January 30, 2012 |

Weekly Roll Call Report for the Lake Stevens Journal

This week, the House of Representatives passed bills related to land maintenance responsibility for easements, modifications in current law related to K-12 and higher education, and modifications to requirements for various transportation projects. Next week is the policy cutoff for both houses and floor actions will begin to pick up tremendously.

House Bill 1349, Substitute House Bill 1349, concerning private road maintenance agreements, passed 53-42 in the House on January 23, 2012.

This bill requires persons with the right to use a private right-of-way (an easement) to pay for the costs of maintenance of that property by agreement or in proportion to their use in absence of an agreement. In resolving conflicts between the parties, the frequency of each party's use of the easement and the size and weight of their vehicles should be considered unless the agreement determines otherwise. This bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee on January 24, 2012.

44

Rep. Hans Dunshee, (D-Snohomish)

Y

44

Rep. Mike Hope, (R-Lake Stevens)

N

House Bill 1650, Substitute House Bill 1650, changing state need grant eligibility provisions, passed 78-17 in the House on January 23, 2012.

This bill removes the pilot status of the program that allows part-time students who are accepted for enrollment for at least three credits to be eligible for the State Need Grant program. This bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee on January 24, 2012.

44

Rep. Hans Dunshee, (D-Snohomish)

Y

44

Rep. Mike Hope, (R-Lake Stevens)

Y

House Bill 1669, House Bill 1669, regarding the educational opportunity gap, passed 71-24 in the House on January 23, 2012.

This bill changes references to the "achievement gap" throughout the school code and in the chapter regarding the Department of Early Learning to "educational opportunity gap." This bill also changes the name of the Achievement Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee to the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee. This bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on January 24, 2012.

44

Rep. Hans Dunshee, (D-Snohomish)

Y

44

Rep. Mike Hope, (R-Lake Stevens)

Y

House Bill 1700, Substitute House Bill 1700, modifying the requirements related to designing various transportation projects, passed 63-32 in the House on January 23, 2012.

This bill allows cities to use funds for street or road projects for pedestrian right-of way and pedestrian improvement projects. Changes the standards cities, towns, and counties are to meet or exceed when constructing or modifying bicycle or pedestrian facilities from the Department of Transportation's design standards to those standards developed by the design standards committees. This bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Transportation Committee on January 24, 2012.

44

Rep. Hans Dunshee, (D-Snohomish)

Y

44

Rep. Mike Hope, (R-Lake Stevens)

Y

House Bill 1568, Substitute House Bill 1568, regarding appointing members to the boards of trustees for community colleges and the state board for community and technical colleges, passed 80-15 in the House on January 23, 2012.

This bill authorizes, but does not require, every community and technical college district board of trustees (board) to add a sixth position to the board, such position to be filled by a student. This bill requires expansion of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges from nine to ten members, one of whom must be a student. This bill was received in the Senate and referred to the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee on January 24, 2012.

44

Rep. Hans Dunshee, (D-Snohomish)

Y

44

Rep. Mike Hope, (R-Lake Stevens)

Y

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