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2022 Year in Review

2023 Budget Priorities

    The 2023 Legislative Session began on January 9, 2023.  Below are lists of bills that may impact Veterans, Families or Military Members.  (This list is not an endorsement of any proposal by WDVA.)

    Visit https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ for more detailed bill information.  To watch committee hearings, visit Home - TVW.

    Veteran/Military Related Bills as of February 1, 2023 - 11:38pm

    Bill Number Title Sponsor (Combined) Status Bill Summary Hearing Dates
    HB 1001 Audiology & speech compact (Leavitt) H Rules R

    HB: Concerning the audiology and speech-language pathology interstate compact.

    HB 1005 Military/employer tax incen. (Abbarno) H Finance

    HB: Extends the public utility tax (PUT) and business and occupation (B&O) tax credits for hiring veterans to July 1, 2034. • Increases the maximum PUT and B&O tax credit an employer may claim for hiring a qualified employee to $3,000 per employee. • Increases the maximum total credit to $5 million per year for each the PUT and B&O tax credit. • Expands eligibility for the PUT and B&O tax credits by removing the unemployment requirement for veterans and including the spouse of a veteran or an active-duty military member as a qualified employee.

    Feb 02 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1007 Military service credit (Paul) H subst for

    HB: Expands the definition of veteran for purposes of veterans' benefits in state pension systems, legal assistance, scoring criteria on civil service exams, and other programs, to include members that were awarded an expeditionary medal.

    SHB 1009 Military spouse employment ICEV(Leavitt) H Approps

    SHB: Establishes requirements for certain state agencies and licensing authorities related to the professional licensing and employment of military spouses. • Allows a military spouse to terminate an employment contract without penalty after his or her service member spouse receives orders for a permanent change of station.

    Jan 30 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1022 Support & services levies (Chapman) H Finance

    HB: Permits counties to collect the Veterans' Assistance levy and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities levy as separate levies, outside of the county's general levy rate.

    Feb 02 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1069 Mental health counselor comp (Leavitt) H Rules R

    HB: Enacts the Counseling Compact.

    HB 1134 988 system (Orwall) H HC/Wellness

    HB: Establishes an endorsement for mobile rapid response crisis teams that meet staffing, vehicle, and response time standards, as well as a grant program to support them. • Directs the University of Washington to establish a crisis training and secondary trauma program to develop a training strategy for personnel in the behavioral health crisis system and to provide training support to regional behavioral health entities. • Directs the Department of Health to develop informational materials and a social media campaign to promote the 988 crisis hotline and related crisis lines. • Establishes liability protection for several entities and personnel for activities related to the dispatching decisions of 988 crisis hotline staff and the transfer of calls between the 911 line and the 988 crisis hotline. • Extends several dates related to reporting, designated 988 crisis contact center hubs, and funding the new crisis call center system platform.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1288 Dept. of veterans affairs (Reeves) H Approps

    (No Fiscal Impact) Moves the director of nursing services position at each state veterans' home from WMS to EMS, which is exempt from civil service provisions. • Provides certain limited instances in which the Washington Department of Veterans' Affairs may disclose a veteran's discharge papers. • Repeals statutory references to the Soldiers' Home Colony, fundraising for the eastern Washington veterans' home, and a requirement to provide domiciliary and medical care.

    HB 1346 Purple star award (Shavers) H Education

    HB: Establishes the Purple Star Award (award) to recognize military-friendly school districts that show a commitment to students and families connected to the nation's military. • Establishes related administrative duties for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), including authorizing the OSPI to collaborate with a qualifying entity in administering the award, and requiring the OSPI to include an award application on its website.

    Feb 02 Scheduled for executive session 

    HB 1355 Property tax exemptions (Wylie) H Finance

    Updating property tax exemptions for service-connected disabled veterans and senior citizens.

    Feb 07 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1384 Parks pass/veterans (Shavers) H Innov, Comm &

    HB: Removes the requirement that a Washington veteran have a serviceconnected disability of at least 30 percent in order to be entitled to free use of campsites within state parks, free admission to state parks, and exemption from reservation fees.

