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2017 Legislative Priorities


The 2017 regular session of the 65th Legislature convened Jan. 9. Under the state constitution, regular sessions in odd-numbered years are limited to no more than 105 days

Information Technology Related Bills – 2016 Session

Below is a list of IT-related bills introduced or carried over in 2016. The first section contains bills passed by both houses of the Legislature; bills signed by the governor or otherwise enacted are marked by an asterisk (*). The second section contains bills introduced but not passed. For more information on legislation and the legislative process, visit the Washington State Legislature's website.

House Bill Number Senate Bill Number Title
HB 2360  

Quality education council
Repeals the quality of education council.

HB 2362  

Recordings/law enforcement etc
Relates to video and our sound recordings made by law enforcement or correction officers

SSHB 2375   Concerning Cybercrime
Creates the crimes of Electronic Data Interference, Electronic Data Theft, Spoofing, and Electronic Data Tampering in the first and second degree.
SHB 2427   Local government modernization
Authorizes local agencies to use electronic signatures and to send and accept electronic records and signatures in accordance with standards, guidelines, or policies adopted by the local agency.
HB 2557   Unused shared leave return
Creates clearer definitions for returning shared leave. Allows unused shared leave to be returned if an employee is released to full-time employment, has not received medical treatment for a qualifying condition for at least six months, and the employee's doctor has declined the employee's request for a statement indicating the employee's condition has been resolved. Requires an agency head to approve a new share leave request when an employee who has a closed shared leave account subsequently needs to use shared leave due to the same conditions.
SHB 2875                                Establishing the office of data privacy, protection and access equity within the OCIO;
The Director is appointed by State CIO. 
  ESSB 5435 Addressing optional salary deferral programs
When implemented, this bill will automatically enroll new state employees in the Washington State Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) with a default contribution rate of 3 percent. Employees will have the opportunity to opt out or set their own contribution rates. The bill also gives DRS the option to offer a 401(a) money-purchase retirement savings plan. (*Signed by the governor 3/31/16.)
SB 6171 
Open public meetings act civil penalties
Civil penalties for a member of a governing body knowingly attending a meeting held in violation of the open public meetings act.
  SSB 6264 LEOFF 2 retirees-annuities
Allowing certain Washington state patrol retirement system and law enforcement officers' and firefighters' members to purchase annuities.
  ESSB 6356      Employee info disclosure
Information relating to criminal background checks, including personally identifiable information associated with requests for the response to criminal background checks, of employees of private cloud service providers is exempt from public disclosure requirements.


Voice your opinion on any bill by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Watch or listen to hearings on TVW.