Bills passed in 2013 Legislature

Below are some of the more significant bills that have passed the legislature this session. The special session that began on May 13th will attempt to reconcile the House and Senate budget bills, but other pending bills may be considered.

Rep. Jason Overstreet managed to eek out a single “yes” vote on the Whatcom County 4th Judge bill, but his compatriot in the “Liberty Caucus”, Rep. Matt Shea, voted “No.” Chances are that if this bill had not been about Whatcom County, Overstreet would have voted “no” also.

To see the 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
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Firearm-offender registry: House lawmakers advanced a bill to require people convicted of felony firearm offenses to register with the county sheriff. The information would not be publicly available. (HB 1612) Amended version Passed the Senate 41 to 7; Passed House 89 to 8; Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee

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Climate change: A stripped-down version of a measure championed by Inslee and Sen. Kevin Ranker to study the best practices for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions has advanced from the Senate. (SB 5802) Passed Senate 37-12; Passed House 61 to 32; Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee

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Sunset Tax Loopholes: Strengthening the review of the legislature’s goals for tax preferences by requiring that every new tax preference provide an expiration date and statement of legislative intent. (SB 5843) Passed Senate 47 to 0; Amended version Passed House 67 to 29; Still needs to go back to Senate for approval of amended version.

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Implementing recommendations on Early Learning: Examine options for creating an accessible, integrated, high quality, community-based early learning program for children and their families, and options for funding. Null and void unless funded in the budget. (HB 1723) Passed House 59 to 38; Passed Senate 46 to 2; Delivered to Governor

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Assisting persistently low achieving school districts: creates the State Superintendent District as a statewide school district. Persistently low-achieving schools may be transferred to this Superintendent District and contract with a nonprofit corporation with expertise in managing the daily operations and academic and instructional learning environment to bring the school back up to standards. (SB 5329)

Amended version passed House 68-29; Passed Senate 44-3; Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee

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Fourth Whatcom County Superior Court Judge position: (SB 5052) Passed the Senate 48-1; Passed the House 91-6; Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Establishing the Washington coastal marine advisory council: to lead and coordinate ocean acidification monitoring, research, analysis and other response work at the state policy level. (SB 5603) Passed Senate 40-9; Passed House 82-14; Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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