Legislative Update: Week 2

Week Overview

General Update

The second week of the legislative session saw more work sessions and hearings, committee votes on bills (known as executive session), and even some floor action on early priority bills. Legislators, staff, lobbyists and advocates are all acclimating to the virtual session. Technical glitches have been overall fewer than anticipated, though every hearing has at least one ‘you’re on mute’ moment. We even saw this week some hearings utilize translators for non-English speaking people who wanted to testify on some of the child care-related bills.

Remote testifying has opened up widespread opportunity for people around the state to have their opinion heard by committees. This also means that hearings are getting filled with a lot of people testifying. The technology that the legislature uses has a firm cut-off with the end of the hearing so committee chairs do not have the option to ‘run long’. When time runs out and people aren’t able to testify, there is also another new option of submitting written testimony committees, which can be turned in up to 24 hours after a hearing completes.

While there are great opportunities in the increased access of remote session, it is also clear that every step of the legislative process is going to take longer. Most committees are limiting to one to three bills per meeting. And many committees are trying to do executive session as we go through the process rather than waiting until the week leading up to policy committee cutoff (February 15th).

On Friday, House and Senate Democrats announced their proposed “Early Action Budget” relating to COVID relief. The early action bill is meant to respond to the immediate need for relief in several different areas (housing, child care, education, food security, etc) resulting from the pandemic. The dollars funding the items in the proposal are mostly funded by dollars received under the federal stimulus package at the end of 2020. See the budget section below for more details on this proposal.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that there will be long-term additional security measures in place at the state Capitol in Olympia, even as the Washington National Guard begins to drawdown its presence that followed increased threats leading up to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. The continued actions will include increased Washington State Patrol presence and the restricted area on West Campus. People will be able to exercise their free speech outside the fence in non-restricted areas.

Click here to watch this week’s TVW Week in Review, which provides a good wrap-up of the past week in Olympia.

Session Primers

As we go through session, we will periodically do brief primers on things related to session and the legislative process. We often use jargon and things move very quickly, so our goal with these primers is to help you better understand what is going on in Olympia as we go along. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Giving Remote Testimony

While there are many challenges that comes with the virtual nature of session, one perk is the increased

access to engaging in the legislative process for people throughout the state. People can sign in and testify on a bill from the comfort of their living room this year. The process for testifying remotely is fairly simple – it is just like calling into a zoom call. Here’s what to expect:

  • Once you register to testify, you are emailed a link for you to use when you log in to the hearing. The system to sign up to testify closes an hour before the committee meeting begins, so make sure you get signed up before that deadline. If you sign up in advance, you will also receive a reminder email before the hearing starts. The link they give you is a unique link for
  • When you click the link, you are put into a Zoom waiting room, which just looks like active speaker view in zoom. So whoever is speaking in the hearing is who you will see on the full
  • Once your name is called and you are put into the speaking queue, the view changes to a zoom gallery where you can see others ready to testify. At this point you will need to turn on your camera and go off mute when it is your turn to You turn on your camera and unmute the same way you would on a normal zoom call with the buttons in the lower left corner.
  • While you are speaking, most committee chairs are using a countdown clock, which you can see on your screen, that shows how much time you have

And that’s it! If you’ve been on a Zoom meeting before, you will hopefully be able to easily navigate the flow of remote testimony. Click here for some Tips for Testifying During Virtual Session.

Priority Areas

Business Impacts

Paid Family Medical Leave

Rep. Berry introduced HB 1073, which modifies the eligibility threshold for benefits from a minimum of 820 hours worked to a minimum of $1,000 earned. It also expands the job protection provisions by removing the employer size and employee hours worked threshold, and by revising the employment length threshold from 12 month to 90 days. The employer must also maintain existing health benefits during Paid Family Medical leave for any employee covered by the Paid Family Medical Leave job protection provisions. The bill was heard on January 15th and is scheduled for executive session on January 27th in the House Labor & Workplace Standards committee.

