Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills sponsored by local legislators into law Tuesday and Wednesday as the Washington Legislature wraps up the regular session.
Signed bills include:
- Colleges and universities will gain additional flexibility in admitting teacher program applicants under House Bill 1621, sponsored by Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy. Applicants would still be required to take and report scores from a basic skills assessment, but remain in the running even with a low-test score. Schools can now consider other qualifications, such as previous work experience, volunteerism and grades.
- Astria Toppenish Hospital will be able to operate its new psychiatric care facility without losing money under House Bill 1534, sponsored by Rep. Jeremie Dufault, R-Selah. Under the bill, the daily reimbursement rate the hospital receives for psychiatric care would increase from just over $700 to $1,050.
- House Bill 2058, sponsored by Dufault, would make Purple Heart license plates permanent so they wouldn’t need to be renewed.
Legislation from Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, would require the state to evaluate traumatic brain injury screening for new foster care children. House Bill 1605 would allow for treatment if a TBI is detected, he said.
The governor also signed bills that would help address a backlog of untested sexual assault kits and add resources to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. Mosbrucker was a sponsor of both bills.
The regular session is scheduled to end on Sunday.