April 5th – 2013 Regular Legislative Session Day 82

My day today is filled with a House Appropriations Committee meeting where we’ll be hearing ten bills and considering six bills for Executive Action. The first five bills include, Substitute House Bill 1971 requires retailers of prepaid wireless telephone service to collect and remit the Enhanced 911 tax; repeals the taxes funding the Washington Telephone Assistance and Telecommunications Relay Service programs and requires the programs to be funded by State General Fund appropriations; repeals the state and local sales and use tax exemption for local residential landline service; and establishes a temporary state universal communications services program.

House Bill 2022 directs the Health Care Authority to require dispensing of contraceptive drugs with up to a one-year supply provided at one time; requires contracts with managed care plans to allow on-site dispensing of prescribed contraceptive drugs at family planning clinics; and requires dispensing practices for contraceptive drugs to follow clinical guidelines.

Substitute Senate Bill 5045 creates a special permit for day spas to offer a complimentary glass of wine or beer to customers for on-premise consumption and defines "day spa" for the purposes of the special permit.

Second Substitute Senate Bill 5213 requires that contracts with managed health care systems under Medicaid include incentives for pharmacists and primary care providers to provide services to review the appropriateness and effectiveness of drugs for patients with medications for multiple chronic conditions.

Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5237 assigns responsibilities to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to continue implementation of a Comprehensive Literacy Plan and support school districts in reading and early literacy; requires school districts to provide a system of instruction and services in reading and early literacy that includes screening and diagnostic assessments, use of evidence-based instructional strategies, continuous use of data, partnerships with community organizations, and family engagement; makes the third grade reading assessment an accountability measure for these efforts; directs the State Board of Education (SBE) to monitor results and progress in third grade reading and submit its findings to the OSPI biennially; and requires the OSPI to submit recommendations based on the SBE report by December 1 of each even-numbered year.

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