Sen Robinson introduced a similar bill, SB 5097, with the same changes to the job protection provisions and health benefits. SB 5907 does not change to the eligibility threshold but does change the definition of a family member to include any individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with a covered individual is the equivalent of a family member. The bill was heard on January 18th in the Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs committee.

Safely opening Washington

Sen Braun and Rep MacEwen sponsored SB 5114/HB 1321 and it allows businesses, facilities, institutions, and all other places or organizations to immediately and safely reopen or resume under Phase 2 of the Health Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. It also states the intent of the Legislature to regularly review the best available public health data to determine whether additional actions should be taken until January 10, 2022. SB 5114 was heard on January 20th in the Senate State Government & Elections committee. HB 1321 has not been scheduled for a hearing.

Step One for Washington’s Community and Economic Recovery

On Friday, January 22nd the House and Senate Democrats announced a plan for community and economic recovery, starting with $2.2 billion in federal funds to provide assistance to families and businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal provides funding in critical areas, starting with $240 million in small business grants; $668 million to school districts to address learning loss; $618 million for the Department of Heath to use for vaccine distribution, contract tracing, and testing; $325 million for direct rental and utility payments; $5 million for rental and foreclosure assistance; $4.7 million for food assistance programs with an additional $26.3 million in block grants for hunger relief organizations; $50 million for child care grants and incentives, prioritizing providers in child care deserts and supporting racial equity across the state; $65 million for Immigrant Relief Fund for those people left out of federal stimulus payments; $9 million for TANF and $12 million in Disaster Cash Assistance. The bills reflecting the changes and appropriations are HB 1367 and HB 1368 and their companion bills are SB 5343 and SB 5344. HB 1367 and HB 1368 are scheduled for a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on January 26th and executive session on January 28th. SB 5343 and SB 5344 are not yet scheduled for a hearing. House and Senate Democrats will hold a joint media availability the proposal on Monday, January 25th at 2:15pm and will be broadcast on TVW.

Taxation of governmental financial assistance programs during an emergency proclamation

Rep. Walen introduced HB 1095, which provides a B&O tax, a public utilities tax, and a retail sales tax exemption for a qualifying grant received on or after February 29, 2020, that is related to a national or state emergency proclamation. "Qualifying grant" is defined as an amount received, or relief from debt or other legal obligation received that is received under a government-funded program to address the impacts of conditions giving rise to an official proclamation of a state of emergency by the President or by the Governor. The bill was heard on January 14th, amended and passed out of the House Finance committee on January 19th. The amended bill exempts this act from the requirements of a Tax Preference Performance Statement, a JLARC review, and the 10-year automatic expiration. On January 22nd the House place this bill on a priority list and passed the bill with a 98-0 vote count. It will now be referred to the Senate for consideration.

Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Commitment Act

Sen Carlyle sponsored SB 5126 on behalf of the Governor and it requires the Governor to establish a

comprehensive program to implement the state’s commitment and convene a Climate Commitment task force. It established a cap and invest program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be implemented by the Department of Ecology and directs distribution of auction revenues to clean transportation, natural climate resiliency, clean energy transition and assistance, and energy efficiency projects. The bill was heard on January 19th in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee.

Clean Air Act

Rep. Pollet has introduced HB 1057 legislation that proves that, within the Clean Air Act's definition of "air pollutant," the term "enjoyment of life and property" may include a person's use or enjoyment of a public park, public recreational facility or trail, or publicly owned commons of any municipal government or state agency. HB 1057 was heard in the House Committee on Environment & Energy on January 12th.

