Bills awaiting action in the second chamber

I reported on these bills earlier in the year, and wanted to provide an update. The Legislature’s Special Session is mainly for negotiating final budget bills, but they can take up any of these bills also, if they are so moved.

See the list of bills

J.O. = Rep. Jason Overstreet; V.B. = Rep. Vincent Buys; D.E. = Sen. Doug Ericksen;
J.M = Rep. Jeff Morris; K.L. = Rep. Kris Lytton; K.R. = Sen. Kevin Ranker
42nd District 40th District
J.O. V.B. D.E. J.M. K.L. K.R.
Pending House action
Workers’ compensation: A package of bills to make workers’ compensation rules more business friendly. Passed Senate 25-24 (SB 5128)

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Wolf kills: Allowing livestock and pet owners to shoot endangered gray wolves without a permit when the wolves are attacking or threatening their animals. Passed Senate 25-23 (SB 5187)

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Grading schools: To assign A-F grades to schools based on factors including improvement of student test scores. Passed Senate 26-23 (SB 5328)

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Granting Water Rights: Applies to raspberry farmers using efficient drip-irrigation methods, and effectively only farmers in Whatcom County. Passed Senate 39-7 (SB 5199) Died in House Rules Committee

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Y

Third-grade reading: Require third-graders with inadequate reading skills to repeat a grade, attend summer school or otherwise improve their reading before enrolling in fourth grade. Passed Senate 35-13. No House action. (SB 5237)

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Pending Senate action
Abortion insurance: Insurers would be required to cover abortions if they covered maternity. Passed House 53-43 (HB 1044)

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Voting rights: Make it easier for minorities to get elected to local government by encouraging court challenges to cities, counties and school districts to push them to switch from at-large to district elections where large minority groups are underrepresented. Passed House 53-44 (HB 1413)

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Dream Act: Makes young illegal immigrants eligible for college financial aid. Passed House 77-20 (HB 1817)

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Nonparental visitation: Make it easier for a third party enjoying a substantial relationship with a child to get visitation rights. Passed House 56-40 (HB 1934)

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Citizens United: Requesting an amendment to the United States Constitution to return the authority to regulate election campaign contributions to congress and state legislatures. Passed House 55-42 (HJM 4001)

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