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Following are SOME of the key bills being monitored by the Washington State Labor Council, and their status.  There are additional bills that the WSLC supports and opposes. If your affiliated union would like to add a bill of particular concern to this Legislative Tracker, please contact us. Links on the bill numbers are to the State Legislature's web site for more information on each bill. For details on these bills, also see our WSLC Legislative Updates.

Bills listed in WHITE (white) are still alive.  
Bills listed in GRAY are dead, having missed a legislative cutoff deadline. REMEMBER, in Olympia, dead is relative. Bills can become budget provisos and can be resurrected by other procedural means.
Bills listed GREEN have passed and been signed by the governor.


The Regular Session ended March 8. Gov. Chris Gregoire has called a Special Session of up to 30 days, beginning Monday, March 12. The governor and the four leaders of both parties in both houses have agreed to confine special section action to a handful of issues, including the supplemental operating budget and a supplemental capital budget issuing bonds to frontload construction projects -- known as the Infrastructure Jobs Bond.

Some HOUSE BILLS of concern (as of Noon, March 12)

BILL SPONSOR STATUS LABOR'S POSITION SUMMARY
HB 1258 Condotta Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Allowing sub-minimum "training wages."

HB 1433 Short Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Limiting the time for filing a prevailing wage complaint.

HB 1532 Condotta Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Creating "good faith" defense for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime pay. (Companion, SB 5840, missed cutoff in committee.)

SHB 1554 Kenney Ways & Means SUPPORT

Motion picture competitiveness. (Companion bill, SB 5539.)

HB 1631 Reykdal 3rd Reading SUPPORT

Providing for academic employee salary increments for community and technical colleges.

SHB 1832 Upthegrove Amended, 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Preserving SeaTac Airport concessions employees' rights under successor contractors. Learn more.

EHB 2011 Sells 3rd Reading SUPPORT

Enhancing Corrections' workers' safety through collective bargaining and binding interest arbitration.

HB 2168 Dunshee Now in House Rules; this bill remains in play in the special session SUPPORT

The supplemental capital budget. This is one of three bills that are part of what is known as the Infrastructure Jobs Bond. Also see HB 2793. Learn more. 

HB 2207 Springer Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Granting retrospective rating employers more authority over injured workers.

SHB 2319 Cody Passed House 52-43; passed Senate 27-22; House concurs 55-41; delivered to governor SUPPORT

Implementing the Affordable Care Act. Learn more. (Companion bill, SB 6178)

SHB 2346

Walsh Passed House 92-3; passed Senate 45-3; House concurs 92-3; delivered to governor SUPPORT

Removing requirement that correctional officers' uniforms by purchased from Correctional Industries. (Supported by Teamsters union.)

HB 2349 Kretz Passed House 96-0; passed Senate 49-0; House concurs 96-1; delivered to governor NEUTRAL

Concerning the management of beavers.

SHB 2359 Reykdal 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Addressing the workers' compensation medical provider network.

HB 2368 Seaquist Passed House 54-43; died in Senate Higher Education (Chairman Sen. Rodney Tom refused to allow a hearing) SUPPORT

Labor member on community college boards. Learn more.

SHB 2395 Sells Passed 52-43; passed Senate Labor & Commerce; now in Rules SUPPORT

Regulating drayage truck operators. (Companion bill, SB 6461, missed committee cutoff.)

SHB 2407 Roberts Passed 53-39; passed Senate Labor & Commerce; now in Rules SUPPORT

Restricting use of information related to structured settlement agreements.

HB 2408 Johnson Agriculture & Natural Resources OPPOSE

Concerning options for addressing seasonal shortages of labor in agriculture.

HB 2412 Kenney 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Protections for employees under WISHA.

2SHB 2413 Reykdal Rules 2 SUPPORT

Protecting people from pesticide drift. Learn more. (Companion bill, SB 6397, missed committee cutoff.)

SHB 2431 Reykdal 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Addressing claim files and compensation under the industrial insurance laws. (Companion bill,  SB 6302.)

HB 2434 Hasegawa Business & Financial Services SUPPORT

Creating Washington Investment Trust.

HB 2490 Carlyle Ways & Means OPPOSE

"Simplification" for state and local tax licensing. (Companion bill, SB 6176.)

HB 2496 Condotta Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Establishing lower inflationary adjustments to the minimum wage.

HB 2497 Condotta Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Legalizing tip penalties, or sub-minimum wages for workers who earn tips.

HB 2498 Condotta Labor & Workforce Development OPPOSE

Suspending minimum wage increases during periods of high unemployment.

2SHB 2501 Green Passed 57-41; passed Senate Labor & Commerce; now in Rules SUPPORT

Placing restrictions on mandatory overtime for employees of health care facilities. Learn more.

HB 2508 Dickerson Labor & Workforce Development SUPPORT

Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment.

