WA State National Organization for Women

Legislative Alert for February 5, 2017

The 2017 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 9, 2017 and is scheduled to end on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

  • Friday, February 17 is the last day that bills in the house of origin to be heard and passed out of committee with the exception of the House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways and Means Committee
  • Friday, February 24 is the last day for bills in the house of origin to pass out of the House Fiscal committees and the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

You can contact your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-562-6000. You can also contact them by e-mail using this format: firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov. If you need to look up your legislators, use the following link to find them: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Top Action of the Week

If you can only do one thing this week, whether or not you can attend the hearing, leave a message for your legislators on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee regarding the two bills listed below

On Monday, February 6th two competing versions of bills addressing accommodations for pregnant workers in the workplace will be heard at 1:30 pm in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. Ask them to support HB 1796 and oppose HB 1448

HB 1796 Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women.
SUPPORT
HB 1796 addresses reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. This bill is the strongest bill for protecting pregnant workers and includes:

  • A flexible definition of “reasonable accommodation” to meet the needs of every pregnant worker
  • Applies to employers with 8 or more employees
  • Does not require written certification from a health care provider, but allows an employer to request it
  • Requires accommodations “for pregnancy” and not just pregnancy-related health conditions, so accommodations can help a pregnant employee avoid developing a separate health condition
  • Specifically covers the need to express breast milk

Status: HB 1796 is in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee where is scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, February 6 at 1:30 PM.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee and let them know you support HB 1796 and ask that they pass it out of committee.

 

HB 1448 Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women.

OPPOSE

While this bill also addresses accommodations for pregnant workers, the bill only allows only a limited list of specific types of accommodations. The bill is limited in other ways because it:

  • Applies only to employers with 15 or more employees and does not apply to nonprofit organizations
  • Requires written certification from a health care provider for most of the accommodations (except for breaks, seating, and limits on lifting)
  • Limits accommodations to “health conditions” and not other pregnancy-related needs
  • Does not explicitly cover the need to express breast milk

 

Action: Contact your representatives on the House J Labor and Workplace Standards and let them know you oppose HB 1448 and to pass HB 1796 as it better meets the needs of pregnant women in the workplace

 

Note: Committee members for House and Senate Committees are listed at the end of this alert.

 

Civil and Equal Rights

Use of Deadly Force

There are a number of bills that deal with the issue of deadly force. To summarize WA State NOW takes the following positions:

1) We oppose any use of deadly force legislation that does not address RCW 9A.16.040. We support funding, training, etc., but fixing the statute is the priority. We do not support stand-alone bills at this point, without knowing the statute will be fixed as well. The sequence is to fix the statute, then address the other issues.

2) Any change to RCW 9A.16.040 must remove the defacto immunity for criminal liability, replace it with an objective standard, and protect honest mistakes.

 

3) We oppose the hate crime bill (SB 5280). Killing a police officer already has stiff penalties, as it should.   King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told us he was opposed to this bill because hate crimes should be limited to persons with immutable characteristics. Hate crimes are often for crimes of harassment and intimidation, such as cross burning or swastikas, as well as more violent crimes.

 

HB 1529 and SB 5073 – Concerning recommendations from the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly force in community policing.

SUPPORT

HB 1529 and SB 5074 implement the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the use of deadly force in community policing by

  • Modifying the criminal liability standard in RCW 9A.16.040 for peace officers using deadly force by removing the defense that allows deadly force if the office did it without malice and a good faith belief that the force was justifiable. It replaces this clause with the requirement that the use of deadly force cannot be held criminally liable if a reasonable officer would have believed that the use of deadly force was necessary in light of all the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time.
  • Requiring independent investigations of certain deadly force incidents involving peace officers.
  • Requiring the collection and reporting of data related to deadly force incidents involving peace officers.
  • Creating a program to fund procurement of less lethal weapons.
  • Expanding racial profiling laws to account for racial bias.
  • Requiring the creation of a work group to develop model policies for law enforcement agencies to establish independent civilian oversight of police accountability practices.
  • Requiring the Criminal Justice Training Commission to update basic and in-service training for peace officers and corrections officers according to specified requirements.
  • Creating the Criminal Justice Training Account.

Status: HB 1529 is in the Public Safety Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

SB 5073 is in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and ask them to pass HB 1529 out of committee as it does address the defacto immunity for criminal liability by police office as well as addressing the other recommendations from the joint legislative task force.

Contact your senators on Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask them to pass SB 5073 out of committee.

 

HB 1769 – Supporting law enforcement’s efforts to implement the recommendations of the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly force in community policing.