Environmental Justice task force

Sen. Saldaña introduced SB 5141, which establishes environmental justice strategic plan incorporation, equitable community engagement and public participation, tribal consultation, assessment, and budget and funding obligation requirements for the departments of Health, Ecology, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Commerce, and Transportation, and the Puget Sound Partnership. It also establishes an environmental justice council to adopt guidelines and provide technical assistance to support agencies environmental justice work. The bill was heard on January 20th in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Rep. Fitzgibbon and Sen. Stanford introduced HB 1091/SB 5231 on behalf of the Governor, which directs the Department of Ecology to adopt rules establishing a Clean Fuels Program to limit the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission per unit of transportation fuel energy to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20% below 2017 levels by 2035. Ecology is also directed to update the Clean Fuels Program rules to further reduce GHG emission from each unit of transportation fuel for each year through 2050, consistent with statutory state emission reduction limits. SHB 1091 was heard on January 14th, amended and passed out the House Environment and Energy committee on January 21st. The amended bill clarifies that the Clean Fuels Program’s standards must reduce overall, aggregate carbon intensity, rather than carbon intensity achieved by an individual type of

transportation fuel. It also requires Ecology’s Clean Fuels Program rules to include mechanism for certifying electricity that has a carbon intensity of zero and to allow the assignment of credits to electric utilities for electricity used, at minimum, for residential electric vehicle charging or fueling. SB 5231 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.


Condominium construction

Sen. Padden introduced SSB 5024, which exempts condominiums with 10 or fewer units and no more than two stories from the requirement to submit building enclosure design documents and obtain periodic inspections throughout the course of construction. It also allows deposit funds for purchase of a unit to be used for construction costs. The amended bill clarifies statutory limitations that apply to earnest money deposits for real estate conveyances do not apply to deposits for the purchase of a unit in a condo community. It has been passed to the Senate Rules committee for further consideration.

Housing benefit districts

Rep Ryu introduced HB 1128, which authorizes counties and cities to establish a housing benefit district for the purpose of acquiring, land banking, predevelopment contracting, selling, improving, funding, and leasing land for the creation of affordable low-and middle-income housing and community development projects. To carry out the objectives of a housing benefit district, a housing benefit district may impose a sales and use tax and property taxes. The bill was heard on January 19th in the House Local Government committee and has been scheduled for executive session on January 29th.

Landlord-tenant relations

Sen Kuderer sponsored SB 5160 and prohibits landlords from terminating or refusing to renew a rental lease that expires at the end of the lease term or is subject to a 20-day termination notice until 2 years after expiration of any public health emergency. It allows tenants impacted by COVID-19 to terminate their tenancy with a 20-day written notice and prohibits landlords from charging or imposing fees or other changes for nonpayment of rent during any public health emergency. Additionally, it requires landlords to first offer tenants a repayment plan based on the individual, financial, health, or other circumstances of the tenant. The bill was heard on January 20th in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Limiting rent increases

Sen Das introduced SB 5139, which prohibits any increases in rent or other charges for residential tenancies for the first 6 months after expiration of the eviction moratorium. It also limits rent increased for a 6-month period after the initial 6-month prohibition period to 3% points above the consumer price index and based on monthly rent as of March 1, 2020. The bill was heard on January 21st in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee.

Local Government option for funding essential housing programs

Sen. Lovelett introduced SB 5012, which authorizes local government to levy a special excise tax up to 10% on internet-based short-term rentals and use those revenues for operating and capital cost of affordable housing programs including homeless housing assistance, temporary shelters, and other related services. The bill was heard on January 13th in the House Housing and Local Government committee.

Reporting from the eviction resolution pilot program

Sen Kuderer sponsored SB 5260 and it requires participating superior courts and dispute resolution centers in the eviction resolution pilot program to report data on an annual basis to the Administrative Office of the Courts and to report that data annually to the Legislature. The bill was heard on January 21st in the Senate House & Local Government committee.

Revenue source for eviction prevention

Rep Ormsby and Sen Robinson introduced HB 1277/SB 5279, which creates an additional $100 surcharge on recorded documents to fund an eviction prevention rental assistance program within the Department of Commerce; operations, maintenance, and service costs for permanent supportive housing; and the landlord mitigation program. HB 1277 was heard on January 22nd and is scheduled for executive session on January 29th in the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans committee. SB 5279 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

Land Use

Climate response through updates to the comprehensive plans

Rep Duerr sponsored HB 1099 and it adds climate change mitigation to the listed goals of the of the Growth Management Act. It adds climate change and resiliency element to the list of elements that must be included within the comprehensive plans and requires that it result in reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled within the city or county adopting the comprehensive plan. The bill was heard on January 19th and is scheduled for executive session on January 28th and 29th in the House Environment & Energy committee.

