Capitol News
January 17, 2017
Melissa Johnson, WSLHA Lobbyist

The first week of the 2017 legislative session got off to a busy start, with legislators being sworn in, Governor Inslee addressing the Legislature, and committee work sessions to orient legislators on pending issues. The Governor's budget was also heard in the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Also of interest, the Senate passed a rule to require a 2/3 "supermajority" vote on any proposed tax increase

WSLHA is working with our partners, WEA, the Physical Therapy Association of Washington, and the Washington Occupational Therapy Association on getting our "years of service" bill introduced. Rep. Laurie Dolan is our prime sponsor in the House. We continue to work on getting sponsors in the House and Senate. We hope to have bill numbers by the end of the week.

Upcoming Events

  Business & Financial Services (House) - HHR B, JLOB - 1/18 @ 1:30pm

  •  HJM 4001 - Public Hearing - Concerning the coordination of legislation and regulations to increase the portability of occupational credentials between Washington, Oregon, and California.
  • HB 1052 - Exec Session - Repealing the requirement that credentialing authorities suspend a person's occupational credential for nonpayment or default of certain student loans.

 Health Care & Wellness (House) - HHR A, JLOB - 1/18 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1043 - Public Hearing - Addressing nonpublic personal health information.
  • HB 1239 - Public Hearing - Concerning requests for medical records to support an application for social security benefits.

 Business & Financial Services (House) - HHR B, JLOB - 1/20 @ 10:00am

  • HJM 4001 - Exec Session - Concerning the coordination of legislation and regulations to increase the portability of occupational credentials between Washington, Oregon, and California. 

WSLHA Bill Tracking List

Bill #

Abbrev. Title

Short Description

Status

Sponsor

HB 1005

Agency rule-making authority

Creating accountability in agency rule-making authority.

H State Governme

Taylor

HB 1021

Funding education first

Funding education first.

H Approps

MacEwen

HB 1026

WA health security trust

Requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create the Washington health security trust.

H HC/Wellness

Appleton

HB 1043 (SB 5124)

Personal health information

Addressing nonpublic personal health information.

H HC/Wellness

Robinson

HB 1052

Credentials/student loans

Repealing the requirement that credentialing authorities suspend a person's occupational credential for nonpayment or default of certain student loans.

H Bus & Fin Svcs

Sawyer

HB 1057 (SB 5022)

Education loan information

Providing information to students about education loans.

H Hi Ed

Orwall

HB 1169

Student loan assistance

Enacting the student opportunity, assistance, and relief act.

H Hi Ed

Orwall

HB 1239

Social security/medical recs

Concerning requests for medical records to support an application for social security benefits.

H HC/Wellness

Sullivan

HB 1240

JARRC/agency rule making

Revising the responsibilities of the joint administrative rules review committee to increase legislative oversight of agency rule making.

H State Governme

Koster

HB 1241

Agency rule making

Increasing legislative oversight of agency rule making.

H State Governme

Koster

HJM 4001

Occupational portability

Concerning the coordination of legislation and regulations to increase the portability of occupational credentials between Washington, Oregon, and California.

H Bus & Fin Svcs

Sawyer

SB 5017

Student loan information

Requiring that student loan information be provided to students.

S Higher Ed

Bailey

SB 5022 (HB 1057)

Education loan information

Providing information to students about education loans.

S Higher Ed

Bailey

SB 5048 (HB 1067)

Operating budget 2017-2019

Making 2017-2019 fiscal biennium operating appropriations.

S Ways & Means

Braun

SB 5124 (HB 1043)

Personal health information

Addressing nonpublic personal health information.

S Health Care

Rivers

SJR 8200

Publicly funded schools

Amending the Constitution to provide for a system of publicly funded schools.

S EL/K-12

Baumgartner