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Feb 23rd marks the 47th day of the 2024 Legislative session in Olympia and we are in the final two weeks of session.  As of earlier this week, every proposed supplemental budget has been released, to include Operating, Capital and Transportation Budgets.  Most of them have some sort of mention of CCA revenue from the Climate Commitment Act, which was passed in 2021.  The CCA created a market-based cap-and-invest program to require the state's largest polluters to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.  Negotiations are currently underway with the Majority and Minority parties in both the Senate and House to come up with an agreed upon budget.  You will get a report on each of the budgets in the next update. 

Our next cutoff date is on is Monday, February 26 which is the last day to read in opposite house committees reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from House Fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.  After that, Friday, March 1 is the last cutoff and will be the last day to consider (pass) opposite house bills (5 p.m.) (except initiatives and alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session).

The last day of the 60-Day Legislative session is on Thursday, March 7, 2024

Below is a recap of six measures to the legislature for 2024, which include:

I-2081 - Parental Right to Review Education Materials, Receive Notifications, and Opt Out of Sexual-Health Education Initiative

This initiative would give Parents would have the right to:

  • Review textbooks, curriculum, and supplemental materials used in their child's classroom
  • inspect and receive a copy of their child's records within 10 days of a written request
  • receive prior notification of medical services offered to their child, except in emergencies
  • be informed about any medical services or medications provided to their child with potential financial impact
  • be notified of medical treatment arranged by the school resulting in follow-up care beyond normal hours
  • opt-out students from certain surveys, assignments, and instructional topics, including those related to sexuality

I-2109 - Repeal Capital Gains Tax Initiative

  • The capital gains tax was passed by the Washington State Legislature in 2021.
  • Took effect on January 1, 2022
  • Revenue from the tax was set to be deposited in the education legacy trust account and the common school construction account
  • This initiative would repeal the 7% capital gains excise tax imposed on sales and exchanges of long-term capital assets by individuals with capital gains over $250,000

I-2111 - Prohibit Income Taxes

  • The ballot initiative would prohibit the state and local governments from enacting a personal income tax.
  • Local Governments include Counties, Cities, and Towns
  • Individual Income Tax is already Unconstitutional in WA State
  • The prohibition includes any individual person on any form of personal income
  • For the purposes of this Initiative, "income" has the same meaning as the Federal definition of "gross income"

I-2113 - Remove Certain Restrictions on Police Vehicular Pursuits

  • Restore safe police pursuits for reasonable suspicion that a suspect has violated the law or poses a threat to the safety of others
  • Restores vehicular pursuit options for law enforcement that was taken away through legislation passed in 2021
  • The Initiative would allow pursuit when there is a reasonable suspicion that a person has violated the law or the person poses a threat to the safety of others and the safety risks of failing to apprehend the person are greater than the safety risks of the pursuit

I-2117 - Prohibit Carbon Tax Credit Trading and Repeal Carbon Cap-and-Invest Program Measure

  • All state agencies are prohibited from implementing any type of carbon tax credit trading, also known as "cap and trade" or "cap and tax" scheme 
  • Includes the climate commitment act previously codified as chapter 70A.65 RCW
  • This prohibition applies whether the resulting increased costs are imposed on fuel recipients or fuel suppliers.
  • Major implications to this year’s supplemental budget

I-2124 - Opt-Out of Long-Term Services Insurance Program Initiative

  • Requires employees and self-employed individuals to opt into coverage under the state's long-term services and supports trust health care program
  • Allows anyone to opt out of coverage at any time
  • The Employee Security Department (ESD) would be responsible for developing rules to implement the opt-out process
  • The Long-Term services and supports trust program was created in 2019
  • The Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Act (LTSS) created the first state-operated long-term care insurance program, known as the WA Cares Fund and is funded through a payroll tax on employees' wages

2024 Hearings of Initiatives

Of the above measures, three of these initiatives to the legislature are getting joint public hearings next week, to include:

