Last Updated: January 17, 2018

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.

The 2018 Legislative Session Began January 8


 

Advocating for a More Humane and Equitable Washington

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Budget/RevenuePass the 2017-2019 Biennial Capital BudgetSoon to be voted on; in negotiation.
Poverty ReductionBudget IssueComplete funding request for Civil Legal Aid Program ($1.85M)
Poverty ReductionBudget IssueFully restore the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant ($5-7M).
Public EducationMeeting the requirements of the State Supreme Court McCleary decision by adequately funding public education.Fully funded in Governor's budget through the rainy day fund, which will be replenished by the carbon tax bill.
Protect Human ServicesHB 1508, SB 6003Rep. Stonier, Sen. WellmanPromoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs; this is known as Breakfast After the Bell.HB passed through the House (83-15) and referred to Senate Ways & Means. SB passed out of the Senate on January 19 (40-8-1).
Budget/RevenueInstitute a tax on capital gains and eliminate more tax exemptions.
Poverty ReductionHB 1831, SB 5609Rep. Pettigrew, Sen. DarneilleRevising resource limitations for public assistance.HB scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM on January 18. SB in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
Reducing Student DebtHB 1169Rep. OrwallStudent Opportunity, Assistance, and Relief ActScheduled for a hearing in House Appropriations at 3:30 on January 18.
Reducing Student DebtHB 1440, SB 5210Rep. Stonier, Sen. LiiasStudent Loan Bill of RightsHB scheduled for hearing in House Appropriations at 3:30 PM on January 18. SB referred to the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development.
Voting RightsHB 1800, SB 6002Rep. Gregerson, Sen. SaldañaThe Voting Rights ActHB had an executive session in the House Committee on State Government on January 16. SB passed out of the Senate on January 19 (29-19-1).
Farm to School & Small Farm Direct Marketing$250k for regional markets from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Promoting Safe and Just Communities

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1783Rep. HolyConcerning legal financial obligations.Passed out of the House (86-12) on January 11. Now awaiting action in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice.
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 was voted out of the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards on January 9. SB awaiting action in Senate Rules.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1889, SB 5465Rep. Pettigrew, Sen. MilosciaCreating an office of corrections ombuds.HB was heard in the House Committee on Public Safety on January 15. SB was voted out of the Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections on January 15, referred to Senate Ways & Means.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1789,
SB 5600
Rep. Jinkins, Sen. DarneilleCommunity review board: now to authorize a study via the Sentencing Guidelines Commission of current sentencing review structures.HB scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Public Safety at 8 AM on January 18. SB in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1935,
SB 6052
Rep. Orwall, Sen. WalshRepealing the death penalty statute.HB in House Judiciary Committee. SB scheduled for a vote in Senate Law & Justice on January 25. Death penalty repeal lobby day is 1/25.
Criminal Justice ReformsHB 1679,
SB 5558
Rep. Goodman, Sen. DarneilleIssuing a two-year identicard for offenders released from prison facilities.HB voted out of the House Committee on Public Safety on January 11, referred to House Appropriations. SB awaiting action in Senate Committee on Law & Justice.
Criminal Justice ReformGraduated Reentry bill, requested by the Department of Corrections.
Juvenile Justice ReformsHB 1876, SB 5519Rep. Frame, Sen. KudererAuto-Decline bill: Concerning the revision of exclusive adult jurisdiction.HB in House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services. SB referred to Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections.
Juvenile Justice ReformsHB 1743, SB 5613Rep. Goodman, Sen. DarneilleExpanding Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) supervision to age 25HB in House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services. SB in Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health & Housing.
Police AccountabilityInitiative I-940Will be heard in the House Committee on Public Safety and the Senate Committee in Law & Justice before the end of session, March 8.
Gun Violence ReductionHB 1122, SB 5463Rep. Kagi, Sen. PalumboConcerning the protection of children through responsible storage of firearms.HB scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee on January 18 at 1:30 PM. SB scheduled for hearing in Senate Committee on Law & Justice on January 15 at 10 AM.
Gun Violence ReductionHB 1387, SB 5444Rep. Jinkins, Sen. FrocktLimit access to assault-style weapons.HB in House Judiciary Committee. SB was heard in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice on January 15.
Gun Violence ReductionSB 5992Sen. Van De WegeProhibit the sale of bumpstocks.Passed out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice on January 16.
Anti-Human TraffickingNot yet a bill.Supply Chain Purchases
Healthcare ReformExpand coverage for young adults to age 26
Healthcare ReformHB 1291, SB 5683Rep. Santos, Sen. SaldañaExpand Medicaid coverage to Pacific Island Migrants (COFA).HB scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Appropriations on January 17 at 3:30 PM. SB is awaiting action in Senate Rules.
Healthcare ReformHB 1026, SB 5701Rep. Appleton, Sen. FrocktWashington Health Security Trust ActHB in House Committee on Health Care & Wellness. SB was heard in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care on January 16.
Immigrant ReformHB 1985, SB 5689Rep. Ortiz-Self, Sen. WellmanKeep Washington Working: Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace.HB in the House Committee on the Judiciary. SB scheduled for a vote in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce on January 17 at 1:30 PM.
Immigrant ReformHB 1488Rep. HansenHigher education scholarships for immigrant students.Scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Higher Education on January 17 at 1:30 PM.
Immigrant ReformCreate a Legal Defense Fund (up to $2M) for families who are undocumented.The goal is for this to be a proviso in the Supplemental Budget.

Protecting Housing and Preventing Homelessness

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Reducing HomelessnessHB 2578, SB 5407Rep. Riccelli, Sen. FrocktProhibit discrimination based on a renter's source of incomeHB scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary January 23 at 10 AM. SB heard in he Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance on January 11.
Funding Affordable HousingHB 1570Rep. MacriEliminate the sunset of and increase the Document Recording Fee by $50Scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 on January 18.
Affordable HousingHB 1987Rep. McBrideConcerning zoning regulation for faith communities.Scheduled for a vote in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs on January 18 at 1:30 PM.
Affordable HousingHB 1797Rep. McBrideLocal options for affordable housing funding.Awaiting action on the House floor.

Sustaining Washington’s Environment

CategoryBill NumberPrime SponsorBill Title/DescriptionBill Status
Taxing PollutionHB 1646,
SB 6203
Rep. Fitzgibbon, Sen. CarlylePromoting an equitable clean energy economy by creating a carbon tax ($20 per ton) that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities.Bill was requested by Gov. Inslee. SB heard in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology on January 16.
Pesticide Notification HB 1564, SB 6322Rep. Ortiz-Self, Sen. SaldañaConcerning pesticide exposure and notification of certain pesticide applications.HB in House Committee on Health Care & Wellness. SB will be heard in the Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce before the first policy cut off 2/2.