OPPOSE

HB 1769 implement the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the use of deadly force in community policing by

  • Requiring law enforcement agencies to report certain data on deadly force incidents to the Attorney General.
  • Creating a grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies in procuring less lethal weapons.
  • Requiring the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to provide enhanced leadership training and other advanced training to commissioned officers.
  • Requiring the CJTC to provide enhanced crisis intervention training (40 hours) to 50 percent of all general authority peace officers assigned to patrol duties.
  • Creating financial grant awards for jails and local law enforcement agencies receiving comprehensive accreditation.
  • Requiring the completion of a study on how to increase diversity in law enforcement agencies.
  • Creating grant programs to foster law enforcement and community engagement.
  • Directing certain court revenues into the Public Safety Enhancement Account to fund law enforcement training and other programs and requirements created in the bill.

WA State NOW opposes any deadly force legislation that does not address RCW 9A.16.040. We support funding, training, etc., but fixing the statute is the priority.

Status: HB 1769 is in the Public Safety Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and ask them to vote NO on HB 1769 and instead pass HB 1529 out of committee.

 

SB 5280 – Making crimes and threats against persons because of their occupation as a law enforcement officer a hate crime.

OPPOSE

SB 5280 classifies any threats or crimes against a police officer as a hate crime. Killing a police officer already has stiff penalties, as it should.   King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told us he was opposed to this bill because hate crimes should be limited to persons with immutable characteristics.  Hate crimes are often for crimes of harassment and intimidation, such as cross burning or swastikas, as well as more violent crimes.

Status: SB 5280 is in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

Action: Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask them to vote NO on SB 5280.

 

Gender Identity Discrimination

HB 1011 – Allowing the use of gender-segregated facilities

OPPOSE

HB 2589 provides that nothing in the state civil rights act:

(1) Prohibits a public or private entity from limiting access to a private facility segregated by gender to a person if the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a different gender from that for which the facility is segregated; and

(2) Prevents a minor child or a person with a disability from entering a facility segregated by gender when the child or person is a different gender from the gender for which the facility is segregated if certain conditions are met.

This bill would curtail that state’s anti-discrimination law, which currently protects transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, including bathrooms. This bill is ridiculous – “Are they going to hire bathroom police to check everyone’s genitalia before they can enter the bathroom? Otherwise, how are they going to know unless someone else peeps and, thus, becomes a perpetrator?

Status: HB 1011 has been referred to the Judiciary Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the Judiciary Committee and tell them you do not support HB 1011 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

Petition for Amendment to US Constitution to Limit Campaign Contributions

SJM 8001 Calling on Congress to exercise its authority under Article V of the United States Constitution to regulate money spent on elections.

SUPPORT

SJM 8001 is a petition from the state legislature to the US Congress and the US President to pass a US Constitutional Amendment to return to the US Congress and the state legislatures

  • The ability to regulate the size and timing of contributions to election campaigns, and
  • The authority to distinguish between natural persons and artificial entities created by law and prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence campaigns, and
  • To require timely public disclosure of source and amount of all contributions.

Status: SJM 8001 is eligible for an executive session in the Senate Committee on Government.

Action: Contact your Senators on the Senate Committee on Government and ask for their support for SJM 8001.

Voting Rights Act

SB 5067 Enacting the Washington voting rights act to promote equal voting opportunity in certain political subdivisions by authorizing district-based elections, requiring redistricting and new elections in certain circumstances, and establishing a cause of action to redress lack of voter opportunity.

CONCERNS

Establishes the Washington voting rights act to: (1) protect the equal opportunity for minority groups to participate in local elections an elect candidates of choice, (2) create a cause of action and authorize courts to order appropriate remedies for violation of the voting rights act, including redistricting within a political subdivision and (3) authorize local governments to change their election system to remedy violations of the voting rights act.

NOW has concerns with this version of the bill as it allows as much as 24 months before a suit can be filed and does not create enough incentive to keep cases out of federal court. We believe that SB 5267 is the better platform for passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Status: SB 5067 is currently in the Senate State Government Committee where it is eligible for an executive hearing

Action: Contact your Senator and members of the Senate State Government Committee and ask that they support SB 5267 instead of SB 5067 as it is a better version of the bill and gives disenfranchised communities a more timely fashion to address voting discrimination.

 

HB 1800 and SB 5267 Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2017

SUPPORT

Establishes in law that no method of election may be imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of members of a protected class to have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice or an equal opportunity to influence the outcome of an election as a result of the dilution or abridgment of the rights of voters who are members of a protected class. The Voting Rights Act promotes equal voting opportunities by authorizing district-based elections, requiring redistricting and new elections in certain circumstances and establishes a cause of action to redress lack of voter activity. SB 5267 is very similar to the Voting Rights Act that WA State NOW has supported for the last four years.

