Washington Legislative Week in Review

This past week the Washington State Legislature spent the majority of their time on the floor of their respective chambers debating and passing bills in advance of Wednesday’s house of origin cutoff. Bills that have not passed out of their house of origin by the end of day Wednesday, February 17 are considered “dead”.

While most of the bills we have been tracking and reporting on remain in their respective Rules Committees awaiting floor action, here are those that have met the cutoff and will continue through the process in the opposite chamber.

DFI Agency Request Legislation

Mortgage Lending Fraud – House Bill 2315 and its companion measure Senate Bill 6282 address the expiration date of the Mortgage Lending Fraud Prosecution Account. The bills delay the expiration date of the account and related surcharge ($1 at the recording of a deed of trust) until June 30, 2021. HB 2315 passed the House on February 3 by a vote of 97-0 and was then referred to the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee. SB 6282 passed the Senate on February 11 by a vote of 49-0 and was then referred to the House Business & Financial Services Committee where it is scheduled for a hearing on February 16.

Power of Attorney

Senate Bill 5635 relates to enacting the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA). The bill repeals the Washington Power of Attorney Act in favor of the UPOAA, but with some differences from the UPOAA. The bill passed the Senate on February 12 by a vote of 48-0 with 1 excused and was then referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it is scheduled for a hearing on February 18.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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