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The 2021 Legislative Session begins on January 11, 2021 and will run for 105 consecutive days. Below are lists of bills that may impact Veterans, Families or Military Members.  (This list is not an endorsement of any proposal by WDVA.)

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Veteran/Military Related Bills as of January 26, 2021 - 01:33pm

Bill Number Title Sponsor (Combined) Status Bill Summary Hearing Dates
HB 1043 Audiology & speech compact (Leavitt) H HC/Wellness

Establishes the audiology and speech-language pathology interstate compact.

HB 1112 Use tax exemptions (Dent) H Finance

Expands the use tax exemption for new residents and nonresident military personnel to include tangible personal property, with some exceptions.

Jan 28 Exec Session

HB 1122 State guard retirement age (Lovick) H Hous, Human Sv

Eliminates the age restriction for enlistment with the Washington State Guard. Allows the Adjutant General to extend the service age of an active member of the Washington State Guard under certain conditions.

Jan 29 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1181 Veterans & military suicide (Orwall) H Hous, Human Svc

FN requested: Provides for various outreach and services related to preventing suicide among veterans and military service members. Creates the Veterans and Military Members Suicide Prevention Account and a suicide prevention community-based services grant program.  Extends and modifies the Suicide-Safer Homes Task Force. Establishes a new special vehicle license plate emblem.

Jan 29 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1247 Mobile home park/prop. tax (Orcutt) H Finance

Allowing an additional property tax exemption for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities leasing land in a mobile home park or manufactured housing community

HB 1248 Leased land/property tax ex. (Orcutt) H Finance

Allowing leased land in a mobile home park or manufactured housing community to qualify for the senior, veteran, and persons with disabilities property tax exemption.

HB 1250 Purple heart state (Orcutt) H State Govt & T

FN Requested. Designates Washington as a Purple Heart State that honors people who have received the Purple Heart award. • Authorizes various agencies to erect signs recognizing that Washington is a Purple Heart State and to accept gifts or donations to assist efforts related to Washington being a Purple Heart State.

Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 8:00 AM. Jan 28 Exec Session

HB 1314 Veteran diversion/invol comm (Young) H Civil R & Judi

Crisis stabilization units or treatment facilities must ask within 3 hours whether a person is a veteran.  If they are they must  contact the VHA and request a transfer.

HB 1357 Voters' pamphlets overseas (Mosbrucker) H State Govt & Tr

Concerning voters' pamphlets for overseas and service voters.

SB 5056 Wilderness therapy programs (Salomon) S Health & Long

Requires the Department of Health to create a business license for wilderness therapy programs. Provides parameters for wilderness therapy programs. Requires rulemaking for wilderness therapy programs to be completed by December 31, 2022.

Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing

SB 5059 Monument protection (McCune) S Law & Justice

Adds to existing law that a public monument includes a statue and defines public body to include the federal government, state of WA, its agencies and others.  Increases penalty from a misdemeanor to a class C felony.

Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 10:30 AM.  Jan 28 Exec Session

 

SB 5247 Multistate nurse licensure (Padden) S Health & Long

Concerning the multistate nurse licensure compact

SB 5337 Property tax/senior, veteran (Wilson, L.) S Ways & Means

Concerning property tax relief for senior citizens and service-connected disabled veterans.

WDVA and State Employee Related Related Bills as of January 26, 2021 - 01:33pm

Bill Number Title Sponsor (Combined) Status Bill Summary Hearing Dates
HB 1027 Administrative cost of state (Walsh) H Approps
HB 1065 Epidemic, pandemic vaccines (Eslick) H HC/Wellness

No law, rule, by any government or private entity, shall require the receipt of any epidemic or pandemic vaccines, including vaccines used to prevent SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, for any reason, including, but not limited to, as a condition of employment (or other things) unless certain conditions are met. MORE

HB 1073 Paid leave coverage (Berry) H Labor & Workpl

House Bill Analysis: Expands coverage of the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. Expands applicability of the PFML job protection provisions. Requires maintenance of health benefits for employees covered by PFML job protection provisions.

