Bill Topics

 
Updated April 11, 2022
*Please note that bill statuses are subject to change. For the most up to date information check the bill page.
 

Healthcare

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1047 Requiring coverage for hearing instruments for children and adolescents It is essential for children and adolescents with hearing loss to have access to hearing-assistive devices regardless of ability to pay.  Necessary to implement the budget
HB 1141 Increasing access to the death with dignity act. This legislation makes it easier to access the Death with Dignity Act.

Dead

HB 1852 Concerning language requirements for prescription drug labels.   Dead
SB 5938 Requires the relocation of each person residing in a residential habilitation center to a community-based setting by 2028   Dead

 

Behavioral Health

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1020 By request of Department of Social and Health Services
Concerning state of emergency operations impacting long-term services and supports.
Caregiving services, approval of caregivers, and abuse prevention strategies must be continued to ensure continuity of care. Dead
HB 1182 Enhancing and expanding behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis response services. Creating a separate behavioral health crisis response system from the existing 911 system. This will allow for behavioral health professionals to respond to non-violent behavioral health crisis’. name: 988 Dead
HB 1773 Companion bill to SB 5645. Establishes a procedure to file a petition for up to 18 months of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) and establishes requirements and procedures for the petition process; amends the law governing beahvioral health treatment for minors to allow commitments for adolescents based on AOT aged 13-17    Governor signed.
Chapter 210, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022
HB 1860 Preventing homelessness among persons discharging from inpatient behavioral health settings   Governor signed.
Chapter 215, 2022 Laws.
HB 1865 Addressing the behavioral health workforce shortage and expanding access to peer services by creating the profession of certified peer specialists.   Dead
HB 1904  Requires landlords to provide at least 180 days’ notice for rent increases over 3 percent and allows tenants to terminate a tenancy for a rent increase over 3 percent; limits late fees to 1.5 percent of the tenant’s monthly rent     Dead
SB 5209 Enhancing and expanding behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis response services. People with disabilities are often met with police violence in behavioral crisis response situations. Therefore it is important to establish a separate system that does not rely on law enforcement to respond to a behavioral health crisis. Dead
SB 5397 Improving access to behavioral health treatment in certified crisis facilities. People with multiple disabilities and complex needs are frequently declined services from evaluation and treatment facilities and put into single bed certifications. This would require E&Ts to report why they were denying services if beds are available. Dead
SB 5644 Concerning providing quality behavioral health co-response services   Governor signed.
Chapter 232, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
SB 5645 Companion bill to HB 1773. Establishes a procedure to file a petition for up to 18 months of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) and establishes requirements and procedures for the petition process; amends the law governing beahvioral health treatment for minors to allow commitments for adolescents based on AOT aged 13-17    Dead
SB 5655 Making state hospitals available for short-term detention and involuntary commitment    Dead
SB 5664 Concerning forensic competency restoration programs    Signed/Partial Veto
SB 5736 Directs the HCA to add coverage for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for children under 18 to the Medicaid State Plan; allows managed care and behavioral health services organizations to provide partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services to children    Governor signed.
Chapter 94, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
SB 5807 Requires hospitals to establish a Bureau of Family Experience to enhance engagement between state hospitals and a patient’s family or natural supports; requires the UW to provide support to the Bureaus and to develop a training curriculum for family peer specialists    Dead
HB 1499 Providing behavioral health system responses to individuals with substance use disorder. Many people experiencing a psychiatric disability use substances as a coping mechanism. This bill would decriminalize the possession of substances for personal use and instead provide treatment options. Name: Treatment First Dead

 

Housing

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1490  Maintaining residential electricity and heating service for low-income households and households with people with disabilities. Assistance with electricity and heating utilities for low-income households and households with people with disabilities. Dead
HB 1724 Establishes an advisory committee to provide recommendations, stakeholder engagement, and oversight of resource coordination for permanent supportive housing    Governor signed.
Chapter 266, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
HB 1866 Assisting persons receiving community support services through medical assistance programs to receive supportive housing   Governor signed.
Chapter 216, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
HB 2017 Prohibits exclusion of individuals with any arrest or conviction record from rental housing   Dead
SB 5007 Temporarily reducing compliance and tax burdens on electric utilities to lower costs and support utility assistance for low-income customers. Access to electric utilities is vital for people with disabilities, some of whom rely on electric-power equipment and assistive devices, such as motorized wheelchairs, oxygen generators, and refrigerated medications.  Dead
SB 5139 Limiting rent increases after expiration of the governor’s eviction moratorium. People with disabilities struggle to find accessible and low-barrier housing. Secure housing is a crucial component of staying safe during the pandemic. The expiration of the eviction moratorium would mean wide spread eviction and rent increases, which could perpetuate housing insecurity and risk the health of vulnerable populations. Dead
SB 5117 Concerning rental vouchers to eligible offenders. People with disabilities are disproportionately incarcerated and it can be difficult to find housing if individuals have a criminal record. Equal access to safe and affordable housing is important for incarcerated people to have successful reentry. Dead
SB 5576 Makes technical changes to eviction notices    Dead
SB 5607 Notes undercount of homeless in annual point in time count, requires efforts to count those in jails and hospitals   Dead

