Lens LegiTrack: April 17, 2017

Lens LegiTrack Update: May 1, 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.

Small Business Regulation

HB 1120 (Smith) would make sure state agencies are fully complying with the Regulatory Fairness Act, and considering the effect of regulation on small businesses. Read More. On Thursday, April 13, the bill was delivered to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk.

Skilled Worker Recruitment 

SB 5713 (Palumbo) would create the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Program, to help fill needed positions in key industries. Read More. On Monday, April 10, the State House approved the bill in a 93-4 vote, with one excused.

Small Business Bill Of Rights

HB 1352 (Barkis) would require the Attorney General to review what rights and protections small business owners have during state agency inspections, and report the findings with recommendations to those entities and relevant legislative committees. Read More. Speaker of the House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43) signed the measure on Friday, April 14.

Sound Transit Taxes

HB 2201 ( Pellicciotti) would have Sound Transit create a tax credit program by comparing the current MVET fee calculation to a 2006 depreciation schedule created by the legislature. Read More. It passed the House in a 64-33 vote on April 12. It has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee, but no public hearing has been scheduled.

Washington State Forestland

2SSB 5546 sets a goal for the state Department of Natural Resources to treat one
million acres of forestland by 2033. Read More. It received a unanimous House vote on Monday, April 10.

HB 1711 calls on the state Department of Natural Resources to prioritize forestland for restoration work. Read More. (Kretz) It passed the state Senate unanimously on Monday, April 10.

Shortline Railroads

ESHB 1504 allows local governments to site businesses where they have freight mobility access via shortline railroads. Read More. It was approved by the state Senate 41-8 on Wednesday April 12, after receiving a “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Local Government Committee March 28.

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


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