    Feb 10 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1417 Multistate nurse licensure (Volz) H Postsec Ed & W

    Concerning the multistate nurse licensure compact.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Postsecondary Education & Workforce at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1437 Interstate massage compact (Kloba) H Postsec Ed & W

    HB: Concerning the interstate massage compact.

    Jan 31 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1482 Property tax exemptions (Orcutt) H Finance

    Protecting senior citizens' and disabled veterans' property tax exemption eligibility. (COLAs)

    Feb 07 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1482

    Authorizing military surplus vehicles to operate on public highways.

    HB 1560 Property tax exemptions (Shavers) H Finance

    Providing property tax relief by expanding eligibility for the senior citizen and disabled veterans' property tax exemption program.

    Feb 07 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1587 Spirit tax/veterans' orgs. (Shavers) H Reg Subst & Ga

    HB: Provides that spirits taxes do not apply to sales of spirits purchased on a military base by a Washington veterans' service organization for use as a fundraising prize for a veterans' service organization fundraising event. • Defines "veterans' service organization" as specified types of nonprofit organizations and corporations.

    Feb 07 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1633 Homes for heroes program (Connors) H Housing

    Creating a homes for heroes program.

    Feb 07 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Housing at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1672 Veterans' org./spirits tax (Couture) H Reg Subst & Ga

    Providing a spirits tax exemption on spirits purchased for veterans' service organizations' fund-raising.

    HB 1703 Local property tax levies (Orcutt) H Local Govt

    Imposing local property tax levies wholly credited against the state property tax to provide support and services for veterans' assistance and for persons with developmental disabilities or mental health needs.

    SB 5021 Audiology & speech compact (Wagoner) S Health & Long

    Concerning the audiology and speech-language pathology interstate compact.

    SSB 5071 Purple star designation EDU(Nobles) S Ways & Means

    SSB: Creates the Purple Star Designation to recognize school districts that demonstrate educational and social-emotional supports to students of military service members as they face transitions to a new school.

    Feb 07 Scheduled for executive session

    SB 5180 Teacher mobility compact (Hunt) S Ways & Means

    SB: Adopts the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact (Compact) and its provisions. • Limits license reciprocity to those determined to be eligible by each member state of the Compact. • Directs states under the Compact to submit a list of eligible licenses that the state will grant to licensees coming from other Compact member states. • Requires member states to grant an equivalent license to active military members and military spouses who hold an eligible teaching license. • Specifies that member states have discretion in relation to recertification requirements. • Creates the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact Commission with certain administrative requirements. • Establishes that the Compact will come into effect on the date on which the Compact is enacted into law in the 10th member state.

    SB 5219 Counseling compact (Muzzall) S Health & Long

    SB: Enacts the Counseling Compact in Washington State. Increases education requirements for licensed mental health counselors by requiring applicants for licensure with degrees awarded after the effective date of this Act to hold a master's degree which includes 60 semester-hours, or 90 quarter-hours of coursework in counseling or related subjects.

    Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5250 Property tax exemptions (Shewmake) S Ways & Means

    Concerning the senior and disabled veterans property tax exemption.

    SB 5263 Psilocybin (Salomon) S Labor & Comm

    SB: Directs the Department of Health (DOH) to administer a regulatory system for supported adult-use of psilocybin, beginning January 1, 2024. • Directs DOH to create standards for manufacturing, testing, packaging, and labeling psilocybin products with the assistance of a Psilocybin Advisory Board and other state agencies. • Allows a person over the age of 21 to purchase psilocybin products in a psilocybin service center and undergo a preparation session, administration session, and integration session under the supervision of a trained and qualified facilitator. • Restricts employment in the psilocybin industry to certain licensed or permitted individuals over the age of 21.

    Jan 30 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5296 Military service credit (Nobles) S Ways & Means

    SB: Expands the definition of "period of war" for veterans' benefits in state pension systems, legal assistance, scoring criteria on civil service exams, and other programs, to include any armed conflicts where an expeditionary medal was awarded.

