Lens LegiTrack Update: May 1, 2017

Lens LegiTrack: April 24, 2017

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.

B&O Tax Rate For Manufacturing Businesses

SB 5888 (Baumgartner) would lower the general business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for manufacturers from 0.484 to 0.2904. Read More. On Friday, April 21, the measure passed to Rules.

Rural Business Investments

SB 5208 (Warnick) would create a tax credit program to act as an inventive for small, rural business investments. Read More. On Wednesday, April 19, the bill received public hearing in front of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

HB 1337 (Riccelli) would require Washington to join 18 other states in an expedited licensing compact for physicians. Read More. The measure passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, April 19, and has since been delivered to Governor Jay Inslee.

Green Energy Options

SB 5128 (Takko) would allow businesses to count electricity created by biomass as renewable energy under the state’s Energy Independence Act (EIA). Read More. It has been approved by both chambers and sent to Governor Jay Inslee to either sign or veto.

Sound Transit Taxes

HB 2148 (Reeves ) would allow Sound Transit to create a tax rebate program for certain households in King County. Read More. It has not advanced after a Tuesday, April 18 public hearing in the House  Transportation Committee.

Rural Economic Development

ESSB 5790 (Short) allows counties suffering from economic hardship to sidestep some of the state Growth Management Act’s (GMA) restrictions on rural industrial and commercial development. The bill has passed in both chambers and sent to Governor Inslee.

Urban School Siting

HB 1017 (McCaslin ) allows school districts in certain counties to build facilities serving urban students outside the urban growth boundary. Read More. The state House approved the final version of the bill on Tuesday, April 18 in 81-15 vote after several amendments were made by the state Senate; that chamber approved it 37-11 on April 11. The bill has been signed by Senate President Cyrus Habib and sent to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk.

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

Mike Richards grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a degree in Multiplatform Journalism and a minor in Public Relations. He wrote and published articles at Pittsburgh’s NPR station covering a variety of topics.

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