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Following are SOME of the bills being monitored by the Washington State Labor Council, and their status.  There are additional bills that the WSLC supports or 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 of the Legislature ended Thursday, March 12, but Gov. Chris Gregoire called a special session, which ended at 1:10 a.m. on April 13. 

 

Some HOUSE BILLS of concern (as of May 4)

BILL SPONSOR STATUS LABOR'S POSITION SUMMARY
HB 1329 Pettigrew Passed House 62-35; passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Ways & Means Support

Collective bargaining for child-care center workers and managers.

HB 1340 Conway House Ways & Means Support

Modifying collective bargaining laws to authorizes the boards of community and technical colleges to provide additional compensation to academic employees. Learn more.

HB 1560 Conway Passed House 64-33; passed Senate 33-15; Governor signed Support Higher education collective bargaining legislation allowing employees of four-year institutions to engage in multi-employer bargaining.
HB 1992 Conway Passed House Commerce and Labor; now in Capitol Budget Support

Applies prevailing wage requirements to construction projects that involve tax incentives, or public loans or lands.

HB 2388 Moeller House Health Care & Wellness Support

Extending sales tax to candy to fund local public health programs.

HB 2420 Kenney

Passed House 92-0; amended and passed by Senate 45-0; House concurred 94-0; Governor signed

Support

Considering the forest products industry to be a "green industry" for the purposes of promoting green jobs in industries that rely on state's working land base.

HB 2444 Williams Passed House 54-40; passed Senate Labor & Commerce; ready for floor vote Support

Providing leave from employment for participating in a child's educational activities.

HB 2481 Van De Wege

Passed House 92-0; amended and passed Senate 47-0; House concurred 94-1; Governor signed

Support

Authorizing the department of natural resources to enter into forest biomass supply agreements.

HB 2546 Van De Wege Passed House 58-37; passed  Senate 27-20; Governor signed Support

Revising classroom requirements for electrical trainees.

HB 2553 Conway Passed House Commerce and Labor; now in Rules Support

Allowing workers forced to leave jobs due to "unreasonable hardship" to receive U.I. benefits. (Also see SB 6334.) Learn more.

HB 2554 Conway House Commerce and Labor Oppose

Establishing a farm worker-grower advisory committee.

HB 2555 Conway Passed House 96-0; passed  Senate 32-13; Governor signed Support

Granting L&I subpoena power to enforce production of information related to electricians and electrical installations.

HB 2561 Dunshee Passed House 57-41 in regular session. In special session, House passed again 54-39; amended and passed Senate 28-18; House concurred 59-38; sent to Governor Support

The Jobs Act of 2010 would put before voters this fall the question of whether to issue $850 million $505 million in bonds (as amended) and create an estimated 38,000 30,000 jobs doing energy repair and retrofitting work at public schools, state colleges and universities, and other public facilities. Learn more. 

HB 2584 White House Commerce & Labor Support

Regarding the scope of collective bargaining for nontenured faculty at community and technical colleges. (Companion: SB 6746 is also dead.)  

HB 2630 Probst Passed House 92-2 in regular session. In special session, House passed again 90-3; Senate amended and passed 34-11; House concurred 88-8; Governor partially vetoed Support

Prioritizes categories for worker training and creates the Opportunity Express Account to fund certain training programs.

HB 2743 Conway Passed House Commerce & Labor; now in Ways & Means Support

Granting collective bargaining rights to certain employees of higher education institutions, including some managers and supervisors. (Companion: SB 6290 is dead.) 

HB 2751 Sells Passed House 52-37; now in Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Support

Requiring labor representation on community college boards of trustees

HB 2753 Orwall Passed House 75-22 in regular session. In special session, passed House 68-25; Senate amended and passed 29-11, House concurred 71-22; Governor signed Support

Creating the Washington Works Housing Program to create $1 billion of housing for the working poor within proximity of transit for easy access to employment. This housing will create thousands of prevailing wage construction jobs and housing equity for low-income workers. 

