Legislative Update: Week 7

Bellevue Chamber Weekly Legislative Report: Week 7

Week Overview

General Update

Last Monday, February 22nd was house of origin fiscal cutoff where all bills referred to a fiscal committee had to be passed out of committee by that date. Those that didn’t get out of committee are now considered dead. The exception are bills deemed necessary to implement the budget (NTIB). Of the bills referred to a fiscal committee, the House passed 84 bills in the Appropriations Committee, 25 in Finance, 25 in Transportation and 9 in Capital Budget; and in the Senate, 95 bills passed in Ways & Means and 18 bills passed in Transportation.

With the first two cutoffs of session now past, we are seeing the number of bills still in play dwindle down. 1,342 bills have been introduced so far, but just 504 made it through fiscal cutoff. Significantly fewer bills made it through each cutoff when compared to the last long session in 2019:

Bills introduced:
2021: 1,342 bills introduced at this point in session
2019: just under 2,300 bills introduced at this point

House of origin policy cutoff:
2021: 694 passed house or origin policy committee cutoff
2019: less than 1,500 made it past the house of origin policy cutoff

House of origin fiscal cutoff:
2021: 504 passed house of origin fiscal committee cutoff
2019: 1,010 made it past the house of origin fiscal cutoff

Following fiscal cutoff, last week was largely focused on floor action. Starting last Tuesday, legislators spent most of the day in virtual caucus or on the virtual House and Senate floors debating and voting on bills. Both chambers met into the evening on several days and the House convened for floor action on Saturday. If you’ve been curious to see what the virtual floor looks like, Speaker Laurie Jinkins had a great photo of what she sees from the rostrum looking on to the house floor in her newsletter.

This coming week will be more of the same as the legislature works towards the next cutoff. Bills have until March 9th to pass off the floor in their house of origin. Given the length of time it is taking for virtual debate and voting, there will likely be a fair number of bills that don’t make it through the house of origin floor cutoff.

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, we 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. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

A Primer on First, Second, and Third Reading

During floor activity, we hear a lot about 2nd and 3rd reading. These terms are important steps in the legislative process, but it can be difficult to understand the difference between them.

For all three readings, a bill is almost never actually read in its entirety. This is why you will hear the Speaker or Lt. Governor stop the person reading the bill after a few words and say, ‘last line.’ A member can ask for a bill to be read in its entirety, but this rarely happens and is typically a stall tactic when it is requested.

  • First Reading: This is the first of three readings required to pass When a bill is on first reading, that is when it is first introduced into a chamber and is referred to standing committees. At this point in session, we are seeing the second round of first readings because bills that passed out of their house of origin are being introduced and read into the opposite house for the first time and then referred to a standing committee.

  • Second Reading: When a bill appears on the calendar for second reading, this means it can be put on the order of consideration and brought to the floor for debate and can be amended. After the debate and potential amendment, the bill in theory would be returned to the Rules Committee where it must receive a favorable vote before being placed on the third reading calendar for final passage. This referral to back Rules [between second and third reading] is almost always bypassed and the bill is placed on final passage immediately following its second reading. This happens when a member says, “Let the Rules be suspended, that (the bill) be advanced to third reading, let the second reading be considered the third, and the bill be placed on final passage.” This means they will be doing second reading and then immediately following will do the third reading without the bill going back to Rules.
  • Third Reading: This is the final consideration of a bill before either house. The bill can be debated, voted on, or tabled. It cannot be amended during third reading. Final passage of a bill takes a constitutional

Priority Areas

Business Impacts

Paid Family Medical Leave

Rep. Berry introduced 2SHB 1073, and was amended by the House Labor & Workplace Standards and House Appropriations committees. The bill provided temporary alternate eligibility for Paid Family Medical Leave claims through June 30, 2022. It has been referred to the House Rules 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 placed on 2nd Reading by the Senate Rules committee and awaits further action.

Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Commitment Act

Sen Carlyle sponsored SSB 5126 on behalf of the Governor and it requires the Governor to establish a comprehensive program to implement the state’s commitment and convene a Climate Commitment task force. It established a cap and invest program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be implemented by the Department of Ecology and directs distribution of auction revenues to clean transportation, natural climate resiliency, clean energy transition and assistance, and energy efficiency projects. 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. On February 19th, the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee held a work session on the Proposed Substitute bill. A presentation by staff on the proposed substitute can be found here and the proposed substitute here. The Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee passed the proposed substitute on February 25th and the bill has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee for further consideration.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Rep. Fitzgibbon introduced E3SHB 1091 on behalf of the Governor, which directs the Department of Ecology to establish a Clean Fuels program to limit the aggregate, overall greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation fuel energy. 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 amended and passed off the House floor after 6 hours of debate on February 27th with a 52-46 vote count. There were 27 amendments offered, six of which were adopted. The amendments can be found under the amendment section on the bill page here.

