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2019 Senate Bill 5497: Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace
Introduced by Sen. Lisa Wellman (Mercer Island) (D) on January 23, 2019
Referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee on January 23, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 21, 2019
Creates the Keep Washington Working statewide work group within the Department of Commerce to develop strategies for expanding immigrants' career pathways and Washington's ability to provide new business and trade opportunities.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 21, 2019
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Lisa Wellman (Mercer Island) (D) on March 7, 2019
Removes the requirement for the attorney general to publish guidance for databases operated by or on behalf of state and local law enforcement agencies to limit the availability of information for immigration enforcement to the extent allowed by state and federal laws and makes technical changes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 7, 2019
Received in the House on March 9, 2019
Referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on March 9, 2019
Amendment offered in the House on March 26, 2019
Extends the time frame in which the Attorney General and certain agencies are required to publish model policies from six months after the effective date of the act to twelve months.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Brad Klippert (Benton) (R) on April 12, 2019
Strikes all provisions except for the intent section, the establishment of the Keep Washington Working work group, and the null and void clause. Strikes the following provisions: (1) The definition section; (2) The requirement that the state attorney general develop and publish three sets of model policies and guidance related to limiting immigration by certain state agencies, entities, and law enforcement to the fullest extent and consistent with federal and state law; (3) Restrictions placed on state and local law enforcement on: disclosing nonpublic personal information about an individual to immigration authorities or giving immigration authorities access to interview individuals about a noncriminal matter while the person is in custody, except as provided by law; taking or holding a person in custody solely for the purposes of determining immigration status or based solely on an immigration warrant or hold request; accepting language services from federal immigration authorities; inquiring into or collecting information about an individual's immigration or citizenship status, or place of birth; (4) Requirements placed on certain state agencies to review their confidentiality policies and make any necessary changes to ensure that information collected from individuals is limited to information necessary to perform agency duties and is not used or disclosed for other purposes; (5) Provision that public employees may not condition services or request information or proof regarding a person's immigration or citizenship status, or place of birth, except as required by law; 13 (6) Provision prohibiting a state agency or department, including law enforcement, to use funds or resources to investigate or assist in the enforcement of any registration or surveillance programs or 15 any other laws that target Washington residents solely on the basis of a protected class, or immigration or citizenship status.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 12, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Brad Klippert (Benton) (R) on April 12, 2019
Amends the definition of a school resource officer to provide that a school resource officer upholds the law; is assigned by the employing police department or sheriff's office to work in schools to ensure school safety; works with school administrators and staff to help students make good choices; and is encouraged to focus on keeping students out of the criminal justice system when possible and not impose criminal sanctions in matters that are more appropriately handled within the educational system.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 12, 2019
Received in the Senate on April 24, 2019
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 21, 2019