February 28th – 2013 Regular Legislative Session Day 46

Here are the next seven bills we are considering in the Appropriations Committee today.

Substitute House Bill 1872 defines Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Literacy; establishes a STEM Education Innovation Alliance to advise the Governor, create a STEM Framework for Action and Accountability (Framework), and develop a STEM Report Card; directs the Office of Financial Management to contract with a nonprofit organization to develop evidence-based approaches for increasing learning opportunities in the STEM, if funds are appropriated; directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to disseminate resources to increase interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning; requires the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Quality Education Council to align their strategic plans with the Framework; and authorizes adoption of a third credit of science for high school graduation, starting with the graduating class of 2018.

House Bill 1631 establishes the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and
Disability Issues to develop a strategy to prepare for the future demographic trends of the elderly and disabled populations and to build capacity for the future demands of those populations.

Substitute House Bill 1727 authorizes assisted living facilities to provide continuing nursing services to complex residents upon receiving designation by the Department of Social and Health Services.

Substitute House Bill 1909 allows businesses owned jointly by a veteran and the veteran’s spouse or domestic partner to be certified as a veteran-owned business; requires that all veteran-owned businesses are located in the state, owned by a resident of the state, or that all corporate officers are residents of the state; encourages state agencies to award 5 percent of all procurement contracts to veteran-owned businesses; and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to report annually on all state agencies and educational institutions contracting with veteran-owned businesses.

House Bill 1519 requires the Health Care Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services to develop performance measures and outcomes to incorporate into their contracts with service coordination organizations.

Substitute House Bill 1429 eliminates the statutory provision that prohibits the Department of Corrections (DOC) from paying for postsecondary education; authorizes the DOC to implement postsecondary education degree programs within available resources; and provides that an inmate may be selected to participate in a state-funded postsecondary education degree program, based on priority determined by the DOC.

Substitute House Bill 1601 allows a person to pay a monetary penalty imposed for a traffic infraction through either a payment plan or a community restitution plan, if the court determines that the person is not able to pay the monetary penalty without undue hardship and requires the court to waive, reduce, or suspend any monetary penalty related to traffic infractions if the court finds the person indigent and allows the court to order a payment plan or a community restitution plan in lieu of the penalty, if the person requests.

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