Legislative Update: Week 5

Bellevue Chamber Weekly Legislative Report: Week 5

Week Overview

General Update

The past week was largely focused on getting bills heard and passed out of their house of origin policy committee by the February 15th cutoff. The week was filled with tight hearings and committee votes on bills (called executive session). Some committees have meetings scheduled on the 15th and will be working all the way up to the deadline. If a bill has not moved out of its policy committee by February 15th, it will be considered dead (unless it’s deemed necessary to implement the budget…more to come on that in future weeks).

There was also floor action last week, including the Senate voting unanimously to pass the early action budget bill. The bill authorizes federal dollars for COVID-19 response and economic recovery. See the budget section below for more detail. Given the early action budget was not amended by the Senate, it will now go to the Governor for signature, which he is expected to do quickly so agencies can start pushing the dollars out.

After the cutoff on Monday, the upcoming week will largely be fiscal committee hearings and executive sessions. Fiscal week is always one of the more intense times during session. Fiscal committees include the House fiscal committees (Appropriations, Capital Budget, and Finance), Senate Ways and Means, and the House or Senate Transportation Committee. Bills referred to these committees needed to get voted out by Monday February 22nd, which gives many of them just one week to get scheduled for both a hearing and executive session. This means that the week was filled with long hearings (sometimes very long) in fiscal committees. The House Appropriations committee is even scheduled to meet on Saturday, February 20th.

The number of bills being dropped slowed even more this week but there are still new ones being introduced every day. At this point over 1,300 bills have been introduced this session. This is significantly fewer than two years ago when over 2,200 bills has been introduced at this point.

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

Session Primers

As we go through session, I will periodically do brief primers on things related to session and the legislative process. We often use jargon and things move very quickly, so our goal with these primers is to help you better understand what is going on in Olympia as we go along.

Null & Void and Subject to Appropriations

During executive sessions in both the House Appropriations and Senate Ways & Means Committees this week, a lot of bills will be amended to include a ‘Null and Void’ or ‘Subject to Appropriation’ clause. When a bill has this language added, depending on where it is placed it means either a section or subsection of a bill or the bill in its entirety is invalid unless funding is provided in the budget by a specified date. The intention behind these clauses is to prevent a bill, or a component of a bill, from being enacted that doesn’t end up getting the money needed to implement it. Both Democrats and Republicans will propose null and void clauses. It is standard practice in the fiscal committees for these to be added to most bills and they are often done by a verbal amendment.

Budget

Senate Republican Proposed Budget

Senate Republicans have unveiled their proposed 2021-23 budget. In their press release announcing the proposal, they state the proposal is aimed at restarting schools and bringing jobs back, while saving money for lower-income families. Highlights of the Senate Republican plan include:

  • More than $1 billion aimed at encouraging school districts to get children back into classrooms, of which $200 million will go toward contact tracing, testing and other safety measures;
  • $333 million in additional assistance for small employers;
  • More support for behavioral health than has been proposed by the governor;
  • $200 million to support efforts to expand broadband access;
  • Eliminating the business-and-occupation (B&O) tax on manufacturing;
  • Gradually shifting tax revenue from vehicle sales for use on transportation projects; and
  • Full funding for improving forest health to reduce catastrophic

Review the documents here:

Republican-Proposed Senate 2021-23 Operating Budget (SB5451) Highlights of SB 5451

PowerPoint Presentation

Priority Areas

Business Impacts

Paid Family Medical Leave

Rep. Berry introduced SHB 1073, and was amended by the House Labor & Workplace Standards committee to modify the definition of “family member” for Paid Family and Medical Leave. It also provides temporary alternative eligibility for claims through June 30, 2022. The bill has been referred to the House Appropriations committee for further consideration.

Sen Robinson introduced a similar bill, SSB 5097, and was amended by the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs committee to modify the definition of “family member”, modifies the requirements for certain employment protection upon return from leave, and modifies which employees are eligible for continuation of health benefits during leave. The bill has been referred to the Senate Rules committee for further consideration.

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, but the House bills ultimately became the vehicles. HB 1367 was passed by the House with a 97-0 vote count and ESHB 1368 passed with a 61-36 vote count on February 1st. The bills were heard in the Senate Ways & Means committee on February 4th and moved out of committee on February 5th. HB 1367 was passed unanimously by the Senate and ESHB 1368 passed with 47-2 vote count on February 10th. The bills were not amended by the Senate and therefore will go directly to the Governor for signature.

