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The 2012 legislative session wrapped yesterday with the passage of many disputed bills in both chambers. A special session is scheduled to begin on Monday to consider the operating budget and any bills necessary to implement it.

Senate Bill 5967, Engrossed Senate Bill 5967, making 2011-13 supplemental operating appropriations, passed 53-45 in the House on March 8, 2012.

This act provides that General Fund appropriations for the 2011-13 biennium are decreased by $961.0 million; the total budget is decreased by $743.4 million. This act was returned to the Senate for further consideration of House amendments during a special legislative session.

 

31     Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw)     N

31     Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw)     Y

 

House Bill 2373, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2373, concerning the state's management of its recreational resources, passed 30-17 in the Senate on March 6, 2012.

 

This act expands the Sno-Park permit exemption to include both a daily or seasonal Sno-Park park permit; authorizes the agencies to waive the Discover Pass requirement for a person who has paid for the ability to access state land or is attending an event for which an agency received payment; and provides a complementary Discover Pass to a person who qualifies for a lifetime veteran's disability pass that provides free camping at State Parks under current law. Provisions regarding Discover Pass sales are specified, including authorizing sales by private vendors contracted by the agencies, DOL, and county auditors and subagents. The agencies may provide passes to vendors under contract at a reduced rate, though the vendor must sell passes at the statutory rate. State Parks is also authorized to utilize iron rangers to collect fees and distribute Discover Passes. This bill was returned to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

 

31     Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn)     N

 

House Bill 2373, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2373, concerning the state's management of its recreational resources, passed 60-37 in the House on March 7, 2012, after the acceptance of amendments offered by the Senate.

 

This act has been delivered to the Governor for signature.

 

31 Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw)     N

31 Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw)     N

 

House Bill 1398, Engrossed House Bill 1398, creating an exemption from impact fees for low-income housing, passed 32-17 in the Senate on March 8, 2012.

 

This act provides that instead of providing an exemption of up to 60 percent from the payment of impact fees for low-income housing, local governments that grant exemptions for low-income housing may either: (a) grant a partial exemption of not more than 80 percent of impact fees, in which case there is no explicit requirement to pay the exempted fee from public funds other than impact fee accounts; or (b) provide a full waiver, in which case the remaining percentage of the exempted fee must be paid from public funds other than impact fee accounts. School districts that receive impact fees must approve any exemption provided for low-income housing. This act was returned to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

 

31 Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn)     N

 

House Bill 1398, Engrossed House Bill 1398, creating an exemption from impact fees for low-income housing, passed 56-42 in the House on March 8, 2012, after the acceptance of amendments offered by the Senate.

 

This act has been delivered to the Governor for signature.

 

31 Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw)     N

31 Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw)     N

 

Senate Bill 6150, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6150, authorizing a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards, passed 51-47 in the House on March 8, 2012.

 

This act allows the Department of Licensing to implement a facial recognition matching system for driver's licenses, permits, and identicards. This act changes the renewal period from five years to six years for driver's licenses, motorcycle endorsements, and identicards. This act Increases fees for driver's licenses, identicards, commercial driver's licenses, instruction permits, original license examinations, duplicate licenses, and DUI hearings. This act Provides that a driver's license issued to a person under the age of 21 expires on the person's twenty-first birthdate. This act was returned to the Senate for final passage.

 

31 Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw)     N

31 Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw)     N

 

 

Senate Bill 6150, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6150, authorizing a facial recognition matching system for drivers' licenses, permits, and identicards, passed 29-20 in the Senate on March 8, 2012.

 

This act has been delivered to the Governor for signature.

 

 

31     Sen. Pam Roach, (R-Auburn)     N

 

Senate Bill 5539, Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5539, concerning Washington's motion picture competitiveness, passed the House 92-6 on March 8, 2012.

 

This act expands the approved Motion Picture Competitiveness Program's sole purpose to include assisting and providing services for attracting the film industry. This act contains provisions designed to promote the use of in-state labor in motion pictures and episodic shows. The program may annually allocate up to 10 percent of the qualifying program contributions to provide funding support for filmmakers who are Washington residents, new forms of production, and emerging technologies. One member representing Washington interactive media or the emerging motion picture industry is added to the board. The annual calendar year credit limit is $3.5 million. The Motion Picture Competitiveness Program must develop a survey designed to acquire data to allow the state to better measure the effectiveness of the program and to provide transparency of the program. This act has been delivered to the Governor for signature.

 

 

31 Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw)     Y

31 Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw)     Y

 

House Bill 1627, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1627, concerning the authority of boundary review boards, passed 55-43 in the House on March 5, 2012, after the acceptance of amendments offered by the Senate.

 

This act modifies provisions governing boundary review boards (boards) to specify that boards: (1) may increase the total area of proposals before them; and (2) may not modify city or town annexation proposals by adding an amount of territory that exceeds 100 percent of the total area of the original proposal. This act establishes public hearing and notice requirements that boards must satisfy upon increasing the area of a proposed city or town annexation. This act has been delivered to the Governor for signature.

 

31     Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, (R-Enumclaw)     N

31 Rep. Christopher Hurst, (D-Enumclaw)     N

 

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