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Updated 3/5/2020          
Bill Name Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status CDAN
Sex Education for All ESSB5395 Requires inclusive, medically accurate comprehensive sex education in public schools. People with disabilities are at higher risk of sexual violence. Comprehensive sex education empowers and informs people with disabilities about consent and sexual abuse, reducing risk of sexual violence. President 3/10 and Speaker Signed 3/11 X
Sex Education for All HB 2184 Requires comprehensive sexual health education with an affirmative consent curriculum in all public schools by the 2022-23 school year in accordance with the recommendations of the sexual health education work group. People with disabilities are at higher risk of sexual violence. Comprehensive sex education empowers and informs people with disabilities about consent and sexual abuse, reducing risk of sexual violence. NOT CONTINUING X
Don’t Block The Box ESHB1793  Increases use of automated traffic cameras at intersections for traffic violations, including blocking the crosswalk. Blocked crosswalks and curb cuts increase risk to disabled pedestrians, especially wheelchair users. Wheelchair users have higher risk of fatal collisions as pedestrians. Signed by President and Speaker 3/11 X
Uniform Guardianship Trailer and  Supported Decision-Making SB 6287 This bill makes corrections and adds protections not found in a bill adopted by the Legislature in 2019, SB 5604, the Uniform Guardianship Act. In addition, the bill implements supported decision-making, an alternative to guardianship in which the individual keeps their rights and appoints “supporters” of their own choosing to assist them with decisions. Guardianship law can provide protection, but also takes away important rights. Last year’s law needs some changes to reduce these negative impacts. Supported decision-making is a way for people to avoid guardianship altogether and take control of their own lives.     Signed by President and Speaker 3/11 X
Involuntary Treatment Act Expansion E2SSB5720 Major expansion of the scope of the Involuntary Treatment Act. Increases time a person can be held prior to hearing from 72 hours to 120 hours (with weekends, over a week), changes the gravely disabled definition, allows involuntary outpatient medication, and other changes to the involuntary treatment law.  This bill significantly increases the time individuals are held prior to a hearing to decide whether the person needs treatment. The change would have a major impact on the rights of people with disabilities and substance abuse disorders. Concurrence reached 3/10 X
Discharge planning from SCC and hospitals. SHB1825 Provides standards regarding discharge and housing plans for sexually violent predators following conditional release. In restrictive facilities, planning for discharge and support in obtaining less restrictive housing options could be available to people with disabilities NOT CONTINUING  
Caseload forecasting for developmental disabilities. SB 6040 Bill requires that the caseload forecast council will forecast the individual and family services waiver and the basic plus waiver “as a courtesy”. Contrast SB 6056 which requires forecasting. This bill is intended to expand availability of services to people on two of the DDA medicaid “waivers”; does not mandate services will be funded for these waivers. For comparison, see SB 6056. Concurrence reached 3/10  
Caseload forecasting for developmental disabilities. SB 6056 The caseload forecast council will forecast developmental disability services. Client with a qualifying developmental disability who is not receiving a paid service will receive case resource management services. This bill is intended to increase the number of eligible individuals who receive developmental disability services, and reduce the current list of non-paid service clients.  NOT CONTINUING  
HAD IT SB 6205 Requires collection of data regarding abuse and harassment of in-home caregivers, and sets up a workgroup to develop responses. Some users of in-home services have challenging behaviors, which are not abuse of caregivers. Behavior support plans address challenging behaviors, and caregivers could understand and follow plans. President signed 3/12  
End subminimum wage SB 5753 Eliminates subminimum wage certificates for people with disabilities by removing language from certain minimum wage statutes regarding paying individuals whose earning capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury, at wages lower than the minimum wage. Ensuring fair, gainful employment is essential for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all parts of society. Subminimum wage can promote stereotypical perceptions of employees with disabilities, which can result in exploitation and discrimination. 
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“CARES” decision-makers after ITA SB 6109 Creates pilot program for the three largest counties, allowing appointment of “CARES” officer to make decisions for individuals who have had 5 or more involuntary commitments. Establishes parallel to guardianship without due process protections required for setting up a guardianship. Potential loss of decision-making rights for individuals with mental illness who have been through involuntary commitment. NOT CONTINUING X
Behavioral Health Ombuds Reform HB 2386 Reforms the Behavioral Health Ombuds as an independent, coordinated service on the model of the Long-Term Care Ombuds.  People who use mental health and substance abuse services need a coordinated system of effective, well trained, accessible advocates to respond to complaints. NOT CONTINUING X
Caregiver “Doublecharge” SB 5487 “Providing personal caregiver access in places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement.” This legislation prohibits charging admission for a caregiver whose presence is necessary to accommodate an event patron with a disability. The language we use evolves over time and laws periodically need to be updated to ensure respectful language is being used. This bill is regarding the way individuals with developmental disabilities are referred to in law.

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Using Respectful Language HB 2390 The language we use evolves over time and laws periodically need to be updated to ensure respectful language is being used. This bill is regarding the way individuals with developmental disabilities are referred to in law. Respect is shown through many ways, including the language that we use. People with developmental disabilities should be spoken and written about in a respectful manner. Delivered to Governor 3/9  
Voting Rights Restoration SB 6228 Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections. Companion bill 2292. Disability is frequently criminalized which leads to many disabled people arrested and charged with crimes -and where the crime is a felony, losing the right to vote.
