Last Updated: February 24, 2017

2017 Bill Tracker

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.


Building a More Humane and Sustainable Biennial Budget

CategoryBill Title/DescriptionBudget Item Status
BudgetFully fund Washington's broken mental health system.$300 million in the Governor's budget proposal.
BudgetFully fund Washington's public K-12 education system.Governor's budget includes $2.7 billion for beginning teacher salaries and teacher retention. Senate Republican proposed budget (SB 5607 - Braun) has been approved by the Senate 25-24, and FAN and its many allies have grave concerns about it. The House Democrats' proposed budget (SB 1843 - Sullivan) has been approved by the House 50-47.
RevenueCapital Gains TaxInstituted in the Governor's budget at 7.9%
RevenueEliminate tax exemptions.Bottled water and oil refinery exemption eliminations are In the Governor's budget. HB 1500 - Pollet creates accountability and transparency in 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.In the Governor's budget.
Biennial Budget Request$4M for the Office of Homeless Youth in the Department of Commerce to reduce student homelessness.In the Governor's budget.
Biennial Budget Request$500K for Small Farm Direct Marketing & Farm to School Programs.Not in Governor's Budget.

Supporting Human Services & Reducing Wealth Inequality

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Protect Human ServicesHB 1508, SB 5696Rep. Stonier, Sen. WellmanPromoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs.HB was voted out of House Appropriations (25-8) on Feb 23 and referred to House Rules. SB is awaiting action in Senate Ways & Means. SB has been amended and stripped of one paragraph.
Protect Human ServicesBudget IssueFully restore the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant ($15M).Almost fully funded by the Governor's budget proposal.
Protect Human ServicesBudget IssueProtect the Disability Lifeline/Housing and Essential Needs /Aged, Blind, or Disabled Assistance Programs (HEN/ABD).The Governor's budget includes an increase in funding, doubling the ABD program from $197-$400 per month.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1300, SB 5527Rep. Riccelli, Sen. FrocktConcerning misclassification.Scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Appropriations on Feb 22.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1301, SB 5528Rep. Ryu, Sen. HasegawaConcerning anti-retaliation.Heard in the House Committee on Appropriations on Feb 15.
Wage Theft PreventionHB 1302Rep. FrameConcerning triple-damages.Referred to House Rules on Feb 2.
Wage Theft PreventionRep. GregersonConcerning wage recovery.
Pay EquityHB 1506, SB 5140Rep. Senn, Sen. ClevelandConcerning gender pay equity.Voted on in the House Committee on Appropriations on Feb 24. SB is now dead.
Poverty ReductionHB 1482, SB 5440Rep. Sawyer, Sen. ZeigerEstablishing the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.Heard and voted on in the House Committee on Appropriations on Feb 21. Heard in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Feb 15.
Paid Family and Medical LeaveHB 1116, SB 5032Rep. Robinson, Sen. KeiserImplementing family and medical leave insurance.Passed out of Appropriations Feb 22 and referred to House Rules. Heard in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports on Jan 30.

