22
Jan

Finance & Employment Issues

Employment Last week, the House passed HB 1655, sponsored by Rep. Lovick (D-Mill Creek), which provides for industrial insurance coverage for stress-caused mental disorders and disabilities for police and firefighters. The bill passed 85-11 and now will be considered in the Senate. Additionally, the House Labor and Workplace Committee considered HB 2633, sponsored by Rep. Doglio (D-Olympia), adding certain medical

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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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17
Jan

House to Consider Costly Legislation Providing Paid Family Leave Benefits

On Thursday, January 19th the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee will hold a hearing on HB 1116 – a bill that would amend and implement a paid family leave program. Washington currently has a law on paid family leave for employees, but it has never been funded, and hasn’t been implemented. HB 1116 would expand the current law, allowing

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