2018 Legislative Wrap-Up

March 12, 2018

It was a short session this year, but a rather productive one.  See some highlights below on the bills we worked to support and prevent this year.

Passed Bills Futurewise Supported 

HB 2957 – Reducing escape of nonnative finfish from marine aquaculture facilities

  • Prevents the renewal, extension, or new leases of nonnative finfish – phases our current leases
  • Provides for a study on how to further protect finfish aquaculture

SB 5288 – Authorizing certain public transportation benefit areas to impose a sales and use tax increase approved by voters

  • For Intercity Transit in Thurston County

HB 2317 – Concerning contractor bonding requirements for public transportation benefit areas and passenger-only ferry service districts

  • Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry bonding requirements to assist the entity in buying/building a new boat

SB 6414 – Concerning population-based representation on the governing body of public transportation benefit areas

  • Impacts Pierce, Spokane, and Clark Transit agencies
  • Provides that representation is based on population

Passed Bills that Futurewise Opposed

SB 6091 – Ensuring that water is available to support development

Bills that Died that Futurewise Supported

HB 2480 – Providing local governments with options to preserve affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.

HB 2599 – Allowing local governments to collect reasonable fees to cover costs for long-rang planning required by state environmental policy statutes

HB 2341 – Concerning the protection of military installations operated by the United States armed services from incompatible development

SB 6080 – Concerning the electrification of transportation

Bills that Died that Futurewise Opposed

SB 6516 – Allowing limited storm and sanitary sewer systems for rural economic development in the growth management act.

HB 2728 – Addressing the impartial participation of members of the growth management hearings board on matters before the board.

HB 2942 – Requiring planning for the availability of mineral resources.

SB 6108 – Concerning regional funding priority for major military installations

SB 6121 – Siting of institutions of higher education and accompanying facilities

HB 2503 - Concerning zoning regulation relating to accessory dwelling units

SB 6328 – Defining best available science for the purposes of the designating fish and wildlife conservation areas

HB 2789 – Requiring support by a majority of the people before annexation of a city, town or unincorporated area

HB 2653 – Modifying the alternative fuel vehicle sales and use tax exemption for the purpose of expanding the exemptions and amending related provisions