14
Jan

Presumptive Disease Coverage

Employment: On Monday, both the House and Senate labor committees will consider legislation changing presumptive disease coverage. HB 2633 and SB 6213 expand presumptive disease coverage to fire investigators and add the following new diseases: Strokes for fire personnel, if experienced within 72 hours of exposure to smoke, fumes or toxic substances, or experienced within 24 hours of strenuous physical

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8
Jan

Fiscal & Labor Committees Overview

Fiscal Committees For the first week of the legislative session, the fiscal committees will mostly focus on background budget briefings. Background briefings include an update on the status of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the McCleary decision, and the Trueblood decision.  Each Budget Committee will also hold a public hearing on the Governor’s supplemental budget proposal. The Governor’s proposal includes

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24
Feb

House Committee Approves County Fiscal Flexibility and Local Revenue Tools Legislation

A bi-partisan group of legislators on the House Appropriations Committee passed HB 2006 on Thursday evening, a bill being supported by WSAC and sponsored by Representative Koster. Under the leadership of Representatives Springer, Volz and Wilcox, the bill received 25 votes from the 30 member committee. After negotiation and amendment the bill does three things: Mental health local option sales

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22
Feb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local Governments Ask for Restored Revenue Authority to Address Public Safety

Local Governments Ask for Restored Revenue Authority to Address Public Safety Supporters Pack Hearing on Senate Bill 5772 to Address Financial Crisis in Their Communities Olympia, WA (February 22, 2017) – The Senate Committee on Local Government Hearing for Senate Bill 5772 drew supporters from across the state of Washington on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Introduced by Senator Jamie Pedersen
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