Status: HB 1800 is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, February 8 at 1:30 PM in the House State Government, Elections, and Information Technology Committee.

SB 5267 is currently in the Senate State Government Committee where it is eligible for a public and an executive hearing

Action: Contact your representatives on the State Government, Elections, and Information Technology Committee and let them know that you support HB 1800 and request that they vote YES on HB 1800.

Contact your Senator and members of the Senate State Government Committee and ask that they support SB 5267 instead of SB 5067 as it is a better version of the bill and gives disenfranchised communities a more timely fashion to address voting discrimination.

 

Immigrant Rights and Religion

HB 1956 & SB 5308 Limiting disclosure of information about the religious affiliation of individuals.

SUPPORT

HB 1956 and SB 5308 prohibit a state agency from providing or disclosing to federal authorities personal information regarding the religious affiliation of any individual that is requested for the purpose of compiling a database of individuals based solely on religious affiliation.

Status: HB 1956 has not yet been assigned to a committee.

SB 5308 is currently in the Senate Law & Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your Senator and members of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and ask that they support SB 5308 and pass it out of committee.

 

Economic Supports for Low Income Individuals and Families

Family & Medical Leave Insurance

HB 1116 and SB 5032 Implementing family and medical leave insurance (FMLA).

SUPPORT

HB 1116 & SB 5032 allow workers to care for family members with a serious health condition or to recover from their own serious health condition or to deal with the exigencies arising out of the military service of a family member. This bill requires the Employment Security Department to establish and administer a FMLA insurance program and pay family and medical leave insurance benefits.

The public strongly supports a paid family and medical leave insurance program funded through payroll premiums. Also, a recent study by the University of WA estimates that a paid family leave program would reduce the use of TANF, or welfare, by new parents. See The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington for more details.

Status: HB 1116 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, February 9 at 3:30 PM.

SB 5032 is in the Senate Commerce, Labor, & Sports Committee is eligible for an executive hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Appropriations Committee and ask for their support for HB 1116 and pass it out of committee.

Contact the senators on the Senate Commerce, Labor, & Sports Committee and ask for their support for SB 5032.

WorkFirst Poverty Reduction Task Force

HB 1482 and SB 5440 Establishing the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.

SUPPORT

HB 1482 and SB 5440 create the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force to, among other responsibilities: (1) Reduce the overall percentage of people living below two hundred percent of the federal poverty level; (2) Prevent and address adverse childhood experiences and the trauma of children who are living in poverty; and (3) Direct the department of social and health services to develop a five-year plan and a ten-year plan to address intergenerational poverty. Creates the intergenerational poverty advisory committee to assist the task force. Authorizes the department of social and health services to establish and maintain a system to track intergenerational poverty.

Status: HB 1482 is in the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee where it is scheduled for an executive hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 8 AM.

SB 5440 is in the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

Action: Contact your representatives on the Early Learning & Human Services Committee and let them know that you support HB 1482 and ask that they pass it out of committee.

Contact your senators on the Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee and let them know that you support SB 5440 and ask that they pass it out of committee.

Feminine Hygiene Products Tax Relief

HB 1265 and SB 5093 Providing tax relief to females by exempting feminine hygiene products from retail sales and use tax.

SUPPORT

SB 5093 provides a sales and use tax exemption on feminine hygiene products. With this bill he legislature finds that feminine hygiene products are a necessity for most females in the state. Taxing a necessary feminine hygiene product unjustly adds an additional tax burden on females that creates a tax gap between genders, requiring females to potentially pay more of their income to state taxes. The legislature further finds that taxing feminine hygiene products adds to the regressive tax burden on low-income families. The legislature further finds that feminine hygiene products are not a discretionary purchase; they are a necessity for which there is no alternative for females to maintain proper health and hygiene.

Status: HB 1265 is in the House Finance Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

SB 5093 is in the Senate Ways and Means Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, February 2 at 3:30 PM

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Finance Committee and ask that HB 1265 be scheduled for a public hearing.

Contact your senator on the Senate Ways and Means Committee ask for their support for SB 5093.

Equal Pay and Worker Communications

SB 5140 Concerning enforcement of the equal pay act and worker communications about wages and employment opportunities.

SUPPORT

SB 5140 modifies the Equal Pay Act to include prohibiting the provision of less favorable employment opportunities based on gender and modify remedies. It also prohibits retaliation for certain workplace wage discussions and other matters.

Status: SB 5140 is in the Senate Commerce, Labor, and Sports Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

Action: Contact your senator on the Commerce, Labor, and Sports Committee ask for their support for SB 5140.

