Overstreet’s Legislative Agenda Goes Down in Flames

Legislators spend about a month holding hearings, reading, debating, amending and voting on bills in policy committees. Any bills not passed out of these policy committees by February 22, the cut-off deadline, are essentially dead. Bills can be revived on the floor of the chamber, but that would only happen in extraordinary circumstances.

Rep. Overstreet is not only in the minority party, but a minority of the minority. He is out of touch with how things work and the problems of ordinary people and their government, and his agenda is also out of touch. His failure to move legislation reflects this.

Rep. Overstreet’s prime sponsored bills that survived cut-off: ZERO

Prime Sponsored Bill that got a hearing. No action taken on either. Died in committee.

HB 1135 Concerning the annual gross sales limits for cottage food operations. Public hearing Agriculture & Natural Resources Cmte, no action.   Fiscal Note
Cottage food operations, mainly jam and jelly, are limited to home-based kitchens with less than 50(!) employees and under $15,000 gross income. This bill would eliminate the income limit as a reason to revoke a license.
HB 1162 Enacting the regulatory fairness act of 2013. Public hearing Government Operations & Elections, no action.
State agencies would not be allowed to adopt regulations that had economic impact unless said regulation is adopted by the Legislature. The way state law works is the Legislature enacts broad enabling legislation, with as many details as they feel are necessary, and then the state agencies develops rules and regulations to implement and enforce the law. This proposal would make the legislature responsible for adopting all these administrative rules. “Economic impact” means costing an individual $500 or more annual, or a business $1,000 or more annually.

 Prime sponsored bills that saw no action taken.

Bill Number Brief Description
HB 1099 Repealing the state estate tax. Referred to Finance Comte. No action.
Current law taxes estates over $2 million. It raises over $100 million annually, on average, and is dedicated to the Education Legacy Trust Fund, which finances lower class sizes in public schools, higher education, and financial aid, etc. More Info
HB 1100 Reducing the state sales and use tax rate. Referred to Finance Comte. No action.
Reduces the state portion of the sales tax from 6.5 to 6.4 percent.  Apparently because we just have too much tax revenue(?)
HB 1166 Requiring compensation for government required actions on private property. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
Details specific things state and local governments can’t make a landowner do without paying compensations, such as protecting and fencing off critical areas, riparian and wetlands. I think this would mean fencing to keep cows out of a stream would have to be paid for my the government.
HB 1259 Declaring that the right to life begins at the moment the individual comes into being. Referred to Health Care & Wellness. No action.
Freedom Agenda on “pro-life” bills
HB 1454 Creating the Washington state freedom of travel act. Referred to Public Safety. No action.
Adopted in Texas, also known as the Anti-groping law. A reaction to over-zealous TSA screeners at airports, apparently.
HB 1455 Eliminating the use of automated traffic safety cameras. Referred to Transportation. No action.

Secondary sponsored bills that survived cut-off

HB 1093 Regarding state agency lobbying activities. Substitute bill pending 2nd reading.
Limits state agency lobbying of the legislature to agency directors; lobbying cannot be delegated to agency staff.
HB 1334 Concerning conversion kits on motorcycles. Substitute bill pass the House by unanimous vote.  Fiscal Note
HB 1352 Addressing the statute of limitations for sexual abuse against a child. Substitute bill placed on 2nd Reading. Bi-partisan support.
HR 4603 Recognizing the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Adopted.
HR 4605 Honoring Allen Hayward. Adopted.

Secondary sponsored bill that saw no action. A few managed to get hearings.

