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The 2022 Legislative Session begins on January 10, 2022.  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 22, 2022 - 02:39am

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

AN ACT Relating to 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.

HB 1122 State guard retirement age (Lovick) S State Govt & El

Eliminates the age restriction for enlistment with the Washington State Guard (Guard).  Allows the adjutant general to extend the service age of an active member of the Guard under certain conditions.

SHB 1181 Veterans & military suicide HHSV(Orwall) H Approps

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.

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

Authorizes a property tax exemption on leased land for tenants in a mobile home park or manufactured housing community that qualify for the senior citizen and disabled veterans property tax exemption program.

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

Authorizes a property tax exemption on land leased in a mobile home park or manufactured housing community to individuals who qualify for the senior citizen and disabled veterans property tax exemption program.

HB 1286 Psychology compact (Chambers) H HC/Wellness

Adopting the psychology interjurisdictional compact.

HB 1357 Voters' pamphlets overseas (Mosbrucker) H subst for

Requires the county auditor to mail statewide and local voters' pamphlets to service and overseas voters who request them. • Changes the deadline for the Office of Financial Management to submit fiscal impact statements for state ballot measures.

HB 1439 Military surplus vehicles (Orcutt) H Transportation

Authorizing military surplus vehicles to operate on public highways.

HB 1592 Military spouse employment (Leavitt) H Hous, Human Sv

Establishes requirements for certain state agencies and licensing authorities related to the professional licensing and employment of military spouses. Allows a military spouse to terminate an employment contract without penalty.

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)

HB 1610 OT licensure compact (Bateman) H HC/Wellness

Adopts the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact (compact) to allow professionals who are licensed in a compact state to provide interstate occupational therapy services.

HB 1625 Space force reserve members (Bronoske) H Exec Action

Extends access to paid military leave to public employee members of the United States Space Force.

Jan 21 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1636 Gold star families/prop. tax (Klippert) H Finance

Reducing property taxes for gold star families.  The person claiming the exemption must own the residence on which the property taxes have been imposed. Be a gold star family member; Be the sole remaining dependent of the United States military member who dies in the line of duty; and Have resided in the residence prior to the incident which caused the military member's death

HB 1642 National guard ed. grants (Leavitt) H Coll & Wkf Dev

Eliminates the requirement that a National Guard member has not achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher. Adds a requirement that a National Guard member be enrolled in courses or programs that lead to a postsecondary degree or credential. Modifies the maximum grant to not exceed the maximum Washington college grant and additional stipulations.

Jan 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1677 Military/employer tax incen. (Abbarno) H Finance

Concerning employer tax incentives for the support of veterans and military families. Increases tax credits for employers who hire veterans or military spouses.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1804 Military service credit (Paul) H Approps

Expands the definition of veteran for purposes of veterans' benefits in state pension systems, legal assistance, scoring criteria on civil service exams, and other programs, to include members that were awarded an expeditionary medal.

Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change). (2022

HB 1849 War on terror monument (Orwall) H SGOVDP

Establishes a legislative work group to study and make recommendations on a monument to honor service members who died in the Global War on Terror.

Jan 20 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 10:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1965 Support and services levies (Chapman) H Finance

Providing additional support and services for veterans' assistance and for persons with developmental disabilities or mental health needs.

Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 2012 Long-term care/veterans' (Young) H Approps

Establishing an exemption from the payment of premiums to the long-term services and supports trust program based on certain veterans' benefits. (30%+ SCD)

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

SSB 5059 Monument protection LAW(McCune) S Rules X

Expands the definition of monument to include property owned by the federal government, state, or other municipalities. • Raises the classification of defacing a monument to a gross misdemeanor.

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

Concerning the multistate nurse licensure compact.

SSB 5337 Property tax/senior, veteran WM(Wilson, L.) S Rules X

Increases each of the income thresholds for the senior citizen and disabled persons property tax exemption program, by $5,000.

SB 5435 Parking spaces/disability (Wagoner) S Transportation

Permitting holders of disabled American veteran license plates and holders of Purple Heart license plates to utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with physical disabilities.

SB 5518 OT licensure compact (Muzzall) S 2nd Reading

Adopts the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact (compact) to allow professionals who are licensed in a compact state to provide interstate occupational therapy services.

SB 5611 Long-term care/veterans (Mullet) S Health & Long T

Providing an exemption to long-term care insurance for retired veterans and retirement eligible veterans.