Child Care Training and Workforce

HB 1758 concerning the business of child care.

SUPPORT

HB 1758 requires the department of early learning to contract with a nonprofit entity that provides quality improvement services to participants in the early achievers program to develop a community-based training module for licensed child care providers. Requires the module to include a pilot program for shared services in at least one community to support high quality program implementation. Creates the child care workforce and business development work group to address improving the stability of the early learning workforce and sustaining and expanding access to high quality care. Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board, at the next update of the state comprehensive plan for workforce training and education, to specifically assess the need for early learning providers to receive support and training in the managing and running of a child care business.

Status: HB 1758 is in the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 8 AM.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee ask for their support for HB 1758.

Work Hours for Health Care Employees

HB 1715 Addressing meal and rest breaks and mandatory overtime for certain health care employees.

SUPPORT

Addresses meals and rest periods for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, surgical technologists, diagnostic radiologic technologists, cardiovascular invasive specialists, respiratory care practitioners, and certified nursing assistants. Prohibits an employer from:

(1) Using prescheduled on call time to fill chronic or foreseeable staff shortages; and

(2) Scheduling nonemergency procedures that would require overtime.

Status: HB 1715 is in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 1:30 PM

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee let them know that you support HB 1715

Minimum Wage Reduction

HB 1724 Reducing the minimum wage.

OPPOSE

HB provides workers with a wage increase from the nine dollars and fifty-three cents per hour that would have been in effect absent Initiative Measure No. 1433 to ten dollars per hour, rather than the eleven dollars per hour imposed by Initiative Measure No. 1433.

Provides for a reduced minimum wage rate for workers ages fourteen through seventeen.

Status: HB 1724 is in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee let them know that you do not support HB 1724. The voter spoke when they passed Initiative 1433 raising the minimum wage for all across the state.

Reproductive Rights and Health Care

Restricting funds for Abortions

HB 1002 Concerning public funds being used for elective abortions.

OPPOSE

HB 1002 restricts the use of public funds for the use of abortion unless it is determined to be medically necessary – i.e. the life of the woman seeking the abortion is in imminent danger because of a serious physical disorder, illness, or injury if the abortion is not performed.

It further prohibits the state to purchase or pay for any services distribute grants, or direct funds to any organization that provides elective abortions or is affiliated, in whole or in part, with any organization that provides elective abortions, or receives consideration from or provides consideration to, directly or indirectly, any organization that provides elective abortions (example Planned Parenthood).

It also prohibits health care insurance policies for public employees and their dependents from covering elective abortions.

Status: HB 1002 has been referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Action: Contact your representatives and tell them you do not support HB 1002 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

Parental Notification

HB 1003 Establishing parental notification requirements for abortion.
OPPOSE
HB 1003 requires that a medical provider provide 48 hours notification to a parent or guardian of a minor or incapacitated individual before proceeding with an abortion. If the minor declines to allow her parent or guardian to be notified the minor can petition the court to recognize that she has the full capacity to authorize the abortion.

Status: HB 1003 has been referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Action: Contact your representatives and tell them you do not support HB 1003 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

HB 5320 Requiring notification to parents or guardians in cases of abortion.
OPPOSE
SB 5320 begins with, “Immature minors often lack the ability to make fully informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-range consequences…”  The bill disallows health care providers from performing abortion on a women under 18 years of age, until the provider has given at least 48 hours actual notice to the parent or legal guardian of the minor. Requires doctors to report monthly the number of notices issued and/ or the number of exceptions made, the pregnant minor’s age, and the number of prior pregnancies and abortions of the pregnant minor.

Status: SB 5320 is scheduled for an executive hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday, February 8 at 8 AM.

Action: Contact your senators and tell them you do not support SB 5320 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

Single Payer Health Care

HB 1026 Requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create the Washington health security trust.
SUPPORT
HB 1026 requires the state of WA to create the WA Health Security Trust to provide health care coverage for all residents of WA State. It requires the state to submit a waiver to the federal government to create the trust which would (a) Provide fair, simple, and accountable health financing for all WA residents using a single health care financing entity; (b) cover a comprehensive package of effective and necessary personal health services; (c) make health care coverage independent from employment; (d) eliminate excessive administrative costs resulting from the current fragmented system of multiple insurers; (e) generate savings sufficient to ensure coverage for all Washington residents; (f) integrate current publicly sponsored health programs into the health security trust; (g) preserve choice of providers for Washington residents; (h) protect patient rights; (i) keep clinical decisions in the hands of health professionals and patients, rather than administrative personnel; (j) promote health care quality; and (k) control excessive health care costs.