    Feb 07 Scheduled for executive session

    SB 5323 Dept. of veterans affairs (MacEwen) S State Govt & E

    WDVA FN: SB: Moves the director of nursing services position at each state veterans' home from WMS to EMS, which is exempt from civil service provisions. • Provides certain limited instances in which the Washington Department of Veterans' Affairs may disclose a veteran's discharge papers. • Repeals statutory references to the Soldiers' Home Colony, fundraising for the eastern Washington veterans' home, and a requirement to provide domiciliary and medical care.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for executive session

    SB 5358 Veterans' services (Gildon) S State Govt & E

    WDVA FN: SB: Requires the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs to submit reports to the Legislature to determine the effectiveness of the veterans service officer program, and the veteran peer-to-peer training and support program in meeting veterans' needs. • States legislative intent to double appropriations for the programs, prioritizing smaller counties and counties with below-average rates of veterans receiving federal benefits.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for executive session

    SB 5499 Multistate nurse licensure (Mullet) S Health & Long

    Concerning the multistate nurse licensure compac

    Feb 10 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5552 Military exercises/parks (Fortunato) S Ag/Water/Natur

    Permitting military exercises on state park property

    WDVA and State Employee Related Bills as of February 1, 2023 - 11:38pm

    Bill Number Title Sponsor (Combined) Status Bill Summary Hearing Dates
    HB 1008 Plan 2 members/insurance (Bronoske) H Rules R

    HB: Permits specified individuals who separate from service from positions covered by the Public Employees', School Employees', and Teachers' Retirement System Plans 2, but do not retire, the opportunity to participate in the retiree benefits of the Public Employees' Benefits Board. • Limits participation to individuals who separate from service on or after January 1, 2024, and who are at least age 55 with 20 years of service in the included state pension plans.

    HB 1011 Long-term care/repeal (Abbarno) H HC/Wellness

    Repealing the long-term services and supports trust program.

    SHB 1056 Postretirement employment APP(Stokesbary) H Rules R

    SHB: Changes the postretirement employment restrictions on benefits eligibility for Public Employees' Retirement System, Teachers Retirement System, and School Employees Retirement System Plans 2 and 3 members that retired under the 2008 Early Retirement Factors (ERFs). • Permits 2008 ERF members to work in retirement system–covered employment for up to 867 hours per year without suspension of retirement benefits. • Adjusts benefits for individuals that chose the 3 percent per year early retirement reduction to the level of reduction in the 2008 ERFs for future benefit payments

    HB 1105 Public comment notice (Kloba) H SGOVDPS

    HB: Mandates any public agency that is required to provide notice that it is soliciting written public comment to include in the notice the last day by which such public comment may be submitted. • Subjects each person who is responsible for providing a required notice that an agency is soliciting written public comment to a civil penalty of $500 for the first violation and $1000 for any subsequent violation if the notice does not specify the last date by which such public comment may be submitted.

    Jan 31 Scheduled for executive session 

    SHB 1122 WMS bargaining LAWS(Doglio) H Approps

    WDVA FN: SHB: Grants Washington Management Service (WMS) employees the right to collective bargaining, except for WMS employees in positions with salary bands three, four, and medical, and other specified WMS managers. • • Provides that bargaining over wages is limited to salary band levels. Provides that collective bargaining agreements with WMS employees may not take effect before July 1, 2025.

    Feb 01 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1136 Employee expenditures (Reeves) H Labor & Workpl

    HB: Requires employers to reimburse employees for all necessary expenditures and losses incurred in direct consequence of their duties.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1137 Return-to-work opportunities (Mosbrucker) H Labor & Workpl

    HB: Expands the Stay at Work Program by allowing employers to offer offsite light duty work with third party nonprofit organizations approved by the Department of Labor and Industries.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1140 Operating budget (Ormsby) H Approps

    Jan 11 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 4:00 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    HB 1141 Operating budget, supp. (Ormsby) H Approps

    Jan 11 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 4:00 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    HB 1147 Capital budget (Tharinger) H Cap Budget

    Jan 12 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Capital Budget at 1:30 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    HB 1172 Working fam. fiscal impacts (McEntire) H Approps

    Incorporating working families fiscal impacts in fiscal notes.