Housing

Condominium construction

Sen. Padden introduced ESSB 5024, which exempts condominiums with 10 or fewer units and no more than two stories from the requirement to submit building enclosure design documents and obtain periodic inspections throughout the course of construction. It also allows deposit funds for purchase of a unit to be used for construction costs. The bill 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 was referred to the House Finance committee for further consideration but was not heard and is considered dead.

Housing supply through the GMA and housing density tax incentives

Rep Bateman and Sen Liias sponsored SHB 1157/SSB 5390 to increase housing supply. SHB 1157 was amended by the House Local Government committee to authorize counties and cities to establish a real estate excise tax density incentive zone within urban growth areas and provides for the distribution of real estate excise tax revenue with such incentive zones. The bill was referred to the House Finance committee, heard on February 18th, and scheduled for executive session on February 19th but no action was taken. SSB 5390 was amended by the Senate Housing & Local Government committee and it amends the elements of a comprehensive plan to ensure consideration of multifamily housing units and housing targets. It also creates a real estate excise tax density incentive zones within urban growth areas in buildable land areas. Both bills did not move out of committee before fiscal cutoff on February 22nd and are considered dead.

Housing unit inventory

Sen Liias introduced ESSB 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 amended and passed by the Senate on February 24th with a 43-6 vote count and referred to the House Local Government committee for further consideration. The amended version provides an implementation timeline for GMA cities and counties to adopt or amend ordinances to prohibit owner- occupancy requirements for housing units on the same lot as an accessory dwelling unit.

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 was referred to Senate Ways & Means and did not move out of committee before fiscal cutoff on February 22nd. The bill is now considered dead.

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 was heard on February 16th, amended and passed by the Senate Ways & Means committee on February 19th. A summary of the changes to the bill can be found here. It will now be referred to Senate Rules for further consideration.

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 was referred to the Senate Ways & Means committee but did not move out of committee before fiscal cutoff on February 22nd and is considered dead.

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 provide the opportunity for 15% of the services provided in an acquired facility are provided for residents of that city or have ties to the community. The bill was amended and passed the House on February 25th with a 56-42 vote count. The amended version specifies that families, with children, who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless are an eligible population and clarifies the city prioritization must not jeopardize US Department of Housing Urban Development funding for the Continuum if Care Program.

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 but did not move out of committee before fiscal cutoff on February 22nd and is considered dead.

Multifamily tax exemption

Sen Das sponsored 2SSB 5287 and was amended by the Senate Housing & Local Government and Senate Ways & Means committees to authorize a 12-year extension of existing 8-year and 12-year Multifamily Property Tax Exemptions (MFTEs) that are set to expire if they meet certain affordability requirements. It establishes a new 20-year property tax exemption for the creation of permanently affordable homes. Additionally, it temporarily expands the 12-year MFTE and the 20-year exemption for permanently affordable homes to all cities until December 31, 2024 if they meet certain density requirements. The bill has been placed on 2nd Reading by the Senate Rules committee and awaits further action.

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 to HB 1277 by the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee can be found here. It has been referred to House Appropriations for further consideration. The bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar. SB 5279 has not been scheduled for a hearing.

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. It has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

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 to HB 1277 by the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee can be found here. It has been referred to House Appropriations for further consideration. The bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar. 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 Senate passed the bill with a 44-3 vote count on February 16th and has been referred to the House Environment & Energy committee for further consideration.

Land Use

Climate response through updates to the comprehensive plans

Rep Duerr sponsored 2SHB 1099 and was amended by the House Environment & Energy and House Appropriations committees to add a goal of climate change mitigation to the listed goals of the Growth Management Act. It adds a climate change and resiliency element to the list of elements that certain counties and cities must adopt under the GMA. Additionally, the Department of Commerce in consultation with other state agencies to publish guidelines that specify a set of actions counties and cities have available to them to take related to greenhouse gas emissions reductions and vehicle miles traveled reductions. The bill has been placed on 2nd Reading by the House Rules committee and awaits further action.

Planning under the GMA

Rep Duerr sponsored SHB 1241 and was amended by the House Local Government committee to increase the review and revision cycle for comprehensive plans and Shoreline Master Plan from 8 to 10 years. It requires cities and counties with a population of 7,500 or more, that have not experienced a specified recent population decline, 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 has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

Salmon recovery through revisions to the comprehensive plans

Rep Lekanoff introduced 2SHB 1117, and was amended by the House Environment & Energy committee and House Appropriations committees. The bill adds a goal of salmon recovery to the listed goals of the of the Growth Management Act. It requires the land use element of the comprehensive plan to include a strategy that achieves net ecological gain of salmon habitat. 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 has been placed on 2nd Reading by the House Rules committee and awaits further action.