Status: HB 1026 has been referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Action: Contact your representatives and tell them you support HB 1026 and ask them to schedule HB 1026 for a public hearing in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

 

Contraceptive Health Care

HB 1234 and SB 5554 Addressing private health plan coverage of contraceptives.
SUPPORT
HB 1234 requires a health benefit plan that includes coverage for contraceptive drugs, to provide reimbursement for a twelve-month supply of contraceptive drugs obtained at one time by the enrollee, unless the enrollee requests a smaller supply or the prescribing provider instructs that the enrollee must receive a smaller supply.

Status: HB 1234 is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where is scheduled for an executive hearing on Wednesday, February 8 at 1:30 PM.

SB 5554 is in the Senate Health Care Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know you support HB 1234 and ask that they pass it out of committee.

Contact your senators on the Senate Health Care Committee and ask that SB 5554 be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education

HB 1379 Implementing a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education.
SUPPORT
HB 1379 repeals the July 2017 expiration date for the mental health and suicide prevention in higher education task force and provides a new July 2019 expiration date for the task force. Declares an intent to implement task force recommendations. Requires the department of health to: (1) In collaboration with the student achievement council, develop a statewide resource for behavioral health and suicide prevention for postsecondary institutions; and (2) Establish the components of the statewide resource by working with the task force and other entities or persons that the department and the task force deem appropriate. Creates the suicide prevention in higher education grant program to provide funding for postsecondary institutions to develop basic infrastructure and strategic plans to support behavioral health promotion and suicide prevention.

Status: HB 1379 is in the House Higher Education Committee where is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday February 7 at 8 AM. It is also scheduled for two executive sessions in the House Higher Education Committee on Wednesday February 8 at 1:30 PM and on Friday, February 10 at 10 AM.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Higher Education Committee and let them know you support HB 1379 and request that vote YES on HB 1379 and pass it out of committee.

 

Pregnant Women and Infants

HB 1474 and SB 5299 Promoting healthy outcomes for pregnant women and infants..
SUPPORT
HB 1474 and SB 5299 direct the state health care authority to require that health care facilities that provide newborn delivery services to medical assistance clients establish certain policies and procedures. Addresses unfair practices for employers with regard to reasonable accommodations for a pregnant employee. Creates the health pregnancy advisory committee to develop a strategy for promoting and improving maternal and infant health outcomes.

Replaces Pregnancy Fairness workers bill from last year.

Status: HB 1474 is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where is eligible for a public hearing.

SB 5299 is in the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee where it is eligible for an executive hearing.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know you support HB 1474 and request that they schedule a public hearing.

Contact your Senators on Commerce, Labor, and Sports Committee and let them know you support SB5299 and request that they pass it out of committee.

 

Preventive Health Care Coverage

HB 1523 Requiring health plans to cover, with no cost sharing, all preventive services required to be covered under federal law as of December 31, 2016.

SUPPORT
HB 1523 requires a health plan to provide health care coverage for the same preventive services required to be covered under: (1) 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-13 (2016); and (2) Federal rules or guidance in effect on December 31, 2016, implementing 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-13 (ie the Affordable Care Act).

Status: HB 1523 is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 8 AM.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know you support HB 1523 and request that they pass it out of committee.

 

Assisted Living Facilities

HB 1671 and SB 5510 Concerning assistance with activities of daily living.

SUPPORT
HB 1671 expands the definition of “activities of daily living,” for purposes of assisted living facilities requirements, to include self-care activities related to personal care.

Status: HB 1671 is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Friday, February 10 at 10 AM.

SB 5510 is in the Senate Health Care Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know you support HB 1671 and let them know that you support HB 1671.

Contact your senator on the Senate Health Care Committee and ask that they schedule it for a public hearing.

 

Doula Services for Incarcerated Women

HB 1704 Concerning doula services for incarcerated women.

SUPPORT
HB 1704 requires jails and the department of corrections to make reasonable accommodations for the provision of available doula services to inmates who are pregnant or who have given birth in the last six weeks.

Status: HB 1704 is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where is scheduled for an executive hearing on Wednesday, February 8 at 1:30 PM.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Care and Wellness Committee and let them know you support HB 1704 and request that pass it out of committee.

 

Disclosure of health care information regarding treatment of minors

SB 5561 Regulating disclosure of information regarding treatment or care of minors.

OPPOSE
SB 5561 requires medical providers to provide to a parent or guardian information regarding the treatment or care of a minor, including testing, evaluation, treatment, or counseling concerning drugs, mental problems, AIDS, pregnancy, or psychological exams. This bill eliminates the protections adolescent minors currently have regarding confidentiality regarding their reproductive health and mental health.

Status: SB 5561 is currently in the Senate Health Care Committee where is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your senators on the Senate Health Care Committee and let them know you oppose HB 5561.

