1/6/17 The 2017 legislative session begins Monday at noon with funding of our contracts as our major priority.
It’s not just about fair compensation and addressing the crisis in recruitment and retention. It’s about recovering losses we’ve shouldered and help improve public services in Washington.
Tomorrow (Jan. 7) member lobbyists from around the state gather in Seattle for Lobby Training 2017. This kicks off our 2017 Lobby Day program to talk directly to legislators. Lawmakers need to see us and hear our stories. Because we can best inform legislators about the work state employees do to bring quality services to the public.
And our Lobby Days are the easiest and best ways to win funding for our strong contracts, boost support for the services that a growing population demands and stop bad initiatives, like the proposed closure of Naselle Youth Camp.
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And the first week of session will be a busy one with the first hearings on our negotiated pay raises and ratified contracts. For ease of reference, here’s a day-by-day preview:
Monday, Jan. 9:
- The House Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on the governor’s budget proposal, including the recommendation to fully fund our contracts.
Tuesday, Jan. 10:
- Day 2 of the 2017 legislative session and our second Lobby Day of the session.
Wednesday, Jan. 11:
- The Senate Ways and Means Committee chaired by Sen. John Braun holds a public hearing on our pay raises and the governor’s recommendation to fully fund them. The committee will also hold a hearing on mental health and other human services. The hearing will be 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Senate Hearing Room 4 in the Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.
- The House Health Care and Wellness Committee holds an overview of the Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals and recommendations.
- The House Early Learning and Human Services Committee holds a work session on foster youth placement.
Thursday, Jan. 12:
- The House Appropriations Committee continues its hearing on the governor’s budget proposal, including the recommendation to fully fund our contracts.
- The House Transportation Committee reviews the governor’s proposed transportation budget and gets an overview of the collective bargaining process.
- The Senate Ways and Means Committee holds a public hearing on the governor’s capital budget plan.
Friday, Jan. 13:
- The House Early Learning and Human Services Committee holds a panel discussion on the child welfare system.