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

SHB 1074 Fatality reviews HCW(Peterson) H Rules R

SHB Analysis: Allows local health departments to establish overdose and suicide fatality review teams to review overdose or suicide deaths and develop strategies to prevent future overdose and suicide deaths.

The substitute bill: (1) allows the Department of Health to respond to requests for data to the extent permitted by the prescription monitoring program; (2) changes any reference to "panel" to "overdose and suicide fatality review team"; (3) limits medical records to medical records related to overdose or suicide; (4) clarifies that review teams may only request records relating to an overdose or suicide; (5) requires all meetings, proceedings and deliberations of the overdose and suicide fatality review team to be confidential; and (6) reaffirms the confidentiality of the overdose and suicide fatality review team's process and interviews.

HB 1076 Workplace violations/qui tam (Hansen) H Labor & Workpl

Authorizes a qui tam action for enforcement of various employment laws under which a relator on behalf of an agency may pursue relief the agency may pursue. Specifies the distribution of any penalties or damages awarded.

Jan 22 Scheduled for public hearing, Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1080 Capital budget 2021-2023 (Tharinger) H Cap Budget

Jan 14 Scheduled for public hearing

HB 1087 Family/med leave continuity (Berry) H Labor & Workpla

Specifies that the Family Leave Act as it existed prior to January 1, 2020 applies to valid claims based on conduct before that date, and the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act applies to claims after that date.

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1093 Operating budget, 2nd supp. (Ormsby) H Approps

Jan 14 Scheduled for public hearing

HB 1094 Operating budget 2021-2023 (Ormsby) H Approps

Jan 14 Scheduled for public hearing

HB 1101 Unused public buildings (Walsh) H Cap Budget

Creates a grant program for converting unused public buildings to housing for homeless persons.

Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Capital Budget at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).

HB 1120 Long-term services/emergency (Tharinger) H HC/Wellness

Changes requirements relating to background checks for long-term care workers. Alters certain regulatory requirements relating to long-term care facilities in the event of a pandemic, natural disaster, or other declared state of emergency. Allows registered nurses to delegate glucose monitoring and testing. Changes supervision and evaluation requirements relating to the delegation of insulin injections by a registered nurse. Changes licensing requirements for nursing assistants.

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1124 Nurse delegation/glucose (Cody) H HC/Wellness

Allows a registered nurse to delegate glucose monitoring and testing to a registered or certified nursing assistant or a certified home care aide.

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1177 State spending prgs. review (Stokesbary) H Approps

Implementing the periodic review of state spending programs.

HB 1178 Zero-based budget reviews (Stokesbary) H Approps

Improving state budgeting through zero-based budget reviews.

HB 1179 Fiscal notes (Stokesbary) H Approps

Addressing fiscal notes and dynamic fiscal impact statements.

HB 1182 Crisis response services (Orwall) H HC/Wellness

FN Requested: Enhancing and expanding behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis response services. Creates an implementation coalition with a representative from WDVA.

Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).

HB 1197 Health care decisions (Riccelli) H Civil R & Judi

Allows a patient, while competent, to designate a health care proxy by informing certain health care providers, who would then be required to sign and enter the information into the patient’s health record.

Jan 22 Scheduled for executive session / Jan 29 Scheduled for executive session

HB 1218 Long-term care residents (Bateman) H HC/Wellness

Relating to improving the health, safety, and quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities through emergency preparedness, improvements in communications, resident information, and notice of sanctions

Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 10:00 AM

HB 1242 Health care workers/leave (Leavitt) H Labor & Workpl

During public health emergencies, requires employers to allow paid administrative leave for employees not permitted to telework when, the employee is being tested and awaiting results, or having a negative reaction to vaccine, or experiencing symptoms, or has been advised to quarantine by a health care provider. MORE

HB 1264 Equity impact statement (Thai) H State Govt & T

Requires that, by November 15, 2021, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) establish procedures, guidelines, and content and format requirements for the Equity Impact Statement (EIS). Requires that, by January 1, 2022, the OFM provide an EIS on certain legislative proposals that create or amend housing or health care policies. • Requires that, by January 1, 2024, the OFM provide an EIS on certain legislative proposals in six additional policy areas. Requires that, by January 1, 2025, the OFM provide an EIS on any legislative proposal on which a fiscal note is requested or at the request of a legislator.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 PM. Jan 28 Exec Session

HB 1354 Suicide review teams (Mosbrucker) H Children, Youth

Concerning youth suicide review teams.