 

Violence Against Women

Sexual Assault Community Response Teams

HB 1109 Supporting victims of sexual assault.
SUPPORT WITH SOME CONCERNS
HB 1109 creates the Washington sexual assault initiative pilot project within the office of the attorney general to provide funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in seeking a just resolution to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Creates the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices to:

(1) Review best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations; and

(2) Reduce the number of untested sexual assault examination kits that were collected.

Requires the criminal justice training commission to provide training for persons responsible for investigating sexual assault cases involving adult victims. HB 1109 also establishes fees for admission to sexually oriented live adult entertainment establishments to fund policies and programming for investigating sex crimes and supporting trafficking and sex crime victims in Washington.

NOW supports this HB 1109 but recommends that a different funding mechanism be established as we believe that the persons who ultimately will responsible to pay the admission fee would be the women who are independent contractors paying nightly fees to work at these facilities. Many of these women experience higher levels of sexual violence, and it would be disappointing for them to end up bearing the burden of the fee.

Status: HB 1109 is scheduled for a public hearing House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 AM

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Appropriations Committee and let them know that you Support HB 1109 but request that they look at a different funding mechanism and pass it out of committee.

 

U-Visas for Immigrant Survivors

HB 1022 Enhancing crime victim participation in the criminal justice system process.
SUPPORT
HB 1022 establishes the Enhancing Victim Participation in the Criminal Legal System Act which will require law enforcement and prosecution agencies to provide immigrant victims of certain crimes—like domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking—with the certification form they need to apply for immigrant visas under the federal Violence Against Women Act. Many law enforcement and prosecution agencies in Washington State are helpful to victims in this process, but others have either delayed responding or have refused to provide them at all. Failure to act puts immigrant survivors of violence in further danger and undermines their ability to live safely and securely in the U.S

Status: HB 1022 is currently in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible for an executive session

Action:

Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and let them know that you support HB 1022 and that it be passed out of committee.

 

Trafficking statute of limitations

HB 1078 and SB 5030 Concerning Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
SUPPORT
HB 1078 and SB 5030 address the statute of limitations for trafficking, commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. This bill does the following:

  • Specifies that these crimes can be committed for anything of value (rather than a fee or other property
  • Extends the statute of limitations for the commercial sexual abuse of a minor and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor until the victim’s thirtieth birthday
  • Extends the statute of limitation for trafficking to 10 years after the commission of the offense

Status: HB 1078 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

SB 5030 is in Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate

Action: Contact your representatives and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1078.

Contact your senators and ask for their support and YES vote Hon SB 5030.

 

Vacating convictions of victims of trafficking

HB 1112 and SB 5272 Vacating convictions arising from offenses committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking, promoting prostitution, or promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

SUPPORT
HB 1112 and SB 5272 establish a procedure for vacating prostitution convictions when the person who committed the offense did so as a result of being a victim of trafficking, promoting prostitution in the first degree, promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, or trafficking in persons under the trafficking victims protection act.

Status: HB 1112 is currently in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives

SB 5272 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1112.

Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask for their support of SB 5272 and to schedule it for a public hearing and executive session.

 

Rape Survivors Safety Bill

HB 1543 and SB 5321 Concerning parental rights and responsibilities of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors.

SUPPORT
HB 1543 and SB 5321 Establish a process where a survivor, who becomes pregnant as a result of a sexual assault and who elects to raise the child, can seek the court’s assistance in avoiding continued forced interactions with the rapist which eliminates another barrier to healing from the assault.

Status: HB 1543 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee where it is scheduled for an executive hearing on Thursday, February 9 at 1:30 PM

SB 5321 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Judiciary Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1543.

Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask for their support of SB 5321 and to schedule it for a public hearing and executive session.

 

Assault weapons

HB 1134 and SB 5050 Banning the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
SUPPORT
HB 1134 and SB 5050 prohibit a person, unless certain conditions are met, from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, offering for sale, or purchasing an assault weapon or large capacity magazine.

Status: HB 1134 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

SB 5050 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Judiciary Committee and ask that HB 1134 to be scheduled for a public hearing.

Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask SB 5050 to be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

HB 1387 Concerning enhanced background checks and licensure for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

SB 5444 Concerning enhanced background checks and licensure for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
SUPPORT
HB 1387 and SB 5444 require a person to be in possession of an assault weapon license in order to possess, manufacture, transport, purchase, acquire, transfer, deliver, import, sell, or offer to sell an assault weapon or large capacity magazine. Requires the chief of police of a municipality or the sheriff of a county, within thirty days after the filing of an application of a resident of this state, to issue an assault weapon license for a period of one year from the date of issue. Prohibits a resident of a state other than WA State from purchasing an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine in this state

Status: HB 1387 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee where it is eligible for an executive session.

