Bellevue Chamber Weekly Legislative Report: Week 13

Week Overview

***Important note for this week’s report: The status of bills in this report have been updated as of end of day, Saturday, April 10th. Because of the timing of when I do this report and that the legislature convened for floor action on Sunday, this report does not reflect any Sunday action***

General Update

Last week both chambers were focused mostly on floor action, working to pass bills sent over from the other chamber by opposite house floor cutoff on Sunday April 11th. All bills except those deemed necessary to implement the budget had to pass off the floor of the opposite chamber by 5pm that day or they are considered dead. The House and Senate convened for long hours of floor debate and voting each day and going late into the evening on several days. Both chambers also met on both Saturday and Sunday working up to the cutoff deadline.

With just two weeks left in session, the coming week will focus on the remaining business of session. Bills that were amended by the opposite house will be going back to the house of origin for concurrence, dispute, or conference. And bills not amended by the opposite house will go straight to the Governor for signature.

After opposite house policy cutoff, there were 401 bills still alive. Of these, 380 made it past opposite house fiscal cutoff (this does not count bills that have been deemed necessary to implement the budget (NTIB)). This means just 21 bills sent to a fiscal committee in the opposite house didn’t make it past the April 2nd fiscal cutoff.

Bills introduced:

  • 2021: Around 1,130 bills introduced at this point in session
  • 2019: Around 2,300 bills introduced

Opposite house policy cutoff:

  • 2021: 401 passed house of origin floor cutoff
  • 2019: 636 passed house of origin floor cutoff

Opposite house fiscal cutoff:

  • 2021: 380 passed house of origin floor cutoff
  • 2019: 566 passed house of origin floor cutoff

We will report on the number of bills that made it past the April 11th opposite house floor cutoff when the information is available.

In addition to floor action, the budget leads in each chamber will be convening to negotiate through the differences in the respective budget proposals as they work towards final operating, capital, and transportation budgets before the last day of session on Sunday, April 25th.

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

Primer on Timing for Bill Signings

As bills are delivered to the governor for consideration, the governor may decide to sign a bill, veto part of it, or veto all of it. Bills that are delivered to the governor more than five days before the legislature adjourns have five days to be acted on. Bills that are delivered fewer than five days before the legislature adjourns have 20 days to be acted on by the governor. The days are counted as calendar days, not business days. Sundays are not counted, but Saturdays and holidays are.

It is important to note that the clock doesn’t start immediately when it passes the legislature; but rather the clock starts once the bill ‘hits the governor’s desk’. After passage (or concurrence), the bill must be signed by both the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate and then it must be delivered to the governor. Doing this paperwork can sometimes take days, and sometimes it happens very quickly. Once it has been delivered to the governor the clock begins.

If the governor does not act on a bill after the allotted number of days, it is as if it were signed. In other words, if the governor doesn’t sign a bill it doesn’t die, it defaults to passing. You can find the schedule for upcoming bill signings here. Due to the virtual nature of session, bill signings will not be in-person this year. Instead, they can be viewed online at www.tvw.com

Priority Areas

Business Impacts

Paid Family Medical Leave

Rep. Berry introduced E2SHB 1073, which provides a pandemic leave assistance employee grant to certain employees who are unable to access their state paid family and medical leave benefits due to COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a pandemic leave assistance employer grant to employers with fewer than 150 employees, who have an employee taking leave and receiving a grant under the act. Additionally, it stipulates that employers and employees receiving pandemic leave assistance grants are subject to the provisions of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program. The Senate passed the bill on April 7th with a 29-20 vote count. Because the bill was amended by the Senate it will now go back to the House for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

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 House passed the bill on April 6th with a 55-42 vote count. Because the bill was amended by the House it will now go back to the Senate for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Commitment Act

Sen Carlyle sponsored E2SSB 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. After a lengthy floor debate, the Senate passed the bill on April 8th with a 25-24 vote count. Amendments adopted on the floor can be found under the amendment section on the bill page here. It is scheduled for a public hearing on April 14th in the House Environment & Energy committee.

