Bellevue Chamber Weekly Legislative Report: Week 4

Week Overview

General Update

During week four of the 2021 legislative session we saw continuation of public hearings on bills as well as executive sessions. A handful of committees also held work sessions this week. One work session this week that was of particular interest was a presentation to the Senate Health & Long Term Care committee by Dr. Jurgen Unutszer from the University of Washington regarding the ongoing behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation lasted about a half hour and provided very insightful information about the ongoing impacts on people’s mental health. The video can be found here and the slides for the presentation can be found here.

In the coming week we will see some remaining hearings, but a lot of the focus will be on moving bills out of their policy committee by house of origin policy cutoff on February 15th. Policy committees are things like health care, education, and environment where the focus is on the substance of a bill rather than the fiscal impact. This week leading up to policy cutoff, committee agendas will be filled with mostly executive sessions (where a bill is voted on by the committee). After the first cutoff, the focus will then shift to the fiscal committees. Keep track of where we are in session by consulting the 2021 Session Cutoff Calendar. A reminder that the 2021 cutoff calendar was modified quite a bit from what is normal in long sessions, including having policy cutoff being four days earlier than it historically has been.

Bills that have already made it out of their respective policy committees are starting to have fiscal hearings. Bills that skip fiscal committee (bills with a fiscal impact of under $50,000) will go to the respective Rules committee where they will await being pulled to the chamber floor for debate and vote. We will also see continued movement on the early action budget bills for COVID response and recovery. See the budget section below for more details.

So far this session there have been 1,242 bills introduced (some of which are companion bills). For comparison, by the end of week 4 in 2019 (the last long session), more than 2,000 bills had been introduced.

This week, four Republican State Senators announced the formation of the Washington State Freedom Caucus. Senator Doug Ericksen said the caucus is focused on protecting people’s liberty and freedoms, with top issues being taxation and limiting the governor’s emergency authority. Erickson joins Senators Mike Padden, Phil Fortunato, and Jim McCune as founding members of the Washington State Freedom Caucus. The group said they are still members of the Republican Caucus and are in good standing.

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

Priority Areas

Business Impacts

Paid Family Medical Leave

Rep. Berry introduced HB 1073, which modifies the eligibility threshold for benefits from a minimum of 820 hours worked to a minimum of $1,000 earned. It also expands the job protection provisions by removing the employer size and employee hours worked threshold, and by revising the employment length threshold from 12 month to 90 days. The employer must also maintain existing health benefits during Paid Family Medical leave for any employee covered by the Paid Family Medical Leave job protection provisions. The bill was heard on January 15th, amended and passed out of the House Labor & Workplace Standards committee on February 5th. A summary of the substitute bill that was adopted can be found here.

Sen Robinson introduced a similar bill, SB 5097, with the same changes to the job protection provisions and health benefits. SB 5907 does not change to the eligibility threshold but does change the definition of a family member to include any individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with a covered individual is the equivalent of a family member. The bill was heard on January 18th and is scheduled for executive session on February 10th in the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs committee.

Safely opening Washington

Sen Braun and Rep MacEwen sponsored SB 5114/HB 1321 and it allows businesses, facilities, institutions, and all other places or organizations to immediately and safely reopen or resume under Phase 2 of the Health Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. It also states the intent of the Legislature to regularly review the best available public health data to determine whether additional actions should be taken until January 10, 2022. SB 5114 was heard on January 20th in the Senate State Government & Elections committee. HB 1321 has not been scheduled for a hearing.

Step One for Washington’s Community and Economic Recovery

On Friday, January 22nd the House and Senate Democrats announced a plan for community and economic recovery, starting with $2.2 billion in federal funds to provide assistance to families and businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal provides funding in critical areas, starting with $240 million in small business grants; $668 million to school districts to address learning loss; $618 million for the Department of Heath to use for vaccine distribution, contract tracing, and testing; $325 million for direct rental and utility payments; $5 million for rental and foreclosure assistance; $4.7 million for food assistance programs with an additional $26.3 million in block grants for hunger relief organizations; $50 million for child care grants and incentives, prioritizing providers in child care deserts and supporting racial equity across the state; $65 million for Immigrant Relief Fund for those people left out of federal stimulus payments; $9 million for TANF and $12 million in Disaster Cash Assistance. The bills reflecting the changes and appropriations are HB 1367 and HB 1368 and their companion bills are SB 5343 and SB 5344. All four bills were expedited thru the legislative process. HB 1367 was passed off the House floor with a 97-0 vote count and HB 1368 passed with a 61-36 vote count on February 1st. HB 1367/SB 5343/ and HB 1368/SB 5344 were heard in Senate Ways & Means on February 2nd. HB 1367 and HB 1368 were passed out of the Senate Ways & Means committee on February 4th. This indicates that the House versions of these bills will be the vehicle going forward. They have been placed on second reading by the Senate Rules committee and await further action. It is anticipated they will be debated and passed off the Senate floor this coming week.