HB 1367 Medicaid appropriations (Ormsby) H Approps

Modifies funding sources for certain Medicaid- eligible COVID-19 related expenses incurred in calendar year 2020. Attributes funding for these expenses to a combination of the Budget Stabilization Account and federal Medicaid matching funds, rather than the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), freeing up CRF for other allowable uses.

Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. Jan 28 Exec Session

HB 1368 Federal funding/COVID-19 (Ormsby) H Approps

Appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding from a combination of the federal Consolidated Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the federal CARES Act, and Medicaid for K-12 public schools, public health, healthcare, assistance to individuals and families, housing assistance, and business assistance.

Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change). Jan 18 exec session.

SB 5021 Retirement benefits/furlough (Hunt) S Ways & Means

Senate Bill Report: Provides that specified public pensions will not be reduced as a result of compensation reductions that are part of a public employer's expenditure reduction efforts during the 2009-2021 and 2021-23 fiscal biennia. Provides that the pension benefit of an employee covered by a pension system that is administered by the DRS is not reduced as a result of participation in an employment insurance shared work program.

Jan 28 Scheduled for executive session

SSB 5061 Unemployment insurance LCTA(Keiser) S 2nd Reading

SSB Report: Provides unemployment insurance benefits to high risk individuals, or those who live with high risk individuals, who voluntarily quit their jobs during a public health emergency if they cannot work from home for that employer, but are able and available to work from home for other employers. Waives the one-week waiting period and shared work benefits when paid by the federal government. Increases the minimum weekly benefit amount from 15 percent to 20 percent of the average weekly wage. Limits an individual's weekly benefit amount to the individual's weekly wage. MORE

SB 5064 Unemployment/voluntary (Saldaña) S Labor, Comm &

Expands a good cause quit for unemployment insurance purposes after January 2, 2022 to include: a separation from work because a child or a vulnerable adult in the claimant's care is inaccessible; alteration of the claimant's usual work shifts so as to make care for a child or vulnerable adult in the claimant's care inaccessible; or separation from work to relocate near a minor child. Makes benefits paid for alteration of the work shift, making care for a child or vulnerable adult in the claimant's care inaccessible, only chargeable to the separating employer's experience rating account. Makes benefits paid related to relocation near a minor child noncharged to contribution paying employers' experience rating account.

Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 10:30 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5083 Capital budget 2021-2023 (Frockt) S Ways & Means

Jan 12 Scheduled for public hearing

SB 5091 Operating budget, 2nd supp. (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

Jan 12 Scheduled for public hearing

SB 5092 Operating budget 2021-2023 (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

Jan 12 Scheduled for public hearing

SB 5097 Paid leave coverage (Robinson) S Labor, Comm &

Senate Bill Report: Changes the definition of family member. Modifies the requirements for certain employment protections upon return from leave. Modifies which employees are eligible for continuation of health benefits during leave.

Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 9:00 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5115 Health emergency/labor (Keiser) S Labor, Comm &

FN Requested: Creates an occupational disease presumption for frontline workers during a public health emergency for the purposes of workers' compensation. Requires employers to accommodate an employee's voluntary use of protective equipment during a public health emergency. Prohibits discrimination against an employee who raises a reasonable concern about infection control in the workplace during a public health emergency and authorizes a person to bring actions on behalf of the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) in court for violations of the retaliation provisions of the bill. Expands the eligibility for Family and Medical Leave to employees that earn at least $1,000 in covered employment if their qualifying period includes a public health emergency. Requires an employer to pay its lower-paid frontline employees health emergency pay during a public health emergency.  Requires employers to notify L&I when a certain percentage of their workforce becomes infected during a public health emergency.  Establishes additional sick leave for employees who are quarantined or infected, caring for someone who is quarantined or infected, or caring for their child due to school or child care closures during a public health emergency. Requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide emergency child care leave during a public health emergency. Establishes a business and occupation tax credit for the wages paid by an employer under the new sick leave and childcare leave requirements in the bill.

Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 9:00 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5130 Personnel files & discipline (Kuderer) S Labor, Comm &

Requires an employer to furnish an employee with a complete, unredacted copy of the personnel file at no cost within 14 days of a request. Mandates that the employer furnish to a former employee a signed written statement of the reasons for and effective date of discharge within ten days of the written request. Allows an employee to bring a private action for violations of certain rights regarding personnel files and entitles the employee to equitable relief, statutory damages of $1,000, and reasonable attorneys' fees and costs of each violation. Defines personnel file.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing

SB 5185 Health care consent (Pedersen) S Law & Justice

Establishes a presumption that an adult who is not subject to a guardianship that includes health care decision-making has the capacity to make health care decisions. Allows a health care provider to overcome the presumption of capacity by reasonably determining that the adult has demonstrated an inability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequences of a health care condition or proposed treatment. Changes terminology referring to persons who have an appointed guardian and persons who are competent or not legally competent to instead refer to whether or not they have capacity.

Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 10:30 AM. Jan 28 Exec Session

SB 5190 Health care workers/benefits (Holy) S Labor, Comm &

Providing health care workers with presumptive benefits during a public health emergency.

Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5208 Public records fees/approval (Wilson, J.) S State Govt & E

Requiring legislative approval before agencies may increase fees for public records production

SB 5209 Crisis response services (Dhingra) S Behavioral Heal

FN Requested: Enhancing and expanding behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis response services.

Jan 29 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care at 10:30 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5229 Health equity continuing ed. (Randall) S Health & Long

Concerning health equity continuing education for health care professionals

Jan 29 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5254 Protective devices/health (Salomon) S Labor, Comm &

Requires an employer that requires its employees or contractors to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) during a public health emergency to provide the PPE at no cost to the employee. Requires an employer that does not have a PPE requirement during a public health emergency to accommodate an employee's or contractor's voluntary use of PPE, subject to certain conditions.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 9:30 AM (Subject to change).

SB 5271 Health care injury/COVID-19 (Wagoner) S Law & Justice

Amending the necessary elements of proof of injury during the state of emergency declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SB 5274 Equity impact statement (Hasegawa) S State Govt & E

Requires that, by November 15, 2021, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) establish procedures, guidelines, and content and format requirements for the Equity Impact Statement (EIS). • Requires that, by January 1, 2022, the OFM provide an EIS on certain legislative proposals that create or amend housing or health care policies. Requires that, by January 1, 2024, the OFM provide an EIS on certain legislative proposals in six additional policy areas. Requires that, by January 1, 2025, the OFM provide an EIS on any legislative proposal on which a fiscal note is requested or at the request of a legislator.

(HB 1264 hearing Jan 25, Exec Session Jan 28)

SB 5294 Long-term care/epidemics (Cleveland) S Health & Long

Requires the Department of Health to consult with interested stakeholders to develop epidemic preparedness and response guidelines for long-term care facilities.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing

SB 5323 Wages & salaries (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

Freezing wage and salaries and providing for furlough days during the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium

Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change).

SB 5343 Medicaid appropriations (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

Modifies funding sources for certain Medicaid- eligible COVID-19 related expenses incurred in calendar year 2020. Attributes funding for these expenses to a combination of the Budget Stabilization Account and federal Medicaid matching funds, rather than the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), freeing up CRF for other allowable uses.

(Hearing on HB 1367 Jan 26)

SB 5344 Federal funding/COVID-19 (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

Appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding from a combination of the federal Consolidated Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the federal CARES Act, and Medicaid for K-12 public schools, public health, healthcare, assistance to individuals and families, housing assistance, and business assistance.

(HB 1368 hearing Jan 26)

SB 5352 Retirement system opt-out (Braun) S Ways & Means

Allowing new government employees the option of opting out of retirement system membership if the employee is age sixty or older when first hired, or when the employee's employer opts into retirement plan participation.

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