New Laws in Washington 2022

– NEW LAWS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN WASHINGTON IN 2022 This Thursday, August 4, 2011, file photo, the Interstate 5 bridge spans the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington from Vancouver, Washington. The new transportation package, approved by lawmakers on March 10, 2022, includes $1 billion to replace the aging bridge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) A total of nine new Washington laws went into effect on January 1, 2022. They are making changes to a variety of things, including voting rights for offenders convicted after jail, motor carrier licences, and protecting taxpayers from home seizure. On January 1, 2022, Washington State`s minimum wage increased to $14.49 per hour, up 80 cents from the previous minimum wage of $13.69. Police authorities had called for the change, saying last year`s laws prevented them from prosecuting fugitive suspects in some cases. In the final week of the 2022 session, Washington state lawmakers banned the sale of wide-body weapon magazines, a policy that has stalled in Olympia for half a decade. Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign Senate Bill 5078 soon. Emily Cantrell poses for a portrait in downtown Seattle, Washington, February 28, 2022. Cantrell, a survivor of the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas, had called on lawmakers to ban ammunition magazines larger than 10 rounds of ammunition. (David Ryder for Crosscut) As a new year begins, several important new laws will go into effect in Washington State. PORTLAND, Oregon. Washington state passed most of its new laws in July 2021, but a handful went into effect in early 2022.

Several gun rights organizations have filed a federal lawsuit to block the ban. Election years mean short 60-day sessions in the Washington State Legislature. And while that sometimes means lawmakers aren`t overdoing it, in 2022 they broke that pattern by passing several major laws and dramatically increasing government spending. Legislative employees are not covered by state civil service laws, which give some state employees the right to unionize. Lawmakers will work on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at the Washington Senate at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Starting at 1. In July, several new laws will go into effect for Washington state, including new gun restrictions, missing warnings for Native Americans, increased toll rates and license plate fees.

Capital gains from high-end assets, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, boats and certain real estate valued at $250,000 or more, are now taxed by the state at a rate of 7%. The first $500 million raised will go to the Government Education Trust Account to support early learning and child care, and the remainder will go to the Common Schools Construction Account. Companies in the catering sector are only allowed to offer disposable utensils, straws, beverage lids or spice packaging after a customer has requested them. This law aims to reduce the amount of disposable items to prevent them from ending up in landfills unnecessarily. In addition, the law sets requirements for the amount of recycled content that must be used in certain plastic products used by a food industry company. Lawmakers also approved a new transportation program that will spend about $17 billion over the next 16 years on highways, transit projects and bridges. The plan includes $1 billion for a new bridge over the Columbia River at Interstate 5, a project that politicians have been discussing for a decade. To combat homelessness, the new budget spends about $220 million — a mix of federal and state funds — including about $45 million on rent assistance. In addition, the operating budget transfers about $650 million to the state construction budget, which in turn will spend more than $400 million to build affordable housing, improved housing and permanent supportive housing.

Legislative staff may soon begin the collective bargaining process after legislation comes into force on June 9, but that could take a few more years. In contrast, last year`s law kept police at a higher level, generally allowing officers to use force only when there is an imminent risk of injury or probable reason for arrest. The budget also allocates $351 million for the care of adults with developmental disabilities or other long-term care needs, while more than $2 billion will be allocated to fund the state`s new transportation program. The temporary dealer approval fee, which is a combination of title application and temporary registration used by dealers when delivering a currently unregistered vehicle, has increased from $15 to $40. The $17 billion 16-year transportation program will help fund an express bus line on Division Street in Spokane. School holidays and public holidays are now aligned after a new law came into force on Friday. In a press release, the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability said the changes included in HB 2037 “will reverse last year`s progress on racial justice while doing little to ensure the public safety of Washingtonians.” The group wants the governor to veto much of the bill, spokesman Leslie Cushman said Thursday. Loans range from $3,000 to $12,000 for students and $5,000 to $10,000 for graduates. “After years and years of trying to enforce this law and finally let it happen — honestly, for me, it was one of the most important days of my life because I know this law will save lives,” Cantrell said this week. The legislature also approved a plan to no longer charge parents for the cost of placing their children in state juvenile detention centers.

a yellow alert for missing Indigenous peoples; tax relief to help farmers` markets; and a measure to set minimum wages and benefits for Uber and Lyft drivers. The plan would pay Washington`s share of a new bridge over Interstate 5 between Washington and Oregon, a project that has been discussed for more than a decade. It would also widen State Route 18, provide funding for a new trestle bridge on State Route 2, and improve HOV lanes along I-5. The law creates a system similar to Amber Alerts and so-called Silver Alerts, which are used in many states for missing children and vulnerable adults. Another measure the coalition opposes, Senate Bill 5919, failed to make it out of the Senate on Thursday. That means last year`s strict limits on when police can track vehicles at high speed remain unchanged. Republicans and gun rights advocates vigorously opposed the measure, saying it violated people`s right to bear arms. High-capacity magazines owned from 1 July onwards are not affected by the law. Efforts to make it a state sport have been adopted with broad bipartisan support. The package would spend an additional $2.4 billion to comply with a court order to remove culverts that block the passage of fish.

HB 1416 – This new law aims to increase the efficiency of the recovery processes for maintenance claims owed to the state or a custodial parent. It states that insurance companies must share information with the child support service to see if a claimant owes a debt to the state to support a child. Insurance companies must contact the ministry no later than 10 days after filing a claim for wrongful assault or manslaughter, a workers` compensation claim or a life insurance claim. The right to vote will now be automatically restored for persons who have committed criminal offences as soon as they are released from the custody of the Ministry of Corrections. Some of the bills passed by the Legislative Assembly during this session came into force immediately after Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill, while others came into force on June 9, 90 days after Parliament. But a number of others became law last week, on July 1. Democrats have boasted that the package doesn`t raise the state`s gas tax, which they say benefits drivers across the state. Previous transportation packages, including the last big one approved by lawmakers in 2015, relied heavily on gas tax increases. Now, some of the Democratic lawmakers who lobbied for these laws say the measures had unintended effects that they wanted to fix this year.

Lawmakers approved a $17 billion transportation revenue package that will invest in the state`s highways, transit and bridges over the next 16 years. Lawmakers said they`re still looking for ways to make WA Cares benefits portable so that people who work in Washington state for years but decide to retire in another state can still receive money. But this problem remains unresolved for the moment. Ghost Guns are often purchased online in parts and assembled by the buyer at home. OLYMPIA — Changes in gun regulations, new transportation fees and a new state sport are among the changes Washington residents may soon see.