Salmon recovery through revisions to the comprehensive plans

Rep Lekanoff introduced HB 1117, which adds salmon recovery to the listed goals of the of the Growth Management Act. It requires the land use element of the comprehensive plan to include a strategy that achieves net ecological gain of salmon habitat and the capital facilities element to address the elimination of fish passage barriers. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on January 28th in the House Environment & Energy committee.


Monthly Revenue Update

On Thursday, the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its January update. In the report they show that General-Fund State contributions for December 11, 2020 – January 10, 2021 are $260.7 million (or 14.9%) higher than forecasted. Our state’s hot real estate market continues to be a contributing factor to the improving numbers. While this is certainly good news, the increase is not enough to make up for the projected revenue shortfall in November. The next official revenue report will come out on March 17, 2021 and those numbers will be what the legislature bases their proposed 2021-23 budget on.

Capital gains

Sen. Robinson introduced SB 5096, which imposes a 9% capital gains tax beginning January 1, 2022 on capital gains earnings above $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers. The tax would not apply to residential dwellings along with the land upon which the dwelling is located; assets held in a retirement account; assets transferred as part of a condemnation proceeding; livestock related to farming or ranching; agricultural land that meets certain requirements; certain types of property used in a trade or business such as machinery and equipment that have been immediately expensed; capital assets acquired and used only for purposed of a trade or business of a sole proprietorship; and timber and timberlands. The bill was heard on January 14th in the Senate Ways and Means committee.

Covered Lives

Rep Riccelli and Sen. Robinson introduced HB 1201/SB 5149, which would impose a tax on health insurance plans in Washington. The tax assessed is $3.25 per member per month on health carriers, Medicaid managed care organizations, and third-party administrators. The covered lives assessment is estimated to be $143 million for fiscal year 2024 and $200 million for fiscal year 2025 and each fiscal year thereafter ($400 million biennially). Revenue collected under this proposal is deposited in the foundational public health services account. The bill is at the request of the Governor. SB 5149 is scheduled for a public hearing on January 27th in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care committee. HB 1201 has not been scheduled for a hearing.


The House Democrats unveiled a $26 billion transportation package at a press conference on January 19th. The priorities in the plan include maintenance and preservation, investing in frontline communities, supporting economic recovery, carbon reduction, and living up to prior commitments, including the restoration of fish passages. This proposal is unique in that it raises new revenue without borrowing through bonds. The primary sources of revenue are an $0.18 gas tax increase, a $15/ton carbon fee that increases to $25/ton, and various other licensing fees.

More details about the proposal are here: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2021/htRevenueAndSpendingFramework1_19.pdf

In the Senate, the Senate Transportation Committee Chair, Sen. Hobbs, continue to refine his transportation funding proposal called Forward Washington and will hold a work session on January 28th. Vice Chair Sen. Saldaña is working on a proposal based on stakeholder meetings she has had over this interim and Ranking Minority Member, Sen. King, may unveil his own transportation funding proposal in a few weeks.

Looking Ahead

This week will see more public hearings, work sessions, and movement of bills out of committee. We will also see consideration of and quick movement of the COVID relief early action budget, Step One for Washington’s Community and Economic Recovery.

Upcoming Dates:

  • February 15th - House of Origin Policy Cutoff
  • February 22nd - House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff
  • March 9th - House of Origin Floor Cutoff
  • March 26th - Opposite House Policy Cutoff
  • April 2nd - Opposite House Fiscal Cutoff
  • April 11th - Opposite House Floor Cutoff
  • April 25th - Sine Die

Coronavirus Updates

The first case of COVID-19 was announced in Washington state on January 21, 2020 – a year ago last week. This was the first time anyone had detected novel coronavirus in the United States. This day marked the beginning of our state’s response to a pandemic that brought, and continues to bring, heartbreaking loss and disruption to the lives of people across our state and nation. Read more here.

