2019 Washington State Senior Lobby bill report

Bills supported by the Senior Lobby 


Adult Family Home Council – John Ficker, Maria Chiechi

HB – 1023  – Allowing certain Adult Family homes to increase capacity to eight beds

SB 5672 – Concerning Adult Family Home specialty services


Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) – Kristi Knudsen

SB 5338 – Regarding definitions of willful; APS Registry; financial exploitation and mandatory reporters – reconsiders the permanency of names on the abuse registry; revises abuse definition to show culpability; allows for sharing of certain investigation outcomes; provides protections in quality assurance activities.  ($170,000 GF-State; $242,000 Total Funds) to fund 1 FTE for the registry work)

SB 5359 – Funding investigations to protect individuals with disabilities in the Supported Living program – Creates Supported Living provider fee – an initial and yearly fee that pays for staff to investigate provider practice issues. (-$2.3M GF-State; Total Funds 5.4 FTE)

HB 1564  – Regarding nursing facilities Medicaid rates – Allows tribes to receive encounter rates and makes two technical corrections related to data reporting timelines.

HB 1423 / SB 5403– Safe egress in Adult Family Homes – Removes requirement that non-ambulatory patients cannot be kept above a first floor of an AFH as long as they can effectively evacuate.

Attorney General

HB 1066  – Requiring debt collection complaints to be filed prior to service of summons and complaint.

HB 1064  – Concerning law enforcement


Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

HB 1296     -Concerning continuing care retirement communities



SB 5116 – Clean Energy Economy



SB 5604 Concerning the uniform guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements act


Health Care

SB 5822– Providing Pathway to establish Universal Health Care


Hearing Loss Association of WA – Cheri Perazzoli

SB 5210 – Hearing Aid Act for telecoil/blue tooth rules


Insurance Commissioner

HB 1065 – Out of Network Healthcare


Long Term Care Trust Act

HB 1087/ SB 5331


Manufactured Mobile Homeowners

HB 1033  – Relocation Assistance

HB 1207 – Concerning manufactured housing communities.

HB 1582 – Addressing manufactured/mobile home tenant protections


Property Tax Bill

SB 5160- Providing property tax relief for senior citizens and qualifying veterans.

SB 5160 – Concerning property tax exemptions for service-connected disabled veterans and senior citizens. – Establishes a mechanism for adjusting income thresholds into the future to provide property tax relief to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


 Prescription Drug

SB 5292 – `Concerning prescription drug cost transparency


Retirement Savings Plan (AARP)

SB 5740Creating the secure choice retirement savings program – Creates the secure choice retirement savings program to facilitate voluntary retirement savings by workers by creating an IRA savings program with automatic enrollment and requiring employers that do not offer a retirement plan to make the program available to their employees.



Joint Legislative Executive Committee – (JLEC)


Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) – Alzheimer’s Association


Plan 1 COLA – Budget proviso – RPEC and WSSRA and WEA


Case Management Funding Request $7.2 and Personal Needs Allowance for in Home Clients $10.0 – WA Assoc. of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A)


Funding collective Bargaining agreement – SEIU 775







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