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 Senate amended and passed the bill on April 8th with a 27-20 vote count. Links to the amendments that were adopted on the floor can be found under the amendment section of the bill page here. Because the bill was amended by the Senate it will now go back to the House for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

Housing

Condominium construction

Sen. Padden introduced ESSB 5024 and was amended by the House Civil Rights & Judiciary committee to specify that a qualified building enclosure inspector under the WA Condominium Act must be the architect or engineer of record or another person with substantial training and experience. It allows deposit funds for the purchase of a unit to be withdrawn from escrow and used for construction costs if a surety bond is maintained in favor of the purchaser in the amount of the deposit to be withdrawn. The bill passed the House with a 97-0 vote count. Because the bill was amended by the House it will now go back to the Senate for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

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 Senate initially started debate on this bill April 5th, but after some confusion debate was paused and taken up on Thursday, April 8th. It passed with a 28-21 vote count after adopting a floor amendment. Because the bill was amended by the Senate it will now go back to the House for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

Landlord-tenant relations

Sen Kuderer introduced E2SSB 5160, and it was amended by the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee. The bill requires landlords to offer tenants a repayment plan for unpaid rent that accrued between March 1, 2020, and 6 months following the expiration of the eviction moratorium or the end of the public

health emergency, whichever is greater, with monthly payments no more than 1/3 of the tenant’s monthly rent. It also provides that landlords may file reimbursement claims under the Landlord Mitigation Program for unpaid rent that accrued between March 1, 2020, and 6 months following the expiration of the eviction moratorium, when the tenant has voluntarily vacated or abandoned the tenancy or when the tenant defaults on a repayment plan. The House amended and passed the bill on April 8th with a 72-26 vote count. Links to the amendments that were adopted on the floor can be found under the amendment section of the bill page here. Because the bill was amended by the Senate it will now go back to the House for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

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 amended and passed off the House floor on April 10th with a 81 to 16 vote count. Links to the amendments that were adopted on the floor can be found under the amendment section of the bill page here. Because the bill was amended by the House it will now go back to the Senate for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

Revenue source for eviction prevention

Rep Ormsby introduced E2SHB 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 April 5th by the Senate Ways & Means committee. The bill was scheduled for executive session on April 10th but no action was taken. It has been rescheduled for executive session on April 12th. 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 authorized the use of appropriations to the Growth Management Planning and Environmental Review Fund to fund grants to cities to pay for certain planning related costs related to transit-orientated development, including subarea plans and environmental impact statements. It requires the Department of Commerce to prioritize applications for grants to facilitate transit-oriented development to maximize certain specified objectives in the area covered by the grant proposal. Additionally, it 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. The bill has been placed on second reading and awaits further action by the House.

Land Use

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 off the Senate floor on April 10th with a 25 to 24 vote count. Links to the amendments that were adopted on the floor can be found under the amendment section of the bill page here. Because the bill was amended by the Senate it will now go back to the House for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

Planning under the GMA

Rep Duerr sponsored ESHB 1241 and it increases 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 has been placed on second reading and awaits further action by the Senate.

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. It has been placed on second reading and awaits further action by the Senate.

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 had 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 SHB 1406/SB 5426, imposes a 1% wealth tax on intangible financial assets over $1 billion and directs revenues from the wealth tax to be deposited into the general fund. HB 1406 bill was amended and passed by the House Finance committee on March 31st. A summary of the changes made to the bill can be found here. It has been referred to the House Appropriations committee for further consideration. 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

The Senate passed the Senate transportation proposal (SB 5165) on March 29th with unanimous support, and the House passed their proposal on April 2nd. The chairs of the House and Senate transportation committees will meet and negotiate the differences in both transportation budget before passing a final transportation budget before the end of session.

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 Senate unanimously passed the bill on April 6th. Because the bill was amended by the Senate it will now go back to the House for concurrence, dispute, or conference.

Fare enforcement

Rep Fitzgibbon introduced SHB 1301 and it allows 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 Senate passed the bill on April 7th with a 44-5 vote count. Because it was not amended by the Senate it will now go to the Governor for signature.

