DRAFT Legislative Calendar:

  • January 8, 2017: First day of session
  • February 2: Policy Committee Cutoff – House of Origin
  • February 6: Fiscal Committee Cutoff – House of Origin
  • February 14: House of Origin Cutoff
  • February 23: Policy Committee Cutoff – Opposite House
  • February 26: Fiscal Committee Cutoff – Opposite House
  • March 2: Opposite House Cutoff
  • March 8: Last Day of regular session under state constitution

 

Note: Cutoff dates for the 2018 session are not official until adopted by concurrent resolution of the House and Senate.

A summary of each bill will appear below as information becomes available. Links provide detail.

 

LEOFF 2 Board Bills

Addressing the Definition of Veteran (HB 2701/SB 6377)

HB 2701: Addressing the Definition of Veteran

  • Adds a provision that ensures members are eligible for free interruptive military service credit for multiple deployments to the same conflict
  • Adds an end date in statute for the end of the Gulf War
  • Adds two combat operations for which free interruptive military service credit was not eligible to be granted, because the operations were not listed in the definition of veteran
    • Inherent Resolve, Iraq and Syria
    • Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan

SB 6377: Addressing the Definition of Veteran

  • Companion bill to HB 2701

 

Bills Impacting LEOFF 2

2017-18 Supplemental Operating Budget (HB 2299/SB 6032)

HB 2299: Making Supplemental Operating Appropriations

Two items regarding LEOFF 2 are present in the Governor’s supplemental budget proposal:

  • No change to proposed LEOFF 2 contribution rate
  • $50M appropriated for the Benefit Improvement Account

Status:

SB 6032: Making Supplemental Operating Appropriations

Companion bill to HB 2299

Extending Presumptive Benefits for LEOFF Members (HB 2633/SB 6213)

HB 2633: Addressing the presumption of occupational disease for purposes of workers’ compensation by adding medical conditions to the presumption and extending the presumption to certain publicly employed firefighters and investigators and law enforcement

Status:

  • January 22 at 1:30 PM – Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Labor & Work Place Standards (Committee Materials)
  • January 15 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards (Committee Materials | Video Link)
SB 6213: Addressing the presumption of occupational disease for purposes of workers’ compensation by adding medical conditions to the presumption and extending the presumption to certain publicly employed firefighters and investigators and law enforcement
  • Expands presumptive disease coverage to include stroke, mesothelioma, adenocarcinoma, certain cancers and MRSA
  • Expands coverage to fully compensated EMTs working for a LEOFF 2 employer and public fire investigators
  • Expands coverage to law enforcement officers for heart problems, stroke, and infectious diseases

Status:

Providing Worker's Compensation for Stress-caused Disabilities of LEOFF Members (SHB 1655/SB 6214)

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

  • Allows for claims resulting from repeated exposure
  • Claims can be filed within two years of the doctor’s diagnosis

SB 6214: Allowing industrial insurance coverage for post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) of law enforcement and firefighters

  • Allows for claims resulting from repeated exposure
  • Claims can be filed within two years of the doctor’s diagnosis
  • Establishes PTSD as a presumptive disease for LEOFF members
    • Requires PTSD screening for new hires
Status:

Property Tax Exemption for Military and LEOFF Survivors (SB 6300)

SB 6300: Concerning the creation of a property tax exemption for spouses of military members or first responders killed in the line of duty

  • Proposes to provide a property tax exemption for spousal survivors of military or first responders killed in the line of duty
  • Exemption begins the year following the claim
  • Claimant must be occupying the residence at the time of filing
  • Claimant must own the residence in full or partial at the time of filing

Definition of Employer and Fire Department (HB 2786)

HB 2786:Concerning membership in the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ retirement system plan 2 for firefighters employed by the department of corrections or the department of social and health services and serving at a prison or civil commitment center located on an island

  • Adds the department of social and health services and the department of corrections when employing firefighters serving at a prison or civil commitment center on an island to the list of employers for LEOFF Plan 2
  • Adds “Fire department” to the list of definitions in LEOFF 2, as “a fire station operated by the department of social and health services or the department of corrections when employing firefighters serving a prison or civil commitment center on an island”