What our state legislators are up to

Published on Wed, Mar 13, 2013
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There were nine bills introduced by Representative Jason Overstreet (Blaine) in January. They are listed as follows:

HB 1581: Concerning the investigation and detainment of U.S. citizens and lawful resident aliens under the national defense authorization act, it condemns provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, specifically the investigation and indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens and lawful resident aliens on U.S. soil who are suspected of terrorist activity. This act prohibits state employees, agents of the state, contract employees working on behalf of the state, members of the National Guard acting under authority of the governor and members of the U.S. Coast Guard unless they are acting under the authority of the Navy, from participating in military investigations or detainments of U.S. citizens or lawful resident aliens who are captured on U.S. soil and are suspected of engaging in terrorism. This act contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.

HB 1454: Concerning the actions of federal employees acting in the course of duty, it creates the Washington State Freedom of Travel Act to charge public officials, defined as employees of the federal government, with an offense of official oppressions under certain circumstances, some of which are related to travel and transport. This act contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.

HB 1455: Eliminating the use of automated traffic safety cameras and modifies current law to eliminate the use of automated traffic safety cameras statewide.

HB 1259: Declaring that the right  to  life begins at conception, it establishes the Washington State Life at Conception Act, declaring that the terms “human person” and “human being” include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.

HB 1162: Enacting the Regulatory Fairness Act of 2013, it modifies current law to require that state agencies, prior to adopting rules and regulations, determine the economic impact of the proposed rule. If the agency finds any negative economic impact, the agency cannot enforce the rule until it is passed by the legislature.

HB 1166: Requiring compensation for government required actions on private property, it modifies the Growth Management Act to require government authorities to provide just compensation to private property owners under specific circumstances. This act prohibits local governments from requiring private property owners do such things as display signage or allow for fencing on their property without just compensation to the property owner.

HB 1099: Repealing the state estate tax, it repeals from current law the state estate tax. This act applies to the estate of decedents dying on or after August 1, 2013. This act takes effect August 1, 2013.

HB 1100: Reducing the state sales and use tax rate, it reduces the current sales and use tax rate from 6.5% to 6.4% on all retail sales. This act takes effect October 1, 2013.

HB 1135: Concerning the annual gross sales limits for cottage food operations, it provides that exceeding annual income limits set by the Department of Agriculture is no longer one of the reasons for which the director of the Department of Agriculture may deny, suspend or revoke a permit for cottage food operations. Annual gross sales limits are eliminated.