2024 Legislative Update Report #2

2024 Legislative Update Report #2

by Michael Rainey, President/Executive Director on April 2, 2024

2024 Legislative Session Final Report 

The 60-day Washington legislative session commenced on January 8. We teamed up with our allies at the Washington State Labor Council and WFSE Council 28 to champion new legislation that bolstered our collective bargaining rights and enhanced work lives. We upgraded benefits for numerous union members across the state. 

Below are the final updates on several bills we worked on during this session

Unfortunately, our priority legislation to revise the 1% property tax cap to reflect inflation and population growth up to 3% failed to pass. This revision aimed to boost revenues for local governments, directly impacting the wages and benefits of our members. Moving forward, we will continue to advocate for ways to increase revenues for the counties and cities where our members work. This initiative not only supports the financial stability and growth of these communities but also directly impacts the welfare of our members by enabling better public services, improvements in infrastructure, and the potential for enhanced workplace benefits and conditions.

However, we were able to make significant strides with other priority bills. For instance, SB 5808 was passed into law, expanding Interest Arbitration for Public Safety Telecommunicators. This will greatly benefit our ability to negotiate on behalf of these essential employees and give them a stronger voice in the workplace.

 

SB 5770 Providing State and Local Property Tax Reform.

This Bill was placed on the Senate Rules "X" files. This is a list of bills that the Rules Committee members agree will not be sent to the House or Senate floor for further consideration. 

SB5808 Provides Interest Arbitration for Public Safety Telecommunicators Employed by Public Employers.

Governor Inslee signed This Bill into law on March 15, 2024. This law will go into effect on June 6, 2024 
SB 5808 Information
 

HB2258 Providing Funding for Municipalities Participating in the Regional 911 Emergency Communications System.

This Bill was placed on the House Rules "X" files. This is a list of bills that the Rules Committee members agree will not be sent to the House or Senate floor for further consideration. 
HB 2258 Information
 

HB 2031 Recognizing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as an Occupational Disease for County Coroners, Examiners, and Investigative Personnel.

This Bill was returned to the House Rules Committee for third reading on March 7, 2024
HB 2031 Information
 
Other Bills of Interest

SB 5773 Concerning Public Defense Services.
This Bill never received a vote from the Senate Law and Justice Committee 
SB 5773 Information

SB6060 Concerning the Acceptance of Electronic Signatures by the Public Employment Relations Commission for New Organizing Petitions
Governor Inslee signed This Bill into law on March 14, 2024. This law will go into effect on June 6, 2024 
SB6060 Information

HB 2246 Concerning Vacation Leave Accrual for State Employees. 
Governor Inslee signed This Bill into law on March 18, 2024. This law will go into effect on June 6, 2024 
HB 2246 Information

ESSB 5778 Protecting workers' rights to refrain from attending meetings or listening to their employer's speech on political or religious matters. 
Governor Inslee signed This Bill into law on March 28, 2024. This law will go into effect on June 6, 2024
ESSB 5778 Information
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