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).
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1889, SB 5465Rep. Pettigrew, Sen. MilosciaCreating an office of corrections ombuds.HB was referred to House Appropriations but not yet scheduled for a vote. SB was voted out of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Feb 21 and referred to Senate Rules.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1783Rep. HolyConcerning legal financial obligations.Passed (32-1) out of House Appropriations on Feb 23, referred to House Rules.
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.HB had an executive session in the House Committee on Appropriations on Feb 24. SB passed out of the Senate (46-0) and now awaiting hearing in House Higher Ed Committee sometime after March 8.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1298, SB 5312Rep. Ortiz-Self, Sen. BaumgartnerFair Chance Act - Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position (Ban the Box).HB had an executive session in House Appropriations on Feb 22. SB passed to Senate Rules Committee for second reading with a concerning amendment.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1789, SB 5600Rep. Jinkins, Sen. DarnielleCommunity review board - now to authorize a study via the Sentencing Guidelines Commission of current sentencing review structures.HB had an executive session in House Appropriations on Feb 22.
Juvenile Justice ReformsHB 1743, SB 5613Rep. Goodman, Sen. DarnielleAddressing confinement in juvenile rehabilitation facilities for juveniles convicted in adult court.Scheduled for a vote in House Appropriations on Feb 22. Passed out of the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing and referred to Ways & Means.
Juvenile Justice ReformsHB 1876, SB 5519Rep. Kuderer, Sen. FrameConcerning the revision of exclusive adult jurisdiction.Heard in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services Feb 8. Heard in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing on Feb 6.
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.
Gun Violence ReductionHB 1387, SB 5444Rep. Jinkins, Sen. FrocktLimit access to assault-style weapons.Scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee on Feb 16, but no action was taken. These bills are probably dead.
Human Trafficking PreventionHB 1079, SB 5029Rep. Orwall, Sen. PaddenCreating a criminal no-contact order for human trafficking and promoting prostitution-related offenses.HB passed out of the House on Feb 13 and is awaiting a hearing in Senate Law & Justice sometime after March 8. SB passed out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice on Feb 16 and referred to Senate Rules.
Human Trafficking PreventionHB 1078, SB 5030Rep. Pellicciotti, Sen. DarneilleConcerning the statute of limitations on human trafficking, prostitution, and commercial sexual abuse of a minor.HB passed out of the House on Feb 9 and is awaiting a hearing in Senate Law & Justice sometime after March 8. SB passed out of the Senate (48-0) on Feb 8 and is now awaiting action in the House Judiciary Committee after March 8.
Discrimination and Civil RightsHB 1041, SB 5008Rep. Clibborn, Sen. 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.HB passed out of the House Committee on Transportation and referred to House Rules. Placed on second reading in Senate Rules on Feb 7.
Discrimination and Civil RightsHB 1011Rep. TaylorAllowing the use of gender-segregated facilities. FAN opposes this bill, as it discriminates against transgender people.Referred to the House Judiciary Committee. This bill is dead.
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 opportunityReferred to the House Rules Committee on Feb 17. SB will likely not get a hearing in committee. FAN opposes Sen. Miloscia's version of this bill.
Immigrant RightsHB 2097, SB 5828Rep. Stanford, Sen. PalumboProhibits state agencies and all employers from releasing or asking for personal religious information.Voted out of the House Committee on Judiciary Feb 16, referred to House Rules.
Immigrant RightsHB 1956, SB 5308Rep. Stanford, Sen. PalumboProhibits state agencies from releasing personal religious information to the federal government.Referred to the House Committee on Judiciary and Senate Committee on Law & Justice.
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.

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 on in House Appropriations on Feb 24.
Housing Rental Income DiscriminationHB 1633, SB 5407Rep. Riccelli, Sen. FrocktConcerning the preservation of housing options for participants in government assistance programs.Passed out of the House Committee on Judiciary on Feb 16 and referred to House Rules. SB was heard in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance on Jan 31.
Housing Trust FundBudget Issue$200 million budget request for the Housing Trust Fund.
Affordable HousingHB 1987Rep. McBrideAllowing affordable housing development on religious organization property.Referred to House Rules.

Sustaining Washington’s Environment

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Pesticide NotificationHB 1564Rep. Ortiz-SelfConcerning pesticide exposure and notification of certain pesticide applications.Work is being done to incorporate bill language into a budget proviso (amendment).
Homeowner Solar Tax CreditHB 1048Rep. MorrisPromoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling.HB is scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Technology & Economic Development on March 1 at 8 AM. Bill is Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB). Solar lobby day was held Feb 22 and as very successful.
Carbon TaxHB 1646, SB 5509Rep. Fitzbiggon, Sen. CarlylePromoting an equitable clean energy economy by creating a carbon tax that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities.Referred to House Committee on Environment and Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications. Both are Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB).