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The 2024 Legislative Session started January 8. Below are updates on bills we are advocating for in the 2024 session.

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Transforming Cash Assistance Programs

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We all deserve to have what we need to survive and live healthy lives. No one should ever have to worry about how to pay for their next meal or next month’s rent. This is possible when we have fully-funded safety net programs that are designed so we are treated with dignity and respect when we ask for help. Poverty Action supports bills that ensure fair access to a baseline of financial stability. We are each the experts in our own lives and know how to meet our needs better than anyone else. Poverty Action supports bills that provide direct cash support to the residents of Washington who need it.

Permanently Reinstating Broad Hardship Time Limit Exemptions for TANF Recipients – HB 2007

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What It Does

This bill makes TANF hardship Time Limit Exemptions permanent for households with children under 2 years old.

Bill Status

This bill is scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on February 23 at 1:30pm.

TANF Child Support Pass-Through – HB 1652

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What It Does

This bill would ensure that 100% of non-custodial parent's child support payments would be passed through to children whose family receives TANF.

Bill Status

This bill was passed out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee on February 15.

Reinstating support services for families transitioning off of TANF – SB 6135

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What It Does

This bill reinstates support services that were cut in the great recession for families leaving TANF

Bill Status

This bill was not advanced and is dead for session.

Increasing Transparency for Fraud Investigations. – SB 6226

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What It Does

This bill would require the Office of Fraud and Accountability within DSHS to report regularly about their investigation practices and outcomes.

Bill Status

This bill was not advanced and is dead for session.

Meeting Basic Needs

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Whether our work is unpaid or underpaid, we work hard to meet our needs and pursue our goals. We each contribute in our own unique ways to our loved ones and our community. We all deserve to get the help we need, no matter what. When we have a solid foundation to meet our needs, we can take opportunities to build the life we want.

Creating the Evergreen Basic Income Fund – HB 1045, SB 6196

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What It Does

This bill creates a 2-year pilot Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) program for Washingtonians earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to allow participants greater dignity and choice in caring for themselves and their families.

Bill Status

This bill did not get passed out of committee and is dead for session.

Creating the Washington Future Fund trust fund program – HB 1094, SB 5125

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What It Does

This bill would create a trust fund for children in low-income families to have access to financial support when they turn 18.

Bill Status

This bill did not move this legislative session.

Expanding Access to the Working Families Tax Credit – HB 1075, SB 5249

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What It Does

This bill would expand access to the Working Families Tax Credit to low-income young people and seniors.

Bill Status

This bill was not advanced and is dead for session.

Bolstering Consumer Protections

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In addition to building a social safety net that helps Washingtonians living on a low income meet their basic needs, we are working to help families keep money in their pockets by bolstering consumer protections. Predatory lending is a persistent threat to the material well-being of millions of Washingtonians. The economic hardship of the last four years has worsened this threat, forcing many to use credit to meet short term obligations like rent, groceries, and utility payments. People shouldn’t have to go into debt to put food on the table. 

Capping Payday Loan Interest Rates at 36% – HB 2083, SB 5930

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What It Does

This bill will cap the interest lenders can set on payday loans at 36%, protecting consumers from predatory practices.

Bill Status

This bill did not pass out of committee on time and is dead for session.

Protecting Consumers from Predatory Lenders – HB 1874, SB 6025

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What It Does

This bill would prevent lenders from evading regulation in Washington state by chartering with a bank in a less-regulated state, ensuring consumers are protected by our state's consumer protection laws.

Bill Status

This bill was heard in the House Appropriations Committee on February 22.

Regulating Home Equity Sharing Agreements (HESA) – HB 2081, SB 5968

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What It Does

This bill would regulate HESAs as loans under the consumer loan act, protecting consumers from predatory lenders and lending practices.

Bill Status

This bill did not advance and is dead for session.

Improving Consumer Protection on Gift Cards – HB 2094

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What It Does

This bill would allow consumers to cash out gift cards under $50, combine gift cards with other forms of payment to maximize their use, and prevent companies from setting minimum reloading amounts to gift cards. 

Bill Status

This bill did not move and is dead for session.

Closing the Gift Card Loophole – HB 2095, SB 5988

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What It Does

Ensure unclaimed gift cards are transferred to the state as unclaimed property, then to the state as revenue, instead of padding corporate profits. 

Bill Status

This bill did not move and is dead for session.