  • Initiative 2111 to prohibit state and local governments from enacting a personal income tax, and
    • Hearing:         Joint Senate Ways & Means Committee || House Finance Committee
  • || Tuesday, February 27 || 12:30 p.m. || JLOB Rm A
    • Initiative 2081 to establish a parental bill of rights relating to their children’s public school education,
      • Hearing:         Joint Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee || House Education Committee
  • || Wednesday, February 28 || 8:00 a.m. || JLOB Rm A
    • Initiative 2113 to remove certain restrictions on when police officers may engage in vehicular pursuits.
      • Hearing:         Joint Senate Law & Justice Committee || House Community Safety, Justice & Reentry Committees
  • || Wednesday, February 28 || 9:00 a.m. || JAC Rm 4

The Legislature may approve the initiatives – which they have said is unlikely – or send them to voters.  If an initiative is rejected by the Legislature or the Legislature takes no action by the end of the session on Thursday, March 7, the Secretary of State will certify the initiative for the next November 5, 2024, General Election.  

We will keep you updated on important and relevant legislation throughout the session.  If you are wanting or asked to testify on a bill, please click this link on instructions and helpful hints on the testimony process.

2024.02.23 - HB 1589 Alction Alert.pdf


HB 1589 –Banning Natural Gas through Gas Companies

Executive Session:               Friday, February 16 at 8:00 a.m. 

Urging all Members to Contact Members of the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee to OPPOSE HB 1589

Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee Executive Session 

(Vote out of Committee) on 

Friday, January 16 at 8:00 a.m. ||

JA Cherberg Building Room 1

HB 1589 - Banning Natural Gas through Gas Companies 

  •  Gas companies with more than 500,000 customers are prohibited from providing natural gas service to any residential or commercial customer who did not have or receive an application by June 30, 2023.
  • Allows limited exemptions for certain types of facilities.
  • Directs the Utilities and Transportation Commission to adopt numerous rules to implement. 
  • Washington storage owners rely on natural gas heating to prevent fire suppression wet systems from freezing during frigid winter weather conditions.
  • Most heated self-storage facilities in the state of facilities rely on natural gas as fuel source to keep its buildings heated.
  • Washington storage customers rely on natural gas-heated storage units to keep their possessions dry and safe during our wet winter months.
  • Passing this legislation will jeopardize storage owners and customers across the state.

EFFECT: Imposing a natural gas ban will increase the cost of new middle housing between $6,200 to $13,100 more per unit. This doesn't include the annual operating costs of using natural gas which is one-third of the cost of electricity. The measure appears to violate the Federal preemption under the Ninth Circuit ruling in California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley.

  • Natural gas monthly utility bills are a third less expensive than electrical utility bills.
  • 1.3 million Washington homes use natural gas in Washington State. 
  • Washingtonians are already struggling with affordable energy. According to the state Department of Commerce programs for energy assistance, 64% of PSE customers said they struggle to pay their energy bills each month. 
  • During public hearings on this proposal last year, PSE noted that 35-40% of their customers are "energy burdened," struggling to pay for current energy costs. Higher prices will be passed onto all other ratepayers. Working families will be faced with making tough spending decisions on housing, food, and health care when energy costs soar. 
  • HB 1589 will increase all PSE electric and natural gas customers' rates.
  • 200,000 businesses and institutions rely on natural gas for their energy needs. House Bill 1589 would ensure those businesses pay more for energy, increasing costs for everyone.

Sponsors:  Representatives: Doglio, Fitzgibbon, Berry, Alvarado, Bateman, Ramel, Peterson, Lekanoff, Hackney, Macri, Kloba

STATUS HB:                 Senate Environment Committee (Passed House 52-44)

Executive Session:       Friday, February 16 at 8:00 a.m. 

Please also contact the members of the

Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee Urging them to OPPOSE Banning Natural Gas through Gas Companies

HB 1589 

Please take action right away.  

Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee







Matt Boehnke



LMB 117

(360) 786-7614

Liz Lovelett, Vice Chair



JAC 233

(360) 786-7678 

John Lovick



JAC 226

(360) 786-7686 

Drew MacEwen, Ranking Member



LMB 115

(360) 786-7668 

Joe Nguyen, Chair



JAC 235

(360) 786-7667 

Shelly Short



LEG 409

(360) 786-7612 

Yasmin Trudeau



JAC 227

(360) 786-7652 

Lisa Wellman



JAC 224

(360) 786-7641 



HB 1628 – Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)

Executive Session: Friday, April 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Urging all Members to Contact Members of the House Finance Committee and Your Two House of Representatives in


HB 1628 – Highest State REET Tax in America on Properties Over $5 Million

1.      HB 1628 - Highest State REET Tax in America on Properties Over $5 Million

Original Bill

  • Would create a new tier in the state graduated REET Tax that would be the highest REET Tax in America on sales over $5 million.
  • The REET Tax would be 4% of the selling price that is greater than $5 million, beginning January 1, 2025.
  • The REET Tax shall be split as follows:
    • 30% to the Washington housing trust fund created in RCW 43.185.030;
    • 30% to the apple health and homes account created in RCW 43.330.184;
    • 15% to the developmental disabilities trust account created in the bill.
    • 24% to the affordable housing for all account created in RCW 43.185C.190 for operations, maintenance, and service cost for permanent supportive housing as defined in RCW 17 36.70A.030.

Proposed Changes in House Finance Committee HB 1628 (H-1928.3/23):

  • Beginning January 1, 2025, increases the “ceiling” for the Tier 1 1.1% state REET tax from $525K to $750K. As a result, Tier 2 (1.28%) will be $750K to $1.525M.
  • Beginning January 1, 2025, increases the state REET rate for Tier 4 (selling price over $3.025M) from 3% to 3.5% except for commercial property. Commercial property will pay 3% on selling price over $3.025M through December 31, 2026. The new 3.5% will take effect for commercial property beginning January 1, 2027.
  • Removes the creation of Tier 5 for selling prices above $5M.
  • Provides a definition for “Commercial property”
  • Replaces increment calculation for distributions of revenues with a new percentage calculation to all accounts.
  • Requires at least $5M per fiscal year of the state REET revenues deposited into the Washington House Trust Fund be used for farmworker housing.
  • Additional directions for the use of moneys in the Developmental Disabilities Housing and Services Account are added.

Talking Points:

  • Would create a new tier in the state graduated REET Tax that would be the highest State REET Tax in America on sales over $5 million.
  • Costs are already increasing for small housing providers, this will create even more burden on these small businesses and will lead to less housing.
  •  Increased REET Taxes will discourage housing investment and development in Washington State, increasing rents, and worsening our housing crisis.
  • WA is becoming less desirable and less competitive for real estate investment.  There are 15 states that do not charge real estate excise or transfer taxes at all.  In addition, WA is one of 23 states that also allow a local option real estate excise or transfer tax on top of that. The higher our WA fees, the more likely to drive investment to other states.
  • Commercial real estate has taken a lot of financial hits during the pandemic and is still recovering, enacting the nation’s highest REET tax would not allow that recovery.
  •  With many companies still not back to work in the office, adding this extreme REET tax to commercial properties will only exacerbate that problem.
  • Higher taxes and increased administrative burden have proven to consistently drive real estate investment out of the market and likely increase rental prices.

Sponsors:  Representatives: Chopp, Macri, Peterson, Alvarado, Taylor, Reed, Pollet, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Berg, Riccelli, Davis, Street, Ramel, Duerr, Senn, Doglio, Cortes, Stonier,

Gregerson, Mena, Berry, Fosse, Goodman, Bergquist, Slatter, Ormsby, Thai, Farivar, Simmons, Wylie

STATUS HB:             House Finance Committee – NTIB

                                    Executive Session: Friday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. – JLOB Rm A


Please contact the members of the House Finance Committee and Your TWO House of Representatives asking them to OPPOSE HB 1628.


Please take action right away.

