Lens LegiTrack Update: March 11, 2017

Lens LegiTrack Update: March 20, 2017
LegiTrack follows the movement of bills relevant to business over the past week. Photo: Jim Bowen

The following article was compiled by the Lens staff.


Each week, the Lens staff puts together a compilation of bills important to the business community, and their movement through the legislature. This week marked the cutoff on Wednesday, March 8 for bills to pass out of their House of origin. Starting Thursday, March 9, public hearings for measures within opposite Houses began.

Check back every week for new updates!

Bills Heard On State House Or Senate Floors

Statewide Regulations For Ridesharing Companies

SB 5620 (King) would establish statewide, uniform guidelines for Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber or Lyft. Read More. On Tuesday, March 7, the bill passed the Senate in a 34-15 vote.

Income Tax Prohibition

SJR 8204 (Fortunato) would have banned all income taxes at all levels of government in Washington. Read More. Failed to get a two-thirds majority in the State Senate on Tuesday, March 7 necessary to advance.

Expanding Skilled Workforce Recruitment Efforts

SB 5713 (Palumbo) would create the state’s Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Program, to encourage larger skilled worker turnouts for jobs in high-demand fields. Read More. On Monday, March 6, the Senate passed the measure in a 47-2 vote.

Paid Rest Breaks For Agricultural Workers

SB 5720 (Hawkins) would allow employers to go back three years and reimburse employees for rest times or breaks not paid, to free them from liability in those lawsuits. Read More. On Friday, March 3, the State Senate approved the measure in a 28-18 vote.

Bills Heard in Committee

Hi-Tech Research And Development Tax Credits

HB 1894 (Sullivan) would make available gross business receipts (B&O) tax credits for companies engaging in qualified R&D. Read More. The bill received a “do pass” recommendation during a Thursday, March 9 executive session of the House Committee on Technology and Economic Development.

Medical Practitioner Interstate Licensing

HB 1337 (Riccelli) would join Washington into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Read More. On Thursday, March 9, the bill was first heard in the Senate in front of the Health Care Committee. On Wednesday, February 15, the bipartisan measure was approved by the House in a 94-3 vote, with one excused.

Sound Transit Tax Reforms

SB 5817 (Rossi) would swap out the suggested retail price used by Sound Transit for determining a vehicle’s license tab tax and replace it with the car’s value according to Kelly Blue Book or the National Automobile Dealers Association, whichever value is lowest. Read More. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee and involved in a Monday, March 6 work session, but no public hearing yet.

Sound Transit Taxes (3)

SB 5854 (O’Ban) would allow cities and counties to repeal Sound Transit-imposed property taxes enacted since July 2015. Read More. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee and involved in a Monday, March 6 work session, but no public hearing yet.

SB 5817 (Rossi) would allow cities, counties, and their residents to repeal any of the Sound Transit taxes enacted after July 2015. Read More. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee and involved in a Monday, March 6 work session, but no public hearing yet.

SB 5851 (Rossi) would swap out the suggested retail price Sound Transit currently uses for determining a vehicle’s license tab tax and replace it with the car’s value according to Kelly Blue Book or the National Automobile Dealers Association, whichever value is lowest. Read More. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee and involved in a Monday, March 6 work session, but no public hearing yet.

Expanding 5G Networks in Washington

SB 5711 (Ericksen) would streamline local permitting rules and reduce the rate public utility districts (PUD) can use when charging for pole access. Read More. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on Friday, February 24. Did not receive a Senate floor vote before the Wednesday, March 8 cutoff date.


This article is part of a weekly series. Read last week’s update here.

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