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Voting Rights Restoration HB 2292 Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections. Companion bill 6228. Disability is frequently criminalized which leads to many disabled people arrested and charged with crimes – and where the crime is a felony, losing the right to vote. NOT CONTINUING X
ECT SB 5842 Concerning the accessibility of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT benefits some people, but has significant side effects and under current law, individuals decide for themselves whether or not it is right for them. This bill makes it possible to involuntarily order someone to ECT. NOT CONTINUING X
Concerning residential tenant protections. B 6378 Further clarity is required as to how and when tenants can access emergency rental assistance to pay off unlawful detainer judgment amounts and have their tenancies reinstated before judgment, when tenants can request a different rent due date, and that a landlord cannot threaten a tenant with eviction for failure to pay fees not related to rent.   Senate President signed 3/4 X
Required Closed Captioning SB 6182 Public accommodations that have televisions that are capable of closed captioning must have closed captioning turned on or be subject to fines. Closed captioning provides more equitable access to information for people with disabilities. NOT CONTINUING X
Providing for a designation on driver’s licenses for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. HB 2272 Creates a voluntary designation on Washington Driver’s Licenses for Deaf and hard of hearing drivers. This could impact police violence against people with disabilities. For Deaf and hard of hearing individuals who want this on their licenses, this could be helpful in police interactions. However, if Deaf or hard of hearing individuals don’t want this on their licenses this could cause confusion and conflict. NOT CONTINUING X
Prioritizing homelessness diversion services. SB 6186 Allocates funds to prioritize homelessness diversion services Funding homelessness diversion services is essential for protecting the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities. Lack of consistent housing is one of the main reasons why people with disabilities are arrested and sent to jail. Therefore, this act would help ensure that people with disabilities are not arrested due to non-violent crimes related to homelessness. This bill is of particular importance to Trueblood class members.  NOT CONTINUING X
Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account to alleviate the issue of homelessness. SB 6167 Appropriates over three hundred million dollars from the budget stabilization account to fund a new sheltering grant program, a transitional housing pilot program for homeless youth, an expansion of the essential needs and housing assistance program, permanent supportive housing, improvements to affordable housing and homelessness data collection, and for the housing trust fund for additional enhance homeless shelters and to enhance existing shelter services. Additional funding will be provided to the department of social and health services to make improvements to the aged, blind, or disabled assistance program.   Homelessness is a leading factor in the disproportionate arrest and incarceration of disabled people.  NOT CONTINUING X
DD Rights Bill HB 1651 Concerning the rights of clients of the developmental disabilities administration of the department of social and health services. The rights of people with developmental disabilities are scattered through Washington state law. This bill would put them all together in one place so people with developmental disabilities know their rights. Delivered to Governor 3/9 X
Implementation of the Ruckelshaus Report HB 2572 Concerning implementation of the recommendations of the December 2019 report from the William D. Ruckelshaus center regarding residential habilitation center clients. Implements the plan for the future of institutions. NOT CONTINUING  
Implementation of the Ruckelshaus Report SB 6419 Concerning implementation of the recommendations of the December 2019 report from the William D. Ruckelshaus center regarding residential habilitation center clients. Implements the plan for the future of institutions.
Delivered to Governor 3/11
 
Addressing inadequate, deficient, or dangerous conditions at facilities and institutions operated or overseen by state agencies. SB 6192 Creates an action plan to address inadequate, deficient, or dangerous conditions at facilities and institutions operated or overseen by state agencies in order to hold them accountable and protect the safety of individuals within these facilities and/or institutions.  This act would help ensure that the rights and safety of people with disabilities in state-run institutions are protected and that these institutions are held accountable. NOT CONTINUING X
Expanding the scope of assault in the third degree to include all health care providers. HB 2294 Expanding the scope of assault in the third degree to include all health care providers. Washington law already converts what would be a simple misdemeanor assault to a felony assault based on the status of the victim (e.g., health care providers), although this type of up charging has not been shown to reduce crime or recidivism. This bill greatly expands the list of status victims. People with serious mental illness or other cognitive disabilities often face criminalization of their disability when they are arrested for disruptive or assaultive behaviors clearly linked to their disability, especially in context of seeking healthcare for a mental health crisis.  NOT CONTINUING  
Expanding Restraint in Schools HB 2436 Expands the definition of imminent harm/restraint for schools. Students of color with disabilities are disproportionately restrained and isolated due to behaviors related to their disabilities. Sometimes these behaviors come from staff not following students IEPs or behavioral support plans. Schools need to focus on positive behavioral supports and social emotional learning, not punishing students. NOT CONTINUING  
Concerning the use of “van accessible” parking spots. SB 5253 Prohibits persons from parking in van accessible parking spaces unless they are parking vehicles utilizing wheelchairs or mobility equipment. Distinguishes which parking is available to people with disabilities who are eligible for accessible parking permit, based on their disability. Permits restriction of van only spots to those who use wheelchairs. NOT CONTINUING