Legislative Bulletin

14
Jan

Wrongful Death Bill Thursday

Senate version of wrongful death bill will be heard on Thursday.  SB 6015, the companion bill to the wrongful death bill, HB 2262, heard in the House last week. The bill amends the current wrongful death statute by: Removing dependency requirements for claimants; Allowing parents to bring an action for children over 18 years old; Expanding noneconomic covered damages; and

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14
Jan

Proposal to Create Districts in Spokane County

Legislation aimed at forcing Spokane County to add two additional county commissioner districts (HB 1535) is gaining traction again this year. The bill was introduced last year and made it out of committee but never onto the House floor. Last week the House State Government, Elections, and Information Technology Committee heard the measure again and is likely to move it

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14
Jan

The Voting Rights Act: Packed Hearings, Packed Agendas.

Early last week, both the House and Senate held hearings on competing visions for the Voting Rights Act.  Not surprisingly, interest in the issue was heavy, with individuals and interest groups wishing to testify on the issue overwhelming the hearing rooms, forcing the public into overflow rooms and causing other agenda items to be bumped.  The Senate has already passed their bill

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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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