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

31

Jul

2015

Few personnel bills pass this session

In the personnel and pensions area, the theme for 2016 was similar to that from the last two years – many proposals introduced, but the political differences between the House and Senate meant few bills were passed.

12

Jun

2015

House Finance Committee moves revised city and county fiscal sustainability proposal

As expected, HB 2156, promoting the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties, passed out of the House Finance Committee on a 13-3 bipartisan vote on Monday, June 8.

29

May

2015

New bill would open collective bargaining sessions

On Tuesday, May 26, the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard a new bill, SB 6126, that makes a number of changes to the state’s collective bargaining process and requires local government collective bargaining sessions to be conducted in open meetings.
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Categories: Personnel

20

May

2015

AWC comments on ACA high cost plan excise tax

Washington cities may be disproportionately impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high cost health coverage.
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Categories: Federal, Personnel

24

Apr

2015

Personnel bills head to the Governor for signature

While numerous personnel bills were introduced and heard during the regular legislative session, very few made it to the Governor’s desk for signature.
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Categories: Personnel

3

Apr

2015

Personnel bills on the move

Wednesday, April 1, was the deadline for policy bills to make it out of committee.
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Categories: Personnel

20

Mar

2015

Simplifying the calculation of workers’ compensation benefits

The House Labor Committee will hear SB 5510 on Tuesday, March 24, at 1:30 pm.
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Categories: Personnel

13

Mar

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.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Mar

2015

LEOFF benefits for remarried surviving spouse

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.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Mar

2015

Requiring cities to offer the state’s deferred compensation program

Last week, the Senate Ways & Means Committee passed a substitute version of SB 5435, which requires all cities and counties participating in state retirement systems to offer the state’s deferred compensation program.
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Categories: Personnel

2

Mar

2015

Binding interest arbitration for unfair labor practices

Late last week, the bill allowing the Public Employment Relations Commission to order binding interest arbitration in the case of an unfair labor practice, HB 1230, was unexpectedly pulled to the House floor.
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Categories: Personnel

23

Feb

2015

Many personnel bills survive first legislative cutoff

With last Friday’s cutoff for policy bills to move from committee, most of the personnel bills AWC has been tracking remain alive.
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Categories: Personnel

13

Feb

2015

AWC to oppose expansion of interest arbitration and mandatory deferred compensation

Next week AWC will testify against three proposals that could impact city budgets and personnel policies.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jan

2015

Employee reporting of workplace injuries

This week AWC testified in support of HB 1253, requiring workers to report workplace injuries "immediately" to the employer.
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Categories: Personnel

30

Jan

2015

Modifying the definition of occupational disease

Last year’s proposal to modify the definition of occupational disease has been reintroduced this year and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee next week.
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Categories: Personnel

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