The GSBA Blog

Last Week of the 2020 Legislative Session

by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Government Relations Director
| Mar 09, 2020

This coming Thursday, March 12 is scheduled to be the final day of the 2020 Legislative Session in Olympia. Cut-off dates have all come and gone, and now there are just a few bills waiting to be reconciled between the two chambers of the legislature. This means that both chambers have to agree on amendments that have been made during the process. Here is a list of bills that are still moving forward and their current status as of Monday morning:

Signed by the Governor!
Nikki Kuhnhausen Act (HB 1687) banning trans-panic and gay-panic defenses

Awaiting the Governor's Signature
HIV modernization bill (HB 1551)
Study on barriers to access of the Death With Dignity Act (HB 2419)
Ban on hair discrimination (HB 2602)
Encouraging corporations to have more women on their boards (SB 6037)

In Reconciliation Process
Creating the Washington State Office of Equity (HB 1783)
Banning discrimination in healthcare (HB 2338)
Several gun control bills (HB 2622, SB 5434)
Anti-swatting bill (HB 2632)
Comprehensive and inclusive sex ed in public schools (SB 5356)
Hiring an LGBTQ veterans coordinator (SB 5900)