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2016 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/21/2016

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | Comments Off on 2016 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/21/2016


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

 

  Library Tracker 1-21-2016            
Bill Title  Sponsor Status Date Hrg Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
2SHB 1106 Operating bdgt 2015, 2015-17 Hunter H Approps 1/11/2016 6/23/2015 Jun 23 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM. SB 5077(Ssubst for)
2SHB 1107 Cultural & heritage programs Springer H Finance 1/11/2016 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5463(Ssubst for)
ESHB 1740 Health coverage through PEBB Appleton H Approps 1/11/2016 4/7/2015 Apr 7 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 10:00 AM. SB 5731(SHealth Care)
EHB 2084 State-required reports Hunter H Finance 1/11/2016 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
2016              
HB 2290 Public record request limits MacEwen H State Governme 1/11/2016 1/26/2016 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2296 Pub. facilities district tax Rossetti H Finance 1/11/2016 1/26/2016 Jan 26 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Finance at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2298 Domestic partnerships/PERS Moeller H Approps 1/11/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2333 PERS plan choice Reykdal H Approps 1/11/2016      
HB 2353 OPMA civil penalties Hunt, S. H State Governme 1/11/2016 1/12/2016 Jan 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM. SB 6171(SGovtOp&Sec)
HB 2375 Cybercrime Magendanz H Public Safety 1/12/2016 1/29/2016 Jan 29 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 6197(SLaw & Justice)
HB 2376 Operating sup budget 2016 Dunshee H Approps 1/12/2016 1/13/2016 Jan 13 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 6246(SWays & Means)
HB 2380 Supplemental capital budget Tharinger H Cap Budget 1/12/2016 1/15/2016 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Capital Budget at 8:00 AM. SB 6201(SWays & Means)
HB 2426 Rural library trustee appt. Fitzgibbon H Local Govt 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6313(SGovtOp&Sec)
HB 2427 Local gov. modernization Springer H Local Govt 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2460 Firearms/public places Walkinshaw H Judiciary 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Judiciary at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6351(SLaw & Justice)
HB 2483 Child sex exploit./subpoenas Sawyer H Judiciary 1/13/2016      
HB 2488 Academic bill of rights Manweller H Hi Ed 1/14/2016 1/27/2016 Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Higher Education at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2511 Child care center licensing Pike H Erly Lrn/H Svc 1/14/2016 1/26/2016 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
SHB 2532 Access to library services Kilduff H LGDPS 1/20/2016 1/20/2016 Jan 20 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 8:00 AM.  
HB 2543 Civil service qualifications Stokesbary H Labor & Workpl 1/14/2016 1/25/2016 Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6319(SCommerce and L)
HB 2557 Unused shared leave return Hunt, S. H State Governme 1/14/2016 1/28/2016 Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2576 Local agency public records McBride H Local Govt 1/15/2016 1/28/2016 Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2589 Gender-segregated facilities Hunt, G. H Judiciary 1/15/2016      
HB 2595 Schools/safe technology use Ortiz-Self H Education 1/15/2016     SB 6273(SEL/K-12)
HB 2597 School sexual abuse plans Orwall H Education 1/15/2016      
HB 2646 Retirement system defaults Ormsby H Approps 1/18/2016 1/28/2016 Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2671 Early learning agency def. Kagi H Erly Lrn/H Svc 1/18/2016 1/26/2016 Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Early Learning & Human Services at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change) SB 6371(SEL/K-12)
HB 2722 Small & limited public works Kochmar H Cap Budget 1/19/2016     SB 6393(SCommerce and L)
HB 2728 Reading coaches grants Stokesbary H Education 1/19/2016      
HB 2741 State & local fiscal agents Kuderer H Bus & Fin Svcs 1/19/2016 1/27/2016 Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Business & Financial Services at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6397(SWays & Means)
HB 2742 School library materials Reykdal H Approps 1/20/2016      
HB 2748 Payment of attorneys’ fees Griffey H Judiciary 1/20/2016      
HB 2782 Gender segregated facilities Klippert H Judiciary 1/20/2016      
2015 Bills              
SSB 5329 Public employee bargaining Braun S Rules 2 1/19/2016 2/4/2015 Feb 4 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5435 State deferred comp program Bailey S Rules 2 1/19/2016 2/23/2015 Feb 23 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5864 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Nelson S 2nd Reading 1/20/2016 2/27/2015 Feb 27 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:45 PM. HB 1576(Hsubst for)
SB 6000 Cnty legislative authorities Dansel S Rules 2 1/19/2016 2/19/2015 Feb 19 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
2016              
SB 6171 OPMA civil penalties Roach S GovtOp&Sec 1/11/2016 1/14/2016 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM. HB 2353(HState Governme)
SB 6197 Cybercrime Miloscia S Law & Justice 1/12/2016 1/18/2016 Jan 18 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Law & Justice at 2:30 PM. HB 2375(HPublic Safety)
SB 6201 Supplemental capital budget Honeyford S Ways & Means 1/12/2016 1/14/2016 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 2380(HCap Budget)
SB 6211 Nonprofit homeownership dev. Dammeier S HumSer/MenHlth 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Work session, executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Human Services, and Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM.  
SB 6233 Student freedom of express. Fain S EL/K-12 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM.  
SB 6246 Operating sup budget 2016 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2016 1/11/2016 Jan 11 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 2376(HApprops)
SB 6273 Schools/safe technology use Liias S EL/K-12 1/13/2016 1/18/2016 Jan 18 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM. HB 2595(HEducation)
SB 6313 Rural library trustee appt. Fain S GovtOp&Sec 1/14/2016 1/25/2016 Jan 25 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) HB 2426(HLocal Govt)
SB 6315 Local gov. modernization Roach S GovtOp&Sec 1/14/2016 1/28/2016 Jan 28 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6319 Civil service qualifications Jayapal S Commerce and L 1/14/2016     HB 2543(HLabor & Workpl)
SB 6351 Firearms/public places Habib S Law & Justice 1/18/2016     HB 2460(HJudiciary)
SB 6371 Early learning agency def. Litzow S EL/K-12 1/18/2016     HB 2671(HErly Lrn/H Svc)
SB 6393 Small & limited public works Warnick S Commerce and L 1/19/2016 1/27/2016 Jan 27 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2722(HCap Budget)
SB 6397 State & local fiscal agents Hill S Ways & Means 1/19/2016     HB 2741(HBus & Fin Svcs)
SB 6410 Public emp. union elections Hewitt S Commerce and L 1/20/2016      
SB 6433 Forfeiting public pensions Bailey S Ways & Means 1/20/2016      
SB 6434 Garnishing public pensions Bailey S Ways & Means 1/20/2016      
SB 6435 Optional salary deferral Bailey S Ways & Means 1/20/2016      
SB 6475 Health coverage through PEBB Dansel S Ways & Means 1/21/2016      

2016 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/15/2016

Friday, January 15th, 2016 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | Comments Off on 2016 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 01/15/2016


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

 

  Library Tracker 1-15-2016  FRI            
Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Hrg Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion
SHB 1008 Agency data practices audits Smith H Gen Govt & Info 1/11/2016 2/13/2015 Feb 13 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on General Government & Information Technology at 8:00 AM.  
2SHB 1106 Operating bdgt 2015, 2015-17 Hunter H Approps 1/11/2016 6/23/2015 Jun 23 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM. SB 5077(Ssubst for)
2SHB 1107 Cultural & heritage programs Springer H Finance 1/11/2016 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5463(Ssubst for)
HB 1133 Public utility tax, counties Tharinger H Local Govt 1/14/2015 1/22/2015 Jan 22 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
ESHB 1740 Health coverage through PEBB Appleton H Approps 1/11/2016 4/7/2015 Apr 7 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 10:00 AM. SB 5731(SHealth Care)
EHB 2084 State-required reports Hunter H Finance 1/11/2016 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
ESHB 2156 Cities and counties/fiscal Reykdal H Finance 1/11/2016 6/8/2015 Jun 8 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 11:00 AM.  
2016 Bills              
HB 2290 Public record request limits MacEwen H State Governme 1/11/2016      
HB 2296 Pub. facilities district tax Rossetti H Finance 1/11/2016 1/15/2016 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
HB 2298 Domestic partnerships/PERS Moeller H Approps 1/11/2016 1/20/2016 Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2333 PERS plan choice Reykdal H Approps 1/11/2016      
HB 2353 OPMA civil penalties Hunt, S. H State Governme 1/11/2016 1/12/2016 Jan 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 10:00 AM.  
HB 2375 Cybercrime Magendanz H Public Safety 1/12/2016 1/20/2016 Jan 20 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Public Safety at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6197(SLaw & Justice)
HB 2380 Supplemental capital budget Tharinger H Cap Budget 1/12/2016 1/15/2016 Jan 15 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Capital Budget at 8:00 AM. SB 6201(SWays & Means)
HB 2426 Rural library trustee appt. Fitzgibbon H Local Govt 1/13/2016     SB 6313(SGovtOp&Sec)
HB 2427 Local gov. modernization Springer H Local Govt 1/13/2016 1/19/2016 Jan 19 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2460 Firearms/public places Walkinshaw H Judiciary 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Judiciary at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) SB 6351()
HB 2483 Child sex exploit./subpoenas Sawyer H Judiciary 1/13/2016      
HB 2488 Academic bill of rights Manweller H Hi Ed 1/14/2016      
HB 2511 Child care center licensing Pike H Erly Lrn/H Svc 1/14/2016      
HB 2532 Access to library services Kilduff H Local Govt 1/14/2016 1/19/2016 Jan 19 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 2543 Civil service qualifications Stokesbary H Labor & Workpl 1/14/2016     SB 6319(SCommerce and L)
HB 2557 Unused shared leave return Hunt, S. H State Governme 1/14/2016      
HB 2576 Local agency public records McBride H Local Govt 1/15/2016      
HB 2589 Gender-segregated facilities Hunt, G. H Judiciary 1/15/2016      
HB 2595 Schools/safe technology use Ortiz-Self H Education 1/15/2016     SB 6273(SEL/K-12)
HB 2597 School sexual abuse plans Orwall H Education 1/15/2016      
2015 Senate              
2016 Bills              
SB 6171 OPMA civil penalties Roach S GovtOp&Sec 1/11/2016 1/14/2016 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM. HB 2353(HState Governme)
SB 6197 Cybercrime Miloscia S Law & Justice 1/12/2016 1/18/2016 Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Law & Justice at 2:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2375(HPublic Safety)
SB 6201 Supplemental capital budget Honeyford S Ways & Means 1/12/2016 1/14/2016 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 2380(HCap Budget)
SB 6211 Nonprofit homeownership dev. Dammeier S HumSer/MenHlth 1/13/2016 1/14/2016 Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Human Services and Mental Health & Housing at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6233 Student freedom of express. Fain S EL/K-12 1/13/2016 1/21/2016 Jan 21 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6246 Operating sup budget 2016 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2016     HB 2376(HApprops)
SB 6273 Schools/safe technology use Liias S EL/K-12 1/13/2016 1/18/2016 Jan 18 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 2595(HEducation)
SB 6313 Rural library trustee appt. Fain S GovtOp&Sec 1/14/2016     HB 2426(HLocal Govt)
SB 6315 Local gov. modernization Roach S GovtOp&Sec 1/14/2016      
SB 6319 Civil service qualifications Jayapal S Commerce and L 1/14/2016     HB 2543(HLabor & Workpl)
SJR 8203 Prop tx valuation base years Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015      

2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 5/8/2015

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Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

