2/24/17 Our bill on outsourcing (The Taxpayer Protection Act) passed out of the House
Transportation Committee Thursday (Feb. 23) and becomes the latest bill to move in advance of the Friday Feb. 24 deadline for bills to clear their fiscal committees.
The bill, HB 1851, protects taxpayers by providing accountability and transparency in government contracting (outsourcing).
Also moving big was SSB 5374 regarding state employee whistleblower protection. The bill passed the Senate unanimously Thursday (Feb. 23) on a vote of 49-0. It now moves to the House where it starts the committee process there in the House State Government, Elections and IT Committee. SSB 5374 includes the amendment from the Federation and State Auditor that would remove from public disclosure state employees who file whistleblower complaints that aren?t investigated.
Also moving: Our leave, pension and LCB bills
HB 1434 Family-friendly shared leave expansion (requested by OFM on behalf of our bargaining teams). HB 1434 voted out of House Appropriations Committee 2/21/17.
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 out of House Appropriations Committee 2/21/17. SB 5296 is now in the Senate Rules Committee.
HB 1558 Expansion of the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS). Now in House Rules Committee, which schedules bills for votes of the full House.
HB 1560 PERS 2 default. Now in House Rules Committee, which schedules bills for votes of the full House.
SB 5132 Expanding the powers of Liquor and Cannabis Board enforcement officers. On Senate Floor waiting for vote of the full Senate (Second Reading Calendar).
Also moving: Coalition bills we support
HB 1116 (Family and Medical Leave). Passed the House Appropriations Committee 2/22/17.
HB 1800 Washington Voting Rights Act. Now in House Rules Committee, which schedules bills for votes of the full House.
Federation/coalition partners' bills that had not passed out of their fiscal committees as of Friday afternoon and did not appear to be up for committee votes:
HB 1559 Binding interest arbitration rights to campus police officers (Federation initiated). In House Appropriations Committee.
HB 1158 Fair treatment for underserved groups. Had not moved out of House Capital Budget Committee.
HB 1484 / SB 5556 PERS 1 COLA. Neither bill had moved out of its respective fiscal committee.
SB 5019 Postage-paid election ballots. Had not moved out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
SB 5646 Repealing the downsizing of Yakima Valley School enacted in 2011 and boosts crisis stabilization and respite service at the Selah facility. Had not moved out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Status of other bills we're following:
HB 1661 to create a new Department of Children, Youth and Families passed the House Appropriations Committee 2/24/17. The Senate version, SB 5498, had not yet passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
HB 1355 Public Safety Review Panels (Mental Health) had not passed out of the House Appropriations Committee. Bill of concern.
SB 5594 Fircrest School transition, had not yet passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Bill of concern.
Anti-worker bills move
All of the "Awful 7" anti-state employee, anti-collective bargaining bills remain alive in the Senate Rules Committee: SB 5371, SB 5551, SB 5533, SB 5545, SB 5550, SB 5339 and SB 5174. Very sad.
All other bills good and bad that have not cleared committee in 2017 stay alive for the 2018 session.