SB 5614 National guard ed. grants (Randall) S Rules 2

Eliminates the requirement that a National Guard member has not achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher. Adds a requirement that a National Guard member be enrolled in courses or programs that lead to a postsecondary degree or credential. Modifies the maximum grant to not exceed the maximum Washington college grant and additional stipulations.

Jan 20 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5690 Firearms at capitol/events (Gildon) S Law & Justice

Exempts color guard and honor guard from liability when carrying a firearm or other weapon on the capitol campus while actively participating in, walking to, and leaving organized memorial events.

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5726 Military service credit (Randall) S Transportation

Concerning interruptive military service credit for members of the state retirement systems.

Jan 20 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5762 Purple star award (Wagoner) S EL/K-12

Creating the purple star award.

Jan 21 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5774 War on terror monument (Conway) S State Govt & E

Establishes a legislative work group to study and make recommendations on a monument to honor service members who died in the Global War on Terror.

SB 5802 Property tax exemptions (Fortunato) S Business, Fina

Providing additional financial relief for property owners using the senior citizen and disabled persons property tax exemption and deferral programs by increasing the income thresholds and lowering the interest rate for deferred property taxes. Modifies income threshold 1 from a combined disposable income of $30,000 to $60,000 for 2023.  For 2024 and beyond it is 45% of the county median income adjusted every 5 years.  Income threshold 2 goes from $35,000 to $65,000 and 55% of county median income.  Income threshold 3 goes from $40,000 to $70,000 and 65% of county median income.  Also modifies interest rate for deferred property taxes.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Business, Financial Services & Trade at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5874 Military student residency (Nobles) S Higher Ed & Wo

Concerning residency of students affiliated with the military

Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5913 Property tax/senior, veteran (Sefzik) S Ways & Means

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

WDVA and State Employee Related Bills as of January 22, 2022 - 02:39am

Bill Number Title Sponsor (Combined) Status Bill Summary Hearing Dates
HB 1485 Women's Suffrage Day (Caldier) H State Govt & T

Designates March 22 to be a state legal holiday, recognized as Women's Suffrage Day.

Jan 13 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 10:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1518 Paper products/environment (Stonier) H Rules R

Permits state agencies to purchase paper produced in a process that yields at least 40 percent less carbon dioxide than standard copy paper, rather than 100 percent recycled content paper.

HB 1552 Personal data/state agencies (Boehnke) H State Govt & T

Prohibits state agencies from selling personal data to third parties. Requires state agencies to provide a privacy notice that includes the categories of personal data collected by the state agency, and to whom and for what purposes the data is shared.

Jan 10 Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 1:30 PM. (2022)

HB 1629 Aerial imaging technology (Dolan) H CEDDPS

Requires the Department of Commerce to conduct a study regarding the use of aerial imaging technology. Requires that the study include several components, including an assessment of the ways in which state agencies and local governments currently use aerial imaging technology and an estimate of the cost of administering an aerial imaging program on a statewide basis.

HB 1669 PSERS disability benefits (Stokesbary) H Approps

Creates a disability benefit for members of the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System totally disabled in the line of duty. Disabled members must be unable to perform any substantial gainful activity to qualify. Provides the totally disabled member with a benefit of up to 70 percent of final average salary.

Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1752 Deferred compensation/Roth (Stokesbary) H Exec Action

Adds the option of Roth-qualified contributions to the public employee deferred compensation plan operated by the Department of Retirement Systems.

HB 1781 Capital budget, supplemental (Tharinger) H Cap Budget

Concerning the capital budget.

Jan 11 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Capital Budget at 1:30 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (Committee Materials)

HB 1872

Establishes the Care Worker Center under the authority of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.

Jan 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1918 Power equipment emissions (Macri) H State Govt & T

Establishes an additional 6.5 percent tax on the sale or use of outdoor power equipment that is not zero-emission and that is powered by a small engine, lasting through 2032. Exempts zero-emission outdoor power equipment from state and local sales and use taxes, and includes a tax preference performance statement. Prohibits state agencies and local governments from purchasing outdoor power equipment that is not zero-emission outdoor power equipment, beginning in 2025.

Jan 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 1935 Workplace bullying (Wicks) H Civil R & Judi

Addressing workplace bullying by making it an unfair practice to subject an employee to an abusive work environment.

HB 1992 Vacation leave accrual (Bateman) H Labor & Workpl

Concerning vacation leave accrual for public employees.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards at 10:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

HB 2006 Fiscal notes/working fam. (McEntire) H Approps

Incorporating working families fiscal impacts in fiscal notes.