 

Criminal Legal System

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1071 Concerning bias-based criminal offenses People with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violent crimes than commit them. However, people with disabilities are also disproportionately criminalized by the legal system.  Dead
HB 1126 Limiting tolling of community custody terms Among other changes, this bill eliminates the requirement that a person’s community custody term be tolled when absent from supervision. This is especially relevant for people who are hospitalized or arrested during a psychiatric emergency while under supervision, who often experience longer terms of supervision as a result.   Dead
HB 1169 Allows people to accrue earned time on sentence enhancements, permits court discretion in imposing stacked enhancements in the future, and allows for the resentencing of people who currently have stacked enhancements.    Dead
HB 1282 Allows people to earn 33% off their prison sentence through participation in positive programming. This earned time would be earned on enhancements as well as mandatory minimum terms of incarceration.    Dead
HB 1756 Bans the use of prolonged solitary confinement in state prisons, limiting its use to 15 days and precluding vulnerable populations entirely, including people with mental health needs. At least 30% of the prison population identifies as having a disability and people with disabilities are disproportionately subject to solitary confinement.    Dead
HB 1344 Allows people who were convicted before the age of 25 to seek resentencing    Dead
HB 1413 Provides that points assessed for crimes committed as a juvenile are not counted in adult sentencing and provides for resentencing    Dead
HB 1637 Allows courts to impose sentences outside the standard range with an addition criteria: “The defendant’s behavior was impacted by a mental heath condition at the time of the offense”    Dead
HB 1681 Makes mandatory vacating conviction records when certain circumstances are met; creates exceptions and applications   Dead
HB 1692 Eliminates drive-by shooting as a basis for elevating murder in the first degree to aggravated murder in the first degree    Dead
HB 1715 Adds members, including formerly incarcerated person, to the sentencing guidelines commission   Dead
HB 1818 Promoting successful reentry and rehabilitation of persons convicted of criminal offenses.   Governor signed.
Chapter 29, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022
HB 1956 Creates a Public Records Act exemption for sensitive records pertaining to current and formerly incarcerated individuals mainted by the DOC (Companion: 5859)   Governor signed.
Chapter 272, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 3/31/2022.
SB 5036 Expands the clemency board to include community stakeholders and provides a mechanism to review people for release who have served long sentences; this bill also expands the eligibility for extraordinary medical placement, which may allow release for people with chronic, serious medical issues     Dead
SB 5639 Bans the use of prolonged solitary confinement in state prisons, limiting its use to 15 days and precluding vulnerable populations entirely, including people with mental health needs. At least 30% of the prison population identifies as having a disability and people with disabilities are disproportionately subject to solitary confinement.    Dead
SB 5535 Repeals requirements for parent payment for costs of juvenile detention    Senate Rules “X” file.
SB 5583 Requires counties, etc. follow RCW 44.05.140 requirements regarding adjustment of census data to reflect last known place of residence of incarcerated persons    Governor signed.
Chapter 48, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
SB 5588 Requires discharge planning and re-entry arrangements for incarcerated persons at release   Dead
SB 5663 Establishing streamlined procedures for compliance with the State v. Blake decision   Dead
SB 5691 Requires elected city attorneys and county prosecuting attorneys receiving over 5000 criminal referrals annually to track referrals and filing decisions; requires prosecutors to create a publicly available report of data as well as a diversion strategy   Dead
SB 5859 Creates a Public Records Act exemption for sensitive records pertaining to current and formerly incarcerated individuals mainted by the DOC (Companion: 1956)   Dead

 