2023.04.13 - Proposed SSHB 1628 (H-1928.3).pdf

 You Can Locate your House Members Here

2023 Legislative Session Update

Report shared by our Lobbyists:

Today marks the 75th day of the 2023 Legislative session in Olympia.  Our next cutoff comes on Wednesday, March 29 which is the last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from opposite house, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.

Earlier this week the revenue forecast for Washington’s projected Near General Fund revenue collections for the 2023–25 state budgets have decreased by about $483 million. The projection represents about a 0.7% drop from the number forecast last NovemberTotal Near General Fund revenues are nowprojected at $65.7 billion for the next two-year state budget cycle, which begins July 1, 2023.  Steve Lerch, executive director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council explained,

Although overall revenue collections have been above expectations, lower personal income and residential construction forecasts result in lower revenue in the 2023-25 and 2025-27 biennia.”

Lately the Legislature has been seeing revenue forecasts showing additional funding so this negative forecast will slow some spending as budgets continue to roll out next week.  Earlier this week we saw Senate proposals for a Capital Budget and Operating Budget.  A general overview is listed below.

We have 30 days left until the session concludes on Sunday, April 23.

Attached is an updated report of top priority bills that we are tracking.

Read the full report here

2023 Legislative Priorities 

2023 Pre-Legislative Session Update.pdf

General Election Update.pdf

This is the first document of many to come this year to keep you abreast of issues to monitor.  REMEMBER to reach out to your legislative representatives when a       request is received.  Remember voices DO matter.  

Check back regularly, and watch for updates from Lobbyists - Chester Baldwin and Mark Gjurasic.  

March 2022 - Update from our Lobbyists!

March 5, 2022 - our lobbyists submitted this report to our members:

Today, Saturday, March 5 is the 55th day of the 2022 legislative session. Yesterday, Friday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m. was the last major cutoff of bills to pass the Opposite House before Sine Die and the last day to consider opposite house bills.  The only exceptions are initiatives and alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session.

This is the final stretch of this session with the Sine Die (end of session) occurring this Thursday, March 10th.

 WA-SSA Current Alive Top Tier Bill List – After Opposite House Fiscal Cutoff 

1. SB 5862 – Commercial Energy Program – C-PACER Fix – SUPPORT (C) 

2. SB 5818 – Promoting Housing Construction by Limiting SEPA & GMA Appeals – SUPPORT (A) 

3. SB 5463/SJR 8206 – Homestead Property Tax Exemption – SUPPORT 

4. HB 1770 – Energy Codes – Banning Natural Gas via SBCC – OPPOSE (A) 

5. SB 5722 – Performance Standards for Buildings (Under 50,000 feet) – NEUTRAL (C) 

Additional information about these bills, their sponsors, their current status, and more in the attached file

(C) = Commercial; (R) = Residential; (M) = Manufactured Housing; (A) = All 

Washington Self-Storage Association

 2021 Legislative Priorities


In the fall of 2021, our lobbyists shared with us the "Legislative Priorities". 


Legislative News:

In accordance with Proclamation 20-25, House of Representatives facilities are closed until further noticeLegislators and staff are teleworking and can be reached via email or by phone during regular business hours. To find who your State Representatives are, please go to:  

For general information, please contact the Legislative Information Center; 360-786-7573. To leave a message for your State Representatives and Senator: TOLL-FREE HOTLINE: 1-800-562-6000. For all other inquiries, please contact the Chief Clerk's office: 360-786-7750. 

The Legislative home page as at

Member Rosters & Information for 2019-2020. NOTE: a new roster list will be updated soon.  With elections just completed in early November combined with a few tight races, there are still results to be determined.

Web sites for Legislative Agendas, Schedules, and Calendars:

The ‘Overview of the Legislative Process,’ is at the following web site:

Naturally, with COVID19, attending in person events is very limited if at all possible, BUT for the future, this site may be of interest for Coming to the Legislature: 

which includes How a Bill Becomes a Law, How to Read a Bill, and How to Testify in Committee.

8-17-2020- WA-SSA Legislative Update PowerPoint.pdf

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