Updated 1/17/2020Upcoming hearings in bold and underlined
Bill NameBill #DescriptionImportance to PWDStatus
Sex Education for AllESSB5395Requires inclusive, medically accurate comprehensive sex education in public schoolsPeople with disabilites are at higher risk of sexual violence. Comprehensive sex education empowers and informs PWD about consent and sexual abuse, reducing risk of sexual violence.Introduced last year – will continue this year.
Sex Education for AllHB 2184Requiring 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 disabilites are at higher risk of sexual violence. Comprehensive sex education empowers and informs PWD about consent and sexual abuse, reducing risk of sexual violence.Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Education at 8:00 AM 1/16
Don’t Block The BoxESHB1793 Increases use of automated traffic cameras at intersections for traffic violations including blocking the crosswalkBlocked crosswalks and curbcuts increase risk to disabled pedestrians, especially wheelchair users. Wheelchair users have higher risk of fatal collisions as pedestrians.Introduced last year – will continue this year.
Uniform Guardianship Trailer and Supported Decision-makingSB 6287This 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 right. 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.  First reading, referred to Law & Justice.  1/15
Involuntary Treatment Act ExpansionE2SSB5720Major expansion of the scope of 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 changes the bill makes have a major impact on the rights of people with mental illness. Introduced last year – will continue this year.
Discharge Planning from SCC and hospitalsSHB1825Provides 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 disabilitiesIntroduced last year – will continue this year.
Caseload forecasting for developmental disabilities.SB 6040Bill 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.First reading, referred to Ways & Means. 1/13
Caseload forecasting for developmental disabilitiesSB 6056The 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 no-paid service clients. First reading, referred to Ways & Means. 1/13
HAD ITSB 6205Requires collection of data regarding abuse and harassment of in-home caregivers, sets up 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.Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 1:30 PM.  1/15
End subminimum wageSB 5753Eliminates 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 or 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. Introduced last year – will continue this year.
“CARES” decision-makers after ITASB 6109Creates pilot program for 3 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.Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care at 1:30 PM 1/24
Behavioral Health Ombuds ReformHB 2386Reforms 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 trainined, accessible advocates to respond to complaints.Executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM 1/24
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.Individuals who need a caregiver as an accommodation in order to attend a ball game, the theater, or other public event will not have to pay for a second admission. This is consistent with the policy of the ADA and Washington Law Against Discrimination, which require that no charge be levied for accommodations for disability.    Senate Rules “X” file 3/18/19
Using Respectful LanguageHB 2390 The language we use evolves over time and laws periodically needs to be updated to ensure respectful language is being used. This bill is regarding the way individuals with developmental disabilities are refered to in law.Respect is shown through many ways, the language we use is one way to show respect. People with developmental disabilities should be spoken and written about in a respectful manner.Executive session in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning at 8:00 AM 1/24
Voting Rights RestorationSB 6228Restoring 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. Executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM 1/24
Voting Rights RestorationHB 2292Restoring 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. First reading, referred to State Government & Tribal Relations. 1/13
ECTSB 5842Concerning the accessibility of electroconvulsant 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 allows makes it possible to involuntarily order someone to ECT.Introduced last year – will continue this year.
Concerning residential tenant protections.SB 6378Further 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. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability at 8:00 AM. 1/17
Required Closed CaptioningSB 6182Public accomodations that has 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 disabilites.Executive session in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 10:00 AM 1/23
Providing for a designation on driver’s licenses for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.HB 2272Creates 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.First reading, referred to Transportation. 1/13
Prioritizing homelessness diversion services.SB 6186Allocates funds to prioritize homelessness diversion servicesFunding 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. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability at 1:30 PM 1/15
Making expenditures from the budget stabilization account to alleviate the issue of homelessness.SB 6167Appropriates 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. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM 1/14
DD Rights BillHB 1651Concerning 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.1) Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning at 1:30 PM 1/22
2) Executive session in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning at 8:00 AM 1/24
Implementation of the Ruckelshaus ReportHB 2572Concerning 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.First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning 1/15
Implementation of the Ruckelshaus ReportSB 6419Concerning 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.First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation 1/16