Bill Title Sponsor Status Date Hrg Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion
SHB 1008 Agency data practices audits Smith H Rules R 2/16/2015 2/13/2015 Feb 13 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on General Government & Information Technology at 8:00 AM.  
SHB 1086 Public record commercial use Moeller H Approps 2/19/2015 2/24/2015 Feb 24 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM.  
SHB 1105 Operating sup budget 2015 Hunter C 3 L 15 2/19/2015 2/9/2015 Feb 9 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. SB 5076(SWays & Means)
ESHB 1106 Operating bdgt 2015, 2015-17 Hunter H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM. SB 5077(Ssubst for)
2SHB 1107 Cultural & heritage programs Springer H Rules C 3/13/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5463(Ssubst for)
HB 1133 Public utility tax, counties Tharinger H Local Govt 1/14/2015 1/22/2015 Jan 22 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1168 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Ormsby C 75 L 15 4/24/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. SB 5211(SRules X)
HB 1189 City, district publ. records Hunt, S. H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/24/20215 Mar 24 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
SHB 1250 Notice and review processes Holy H Rules C 3/13/2015 2/17/2015 Feb 17 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. SB 5138(Ssubst for)
HB 1251 Emergency med services levy Van De Wege H Finance 1/16/2015 1/23/2015 Jan 23 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
HB 1322 State retirement plans Reykdal H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.  
HB 1374 Agency contract information Taylor H Judiciary 1/19/2015 2/10/2015 Feb 10 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM.  
HB 1413 Rec. marijuana businesses Moscoso H Commerce & Gam 1/20/2015      
HB 1425 Advisory committees, etc. Pollet H State Governme 1/20/2015 2/5/2015 Feb 5 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1444 Property tax relief Hunt, G. H Finance 1/21/2015 2/1/2015 Feb 13 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
EHB 1513 Local infrastructure areas Springer H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/25/2015 Mar 25 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Trade & Economic Development at 8:00 AM.  
HB 1542 PERS, TRS, SERS/earlier ages Hunt, S. H Approps 1/22/2015     SB 5473(SWays & Means)
SHB 1576 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Fitzgibbon H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5864(SRules X)
HB 1615 Postretirement employment Appleton H Approps 1/23/2015     SB 5545(SWays & Means)
SHB 1684 Public records, charges for Takko H Rules R 2/27/2015 2/27/2015 Feb 27 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM.  
HB 1691 Public records act, remedies Van De Wege H State Governme 1/26/2015 2/12/2015 Feb 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM.  
ESHB 1740 Health coverage through PEBB Appleton H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 4/7/2015 Apr 7 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 10:00 AM. SB 5731(SHealth Care)
HB 1848 Direct petition annexations Schmick H Local Govt 1/30/2015 2/12/2015 Feb 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM.  
HB 1894 Protection of workers Gregerson H Judiciary 2/2/2015 2/17/2015 Feb 17 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Judiciary at 10:00 AM.  
SHB 1919 Special elections, timing of Hunt, S. C 146 L 15 4/29/2015 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
HB 2072 Excess vacation day transfer Hunt, S. H Approps 2/11/2015      
HB 2083 St retirement syst employers Hunter H Approps 2/11/2015      
EHB 2084 State-required reports Hunter H Rules 3C 4/24/2015 3/31/2015 Mar 31 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
HB 2138 PERS and TRS plan 1 COLAs Reykdal H Approps 2/17/2015     SB 6017(SWays & Means)
HB 2145 Rural cnty library districts Fitzgibbon H Local Govt 2/18/2015     SB 6018(SGovtOp&Sec)
HB 2158 Spec purpose tx distrct T.O. Carlyle H Finance 2/19/2015      
HB 2195 Auditor’s fees Lytton H Rules C 4/15/2015 4/7/2015 Apr 7 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM.  
HB 2255 Property tax revenue limit Haler H Finance 5/5/2015      
               
ESSB 5077 Operating bdgt 2015, 2015-17 Hill S Rules 3 4/24/2015 4/1/2015 Apr 1 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 1:00 PM. HB 1106(Hsubst for)
SSB 5138 Notice and review processes Roach S Rules 3 4/24/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Local Government at 1:30 PM. HB 1250(HRules C)
SSB 5294 School library & tech progs McAuliffe C 27 L 15 4/17/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Education at 1:30 PM. HB 1331(HRules X)
SSB 5329 Public employee bargaining Braun S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/4/2015 Feb 4 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5348 Joint utilization contracts Miloscia Del to Gov 4/23/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM. HB 1079(HRules X)
SSB 5435 State deferred comp program Bailey S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/23/2015 Feb 23 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5463 Cultural & heritage programs Hill S Rules 3 4/24/2015 3/23/2015 Mar 23 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. HB 1107(HRules C)
SB 5466 PEBB benefits eligibility Becker C 116 L 15 4/25/2015 3/25/2015 Mar 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM.  
SB 5473 PERS, TRS, SERS/earlier ages Chase S Ways & Means 1/22/2015     HB 1542(HApprops)
SB 5525 Property taxes Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015      
SB 5533 Electronic data, charges for Hobbs S GovtOp&StSec 1/23/2015      
SB 5545 Postretirement employment McAuliffe S Ways & Means 1/23/2015     HB 1615(HApprops)
SB 5572 Marijuana sales, etc. Kohl-Welles S Commerce and L 1/23/2015 2/2/2015 Feb 2 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Commerce & Labor at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5721 Expanded learning opp’s cncl Billig C 163 L 15 5/1/2015 3/30/2015 Mar 30 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Education at 10:00 AM.  
SSB 5730 Access roads utilized by DNR Pearson S Rules 3 4/24/2015 3/25/2015 Mar 25 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 8:00 AM.  
SB 5731 Health coverage through PEBB Dansel S Health Care 1/30/2015 2/16/2015 Feb 16 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Health Care at 10:00 AM. HB 1740(Hsubst for)
SSB 5864 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Nelson S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/27/2015 Feb 27 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:45 PM. HB 1576(Hsubst for)
SB 5982 Retirement age/state systems Braun S Ways & Means 2/13/2015 3/24/2015 Mar 24 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM.  
SB 6000 Cnty legislative authorities Dansel S Rules X 3/23/2015 2/19/2015 Feb 19 Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM.  
SB 6008 Public hospital distrct levy Chase S GovtOp&Sec 2/16/2015      
SB 6014 Pub records actions remedies Honeyford S GovtOp&Sec 2/17/2015      
SB 6017 PERS and TRS plan 1 COLAs Liias S Ways & Means 2/17/2015     HB 2138(HApprops)
SB 6018 Rural cnty library districts Fain S GovtOp&Sec 2/17/2015     HB 2145(HLocal Govt)
SJR 8203 Prop tx valuation base years Sheldon S Ways & Means 1/23/2015      

