Bill Alert: HB 1145


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ICSEW BILL ALERT HB 1145: Concerning Washington child care access for employees of the state.

Link to the bill: HB 1145

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Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Why does this bill matter to you?

  • Instructs agencies to implement a “bring your infant to work” policy.
  • Creates a sick child shared leave program and shared leave pool.
  • Establishes a pilot project for state employers to match an employee’s Dependent Care Assistance Program contributions.
  • Commissions a survey of state employees about the child care they receive for children under age 12, as well as the challenges they face in accessing and paying for child care.


The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) Legislative and Policy Subcommittee is providing the following Bill Alert as a service to inform state employees on bills that impact us. ICSEW asks that employees remember to share their opinion in an ethical way, on their own time, and using their own phone, computer, or device.

As state employees, we cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals. On your own time and using your own resources let your voice be heard by:

New Committee Chair Announced

Amal Joury website photo

OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is pleased to announce Amal-Noor Joury has been appointed to committee chair, effective January 18, 2019.

Ms. Joury works as a Training and Compliance Analyst at the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises. Ms. Joury moved to Washington state five years ago after spending a decade working as a securities attorney in Boston, Mass. Ms. Joury has worked in state government since October 2017. She began serving as a OMWBE’s representative for ICSEW in November 2017 as the committee’s Women’s Commission Subcommittee Chair.

“I realized that my work with local community organizations had ignited a passion for contributing to the empowerment of women and less advantaged communities,” Ms. Joury said. “I left legal practice and deliberately sought out an organization that would value and encourage my personal growth and allow me to continue to foster those communities. Through the encouragement of my agency’s director, I became the ICSEW representative for OMWBE and saw first-hand how important and valuable ICSEW is to the women of our state.”


January Meeting Recap


What a way to kick off the New Year! We got up close and personal at the Department of Corrections, gracefully rolling with a smaller space than initially anticipated.

You were also patient with our new sign in process – as a result of some incredible work by your Executive Board, ICSEW is able to tap into the State Learning Management System for training credits!

We had several presentations that supported the committee’s values of Wellbeing, Advocacy, Leadership, Integrity, Fostering growth and Empowerment.

  • Gwen Voelpel from Integris Performance Advisors gave tips on how to become a more effective leader by encouraging us to align our actions with our values which leads us to be more authentic and credible. Participants assessed their personality traits using DiSC model. Once participants categorized their prominent traits (Dominant, Influential Steady Conscientious,) Vopel highlighted ways for us to hone our individual styles to build a more cohesive team in the workplace.
  • Elisa Law, from the Washington State Historical Society, provided information on how citizens across the state can join the historical society celebrate the centennial of women’s Through partnerships with the Washington Historical Society, Washington Women’s History Consortium and the Washington State Women’s Commission, there will be many events and ways to celebrate. Votes for Women Centennial grants will be available to fund non-profits and public entities to support programming that celebrates the national suffrage centennial across the State of Washington. The grants will fund programming that will take place in 2020. Grant applications are available at A curriculum will be launched in the summer of 2019 for schools and community groups to use. An in-house exhibit in the history museum will be on going along with traveling exhibits throughout the state. A large celebration is planned in Olympia during August 2020. There are many more ways to celebrate this historic event with information available at and .
  • Jaron Banks, of the Russell Chiropractic Center in Tumwater shared some easy stretching exercises that can be done at one’s desk. He says lots of back problems and chronic bad posture can be addressed by simply moving around more.

Upcoming meeting:

Please make a note: Our next Membership meeting is Tuesday, March 26, at Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501.

Please use the overflow parking at the Mountain View Church of the Nazarene at 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, just a block away.


Speaker: Amy Leneker, Compass Consulting,

Presenting: CliftonStrengths: How to Identify your Strengths and Meet Your Goals will help you identify your top strengths and develop strategies for meeting your goals using those strengths.  You will leave the workshop with a personalized action plan to help you apply your strengths at work and beyond. Whether you’re an individual seeking professional development, or a leader seeking to empower your team, this course will provide the tools and resources needed to use your strengths to meet your goals.  Attend this workshop and find out why people who use their strengths every day feel 6 times more engaged at work!

