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2018 Bill Tracker

Here are the bills we are closely tracking, along with status and actions. To take action, click on the bill's number to comment on the Washington Legislature website, or contact your legislator.

We are listing the Senate bills (SB) and their House companions (HB) if applicable. Status update as of January 22nd, 2018.

HB 2201: Concerning the collection of a motor vehicle excise tax approved by voters of a regional in 2016.

This bill would require Sound Transit to provide a tax rebate that is equivalent of the delta between the 1999 and 2006 MVET depreciation schedules. Sound Transit estimates that the bill will result in a $780 million revenue loss to the agency (over the long term, the accumulated loss would be about $2 billion due to financing impacts). This bill also identifies the order in which projects would be impacted for achieving cost savings: parking facility projects, commuter rail, bus projects, and light rail projects.
TCC Position:
Mixed
Status:
House Floor
Talking Points:

  • We do not support efforts to change a voter-approved plan. ST3 won 54% of the vote in 2016.
  • However, we are sensitive to issues of tax payer fairness as it relates to low and middle income families in the region.
  • TCC is committed to ensuring that Sound Transit receives funding that allows the voter-approved ST3 to move forward.
  • TCC is working closely with legislators to include offsets in the bill that will ensure Sound Transit has the funding to deliver Sound Transit 3 projects.

SB 5955: Concerning the collection of a motor vehicle tax approved by voters of a regional transit authority in 2016.

Similar to HB 2201, however, it provides a credit towards the MVET, not a refund.

TCC Position: Mixed
Status:
Transportation committee
Talking Points:

  • We do not support efforts to change a voter-approved plan. ST3 won 54% of the vote in 2016.
  • However, we are sensitive to issues of tax payer fairness as it relates to low and middle income families in the region.
  • TCC is committed to ensuring that Sound Transit receives funding that allows the voter-approved ST3 to move forward.
  • TCC is working closely with legislators to include offsets in the bill that will ensure Sound Transit has the funding to deliver Sound Transit 3 projects.

HB 2357: Allowing semiannual or quarterly payment plans for regional transit authority motor vehicle excise taxes.

This bill would allow for semiannual or quarterly payment plans for regional transit authority motor vehicle excise taxes if the tax due is over $200 or more.

TCC Position:
Support
Status:
Executive Committee

HB 2403: Concerning transit-only lane enforcement cameras.

This bill would allow for use of automated traffic safety and transit-only lane enforcement cameras for enforcement.

TCC Position:
Support
Status:
Rules Committee

HB 2653: Modifying the alternative fuel vehicle sales and use tax exemptions for the purposes of expanding the exemptions and amending related provisions. (Similar bills introduced HB 2549, HB 2340)

This bill uses funding from the Connecting Washington multi-modal account to provide tax breaks for electric vehicle purchase. The multimodal account is used to fund innovative transportation solutions - walking, biking, transit, and other public transportation projects - that the gas tax cannot fund.

TCC Position: Oppose
Status:
Transportation Committee

HB 1410 (SB 5288): Authorizing certain public transportation benefit areas to impose a sales and use tax increase approved by voters.

This bill allows Intercity Transit in Olympia to go the ballot to increase their taxing authority.

TCC Position: Support
Status:
Finance Committee (House); Rules Committee (Senate)

HB 1860 (SB 6414): Concerning population-based representation on the governing body of public transportation benefit areas.

This bill attempts to balance the composition of transit boards to ensure that they reflect the way service is provided.

TCC Position: Support
Status:
Transportation Committee

HB 2338: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels.

This bill establishes a Clean Fuels Program and retains the current distribution of revenue under the 2015 Transportation Package, eliminating changes that would have been triggered as a result of legislative enactment of the Clean Fuels Program.

TCC Position: Support
Status:
House Environmental Committee

SB 6303: Establishing a vehicle valuation method for a regional transit authority collecting a motor vehicle excise tax that is based on Kelley blue book or national automobile dealers association values.

TCC Position: Opposed
Status:
Transportation Committee

SB 6301: Modifying the election and authority of regional transit authority board members.

TCC Position: Opposed
Status:
Transportation Committee

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