Lens LegiTrack Update: February 16, 2018

Lens LegiTrack Update: May 1, 2017
LegiTrack follows the movement of bills relevant to business over the past week. Photo: Jim Bowen

Health care provider model

SB 6911 (Cleveland) would update the current system for managing individual health care providers. Read More. The measure would allow the state Department of Social and Health services to establish a third-party administrator to manage individual providers. The bill cleared the Senate on February 10 and is scheduled for executive session in the House Health Care and Wellness committee on February 20.

Prevailing wage

SB 5493 (Conway) would specify how prevailing wages must be set. Read More. The measure contains provisions on how to calculate those wages based on collective bargaining agreements. If an occupation does not have collective bargaining agreements, the rate would be established by wage and hour surveys. The bill is scheduled for possible executive session on February 19 and February 22.

CTE equivalency requirements

SB 6133 (Zeiger) would expand the use of Career and Technical Education (CTE) credits for graduation requirements. Read More. The bill directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to create a framework so more CTE courses including social studies, arts and world languages count for broader graduation requirements. On February 15, the bill was approved by the House Education Committee.

National model for insurance companies

SB 6059 (Angel) would require Washington insurance companies to adopt the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ annual disclosure model. Read More. The measure would also require insurers to adopt the national model each year and contains provisions on penalties for late disclosure submissions. On February 15, the House Business and Financial Services committee voted out the measure.

Reporting requirements for utility and transportation companies

SB 6179 (Carlyle) would ease reporting requirements for regulated utility and transportation companies. Read More. The measure would no longer require those companies to include specified information in their annual reports. On February 14, the bill received a public hearing in the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. The measure is scheduled for executive action on February 22.

Broadband

ESSB 6034 (Rofles) creates a pilot program between the Kitsap Public Utility District (PUD) and private telecommunication companies to extend broadband access to the county’s rural communities. Read more. It cleared the Senate and has been referred to the House Technology & Economic Development Committee.

HB 2664 (Dye) would extend to urban districts a state policy adopted nearly two decades ago for rural port districts, which supporters say will hasten access to broadband. Read more. It is scheduled for a February 21 public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology.

Microbrews

HB 2419 (Hargrove) allows microbreweries and wineries to fill and sell growlers of their own products at farmers markets. Read more. The bill passed in the House 78-17 and is scheduled for a February 21 public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce.

Timber Industry

ESSB 5450 (Liias) directs the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC) to adopt rules for CLT use when building residential and commercial buildings. The bill passed in the Senate 45-2 and scheduled for a February 21 public hearing in the House Committee on Local Government.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard – Environment

HB 2338 (Fitzgibbon) would create a low carbon fuel standard in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2028. Read more. It failed to clear the House prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

SB 6253 (Carlyle) would set a timeline for Washington state energy production to be carbon-free by 2045. Read more. It failed to clear the House prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

ESHB 1144 (Fitzgibbon) would revise benchmarks created in a 2008 state law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as compared to 1990 levels. Read more. It passed in the House February 14 on a 50-48 vote and is scheduled for a Feb. 21 public hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology.

Capital Gains Tax

HB 2967 (Lytton) would impose a capital gains income tax to provide property tax relief to some state residents. Read more. It received a February 16 public hearing of the House Finance Committee.

Net Neutrality

HB 2282 (Hansen) would impose net neutrality regulations in Washington state. Read more. It was passed by the House February 9 in a 93-5 vote and is scheduled for a February 20 public hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology.

Housing

SB 6417 (Palumbo) would allow certain cities and counties to set up “housing opportunity zones” within a half mile of a transit facility. Read more. It failed to clear the Senate prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

Sound Transit

SSB 5955 (Kuderer) creates a credit for car tab payers by comparing Sound Transit’s current 1990s vehicle depreciation schedule when calculating the ST3 MVET tax to a 2006 schedule. Read more. It failed to clear the Senate prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

HB 2357 (Reeves) would enable drivers to set up semi-annual or quarterly payment plans for their motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) owed to Sound Transit as part of ST3. Read More. The bill received failed to clear the House prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

Spacecraft R&D Tax Credit

SB6411 (Keiser) would create a gross receipts (B&O) tax credit for companies conducting spacecraft research and development. Read more. It received a January 30 public hearing of the Senate Committee on Economic Development & International Trade, but no further action is scheduled.

Carbon Tax

SB 6203 (Carlyle) would impose a tax on carbon emitted by fossil fuel and electricity, beginning in July 2019. Read more. Revenue would go to carbon reduction projects, among other things. It failed to clear the Senate prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

Public Land Management

HB 2175 (Maycumber) would exempt certain land-use practices employed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from requiring an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Read More. The bill was passed by the House 98-0 on February 12 and is scheduled for a February 20 public hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks.

Net Neutrality

SB 6423 (Ranker) would impose net neutrality regulations in Washington state. Read more. It failed to clear the Senate prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

HB 2284 (Smith) would impose net neutrality regulations in Washington state. Read more. It failed to clear the House prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

HB 2749 (Orcutt) would allow rural counties to tack on an extra sales tax in order to fund infrastructure in areas currently beyond the reach of broadband providers. Read more. It failed to clear the House prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

Manufacturing

HB 2393 (Vick) would lower the B&O manufacturing tax rate to 0.2904 percent, the same rate given to Boeing. Read more. It failed to clear the House prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

Growth Management

SB 6186 (Palumbo) would require local governments to adjust their planning documents if population trends don’t match projections. Read More. The bill failed to clear the Senate prior to the February 14 cutoff date.

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

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