The 2017 Legislature is scheduled to be in session January 9 through April 23, 2017. Please note, only a summary of each bill appears below. Click on the links for additional information.

Session Cutoff Dates

  • February 17 – House Policy Committee Cutoff
  • February 24 – House Fiscal Committee Cutoff
  • March 8 – House of Origin Cutoff
  • March 29 – Policy Committee Cutoff – Opposite House
  • April 4 – Fiscal Committee Cutoff – Opposite House
  • April 12 (94th Day*) – Opposite House Cutoff

* After 5 p.m. on the 94th day, only initiatives, alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, messages pertaining to amendments, difference between the houses and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session may be considered.

Full Cutoff Calendar

 

Bills of Interest

Property Tax Exemption for LEOFF Members Killed in the Line of Duty (SB 5104)

SB 5104: Concerning the creation of a property tax exemption for spouses of military members or first responders killed in the line of duty.

Exempts spousal survivor from any legal obligation to pay all or a portion of the amount of excess and regular real property taxes due and payable in the year following the year in which a claim is filed, and thereafter. The spouse must have lived on the property at the time of the claim filing and the exemption can be transferred if the claimant sells, transfers or is displaced from their residence. No more than one claim per residence per year.

Status: No action is being taken at this time.

Providing Worker's Compensation for Stress-caused Disabilities of LEOFF Members (HB 1655)

HB 1655: Providing industrial insurance coverage for stress-caused mental disorders and disabilities of members of the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ retirement system.

Status: Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Appropriations, Thurs., February 23 at 1:30 pm.

Adding Presumptive Occupational Diseases and Medical Conditions to Worker's Compensation Rules for LEOFF Members (SB 5477)

SB 5477: Adding medical conditions to the presumption of occupational diseases and extending the presumption to certain publicly employed firefighters and investigators and law enforcement officers.

Adds fire investigators to the list of eligible personnel. Adds stroke and heart attacks for law enforcement officers under certain conditions. Adds several cancers to the list of presumptions for fire fighters.

Status: Hearing in the Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee, Thurs., February 9 at 1:30 pm.

LEOFF 2 Eligibility for Hospital District EMT's (HB 1932/SB 5659)

SB 5659: Addressing the eligibility of emergency medical technicians employed by public hospital districts for membership in the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ retirement system.

Status: Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Wed., February 22 at 1:30 PM. Committee Materials

HB 1932: Addressing the eligibility of emergency medical technicians employed by public hospital districts for membership in the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ retirement system.

Status: No action is being taken at this time.

Addressing Interruptive Service Credit for LEOFF Members (SB 5661)

SB 5661: Addressing interruptive service credit for members of the law enforcement officers’ and fire fighters’ retirement system.

Redefines “Period of War” by removing the requirement for LEOFF members to have been awarded the respective campaign badge or medal.

Status: Passed through Senate Ways and Means Committee, February 8 and given to Rules Committee for second read.

 

Budget Bills

2017-19 Operating Budget (HB 1067 / SB 5048)

HB 1067 / SB 5048: Making 2017-2019 fiscal biennium operating appropriations.

  • Fully funds the LEOFF 2 contribution rate set by the Board.
  • Does not fund payments due to the LEOFF 2 Benefit Improvement Account for 2017-19.
  • Local governments who contract with businesses to provide public safety services will have to include the state’s contribution rates for those services as required.

1067 Status: A public hearing was held in the House Committee on Appropriations on January 12.

2017 Supplemental Operating Budget (HB 1068 / SB 5047)

HB 1068 / SB 5047: Making 2017 supplemental operating appropriations.

1068 Status: A public hearing was held in the House Committee on Appropriations on January 12.