Legislative Update: Week 11

Bellevue Chamber Weekly Legislative Report: Week 11

Week Overview

General Update

Last week was filled of policy hearings and executive sessions as we worked towards the opposite house policy cutoff on March 26th. We also started seeing 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.

This week was also budget week where we saw the releasee of all six proposed budgets (House and Senate operating, capital, and transportation budgets). Usually there is a little break between each chambers budget proposals being released, but this year is of course different. Given everything takes a bit longer with virtual session and the last minute influx of federal dollars under the American Rescue Plan, the release of the budgets was a little delayed, which in turn made the timeline very compressed. The House and Senate operating, and capital budgets were all released within less than 48 hours of each other. This means the normal flurry around each budget coming out was even more chaotic as lobbyists and advocates digested the documents to see whether their priority issues were funded.

Both chambers met on Saturday for fiscal committees – the House to hold a public hearing on their proposed operating budget and the Senate to vote on their capital budget along with some other bills. The House also convened on Sunday for floor action.

This upcoming week we will see both chambers take action on the floor on their respective budgets. Once that happens, budget writers start the long process of budget negotiations where they work to true up the differences between the budgets and hopefully pass a final budget by the last day of session, April 25th. This week we will also see long fiscal hearings in both chambers as they work to quickly hear and pass bills by

Friday’s fiscal cutoff. Both chambers are scheduled to be on the floor next Saturday and the House is scheduled for possible floor session next Sunday.

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

Budget

The House and Senate each released their proposed operating, transportation, and capital budgets this week. High level summaries of the budgets are provided below along with links to additional documents where you can find more detail.

Operating Budget

The Senate proposed operating budget was released on March 25th. It would appropriate $59.2 billion in 2021–23 from funds subject to the outlook (NGF-O). Policy level changes are a net increase of $3.23 billion. The budget was heard by the Senate Ways & Means committee on March 26th and is scheduled for executive session on March 29th.

The House proposed operating budget was released on March 26th. It would appropriate $58.3 billion in 2021- 23 from funds subject to the outlook (NGF-O). Policy level changes are a net increase of $2.3 billion. The budget was heard by the House Appropriations committee on March 27th and is scheduled for executive session on March 29th.

Both budget proposals leverage some of the additional $4 billion in one-time federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to the state aimed to bring relief to struggling households and help the state emerge from the pandemic with a stronger safety net and a more resilient public health system. Both also would account for a new capital gains tax (SB 5096) and utilize dollars from the rainy-day fund (aka the budget stabilization account, or BSA). Both budgets would balance over four years, leaving unrestricted ending balances of $199 million in the House and $179 million in the Senate.

Transportation Budget

The House proposed transportation budget was released on March 22nd. It would provide spending authority of $10.933 billion for the 2021-23 biennium. The budget was heard by the House Transportation committee on March 23rd and amended and passed out of committee on March 25th. Links to amendments adopted can be found here. It has been referred to House Rules for further consideration.

The Senate proposed transportation budget was released on March 22nd. It would provide spending authority of just over $11.7 billion for the 2021-23 biennium. The budget was heard by the Senate Transportation committee on March 23rd and amended and passed out of committee on March 25th. Links to amendments adopted can be found here. It has been placed on second reading and awaits further action by the Senate.

Capital Budget

The House proposed capital budget was released on March 24th. It would appropriate a total of $5.68 billion for the 2021-23 biennium. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Capital Budget committee on March 29th and executive session on March 31st.

The Senate proposed capital budget was released on March 25th. It would appropriate a total of $6.234 billion for the 2021-23 biennium. The bill had a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means committee on March 25th and was amended and passed out of committee on March 27th. Links to the adopted amendments can be found here.

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. One of the key changes that has been made to the bill is that it now 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 scheduled for a hearing on March 30th in the Senate Ways & Means committee.

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. The bill has been scheduled for a hearing on March 30th in the House Appropriations committee.

Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Commitment Act

Sen Carlyle sponsored 2SSB 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 amended and passed by the Senate Ways & Means committee on March 22nd. There were five amendments adopted in committee and a summary of the adopted amendments can be found here. It has been referred to Senate Rules for further consideration.

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 27th and is scheduled for executive session on March 29th in the Senate Ways & Means committee.

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 amended and passed by the House Civil Rights & Judiciary committee on March 26th. A summary of the changes made to the bill can be found here, here, and here. It has been referred to House Rules for further consideration.

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 has been placed on second reading and is awaiting further action by the Senate.

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 amended and passed by the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee on March 25th. A summary of the changes made to the bill can be found here. It has been referred to House Appropriations for further consideration.

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 passed by the House on March 28th with a 57-40 vote count. 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 has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on March 30th.

