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Hundreds of laws passed by Legislature go into effect

Over 400 bills passed during the 2019 legislative session went into effect and became law on July 28


Last updated 8/8/2019 at 11:27am

More than 400 bills passed by the Washington State Legislature during the 2019 legislative session went into effect and became law on July 28.

Although the bills were passed by the legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee several months ago, a provision in the Washington State Constitution states that bills must wait 90 days after the end of the year's legislative session to become law, unless the bill is an emergency or on a special schedule.

In all, some 500 bills in total were passed during this year's session. Included below is a roundup of some of the more notable laws that have went into effect:


Engrossed House Bill 1074 - Prohibits the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and vapor products to persons under the age of 21.

Substitute House Bill 1095 - Requires school districts to allow students to consume marijuana-infused products for medical purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus or while attending a school-sponsored events. It directs school districts to establish policies related to the consumption of marijuana-infused products by students for medical purposes if requested by the parent or guardian of a student who is a qualifying patient.

Substitute House Bill 1198 - Requires a health care provider to notify a patient if the provider has been sanctioned by a disciplining authority for acts of unprofessional conduct involving sexual misconduct and is subject to an order or stipulation issued by a disciplining authority.

Engrossed House Bill 1638 - Removes the philosophical or personal objection exemption for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. It also requires employees and volunteers at child day care centers to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, provide proof of immunity from the measles, or provide a certification that the vaccine is not medically advisable.

Crime and punishment

House Bill 1792 - Creates a gross misdemeanor crime applicable when an employee of a marijuana retail outlet sells marijuana products to an unauthorized person under the age of 21. It also says that an employee may be prosecuted under applicable felony provisions of the Controlled Substances Act when they know the person is under the age of 21 or makes a sale to an underage person outside of the store.

Senate Bill 5605 - Requires a court to vacate a misdemeanor marijuana possession conviction upon the application of a person who was age 21 or older at the time of the offense.


Second Substitute House Bill 1216 - Requires each educational service district to establish a Regional School Safety Center with certain duties, subject to state funding. It also requires school districts to establish a School-Based Threat Assessment Program that meets certain requirements by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

Second Substitute House Bill 1668 - Establishes the Washington Health Corps to encourage health care professionals to work in underserved areas by providing student loan repayment.

House Bill 1714 - Requires a community or technical college to issue a high school diploma to an individual aged 16-20 who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, upon written request from the student.

House Bill 1803 - Increases the number of waivers that the Superintendent of Public Instruction may grant to small school districts requesting permission to reduce the minimum number of school days required in a school year.

Second Substitute House Bill 1973 - Establishes the Washington Dual Enrollment Scholarship Pilot Program to provide scholarships and textbook vouches to low-income students enrolled in Running Start or College in the High School.

Substitute Senate Bill 5324 - Modifies a competitive grant program of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction that assists districts in identifying and supporting homeless students. It also requires all public schools to establish a building point of contact who is responsible for identifying homeless and unaccompanied homeless youth and connecting them with the school district's homeless student liaison.


Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1873 - Establishes a wholesale tax on vapor products by taxing accessible containers of liquid solution that are larger than five milliliters at 9 cents per milliliter of solution. It also establishes a wholesale tax on all other vapor products at a rate of 27 cents per milliliter of solution. It creates the Foundational Public Health Services account and directs 50% of the vapor product tax revenues into the account.

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5272 - Increases the maximum rate for the voter-approved local sales and use tax for emergency communications systems and facilities from 0.1% to 0.2%. It allows counties to increase their tax rate with voter approval.

Local government

House Bill 1026 - Provides that local jurisdictions may not prohibit possession of a particular breed of dog, declare a breed of dog to be dangerous or potentially dangerous, or impose other requirements associated with possession of specific dog breeds, unless a reasonable exemption process is maintained.

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5383 - Authorizes cities and towns to adopt ordinances regulating the creation of tiny house communities. It also prohibits cities and towns from adopting ordinances that prevent entry or require removal of a tiny house with wheels used as a primary residence in a manufactured or mobile home community.


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