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Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

Which personnel bills moved before the latest legislative deadline?

Wednesday at 5 pm was a critical cutoff for bills to make it out of their house of origin. Most of the personnel bills we’ve been writing about were eligible for a vote and remained alive until the final hours. In the end, here’s what made it through.

Bills passing the House and moving to the Senate for consideration include:

  • HB 1194 allows a surviving spouse of a LEOFF 1 or 2 member killed in the line of duty to continue receiving worker’s compensation benefits even if the surviving spouse remarries. The House passed a substitute version providing that payments to remarried spouses are paid from the LEOFF system instead of the workers’ compensation system. AWC opposed the original version of the bill out of concerns that it could impact workers’ compensation rates for police and fire fighters but is now taking a neutral position on the bill since it will not likely have a fiscal impact.
  • HB 1230 allows the Public Employment Relations Commission to order binding interest arbitration in the case of an unfair labor practice. Due to the high costs associated with interest arbitration, AWC opposes any attempt at expansion.
  • HB 1356 establishes minimum paid employee sick leave based on the size of the employer.

Bills passing the Senate and moving to the House include:

  • SB 5084 makes changes to the all payer health care claims database that was established in 2014.
  • SB 5854 requires public employers to submit digital copies of their collective bargaining agreements to the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) within 30 days of the effective date of the agreement. PERC must maintain a website that allows the public to view and download collective bargaining agreements.
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