On Saturday night, the Department of Health along with the Snohomish Health District and the UW Medicine Virology Lab, announced that the U.K. variant of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7) has been found in testing samples from Washington. The new variant, first detected globally in September 2020, emerged with an unusually large number of mutations and has now spread significantly in London and southeast England. This variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no conclusive evidence that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death. Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah stated “Now that this variant has been found, it underscores the absolute importance of doubling down on all the prevention measures to protect Washingtonians against COVID-19.”

Vaccine Distribution

Vaccines are being administered in phases. As of 1/18/21, we are currently in Phase 1B-Tier 1. This visual timeline shows phase 1a and phase 1b and the estimated dates for each. You can also visit the Phase Finder website and fill out a questionnaire to determine what Phase you qualify for. You can choose to be notified when your Phase is activated. The notification will also include information about where you can receive the vaccine locally. You can also contact your healthcare provider to find out when and where you can receive the vaccine, or check out vaccine locations near you.

In alignment with the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Playbook, the Washington State Department of Health is building a Collaborative to support the agency’s efforts to maintain an equity and social justice lens in COVID-19 vaccine planning and implementation. This Collaborative is open to both communities and partners. The COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Collaborative will launch on February 3rd, 2021.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with Microsoft AI for Health, is proud to announce our new vaccine dashboard to help us share progress in vaccinating the people of Washington. The vaccine data dashboard will allow you to see how many people have started the two-dose series and how many have completed the series. It will also include the percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated so far, doses administered by date and more. Data will be available at the state and country levels. We will add demographic data in later phases of vaccine distribution. Most vaccination data should appear in this dashboard within seven days of when the vaccine was given. Updates will occur approximately three times per week. Read more in the news release about the dashboard.

Federal Updates

President Biden announced his $1.9 trillion American Rescue economic plan. The package is designed to change the course of the pandemic, get students back to school, give families and businesses a bridge to an economic recovery, and invest in advancing racial equity. designed to change the course of the pandemic, get students back to school, give families and businesses a bridge to an economic recovery, and invest in advancing racial equity. Provisions of the plan include direct aid to American families, businesses and communities, and also includes a major focus on coronavirus testing and vaccine production and delivery.

President Biden also signed two executive orders on Friday. The orders would increase food aid, protect job seekers on unemployment, make it easier to obtain government aid and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.

Governor Announcements and Proclamations

Last Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations in Washington state and lay the groundwork for administering 45,000 doses a day when more supply becomes available. Included in the plan is the Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center, a new statewide public-private partnership to boost vaccine distribution efforts. The collaboration includes Washington corporations, labor unions, health care groups and government entities. The governor also announced changes to who is eligible now for a COVID-19 vaccine, lowering the current age limit from 70 years old to 65 years old, which made an additional 400,000 Washingtonians eligible for the vaccine. Read more from the Governor’s announcement here.

Gov. Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. They received their doses in front of journalists while the cameras rolled to promote the safety of the vaccine and to encourage anyone who is eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated. The governor and Mrs. Inslee are both 69 years old, making them eligible for the vaccine along with any other state residents over the age of 65.

Other Guidance and Announcements

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, February 1, 2021.

State Data – County Phases and COVID-19 Case Count

The current number of coronavirus cases in Washington is 300,198, including 4,114 deaths.

Bellevue Chamber Bill Status Report

Bill # Abbrev. Title Short Description Status Sponsor
HB 1073 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and medical leave program. H Labor & Workpl Berry
HB 1091 (SB 5231) Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.  

H Exec Action



HB 1093 (SB 5091) Operating budget, 2nd supp. Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby
HB 1094 (SB 5092) Operating budget 2021-


Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. H Approps Ormsby




SHB 1095





Emergency assistance/tax

Concerning the taxation of governmental financial assistance programs addressing the impacts of conditions giving rise to a gubernatorial or presidential emergency proclamation by creating state business and occupation tax and state public utility tax exemptions, a sales and use tax exemption for the receipt of such financial assistance, and clarifying the sales and use tax obligations for goods and services purchased by recipients of

such financial assistance.