HB 2527 Eddy 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Improving safety of chassis on trucks. (Companion bill, SB 6487, missed cutoff in committee.)

HB 2530 Carlyle 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Improving accountability of tax preferences.

HB 2553 Moscoso Passed 54-42; failed to pass out of Senate Transportation SUPPORT

Clarifying rights on non-voting members of transit boards.

SHB 2568 Kenney 2nd Reading SUPPORT

Maintaining voluntary use of electronic employment verification systems.

SHB 2622 Kenney Rules 2 SUPPORT

Requiring medical claims to be addressed by communicating with workers in their primary language.

HB 2673 Clibborn Passed 56-40; passed Senate 40-9; House concurs 70-26; delivered to governor SUPPORT

Transportation workforce development/ apprenticeship.

HB 2724 Eddy Ways & Means OPPOSE

Consolidating school health care plans. (Companion bill, SB 6442.) Learn more.

EHB 2771 Pettigrew Passed House 83-14; passed Senate 38-10; House concurs 91-5; delivered to governor OPPOSE

Excluding from PERS all employees of any contractor to any government agency, and in the process, facilitating contracting out of local government jobs.

HB 2792 Dunshee Now in House Rules SUPPORT

This is one of the bills considered part of the Infrastructure Jobs Bond. Learn more. 

HB 2793 Dunshee Now in House Rules SUPPORT

This is one of the bills that are part of what is known as the Infrastructure Jobs Bond. Also see HB 2168 (the supplemental capital budget). Learn more. 

 

Some SENATE BILLS of concern (as of Noon, March 12)

BILL SPONSOR STATUS LABOR'S POSITION SUMMARY
2SSB 5539 Kohl-Welles

Passed 40-8; passed House 92-6; delivered to governor

SUPPORT Motion picture competitiveness. (Companion bill, HB 1554.) Learn more.
SB 5857 Kohl-Welles

Ways & Means

SUPPORT Concerning tax expenditure reform to provide transparency and accountability.
SB 5968 Stevens

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection

OPPOSE Ending inflationary adjustments and establishing a fixed minimum wage.
SB 6088 Pridemore

Passed 45-3; now in House Ways & Means

SUPPORT Requiring that new tax preferences provide an expiration date and statement of legislative intent.
SB 6133 Conway

Passed 25-24; passed House 56-42; signed by governor

SUPPORT Requiring training for eligibility for certain electrician certifications. (Companion bill, HB 2358, missed cutoff in committee.)
SB 6134 Delvin

Passed 48-0; passed House 96-0; delivered to governor

SUPPORT

Allows quicker transfer of Department of Fish & Wildlife officers' PERS 2/3 benefits to LEOFF. (Supported by Teamsters union.)

SB 6176 Kilmer

Ways & Means

OPPOSE "Simplification" for state and local tax licensing. (Companion bill, HB 2490.)
SSB 6178 Keiser

2nd Reading

SUPPORT Implementing the Affordable Care Act. (Companion bill, HB 2319.) Learn more.
SSB 6228 Keiser

2nd Reading

SUPPORT Prohibiting certain practices concerning the employment status of job applicants.
SSB 6302 Kohl-Welles

2nd Reading

SUPPORT Addressing claim files and compensation under the industrial insurance laws. (Companion bill, HB 2431.)
SSB 6307 Prentice

Ways & Means

SUPPORT Concerning nursing staffing practices at hospitals. (Companion bill, HB 2519, also missed cutoff in committee.) Learn more.
SSB 6309 Prentice

Ways & Means

SUPPORT Requiring meals and rest breaks for certain health care workers. Learn more.
SB 6310 Keiser

Financial Institutions and Housing & Insurance

SUPPORT Creating the Washington Investment Trust.
SB 6402 Tom

Higher Education & Workforce Development

OPPOSE Eliminating the workforce training and education coordinating board.
SB 6419 King

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection

OPPOSE "Determining" prevailing wage rates on public works projects (so they're lower).
SB 6420 King

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection

OPPOSE "Addressing" prevailing wage rates on public works projects (so they're lower).
SB 6421 King

Passed Senate 47-0; passed House 98-0; delivered to governor

OPPOSE Addressing the affidavit of wages paid on public works.
SB 6422 King

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection

OPPOSE Again "addressing" prevailing wage rates on public works projects (so they're lower).
SB 6442 Hobbs

Ways & Means

OPPOSE Consolidating school health care plans. (Companion bill, HB 2724.) Learn more.
SB 6480 King

2nd Reading

OPPOSE Protecting employers who pay prevailing wage rates on public works projects.
SB 6486 Kohl-Welles

Passed 26-23; passed House 54-44; delivered to governor

SUPPORT Collective bargaining rights for postdoctoral researchers at certain state universities. (Companion bill, HB 2681, missed cutoff in committee.)