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Legislative Updates


April Legislative Report

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on April 10, 2018
The Governor has taken action on most bills that were passed by the Legislature. Among the bills signed into law were: Engrossed Senate Bill 6229. New Employee Orientation: This measure requires all public employers to provide a minimum of 30 minutes for Union Representatives to greet newly hired employees and explain the benefits and...
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Lobby Day 2018

Lobby Day 2018

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on February 23, 2018
Nearly one hundred Council 2 members took their own time to lobby their Legislators on behalf of your Union. Armed with written material, they met with State Senators and Representatives to...
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60 Day “Short” Legislative Session

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on January 29, 2018
The 2018 60 day “Short” Legislative Session began on January 8th with a 1 seat Senate Democratic Majority, the first in 5 years. Council 2’s endorsed candidate in the 45th District (Manka Dhingra)...
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“House of Origin” Cutoff Halfway Point

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on March 15, 2017
The first major cutoff for most bills passed on March 8th. Senate Bills were supposed to be passed by the full Senate and House Bills were supposed to be passed by the full House. There are...
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2017 Legislative Priorities: “Home is Where the Heart Is” and Where the Work Gets Done!

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on March 6, 2017
Legislative Town Halls: As we are about half way through the Legislative Session, several lawmakers are coming back home to hold Town Hall meetings with their constituents. They need to hear...
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Calls and E-Mails Needed

Calls and E-Mails Needed

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on February 24, 2017
Two of our Union’s Priority Legislative issues need your help:1% Property Tax Cap & HB 1764 The bi partisan effort to scrap Tim Eyman’s arbitrary 1% cap on property tax had successful hearings...
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Taking It To “The Hill”

Taking It To “The Hill”

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on February 3, 2017
Nearly 100 Council 2 members took to “The Hill” to advocate for critical funding to address the needs of Local Government in our communities. Topping the list of priority bills is HB 1764 which...
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Special Session Ends

Special Session Ends

by Pat Thompson on April 6, 2016
In yet another Special Session called on account of the House and Senate failing to reach a budget agreement in the Regular Session, a deal was finally reached on Tuesday, March 29th. ...
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“House of Origin” Cutoff Leaves 2 Priority Bills Behind

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on February 19, 2016
(Despite Strong Bi Partisan Support) All House Bills needed to be voted out of the House and all Senate Bills need to be voted out of the Senate by 5 pm on Wednesday February 17th....
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Public Records Issue Brief

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on January 1, 2016
The 60 day “short” session began on January 11th under the cloud of the McCleary Decision that seeks full funding of our state’s education system. The Supreme Court has held the...
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City Liquor Revenue Issue Brief

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on January 1, 2016
Ensure sufficient and flexible revenue for essential city services HB 2438 Sponsors: Representatives Nealey, Reykdal, Wylie, Vick, Orcutt, Senn, Wilcox, Kirby, Condotta, Hudgins, Stokesbary,...
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“Short” Session Underway

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on January 1, 2016
The 60 day “short” session began on January 11th under the cloud of the McCleary Decision that seeks full funding of our state’s education system. The Supreme Court has held the...
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Regular Session Ends Early (With No Budget)

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on May 1, 2015
The regular session was scheduled to adjourn or “sine die” on Sunday, April 26th. But with no budget agreement in sight, lawmakers closed up shop on Friday with the Governor’s call to bring them...
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Budget Negotiations Begin

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on April 7, 2015
Both the House and the Senate planned on passing their respective budgets on the same day, something that’s never been done before. The Democratic controlled House finished their business and...
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First Major

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on March 23, 2015
The Legislature is designed around various cutoff dates. At a minimum all bills face at least seven hurdles before they become law. Each hurdle has a deadline attached to it. The first major...
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Legislative Session Off And Running

Legislative Session Off And Running

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on February 13, 2015
As the fifth week of the Legislative Session comes to a close, over 2,000 Bills have been introduced. Many of these are “Message” Bills and may not even see a hearing, others are moving through...
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Supreme Court Decision:  PERS 2 Early Retirement Factors Survive

Supreme Court Decision: PERS 2 Early Retirement Factors Survive

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on August 18, 2014
Report #5 August 18, 2014 ​In a much anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court has overturned the lower Court’s opinion and upheld a law passed in 2007 which repealed “Gainsharing” and lowered the...
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Final Stretch

by anonymous on March 5, 2014
Report #3 March 4, 2014 FINAL STRETCH As the 60 day session draws to a close it appears that the worst threats are behind us. The list of bad bills that were featured in the last report...
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Legislative Weekend 2014

by anonymous on February 27, 2014
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Legislative Update Winter 2014

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on February 13, 2014
Legislative Report The 2014 60 day session continues to threaten the working class families of Washington State. The Majority in control of the Senate is hell bent on advancing attacks on...
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Gain-sharing lawsuit threatens Early Retirement Factors (ERFs)

by Council 2 Deputy Director Pat Thompson on August 12, 2013
The final step in the year’s long battle over the repeal of gain-sharing will begin on October 24 when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments. To recap, gain-sharing was a provision (gimmick) in...
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Plan 4 is on the list

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Plan 4 is on the list

by Council 2 Deputy Director J. Pat Thompson on May 23, 2013
The Senate Majority produced a list of 33 bills that they say need to be passed in order to reach a deal and end the session. SB 5851 (Plan 4) is on this list. This is a clear signal that the...
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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Your pensions are at risk.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Your pensions are at risk.

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on April 8, 2013
Please Contact Your Senator. As feared, the “Plan 4” proposal that failed to make it out of the Senate on time was resurrected as part of the Senate budget. SB 5851 could be voted on within...
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They're here...

They're here...

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on March 4, 2013
The anti-worker pension bills we’ve been worried about have arrived. Both were late being introduced, but that didn’t stop the majority in the Senate from fast-tracking them in the hearing...
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2013 session begins

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on January 28, 2013
The 2013 Legislature was opened with the celebration of a new governor. That’s where the parties will probably begin and end. Governor Christine Gregoire presided over a very difficult time in...
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At least it's over

At least it's over

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on April 18, 2012
The 2012 Legislative Session finally ended with an all-night marathon that mercifully put a stop to endless brinkmanship. The mood soured several weeks back when three Democratic Senators (Tom,...
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Senate Republicans force special session

Senate Republicans force special session

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on March 14, 2012
As reported last, the coup that was staged by Senate Republicans (with the help of three Democrats) means that lawmakers did not finish their business on time and a Special Session was called by...
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ALERT: Senate Republicans Pass Largest Attacks on Plan 2 Pensions Ever (SB 6378)

ALERT: Senate Republicans Pass Largest Attacks on Plan 2 Pensions Ever (SB 6378)

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on March 6, 2012
In a surprise attack, Senate Republicans, with the help of three Democrats, took over the floor on Friday night and pulled four bills from committee and passed them with 25-to-24 votes. This was a...
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House Budget: Local government takes $80 million hit

House Budget: Local government takes $80 million hit

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on February 24, 2012
The House of Representatives released their proposed budget this week and the news isn’t good. In closing the $1.1 billion budget shortfall, the House simply delayed some of their cost while...
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Session brings some threats

by Pat Thompson, Council 2 Deputy Director on February 9, 2012
Session Brings Some Threats At the half way mark, the 2012 Legislative Session brought some familiar threats to local government employees and even added a few new ones. Senate Bill 6543...
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