Over 230 bills have been pre-filed prior to the start of the legislative session set to start on Monday.
As of this morning this includes nine bills from local legislators.
Many of the prefiled bills within the state deal with recovery from the pandemic or are related to emergency powers of the Governor following concerns from legislators over the year.
Among the local bills it includes four bills filed by 19th District Representative Jim Walsh that includes topics such as adding rules that require a state of emergency within the state must limit each proclamation to a single county, requiring separate proclamations for each county impacted, and a requirement that specific facts must be given for each county as to why the emergency is being declared and what it will take for the proclamation to be lifted.
Also included by Walsh is a bill that is focused on “Reducing the administrative cost of state government” and that would disallow salary or wage increases within many government related positions, including legislators, for a period of 24 months following passage.
A bill filed by 24th District Senator Kevin Van De Wege would bring the option of allowing a city or county to create a “metropolitan park district” to impose a sales and use tax to pay for the assets, if approved by local voters.
Van De Wege also introduced a bull that would create a temporary tax reduction for electric utilities to lower costs to customers.
Other bills from the local legislators would create a program to convert unused public buildings into homeless housing, expand some vessel permit rules, and other issues.
Locally filed bills;
|HB 1107||Expanding certain nonresident vessel permit provisions.||1/7/2021||Chapman|
|HB 1080||Concerning the capital budget.||1/5/2021||Tharinger|
|HB 1081||Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts.||1/5/2021||Tharinger|
|SB 5006||Concerning local parks funding options.||12/9/2020||Van De Wege|
|SB 5007||Addressing the economic challenges facing Washington citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic through a temporary reduction in compliance and tax burden on electric utilities in order to lower costs and support direct utility assistance to low-income customers.||12/9/2020||Van De Wege|
|HB 1027||Reducing the administrative cost of state government during the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium.||12/16/2020||Walsh|
|HB 1029||Concerning orders and rules during a state of emergency.||12/16/2020||Walsh|
|HB 1101||Creating a grant program for converting unused public buildings to housing for homeless persons.||1/7/2021||Walsh|
|HB 1102||Establishing an intrastate meat inspection program.||1/7/2021||Walsh|