    HB 1187 Employee-union privilege (Hackney) H Civil R & Judi

    HB: Creates an exception from examination and disclosure for a union representative and a union employee concerning any communication between the union representative or union employee made during union representation. • Applies the exception from examination and disclosure to employees of, and the organizations that represent: employees of college districts, public employees, faculty at public four-year institutions of higher education, civil service employees, ferry employees, port employees, and labor unions.

    Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1200 Employee information/unions (Alvarado) H Rules R

    HB: Requires certain public employers to provide exclusive bargaining representatives information, such as contact information, date of hire, salary, and jobsite location, of employees in bargaining units if the employer has that information in its records. • Allows an exclusive bargaining representative to bring a court action if a public employer fails to comply with the requirement to provide information.

    HB 1282 Public building materials (Duerr) H Cap Budget

    Requiring environmental and labor reporting for public building construction and renovation material.

    Feb 02 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Capital Budget at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1306 Public works procurement (Tharinger) H Approps

    WDVA FN: HB Modifies small works roster requirements to address equity and efficiencies in public works procurement. • Updates and revises the small and limited works roster process to increase administrative efficiency. • Requires the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises to adopt rules governing a public works small business certification plan. • Removes the requirement for the Department of Enterprise Services to survey and which states provide a bidding preference on public works contracts for their resident contractors. • Requires the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) to review construction cost escalation data for Washington State. • Requires CPARB to make recommendations to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on adjustments to existing contracting thresholds.

    HB 1320 Personnel records (Reed) H Labor & Workpl

    Concerning access to personnel records. (See SB 5061)

    HB 1342 Embodied carbon reductions (Steele) H Cap Budget

    Modeling, measurement, and reporting embodied carbon emission reductions from structural building products in state-funded projects.

    Feb 02 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Capital Budget at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1361 State employment (Abbarno) H Approps

    Updating statutes related to state employment by removing obsolete language, eliminating unnecessary reports, conforming a reporting period to fiscal year, and modernizing employee pay procedures.

    Feb 01 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1362 Reports (Stearns) H Exec Action

    WDVA FN: Improving government efficiency related to reports by state agencies by eliminating reports, changing the frequency of reports, and providing an alternative method for having information publicly available in place of reports.

    Feb 01 Scheduled for executive

    HB 1370 Securities whistleblowers (Reeves) H ConsPro&Bus

    Providing the payment of awards to whistleblowers who report violations of state or federal securities laws and providing protection to whistleblowers and internal reporters.

    Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Business at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1398 Economic development info. (Chapman) H Labor & Workpl

    Requiring state agencies to share information to encourage economic development.

    HB 1451 Child care workforce (Senn) H Human Svc, You

    HB: Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to establish a child care worker pilot program to establish or expand student instruction in early childhood development. • Requires the OSPI to work with qualifying schools to develop model materials that can be used by other districts with an interest in establishing or expanding early childhood development instructional offerings to students. • Requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to develop a model program manual for a program to assist middle and high school aged youth who routinely care for younger relatives or other children. • Requires the DCYF to develop detailed recommendations to utilize funds to expand the substitute pool for child care and early learning providers and provide additional career coaching to substitute providers. • Requires the DCYF to administer a grant program to provide grants to one or more organizations that focus on working with child care workers to establish new affordable, high quality child care and early learning programs.

    Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services, Youth, & Early Learning at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1463 State employee transport. (Caldier) H State Govt & T

    Requiring the state to provide transportation to state employees when certain conditions are met.

    HB 1464 Ransomware/state (Hackney) H State Govt & T

    WDVA FN: Concerning the protection of critical constituent and state operational data against the financial and personal harm caused by ransomware and other malicious cyber activities.

    HB 1471 State procurement procedures (Stearns) H Exec Action

    Modifying state procurement procedures for competitive, sole source, convenience, and emergency goods and services contracts.

    Feb 01 Scheduled for executive session

    HB 1533 PRA/employee information (Mena) H State Govt & T

    Exempting the disclosure of certain information of agency employees or their dependents who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, or stalking.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1566 Vacation leave accrual (Bateman) H Labor & Workpl

    Concerning vacation leave accrual for state employees

    HB 1568 Long-term care professionals (Chambers) H Postsec Ed & W

    Concerning the credentialing of certified health care professionals providing longterm care services.

