Greetings from Olympia! Wednesday marked the “house of origin” cutoff for this session. That meant the deadline for the full Senate to approve any bill originating in the Senate – and by doing so, to keep that bill “alive” for the House to consider this session. The exceptions are bills necessary to implement our state’s capital, operating and transportation budgets. I want to share with you some of my bills that were passed by the Senate before this cutoff. For more information on them, click on the links.
SB 5480 – Would revise the state’s certified real-estate appraiser law to allow real-estate appraisers to temporarily put their licenses on hold (to take a break for family, medical, or other reasons) and then come back to the profession – instead of having their licenses expire.
SB 5627 – Would create a “healthy energy workers” board to develop recommendations for successfully diagnosing and treating certain health problems experienced by workers at the Hanford Site.
SB 5633 – Would direct funds to expand and support pathways that grow the state’s behavioral health workforce.
SB 5635 – Would expand opportunities for students to pursue careers in the mental and behavioral health professions.
SB 5638 – Would encourage the development of “distributed ledger” technology, which can help with the management of digital records (involving a blockchain network, for example).
SB 5786 – Would help the state’s public colleges and universities to share their research more efficiently
SB 5936 – Would direct the state Department of Commerce to recommend a plan for setting up an industrial waste coordination program.