Status Summary

The Governor signed the bill into law on April 24th. It went into effect on July 24th, 2015.

Legislative Session

2015

Sponsor

Sen. O'Ban

SB 5404 is a companion (same as) to HB 1436.

Human Services Committee Amendment: As amended, SB 5404 does the following: Identifies that the goal of the Act and the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention is to focus on preventing, reducing, and measurably eliminating the number of homeless youth on our streets and focusing on increasing family reunification. The goals related to permanent connections, education and employment, and social and emotional well-being are removed.Additionally, the focus of the act is changed from youth up to 24 to only minors.

Further, legislators, parents, and law enforcement are added to the advisory committee; the Office is directed to report to the legislature as well as the Governor; and a training program is to be created for criminal justice personnel working with and identifying homeless youth.

Ways and Means Committee amendment: The bill as amended revises the intent section and states that the Act is meant to enhance the work and services to homeless youth and runaway youth under the Becca laws. The goal of the Act includes reducing youth homelessness. The goals of permanent connections and education and employment focus only on young adults. The Office is renamed the Office of Youth Prevention and Protection programs. The advisory committee is more specifically delineated and would be comprised of 12 members including two Legislators, one law enforcement representative, and two parent advocates. The members would be appointed by the Governor except the Legislators who would appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of Senate.

Additionally, Commerce's ten-year plan is amended (RCW 43.185C.040) to include the reduction in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth. Local governments using document recording surcharge fees must collect data regarding the amount of fees expended on, and number of services provided to, unaccompanied homeless youth. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's biennial report on data of homeless students is expanded to include the number, academic performance, and educational outcomes of identified unaccompanied homeless students enrolled in public schools.

2SSB 5404 as amended by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means: (1) The goals of permanent connections and education and employment focus only on young adults. (2) The Office is renamed the Office of Youth Prevention and Protection programs. (3) The advisory committee is comprised of 12 members including two Legislators, one law enforcement representative, and two parent advocates. The members are appointed by the Governor except the Legislators are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of Senate. (4) Commerce's ten-year plan is amended to include the reduction in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth. (5) The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's biennial report on data of homeless students is expanded to include the number, academic performance, and educational outcomes of identified unaccompanied homeless students enrolled in public schools.