Date-of-birth privacy bill about safety and security, supporters tell a House committee

The bill to keep our dates of birth private, SB 6079, is about protecting the “physical and emotional safety” of state employees, not a restriction on the news media, bill sponsor Sen. Patty Kuderer of the 48th Dist. told the House State Government Committee Tuesday morning (Feb. 20).

Senate first out of gate with supplemental budget proposal

The Senate Democratic majority on Monday (Feb. 19) released its proposed supplemental budget – the off-year budget that tweaks the major two-year operating budget adopted last year.

The House plan is expected tomorrow.

How one DOC member’s story moved his legislator to action

The sponsor of the good bill that already unanimously passed the House said the idea of protecting the integrity of post-incident counseling and peer support came from a new awareness brought to him by one of his constituents.

Rep. Andrew Barkis of the 2nd Dist. said John Tulloch, a Community Corrections specialist and member of Local 443, told him that the dangerous work he and his colleagues do often involves “critical incidents” that may involve use of force.

Big news as two more priority bills pass

It was a late Monday and early Tuesday at the Capitol as the House passed two more of our priority bills – the part-time employees bill and the Taxpayer Protection Act.

The House Monday night (Feb. 12) passed the bill to leave no doubt and add part-time state employees to civil service. HB 2669 passed on a vote of 50-47. It now goes to the Senate.

Vancouver senator gives poignant floor speech as she rebukes critics of unions and working families

Sen. Annette Cleveland of the 49th Dist. in Vancouver showed courage and conviction when on Saturday (Feb. 10) she took to the floor of the state Senate in Olympia to reject the divisive debate on legislation our opponents railed because it would help workers and the people they serve.

Three of our priority bills pass

BULLETIN: The state House late Monday morning (Feb. 12) passed our priority bill (SHB 1558) to expand the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to institutions workers in high-risk jobs. The vote was 89-9. SHB 1558 now goes to the Senate. The bill would give state institutions workers doing high-risk jobs the same recognition on retirement as other public workers in dangerous jobs.