    HB 1571 Nursing facility rates (Tharinger) H Approps

    Concerning nursing facility rates.

    HB 1583 Certified peer specialists (Eslick) H HC/Wellness

    Creating the profession of certified peer specialists

    Feb 03 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    HB 1593 RN PTSD/industrial insurance (Macri) H Labor & Workpl

    Concerning industrial insurance coverage for posttraumatic stress disorders affecting registered nurses.

    HB 1718 Parks/health & wellness (Rule) H HC/Wellness

    Creating the "parks Rx" health and wellness pilot programs.

    SB 5061 Personnel records (Kuderer) S Labor & Comm

    SB: Requires an employer to furnish an employee with a complete, unredacted copy of their personnel file at no cost within 14 days of a request. • Mandates an employer to furnish a former employee with a signed written statement with the effective date of discharge, whether the employer had a reason for the discharge, and if so, the reasons, within 14 days of the written request. • Allows an employee to bring a private action for violations of certain rights regarding personnel files and discharge information and entitles the employee to equitable relief, graduated statutory damages up to $1,000, and reasonable attorneys' fees and costs of each violation.

    Jan 12 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 8:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    SB 5095 Parks/health & wellness (Nobles) S Ways & Means

    SB: Directs the Department of Health and an advisory committee to establish at least three, two-year long parks Rx health and wellness pilot programs in Puget Sound, Eastern Washington, and Southwest Washington.

    SB 5139 Vaccination refusal (Fortunato) S Health & Long

    Providing protections for Washington residents who decline COVID-19 vaccinations or who were terminated for refusing vaccination.

    SB 5141 WMS bargaining (Hunt) S Ways & Means

    Granting Washington management service employees the right to collectively bargain.

    Jan 31 Scheduled for executive session

    SB 5186 Contracting/discrimination (Liias) S Labor & Comm

    SB: Requires state contracts for public works, and goods and services to contain nondiscrimination clauses.

    Jan 16 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 10:30 AM

    SB 5187 Operating budget (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

    Jan 10 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    SB 5188 Operating budget, supp. (Rolfes) S Ways & Means

    Jan 10 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    SB 5200 Capital budget (Mullet) S Ways & Means

    Jan 12 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    SB 5217 Musculoskeletal injuries/L&I (Dhingra) S Labor & Comm

    Concerning the state's ability to regulate certain industries and risk classes to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

    Jan 24 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SSB 5268 Public works procurement SGE(Hasegawa) S Ways & Means

    WDVA FN: SSB Modifies small works roster requirements to address equity and efficiencies in public works procurement. • Updates and revises the small and limited works roster process to increase administrative efficiency. • Requires the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises to adopt rules governing a public works small business certification plan. • Removes the requirement for the Department of Enterprise Services to survey and which states provide a bidding preference on public works contracts for their resident contractors. • Requires the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) to review construction cost escalation data for Washington State. • Requires CPARB to make recommendations to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on adjustments to existing contracting thresholds.

    Jan 27 Scheduled for executive session

    SB 5273 Employee information/unions (Valdez) S Labor & Comm

    SB: Requires certain public employers to provide exclusive bargaining representatives information, such as contact information, date of hire, salary, and jobsite location, of employees in bargaining units if the employer has that information in its records. • Allows an exclusive bargaining representative to bring a court action if a public employer fails to comply with the requirement to provide information.

    Jan 23 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 10:30 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SSB 5286 Paid leave premiums LC(Robinson) S Passed 3rd

    SSB: Amends the premium rate calculation in the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (PFML) to be based on a specified formula rather than the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Account (Account) balance ratio on September 30th of the previous year. • Sets a maximum rate of 1.2 percent and removes the Employment Security Department's authority to assess a solvency surcharge if the Account balance ratio falls below a certain threshold. • Removes expired and outdated language in the PFML premium provisions.

