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As of 3/30/21

 

This page shows the bills that GSBA has taken a position on in the 2021 Washington legislative session. 

EXPLAINING THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
Like the federal Congress, Washington state has a bi-cameral (i.e. "two chambers") legislature. Bill can be introduced in either the House of Representatives (labeled HB and numbered between 1000-3000) or the Senate (labeled SB and numbered between 5000-7000).

Bills must be passed by both chambers to be signed into law by the Governor. This involves a bill being heard in a specific committee, then being approved by the budget committee if there is a cost, and finally voted on the floor of the chamber. Sometimes both chambers have their own version of a bill, known as "companion bills". Sometimes only one of these bills gets through the process, sometimes each bill passes its own side of the Legislature. To become law, one single bill must be approved by both sides. Therefore the Legislature will choose one version to agree upon and pass that one. In the list below, we have indicated in bold which of the two companion bills seems to be advancing.


 

GSBA-supported bills that have passed the Legislature and been signed by the Governor

SB 5061 - Fixes for Unemployment Insurance
HB 1095 - Tax exemptions on COVID-19 grants
HB 1368 - $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds
HB 1054 - Requirements on police tactics
HB 1078 - Restoration of voter eligibility
HB 1088 - Impeachment disclosures for police
HB 1089 - Compliance audits for police
HB 1213 - Fair Start for Kids
HB 1267 - Independent investigations of police
HB 1310 - Use of force by police
HB 1320 - Modernizing protection orders
HB 1332 - Property tax deferrals during COVID-19
HB 1399 - Reducing barriers to professional licenses
SB 5044 - Equity, cultural competency, dismantling racism in public schools
SB 5051 - Oversight and accountability for police
SB 5066 - Police Officers' Duty to Intervene
SB 5227 - Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in higher education
SB 5259 - Law enforcement data collection
SB 5313 - Gender Affirming Care Act, prohibits health insurance discrimination against trans and gender-diverse people

 
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