2017 Legislative Session Update

The ICSEW Legislative and Policy Subcommittee is tracking over 250 bills this legislative session. February 17 is the last day for bills to pass out of committee and read them into the record on the floor in the house of origin (except for House fiscal committees and Senate Ways and Means and Transportation committees). Below is a list of bills we’ve been watching that may be of interest to you. We encourage you to follow the links, learn about the bill, then share your opinion with your legislators.

Equal Pay/Employment
HB 1447 Addressing Equal Pay
SB 5140 Concerning enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and worker communications about wages and employment opportunities
HB 1298 Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position

Public Safety and Health
HB 1000/SB 5000/ Concerning the use of deadly force by law enforcement and corrections officers
HB 1529/SB 5073 Concerning recommendations from the Joint Legislative Task Force on the use of deadly force in community policing
SHB 1384/SB 5256 Concerning sexual assault protection orders
SB 5037 Making a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony
SB 5054 Requiring safety belts in school buses
SHB 1163 Concerning domestic violence
SHB 1155 Making felony sex offenses a crime that may be prosecuted at any time after its commission
SHB 1076 Permitting the donation of home-prepared foods to charitable organizations
HB 1141 Concerning a restricted driver’s license for persons who fail to comply with a child support order

Family Medical Leave/Women’s Health
SHB 1434/SB 5295 Adding the use of shared leave for pregnancy disability or for the purposes of parental leave to bond with the employee’s newborn, adoptive, or foster child
HB 1448 Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women
HB 1796 Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women
SB 5479 Establishing a shared parental leave program
SB 5149 Addressing paid family leave
SSB 5084 Providing women with timely information regarding their breast health
HB 1116/SB 5032 Implementing family and medical leave insurance

Tax-Related
SB 5092 Designating the revenue from the sales and use tax on feminine hygiene products to the women helping women grant program
HB 1265/SB 5093 Providing tax relief to females by exempting feminine hygiene products from retails sales and use tax
HB 1457 Creating a sales tax holiday for back-to-school clothing and supplies