Revenue

Capital gains

Sen. Robinson introduced SSB 5096 was amended by the Senate Ways & Means committee to apply a 7% tax to profits from the sale of stocks and bonds, personal property and the sale of a business but only if those profits are in excess of $250,000 for both individuals and those who file jointly. Exemptions have been broadened to include the sale of a house, a family-owned small business, commercial real estate, retirement accounts, or agricultural and timber land. Any profits from stocks and bonds under $250,000 are also excluded, and the exemption for the sale of a family-owned small business was expanded to exempt the sale of any family-owned small business that grosses less than $6 million per year. The first $350 million of revenues received each year are deposited into the state Education Legacy Trust Account. The remainder is deposited into a new Taxpayer Relief Account. The capital gains tax would not take effect until the second year of the next biennium. The bill has been referred to the Senate Rules committee for further consideration. This bill is considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) so is not subject to the cutoff calendar.

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

Covered Lives

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

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

Estate Tax

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

Sugary Beverage Tax

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

Wealth Tax

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

Transportation

Electrification of transportation

Rep Macri introduced SHB 1204 and was amended by the House Transportation committee. The bill establishes a goal for the state that publicly and privately owned passenger and light-duty vehicles of model year 2030 and later sold, purchased, or registered in Washington be electric vehicles. It has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

Extending the issuance period of driver licenses and identicards

Rep Ramel sponsored SHB 1207 and was amended by the House Transportation committee to extend the renewal cycle for standard and enhanced driver’s licenses, standard and enhanced identicards, commercial driver’s licenses, and motorcycle endorsements from 6 years to 8 years. 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. The bill has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration

Fare enforcement

Rep Fitzgibbon introduced SHB 1301 and was amended by the House Transportation committee to allow Sound Transit to establish an alternative fare enforcement system, which allows for the issuance of notices of violation, the resolution of notices of violation, and appeals. It also limits the fines associated with notices of violation to the same maximum amount allowed for civil infractions. The bill has been referred to the House Rules committee for further consideration.

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 and passed by the Senate Transportation committee on February 22nd. It has been referred to the Senate Rules committee for further consideration.

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 was heard on February 18th and passed by the Senate Transportation committee on February 22nd. It has been referred to the Senate Rules committee for further consideration.

Transportation Revenue

More details about Sen Hobbs’ proposal are here:

Details about the Rep Fey’s proposal are here:

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

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

Looking Ahead

Monday this week will include more floor action where bills will be brought to the House and Senate floors for debate and vote. Bills have until March 9th to pass out of their house of origin.

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 9th - House of Origin Floor Cutoff
  • March 17th - Quarterly Revenue Forecast Release (informs budget proposals)
  • 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
2SHB 1073 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and

medical leave program.

H Rules R Berry
E3SHB 1091 (SB

5231)

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

H Passed 3rd

 

Fitzgibbon

HB 1093 (SB 5091) Operating budget, 2nd supp. Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby
HB 1094 (SB 5092) Operating budget 2021-

2023

Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby
 

 

 

 

SHB 1095

 

 

 

 

Emergency assistance/tax

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

such financial assistance.

 

 

 

 

C 4 L 21

 

 

 

 

Walen

SHB 1097

(SB 5090)

Worker protections Increasing worker protections. H 2nd Reading Sells

 

HB 1098

(ESSB 5061)

Unemployment insurance  

Concerning unemployment insurance.

H Labor & Workpl  

Sells

HB 1135 (SB 5165) Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium. H Transportation Fey
HB 1136 (SB 5166) Supp. transportation budget Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation appropriations. H Transportation Fey
SHB 1137 (SB 5465) Road maintenance/planning Elevating road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning. H 2nd Reading McCaslin
2SHB 1151 Public assistance Bolstering economic recovery. H Rules R Leavitt
SHB 1157 (SSB 5390)  

Housing supply

Increasing housing supply through the growth

management act and housing density tax incentives for local governments.

 

H Finance

 

Bateman

 

HB 1188

 

B&O tax payment deferral

Providing a business and occupation tax payment deferral to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on

businesses in the state.

 

H Finance

 

MacEwen

SHB 1189

(2SSB 5211)

 

Tax increment financing

Authorizing tax increment financing for local governments.  