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 amended and passed by the Senate on March 29th with a 48-1 vote count. It was amended to prohibit tolling revenue bonds being sold for either facility until January 1, 2023 and prohibits bonds being sold until quarterly toll revenues have returned to $8.5 million of the Treasurer determines toll revenues can meet financial obligations. The bill was heard on April 2nd in the House Transportation committee. This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

Transportation Revenue

Sen Hobbs released new details on his “Forward Washington” transportation investments proposal (SB 5481, SB 5482, SB 5483) on April 6th. The investment proposal allocates $17.8 billion over 16 years and the details on the proposal can be found below. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled in the Senate Transportation committee for April 12th.

Rep. Fey released details on his “Miles Ahead Washington” transportation investment proposal (HB 1564) on March 31st and was heard on April 1st. The investment proposal allocates $22 billion over 16 years and the details on the proposal can be found here:

Looking Ahead

The coming week we will see bills amended in the opposite house going back to their house of origin for concurrence, dispute, or conference. Bills that weren’t amended by the opposite house will go through the paperwork steps and then will be sent to the governor for signature. Behind-the-scenes work will also take place with budget writers working on negotiations for a final budget.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 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 Passed 3rd Berry
E3SHB 1091 (SB5231) Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.  S Passed 3rd  Fitzgibbon
HB 1093(SB 5091) Operating budget, 2ndsupp. Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium secondsupplemental operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby
SHB 1094(ESSB 5092)  Operating budget Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations.  H Rules R  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 taxobligations 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 Passed 3rd Sells
HB 1098 (ESSB5061) 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 Passed 3rd McCaslin
SHB 1151 Public assistance Bolstering economic recovery. Del to Gov Leavitt
2SHB 1157 (SSB 5390)  Housing supply Increasing housing supply through the growth management act and housing density tax incentives for local governments.  S Ways & Means  Bateman
 HB 1188 B&O tax payment deferral Providing a business and occupation tax payment deferral to address the economic impacts of theCOVID-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 Passed 3rd  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 Rules 2 Barkis
ESHB 1241 Growth management act plans Planning under the growth management act. S 2nd Reading 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 themotor vehicle fund.  H Approps  Orcutt
E2SHB 1277 (SB5279)  Housing/revenue source Providing for an additional revenue source for eviction prevention and housing stability services.  S Ways & Means  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' taxexemption.  H Finance  Corry
HB 1321(SB 5114) Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. H HC/Wellness MacEwen
ESHB 1332(SB 5402) Property taxdeferral/COVID Concerning property tax deferral during theCOVID-19 pandemic. S Passed 3rd Sullivan
HB 1334 Appropriations/COVID-19 Making appropriations to revive our economy andaccelerate 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 trustfund and making clarifying changes.   H Labor & Workpl   Hoff
HB 1350 Limited equity coop.housing Providing a property tax exemption for limitedequity 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 ofbudget 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 inresponse to the COVID-19 pandemic.   C 5 L 21   Ormsby

 

ESHB 1368(SB 5344) Federalfunding/COVID-19 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic throughstate actions supported by federal funding. C 3 L 21 Ormsby
HB 1371 State property tax levies Eliminating the state property tax levies over fouryears. 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
 SHB 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 intangibleassets.  H Approps  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 theCOVID-19 pandemic.  H Rules C  Morgan
 2SHB 1460  Telecommunications access Closing the digital divide by establishing excise taxes on telecommunications services to fund theexpansion 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 homeownershipand homelessness.   H Finance   Orwall
EHB 1482 Common interest/foreclosure Addressing foreclosure protections for homeowners in common interest communities. S Passed 3rd Walsh
SHB 1492 (SSB 5425) Unempl. extended benefits Concerning extended benefits in the unemployment insurance system. S Labor, Comm & T Sells
 SHB 1494 Antidisplacement/prop. tax Providing housing safety, security, and protection for Washington families by creating the antidisplacement property tax exemption.  H Approps Harris- Talley
 HB 1496  High valued assets tax Creating a more progressive tax system in Washington by enacting an excise tax on sales andextraordinary profits of high valued assets.  H Finance  Senn
 HB 1503  Alt. fuel vehicle tax ex. Establishing an alternative fuel vehicle retail salesand 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, andinvesting 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 Pres Signed Entenman