Taxation of governmental financial assistance programs during an emergency proclamation

Rep. Walen introduced HB 1095, which provides a B&O tax, a public utilities tax, and a retail sales tax exemption for a qualifying grant received on or after February 29, 2020, that is related to a national or state emergency proclamation. "Qualifying grant" is defined as an amount received, or relief from debt or other legal obligation received that is received under a government-funded program to address the impacts of conditions giving rise to an official proclamation of a state of emergency by the President or by the Governor. The bill was heard on January 14th, amended and passed out of the House Finance committee on January 19th. The amended bill exempts this act from the requirements of a Tax Preference Performance Statement, a JLARC review, and the 10-year automatic expiration. On January 22nd the House place this bill on a priority list and passed the bill with a 98-0 vote count. The bill was heard on February 2nd and passed out of the Senate Ways & Means committee on February 4th. It has been paced on second reading by the Senate Rules committee.

Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Commitment Act

Sen Carlyle sponsored SB 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. The bill was heard on January 19th in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee. This bill is a critical component in Sen. Hobbs’ transportation package and will be changing and in play till the end of session.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Rep. Fitzgibbon and Sen. Stanford introduced HB 1091/SB 5231 on behalf of the Governor, which directs the Department of Ecology to adopt rules establishing a Clean Fuels Program to limit the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission per unit of transportation fuel energy to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20% below 2017 levels by 2035. Ecology is also directed to update the Clean Fuels Program rules to further reduce GHG emission from each unit of transportation fuel for each year through 2050, consistent with statutory state emission reduction limits. SHB 1091 was amended in the House Environment and Energy committee to clarify that the Clean Fuels Program’s standards must reduce overall, aggregate carbon intensity, rather than carbon intensity achieved by an individual type of transportation fuel. It also requires Ecology’s Clean Fuels Program rules to include mechanism for certifying electricity that has a carbon intensity of zero and to allow the assignment of credits to electric utilities for electricity used, at minimum, for residential electric vehicle charging or fueling. The bill was heard on February 4th and is scheduled for executive session on February 9th in the House Appropriations committee. SB 5231 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

Housing

Accessory dwelling units

Rep Gregerson sponsored HB 1337 and it allows cities and counties that adopt specified policies regarding accessory dwelling units (ADU) to qualify for a distribution from the accessory dwelling unit incentive account. Distributions from the ADU incentive account are based on the number of qualifying new ADUs constructed after the regulations are adopted. Department of Commerce is required to verify the amount of new ADU construction that has occurred in the jurisdiction before disbursing $10,000 to the jurisdiction for each qualifying new ADU constructed. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on February 9th and executive session on February 12th in the House Local Government committee.

Condominium construction

Sen. Padden introduced SSB 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 amended bill clarifies statutory limitations that apply to earnest money deposits for real estate conveyances do not apply to deposits for the purchase of a unit in a condo community. The Senate amended and passed the bill on January 27th with a 37-12 vote count. The adopted amendment terminates the exemption for small condominiums from building enclosure design and inspection requirements on June 30, 2031. The bill has been referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary committee for further consideration.

Housing benefit districts

Rep Ryu introduced HB 1128, which authorizes counties and cities to establish a housing benefit district for the purpose of acquiring, land banking, predevelopment contracting, selling, improving, funding, and leasing land for the creation of affordable low-and middle-income housing and community development projects. To carry out the objectives of a housing benefit district, a housing benefit district may impose a sales and use tax and property taxes. The bill was heard on January 19th, amended and passed in the House Local Government committee on January 29th. A summary of the amended bill can be found here. The bill has been referred to the House Finance committee for further consideration.