2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 5/1/2015

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Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/17/2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | Comments Off on 2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/17/2015


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/9/2015).

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/10/2015

Friday, April 10th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | Comments Off on 2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/10/2015


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/9/2015).

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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Washington Congressional Senators and Representatives sign off on legislation crucial to Washington.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Washington Congressional Senators and Representatives sign off on legislation crucial to Washington.


From the desk of Rand Simmons

Rand0714Two pieces of legislation important to the people of Washington are working their way through Congress. Optimum support requires members of both the House and the Senate and from both parties sign on to “Dear Appropriators” letters.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is administered by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The Senate letter notes that “LSTA is the only federal program that helps public libraries meet community needs, provide enhanced services through technology, reach underserved populations, and retain librarians while recruiting new entrants to this important field. Robust federal support for the state formula program and competitive grant provided by LSTA is more essential now than ever.”

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) chair the Senate committee to obtain maximum allowable funding for the Act. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) signed the letter. State Librarian Rand Simmons had urged her to do so. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd) signed the House letter. Currently the State Library receives about $3.3 million annually in LSTA funding and all types of libraries in Washington are eligible to receive funding and services.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) is a grant program under the Fund for the Improvement of education. The Senate letter states, “IAL provides competitive awards to school libraries and national not-for-profit organizations, including partnerships that reach families outside of local educational agencies, for providing books and childhood literacy activities to children and families in high need communities. The program also supports parental engagement and focuses on promoting student literacy from birth through high school.” Senators Blunt and Murray are also leading the quest for this funding.

Signers in the House include Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA 10th), Jim McDermott (D-WA 7th) and Adam Smith (D-WA 9th).

  • Learn more about how the Washington State Library administers the Library Services and Technology Act at the Library’s web site.
  • Information for this article came from the American Library Association’s Advocacy Works: Broad number of legislators back library funding. Links to Senate and House letters are provided.

2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/3/2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | Comments Off on 2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/3/2015


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

Please note bills that are stricken and color-coded are “technically dead. (April 1 was the last day to read in committee reports from the opposite house, except fiscal/transportation committees.  That cut-off is April 7.)  All bills  will be left on the tracker until then.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/2/2015)

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/27/2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | Comments Off on 2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/27/2015


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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Washington State has a new library branch

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public | 1 Comment »


ritzvill2Washington State’s newest public library branch can be found inside the Lind-Ritzville Middle School located in Lind (Adams County). Guy Strot, Lind-Ritzville Middle School Principal, reached out to Ritzville Public Library Director Kylie Fullmer. He wanted the community to have access to the 25 computers and faster internet in the middle school library and for students and community members to have access to more library materials. He proposed a trade. The Ritzville Public Library could operate free of charge in the middle school library if the Ritzville Public Library would provide materials for adults and students. For the last few months the middle school library has been open to the public one evening a week. On the day library development consultants, Carolyn Petersen and Shirley Lewis visited, Mr. Strot proudly shared that the last week’s program had seen every one of the town’s 50 elementary aged children as well as many adults using the library’s computers and resources brought there from Ritzville Public Library.

ritzvilleMs. Fullmer  also reports that a part of their success is owed to an 8-week afterschool Crazy 8’s Math Club for kids in grades K-5. All supplies for this club are donated by the non-profit: Bedtime Math. Lego Club, craft-ernoons, and family story time are all popular too.  The library provides one-on-one computer help, device and eBook tech nights, and signs people up for the IT Academy. Three hours a week for all this, this new library branch must be humming!

This is the kind of library/community partnership success story we all love hearing. Three cheers and a BIG welcome to the Lind-Ritzville Middle School branch.