H Passed 3rd






HB 1097 (SB 5090) Worker protections Increasing worker protections. H Labor & Workpl Sells
HB 1098 (SSB 5061) Unemployment insurance Concerning unemployment insurance. H Labor & Workpl Sells
HB 1135 (SB 5165) Transp. budget 2021-


Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium. H Transportation Fey
HB 1136 (SB 5166) Supp. transportation budget Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation appropriations. H Transportation Fey
HB 1137 Road maintenance/planning Elevating road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning. H Transportation McCaslin
HB 1151 Public assistance Bolstering economic recovery. H Hous, Human Sv Leavitt

HB 1157


Housing supply

Increasing housing supply through the growth

management act and housing density tax incentives for local governments.


H Local Govt




HB 1188


B&O tax payment deferral

Providing a business and occupation tax payment deferral to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on

businesses in the state.


H Finance



HB 1189

(SB 5211)

Tax increment financing Authorizing tax increment financing for local


H Finance Duerr
HB 1204

(SB 5256)

Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of


H Transportation Macri

HB 1228

Landlord- tenant/COVID-19 Addressing residential landlord-tenant

requirements in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


H Hous, Human Sv




HB 1232 GMA/affordable

housing plans

Planning for affordable housing under the

growth management act.

H Local Govt Barkis
HB 1241 Growth management act


Planning under the growth management act. H Local Govt Duerr
HB 1243 Local infra. project


Addressing local infrastructure project areas. H Finance Wicks

HB 1249


Transp. project tax revenues

Concerning sales tax revenues of transportation projects being used for

transportation purposes with at least 70 percent being deposited into the motor vehicle fund.


H Approps



HB 1277 (SB 5279)  

Housing/revenue source

Providing for an additional revenue source for eviction prevention and housing stability



H Hous, Human Svc




HB 1300

Landlord damage claims Addressing documentation and processes

governing landlords' claims for damage to residential premises.


H Hous, Human Svc




HB 1319

Washington recovery rebate Creating a Washington recovery rebate by temporarily expanding the working families' tax exemption.  

H Finance



HB 1321 (SB 5114) Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. H HC/Wellness MacEwen
HB 1332 Property tax deferral/COVID Concerning property tax deferral during the COVID-19 pandemic. H Finance Sullivan

HB 1334

Appropriations/COVID- 19 Making appropriations to revive our economy and accelerate a lasting recovery for Washington.  

H Approps





HB 1343



Unemployment ins./employers

Providing employer relief in unemployment insurance by relieving COVID-19-related benefit charges, providing contribution relief, making appropriations to rebuild the unemployment trust fund and making

clarifying changes.



H Labor & Workpl




HB 1350 Limited equity coop.


Providing a property tax exemption for limited

equity cooperative housing.

H Finance Bateman



HB 1358




State school levies

Providing property tax relief by reducing both parts of the state school levies based on an amount that approximates the fiscal impact of extraordinary growth in property values that exceeded the valuation growth assumptions of

budget writers when part two of the state school levy was enacted.








HB 1367




Medicaid appropriations

Revising 2019-2021 fiscal biennium appropriations of state and federal funding for previously implemented medicaid rates and other medicaid expenditures in the developmental disabilities and long-term care programs in response to the COVID-19






SSB 5061

(HB 1098)



Concerning unemployment insurance. S 2nd Reading Keiser
SSB 5062 Data Concerning the management, oversight, and

use of data.

S Ways & Means Carlyle


SB 5090

(HB 1097)

Worker protections Increasing worker protections. S Labor, Comm & Keiser
SB 5091

(HB 1093)

Operating budget, 2nd


Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second

supplemental operating appropriations.

S Ways & Means Rolfes
SB 5092

(HB 1094)

Operating budget 2021-


Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating


S Ways & Means Rolfes
SB 5096 Capital gains tax Concerning an excise tax on gains from the

sale or exchange of certain capital assets.

