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Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Personnel bills on the move

Wednesday, April 1, was the deadline for policy bills to make it out of committee. Several personnel bills we’ve been writing about survived this deadline, including:

  • 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 bill passed the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee and has been referred to Appropriations.
  • SB 5084 makes changes to the all payer health care claims database that was established in 2014. The bill passed the House Health Care & Wellness Committee and is eligible for floor action.
  • SB 5510 simplifies the calculation of workers’ compensation benefits. The bill passed the House Labor Committee and is eligible for floor action.

Several other personnel bills did not move by the deadline and appear dead for the session, including:

  • HB 1230 allowed 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 opposed any attempt at expansion.
  • HB 1356 established minimum paid employee sick leave based on the size of the employer.
  • SB 5854 required 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.
Categories: Personnel