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

2

Jun

2017

Possible LEOFF 2 contribution shift would hurt cities

The Senate’s proposal to eliminate the state portion of the LEOFF 2 pension contribution is still in play in budget negotiations.

19

May

2017

Opinion requested on LEOFF 1 coverage of medical marijuana

The Attorney General’s Office has received a request for a formal published opinion on the ability of a LEOFF 1 disability board to cover the costs of medical marijuana for a LEOFF 1 retiree.

19

May

2017

Paid sick leave draft rules released and public comment needed

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
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19

May

2017

New law creates requirements for accommodating an employee’s pregnancy

SB 5835 was signed into law on May 16 which requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy and pregnancy-related health issues.
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16

May

2017

State agency asking for input on paid sick leave rules

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 which raised the state’s minimum wage and required employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
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Categories: Personnel

5

May

2017

Governor signs bill on worker compensation settlements

Governor Inslee signed HB 1755 regarding third party worker compensation settlements.
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5

May

2017

City letter on importance of Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions

The cities that are impacted by changes to the distribution formula for Fire Insurance Premium Tax distributions in the Senate-proposed budget sent a letter last week to Senators opposing the changes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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