Mosbrucker bills advancing through Senate, may be heading to governor

As the 2019 regular legislative session enters its final days before scheduled adjournment April 28, hundreds of bills are dying as they fail to advance from their committees by policy cutoff, April 3, and fiscal cutoff, April 9. However, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker has several bills that have survived the deadlines and could soon be up for a vote by the full Senate.

“My exceptional staff and I have put a lot of work into moving our legislative asks forward. I’m pleased to say we’ve made a great deal of progress,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale.

On Friday, Mosbrucker issued a status report of her prime-sponsored bills moving through the Senate, and one that has passed the House and Senate:

PASSED THE HOUSE AND SENATE:

·       House Bill 1919 – Animal abuse – Would increase penalties for animal abuse – and particularly against those who use dogs for sport blood fighting. An amendment was added in the Senate, so it comes back to the House for concurrence. The House is expected to take a final vote any time now, and then it will go to the governor for his signature.

IN SENATE RULES COMMITTEE:

·       House Bill 1070 – Natural gas tax treatment– Would provide a public utility tax exemption for sales of renewable natural gas by a gas distribution business.

·       House Bill 1166 – Rape kit backlog – Co-sponsored by Rep. Mosbrucker, this bill would address the backlog of more than 8,000 rape kits in police custody, prohibiting their destruction, and setting deadlines for submitting and testing the kits.

·       House Bill 1436 – Snow bikes– Would create a single vehicle license that allows for the operation of a motorcycle as either a motorcycle or a snow bike.

·       House Bill 1486 – Delegation of inspection – Would save taxpayer money by allowing inspections of factory-built housing and commercial structures built out of state to be performed by inspectors other than the Department of Labor and Industries.

·       House Bill 1533 – Domestic violence resources in the workplace – Would provide information/help resources in the workplace for domestic violence survivors.

·       House Bill 1713 – Missing and murdered indigenous persons– Would provide two tribal liaisons within the Washington State Patrol to help in the investigations of missing and murdered indigenous persons. It also provides for intergovernmental training and creates a missing person protocol.

AWAITING A VOTE BY THE FULL SENATE:

·       House Bill 1486 – Delegation of inspection – Would save taxpayer money by allowing inspections of factory-built housing and commercial structures built out of state to be performed by inspectors other than the Department of Labor and Industries.

·       House Bill 1532 – Domestic violence traumatic brain injuries – This would improve response to traumatic brain injuries suffered by domestic violence survivors.

TO BE DETERMINED (Bills under negotiation):

·       House Bill 1056 – Domestic violence/workplace – Would create a task force to identify the role of the workplace in helping to curb domestic violence.

“I’m excited that we’ve gotten this far with these very important bills. However, nothing is concrete until the final gavel falls, so I remain cautiously optimistic about getting these bills passed by the Senate and sent to the governor,” said Mosbrucker.

People wanting to know more about these or other bills can go to Rep. Mosbrucker’s website: RepresentativeGinaMosbrucker.com