Washington Landlord Association


20 Jan 2018 11:17 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)


WLA Legislative Hearing Schedule Week of Monday, January 22

WLA PDF LINK: Bill Status Report

Dear WLA Members:


The week of January 15th, 2018 was the second week of the 2018 legislative session in Olympia. This week’s big news was agreement to terms on behalf of both parties in both houses on the Hirst Water issue Tuesday night, an issue which has been dominating Washington state politics over the last year. Thursday night they rushed this legislation through both the house and senate, freeing the way for the passage of the $4 billion-dollar state capital budget, which was politically tied to the Hirst issue and failed to pass last year. Barring anything unexpected happening on the governor’s desk, both are likely to be signed into law shortly.


Elsewhere around the capitol political pressure continues to grow on carbon reduction measures, housing, and gun control issues. Things continue to move rapidly around the capitol as the February 2nd policy committee cutoff date.


Attached (see PDF link above) is a report of bills that we are tracking and those that are scheduled for a hearing for the week of Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26.


Bills highlighted in green we support, grey we are neutral/monitor, pink we have concerns, and red we oppose.


Below is a hearing schedule of high priority bills.


The most important hearing is in opposition of HB 2583, concerning local authority to address affordable housing needs through regulation of rent and associated charges, which is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the House Judiciary Committee in the John L. O’Brien Building Room A.  We need our members to come to Olympia and voice their opposition of this bill.


Please let me know who plans on attending any of the hearings to testify in Olympia. 


Appropriations (House) - HHR A, JLOB - 1/22 @ 3:30pm


  • ESHB 1570 - Exec Session - Concerning access to homeless housing and assistance.
  • HB 1873 - Exec Session - Concerning lead-based paint certification fees.



Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (House) - HHR E, JLOB - 1/23 @ 10:00am


  • HB 2503 - Public Hearing - Concerning zoning regulations relating to accessory dwelling units.
  • HB 2480 - Public Hearing - Providing local governments with options to preserve affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.
  • HB 2538 - Exec Session - Exempting impact fees for low-income housing development.
  • SHB 1987 - Exec Session - Concerning allowing affordable housing development on religious organization property.


Judiciary (House) - HHR A, JLOB - 1/23 @ 10:00am


  • HB 2583 - Public Hearing - Concerning local authority to address affordable housing needs through regulation of rent and associated charges.
  • HB 2578 - Public Hearing - Preserving and expanding rental housing options for persons whose source of income is derived from or includes sources other than employment.
  • HB 2475 - Public Hearing - Concerning the tolling of construction defect claims.



Local Government (Senate) - SHR 4, JACB - 1/23 @ 1:30pm


  • SB 6294 - Public Hearing - Exempting impact fees for low-income housing development.

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