Policing

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1082 Concerning state oversight and accountability of peace officers and corrections officers. People with disabilities disproportionately face police violence. Implementing oversight and measures of accountability concerning the practice of peace officers and corrections officers is essential to ensure the rights and safety of people with disabilities is protected. Companion of SB 5051. Dead
HB 1202 Addressing meaningful civil remedies for persons injured as a result of police misconduct, including by allowing for an award of attorney fees in addition to damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Individuals who have been victims of police misconduct often times do not receive proper justice for their grievances, and considering that persons with disabilities disproportionately face such violence, it is vital their grievances are properly addressed. Dead
HB 1726 Specifies officers can use physical force to prevent assaults, domestic violence, etc.   Dead
HB 1735 Clarifies when police can use force and defines de-escalation   Governor signed.
Chapter 4, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 3/4/2022.
HB 2037 Modifies the standard for use of physical force   Governor signed.
Chapter 80, 2022 Laws. Effective date 3/17/2022.
SB 5919 Modifies the standard for use of physical force by peace officers by
defining “physical force,” modifies the restrictions on vehicular pursuits
  Returned to Senate Rules 3.

 

Support Services

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
SB 5213 Clarifying the authority and role of the office of developmental disabilities ombuds.   Dead
SB 5268 Transforming services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by increasing the capabilities of community residential settings and redesigning the long-term nature of intermediate care facilities.  Implementing the Ruckelshaus recommendations except for the 120 bed nursing home on the grounds of Fircrest. Governor signed.
Chapter 219, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
HB 1349 Concerning peer specialists. Certified peer specialists are people who have accessed behavioral health services. This bill would change the requirements to becoming a CPC. Dead
HB 2008 Prohibits DSHS from using IQ scores in determining eligibility for programs and services for persons with I/DD   Governor signed.
Chapter 277, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.

 

Voting and State Government

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1156 Increasing representation and voter participation in local elections. Ranked-choice voting describes an electoral system in which voters rank multiple candidates in order of preference. This system allows for better representation and enables voters to pick candidates they think are best without having to worry about vote splitting. Dead
HB 1802 Establishes membership requirements for groups established by the legislature to include people with disabilities with lived experience to the issues being addressed     Dead
SB 5584 Allows elections to use ranked choice voting and creates a “ranked choice workgroup”   Dead
SB 5793 Concerning stipends for low-income or underrepresented community members of state boards, commissions, councils, committees, and other similar groups.   Governor signed.
Chapter 245, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.

 

Education

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1153 Increasing language access in public schools. When family members are engaged, statistics show that students have higher rates of graduation, display better performance in school, and have higher self-esteem. In order to equitably promote student success, family members with disabilities must have access to meaningful communication with schools. Governor partially vetoed.
Chapter 107, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
HB 1664 Links funding to actual numbers of staff providing physical, social, and emotional support    Governor signed.
Chapter 109, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022*.
SB 5376 Promoting awareness of the governor’s office of education ombuds IN THE HOUSE –  By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading Governor signed.
Chapter 222, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
SB 5595 Requires funds set up for emotional and other support be for school psychologists, nurses, etc. – staff salaries only    Senate Rules “X” file.

 

State Budget

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1816 Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations    Referred to Rules 2 Review.
HB 1781 Concerning the capital budget   Referred to Rules 2 Review.
SB 5651 Concerning the capital budget    Governor signed.
Chapter 296, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 3/31/2022.
SB 5693 Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations   Governor partially vetoed.
Chapter 297, 2022 Laws PV.
Effective date 3/31/2022.

 

Transportation

 

Indigenous Rights

 

Technology

 

Miscellaneous

Bill # Description Importance to People with Disabilities Status
HB 1099 Improving the state’s climate response through updates to the state’s comprehensive planning framework. This bill is an update to the Growth Management Act that will encourage communities to start working to reduce vehicle miles traveled. This is important because it could mean more essential services located near where people live, making accessing our communities without access to vehicles easier. Returned to House Rules 3.
HB 1264 Establishing an equity impact statement for legislative proposals. All bills with a fiscal note or which a legislator requests an equity impact review will receive one. Implementation will be rolled out in three phases. Dead
HB 1329 Concerning public meeting accessibility and participation This piece of legislation would make it easier for the public, in particular people with disabilities, to engage in public policy by requiring most public meetings to continue to offer the option to participate online, post pandemic.  Governor signed.
Chapter 115, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022*.
HB 1595 Installing signs on or near bridges to provide information to deter jumping; signs under this section may include the statewide 988 suicide prevention hotline   Dead
HB 1703 Mandates changes and improvement in the statewide 911 emergency communications system   Governor signed.
Chapter 203, 2022 Laws.
Effective date 6/9/2022.
HB 1827 Creating the community reinvestment account and community reinvestment program.   Dead
SB 5554 Allows for local income tax, provided the tax is offset by other reductions   Dead
SB 5581 Requires school districts explain their transportation costs, especially related to special education and foster care, sets up auditing, and requires OSPI study   Dead