2024 legislative session: Good and bad House bills

Below is a list of good and bad House bills in the 2024 legislative session from the perspective of Washington State House Republicans. This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change.

The good bills

  • House Bill 1000 would provide sales tax relief by expanding the Working Families Tax Credit.
  • House Bill 1011 would repeal the unpopular state long-term care program and payroll tax.
  • House Bill 1044 would create a new grant program to help school districts in economically disadvantaged areas build new schools. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 1162 would make it a crime to expose children and vulnerable adults to fentanyl.
  • House Bill 1245 would authorize the splitting of lots to create more small parcels of land to build starter homes and other forms of affordable housing. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 1328 would increase funding to schools and families for students not meeting academic standards and begin to address the learning loss created by Gov. Inslee’s shutdown of in-class instruction. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 1363 would reinstate vehicular pursuit laws so police officers can pursue individuals committing auto theft and property crimes.
  • House Bill 1373 would provide funding to cities and counties to clean up encampments and provide services if they enforce camping bans near schools, parks, and childcare centers, and would require statewide reporting on illegal encampments and cleanup efforts.
  • House Bill 1380 would provide funding for the recruitment, retention and support of law enforcement officers.
  • House Bill 1401 would establish a low-cost, expedited permit process for single family homes, duplexes, triplexes and ADUs that target low-income and moderate-income households. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 1456 would modify the definition of theft so that security officers can stop shoplifters when they conceal merchandise rather than only when they leave the store.
  • House Bill 1483 would provide property tax relief by reducing both parts of the state school levies.
  • House Bill 1520 would enhance penalties for fentanyl distribution to reduce the flow of illegal drugs through our state.
  • House Bill 1535 would increase legislative involvement in gubernatorial proclamations relating to a state of emergency (emergency powers reform). Learn more here.
  • House Bill 1615 would establish the Students First Program to fund education savings accounts for students whose needs are not being met in the public school system.
  • House Bill 1633 would provide down payment assistance to nurses, doctors, firefighters, police, childcare workers and other critical professions that need to be able to afford housing in our state. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 1704 would reduce the state sales and use tax rate.
  • House Bill 1710 would create learning recovery and acceleration programs for students who have fallen behind from learning loss.
  • House Bill 1716 would provide a B&O tax credit to employers that voluntarily provide child care assistance to employees.
  • House Bill 1720 would protect and restore riparian areas by establishing a voluntary, regionally focused riparian grant program designed to improve the ecological functions of critical riparian management zones. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 2002 would make it a gross misdemeanor — or a class C felony if a minor is involved — to knowingly or intentionally exhale the smoke of fentanyl, methamphetamine, or their derivatives in a public space within 10 feet of another person, or within an enclosed public space with another person. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 2033 would create a new tax credit to incentivize landlords to voluntarily lower or freeze rents creating more stable and affordable housing. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 2040 (Carbon Auction Rebate — CAR) would use excess revenue collected under the state’s carbon allowance auctions to distribute an equal, one-time payment of $214 to all 6.8 million registered vehicle owners in Washington. Learn more here.
  • House Bill 2142 would fund reading literacy coaches in elementary schools with prioritization for low-income children and students who have fallen furthest behind their peers.
  • House Bill 2179 would relax licensing and regulatory requirements for providers in childcare deserts.
  • House Bill 2202 would increase funding to counties for police but require counties to meet police officer staffing ratios.
  • House Bill 2300 would increase the availability of childcare providers by creating a pathway for early childhood educators to become certified based on prior work experience.
  • House Bill 2324 would establish a new Bureau of Narcotics to fight sophisticated drug trafficking rings that operate across local government jurisdictional boundaries.
  • House Bill 2387 would put tutors in schools and more paraeducators in classrooms because evidence shows that high-dosage tutoring is the most effective intervention to get students back on track in math and reading.
  • House Bill 2439 would prohibit the state and local governments from imposing an income tax.

The bad bills

  • House Bill 1024 would require an incarcerated person participating in a Correctional Industries work program be paid no less than the state minimum wage.
  • House Bill 1025 would allow police officers to be sued personally while doing their jobs protecting our communities.
  • House Bill 1045 would establish a basic income pilot program.
  • House Bill 1131 would create a complex bureaucracy to manage the waste stream from paper products and packaging, and require manufacturers to pay fees to fund a producer responsibility organization to oversee the collection and recycling of the waste.
  • House Bill 1174 would require each city, county and tribal jail to establish a “Jail Voting Plan” to provide resources to help incarcerated individuals vote.
  • House Bill 1189 would allow the release of incarcerated individuals prior to the expiration of a sentence.
  • House Bill 1220 would require anyone who is legally eligible to register to vote in Washington state to do so and submit a ballot.
  • House Bill 1244 would increase the cap on local school enrichment levies to $3,000 per pupil (same as Seattle).
  • House Bill 1268 would reduce some sentences by eliminating certain enhancements.
  • House Bill 1282 would require contractors on covered projects to provide certain environmental, health, labor, and HR data about construction materials used.
  • House Bill 1333 would establish the Domestic Violent Extremism Commission.
  • House Bill 1388 would establish annual rent increase maximum and authorize the attorney general to enforce the bill.
  • House Bill 1389 would establish annual maximum rent increases that cannot exceed 7%, but would also create a “banking” system for landlords to save up additional rent increases that they can use at a later date.
  • House Bill 1513 would prohibit law enforcement from stopping drivers committing certain violations, including nonmoving violations, certain suspended or revoked licenses, or certain misdemeanor warrants, and would require written consent of the driver and passengers to search a vehicle.
  • House Bill 1628 would increase the cost of multifamily housing and single family homes through increases in both state and local real estate excise taxes.
  • House Bill 1670 would allow cities, counties and other taxing districts to triple their annual increases in property taxes.
  • House Bill 1832 would implement a new per mile charge on vehicle usage of public roadways.
  • House Bill 1868 would ban the sale of gas-powered outdoor equipment in Washington state.
  • House Bill 1885 would ban corporate campaign contributions and independent expenditures.
  • House Bill 1882 would allow cities to remove odd-year elections without a vote of the people.
  • House Bill 1932 would remove odd-year elections in cities, towns, and special purpose districts depending on previous voter turnout.
  • House Bill 1959 would require employers with fewer than 50 employees to pay the employer portion of Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) premiums.
  • House Bill 2001 would allow judges to reduce sentences of convicted criminals after they serve 10 years if 18 years or older at time of the crime, seven years if the individual was under 17 years old at the time of the crime, or with the consent of the prosecuting attorney.
  • House Bill 2030 would allow convicted murderers and rapists to serve as jurors, vote, and run for elected office while in prison.

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This webpage was updated on January 20, 2024.