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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

7

Apr

2017

Talk to your local media about budget impacts of potential LEOFF 2 costs

AWC has been hearing from cities across the state about the impacts from potential increases in Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) pension costs.
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Categories: Personnel

31

Mar

2017

Bill uses rainy day fund to buy down PERS 1 liability

The PERS 1 pension plan has an unfunded liability (underfunded actuarially accrued liability or UAAL) of about $5 billion.
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Categories: Personnel

31

Mar

2017

House budget provides funds for paid family leave policy

The House budget proposal funds $82 million in start-up costs for the Family and Medical Leave Insurance policy (HB 1116).
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Categories: Personnel

31

Mar

2017

Calculate the impact of Senate’s proposed LEOFF 2 contribution rates

The Senate’s budget proposal cuts the state’s contribution to the LEOFF 2 pension system for cities, counties, and other employers.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Mar

2017

Interruptive service credit bill could impact LEOFF 2 employers

Sen. Christine Rolfes’ (D-Bainbridge Island) bill, SB 5661, would make members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) eligible for interruptive military service credit without paying the employee contributions for certain service.
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Categories: Personnel

24

Mar

2017

Fire Insurance Premium Tax distribution formula changed in Senate budget – Impacts 44 cities

In a proposal similar to one in last year’s budget proposal that was vetoed by the Governor, the Senate proposed budget changes the distribution formula for 2017-19 and the intent to change it for 2019-21 for the 44 cities and two fire districts that receive distributions for their pre-LEOFF firefighters’ pension fund and LEOFF 1 medical costs.

24

Mar

2017

The Senate proposes large pension cost increases for employers of firefighters and police officers

Released last Wednesday, the Senate budget, SB 5048, proposed eliminating the long-standing state contribution to the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) pension system and requiring the employer to make up the difference.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Mar

2017

Costly bill allowing stress-related occupational diseases for police and firefighters set for hearing in the Senate

HB 1655 would exempt police officers and firefighters from current prohibitions against claiming stress-related mental conditions as occupational diseases.
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Categories: Personnel

10

Mar

2017

Personnel bills fail to make the cutoff

The following are personnel bills AWC has been tracking that are now dead due to failing to make it past the cutoff date.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Mar

2017

Workers’ compensation reform bill on the move in the Senate

Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s (R-Spokane) bill, SB 5822, is continuing to move through the Senate.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Mar

2017

Bill allowing stress-related occupational diseases for police and firefighters moving in the House

HB 1655 would exempt police officers and firefighters from current prohibitions against claiming stress-related mental conditions as occupational diseases.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Feb

2017

Bill that requires collective bargaining sessions to be open amended

SB 5545 as originally drafted would have required collective bargaining sessions to be open public meetings.

17

Feb

2017

Occupational disease bill moves forward

Rep. John Lovick’s (D-Everett) bill to increase occupational disease benefits to law enforcement officers and firefighters has advanced.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Feb

2017

Bill would allow employees over 60 the option of opting out of retirement system membership

A bill requested by the Select Committee on Pension Policy would allow new government employees the option of opting out of retirement system membership if the employee is age 60 or older when first hired.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Feb

2017

Bill would require public employee collective bargaining sessions to be open, public meetings

SB 5545, Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver), would amend the Open Public Meetings Act by removing the exemption provided for collective bargaining sessions related to contract negotiations with unions.
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