Housing supply through the GMA and housing density tax incentives

Rep Bateman and Sen Liias sponsored HB 1157/SB 5390 and it requires jurisdiction to plan for additional housing types and consider housing locations in relation to employment locations in the housing element of the comprehensive plan. It also requires jurisdiction to ensure that housing is properly planned for and housing target are implemented in the land use element. Additionally, it requires urban densities to include at least 6 net dwelling units per acre and authorizes cities to establish a real estate excise tax density incentive zone within urban growth areas. HB 1157 was heard on January 27th in the House Local Government Committee. SB 5390 is scheduled for a hearing on February 9th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Housing unit inventory

Sen Liias introduced SB 5235, which prohibits counties planning under the GMA and cities within such counties from prohibiting primarily renter occupied housing units on the same lot as an accessory dwelling unit and prohibits local governments from limiting the number of unrelated persons occupying a home, with exceptions. The bill was heard on January 26th, amended and passed on February 4th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. The amended bill clarifies that lawful limits on occupant load per square foot as established by applicable building code or ordinance are exceptions to the prohibition on regulating or limiting the number of unrelated persons occupying a household. The bill has been referred to Senate Rules for further consideration.

Increased residential building capacity

Sen Das introduced SB 5269, which requires all GMA planning jurisdiction to all for multifamily housing units in areas zone for single-family residential use with urban growth areas (UGA) and requires certain parking units per lot size or dwelling unit within a UGA. Additionally, it includes the general value increase of property conversions to multifamily housing units in the calculation of the property tax revenue limit. The bill was heard on January 27th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee and is scheduled for executive session on February 10th.

Just cause evictions

Rep Macri introduced HB 1236, which specifies exclusive causes for eviction, refusal to renew, and termination of tenancy under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) and makes other changes to rights and remedies. The bill was heard on January 26th, amended and passed out of the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee on February 5th. A summary of the changes to the bill can be found here.

Landlord-tenant relations

Sen Kuderer introduced SB 5160, which prohibits landlords from terminating or refusing to renew a rental lease that expires at the end of the lease term or is subject to a 20-day termination notice until 2 years after expiration of any public health emergency. It allows tenants impacted by COVID-19 to terminate their tenancy with a 20-day written notice and prohibits landlords from charging or imposing fees or other changes for nonpayment of rent during any public health emergency. Additionally, it requires landlords to first offer tenants a repayment plan based on the individual, financial, health, or other circumstances of the tenant. The bill was heard on January 20th, amended and passed on February 3rd out of the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. A summary of the changes made in the substitute bill as adopted can be found here. The bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means committee for further consideration.

Rep Barkis introduced HB 1228, which suspends any eviction moratorium currently in effect and requires landlords to provide tenants with unpaid rent an affidavit of COVID hardship, notice of early resolution program, and option of payment plan. It creates the Emergency Rental Assistance Grant Program to assist tenants and landlords with past due rental payments and establishes the early resolution program to facilitate resolution of nonpayment of rent cases. Additionally, it requires landlords to notify tenants of the early resolution program before filing any unlawful detainer action. The bill was heard on January 28th in the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee and is scheduled for executive session on February 11th and 12th.

Limiting rent increases

Sen Das introduced SB 5139, which prohibits any increases in rent or other charges for residential tenancies for the first 6 months after expiration of the eviction moratorium. It also limits rent increased for a 6-month period after the initial 6-month prohibition period to 3% points above the consumer price index and based on monthly rent as of March 1, 2020. The bill was heard on January 21st and was scheduled for executive session on January 28th and February 3rd, but no action was taken in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. It has been rescheduled for executive session on February 10th.

Local Government option for funding essential housing programs

Sen. Lovelett introduced SB 5012, which authorizes local government to levy a special excise tax up to 10% on short-term rentals and use those revenues for operating and capital cost of affordable housing programs including homeless housing assistance, temporary shelters, and other related services. The bill was heard on January 13th, amended and passed on February 3rd in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. A summary of the changes made in the substitute bill as adopted can be found here. The bill has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee for further consideration.

