5165

(HB 1135)

Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the

2021-2023 fiscal biennium.

S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5166

(HB 1136)

Supp. transportation

budget

Making 2019-2021 supplemental

transportation appropriations.

S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5171 Unemployment

insurance

Providing unemployment insurance relief. S Ways & Means Wilson
2SSB 5214 Economic assistance

programs

Concerning economic assistance programs. H Hous, Human

Svc

Nguyen
SB 5223 Motor vehicles sales tax

use

Dedicating the sales tax on motor vehicles to

highway uses.

S Ways & Means Fortunato
SB 5231

(E3SHB 1091)

Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by

reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.

 

S Environment, E

 

Stanford

SB 5232 Toll revenue bonding Limiting bonding toll revenues on certain state highway facilities. S 2nd Reading King
 

ESSB 5235

 

Housing options & limits

Increasing housing unit inventory by removing arbitrary limits on housing options.  

H Exec Action

 

Liias

SB 5238 Creative economy work group Creating a Washington state creative economy work group. S Business, Fina Hasegawa
SB 5243 Engineered plan approval Creating efficiency in housing by streamlining approval of engineered plans. S Housing & Loca Gildon
 

ESSB 5251

 

Tax and revenue laws

Modifying tax and revenue laws in a manner that is not estimated to affect state or local tax collections, by easing compliance

burdens for taxpayers, clarifying

 

H Finance

 

Schoesler

 

    ambiguities, making technical corrections,

and providing administrative efficiencies.

   
SB 5256

(SHB 1204)

Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of

transportation.

S Environment, E Liias
 

SSB 5269

Increased building capacity Including the value of increased residential

building capacity in the property tax levy limit calculation.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Das

SB 5279 (SHB 1277)  

Housing/revenue source

Providing for an additional revenue source for eviction prevention and housing stability services.  

S Housing & Loca

 

Robinson

 

SB 5282

Property value/emergency Concerning reduction in value of property as a result of government restrictions imposed

in response to a public health emergency.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Dhingra

E2SSB 5287 Afford. housing

incentives

Concerning affordable housing incentives. H Finance Das
SB 5314 GMA/standing & science Concerning standing and science under the

growth management act.

S Housing &

Local

Short
 

SSB 5333

 

Public works contracts/COVID

Concerning void and unenforceable clauses in construction contracts related to delays

caused by the COVID-19 pandemic emergency proclamations.

 

S Rules X

 

Holy

SB 5341 Local sales tax uses Increasing permissible uses of existing local sales tax authority. H Finance Wilson
 

 

SB 5343 (HB 1367)

 

 

 

Medicaid appropriations

Revising 2019-2021 fiscal biennium appropriations of state and federal funding for previously implemented medicaid rates and other medicaid expenditures in the developmental disabilities and long-term care programs in response to the COVID-19

pandemic.

 

 

 

S Ways & Means

 

 

 

Rolfes

SB 5344

(ESHB 1368)

Federal funding/COVID- 19 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

through state actions supported by federal funding.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Rolfes

SB 5351 Business interruption claims Concerning business interruption insurance claims. S Business, Fina Frockt
SB 5359 Motor vehicle sales tax Dedicating the state sales tax on motor vehicles to transportation improvements. S Ways & Means Braun
 

SB 5371

 

Sweetened beverage tax

Funding public health services and health equity initiatives through a statewide

sweetened beverage tax.

 

S Health & Long

 

Robinson

SSB 5381 Fish passage project permits Addressing fish passage project permit streamlining. H Env & Energy Hobbs
SB 5387 (ESHB 1297) Working families tax exempt.  

Concerning working families tax exemption.

 

S Human Svcs, Re

 

Nguyen

SSB 5390 (SHB 1157)  

Housing supply

Increasing housing supply through the growth management act and housing density

tax incentives for local governments.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Liias

 

SB 5398

Small businesses/excise tax Providing small business excise tax relief to

address the financial hardship caused by COVID-19.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Wellman

 

SB 5402

(ESHB 1332)

Property tax deferral/COVID Concerning property tax deferral during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

S Ways & Means

 

Mullet

 

SB 5422

Excise tax/aerospace, etc. Concerning excise tax reform to preserve aerospace and other manufacturing jobs in Washington.  

S Ways & Means

 

Braun

SSB 5425 (SHB 1492) Unempl. extended benefits Concerning extended benefits in the unemployment insurance system. H Labor & Workpla Stanford
 

SB 5426 (HB 1406)

 

Wealth tax

Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial

intangible assets.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Hunt

SSB 5444 Electric vehicles/per mile Implementing a per mile charge on electric and hybrid vehicles. S Rules 2 Saldaña
SB 5446 (ESHB 1521) Warehousing & manuf. jobs Supporting warehousing and manufacturing job centers.  

S Business, Fina

 

Das

SB 5448 Vehicle fee/tax payment plan Concerning payment plans for certain vehicle fees and taxes. S Rules X Nobles
SB 5449 Motor vehicle sales tax Dedicating the state sales tax on motor vehicles to transportation improvements. S Ways & Means King
 

SB 5451

 

Operating budget

Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations and 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental

operating appropriations.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Wilson

SSB 5460 Autonomous vehicles Implementing recommendations of the

autonomous vehicle work group.

H Transportation Nguyen
SB 5463 Residential prop

valuation

Exempting a portion of the valuation of

residential property from property taxation.

S Ways & Means Wilson
SB 5465

(SHB 1137)

Road

maintenance/planning

Elevating road maintenance and preservation

in transportation planning.

S Transportation Padden
 

SB 5466

 

Sales tax/transp. projects

Concerning sales tax revenues of

transportation projects being used for transportation purposes.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Fortunato

 

SB 5467

Highway projects/tax exempt. Concerning sales tax exemptions on highway projects supported by moneys from the motor vehicle fund.  

S Ways & Means

 

Fortunato

SB 5473 (HB 1553) "Open safe, open now" plan Implementing the "open safe, open now" plan for reopening Washington. S State Govt & E Brown
 

 

SJR 8207

 

Revenue for highway purposes

Amending the state Constitution so that state revenue collected from a road usage charge, vehicle miles traveled fee, or other similar type of comparable charge, must be used

exclusively for highway purposes.

 

 

S Transportation

 

 

Fortunato

 

SJR 8208

 

Car purchase taxes

Amending the state Constitution so that certain sales and use tax revenue collected from new and used car purchases are used

for highway purposes.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Fortunato

 

SCR 8402

Emergency orders extension Extending certain gubernatorial orders

issued in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency.

 

H Spkr Signed

 

Liias

 

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