Status Summary

First reading, referred to Ways & Means on 2.7.19.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.20.19.

Heard and passed in Senate Ways & Means on 2.26.19.
Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.28.19.

Placed on second reading. 1st substitute bill substituted; rules suspended, passed on third reading on 3.5.19.

In the House:
First reading, referred to Appropriations on 3.7.19.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 3.20.19.

Executive action in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.1.19; majority pass with amendment(s).

Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.3.19.

Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.9.19.

Committee amendment not adopted.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed on 4.16.19.

In the Senate:
President signed on 4.18.19.

In the House:
Speaker signed on 4.24.19.

Other than legislative action:
Delivered to Governor on 4.25.19.

Governor signed on 4.29.19.. Chapter 196, 2019 Laws.
Effective date: 7/28/2019.

(updated 5.3.19)

Legislative Session






SB 5851 proposes to expand the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account such that money, created in the state treasury, can also be distributed to facilities and programs for children and youth who are low-income, homeless, or in foster care, or other vulnerable populations.

Counties may pledge and use distributions under this section to pay debt service on county bonds if the proceeds from such bonds  are used for facilities or program costs authorized under subsection (1) (summarized above) of this section. Counties may use distributions under this section to start endowments to provide support for improving educational outcomes in early learning, K-12, and higher education.

Amends language below from shall to must:

Beginning on 9.1.2017 and then quarterly, the state treasurer must distributes monies deposited in the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account to counties for which a portion of the county is within the boundaries of a regional transit authority that includes a county with a population of 1,500,000. The treasurer must make the distribution to the counties on the relative basis of that transit authority's population that lives within the respective counties.

*Companion to HB 1791*


Updated on 4.12.19:

1st substitute:

  • Removed the provision allowing counties to pledge and use distributions from the PSTA Account to pay debt service on county bonds.

House Committee Amendments (Updated on 4.12.19):

  • Added the authorization for the Legislature to appropriate a county's share of PSTAA revenues to the Department of Commerce as grants for expenditures in that county if the county has not levied the local mental health tax.