This page shows the bills that GSBA has taken a position on in the 2022 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.
UPCOMING CUTOFF DATES
Feb 15 - Last to day pass bills in house of origin
Feb 24 - Last to to pass out of committee in opposite house
Feb 28 - Last to to pass out of fiscal committee in opposite house
Mar 4 - Last day to pass bills in opposite house
Mar 10 - last day of session
1015 - Creating WA Equitable Access to Credit Act (Passed House, in Senate committee)
1630 - Prohibit weapons at municipal and school board meetings (awaiting House vote)
1659 - Bridge grants for WA College Grant students (awaiting House vote)
1732 - Delay WA Cares Act (signed by Governor)
1735 - Use of Force clarifications (awaiting House vote)
1756- Concerning solitary confinement (awaiting House vote)
1782- Legalizing multiunit homes within half-mile of frequent transit stops (awaiting House vote)
1956 - Exempting sensitive records from public disclosure (Passed House, in Senate committee)
1961 - Waiving name change fees for low income individuals (Passed House, in Senate committee)
5078 - Ban on high capacity magazines (Passed Senate, in House committee)
5089 - Concerning police hiring and certification processes (awaiting Senate vote)
5553 - Providing data regarding early STEM metrics in the STEM education report card (Passed Senate, in House committee)
5649 - Modifying the WA Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (awaiting Senate vote)