HB 2764 Conway Passed House Commerce & Labor; now in Rules Support Prohibits an employer from discharging or disciplining an employee because of an absence from employment related to flu-like symptoms.
HB 2789 Conway Passed House 98-0; passed Senate 36-10; Governor signed Support Granting L&I subpoena power for investigations into underground economy.
HB 2805 Ormsby Passed House 54-43; amended and passed Senate 28-18; House concurred 53-41; Governor signed Support

Requiring contractors that produce certain pre-fabricated items for large public-works contracts to submit payroll records and other information.

HB 2846 Alexander House Commerce & Labor; moved to Ways & Means Oppose

Privatizing the state liquor system by closing some of the state's stores and replacing them with contract liquor stores. (Also see HB 3189.)

HB 2879 Ericksen House Commerce & Labor Oppose

Allow private insurance companies to sell workers' compensation coverage in Washington. This allows companies like A.I.G. (the biggest private industrial insurer in the country) to bring their tax-subsidized talent for quashing claims, restricting benefits and profiting from workplace injury into our state. Learn more.

HB 2890 O'Brien House Commerce & Labor Oppose

Privatizing the sale of liquor. Learn more.

HB 2950 Morris House Commerce and Labor Oppose

Allowing workers' compensation compromise-and release (also known as starve-and-settle). This also would allow companies to force injured workers to see company doctors rather than their medical providers of choice. (Companion: SB 6638 is also dead.)

HB 2969 Hudgins Passed House 60-36 in regular session; In special session, House passed again 59-34; passed Senate Ways & Means; in Rules Support

Merging the state printer into the Department of Information Services, saving the state about $6 million. Learn more.

HB 2986 Simpson Passed House 66-29; amended and passed  Senate 28-19; House concurred 63-32; Governor signed Support

Requiring the appointment of nonvoting labor members on public transportation governing bodies. Learn more.

HB 2991 Armstrong General Government Approps. Oppose

Merging the functions of the public printer into the department of general administration.

HB 3020 Linville General Government Approps. Oppose

Eliminating the public printer and transferring print functions to the department of information services. (Companion: SB 6606 is dead.)

HB 3024 Conway Passed House 63-34; passed Senate Labor & Commerce; ready for a vote Support

Providing uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for hospital employees.

HB 3121 Kagi Passed Early Learning & Children's Services; now in Rules Concerns

Concerning child welfare services.

HB 3129 Conway Passed House Commerce & Labor; now in Rules Support

Concerning the unemployment insurance system, but only with respect to improving unemployment benefits and adjusting unemployment contributions. (Title-only bill.) Learn more.

HB 3149 Chandler House Commerce and Labor Oppose

Privatizing the workers' compensation system.

HB 3181 Ormsby Passed House Capital Budget; passed Finance; ready for floor vote Support

Working for Clean Water bill extending the tax on hazardous substances to clean up toxic pollution to also cover stormwater pollution cleanup. This will create almost 16,000 jobs over the next 10 years. (Companion: SB 6851) Learn more. This could be among the jobs legislation considered in the special session.

HB 3189 Alexander House Ways & Means Oppose

The latest version of liquor store privatization legislation. First introduced on Feb. 16 and scheduled for a hearing the next day, this bill is considered budget-related, so it's exempt from legislative cutoff deadlines. Learn more.

HJM 4017 Chandler Passed House Commerce and Labor; now in Rules Support

Urges Congress to enact AgJOBS, the federal Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act. AgJOBS would provide a legal, stable labor supply and help ensure that farmworkers are treated fairly, including offering undocumented workers an "earned legalization" pathway to permanent status. Learn more.

 

Some SENATE BILLS of concern (as of May 4)