H 2nd Reading

 

Duerr

SHB 1204 (SB 5256) Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of transportation. H Rules R Macri
 

HB 1228

Landlord- tenant/COVID-19 Addressing residential landlord-tenant requirements in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. H Hous, Human Sv  

Barkis

SHB 1232 GMA/affordable housing plans Planning for affordable housing under the growth management act. H 2nd Reading Barkis
SHB 1241 Growth management act plans Planning under the growth management act. H Rules R 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
SHB 1332

(SB 5402)

Property tax

deferral/COVID

Concerning property tax deferral during the

COVID-19 pandemic.

H 2nd Reading 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 H Labor & Workpl Hoff

 

    benefit charges, providing contribution relief, making appropriations to rebuild the

unemployment trust fund and making clarifying changes.

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

 

 

HB 1358

 

 

 

State school levies

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

levy was enacted.

 

 

 

H Finance

 

 

 

Orcutt

 

 

HB 1367 (SB 5343)

 

 

 

Medicaid appropriations

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

programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

C 5 L 21

 

 

 

Ormsby

ESHB 1368 (SB 5344) Federal funding/COVID-19 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through state actions supported by federal funding. C 3 L 21 Ormsby
HB 1371 State property tax levies Eliminating the state property tax levies over four years. H Finance Sutherland
HB 1388 Motor vehicle sales Concerning motor vehicle sales. H ConsPro&Bus Kloba
HB 1389 Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing Concerning transportation. H ConsPro&Bus Corry
 

HB 1406 (SB 5426)

 

Wealth tax

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

H Finance

 

Frame

HB 1433 Personal data rights charter Creating a charter of people's personal data rights. H Civil R & Judi Kloba
 

HB 1436

Regulations/health crises Encouraging economic recovery by reducing regulatory burdens during declared public health

crises.

 

H State Govt & T

 

Walsh

 

HB 1441

Prospective tenants/COVID-19 Prohibiting discrimination against prospective

tenants for unpaid rent or eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

H Rules R

 

Morgan

 

2SHB 1460

 

Telecommunications access

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

Washington.

 

H 2nd Reading

 

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 2nd Reading Walsh
SHB 1492

(SSB 5425)

Unempl. extended

benefits

Concerning extended benefits in the

unemployment insurance system.

S Labor, Comm &

T

Sells

 

 

HB 1494

Antidisplacement/prop. tax Providing housing safety, security, and

protection for Washington families by creating the antidisplacement property tax exemption.

 

H Finance

Harris- Talley
 

HB 1496

 

High valued assets tax

Creating a more progressive tax system in Washington by enacting an excise tax on sales and extraordinary profits of high valued assets.  

H Finance

 

Senn

 

HB 1503

 

Alt. fuel vehicle tax ex.

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

individuals.

 

H Transportation

 

Wylie

HB 1511 Surplus

property/housing

Defining affordable housing for purposes of

using surplus public property for public benefit.

H Hous, Human

Sv

Bergquist
 

 

HB 1513

 

 

Carbon emissions

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

investing in clean economic growth.

 

 

H Env & Energy

 

 

Lekanoff

SHB 1515 Security deposit waiver

fees

Concerning security deposit waiver fees. H 2nd Reading Peterson
SHB 1521

(SB 5446)

Warehousing & manuf.

jobs

Supporting warehousing and manufacturing job

centers.

H Rules R Entenman
 

HB 1522

Engineering services/B&O tax Lowering the cost of state-funded transportation

projects by eliminating business and occupation tax pyramiding on engineering services.

 

H Finance

 

Barkis

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

SHB 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 2nd Reading

 

Barkis

 

HB 1534

 

Carbon pollution tax

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

exposed industries.

 

H Env & Energy

 

Shewmake

HB 1535 Necessities/sales & use

tax

Exempting family and household necessities

from the sales and use tax.

H Finance Stokesbary
HB 1546 Multiuse roadway

safety acct

Concerning allowable uses for the multiuse

roadway safety account.

H Transportation Eslick
 

HJR 4204

 

Residential ex./property tax

Concerning a constitutional amendment providing for a residential real property

exemption from property taxes levied for state purposes.

 

H Finance

 

Harris- Talley

ESSB 5061 (HB 1098) Unemployment insurance Concerning unemployment insurance. C 2 L 21 Keiser
2SSB 5062 Data Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data. S 2nd Reading 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
SSB 5096 Capital gains tax Concerning an excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets. S Rules 2 Robinson

 

SSB 5097 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and

medical leave program.

S 2nd Reading Robinson
SB 5114

(HB 1321)

Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. S State Govt & E Braun
ESSB 5115 Health emergency/labor Establishing health emergency labor standards. H Labor &

Workpla

Keiser
SSB 5126 Climate commitment

act

Concerning the Washington climate

commitment act.

