House Bill 1390 (Modifying names and titles within the acupuncture profession)
Introduced by Rep. Tom Campbell, (R-Roy) (R) on January 20, 2009, to change the name of the acupuncture profession to oriental medicine practitioners. The purpose of the act is to bring properly attribute the professionalism of these practitioners. This act provides new definitions and additional titles that are consistent with the purpose of this act.
House Bill 1382 (expanding the DNA identification system)
Introduced by Rep. Mark Miloscia, (D-Federal Way) (D) on January 20, 2009, beginning January 1, 2010, directs every county sheriff or appropriate official, to start collecting biological samples for DNA analysis from all adults and juveniles lawfully arrested for felony and misdemeanor crimes, among others. Gives instructions for the processing, storing, funding and access to DNA database.
House Bill 1392 (regarding the rights of property owners in cases of eminent domain)
Introduced by Rep. Larry Springer, (D-Kirkland) (D) on January 20, 2009, recognizes the hardships of property owners who lose property in eminent domain cases, even when they have received a fair market price for the property. Declares an intent to provide property owners with the right to repurchase their condemned property if it is not used for a public purpose and is sold by the condemning authority within seven years after the property was acquired through or under the threat of condemnation.
Senate Bill 5323 (Substitution of growth management hearings board members )
Introduced by Sen. Darlene Fairley, (D-Lake Forest Park) (D) on January 20, 2009, provides for substitution of an unavailable growth management
hearings board member by the remaining board members appointing a member from another board.
Senate Bill 5338 (Requiring labeling on food from cloned animals)
Introduced by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on January 20, 2009, requires all food and food products sold in Washington state that are derived from cloned animals to be labeled indicating that they are or contain products derived from cloned animals.
Senate Bill 5359 (Voter identifying marks on ballots)
Introduced by Sen. Eric Oemig, (D-Kirkland) (D) on January 20, 2009, provides that an election official may not issue any ballot with a unique identifying mark,. A ballot may be issued with a nonsequential, anonymously assigned unique identifying mark solely for auditing and vote reconciliation purposes, or to determine if a particular ballot has been previously counted, as long as it is not associated with an individual voter. Also provides that ballots with identifying marks shall not be rejected.
Senate Bill 5362 (Establishing a set minimum hourly wage)
Introduced by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, (R-Wenatchee) (R) on January 20, 2009, Establishes a minimum wage for employees who reached the age of eighteen years, of not less than eight dollars and fifty-five cents per hour.
House Bill 1481 (Electric vehicles)
Introduced by Rep. Deborah Eddy, (D-Kirkland) (D) on January 21, 2009, to promote the use of electric vehicles through the creation of an electric infrastructure that will support the use of electric vehicles. This bill provides tax exemptions from business and occupation taxes, sales, property taxes where infrastructure has been built to support electric vehicles. This bill also requires the state motor pool to switch to electric vehicles and to provide electric infrastructure at all of the state owned motor pool lots. This bill also requires counties over five-hundred thousand, housing authorities, new parking structures, among others, to provide were practical electric infrastructure. The bill provides dates for compliance.
House Bill 1482 (Reclaimed water permitting)
Introduced by Rep. John McCoy, (D-Tulalip) (D) on January 21, 2009, to clarify and provide new definitions related to reclaimed water and gray water. This bill gives the rule making authority to either the department of health or ecology for determining acceptable uses and collections of reclaimed water. The bill also provides additional clarification for the oversight, violations and penalties for the execution of this act.
House Bill 1490 (Reduce greenhouse gasses through land use and transportation requirements)
Introduced by Rep. Sharon Nelson, (D-West Seattle) (D) on January 21, 2009, to add greenhouse gases reductions to the goals of the Growth Management Act. This bill would amend the Growth Management Act to require densities and transportation planning that would encourage walking and/or use of public transit. Among other things this bill requires changes to comprehensive plans that will support reduction of greenhouse gasses through increased densities and use of transit.
Senate Bill 5425 (Requiring property tax reevaluation when property values decrease)
Introduced by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, (R-Wenatchee) (R) on January 21, 2009, to require a county to reevaluate property values when a county has a multiyear evaluation schedule and property values decrease by more than ten percent. The county would be required to reevaluate all properties that were evaluated in the year prior to the drop in values.