Last Updated: May 5, 2017

Our Bill Tracker provides summaries of our 2017 Legislative Agenda. At a glance, you can view the most recent status of each priority and our latest recommended action. If you would like to find out who your legislators are, you can find them here. You can find more detail on any bill from the legislature’s Bill Information page.

SPECIAL SESSION BEGINS MONDAY, APRIL 24


Building a More Humane and Sustainable Biennial Budget

CategoryBill Title/DescriptionBudget Item Status
House Biennial Budget ProposalHB 1067 (budget) and HB 2186 (revenue)Budget piece passed out of the House and the revenue piece was voted out of the House Committee on Finance on April 4; now awaiting action in House Rules.
Senate Biennial Budget ProposalSB 5048Passed out of the Senate on party-line vote on March 23, now awaiting budget negotiations between House and Senate budget leaders.
BudgetFully fund Washington's public K-12 education system (McCleary).The Senate Republican Budget funds McClearly through a levy-swap formula and a property tax increase. The House Democratic Budget funds MClearly through HB 2186 - Lytton, which includes repealing tax exemptions, increasing the B&O tax, and taxing capital gains.
BudgetFully fund Washington's broken mental health system.$300 million in the Governor's budget proposal.
RevenueCapital Gains TaxInstituted in the Governor's budget at 7.9% and included in HB 2186 - Lytton, which is intended to partially fund the final budget, and was passed out of the House Committee on Finance on April 4; now awaiting action in House Rules. The Republican version, SB 5111 - Braun, is waiting for action in Senate Rules.
RevenueEstablish a carbon pollution tax to invest in K-12 education and other vital public services.SB 5127 - Braun is awaiting action in Senate Rules. This is one of 3 Senate Republican tax measures that will go up for a vote to see how many Senators support raising revenue. The other two are 5111 (above) and 5113 (below). HB 1646 - Fitzgibbon was heard in the House Committee on Environment on March 14, and it is the best carbon tax bill that FAN and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy supports. It will likely not move out of committee because the House Budget contains three other revenue sources, though this might play a role during the special session as the final budget is negotiated.
RevenueEliminate tax exemptions.Bottled water and oil refinery exemption eliminations are In the Governor's budget and in SB 5113 - Braun , which is awaiting action in Senate Rules. These tax exemptions are in the House revenue package (HB 2186 - Lytton). HB 1500 - Pollet creates accountability and transparency in the tax exemption system. Bill was heard in House Finance on January 31, and is still alive because it is Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB).
Biennial Budget Request$12M for the Civil Legal Aid program.Not referenced in the Senate budget. $7.3M is appropriated in the House budget.
Biennial Budget Request$4M for the Office of Homeless Youth in the Department of Commerce to reduce student homelessness.Not referenced in the Senate budget, but funded in the House budget.
Biennial Budget Request$500K for Small Farm Direct Marketing & Farm to School Programs.Not referenced in the Senate budget, but fully funded in the House budget.

Supporting Human Services & Reducing Wealth Inequality

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Protect Human ServicesHB 1508Rep. StonierPromoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs; this is known as Breakfast After the Bell.HB was approved by the House (90-8) on March 2 and by the Senate Ways & Means Committee (20-3) with an amendment on April 4; was awaiting action in Senate Rules. Due to political complications, it did not get a vote before the April 12 final cutoff. In the special session, this bill passed out of the House again (81-11) on May 2 and was referred to Senate Ways & Means. Efforts are underway to secure funding ($2.6M) in the final budget.
Protect Human ServicesBudget IssueFully restore the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant ($15M).Cut by the Senate budget and significantly funded by the House budget.
Protect Human ServicesBudget IssueProtect the Housing and Essential Needs /Aged, Blind, or Disabled Assistance Programs (HEN/ABD).The Senate budget eliminates the HEN program and cuts funds to ABD, and the House budget preserves HEN and increases the ABD program from $197 to $227 per month.
Protect Human ServicesHB 1551Rep. RiccelliCreating a competitive kitchen equipment assistance grant program to enhance student nutrition in public schools.HB was passed through the House (94-3) and the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on March 27; it was awaiting action in Senate Ways & Means. Bill did not pass the April 12 cutoff, but the funding for this is in both House and Senate Capital budgets.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1300, SB 5527Rep. Riccelli, Sen. FrocktConcerning misclassification.HB was scheduled for executive action in House Appropriations four times, but no action was been taken. It is now dead.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1301, SB 5528Rep. Ryu, Sen. HasegawaConcerning anti-retaliation.Heard in the House Committee on Appropriations on Feb 15 but with no vote is now dead.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1302Rep. FrameConcerning triple-damages.Referred to House Rules on Feb 2, but without a vote is now dead.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1486Rep. GregersonConcerning wage recovery.Bill passed through House Appropriations on Feb 24 and referred to House Rules. It is now dead.
Pay EquityHB 1506Rep. SennConcerning gender pay equity.HB was voted out of the House (61-36-1) on March 8, International Women's Day! HB passed out of Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports with an amendment but did not make the final cutoff for the regular session.
Poverty ReductionHB 1482Rep. SawyerEstablishing the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.HB passed the House (67-30-1) on March 9, passed through the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on March 14 and was referred to Senate Ways & Means, where it was scheduled for a vote on April 4 but no action was taken. This bill is dead for this session. Funding for this bill is in both House and Senate budgets.
Poverty ReductionHB 1566, SB 5347Rep. Pellicciotti, Sen. WalshWould allow TANF recipients to have a second year of vocational education.FAN VICTORY! HB passed the House on March 6 and out of Senate Ways & Means with an amendment; it is in Senate Rules. SB passed out of the Senate on April 4 and the House April 11. It was signed into law by the Governor on April 27.
Paid Family and Medical LeaveHB 1116, SB 5032Rep. Robinson, Sen. KeiserImplementing family and medical leave insurance.HB passed out of Appropriations Feb 22 and referred to House Rules. It is still alive because it has been categorized as Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB). SB was dead, but because of its importance and years of work, it may play a role in the final budget negotiations.

