OLYMPIA -- Some obituaries were written over the weekend for bills that "died" in the Senate last week. That is, they didn't get out of their committee after having a hearing .
It's a list with enough diversity to make everyone shed a tear and heave a sigh. Among the casualties:
SB 6396: A state ban on what are often called military style semi-automatic assault weapons.
SB 6472: Requiring proof of citizenship or U.S. birth certificate, plus party preference when registering to vote.
SJM 8005: Urging federal officials to keep "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
SJM:8018: Asserting state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment
SJM 8020: Calling for a repeal of the 17th Amendment, which requires U.S. Senators to be elected, rather than appointed by the Legislature.
SB: 6486: Free flu shots for hospital and health care workers.
SB 6452: Requiring limited service pregnancy centers, often operated by church groups opposed to abortion, from give truthful and medically valid information to patients seeking services.
SB 6567: Requiring DNA to be collected from illegal immigrants
SB 6744: Privatizing the Worker's Comp system.
SB: 6284:Declaring Oct. 9 Leif Erickson (you know, the first white guy who discovered America) day.
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2010 Dead Bill Report
Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee
SB 6335 – Adjusting tax exemptions relating to farmers markets on church property (Jacobsen)
SB 6372 – Creating a task force to review conservation district functions and operations. (Jacobsen)
Early Learning & K12 Education Committee
SB 6249 – Kids at hope (Franklin)
Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Committee
SB 6705 – Would have modified the business and occupation tax credits for four types of business to encourage greater economic impact. (Kastama)
SB 6598 – Would have deferred varying percentages of sales and use tax based on the degree to which building projects in four targeted categories meet LEED (green building) standards. (Kastama)
SB 6599 – Would have required new buildings and improvements to existing buildings in four targeted categories meet Green Building Council gold standards in order to qualify for certain tax credits on remodeled/renovated buildings. (Kastama)
Environment Water & Energy Committee 2010
SB 6458 – Concerning minimum renewable fuel content requirements. The state required fuel standard for biodiesel and renewable diesel is changed from at least 2 percent of diesel annually sold to at a requirement that diesel sold must contain at least 2 percent biodiesel or renewable diesel by volume. (Ranker)
SB 6477– Read broadly it would have required the Legislature to have to once again approve any program that was previously authorized to address green house gas emissions, before the program could be implemented. That would include implementing the Clean Car standards as well as the Senate Bill 6001 thermal power plant emission standards. (Stevens)
SB 6659 – Would have consolidated the state's pollution liability insurance agency within the department of ecology. (Fraser)
SB 6682 – Would provide double the credit for green power production for utilities purchasing baseload power from a new renewable energy facility that begins construction in 2010. It is likely that the only such facility would be the proposed forest waste biomass-to-energy facility recently proposed to be built in Shelton. (Kastama)
Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee
SB 6694 – Residential foreclosure
Creditors would be prevented from foreclosing on homes for one year if the borrower is receiving unemployment benefits. (Gordon)
SB 5922 – Tenant screening reports
It protects consumers from unfair practices by establishing criteria for the dissemination of credit and court record information contained in a consumer's tenant screening report. (Kohl-Welles)
SB 6767– Residential mortgage loans
It prohibits a residential mortgage loan modification from being made unless a disclosure summary of all material terms is placed on a separate sheet of paper and has been provided to the borrower 30 days before the first payment of the loan modification. (Berkey)
SB 5861– Posting credit card payments
It requires that all payments made in person at an issuing bank, credit union, savings bank, or savings association, or any of their subsidiaries or branches, to be considered payment to the issuer and shall be posted on the day received and at the time of day in the bank, credit union, savings bank, savings association, subsidiary, or branch at which the payment is made. (Tom)
SB 6055 – Homeowners’ association ombudsman
It creates the office of the state homeowners' association ombudsman in the office of the attorney general for the purpose of resolving disputes between homeowners and homeowners' associations. (Fraser)
Government Operations & Elections Committee
SB 6284 – Declares that the ninth day of October be recognized as Leif Erickson day. (Jacobsen)
SB 6588 – A city, county, or statewide elected official may only hold one elected position at a time except for voluntary work. (Fairley)
SB 6657 – An employee of the legislature is exempt from certain ethical violations while in public service. (Benton)
SB 6786 – Creates an independent commission, modeled after the federal BRAC commission on military base closings, to identify ways to make Washington state government more efficient. (Kastama)
8020 – Bills and petitions to Congress relating to citizenship, state sovereignty, the pledge of allegiance and senatorial appointments. (Stevens, Holmquist)
Health & Long-Term Care Committee
SB 6452– Limited Service Pregnancy Centers
Requires limited service pregnancy centers to provide truthful information about their services, ensure that any reproductive health information provided is medically accurate, and maintain the privacy of and respect a person's right to his or her health care information. (Tom)
SB 6247– Adverse health events
It requires the department of health to fine medical facilities that don’t report adverse medical events. (Keiser)
SB 6486– Vaccination/hospital workers
It requires hospitals to adopt a policy that, among other things, provides influenza vaccination, free of charge, to the hospital's health care workers. (Murray)
SB 6781 – Interstate compact/insurance
It establishes the interstate health insurance compact act. Expands flexibility provided in current law to increase the availability of affordable health care coverage options for the citizens of the state. (Keiser)
SB 6756 – Public employee wellness
Requires insurance benefits with wellness incentives for public employees.
SB 6563– Immunization exemption
It modifies the requirements for exempting a child from certain immunization requirements. (Keiser)
Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee
SB 6276 – University of Washington tuition setting authority (Jacobsen)
Human Services and Corrections Committee
SB 6628 – Prohibiting public art in prisons (Carrell)
SB 6484 – Allows prison guards who have been awarded a civil judgment to deduct monies from inmate savings account (Hewitt)
SB 6419 – Clarifies sentencing guidelines for juveniles convicted of vehicular homicide (Kastama)
SB 6230 – Allows adoptees who were born after 1993 and who are now over 18, and their adult children, to access original birth certificate (Brandland)
SB 6396 – Bans assault weapons in Washington. (Kline)
SB 6567 – Requires the collection of DNA from any illegal immigrant. (Stevens)
SB 6200 – Prohibits the government taking of property for the purpose of economic development. (Carrell)
SB 5870 – Removes the requirement that a dog owner must kill their dog after receiving notification that that the dog killed a domestic animal. (Hargrove)
SB 6394 – Clarifies the right of a person to determine who can control the disposition of his or her remains. (Jacobsen)
Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee
SB 6534 – Decreases the minimum wage by the same percentage that inflation decreases. (Holmquist)
SB 6615 – Allows Keno in Washington and directs Keno’s revenues to the Department of Natural Resources. (Jacobsen)
SB 6638 – Reforms Washington’s Worker’s Compensation system by doing such things as defining occupational disease and allowing compromise and release. (Holmquist)
SB 6744 – Privatizes the Worker’s Compensation system. (Honeyford)
Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation Committee
SB 6255 – Relating to sexually altered, pinioned mute swans. (Kilmer)
SB 6813 – Abolishes the Department of Fish & Wildlife and the State Parks & Recreation Commission and merges both agencies into the Department of Natural Resources. (Tom)
SGA 9206 – Fish & Wildlife commission appointee David Jennings.