5
Feb

Employment & Finance Bills

Employment On Saturday, the House Appropriations Committee heard HB 2633, sponsored by Rep. Doglio (D-Olympia), adding certain medical conditions to the presumption of occupational diseases for police and firefighters. Police and firefighter representatives testified in favor of the bill while staff from the Association of Washington Cities and WSAC opposed the bill. WSAC staff testimony was focused on the local

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28
Jan

Week 4 – Employment & Finance

Employment Last week, the House Labor and Workplace Committee passed HB 2633, sponsored by Rep. Doglio (D-Olympia), adding certain medical conditions to the presumption of occupational diseases for police and firefighters. The bill passed on a vote of 5-2. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee passed SB 6213 on a vote of 5-3, sponsored by Senator Ranker (D-Orcas Island), the

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22
Jan

Finance & Employment Issues

Employment Last week, the House passed HB 1655, sponsored by Rep. Lovick (D-Mill Creek), which provides for industrial insurance coverage for stress-caused mental disorders and disabilities for police and firefighters. The bill passed 85-11 and now will be considered in the Senate. Additionally, the House Labor and Workplace Committee considered HB 2633, sponsored by Rep. Doglio (D-Olympia), adding certain medical

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14
Jan

Presumptive Disease Coverage

Employment: On Monday, both the House and Senate labor committees will consider legislation changing presumptive disease coverage. HB 2633 and SB 6213 expand presumptive disease coverage to fire investigators and add the following new diseases: Strokes for fire personnel, if experienced within 72 hours of exposure to smoke, fumes or toxic substances, or experienced within 24 hours of strenuous physical

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