Bill: SB 5689 (HB 1985) — 2017
Establishing a statewide policy supporting Washington state's economy and immigrants' role in the workplace (Wellman, Saldana, Nelson)
SUMMARY OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE ON ORIGINAL BILL:
The substitute (1) Enacts the Keep Washington Working Act. (2) Establishes a Keep Washington Working Statewide Steering Committee to: develop strategies; conduct research; support various organizations; and make recommendations. (3) Requires the Attorney General to publish model policies for limiting immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with the law. (4) Restricts the use of state resources to assist in unconstitutional or illegal registration or surveillance programs or any other unconstitutional or illegal laws, rules, or policies targeting Washington residents on the basis of race, religion, immigration, or citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin. (5) Restricts agencies and other departments from using their resources or transferring or detaining an individual to federal immigration authorities absent a proper warrant.
EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 2ND SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means)
(1) Changes the term "school police" to "school resource officers" and removes the definition of immigration enforcement. (2) Changes the committee to a workgroup and its reporting; makes terms staggered; limits the minimum number of meetings to four from six. (3) Limits the state agencies that must review their confidentiality policies and identify any changes to limit information collected to those agencies that regularly receive requests from a federal immigration authority for assistance with immigration enforcement. (4) Adds that by January 1, 2019, the AG must publish guidance for law enforcement agencies to ensure their databases limit the availability of information for immigration enforcement; and that the agencies must adopt necessary changes consistent with that guidance or notify the AG that it will not adopt the changes and its reasons. (5) Removes the terms unconstitutional or illegal for the prohibition on using resources for investigation or enforcement of registration or surveillance programs and laws targeting Washington residents based on protected, immigration, and citizenship status. (6) Removes the provision prohibiting sharing data databases for agencies. (7) Modifies the prohibitions on law enforcement and school police. (8) Adds a reference to Title 8 U.S.C. Section 1373 for requirements for agencies sending or receiving information about citizenship or immigration status; and adds that the act does not prohibit agencies from exchanging an individual's citizenship or immigration status with any other federal, state, or local government agencies. (9) Makes technical changes.
Hearing Date: Monday, February 05, 2018 -- 10:00 am
WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5689&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017 (opens a new browser tab)