S Ways & Means Carlyle
SSB 5130 Personnel files &

discipline

Concerning employee's rights concerning

personnel files and disciplinary actions.

S 2nd Reading 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
2SSB 5141 Env. justice task force recs Implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force. S 2nd Reading 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

 

 

2SSB 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 2nd Reading

 

 

Kuderer

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

(HB 1135)

Transp. budget 2021-

2023

Making transportation appropriations for the

2021-2023 fiscal biennium.

S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5166

(HB 1136)

Supp. transportation

budget

Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation

appropriations.

S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5171 Unemployment

insurance

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

programs

Concerning economic assistance programs. S Rules 2 Nguyen
SB 5223 Motor vehicles sales tax

use

Dedicating the sales tax on motor vehicles to

highway uses.

S Ways & Means Fortunato
SB 5231

(E3SHB 1091)

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

S Environment, E

 

Stanford

SB 5232 Toll revenue bonding Limiting bonding toll revenues on certain state highway facilities. S Rules 2 King
ESSB 5235 Housing options & limits Increasing housing unit inventory by removing arbitrary limits on housing options. H Local Govt Liias
SB 5238 Creative economy work group Creating a Washington state creative economy work group. S Business, Fina Hasegawa
SB 5243 Engineered plan approval Creating efficiency in housing by streamlining approval of engineered plans. S Housing & Loca Gildon

 

 

 

ESSB 5251

 

 

Tax and revenue laws

Modifying tax and revenue laws in a manner that is not estimated to affect state or local tax collections, by easing compliance burdens for taxpayers, clarifying ambiguities, making

technical corrections, and providing administrative efficiencies.

 

 

H Finance

 

 

Schoesler

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

SSB 5269

Increased building capacity Including the value of increased residential building capacity in the property tax levy limit calculation.  

S Ways & Means

 

Das

SB 5279 (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

2SSB 5287 Afford. housing

incentives

Concerning affordable housing incentives. S 2nd Reading Das
SB 5314 GMA/standing &

science

Concerning standing and science under the

growth management act.

S Housing &

Local

Short
 

SSB 5333

 

Public works contracts/COVID

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

by the COVID-19 pandemic emergency proclamations.

 

S Rules 2

 

Holy

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

 

SB 5343 (HB 1367)

 

 

 

Medicaid appropriations

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

pandemic.

 

 

 

S Ways & Means

 

 

 

Rolfes

SB 5344

(ESHB 1368)

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

S Ways & Means

 

Rolfes

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

SB 5371

 

Sweetened beverage tax

Funding public health services and health equity initiatives through a statewide sweetened beverage tax.  

S Health & Long

 

Robinson

SSB 5381 Fish passage project permits Addressing fish passage project permit streamlining. S Rules 2 Hobbs
SB 5387 (SHB 1297) Working families tax exempt. Concerning working families tax exemption. S Human Svcs, Re Nguyen
SSB 5390 (SHB 1157)  

Housing supply

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

incentives for local governments.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Liias

 

 

SB 5398

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

address the financial hardship caused by COVID-19.

 

S Ways & Means

 

Wellman

SB 5402 (SHB 1332) Property tax deferral/COVID Concerning property tax deferral during the COVID-19 pandemic. S Ways & Means Mullet
 

SB 5422

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

S Ways & Means

 

Braun

SSB 5425 (SHB 1492) Unempl. extended benefits Concerning extended benefits in the unemployment insurance system. S Rules 2 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

SB 5444 Electric vehicles/per mile Implementing a per mile charge on electric and hybrid vehicles. S Transportation Saldaña
SB 5446 (SHB 1521) Warehousing & manuf. jobs Supporting warehousing and manufacturing job centers. S Business, Fina Das
SB 5448 Vehicle fee/tax payment plan Concerning payment plans for certain vehicle fees and taxes. S Rules 2 Nobles
SB 5449 Motor vehicle sales tax Dedicating the state sales tax on motor vehicles to transportation improvements. S Ways & Means King
 

SB 5451

 

Operating budget

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

S Ways & Means

 

Wilson

SSB 5460 Autonomous vehicles Implementing recommendations of the autonomous vehicle work group. S Rules 2 Nguyen
SB 5463 Residential prop valuation Exempting a portion of the valuation of residential property from property taxation. S Ways & Means Wilson
SB 5465 (SHB 1137) Road maintenance/planning Elevating road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning. S Transportation Padden
SB 5466 Sales tax/transp. projects Concerning sales tax revenues of transportation projects being used for transportation purposes. S Ways & Means Fortunato
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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