    SB 5349 Postretirement employment (Conway) S Ways & Means

    SB: Permits certain retirees of the state's retirement systems that took a specific early retirement option to work in a retirement system-covered position prior to reaching age 65, for up to 867 hours per year without a suspension of their retirement benefits.

    Jan 23 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5356 Procurement/automated system (Hasegawa) S Environment, E

    WDVA FN: Establishing guidelines for government procurement and use of automated decision systems in order to protect consumers, improve transparency, and create more market predictability. Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY.

    SB 5420 Plan 2 members/insurance (Conway) S Ways & Means

    SB: Permits specified individuals who separate from service from positions covered by the Public Employees', School Employees', and Teachers' Retirement System Plans 2, but do not retire, the opportunity to participate in the retiree benefits of the Public Employees' Benefits Board. • Limits participation to individuals who separate from service on or after January 1, 2024, and who are at least age 55 with 20 years of service in the included state pension plans.

    Jan 23 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5428 State procurement procedures (Valdez) S State Govt & E

    Modifying state procurement procedures for competitive, sole source, convenience, and emergency goods and services contracts

    SB 5454 RN PTSD/industrial insurance (Cleveland) S Labor & Comm

    Concerning industrial insurance coverage for posttraumatic stress disorders affecting registered nurses.

    Jan 26 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5472 Hard-to-place job seekers (Gildon) S Labor & Comm

    Providing incentives to employers to hire certain hard-to-place job seekers.

    SB 5479 Long-term care/referendum (Schoesler) S Labor & Comm

    Repealing the long-term services and supports trust program.

    SB 5485 Public employees/child care (Shewmake) S State Govt & E

    Concerning public employee reimbursement for child and adult dependent care expenses.  Allows for payment for or reimbursement for reasonable and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, including child care or adult dependent care expenses, for elected and appointed officials and state employees while engaged on official business away from their designated posts of duty.

    Jan 31 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5518 Ransomware/state (Boehnke) S Environment, E

    WDVA FN: Concerning the protection of critical constituent and state operational data against the financial and personal harm caused by ransomware and other malicious cyber activities.

    Feb 03 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5526 Nursing facility rates (Van De Wege) S Health & Long
    Nursing facility rates
    SB 5538 Postretirement/nursing (Cleveland) S Ways & Means

    Concerning postretirement employment in nursing positions for a state agency.  (From the bill:  (b) Between the effective date of this section and July 1, 2026, a retiree who has satisfied the break in employment requirement of subsection (1) of this section, and who enters service in a nursing position for a state agency, shall continue to receive pension payments while engaged in such service, until the retiree has rendered service for more than 1,040 hours in a calendar year.)

    SB 5547 Nursing pool transparency (Robinson) S Health & Long
    SB 5555 Certified peer specialists (Randall) S Higher Ed & Wo

    SB: Establishes the new professions of certified peer specialist and certified peer specialist trainee to be certified by the Department of Health. • Specifies training and educational pathways and requirements to earn a certificate to engage in the practice of peer support services. • Directs the Health Care Authority to develop the trainings and examinations required to become certified. • Establishes training requirements for certified peer specialists practicing as peer crisis responders.

    Feb 01 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (2023)

    SB 5571 Public records act requests (Rivers) S State Govt & E

    Limiting frivolous claims by modifying administrative and judicial review processes for public records request responses.

    SB 5582 Nurse supply (Holy) S Higher Ed & Wo

    WDVA FN: SB: Requires the state board for community and technical colleges to develop a plan to increase credential opportunities in nursing. • Creates nursing education opportunities at community and technical colleges and within the Department of Veterans Affairs. • Modifies program approval and training requirements under the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. • Creates the High School Student Certified Nursing Assistant Pilot Program. • Modifies the basic education funding formula to reduce class sizes in skills centers.

    Feb 1 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development at 8:00 AM (Subject to change)

    SB 5586 Paid leave data (King) S Labor & Comm

    Concerning employees' paid family or medical leave data

    Feb 02 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce at 8:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action. (2023)

    SB 5625 Public employee retirees (Liias) S Ways & Means

    Concerning public employee retirees

    SB 5641 African heritage week (Fortunato) S State Govt & E

    Establishing African heritage week.

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