Taxation of governmental financial assistance programs during an emergency proclamation

Rep. Walen introduced SHB 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. This bill is a priority for both chambers and was expedited. On January 22nd the House unanimously passed the bill. The bill was heard on February 2nd and passed out of the Senate Ways & Means committee on February 4th. On February 10th the Senate unanimously passed the bill. The bill was not amended by the Senate and therefore will go directly to the Governor for signature.

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 SHB 1091/SB 5231 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. HB 1091 was amended in the House Environment & Energy committee and referred to the House Appropriations committee where it was further amended. A summary of the changes made in the House Appropriations committee can be found here. HB 1091 was referred to the House Transportation committee and it is scheduled for a hearing on February 16th.

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 not scheduled to move out of committee before policy cutoff on February 15th so will be considered dead.

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 passed the Senate on January 27th with a 37-12 vote count. The bill has been referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary committee for further consideration.

Housing benefit districts

Rep Ryu introduced SHB 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. The bill was amended and passed on January 29th by the House Local Government committee. 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, amended and passed on February 11th out of the House Local Government Committee. A summary of the changes to the HB 1157 can be found here. SB 5390 was heard on February 9th, amended and passed out of the Senate Housing & Local Government committee on February 11th. The amended version of SB 5390 removes sections requiring urban densities of no less than 6 dwelling units per acre and housing targets in buildable land areas.

Housing unit inventory

Sen Liias introduced SSB 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 amended bill as passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee 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 jurisdictions to allow for multifamily housing units in areas zoned 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, amended and passed on February 10th out of the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. A summary of the changes to the bill can be found here. It has been referred to Senate Ways & Means for further consideration.

Just cause evictions

Rep Macri introduced SHB 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. The bill has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

Landlord-tenant relations

Sen Kuderer introduced SSB 5160, and it was amended by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee to prohibit 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. Additionally, it requires landlords to first offer tenants a repayment plan schedule equal to or greater than payment of the rent debt in monthly payments of at least one-sixth of the rent debt owed. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on February 16th in the Senate Ways & Means committee and executive session on February 18th.

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 15th.

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 has been scheduled for executive session multiple times, but no action was taken.

Local Government option for funding essential housing programs

Sen. Lovelett introduced SSB 5012, and was amended in the Senate Housing & Local Government to allow 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 has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee for further consideration.

Rep Ryu introduced SHB 1070, and was amended by the House Finance committee to expand the allowable portions of revenues from the 1/10 of 1% sales tax funding option for affordable housing to include acquiring affordable housing, facilities providing housing-related services, behavioral health-related facilities, or land for these purposes. It also clarifies that affordable housing includes emergency, transitional, and supportive housing. Additionally, it requires a county that seeks to acquire a facility using funds from the local sales and use tax to consult with the city in which the facility is located prior to acquisition and to ensure that at least 15% of the services provided in an acquired facility are provided for residents of that city. The bill has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

Rep Kloba has introduced HB 1035, which allows cities and counties to establish an affordable housing incentive program (AHIP) to preserve affordable housing within the city or within the unincorporated areas of the county. An AHIP may grant property tax exemptions to single-family, multifamily dwellings and manufactured or mobile homes lots for a period of 6 years with one 6-year renewal. The bill was heard on February 8th in the House Finance committee.

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, amended and passed on February 11th by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee. The bill was substantially changed, and a summary of the changes can be found here. It has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means committee on February 19th.

Prohibiting discrimination against prospective tenants for unpaid rent or eviction

Rep Morgan introduced HB 1441, which prohibits a landlord from discriminating against a prospective tenant based on unpaid rent or eviction that resulted from unpaid rent that accrued during an eviction moratorium. The bill was heard on February 9th and passed by the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee on February 11th.

Reporting from the eviction resolution pilot program

Sen Kuderer sponsored SSB 5260 and it requires participating superior courts and dispute resolution centers in the eviction resolution pilot (ERP) program to report data on an annual basis to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and to report that data annually to the Legislature. The bill was heard on January 21st, amended and passed on February 3rd out of the Senate House & Local Government committee. The amended bill modifies reporting dates for both superior courts and the AOC under the ERP to align within the next fiscal biennium. It has been referred to Senate Rules for further consideration.

Revenue source for eviction prevention

Rep Ormsby and Sen Robinson introduced SHB 1277/SB 5279, 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. A summary of the changes made in the bill 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 placed on second reading by the Senate Rules committee and awaits further action.

Land Use

Climate response through updates to the comprehensive plans

Rep Duerr sponsored SHB 1099 and was amended by the House Environment & Energy committee to add a goal of climate change mitigation to the listed goals of the Growth Management Act. It adds 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 is scheduled for a public hearing on February 16th in the House Appropriations committee.

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 SHB 1220 and was amended by the House Local Government committee. The bill 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 has been referred to the House Appropriations committee for further consideration.