S Ways & Means Robinson
SB 5097 Paid leave coverage Expanding coverage of the paid family and

medical leave program.

S Labor, Comm & Robinson
SB 5114

(HB 1321)

Reopening/public health Concerning safely reopening Washington. S State Govt & E Braun
SB 5115 Health emergency/labor Establishing health emergency labor standards. S Labor, Comm & Keiser
SB 5126 Climate commitment act Concerning the Washington climate commitment act. S Environment, E Carlyle
SB 5130 Personnel files & discipline Concerning employee's rights concerning personnel files and disciplinary actions. S Labor, Comm & Kuderer

SB 5138

Financial instit./B&O tax Eliminating a business and occupation tax deduction for financial institutions to fund

affordable housing.


S Business, Fina



SB 5139 Rent increases, limiting Limiting rent increases after expiration of the

governor's eviction moratorium.

S Housing & Loca Das
SB 5141 Env. justice task force


Implementing the recommendations of the

environmental justice task force.

S Environment, E Saldaña
SB 5152 Vehicle and driver data Enhancing data stewardship and privacy

protections for vehicle and driver data.

S Transportation Nguyen


SB 5156


Budget stabilization approps

Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account to address issues of homelessness, home security, and economic

impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.



S Ways & Means






SB 5160



Landlord-tenant relations

Addressing landlord-tenant relations by providing certain tenant protections during and after public health emergencies, providing for legal representation in eviction cases, and authorizing landlord access to state rental

assistance programs.



S Housing & Loca




SB 5162 Unanticipated revenue Concerning unanticipated revenue. S Ways & Means Rolfes
SB 5165 (HB 1135) Transp. budget 2021-


Making transportation appropriations for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium. S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5166 (HB 1136) Supp. transportation budget Making 2019-2021 supplemental transportation appropriations. S Transportation Hobbs
SB 5171 Unemployment insurance Providing unemployment insurance relief. S Ways & Means Wilson
SB 5214 Economic assistance programs Concerning economic assistance programs. S Human Svcs, Re Nguyen
SB 5223 Motor vehicles sales tax use Dedicating the sales tax on motor vehicles to highway uses. S Ways & Means Fortunato
SB 5231 (HB 1091) Transportation fuel/carbon Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation



S Environment, E



SB 5232 Toll revenue bonding Limiting bonding toll revenues on certain state

highway facilities.

S Transportation King


SB 5235 Housing options &


Increasing housing unit inventory by removing

arbitrary limits on housing options.

S Housing & Loca Liias
SB 5238 Creative economy work


Creating a Washington state creative economy

work group.

S Business, Fina Hasegawa
SB 5243 Engineered plan


Creating efficiency in housing by streamlining

approval of engineered plans.

S Housing & Loca Gildon


SB 5251



Tax and revenue laws

Modifying tax and revenue laws in a manner that is not estimated to affect state or local tax collections, by easing compliance burdens for taxpayers, clarifying ambiguities, making

technical corrections, and providing administrative efficiencies.



S Ways & Means




SB 5256 (HB 1204) Transp. electrification Concerning the electrification of transportation. S Environment, E Liias

SB 5269

Property tax levy limit calc Including the value of increased residential building capacity in the property tax levy limit calculation.  

S Housing & Loca



SB 5279 (HB 1277)  

Housing/revenue source

Providing for an additional revenue source for eviction prevention and housing stability services.  

S Housing & Loca




SB 5282

Property value/emergency Concerning reduction in value of property as a result of government restrictions imposed in

response to a public health emergency.


S Ways & Means



SB 5287 Afford. housing


Concerning affordable housing incentives. S Housing & Loca Das
SB 5314 GMA/standing &


Concerning standing and science under the

growth management act.

S Housing & Local Short

SB 5333


Construction contracts/COVID

Concerning void and unenforceable clauses in construction contracts related to delays caused

by the COVID-19 pandemic emergency proclamations.


S Labor, Comm &




SCR 8402

Emergency orders extension Extending certain gubernatorial orders issued in response to the COVID-19 state of



H Spkr Signed