Dismantling the Culture of Violence

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1529, SB 5073Rep. Ryu, Sen. FrocktConcerning recommendations from the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly force in community policing.HB was scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Public Safety Feb 16, but no action taken. SB was scheduled for executive session in Senate Ways & Means but not voted on. Neither bill is dead because they are Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB) and can move at any time - even during the special session. There will likely be an initiative to the state legislature regarding this issue.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1889, SB 5465Rep. Pettigrew, Sen. MilosciaCreating an office of corrections ombuds.HB is dead. SB passed the Senate (48-0) on March 7 and had a hearing in House Public Safety on March 21; it did not make the final cutoff for the regular session.
Criminal Justice ReformsSB 5294Sen. PaddenEstablishing Dept. of Corrections reforms and creating an independent ombuds office.Passed the Senate March 6 but did not make the final cutoff in the House. It is still alive because it is Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB) and may come up for a vote during the special session.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1783Rep. HolyConcerning legal financial obligations.Passed out of the House on March 2 with strong bi-partisan support (90-7) but died in Senate Ways & Means in amended form due to political complications. In the special session, it passed out of the House on May 2 and is now awaiting action in the Senate.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1935, SB 5354Rep. Orwall, Sen. MilosciaReplacing the death penalty statute.Heard in the House Committee on Judiciary on Feb 15. Because of larger political calculations, this bill will not move out of committee.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1129, SB 5069Rep. Haler, Sen. M. WalshProviding associate degree education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.FAN VICTORY! SB passed out of the Senate (46-0) and out of the House (78-20) on April 10. It was signed into law by the Governor on April 25.
Criminal Justice ReformsSB 5312Sen. BaumgartnerFair Chance Act - Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position (Ban the Box).SB passed the Senate with a concerning amendment (25-24) and out of House Appropriations on April 4. It did not survive the final April 12 cutoff day.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1789Rep. JinkinsCommunity review board - now to authorize a study via the Sentencing Guidelines Commission of current sentencing review structures.HB passed out of the House (77-20-1) on March 3 and out of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on April 4 with an amendment from Senate Law & Justice; it is now awaiting action in Senate Rules.
Juvenile Justice ReformsHB 1743, SB 5613Rep. Goodman, Sen. DarnielleAddressing confinement in juvenile rehabilitation facilities for juveniles convicted in adult court.HB passed out of House Appropriations on Feb 22 and referred to House Rules. SB is now dead.
Juvenile Justice ReformsHB 1876, SB 5519Rep. Kuderer, Sen. FrameConcerning the revision of exclusive adult jurisdiction.These bills are both dead.
Gun Violence ReductionHB 1501Rep. HansenProtecting law enforcement and the public from persons who illegally attempt to obtain firearms.Passed out of the House on March 3 and the Senate with an amendment on April 20. Amendments were approved by the House (3-13-2) and it is now waiting for the Governor's signature.
Gun Violence ReductionHB 1122Rep. KagiConcerning the protection of children through responsible storage of firearms.Passed out of the House Committee on Judiciary on Feb 16, referred to House Rules. it is now dead for this session.
Gun Violence ReductionHB 1387, SB 5444Rep. Jinkins, Sen. FrocktLimit access to assault-style weapons.These bills are dead.
Human Trafficking PreventionHB 1079Rep. OrwallCreating a criminal no-contact order for human trafficking and promoting prostitution-related offenses.FAN VICTORY! HB passed out of the House on Feb 13 and out of Senate on April 5 (48-0-1). It was signed into law by the Governor on May 5!
Human Trafficking PreventionSB 5030Sen. DarneilleConcerning the statute of limitations on human trafficking, prostitution, and commercial sexual abuse of a minor.FAN VICTORY! SB passed out of the Senate (48-0) on Feb 8 and passed (with an amendment) out of the House (79-0-1) April 6. On April 13, the Senate concurred on House amendments with a unanimous vote. It was signed into law by the Governor on May 5!
Human Trafficking PreventionSB 5272Sen. SaldañaVacating convictions arising from offenses committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking.FAN VICTORY! SB passed the Senate (49-0) on Feb 22, passed out of the House Committee on Public Safety on March 16 and was referred to House Rules. Bill passed out of House Rules and passed the floor (92-5-1) on April 5. It was signed into law by the Governor on April 25!
Discrimination and Civil RightsSB 5008Sen. KingFacilitating compliance with the federal REAL ID act by modifying driver's license and identicard design and fees. FAN and coalition partners have serious concerns about these bills.SB passed through the Senate (45-4) and passed out of the House (69-28-1) with an amendment that FAN supports. SB has been passed back to the Senate, which refuses to concur on House amendments. It now goes into conference committee, and is not yet dead because it is NTIB.
Discrimination and Civil RightsHB 1011Rep. TaylorAllowing the use of gender-segregated facilities. FAN opposes this bill, as it discriminates against transgender people.This bill is dead but it is now Initiative 1552, which FAN and allies are working against.
Discrimination and Civil RightsHB 1800, SB 5267Rep. Gregerson, Sen. HuntEnacting the Washington Voting Rights Act, which authorizes district based elections and addresses the lack of voter opportunityHB passed out of the House (51-46) and has been referred to the Senate Committee on State Government and had a hearing on March 22. FAN opposes Sen. Miloscia's version of this bill (SB 5068), which passed out of the Senate (25-24) and passed out of House Appropriations on April 4; now awaiting action in House Rules. Both bills are now essentially dead.
Immigrant RightsHB 2097, SB 5828Rep. Stanford, Sen. PalumboProhibits state agencies and all employers from releasing or asking for personal religious information.HB was voted out of the House (98-0) on Feb 28 and referred to the Senate Committee on Law & Justice; it is now dead.
Immigrant RightsHB 1985, SB 5689Rep. Ortiz-Self, Sen. WellmanKeep Washington WorkingHB was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. SB was heard in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports, Feb 16. Because neither bill came up for a vote, they are both dead.
Immigrant RightsHB 2029Rep. Ortiz-SelfProviding a referral resource for those seeking information and assistance for immigration and citizenship-related matters.HB passed the House on March 7 and is awaiting a hearing in Senate Law & Justice. Rep. Ortiz-Self is working on a budget proviso.