Rep Ryu introduced HB 1070, which modifies allowed uses of local tax revenue for affordable housing and related services to include the acquisition and construction of affordable housing and facilities. The bill would expand the use of the local 1/10 of 1% sales tax funding option for affordable housing and behavioral health facilities to include acquiring housing. The bill was amended and passed out of the House Finance committee on January 25th on January 28th. The amendments adopted by the committee can be found here, here and here. It has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

Rep Kloba has introduced HB 1035, which provides local governments with options to grant rent relief and preserve affordable housing in their communities. The bill gives communities a local option to preserve and increase healthy, high quality, and affordable rental housing opportunities for low-income households and very low-income households when the governing authority has found that there are insufficient affordable housing opportunities available. The bill also encourages housing opportunities that are affordable to renters at below market rent levels, as determined by the governing authority upon considering community needs, market rental costs, and income levels of renters. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Finance committee on February 8th.

Multifamily tax exemption

Sen Das sponsored SB 5287and it expands the Multifamily Property Tax Exemption (MFTE) to all cities and urban growth areas within any county with a population of at least 2 million. It adds affordability requirements and modifies the income requirements for the 8-year MFTE program, increases the affordability requirements and modifies the income requirements for the 12-year MFTE program. Additionally, it authorizes a 12-year extension of existing MFTE programs that are set to expire and establishes a new 20-year property tax exemption for the creation of permanently affordable homes. The bill was heard on January 26th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee and is scheduled for executive session on February 10th.

Revenue source for eviction prevention

Rep Ormsby and Sen Robinson introduced HB 1277/SB 5279, which creates an additional $100 surcharge on recorded documents to fund an eviction prevention rental assistance program within the Department of Commerce; operations, maintenance, and service costs for permanent supportive housing; and the landlord mitigation program. HB 1277 was heard on January 22nd, amended and passed out of the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee on January 29th. A summary of the changes made in the substitute bill as adopted can be found here. It has been referred to House Appropriations for further consideration. SB 5279 has not been scheduled for a hearing.

Transit-oriented development

Sen Mullet sponsored SB 5312 and it provides that appropriations to the Growth Management Planning and Environmental Review Fund for the purpose of grants to cities to facilitate transit-oriented development may be used to pay for the costs associated with the preparation of SEPA environmental impact statements, planned action ordinances, subarea plans, costs associated with the utilization of other tools under SEPA, and the costs of local code adoption and implementation of such efforts. It requires the Department of Commerce to prioritize applications for grants to facilitate transit-oriented development that maximize density and transit access related policy objectives. The bill was heard on January 27th and passed on February 4th out of the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. It has been referred to Senate Rules for further consideration.

Land Use

Climate response through updates to the comprehensive plans

Rep Duerr sponsored HB 1099 and it adds climate change mitigation to the listed goals of the of the Growth Management Act. It adds climate change and resiliency element to the list of elements that must be included within the comprehensive plans and requires that it result in reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled within the city or county adopting the comprehensive plan. The bill was heard on January 19th, amended and passed out of the House Environment & Energy committee on January 29th. A summary of the changes made in the substitute bill as adopted can be found here. The bill has been referred to the House Appropriations committee for further consideration.

Efficiency in housing by streamlining approval of engineered plans

Sen Gildon introduced SB 5243, which provides that any building permit applications submitted with plans or specification signed by a professional engineer or architect must be deemed complete by the city or county building department. It allows the building department to review the application for general compliance with the zoning or other land use control ordinances in effect, but it may not impose substantial modifications or conditions on such submittals. The bill was heard in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on January 26th.

Emergency shelters and housing through local planning and development regulations

Rep Peterson sponsored HB 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 racial disparate impacts in the housing element of the comprehensive plan. The bill was heard on January 27th and is scheduled for executive session on February 9th and 10th in the House Local Government committee.

Planning under the GMA

Rep Duerr sponsored HB 1241 and it increases review and revision cycle for comprehensive plans and Shoreline Master Plans from 8 to 10 years. It also requires cities and counties with more than 7,500 population to produce an annual work program for implementing the comprehensive plan. Additionally, 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. The bill was heard on February 3rd and is scheduled for executive session on February 10th and 12th in the House Local Government committee.

Salmon recovery through revisions to the comprehensive plans

Rep Lekanoff introduced HB 1117, which adds 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 the capital facilities element to address the elimination of fish passage barriers. The bill was heard on January 28th, amended and passed out of the House Environment & Energy committee on February 4th. A summary of the changes made in the substitute bill as adopted can be found here.

