2/12/17 The first deadline for most House bills to clear their House committees and most Senate bills to clear their Senate committees is this Friday, Feb. 17. Bills with budget impact have a few more days to clear their fiscal committees.
Many hearings and committee votes will be scheduled before 5 p.m. Friday. Expect schedule changes.
And watch for calls to action as we try to move good bills and try to stop bad bills. The host of awful bills that came up for hearings last week, including the right to work for less bill that drew 1,100 angry union members, are not yet scheduled for votes. But the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee has executive sessions scheduled for Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
Here’s some of what’s on tap for this week, followed by an update on major bills we’ve initiated/supported, including those scheduled for committee votes this week.
Monday, Feb. 13 – Juvenile Rehabilitation Lobby Day
- The Senate Health Care Committee takes up two bills of interest to our members working in residential habilitation centers: SB 5646 on Yakima Valley School and SB 5594 concerning transition services for people with developmental disabilities.
- The House Appropriations Committee may vote on HB 1558 – Expansion of the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and HB 1560 – PERS 2 default.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Children’s Administration Lobby Day
- The House State Government, Elections and IT Committee holds a hearing on the Federation-initiated HB 1851, the Taxpayer Protection Act; protects taxpayers by providing accountability and transparency in government contracting (outsourcing).
- The House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee holds a hearing on HB 1869 to expand the reform in procurement of interpreter services. The committee may also vote on HB 1559 -- Binding interest arbitration rights to campus police officers.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Labor and Industries Lobby Day
- The Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee has scheduled an executive session, but the possible bills to be voted on haven’t been announced yet.
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Department of Enterprise Services Buildings and Grounds Lobby Day
- The Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee has scheduled an executive session, but the possible bills to be vote on haven’t been announced yet.
- The House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee may vote on HB 1869 to expand the reform in procurement of interpreter services.
Friday, Feb. 17 – Local 970 Lobby Day
- This is the first committee cutoff deadline in the Legislature.
And Monday, Feb. 20, is Presidents’ Day Lobby Day
On that day, we'll join the Equity Rally and all come together to form a human chain linking the Capitol Building to the Temple of Justice – symbolizing our vision of justice in the legislature. We will rally on the Capitol steps, hold a press conference and meet with elected officials to work together towards a more equitable system.
February 20, 2016
9:00 – Arrive
10:00 – Rally and Plenary
11:00 – Chain action
More information about the rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648035228830203/
Update: Federation-initiated or supported bills introduced; many hearings, possible votes scheduled
As of 2/12/17:
Bills initiated by Federation members’ ideas and resolutions that have had hearings or will have hearings on House and/or Senate versions:
- HB 1434 / SB 5295 - Family-friendly shared leave expansion (requested by OFM on behalf of our bargaining teams). HB 1434 is now in the House Appropriations Committee. No hearing held on SB 5295.
- HB 1521 / SB 5296 – Family-friendly vacation leave bill; use of vacation leave allowed in first six months. (requested by OFM on behalf of our bargaining teams). HB 1521 passed House State Government 2/8/17. SB 5296 is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
- HB 1558 – Expansion of the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS). Scheduled for vote in House Appropriations Committee 2/13/17.
- HB 1559 -- Binding interest arbitration rights to campus police officers. Scheduled for vote in House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee 2/14/17.
- HB 1560 – PERS 2 default. Scheduled for vote in the House Appropriations Committee 2/13/17.
- SB 5132 – Expanding the powers of Liquor and Cannabis Board enforcement officers. Committee hearing held.
- SB 5682 / HB 1869 – Interpreter services. Hearing held on SB 5682. HB 1869 scheduled for vote in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee 2/16/17.
- HB 1851 – The Taxpayer Protection Act; protects taxpayers by providing accountability and transparency in government contracting (outsourcing). Hearing set for 2/14/17 in House State Government, Elections and IT Committee 2/14/16; committee vote possible 2/15/17 or 2/17/17.
Federation-initiated bills not yet scheduled for a hearing:
- HB 1871 – The bill that came from our Skilled Labors and Trade Committee that addresses licensing and certification requirements for electrical and plumbing work performed by state employees. This is about public safety because the state uses what is known as the “homeowner exemption” to allow unlicensed entities allowing unlicensed people to do trade work on state property. No hearing held.
- HB 1887 – State college/university tuition and fees exemption for children and surviving spouses of a public employee who lost his or her life or became totally disabled in the line of duty while employed by a public agency; builds on the legislation we got passed covering Department of Transportation members. No hearing held.
- HB 1888 – In coalition with AFT-Washington – improves student success at community and technical colleges by considering benefits of full-time classified staff and faculty. No hearing held.
Federation/coalition partners bills that have had or will have committee hearings/votes:
- HB 1116 / SB 5096 – Family and Medical Leave. HB 1116 is now in the House Appropriations Committee. No hearing yet on SB 5096.
- HB 1158 – Fair treatment for underserved groups. Hearing held 2/10/17 in House Capital Budget Committee.
- HB 1484 / SB 5556 – PERS 1 COLA. Hearing on HB 1484 held in House Appropriations Committee. No hearing held on SB 5556.
- SB 5019 – Postage-paid election ballots. Now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
- HB 1800 – Washington Voting Rights Act. Hearing held 2/8/17 House State Government, Elections and IT Committee 2/8/16; committee vote possible 2/14/17, 2/15/17 or 2/17/17.
Other Federation-supported bills of note:
- SB 5374 – Whistleblowers protection, with amendment from the Federation and State Auditor that would remove from public disclosure state employees who file whistleblower complaints that aren’t investigated. SB 5374 has moved all the way to the Second Reading Calendar for a vote of the full Senate.
- SB 5646 – Repealing the downsizing of Yakima Valley School enacted in 2011 and boosts crisis stabilization and respite service at the Selah facility. Hearing set for 2/13/17.