SB 5444 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Judiciary Committee and let them know that you support HB 1387 and ask for a YES vote on HB 1387.

Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask that SB 5444 to be scheduled for a public hearing

 

Sexual Assault Protection Orders

HB 1384 and SB 5256 Concerning sexual assault protection orders.
SUPPORT
HB 1384 and SB 5256 Address the duration and renewal of an ex parte order regarding sexual assault protection.

A Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) provides an important civil protection for victims of sexual assault. They are particularly helpful when criminal charges are not, or have not yet, been filed. The order requires the perpetrator to stay away from the victim and places the victim frequents, and to have no further direct or indirect contact with the victim.  A significant problem with the current order is that it must be reissued every two years. All other protection orders for victims in Washington, including domestic violence, anti-harassment and stalking, allow for judicial discretion in the length of time a protection order is in place. SAPOs, however, are unique and there is a two-year cap on the orders. This requires victims of sexual assault to return to court every two years if they need continued protection, placing an unnecessary burden on victims and discouraging them from using a law that is designed to offer protection. HB 1384 and SB 5256 bring the SAPO in line with other protection orders in WA State.

Status: HB 1384 has passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and is likely to be sent directly to the Rules Committee to be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

SB 5256 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives\ and let them know you support HB 1384 and ask for a YES vote on this bill

Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask SB 5256 to be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum

HB 1539 Regarding a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students

SUPPORT
HB 1539 creates the Erin’s law legislative task force for the purpose of adopting a model curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Status: HB 1539 is in the Education Committee where is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the House Education Committee and let them know you support HB 1523 and request that they schedule a public hearing .

 

Budgetary & Revenue & other Governmental Procedure Bills

Capital Gains Tax

HB 1730 and SB 5111 Enacting an excise tax on capital gains to improve the fairness of Washington’s tax system and provide funding for the education legacy trust account

SUPPORT

HB 1730 and SB 5111 institute a capital gains tax for selling or exchanging long-term capital assets or receiving Washington capital gains. Exempted from this are funds received from retirement accounts, sell of a principle residence, assets sold pursuant to or under imminent threat of condemnation proceedings, sale of livestock if more than 50% of the individual’s income is from farming or ranching, and some other sales associated with agriculture and timber and property used in trade or business (there are limitations based on qualifications outlined in these three areas). The purpose of this is to provide funding for the education legacy trust account.

Status: HB 1730 is in the House Finance Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

SB 5111 is currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Finance Committee and ask that HB 1730 be scheduled for a public hearing.

Contact your senators on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and ask the SB 5111 be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

Charter Schools

SJR 8200 Amending the Constitution to provide for a system of publicly funded schools.

OPPOSE

SJR 8200 amends the WA State Constitution to change the definition of public schools to allow public funds to be utilized for charter schools and allows the state legislature to direct the funds to schools and removes the authority of the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the supervision of all matters related to the public schools.

Status: SJR 8200 has been assigned to the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee.

Action: Contact your senator on the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee and them know that you do not support SJR 8200 as it does not allow accountability to the voters. We must fund the public schools as required by the McCleary decision now!

 

HOUSE COMMITEES
Appropriations Committee:
Timm Ormsby (Chair), June Robinson (Vice Chair), Bruce Chandler, Drew MacEwen, Drew Stokesbary, Steve Berquist, Vincent Buys, Michelle Caldier, Eileen Cody, Cary Condatta, Joe Fitzgibbon, Larry Haler, Drew Hansen, Paul Harris, Zack Hudgins, Laurie Jinkins, Ruth Kagi, Kristine Lytton, Matt, Manweller, Terry Nealey, Eric Pettigrew, Gerry Pollet, David Sawyer, Joe Schmick, Tana Senn, Larry Springer, Derek Stanford, Pat Sullivan, David Taylor, Stever Tharinger, Brandon Vick, Mike Volz, and J.T. Wilcox

Early Learning and Human Services Committee:
Ruth Kagi (Chair), Tana Senn (Vice Chair), Tom Dent, Joyce McDonald, Noel Frame, Roger Goodman, Dan Griffey, Christine Kilduff, Brad Klippert, John Lovick, Bob McCaslin, Dick Muri, and Lillian Ortiz-Self

Finance Committee:
Kristine Lytton (Chair), Noel Frame (Vice Chair), Terry Nealey, Ed Orcutt, Cary Condotta, Laurie Dolan, Gerry Pollet, Larry Springer, Drew Stokesbary, J.T. Wilcox, and Sharon Wylie

