We are just over a month into this year's long (105 day) legislative session. Senators and Representatives have introduced 995 bills (537 House Bills + 458 Senate Bills) and we are heading toward the first legislative cut offs of this session: 

 

  • Feb. 15: last day to pass bills out of policy committee in house of origin 

  • Feb 22: last day to pass bills out of fiscal committee  

 

Cutoffs are used to help legislators identify and prioritize bills. It is incredibly unlikely every bill a legislator introduces will become law, so cutoffs are used to elevate the bills that are most important to a legislator and most likely to get passed. If the bill doesn’t move beyond the cut-off deadline, like passing out of the policy committee, it’s considered dead for that session.  

 

Bills, bills, BILLS:   

 

Ending mass incarceration (EMI): These are bills that CLS is tracking as part of our EMI work: 

 

  • HB 1090: “Concerning private, for-profit detention facilities.”  

  • SHB 1169: “Concerning sentencing enhancements.”  

    • Progress: Public Hearing on 1/22 in Public Safety; a substitute version passed out of a committee and referred to referred to and scheduled for a hearing in the Appropriations Committee on 2/16 at 1:30pm. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/22 ) 

  • SHB 1126: “Limiting tolling of community custody terms.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/22 in Public Safety, a substitute version passed out of committee; passed out of the Appropriation Committee and referred to Rules. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/22

  • HB 1282: “Concerning allowed earned time for certain offenses.”   

    • Progress: Public hearing on 2/2 in Public Safety Committee on an amendment which extends earned release time to 33% for all applicable incarcerated persons. Nearly 900 individuals signed in pro, passed out of committee. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 2/1 ) 

  • HB 1344: “Allowing qualifying persons serving long sentences committed prior to reaching 25 years of age to seek review for possible release from incarceration.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 2/9 in Public Safety. Scheduled for a vote to be passed out of committee on 2/15 at 1:30pm. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 2/9

  • 2SHB 1412: “Concerning legal financial obligations.” 

    • Progress: Public hearing on 2/3; a substitute version passed out of committee and is referred to the Appropriations Committee. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 2/3

  • SSB 5117: “Concerning rental vouchers to eligible offenders.” 

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/22 in Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation; a substitute version passed out of committee and referred to Ways and Means. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/21

  • SSB 5120: “Concerning the criminal sentencing of youth and young adults.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/19 in Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation; a substitute version passed out of committee and referred to Rules. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/19

  • SSB 5121: “Expanding eligibility for the graduated reentry program.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/14 in Public in the Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation; a substitute version passed out of committee and referred to Rules; a substitute version passed out of the Senate with 28 yeas and 21 nays; referred to the House Public Safety Committee. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/14

  • SB 5164: “Resentencing of individuals sentenced as a persistent offender due to a robbery in the second degree conviction.” 

  • SSB 5304: “Providing reentry services to persons releasing from state and local institutions.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/28 in Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation; a substitute version passed out of committee and referred to Ways and Means. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/28

 

Promoting immigrant equity (PIE): these are bills that CLS is tracking as part of our PIE work: 

 

  • SHB 1076: “Allowing whistleblowers to bring actions on behalf of the state for violations of workplace protections.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/22 in Labor and Workplace Standards; a substitute version passed out of committee and referred to Rules. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/22

  • SSB 5141: “Implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force.”  

    • Progress: Public hearing on 1/20 in Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology; a substitute version passed out of committee and referred to Rules. (Bill Report) (Public testimony 1/20