BILL SPONSOR STATUS LABOR'S POSITION SUMMARY
SB 5046 Kohl-Welles

Passed Senate 30-17; passed House 60-36; Governor signed

Support Placing symphony musicians under the jurisdiction of the public employment relations commission for purposes of collective bargaining.
SB 6130 Prentice Passed Senate 26-22; passed House 51-47; Governor signed Support Preserving essential public services by temporarily suspending the I-960 two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases. Learn more.
SB 6204 Sheldon Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules Oppose Privatizing state liquor stores. Substitute bill order the Liquor Control Board to examine ways to increase efficiency and revenue through the sale of liquor. (Companion: HB 2845.) Learn more.
SB 6252 Kohl-Welles Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules Support Prohibits an insurer from considering a consumer's credit history education, or income in determining personal insurance rates, premiums, or eligibility for coverage. (Companion: HB 2513 is dead.)
SB 6334 Kohl-Welles Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules  Support Allowing workers forced to leave jobs due to "unreasonable hardship" to receive U.I. benefits. (Also see HB 2553.) Learn more.
SB 6349 Ranker Passed Senate 46-0; amended and passed House 96-2; Senate concurs 44-0; Governor partially vetoed Support Establishing a farm internship program.
SB 6456 Kline Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules  Support Improving administration of wage complaints. (Companion: HB 2646 is dead.)
SB 6503 Prentice Passed Senate 27-17 in regular session. In special session, Senate passed again 30-11; House amended and passed 50-38; Senate concurred 26-14; Governor partially vetoed Oppose State employee furlough bill closing state agencies on specific dates. Learn more. Sen. Prentice has introduced a special-session striker amendment has been introduced calling for 10 unpaid furlough days, down from 13 in the Senate-approved version. The House amended it further. See www.WFSE.org for the latest.
SB 6526 Kohl-Welles Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules Support Capture $98 million in federal U.I. modernization funds by extending U.I. eligibility to part-timers. (Companion: HB 2647 is dead.) Learn more.
SB 6534 Holmquist Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Oppose Lowering the state minimum wage when inflation drops. Colorado recently became the first state ever to lower its minimum wage because, unlike all other states with indexed rates, its law didn't prohibit such cuts.  Learn more.
SB 6562 Kilmer Passed Senate 29-19; in House Higher Education Oppose

Giving higher education institutions more authority to raise tuition without legislative approval. (Companion: HB 2946 is dead.)

SB 6573 Oemig Senate Ways & Means Oppose

Repealing the sales tax exemption for coal used at a coal-fired thermal generation facility. (Companion: HB 3077 is dead.)

SB 6575 Kohl-Welles Passed Senate 34-13; amended (to significantly weaken the bill) and passed House 98-0; Senate concurs 36-12; Governor vetoed Support

Addressing the recommendations of the joint task for on the underground economy.

SB 6587 Holmquist Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Oppose

Lowering employers' unemployment insurance rates another $241 million from 2010-15. (Companion: HB 2920 is also dead.) Learn more.

SB 6648 Kline Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Ways & Means Support Protecting consumers and homeowners from unfair lending practices and during foreclosure proceedings.
SB 6701 Kline Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules Support Homeowners' Bill of Rights granting the basic consumer protection of implied common-law warranties on residential construction, just as it exists for condominiums and most other products.
SB 6726 Marr Passed Senate 29-19; amended and passed House 58-40; Senate concurs 29-19; Governor partially vetoed Support Collective bargaining rights for interpreters. (Companion: HB 3062)
SB 6775 Kohl-Welles Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules Oppose Creating a task force to study the state's workers' compensation system.
SB 6793 Kohl-Welles Passed Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection; now in Rules Support Relating to unemployment benefits and taxes. (Title-only bill.) Learn more.
SB 6799 Honeyford Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Oppose Privatizing the workers' compensation system.
SB 6815 Haugen Passed Senate 46-0; passed House Commerce & Labor; passed House Transportation; now in Rules Support Requires bargaining for ferry workers' health benefits as part of the coalition of other state employees, and not bargained separately.
SB 6843 Prentice Passed Senate 26-23; now in House Finance Support Preserving essential public services by temporarily suspending the I-960 two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases. (See SB 6130.)
SB 6851 Murray Passed Senate Ways & Means; now in Rules Support Working for Clean Water bill extending the tax on hazardous substances to clean up toxic pollution to also cover stormwater pollution cleanup. This will create almost 16,000 jobs over the next 10 years. (Companion: HB 3181) Learn more.
SB 6889 McDermott Passed Senate 39-1; amended and passed House 91-6; Senate concurred 39-2; Governor signed Support Provides for governance and financing of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center expansion. This would create some 3,000 building and construction jobs and eventually thousands of permanent jobs. Learn more.