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2019 House Bill 1783: Creating the Washington state office of equity
Introduced by Rep. Mia Gregerson (Des Moines) (D) on January 30, 2019
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Referred to the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on January 30, 2019
Substitute offered in the House on February 13, 2019
Creates the Washington State Office of Equity (Equity Office).
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 15, 2019
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 4, 2019
Substitute offered in the House on January 20, 2020
Creates the Washington State Office of Equity (Equity Office). Establishes a task force to develop the initial operations plan for the Equity Office. Requires all state agencies to: provide appropriate and reasonable assistance to the Equity Office as needed, work to meet performance measures, and implement equity assessment tools as appropriate.
Amendment offered by Rep. Mia Gregerson (Des Moines) (D) on January 20, 2020
Defines principles that must guide the work of the Office of Equity (Office) and the administration of programs by the Office Director; (2) Requires the Office to ensure agencies follow standards developed by the Office through reporting requirements, and to adopt rules related to testing agency performance and developing accountability and enforcement mechanisms; (3) Creates the Community Advisory Board to advise the Office on its priorities and timelines; (4) Requires the Office to file a report to the Legislature and Governor every two years; (5) Requires agencies to designate a diversity, equity, and inclusion liaison to serve as liaison between the agency and Office; (6) Requires agencies to apply an "equity lens," as defined in the amended bill and developed by the Office, to existing policies, practices, and services delivery; (7) Requires agencies to develop plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion and for language access, establish performance measures in collaboration with the Office, and submit a response to the Office's report on agency performance.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Selah) (R) on January 20, 2020
Changes the establishment date of the Office of Equity from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Selah) (R) on January 20, 2020
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Keith Goehner (Dryden) (R) on January 20, 2020
Terminates the Office of Equity and Community Advisory Board 10 years after their creation. Eliminates the entire Act on June 30, 2031.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jenny Graham (Spokane) (R) on January 20, 2020
Requires that the Director of the Office of Equity be jointly selected by the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Norma Smith (Clinton) (R) on January 20, 2020
Requires the Office of Equity (Office) to coordinate with the Office of Privacy and Data Protection regarding data collected by the Office. Prohibits the Office from requesting personally identifiable information other than specified information related to race and ethnicity.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on January 20, 2020
Removes statement in intent section that the Office of Equity (Office) will assist agencies to apply an equity lens in staffing decisions; (2) Removes requirements to collaborate with the Office of Financial Management on developing policies and providing assistance and training to maintain a diverse, inclusive, and culturally sensitive workforce, and identifying subcategories of workforce data to track disparities in public employment.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jesse Young (Gig Harbor) (R) on January 20, 2020
Removes the requirement that the race and ethnicity data for which the Office of Equity must establish standards be disaggregated. Removes the requirement that the Office of Equity work with the Office of Financial Management to identify subcategories of workforce data for disaggregation to track disparities in public employment.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on January 20, 2020
Received in the Senate on January 23, 2020
Referred to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on January 23, 2020
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 26, 2020

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