Summary

1/28/19 begins week three of the 2019 Legislative Session. We’ve seen hundreds of bills introduced.

Additional Resources: To get up to speed, check out WSSDA’s legislative update from week 2 now available here.The Opening Day Special Edition TWIO is now online!

Safety Hearing

Sen. Wellman has scheduled five safety bills for hearing this Wednesday, 1/30, at 1:30 pm. The House has not yet scheduled these proposals for hearing but has a press conference scheduled for 1/29. Chair Santos is planning hearings on the safety bills the week of February 4.

  • SB 5052 – Public Hearing – Concerning school resource officers.
  • SB 5141 – Public Hearing – Concerning school resource officer mandatory training and policies.
  • SB 5216 – Public Hearing – Developing multistage threat assessments to increase safety in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.
  • SB 5317 – Public Hearing – Concerning nonfirearm measures to increase school safety and student well-being.
  • SB 5514 – Public Hearing – Concerning first responder agency notifications to schools regarding potential threats.

SEB

Both chambers held work sessions last week regarding school employees benefits. Tom Fleming traveled to Olympia to present to the Senate Ways and Means Committee about SEB impacts.  You can find links to video and SEB summary information in WASA’s TWIO.

Climate Science

Both chambers introduced bills this week, HB 1496 and the companion, SB 5576. We’re asking both chairs to schedule public hearing before the Feb 22 policy cutoff deadline. The CBOs have actively been talking to legislators about the importance of the bill and we’ve been coordinating efforts to communicate the importance of funding the grants.

Computer Science

SB 5088 Authorizes school districts, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, to award academic credit to students for computer science based on student completion of a competency examination. Requires a school district that operates a high school to, beginning no later than the 2022-2023 school year, provide an opportunity to access an elective computer science course that is available to all students. The Senate heard the bill this week but has not yet voted it out of committee.

Teacher Shortage

HB 1139 Regarding educator workforce development.

Upcoming Events

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 1/28 @ 1:30pm

  • SB 5324 – Public Hearing – Concerning support for students experiencing homelessness.
  • SB 5484 – Public Hearing – Implementing improvements to the early achievers program as reviewed and recommended by the joint select committee on the early achievers program.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 1/28 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1076 – Public Hearing – Modifying certain common school provisions.
  • HB 1164 – Public Hearing – Concerning dual credit programs.
  • HB 1173 – Public Hearing – Repealing certain obsolete common school provisions.
  • HB 1265 – Public Hearing – Increasing student access to school counselors.
  • HB 1182 – Public Hearing – Modifying the learning assistance program.

Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 1/28 @ 3:30pm

  • HB 1085 – Public Hearing – Concerning premium reduction for medicare-eligible retiree participants in the public employees’ benefits board program.

Civil Rights & Judiciary (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 1/29 @ 10:00am

  • HB 1106 – Public Hearing – Eliminating use of detention for violation of a truancy-related court order while providing more opportunities for truant youth to access services and treatment.

College & Workforce Development (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 1/29 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1340 – Exec Session – Establishing a statewide free college program by changing the state need grant to the Washington college promise scholarship.

Human Services & Early Learning (House) – HHR C, JLOB – 1/29 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1351 – Public Hearing – Expanding eligibility to the early childhood education and assistance program.

Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation (Senate) – SHR 4, – 1/30 @ 8:00am

  • SB 5161 – Public Hearing – Concerning creation of a certified child safety policy.

College & Workforce Development (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 1/30 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1340 – Exec Session – Establishing a statewide free college program by changing the state need grant to the Washington college promise scholarship.

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 1/30 @ 1:30pm

  • SB 5052 – Public Hearing – Concerning school resource officers.
  • SB 5141 – Public Hearing – Concerning school resource officer mandatory training and policies.
  • SB 5216 – Public Hearing – Developing multistage threat assessments to increase safety in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.
  • SB 5317 – Public Hearing – Concerning nonfirearm measures to increase school safety and student well-being.
  • SB 5514 – Public Hearing – Concerning first responder agency notifications to schools regarding potential threats.

Human Services & Early Learning (House) – HHR C, JLOB – 1/30 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1344 – Public Hearing – Concerning child care access.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 1/31 @ 8:00am

  • HB 1076 – Exec Session – Modifying certain common school provisions.
  • HB 1119 – Exec Session – Concerning educator evaluations and professional development.
  • HB 1120 – Exec Session – Updating the term essential academic learning requirements to state learning standards to reflect current terminology.
  • HB 1139 – Exec Session – Expanding the current and future educator workforce supply.
  • HB 1151 – Exec Session – Modifying education reporting requirements.
  • HB 1164 – Exec Session – Concerning dual credit programs.
  • HB 1173 – Exec Session – Repealing certain obsolete common school provisions.
  • HB 1265 – Exec Session – Increasing student access to school counselors.
  • HB 1182 – Exec Session – Modifying the learning assistance program.

Detailed Bill Summary

Download a detailed list of bills concerning education.