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WSAB State Legislative Bill/Issue Tracking Report


64th Washington State Legislature, First Regular Session
Bill Status as of: January 22, 2015 

WSAB has represented Washington’s radio and television stations in the State Legislature since 1935. Each year, WSAB protects and promotes the interests of broadcasters on a variety of bills and issues.

Symbol Key:
HB/SB: 
Original (House/Senate) Bill
SHB/SSB: 
Substitute (House/Senate) Bill - Amendments were added by the committee and compiled into a Substitute Bill.
EHB/ESB: 
Engrossed (House/Senate) Bill - Amendments were added during consideration of the bill by the full House or Senate and consolidated before final passage into a new bill.

Cut-Off Dates:  The Legislature establishes "cut-off" dates to gauge the performance of bills.  A bill must meet a particular progress benchmark by each cut-off or it may no longer be considered and is deemed "dead" for the session.  Bills necessary to implement the budget are exempt from "cut-off" deadlines.  The First Cut-Off Date of the 2015 Session is Friday, February 20th.  By that date, bills must have been passed by their Committee in the house of origin, i.e., Senate Bills passed by Senate Committee; House Bills passed by House Committee.

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HB 1114:  Internet Poker.  This bill would authorize and regulate internet poker.  The bill has a provision requiring any advertising, including broadcast advertising, to contain a disclaimer: “CAUTION:  Participation in gambling activity may result in pathological gambling behavior causing emotional and financial harm.  For help, call 1-800-547-6133.”  STATUS:  in House commerce & Gaming Committee.

SB 5477: Regulating Vapor Products.  This bill would authorize the Liquor Control Board to adopt advertising regulations for vapor products (electronic cigarettes).  STATUS:  In Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.

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OPEN RECORDS ACCESS

HB 1086: Public Records Cost Recovery.  This bill would establish a mechanism for the recovery of the costs of copying public records where the purpose of the public records request is the sale or resale of all or part of a record.  STATUS:  In House State Government Committee; hearing held on 1/20/15.

HB 1189: Hours of Availability Public Records.  This bill would exempt cities, towns and special districts that do not maintain office hours for a minimum of 30 hours per week from having to meet that minimum open office requirement, but must post on the agency web site directions on how to contact agency personnel to inspect or copy records.  STATUS:  in House Local Government Committee; hearing held 1/20/15.

HB 1374: Disclosure of Public Agency Contract Information. This bill declares any clause in a contract between state or local agencies and private vendors that prohibits disclosure of the existence of the contract to be against public policy and unenforceable.  STATUS:  In House Judiciary Committee.

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OPEN MEETINGS

HB 1425:  Open Meetings Applied to Advisory Committees.  This bill would make meetings of an advisory board, committee or other entity established by a public agency to provide formal advice or recommendations to the agency subject to the Open Meetings Act.  STATUS: In House State Government Committee.

SB 5329:  Public Employee Collective Bargaining.  This bill would make collective bargaining contract negotiations between a public employee union and a public agency subject to the Open Meetings Act.  STATUS:  In Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.

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HB 1093: Unmanned Aircraft (Drones). This bill would establish limitations on the use of unmanned aircraft or drones.  A drone may be flown in Washington airspace only when the FAA has given specific permission; the drone has the name of the owner/operator; and, it does not have a sensing device (such as a camera) onboard.  This is not the bill drafted by the Governor’s Task Force on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.  STATUS: In House Technology & Economic Development Committee; scheduled for hearing 1/21/15.

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HB 1021/SB 5264:  Silver Alert.  These two bills would establish a “silver alert” for senior citizens over 65 who are missing.  House Bill 1021 directs the State Patrol to develop a Silver Alert plan and sets forth several criteria. Senate Bill changes the name of the Endangered Missing Person Advisory to Silver Alert; however, it keeps the same criteria for issuance of a Silver Alert that is required for issuance of an Endangered Missing Person Advisory.  Therefore, if the bill passes in its present form, a Silver Alert would be issued for a much broader group of endangered missing persons than the traditional Silver Alert which is issued for wandering senior citizens with dementia.  STATUS:  HB 1021 in House Public Safety Committee; hearing held 1/14/15. SB 5602 in Senate Health Care Committee.

HB 1092/SB 5059:  Patent Trolls.  These two identical bills would provide a framework with which a court could determine whether a patent infringement claim has been asserted in bad faith against a person or business that has received a demand or been threatened with litigation or against whom a lawsuit has been filed claiming patent infringement.  STATUS:  HB 1092 in House Judiciary Committee; hearing held 1/14/15 [WSAB testified in support].  SB 5059 in Senate law & Justice Committee; hearing held 1/20/15 [WSAB testified in support].

HB 1577:  Non-Competition Agreements.  The text of this bill is not yet available.

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