Health Care and Wellness Committee:
Eileen Cody (Chair), Nicole Macri (Vice Chair), Joe Schmick, Paul Graves, Michelle Caldier, Judy Clibborn, Richard Debolt, Paul Harris, Laurie Jinkins, Marcus Riccelli, June Robinson, Jay Rodne, Shelly Short, Monica Juarado Stonier, and Steve Tharinger

Higher Education Committee:
Drew Hansen (Chair), Gerry Pollet (Vice Chair), Jeff Holy, Louanne Van Werven, Larry Haler, Tina Orwall, Mike Sells, Melanie Stambaugh, and Gael Tarleton

Judiciary Committee
Laurie Jinkins (Chair), Christine Kilduff (Vice Chair), Jay Rodne, Dick Muri, Roger Goodman, Paul Graves, Larry Haler, Drew Hansen, Steve Kirby, Brad Klippert, Tina Orwall and Matt Shea

Labor and Workplace Standards Committee:
Mike Sells (Chair), Mia Gregorson (Vice-Chair), Matt Manweller, Graham Hunt, Gina McCabe, Jim Moeller, and Timm Ormsby

Public Safety Committee:
Roger Goodman (Chair), Tina Orwall (Vice Chair), Matt Manweller, Gina McCabe, Beth Doglio, Noel Frame, and Liz Pike

Rules Committee:
Frank Chopp (Chair), Dan Kristiansen, Joel Kretz, Steve Berquist, Jessyn Farrell, Mark Hargrove, Mark Harmsworth, Jeff Holy, Norm Johnson, John Koster, Vicki Kraft, John Lovick, Joan McBride, Joyce McDonald, Tina Orwall, Eric Pettigrew, Marcus Riccelli, Shelly Short, Larry Springer, Derek Stanford, Monica Juado Stonier, Pat Sullivan, Gael Taleton, J.T. Wilcox, and Sharon Wylie

State Government Committee:
Zach Hudgins (Chair), John Koster, Mike Volz, Sherry Appleton, Laurie Dolan, Morgan Irwin, Vicki Kraft, and Mike Pelliciotti

SENATE COMMITEES
Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee:
Michael Baumgartner (Chair), John Braun (Vice Chair), Steve Conway, Bob Hasegawa, Karen Keiser, Curtis King, Dino Rossi, Rebecca Saldaña, and Lynda Wilson

Early Learning and K-12 Committee:
Ann Rivers (Chair), Joe Fain (Vice Chair), Andy Billig, Mark Mullet, Christine Rolfes, Judy Warnick, and Hans Zeiger

Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee:
Jan Angel (Chair), Joe Fain (Vice Chair), Doug Ericsen, Phil Fortunato, Steve Hobbs, Patty Kuderer, and Mark Mullet

Health Care Committee:
Ann Rivers (Chair), Randi Becker (Vice Chair), Barbara Bailey, Michael Baumgartner, Annette Cleveland, Steve Conway, Joe Fain, Karen Keiser, Patty Kuderer, Mark Miloscia, Mark Mullet, Steve O’Ban, and Maureen Walsh

Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee:
Steve O’Ban (Chair), Mark Miloscia (Vice Chair), Reuven Carlyle, Jeannie Darneille, Sam Hunt, Mike Padden, and Maureen Walsh

Law & Justice Committee:
Mike Padden (Chair), Steve O’Ban (Vice Chair), Jeannie Darneille, David Frockt, Jamie Pedersen, and Lynda Wilson

Rules Committee:
Cyrus Habib (Chair), Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, John Braun, Maralyn Chase, Annette Cleveland, Doug Ericksen, Joe Fain, Bob Hasegawa, Jim Honeyford, Curtis King, Marko Liias, John McCoy, Mark Miloscia, Sharon Nelson, Steve O’Ban, Kirk Pearson, Ann Rivers, Mark Schoesler, and Tim Sheldon

State Government Committee:
Mark Miloscia (Chair), Sam Hunt, Patty Kuderer, Kirk Pearson, and Hans Zeiger

Ways & Means Committee:
John Braun (Chair), Sharon Brown (Vice Chair), Jim Honeyford (Vice Chair), Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, Reuven Carlyle, Steve Conway, Jeannie Darneille, Joe Fain, David Frockt, Bob Hasegawa, Jim Honeford, Karen Keiser, Mark Miloscia, Mike Padden, Jamie Pedersen, Kevin Ranker, Ann Rivers, Christine Rolfes, Dino Rossi, Mark Schoesler, Judy Warnick & Hans Zeiger

Hint: You can view bills by going to the following website and plug in the bill number for which you want to view the history and status:

http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/