Protecting Housing & Preventing Homelessness

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Document Recording FeeHB 1570Rep. MacriConcerning the elimination of the sunset on the Document Recording Fee.Voted out of House Appropriation on Feb 24 and referred to House Rules. This bill is now considered Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB) and can move at any time. It is an important bill and will be in the final budget negotiations.
Housing Rental Income DiscriminationHB 1633, SB 5407Rep. Riccelli, Sen. FrocktConcerning the preservation of housing options for participants in government assistance programs.Housing advocates are still trying to revive these bills before the session ends or during a special session.
Housing Trust FundBudget Issue$200 million budget request for the Housing Trust Fund.This was funded in the Senate Capital Budget at $99M and in the House Capital Budget at $106M.
Affordable HousingHB 1987Rep. McBrideAllowing affordable housing development on religious organization property.Referred to House Rules on Feb 17, but did not come up for a vote. It is now dead.

Sustaining Washington’s Environment

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Pesticide NotificationHB 1564Rep. Ortiz-SelfConcerning pesticide exposure and notification of certain pesticide applications.Prime sponsor has decided that the best way forward is not in a budget proviso, but work is being planned for the interim between sessions.
Homeowner Solar Tax CreditHB 1048, SB 5499Rep. Morris, Sen. PalumboPromoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling.HB was heard in the House Committee on Finance on March 10 and is awaiting executive session. SB was heard in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications on April 6. Bill is Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB) so it can move any time.
Carbon TaxHB 1646, SB 5509Rep. Fitzbiggon, Sen. CarlyleSeeks to put a price on pollution and reinvest proceeds in low-income communities of color with high pollution burdens; creates targeted investments of hundreds of millions of dollars per year and subsequent expansion of public services and resources, like transit, affordable housing, clean energy.HB had a hearing in the House Committee on Environment on March 14, with huge turn out from environmental, labor, and communities of color. Prime sponsor and committee leadership are planning not to move it out of committee, but both HB and SB are technically Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB), so they are not completely dead yet.
Environmental Justice WorkGroup WatchHB 1611Rep. FarrellConcerning oil transportation safety.HB passed out of the House Committee on Finance on March 30 and was referred to House Rules on April 4. It is now dead.