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, amended and passed on February 10th by the House Local Government committee. A summary of the changes to the bill can be found here, here, here, and here.

Salmon recovery through revisions to the comprehensive plans

Rep Lekanoff introduced SHB 1117, and was amended by the House Environment & Energy committee to add 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. 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 is scheduled for a hearing on February 16th in the House Appropriations committee.

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 was heard 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. 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. HB 1201 has not been scheduled for a hearing.

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.

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

Electrification of transportation

Rep Macri and Sen Liias introduced HB 1204/SB 5256, which requires the Washington State Transportation Commission to adopt regulations on or before January 1, 2025, mandating that all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles registered in Washington be electric vehicles. It also prohibits the Department of Licensing from registering vehicles that are not in compliance with these regulations for model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles. HB 1204 was heard on February 1st in the House Transportation committee. SB 5256 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

Fare enforcement

Rep Fitzgibbon introduced HB 1301, which allows Sound Transit to establish an alternative fare enforcement system. It allows for the issuance of a notice of violation in addition to or as a replacement for the current civil infraction system. The bill was heard on February 8th and scheduled for executive action, but no action was taken on February 11th in the House 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.

Payment plans for certain vehicle fees and taxes

Sen Nobles introduced SB 5448, which creates an optional payment plan to allow vehicle owners to make quarterly payments on their vehicle registration fees. The bill has been scheduled for a public hearing on February 18th 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

Monday this week will include a final push to get bills passed out of their policy committee by the February 15th house of origin policy cutoff. Focus will then quickly shift to fiscal committees where bills will be heard and work to be passed out of committee by the February 22nd house of origin fiscal cutoff.

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
SHB 1073 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and

medical leave program.

H Approps Berry
2SHB

1091 (SB

5231)

Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.  

H Transportation

 

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 Passed 3rd

 

 

 

 

Walen

SHB 1097 (SB 5090) Worker protections Increasing worker protections. H Approps 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
2SHB

1151

Public assistance Bolstering economic recovery. H Rules R Leavitt
HB 1157

(SSB 5390)

 

Housing supply

Increasing housing supply through the growth

management act and housing density tax incentives for local governments.

 

H Exec Action

 

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
SHB 1241 Growth management act plans Planning under the growth management act. H LGDPS 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 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
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 Passed 3rd

 

 

 

Ormsby

 

ESHB 1368 (SB

5344)

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

through state actions supported by federal funding.

 

S Passed 3rd

 

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 HHSVDP

 

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 CRJDP Walsh
SHB 1492 (SB 5425) Unempl. extended benefits Concerning extended benefits in the unemployment insurance system. H LAWSDPS 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 Finance

 

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

HB 1515 Security deposit waiver fees Concerning security deposit waiver fees. H Hous, Human Sv Peterson

 

HB 1521

(SB 5446)

Warehousing & manuf.

jobs

Supporting warehousing and manufacturing job

centers.

H Finance 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 Transportation Wylie
 

HB 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.  

H 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
 

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

SSB 5062 Data Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data. S Ways & Means Carlyle
SB 5090 (SHB

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
SSB 5097 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program. S Rules 2 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
SSB 5141 Env. justice task force

recs

Implementing the recommendations of the

environmental justice task force.

S Ways & Means 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 Ways & Means Nguyen
SB 5223 Motor vehicles sales tax use Dedicating the sales tax on motor vehicles to highway uses. S Ways & Means Fortunato
SB 5231 (2SHB 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
 

 

SSB 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 Rules 2

 

 

Schoesler

SB 5256 (HB

1204)

 

Transp. electrification

 

Concerning the electrification of transportation.

 

S Environment, E

 

Liias

 

SSB 5269

Increased building capacity Including the value of increased residential

building capacity in the property tax levy limit calculation.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Das

SB 5279 (SHB 1277)  

Housing/revenue source

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

S Housing & Loca

 

Robinson

 

 

SB 5282

Property value/emergency Concerning reduction in value of property as a

result of government restrictions imposed in response to a public health emergency.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Dhingra

SSB 5287 Afford. housing incentives Concerning affordable housing incentives. S Ways & Means 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 Ways & Means

 

Holy

SB 5341 Local sales tax uses Increasing permissible uses of existing local

sales tax authority.

S 2nd Reading 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

SSB 5390 (HB 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 (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 (SHB 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  

S Ways & Means

 

Hunt

 

    tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible

assets.

   
SB 5444 Electric vehicles/per

mile

Implementing a per mile charge on electric and

hybrid vehicles.

S Transportation Saldaña
SB 5446

(HB 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 Transportation 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

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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