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2019 Senate Bill 5946: Concerning the application of the state environmental policy act to temporary shelters and transitional encampments
Introduced by Sen. Joe Nguyen (West Seattle) (D) on February 18, 2019
Referred to the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee on February 18, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 20, 2019
Exempts permit actions to site a temporary shelter or transitional encampment for people experiencing homelessness from State Environmental Policy Act requirements.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 21, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on March 5, 2019
Adds that the temporary shelter or encampment must be located within a county with a population of at least two million people for the state environmental policy act exemption to apply..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on March 5, 2019
Prohibits a temporary shelter or transitional encampment from being exempt from the state environmental policy act if it is located in a neighborhood with a significant number of low-income households; defines low-income as less than eighty percent of the median family adjusted income for the local city or county.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis King (Yakima) (R) on March 5, 2019
Adds that to qualify for the state environmental policy act exemption, a temporary shelter or transitional encampment may not be sited within 1,000 feet of a public or private school or early learning facility unless approved by the school or early learning facility or its affiliate organization.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Joe Nguyen (West Seattle) (D) on March 5, 2019
Adds that a local jurisdiction must have declared a state of emergency on homelessness for a facility to qualify for an exemption from the state environmental policy act.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Hans Zeiger (Puyallup) (R) on March 5, 2019
Adds that a facility must not allow the use of drugs or alcohol on its premises, except for medicines a sheltered individual has been prescribed by a licensed prescriber, as an additional standard that a facility must meet to qualify for an exemption from the state environmental policy act.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Exempts permit actions to site a temporary shelter or transitional encampment for people experiencing homelessness from State Environmental Policy Act requirements.
Received in the House on March 7, 2019
Referred to the House Environment & Energy Committee on March 7, 2019
Received in the Senate on January 13, 2020
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 13, 2020
Received in the House on January 27, 2020
Referred to the House Environment & Energy Committee on January 27, 2020

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