Revenue

Capital gains

Sen. Robinson introduced SB 5096, which imposes a 9% capital gains tax beginning January 1, 2022 on capital gains earnings above $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers. The tax would not apply to residential dwellings along with the land upon which the dwelling is located; assets held in a retirement account; assets transferred as part of a condemnation proceeding; livestock related to farming or ranching; agricultural land that meets certain requirements; certain types of property used in a trade or business such as machinery and equipment that have been immediately expensed; capital assets acquired and used only for purposed of a trade or business of a sole proprietorship; and timber and timberlands. The bill was heard on January 14th in the Senate Ways and Means committee.

Rep Senn sponsored a similar bill, HB 1496, and it imposes a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of real property and 9.9% rate on the sale of corporate stocks, bonds, and other high-end financial assets to fund the expansion and affordability of childcare. The bill exempts the first $200,000 in profit for single taxpayers and $400,000 for joint filers. It also exempts primary residences sold for $5 million or less; retirement accounts, including IRA and 401K retirement plans; livestock; and the sale of agricultural land and timber. Qualifying family-owned businesses grossing under $10 million annually are also exempt. The capital gains tax proposal also includes a credit for taxes paid through the Real Estate Excise Tax. For the first two years, 50% of the revenue is directed to the Fair Start for Kids Account created under HB 1213 and the balance goes to the State General Fund. After two years, the amount going to the Fair Start for Kids Account increases to 60%. The bill has been scheduled for a public hearing on February 11th in the House Finance committee.

Covered Lives

Rep Riccelli and Sen. Robinson introduced HB 1201/SB 5149, which would impose a tax on health insurance plans in Washington. The tax assessed is $3.25 per member per month on health carriers, Medicaid managed care organizations, and third-party administrators. The covered lives assessment is estimated to be $143 million for fiscal year 2024 and $200 million for fiscal year 2025 and each fiscal year thereafter ($400 million biennially). 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 in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care committee. HB 1201 has not been scheduled for a hearing.

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. The bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

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.

Transportation

Extending the issuance period of driver licenses and identicards

Rep Ramel and Sen Liias sponsored HB 1207/SB 5270 and it extends the 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. It also provides for remote photo and signature capture for driver’s license and identicard renewals and allows online issuance and renewal of non-photo driver’s instruction permits. HB 1207 was heard on January 26th in the House Transportation committee and SB 5270 was heard on February 1st 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 heard on January 26th in the Senate Transportation committee.

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

Looking Ahead

This week will see more public hearings, work sessions, and movement of bills out of committee. We will also see continued movement of the COVID relief early action budget, Step One for Washington’s Community and Economic Recovery.

Upcoming Dates:

  • February 15th - House of Origin Policy Cutoff
  • February 22nd - House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff
  • March 9th - House of Origin Floor Cutoff
  • March 26th - Opposite House Policy Cutoff
  • April 2nd - Opposite House Fiscal Cutoff
  • April 11th - Opposite House Floor Cutoff
  • April 25th - Sine Die

Bellevue Chamber Bill Status Report

Bill # Abbrev. Title Short Description Status Sponsor
HB 1073 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program. H Exec Action Berry
SHB 1091 (SB 5231) Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel. H Approps 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.

 

 

 

 

S 2nd Reading

 

 

 

 

Walen

HB 1097 (SB 5090) Worker protections Increasing worker protections. H Exec Action Sells
HB 1098 (ESSB

5061)

Unemployment insurance  

Concerning unemployment insurance.

H Labor & Workpl  

Sells

HB 1135

(SB 5165)

Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-

2023 fiscal biennium.

H Transportation Fey
HB 1136

(SB 5166)

Supp. transportation

budget

Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation

appropriations.

H Transportation Fey
HB 1137 Road

maintenance/planning

Elevating road maintenance and preservation in

transportation planning.

H Transportation McCaslin
SHB 1151 Public assistance Bolstering economic recovery. H Approps Leavitt
HB 1157 (SB 5390)  

Housing supply

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

for local governments.

 

H Local Govt

 

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

HB 1189 (SSB 5211)  

Tax increment financing

Authorizing tax increment financing for local governments.  

H Finance

 

Duerr

HB 1204 (SB 5256) Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of transportation. H Transportation 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

HB 1232 GMA/affordable housing plans Planning for affordable housing under the growth management act. H Local Govt Barkis
HB 1241 Growth management act plans Planning under the growth management act. H Local Govt Duerr
HB 1243 Local infra. project areas Addressing local infrastructure project areas. H Finance Wicks
 

HB 1249

 

Transp. project tax revenues

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

motor vehicle fund.

