Status Summary

First reading, referred to State Government & Relations on 1.15.19.
Public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations on 1.23.19.
Executive action taken in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations on 1.29.19; 1st substitute bill passed.
Referred to Appropriations on 1.31.19.
Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.18.19. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium).

(updated 1.9.20)

Legislative Session



In Progress



1145 is a multi-part bill that establishes the Washington CARES Act for resident employees of the state.   Requires the Office of Financial Management to:

  • Consult with the Child Care Collaborative Task Force to modify the task force’s model policy for a “bring your infant to work” program
  • Provide the modified model policy and implementation guidelines to state agency directors by February 1st, 2020, and requires agencies to adopt the policy by July 1st, 2020.

Modifies the state leave sharing program by:

  • Permitting state employees to come to the aid of a fellow state employee whose child is too ill to attend child care 
  • Permitting an agency head to allow an employee also to receive leave under the shared leave program if the employee has a child under the age of thirteen who is too ill to attend child care.

Creates the child care in-state service shared leave pool to allow employees to donate leave to be used as shared leave for employees.


Requires the Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Office of Financial Management, Department of Enterprise Services, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and the Health Care Authority to develop a survey for state employees in order to better understand issues affecting child care access and affordability for their families.