HB 2044 Ransomware protection (Boehnke) H State Govt & T

Concerning the protection of critical constituent and state operational data against the financial and personal harm caused by ransomware and other malicious cyber activities.

SB 5116 Procurement/automated system (Hasegawa) S Ways & Means

Requires public agencies to develop an algorithmic accountability report that meet certain requirements on the use of automated decision systems (ADS). Specifies minimum requirements when an agency develops, procures, or uses an ADS. Prohibits an agency from using ADS or equipment incorporating artificial intelligence-enabled profiling under certain conditions. Requires the Washington state chief information officer to adopt rulesregarding the development, procurement, and use of ADS by a public agency. Requires the algorithmic accountability review office inventory, review algorithmic accountability reports, post certain information on its website, and conduct audits for ADS.  Expands Washington's Law Against Discrimination to prohibit discrimination by automated decision systems. Delays facial recognition statutory provisions to July 1, 2026

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)

SB 5538 Aerial imaging technology (Hunt) S State Govt & E

Requires the Department of Commerce to conduct a study regarding the use of aerial imaging technology. Requires that the study include several components, including an assessment of the ways in which state agencies and local governments currently use aerial imaging technology and an estimate of the cost of administering an aerial imaging program on a statewide basis.

SB 5564 Employee assistance programs (Keiser) S Rules 2

Prohibits employers from obtaining individually identifiable information regarding an employee's participation in an employee assistance program

SB 5579 WMS bargaining (Hunt) S Labor, Comm & T

Granting Washington management service employees the right to collectively bargain.

Jan 24 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 9:30 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5620 Medicaid expenditures (Wilson, L.) S Ways & Means

Directs the Health Care Authority (HCA) to provide reasonable oversight of all Medicaid program integrity activities required by federal regulation. Requires HCA to establish and maintain effective internal control over any state agency that receives Medicaid funding in compliance with federal regulation. Requires HCA to update managed care contracts to include appropriate program integrity requirements. Creates the Medicaid Expenditure Forecast Work Group.

Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)

SB 5649 Family and medical leave (Robinson) S Labor, Comm &

Provides up to 14 calendar days of paid family leave, within existing leave limits, to certain employees in specified situations. Specifies that leave taken by certain employees in the first six weeks after giving birth must be medical leave, unless the employee chooses to use family leave. Expires the collective bargaining exception contained in the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Authorizes the Employment Security Department (ESD) to issue a predetermination of eligibility and benefits prior to the employee's start of leave. Requires ESD to publish a list of employers with approved voluntary plans on its website.

Jan 24 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 9:30 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5651 Capital budget, supplemental (Frockt) S Ways & Means

Concerning the capital budget.

Jan 13 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2022)

SB 5659 Building material standards (Wellman) S State Govt & E

Establishing climate and labor standards for building materials used in state public works projects.

Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5693 Operating budget, supp. (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium supplemental operating appropriations.

Jan 11 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM. (2022)

SB 5748 PSERS disability benefits (Schoesler) S Rules 2

Provides an enhanced disability benefit for members of the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System members who are permanently disabled in the line of duty.

SB 5793 State boards, etc./stipends (Wilson, C.) S State Govt & E

Authorizes stipends and reimbursement of other expenses for eligible individuals participating in a group formed by a state office, agency, board, commission or other similar entity. Requires the Office of Financial Management to establish model policies for stipends, reimbursements, and compensation for members of part-time groups.

Jan 21 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)

SB 5834 State gov. tech. policies (Carlyle) S Environment, E

Authorizes and requires the Office of Privacy and Data Protection (OPDP) to establish privacy principles and best practices by July 31, 2022. Requires states agencies, except as provided, to adopt OPDP established privacy principles and best practices by July 1, 2023.

Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5847 Public employee PSLF info. (Liias) S Higher Ed & Wo

Requires the Student Loan Advocate (Advocate) to create and provide information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to public service employees (employees) annually. Requires the Office of Financial Management to develop a program for public service employers (employers) to certify employment for the purposes of PSLF. Requires employers to provide information created by the Advocate to employees as least annually. Establishes a calculation for part-time academic employees' duties outside of assigned in-class teaching to be counted towards full-time employment for the purposes of PSLF.

Jan 25 Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)

SB 5911 Health care hazard pay bonus (Cleveland) S Labor, Comm &

Providing hazard pay retention bonuses to certain health care employees.

Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2022)

SB 5916 Ransomware protection (Mullet) S Environment, E

Concerning the protection of critical constituent and state operational data against the financial and personal harm caused by ransomware and other malicious cyber activities.

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