 

H Approps

 

Orcutt

SHB 1277

(SB 5279)

Housing/revenue source Providing for an additional revenue source for

eviction prevention and housing stability services.

H Approps Ormsby
 

HB 1300

Landlord damage claims Addressing documentation and processes

governing landlords' claims for damage to residential premises.

 

H Exec Action

 

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
HB 1332 (SB 5402) Property tax deferral/COVID Concerning property tax deferral during the COVID-19 pandemic. H Finance 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.

 

 

S 2nd Reading

 

 

Ormsby

ESHB 1368 (SB

5344)

Federal funding/COVID-19 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through state actions supported by federal funding.  

S 2nd Reading

 

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 Hous, Human Sv  

Morgan

 

HB 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 Finance

 

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

HB 1482 Common interest/foreclosure Addressing foreclosure protections for homeowners in common interest communities. H Civil R & Judi Walsh
HB 1492 (SB 5425) Unempl. extended benefits Concerning extended benefits in the unemployment insurance system. H Labor & Workpl 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

 

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.

 

Del to Gov

 

Keiser

SSB 5062 Data Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data. S Ways & Means Carlyle
SB 5090 (HB 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
SB 5096 Capital gains tax Concerning an excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets. S Ways & Means Robinson
SB 5097 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program. S Labor, Comm & Robinson
SB 5114 (HB 1321) Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. S State Govt & E Braun

 

SB 5115 Health emergency/labor Establishing health emergency labor standards. S Labor, Comm & Keiser
SB 5126 Climate commitment act Concerning the Washington climate commitment act. S Environment, E Carlyle
SB 5130 Personnel files & discipline Concerning employee's rights concerning personnel files and disciplinary actions. S Labor, Comm & 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
SB 5141 Env. justice task force

recs

Implementing the recommendations of the

environmental justice task force.

S Environment, E Saldaña
SSB 5152 Vehicle and driver data Enhancing data stewardship and privacy

protections for vehicle and driver data.

S Rules 2 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

 

 

SSB 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.

 

 

S Ways & Means

 

 

Kuderer

SB 5162 Unanticipated revenue Concerning unanticipated revenue. S Ways & Means Rolfes
SB 5165 (HB 1135) Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the 2021- 2023 fiscal biennium. S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5166 (HB 1136) Supp. transportation budget Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation appropriations. S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5171 Unemployment insurance Providing unemployment insurance relief. S Ways & Means Wilson
SSB 5214 Economic assistance

programs

Concerning economic assistance programs. S RecComm Nguyen
SB 5223 Motor vehicles sales tax

use

Dedicating the sales tax on motor vehicles to

highway uses.

S Ways & Means Fortunato
SB 5231

(SHB 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 Transportation King
SSB 5235 Housing options & limits Increasing housing unit inventory by removing arbitrary limits on housing options. S Rules 2 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
 

 

SB 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.

 

 

S Ways & Means

 

 

Schoesler

SB 5256 (HB 1204) Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of transportation. S Environment, E Liias

 

 

SB 5269

Property tax levy limit calc Including the value of increased residential

building capacity in the property tax levy limit calculation.

 

S Housing & Loca

 

Das

SB 5279 (SHB 1277)  

Housing/revenue source

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

S Housing & Loca

 

Robinson

 

SB 5282

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

response to a public health emergency.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Dhingra

SB 5287 Afford. housing

incentives

Concerning affordable housing incentives. S Housing & Loca Das
SB 5314 GMA/standing &

science

Concerning standing and science under the growth

management act.

S Housing &

Local

Short
 

SB 5333

 

Construction contracts/COVID

Concerning void and unenforceable clauses in construction contracts related to delays caused by

the COVID-19 pandemic emergency proclamations.

 

S Labor, Comm &

 

Holy

SB 5341 Local sales tax uses Increasing permissible uses of existing local sales tax authority. S Housing & Loca 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

SB 5381 Fish passage project permits Addressing fish passage project permit streamlining. S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5387 (HB 1297) Working families tax exempt. Concerning working families tax exemption. S Human Svcs, Re Nguyen
SB 5390 (HB 1157)  

Housing supply

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

S Housing & Loca

 

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 (HB 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

SB 5425

(HB 1492)

Unempl. extended

benefits

Concerning extended benefits in the

unemployment insurance system.

S Labor, Comm & 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

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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