 

 HB 1522 Engineering services/B&O tax Lowering the cost of state-funded transportationprojects 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 Passed 3rd  Barkis
 HB 1534  Carbon pollution tax Establishing a carbon pollution tax that recognizes the nature of energy-intensive, trade-exposedindustries.  H Env & Energy  Shewmake
HB 1535 Necessities/sales & usetax Exempting family and household necessities fromthe sales and use tax. H Finance Stokesbary
HB 1546 Multiuse roadwaysafety acct Concerning allowable uses for the multiuseroadway safety account. S Transportation Eslick
HB 1553(SB 5473) "Open safe, open now"plan Implementing the "open safe, open now" plan forreopening Washington. H State Govt & T MacEwen
 HJR 4204 Residential ex./property tax Concerning a constitutional amendment providingfor a residential real property exemption from property taxes levied for state purposes.  H Approps 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 2nd Reading 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
ESSB 5092 (SHB 1094) Operating budget Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. H Passed 3rd 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 Passed 3rd 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 Passed 3rd Keiser
E2SSB5126 Climate commitmentact Concerning the Washington climate commitmentact. H Env & Energy Carlyle
SSB 5130 Personnel files &discipline Concerning employee's rights concerningpersonnel files and disciplinary actions. S Rules X Kuderer
 SB 5138 Financial instit./B&O tax Eliminating a business and occupation taxdeduction 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 Passed 3rd Saldaña
SSB 5152 Vehicle and driver data Enhancing data stewardship and privacy protections for vehicle and driver data. H Spkr Signed Nguyen
SB 5156 Budget stabilization approps Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account to address issues of homelessness, home S Ways & Means Rolfes

 

security, and economic impacts of the COVID-19pandemic on small businesses.
 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 authorizinglandlord access to state rental assistance programs.   H Passed 3rd   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. H Passed 3rd 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 Passed 3rd Nguyen
SB 5223 Motor vehicles sales tax use Dedicating the sales tax on motor vehicles to highway uses. S Ways & Means Fortunato
SB 5231 (E3SHB1091) Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.  S Environment, E  Stanford
ESB 5232 Toll revenue bonding Limiting bonding toll revenues on certain statehighway facilities. H Transportation King
ESSB 5235 Housing options &limits Increasing housing unit inventory by removingarbitrary limits on housing options. H Passed 3rd Liias
SB 5238 Creative economy workgroup Creating a Washington state creative economywork group. S Business, Fina Hasegawa
SB 5243 Engineered planapproval Creating efficiency in housing by streamliningapproval 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 administrativeefficiencies.   S Pres Signed   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 residentialbuilding 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 inresponse to a public health emergency.  S Ways & Means  Dhingra
E2SSB5287 Afford. housingincentives Concerning affordable housing incentives. H Passed 3rd Das
SB 5314 GMA/standing &science Concerning standing and science under the growthmanagement act. S Housing & Local Short
SSB 5333 Public workscontracts/COVID Concerning void and unenforceable clauses inconstruction contracts related to delays caused by S Rules X Holy

 

the COVID-19 pandemic emergencyproclamations.
SB 5341 Local sales tax uses Increasing permissible uses of existing local salestax 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 developmentaldisabilities 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 Passed 3rd Hobbs
SB 5387 (ESHB1297) 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 growthmanagement 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 (ESHB1332) 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 preserveaerospace 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 Spkr Signed Stanford
 SB 5426 (SHB 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 (ESHB1521) Warehousing & manuf. jobs Supporting warehousing and manufacturing job centers.  S Business, Fina  Das
SB 5448 Vehicle fee/tax paymentplan Concerning payment plans for certain vehicle feesand taxes. S Rules X Nobles
SB 5449 Motor vehicle sales tax Dedicating the state sales tax on motor vehicles totransportation improvements. S Ways & Means King

 

 SB 5451  Operating budget Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operatingappropriations 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 2nd Reading 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 motorvehicle 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 forhighway 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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