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 amended and passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on March 24th. A summary of the changes made to the bill can be found here. It was heard on March 27th and is scheduled for executive session on March 29th in the Senate Ways & Means 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 amended and passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on March 25th. A summary of the changes made to be bill can be found here and here. It is scheduled for a hearing on March 31st in the Senate Ways & Means 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 passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on March 24th. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on March 31st in the Senate Ways & Means 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 passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on March 24th. It is scheduled for a hearing on March 31st in the Senate Ways & Means 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. Revenue from the proposal was accounted for into both the House and Senate operating budget proposals.

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. This proposed new revenue source was not accounted for in either proposed budget.

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. This proposed new revenue source was not accounted for in either proposed budget.

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. This proposed new revenue source was not accounted for in either proposed budget.

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. This proposed new revenue source was not accounted for in either proposed budget.

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. This proposed new revenue source was not accounted for in either proposed budget.

Transportation

Transportation Budget

The House and Senate released their 2021-2023 biennium and 2019-2021 supplemental transportation budgets on Monday. The pandemic continues to negatively impact transportation revenues and challenge infrastructure funding.

The House proposals for the second supplemental transportation budget for the 2019-21 biennium and the new transportation budget for the 2021-23 fiscal biennium provide spending authority of $9.447 billion and $10.933 billion. The recent enactment of the federal American Rescue Plan, along with earlier federal relief packages, will provide over $1 billion to the state for transportation purposes. A portion of the funds will be used to backfill accounts that supported services affected by COVID-19 pandemic-related revenue losses, a portion will be used to address ferry operating needs, and a portion of the funding will be used to address fish passage barrier removals

The 2021-23 biennial transportation budget focuses on a couple of new and emerging areas of emphasis.

  • Diversity and equity: WSDOT office of equal opportunity is provided $6 million for efforts to increase diversity in the transportation construction workforce through the pre-apprenticeship support services The Joint Transportation Committee is directed to conduct a study on the impacts of current and historical city transportation investments on communities of color, low-income households, vulnerable populations, and displaced communities.
  • Electrification and green transportation: $152.5 million is provided to continue work on the state’s first hybrid electric Olympic Class vessel, with construction in spring 2022. It also expands previous electric vehicle charging infrastructure and green transportation

The Senate proposals for the second supplemental transportation budget for the 2019-21 biennium and the new transportation budget for the 2021-23 fiscal biennium provide spending authority of $9 billion and $11.7 billion. Federal recovery and relief bills recently passed provide new resources to the transportation budget to help offset some of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. These include:

  • $1.0billion from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, of which $600 million is being used to partially backfill revenue losses from the pandemic and $400 million is being used for water infrastructure investments to remove fish
  • $142.9 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funds are used to help fund the removal of fish barriers in order to make progress on complying with the court injunction by 2030.
  • $124 million in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funds are deposited into the Puget Sound Ferry Operations account to offset a shortfall of ferry fare revenue, eliminating the need to transfer funds from other state accounts to support this

Both transportation budgets were passed on March 25th by their respective committees and were referred to the Rules committee for further consideration.

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 and is scheduled for executive session on March 30th 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 and is scheduled for executive session on March 30th 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 quickly shift to fiscal committees as both chambers work to pass bills from the opposite chamber out of fiscal committee by the April 2nd opposite house fiscal cutoff. We will also see the House and Senate vote on their budgets in their respective fiscal committees.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 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 2nd Reading

 

Sells

HB 1098 (ESSB

5061)

Unemployment insurance  

Concerning unemployment insurance.

 

H Labor & Workpl

 

Sells

SHB 1135

(SSB 5165)

Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the

2021-2023 fiscal biennium.

H Rules R 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. H Spkr Signed Leavitt
2SHB 1157 (SSB 5390)  

Housing supply

Increasing housing supply through the growth management act and housing density tax

incentives for local governments.

 

H 2nd Reading

 

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 Tax increment financing Authorizing tax increment financing for local governments. S 2nd Reading Duerr

 

(2SSB

5211)

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 Ways & Means Barkis
ESHB 1241 Growth management act plans Planning under the growth management act. S Ways & Means 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

E2SHB 1277 (SB

5279)

 

Housing/revenue source

Providing for an additional revenue source for

eviction prevention and housing stability services.

 

H 3rd Reading

 

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 Rules 2 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 Approps 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 Approps 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 Rules R Keiser
2SSB 5126 Climate commitment act Concerning the Washington climate commitment act. S Rules 2 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 Approps 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 Approps

 

 

Kuderer

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

1135)

Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.  

S 2nd Reading

 

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 Approps 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 2nd Reading 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 ambiguities, making technical corrections, and providing

administrative efficiencies.

 

 

H Rules R

 

 

Schoesler

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

(E2SHB 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 Rules R Hobbs
SB 5387 (ESHB

1297)

Working families tax exempt.  

Concerning working families tax exemption.

 

S Human Svcs, Re

 

Nguyen

SSB 5390

(2SHB 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 Rules R

 

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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