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Published on Friday, February 19, 2016

Bills impacting city personnel issues continue to move

Last week was the deadline for bills to move from their house of origin, and a number of personnel bills we’ve written about continue to move following this key deadline. Here’s which ones have passed and move to the other chamber for consideration:

  • HB 2399 would prohibit consideration of traffic tickets issued during law enforcement officer performance reviews. AWC is working with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, the Washington State Patrol, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to oppose this bill. See our joint letter to the Senate here.
  • HB 2806 would expand presumptive occupational disease for firefighters. AWC opposes adding new diseases due to the potential for increased costs and the lack of scientific evidence tying these diseases to the occupation.
  • HB 2805 would require mandatory reporting of firefighter hazardous exposures. AWC has concerns about the current proposal.
  • HB 2307 would require reasonable accommodations for pregnant women. AWC is monitoring this proposal.
  • SB 6475 would require the Public Employees Benefits Board health care program to accept small political subdivisions. AWC has been supportive of this proposal that is a priority bill for the Washington State Association of Counties.
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