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16

Feb

2018

Costly first responder occupational disease bills continue to move

Two major pieces of legislation on expanding workers’ compensation coverage and presumptions for law enforcement officers and firefighters continue to make headway.
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16

Feb

2018

COLA increase for PERS 1 and TRS 1 moves out of the Senate

SB 6340 would increase pension benefits for PERS 1 retirees by increasing pension contribution rates paid by local governments.
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9

Feb

2018

Numerous labor relations bills continue to move

We are tracking numerous bills that would impact labor relations.
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9

Feb

2018

First responder occupational disease bills awaiting floor action

HB 2633 and its companion SB 6213 expand presumptive occupational disease coverage.
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9

Feb

2018

State Actuary projects pension contribution rates to be lower in 2021-23

The Office of the State Actuary recently released projected pension contribution rates for the 2019-21 and 2021-23 biennia.
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9

Feb

2018

Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct survives committee cutoff

SB 6188 clarifies the use of information of law enforcement officer misconduct by a law enforcement agency.

2

Feb

2018

Bill that encourages disclosure of sexual harassment in the workplace passes out of committee

A bill by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), SB 5996, proposes some changes to how sexual harassment gets handled in the workplace.
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2

Feb

2018

First responder occupational disease bills pass out of committee

HB 2633 and it companion SB 6213 expand presumptive occupational disease coverage to fire investigators.
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2

Feb

2018

Both wrongful death bills expanding city tort liability pass out of committee

SB 6015 and its companion, HB 2262, have passed out of their policy committees ahead of the committee cutoff deadline on Feb. 2.
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29

Jan

2018

Bill clarifying use of evidence of law enforcement officer misconduct has hearing in the Senate

Prosecutors have a duty to disclose to defense counsel evidence that tends to show that the defendant is not guilty.

29

Jan

2018

Bills address definition of veteran when determining eligibility for plan membership

SB 6377, Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Ellensburg) and HB 2701, Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-Kent) amend the definition of veteran for purposes of pension service credit.
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29

Jan

2018

Paid Family & Medical Leave public meeting on draft rules

The Employment Security Department (ESD) is holding a public meeting on the first draft rules of the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.
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22

Jan

2018

Both chambers have heard and are considering expansion of wrongful death liability proposals

The Senate Committee on Law & Justice heard SB 6015, and is scheduled for executive session on Thursday, January 25 at 10 am.
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20

Jan

2018

Senate Ways & Means to hear three bills on PERS 1 COLA increases

The three major bills that would create a Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) for TRS 1 and PERS 1 retirees will be heard this week.
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12

Jan

2018

Senate version of wrongful death bill will be heard on Thursday

Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) is sponsoring SB 6015, the companion bill to the wrongful death bill, HB 2262, heard in the House last week.
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