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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are about to complete the third week of the 2019 legislative session. It is an honor to be back in Olympia serving our communities. I would like to start this update by thanking you for being involved in building a better Washington. Together we are making a difference!

Listed below you will find some of the business-related bills recently introduced in the House. I've also included instructions on how you can look up each bill and check its status as it goes through the legislative process. Please be assured, I will do all I can to support good business bills. In order for Washington state to thrive, we must continue to encourage economic development and job growth.

As always, if you have any questions about these bills or any other state-related issues, please feel free to give me a call. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

Business-related House bills:

HB 1071 – Shortens the time retailers must report computer security breaches from 45 days to 30. The Senate companion bill is SB 5064.  HB 1071 is scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development Wednesday, Jan. 30.

HB 1087 – Concerning long-term services and supports. Establishes the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (Trust Program) to provide benefits for long-term services and supports to qualified individuals who need assistance with at least three activities of daily living. Establishes eligibility requirements for the Trust Program for persons who pay a premium of 0.58 percent of a person's wages for a specific amount of time. The bill has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

HB 1324 – Would establish the Washington Rural Development and Opportunity Zone Act. Requires the Department of Commerce to accept applications for approval for the rural development and opportunity zone fund. Establishes an insurance premium tax credit and a business and occupation tax credit. Creates the rural development and opportunity zone account. The bill had a public hearing in the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Wednesday, Jan. 30.

HB 1677 – Would exempt a business's first $1 million in gross sales from the state's business and occupation (B&O) tax. Referred to the House Finance Committee for further consideration.

HB 1420 – Would reduce the current standard business and occupation tax rates for manufacturers to the current aerospace preferential business and occupation tax rates. Referred to the House Finance Committee for further consideration.

Here is a quick set of “bill tracking” instructions:

  • Go to leg.wa.gov
  • On the left-hand panel, click “Bill Information.”
  • If you know the bill number, enter it in the search field and hit enter.
  • Don't have a bill number? Under the section “Standard Reports,” you'll find alternative tracking tools. You can search based on topic, legislative digests, cross-references and or within a specific biennium.
  • If you click on the House Floor Calendar, this helpful tool gives you a detailed list of all bills scheduled to be heard on the House floor each day.
  • Need more information? Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you need more details on specific bills or key public policy proposals.

Mark your calendars with these upcoming town hall meetings!

I'll be co-hosting town hall events in Darrington and Concrete on Saturday, March 16 with Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley and Robert J. Sutherland, R-Granite Falls. 

Please join us as we discuss key public policy issues being considered in Olympia.

Darrington
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Darrington Library
Address: 1005 Cascade St., Darrington, WA 98241

Concrete
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Concrete High School Commons
Address: 7830 S. Superior Ave., Concrete, WA 98237

Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Olympia!

Sincerely,


Carolyn Eslick

State Representative Carolyn Eslick
39th Legislative District
RepresentativeCarolynEslick.com
467 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
carolyn.eslick@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7816 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000