Bill Number Brief Description
HB 1091 Changing provisions relating to presidential electors. Public hearing in Government Operations & Elections. No action.
A Republican national movement, trying to capture electoral votes in Blue states that have Red congressional districts. I disagree with the characterization that this plan would “rig” Presidential elections. It’s a secondary effect of the gerrymandering of congressional districts, which has an immediate impact on the balance of power in the US House of Representatives.
HB 1092 Providing a right of first repurchase for surplus transportation property.  Referred to Transportation. No action.
HB 1094 Requiring agreements between state agencies and the federal government to be reported to the legislature. Public hearing in Government Operations & Elections. No action.
Tea Party sponsored bill with one D co-sponsor.  Already had hearing.
HB 1111 Concerning the management of real property assets of the state. Referred to Capital Budget. No action.
“divest the state by December 31, 2023, of all state lands and state forest lands that are not being actively used for forestry…  The attorney general is authorized and empowered to condemn land owned by the federal government …that is forested or available for active forestry uses.” And bars local governments from buying the land.  Invokes the concept ofnullification – that federal law that conflicts with this statute is void. We fought a Civil War over that concept.
HB 1163 Regarding administrative procedures that promote accountability, transparency, and economic relief. Public hearing in Government Operations & Elections. No action.
Suspends ALL agency rule-making until 2016, except in emergencies and the setting of hunting season dates.
HB 1164 Prohibiting the use of international law to infringe on property rights. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
I’d dub this the “anti-Agenda 21” law. Provides a laundry list of international conferences and summits that make recommendations to countries of the world, and assumes that we are somehow bound to do what they say.  “Prohibit [state and local gov’ts] the adoption, development, or implementation of community development policies based on international accords that infringe or restrict private property rights” simply because the idea is from an international document. Even uses the phrase “required by policy recommendations”, ignoring the definition of “required” and “recommendation”. Also gives citizens standing to sue for damages under this law.
HB 1165 Prohibiting the state of Washington and its political subdivisions from adopting and developing environmental and developmental policies that would infringe or restrict private property rights without due process. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
Oops, this bill actually refers exclusively to Agenda 21.
HB 1167 Repealing growth management planning requirements in chapter 36.70A RCW. Referred to Local Government. No action.
Says planning costs too much so we shouldn’t do it.
HB 1168 Adopting the Washington state health care freedom act of 2013. Referred to Health Care & Wellness. No action.
Bars requiring individuals or businesses in participating in a healthcare program, or paying a fine or fee for not doing so. Clearly opposing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and invokes the concept ofnullification, again.
HB 1169 Reevaluating the delegation of authority to state agencies in regards to programs that address greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to Environment. No action.
Expressly limits state agency programs designed to implement a cap and trade system, regulate motor vehicle fuel economy, or otherwise address greenhouse gas emissions. Invokes the concept ofnullification, again.
HB 1257 Establishing parental notification requirements for abortion. Referred to Health Care & Wellness. No action.
Speaks for itself.  Hear the sponsors talk about this
HB 1317 Concerning poll-site voting and voting identification requirements. Government Operations & Elections. No action.
Anticipating the passage of local initiatives to reinstate poll-site voting.
HB 1318 Concerning concealed pistol license renewal notices. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
See FreedomCast 4 Wants the state to spend money letting gun permit holders know that their permits are expiring. Rep. Shea got into trouble in his road rage incident because he had let his gun permit lapse.
HB 1329 Creating a sales tax holiday for back-to-school clothing and supplies. Public hearing in Finance Comte. No action.
May be initiated by the Wa Retail Association, as this was one of the questions on their 2012 Legislative candidate survey.  Because we have too much tax revenue and too few special tax exemptions?
HB 1335 Repealing unnecessary provisions concerning the Washington State Bar Association. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
Removing all references to the Bar Association in statute, and leaving oversight to the Courts.  ??
HB 1371 Adopting the Washington state firearms freedom act of 2013 and establishing penalties. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
States that “domestically” manufactured, sold and possessed firearms are not subject to Federal law. Invokes the concept ofnullification, again.
HB 1372 Concerning natural resource management activities. Public hearing Agriculture & Natural Resources. No action.
Has bi-partisan support.
HB 1386 Requiring a superior court judge to be a qualified voter in a county served by the superior court he or she is elected or appointed to. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
Bi-partisan support
HB 1387 Eliminating the periodic replacement requirement for license plates. Public hearing in Transportation. No action.
HB 1391 Limiting enrollment in certain health care and human service programs to United States citizens and qualified aliens. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
Speaks for itself. Only sponsored by 3 members of the “Republican Liberty Caucus”
HB 1392 Protecting citizens from the application of foreign laws that would result in a violation of a constitutional right. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
“Republican Liberty Caucus” bill
HB 1430 Reducing property tax delinquencies by modifying collection practices. Referred to Finance. No action.
“Republican Liberty Caucus” bill. Removes some penalties for delinquent taxes.
HJR 4203 Requiring a balanced budget. Referred to Appropriations. No action.
Constitutional amendment.
HJR 4205 Requiring that all mandatory, regulatory, licensing, and disciplinary functions regarding the practice of law and administration of justice reside exclusively in the supreme court. Referred to Judiciary. No action.
HJR 4206 Placing restrictions on tax increases. Referred to Finance. No action.
Republican caucus constitutional amendment to enshrine 2/3 vote for tax increase.