April 22nd – 2013 Regular Legislative Session Day 99

Monday, day one of the final week of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session and we’re back in the Appropriations Committee hearing 11 bills. Folks, this is not a good sign for ending on time. House Bill 1935 requires a General Fund transfer to the Recreation Access Pass Account in the amount equal to the sales of Discover Passes and day-use permits for the preceding year; requires a General Fund transfer to the State Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account in the amount equal to the total fees waived under the Park Passes program during the preceding year; and determines that vehicles displaying a State Parks special license plate are not required to display the Discover Pass or day-use permit within a state park.

House Bill 2029 eliminates the Washington Economic Development Commission, and transfers responsibilities related to Innovation Research Teams and the Entrepreneurs-in- Residence program to the Department of Commerce (Department); eliminates Innovate Washington, and transfers most responsibilities and all assets to the Department; eliminates the Washington Global Health Technologies and Product Development Competitiveness Program board, and transfers program responsibilities to the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority; and eliminates the Washington Tourism Commission from statute.

House Bill 2033 allows the Secretary of State to include the full text of a statewide measure in the voters’ pamphlet or provide information about how to view or obtain the full text of the measure.

House Bill 2042 delays the rebase of non-capital rate components from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2015 and extends the sunset of two rate add-ons, comparison and acuity, from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2015.

House Bill 2043 suspends Initiative 732 Cost-of-Living Adjustments for K-12 and applicable higher education system staff for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years and suspends adjustments to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification bonus for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

House Bill 2044 delays the payment of family leave insurance benefits until the Legislature appropriates funding and enacts an implementation date and delays the due dates of annual reports to the Legislature on the family leave insurance program until one year after the enacted implementation date of benefits.

House Bill 2045 removes formulas that counties could choose from in requesting payment in lieu of real property taxes (PILT) for game lands owned by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and reside within the county’s jurisdiction and establishes a $1.01 per acre rate, increasing by one percent each calendar year beginning in 2015, for counties electing to receive PILT.

House Bill 2046 transfers $575 million from the Budget Stabilization Account to the State General Fund.

House Bill 2047 directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to adapt the statewide assessment system in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in the 2014-15 school year using assessments developed by a multistate consortium; ends the Geometry end-of-course test after the 2012-13 school year; provides that, beginning with the graduating class of 2015, students must meet the state standard for graduation in ELA rather than in reading and writing; and directs the SPI also to adopt the consortium-developed College and Career Readiness assessments in ELA and mathematics, to be used as an alternative assessment for students who attempt the state assessment at least once, but not to be required for graduation.

House Bill 2050 requires county jails to certify to the Department of Corrections (DOC) the number of days of early release time an offender has lost or not earned during presentence time served in jail, rather than the amount of time earned and requires the DOC to adjust an offender’s rate of early release for presentence time served in jails to be consistent with the rate applicable to DOC offenders.

House Bill 2051 requires specified Basic Education allocations to be increased in equal annual increments beginning in the 2013-14 school year through the 2017-18 school year; adjusts allocations to be provided for maintenance, supplies, and operating costs to reflect updated data; phases in increased salary allocations for classified and administrative staff in biennial increments based on market rate salaries identified in a 2012 study; specifies an implementation schedule for increased instructional hours under Basic Education; directs the State Board of Education to adopt a 24-credit graduation requirement framework to take effect with the graduating class of 2018; creates a legislative Task Force on Career Education Opportunities, and requires a report by December 15, 2013; and directs that the state expenditure limit not be rebased for Fiscal Year 2014 through 2018 based on the previous year’s actual expenditures.

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