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2021 House Bill 1368: Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through state actions supported by federal funding
Introduced by Rep. Timm Ormsby (Spokane) (D) on January 25, 2021
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on January 25, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on January 28, 2021
Appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding from a combination of the federal Consolidated Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, and Medicaid for K-12 public schools, public health, healthcare, assistance to individuals and families, housing assistance, and business assistance.
Amendment offered by Rep. Michelle Caldier (Port Orchard) (R) on February 1, 2021
Increases the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction appropriations for subgrants from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Ties half of ESSER funding to submittal of a reopening plan and the other half to reopening for in-person instruction based on COVID test positivity rates. Revises reopening plan requirements.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Kelly Chambers (Pierce County) (R) on February 1, 2021
Increases funding for small business grants for maintaining operations by $30,000,000. Decreases funding for grants for reopening costs by $30,000,000. Provides that the Department over or underutilization.Increases the maximum grant award from $20,000 to $75,000 per business.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Corry (Yakima) (R) on February 1, 2021
Increases funding for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to provide grants to child care providers. Provides that grant amounts must be at least $6,500 per grant recipient with at least an additional $100 provided for each licensed slot over 65 slots. Requires grant recipients to remain open and serve children through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (Yakima) (R) on February 1, 2021
Provides $300,000,000 General Fund-Federal (CRF) for the emergency rental and utility assistance program. Creates the non-appropriated REcovery Rebate Account and appropriates $200,000,000 General Fund-Federal (CRF) into the account. Funds must be used to provide remittances to eligible low- income persons pursuant to RCW 82.08.0206 and House Bill 1319 (recovery rebate).
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Drew MacEwen (Union) (R) on February 1, 2021
Provides limited employer relief of unemployment insurance benefit charges for layoffs due to gubernatorial declarations of emergency and related executive orders. Appropriates $500,000,000 General Fund-Federal (CRF) into the COVID-19 Unemployment Account for reimbursement of the relief charges to the unemployment trust fund. Makes the appropriation lapse upon provision of equivalent federal funding.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Timm Ormsby (Spokane) (D) on February 1, 2021
Eliminates the requirement that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) contract with one or more nonprofit organizations to administer the Washington Immigrant Relief Fund.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Steele (Chelan) (R) on February 1, 2021
Appropriates federal funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide $160,000,000 for one-time stipends of $300 per student eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and $340,000,000 for accelerated learning opportunities.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 1, 2021
Appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding from a combination of the federal Consolidated Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, and Medicaid for K-12 public schools, public health, healthcare, assistance to individuals and families, housing assistance, and business assistance.
Received in the Senate on February 2, 2021
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 2, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 5, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on February 10, 2021
Appropriates $200 million of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Account moneys for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to make subgrants, on a proportional basis, available to local education agencies to assist with school reopening.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Mark Schoesler (Ritzville) (R) on February 10, 2021
Requires DOH, when making expenditures for administering the vaccine, to focus on promoting public partnerships with the tribes to expedite vaccine distribution.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on February 10, 2021
Reduces appropriation by $7,000,000 for community organizations to perform program outreach and assistance with applying for rental assistance. Increases appropriation by $7,000,000 for grants to small business landlords who have elective nonpayor tenants.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on February 10, 2021
Increases the grant amount for landlords with elective nonpayor tenants from 80% to 100% of loss of rental income.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on February 10, 2021
Increases the appropriation by $610,000 to make subgrants within this section available to local education agencies that are ineligible to receive subgrants under the Title I distribution methodology required for a portion of the ESSER II funds.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Lynda Wilson (Clark County) (R) on February 10, 2021
Increases the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction appropriations for subgrants from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Ties half of ESSER funding to schools to submittal of a reopening plan and the other half to the proportion of in-person instruction being provided to students. The proportion is reviewed monthly to allow additional allocations.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Lynda Wilson (Clark County) (R) on February 10, 2021
Requires DOH, when making expenditures for administering the vaccine, to focus on prioritizing scheduling vaccines for seniors and other eligible individuals by establishing a statewide COVID-19 vaccine assistance hotline for individuals to call to schedule vaccine appointments.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 10, 2021
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on February 19, 2021

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