At the end of the state legislative session this month, lawmakers had passed nearly 400 bills — averaging at least five new laws per day — focused on a variety of policies including; comprehensive sex education, letting 17-year-olds vote in primary elections, and limiting the cost of insulin.
Here are some of the most impactful bills passed by the Washington House of Representatives and Washington Senate during the 60 days they were in session. Governor Jay Inslee has until April 1, 20 days from the end of the session, to sign the bills into law.
HB 2589 — Requires school districts to put suicide prevention information and resources on the back of student and staff ID cards.
HB 2551— Allows Native American students to wear traditional tribal regalia and objects of cultural significance at graduation ceremonies and related events.
SB 5395 — Requires public schools to adopt an age-appropriate and inclusive comprehensive sexual education curriculum for grades K-12.
SB 6561 — Provides student loan program for undocumented students who may be ineligible for federal student loans because of their citizenship status.
Rights & Equity
HB 2602 — Prohibits employers and schools from discriminating against hair textures and hair styles worn by members of various ethnic groups.
HB 2527 — Protects participation in the US census free of threat and guarantees confidentiality of information and identity of a census worker.
HB 2567 — Prohibits the arrest of undocumented immigrants and others on courthouse property for civil matters.
SB 5900 — Creates the position of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Coordinator within the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.
SB 5165 — Expands the Washington Law Against Discrimination to include a prohibition on discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status, unless differential treatment on the basis of citizenship or immigration status is authorized by federal or state law, regulation, or government contract.
HB 5511— Establishes the Governor’s Statewide Broadband Office with the goal of expanding broadband access across the state.
SB 5600 — Extends the 3-day notice to pay and vacate for default in rent payment to 14 days notice for tenancies under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act and changes rules of eviction process while giving more information and resources to tenants given eviction notice.
HB 2870 — Establishes a Marijuana Social Equity Program that authorizes the Liquor and Cannabis Board to issue previously forfeited, cancelled, revoked, and unissued marijuana retailer licenses to eligible applicants adversely impacted by the enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws.
SB 6313 — Allows people to vote in a primary election if they are 17 years old, but will be 18 by the general election. Requires that the Department of Licensing provide an automated process for 16 and 17 year olds to…