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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 43)
March 6, 2020 WA SB 6281 Increases Consumer Personal Data Protections and Regulations on Facial Recognition Technology Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
Feb. 19, 2020 WA SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 27, 2018 WA HB 2282 Establishes State Net Neutrality Policy Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
Feb. 9, 2018 WA HB 2282 Establishes State Net Neutrality Policy Bill Passed - House (93 - 5)
April 20, 2017 WA SB 5289 Prohibits Cell-Phone Use on Highways Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
April 11, 2017 WA HB 1493 Regulates Commercial Use of Biometric Data Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
April 7, 2017 WA HB 1595 Establishes Fees for Printed and Digital Copies of Public Records Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
March 7, 2017 WA HB 1371 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
March 2, 2017 WA HB 1493 Regulates Commercial Use of Biometric Data Bill Passed - House (81 - 17)
March 8, 2016 WA HB 2362 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 39)
Feb. 22, 2016 WA HB 2362 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
March 11, 2014 WA HB 2789 Establishes Usage Policy for Extraordinary Sensing Devices Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 21)
April 11, 2007 WA Sub SB 5037 Cell Phone Driving Ban Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
April 9, 2007 WA HB 1528 Electronic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/12 SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Conference Report Adopted - House (53 - 43)
3/06 SB 6281 Increases Consumer Personal Data Protections and Regulations on Facial Recognition Technology Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
2/19 SB 6280 Establishes Regulations for Facial-Recognition Technology Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/27 HB 2282 Establishes State Net Neutrality Policy Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 14)
2/09 HB 2282 Establishes State Net Neutrality Policy Bill Passed - House (93 - 5)
4/20 SB 5289 Prohibits Cell-Phone Use on Highways Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
4/11 HB 1493 Regulates Commercial Use of Biometric Data Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
4/07 HB 1595 Establishes Fees for Printed and Digital Copies of Public Records Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
3/07 HB 1371 Prohibits Texting While Driving Bill Passed - House (52 - 45)
3/02 HB 1493 Regulates Commercial Use of Biometric Data Bill Passed - House (81 - 17)
3/08 HB 2362 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 39)
2/22 HB 2362 Amends Police Body Camera Regulations Bill Passed - House (61 - 36)
3/11 HB 2789 Establishes Usage Policy for Extraordinary Sensing Devices Concurrence Vote Passed - House (77 - 21)
4/11 Sub SB 5037 Cell Phone Driving Ban Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
4/09 HB 1528 Electronic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)

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