Last Updated: March 17, 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.


Building a More Humane and Sustainable Biennial Budget

CategoryBill Title/DescriptionBudget Item Status
BudgetFully fund Washington's public K-12 education system.The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reported on March 16 there will be a $303 million increase in revenue for the State Treasury. The Senate Republican budget will be released early next week (likely March 20) and the House Democratic Budget will be released the following week (likely March 27).
BudgetFully fund Washington's broken mental health system.$300 million in the Governor's budget proposal. The House and Senate Capital Budgets will be released soon.
RevenueCapital Gains TaxInstituted in the Governor's budget at 7.9% and included in HB 1730 - Jinkins, which is awaiting action in the House Committee on Finance, and SB 5111 - Braun, which 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 this week, 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.
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. 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. The House and Senate Capital Budgets will be released soon.
Biennial Budget Request$4M for the Office of Homeless Youth in the Department of Commerce to reduce student homelessness.In the Governor's budget. The House and Senate Capital Budgets will be released soon.
Biennial Budget Request$500K for Small Farm Direct Marketing & Farm to School Programs.Not in Governor's Budget, but referenced in Breakfast After the Bell (HB 1508 - Stonier). The House and Senate Capital Budgets will be released soon.

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; this is known as Breakfast After the Bell.HB was approved by the House (90-8) on March 2 and was referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee . It is scheduled for a hearing on March 21, 1:30 PM . SB is dead.
Protect Human ServicesBudget IssueFully restore the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant ($15M).Almost fully funded by the Governor's budget proposal. The House and Senate Capital Budgets will be released soon.
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. The House and Senate Capital Budgets will be released soon.
Protect Human ServicesHB 1551, SB 5708Rep. Riccelli, Sen. WalshCreating a competitive equipment assistance grant program to enhance student nutrition in public schools.HB was passed through the House (94-3) and was referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee - it has a hearing on March 21, 1:30 PM. SB is now dead.
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.
Pay EquityHB 1506, SB 5140Rep. Senn, Sen. ClevelandConcerning gender pay equity.HB was voted out of the House (61-36-1) on March 8, International Women's Day! HB was referred to Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports on March 10. SB is dead.
Poverty ReductionHB 1482, SB 5440Rep. Sawyer, Sen. ZeigerEstablishing 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. SB is now dead.
Poverty ReductionHB 1566, SB 5347Rep. Pellicciotti, Sen. WalshWould allow TANF recipients to have a second year of vocational education.HB passed the House on March 6 and is now waiting for a hearing in Senate Ways & Means. SB was scheduled for executive action in Senate Ways & Means on March 16.
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 is dead.

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.
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 is now scheduled for a hearing in House Public Safety on March 21 at 1:30 PM.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1783Rep. HolyConcerning legal financial obligations.Passed out of the House on March 2 with strong bi-partisan support (90-7). It is now scheduled for a hearing in Senate Law & Justice on March 23, 10 AM.
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 passed out of the House on March 1 (77-21) and was referred to the Senate Committee on Law & Justice; it's scheduled for a hearing on March 21, 10 AM. SB passed out of the Senate (46-0) and is scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Higher Education March 22 at 1:30 PM.
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 passed out of the House on March 1 (68-30) and referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports, where it had a hearing and executive action on March 9. SB passed the Senate with a concerning amendment (25-24) and referred to the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards; it is scheduled for a hearing on March 23 at 8 AM.
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 passed out of the House (77-20-1) on March 3 and was referred to Senate Law & Justice, where it had a hearing on March 15 at 8 AM.
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 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.These bills are 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 scheduled for a hearing in Senate Law & Justice March 22 at 8 AM. 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 passed (with an amendment) out of the House Committee on Public Safety on March 16.
Human Trafficking PreventionHB 1112, SB 5272Rep. Orwall, Sen. SaldañaVacating convictions arising from offenses committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking.HB was referred to House Rules on February 3. 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.
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 on Feb 24. SB passed through the Senate (45-4) and has a hearing in the House Committee on Transportation on March 22, 3:30 PM.
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.
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 is scheduled for a hearing on March 22, 8 AM. FAN opposes Sen. Miloscia's version of this bill (SB 5068), which passed out of the Senate (25-24) and is scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government on March 24 at 10 AM.
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. SB is likely dead.
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. These bills have been expanded into HB 2097 (above).
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 2029, SB 5801Rep. Ortiz-Self, Sen. SaldañaProviding 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.

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 Appropriations 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.
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.
Housing Trust FundBudget Issue$200 million budget request for the Housing Trust Fund.Anticipating the release of House and Senate Capital Budgets soon.
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 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 was heard in the House Committee on Finance on March 10 and is awaiting executive session. 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 no 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 is scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Finance on March 24 at 8 AM.