 LMS Training Credit

ICSEW Membership meetings are available on the State Learning Management System (LMS)! Sign up through LMS to receive credit in your training transcript.  Members and guests are encouraged to sign up through LMS. All regular meetings are free and open to everyone, regardless of gender or employment status. Guests from outside State Government employment are encouraged to use Eventbrite to sign up for meetings.

The full agenda will be posted on

We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP using either LMS or Eventbrite.

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Women’s Commission Outreach Event

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Washington State Women’s Commission Outreach Event

January 28, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30p
Washington Supreme Court Temple of Justice
415 12th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA 98501

You are invited to our Outreach Event! Come enjoy some refreshments, network with local Women’s groups, and hear from the Women’s Commission and our Co-Sponsors: Washington State Gender and Justice commission, Interagency Commitee of State Employed Women, United Way of Thurston County, Women United.

For more information and to RSVP, contact:

January meeting information

ICSEW’s January 15th meeting is fast approaching!

Sign up in ONE of the two following ways:

  1. Search for the meeting on LMS by course name: “WA-State ICSEW- Mastering Team Leadership using the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team”


  1. Use Event Brite:

Visit the ICSEW Upcoming Meetings Page to view the speaker and her bio as well as the link to the meeting agenda.

Parking Information:

There are a limited number of parking spots in the visitor lot. There is also a limited amount of free street parking on 73rd Avenue. Please also use the Mountain View Church parking at 940 Israel Rd SW.


Additional information available on our upcoming meetings page.

Commissioner Kreidler on agenda for November meeting

Commissioner Kriedler is on our agenda for the November 20 membership meeting.

The commissioner plans to talk about the Affordable Care Act, its impact on the nation and particularly our state, along with recent and upcoming challenges. He’ll also note some rules his office is proposing on the reproductive parity act the Legislature approved this year and mention his fourth attempt to get his legislation on surprise medical bills passed.

Don’t forget to RSVP on EventBrite the deadline is tomorrow, 11/16.

Find our more meeting information at:

Friday Legislation Update

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $1.9 Million to Improve Apprenticeship Opportunities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced the award of a $1.9 million contract to develop pilot projects focused on apprenticeship opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in high-growth industries.

ODEP awarded a two-year contract to Social Policy Research Associates Inc. (SPRA) of Oakland, California, to research, develop, test, and evaluate innovative strategies in existing apprenticeship programs that provide skills training to people with disabilities. Efforts will specifically focus on quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship pilots in high-growth industries such as information technology, healthcare, and emerging sectors. SPRA will document and share best practices so that other apprenticeship efforts may replicate promising approaches.

“Apprenticeships are a proven strategy for connecting job creators with motivated, highly skilled workers, yet people with disabilities are disproportionately underrepresented in apprenticeship programs and in the workforce at large,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy. “This project will help us determine ways to ensure people with disabilities acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain an in-demand position in a high-growth business or industry, where jobs pay family sustaining wages.”

Today’s announcement grows out of President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeship in America, which calls for increasing the number of apprentices in the U.S. across all industries.

ODEP works to increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities by developing and influencing policies and practices. For more information on ODEP and this contract award, visit

Agency: Office of Disability Employment Policy

Date: October 11, 2018

Release Number: 18-1620-NAT

Contact: Bennett Gamble

Phone Number: 202-693-4667



Legislation Update

Federal Proposed Legislation:  H.R. 5845 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)

Official Title as Introduced: No Couches for Congress Act

This bill amends the Rules of the House of Representatives to: (1) prohibit Members of the House from using congressional offices or official House resources for personal overnight accommodations, and (2) require the House Committee on Ethics to respond to complaints filed by Members of the House.

The bill also amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow Members of the House a deduction of up to $3,000 for living expenses with an adjustment for inflation after 2018

Get informed

And then Let Your Voice be Heard: Go to My Vote and contact your representatives.


Legislation Update

Federal Proposed Legislation: S. 33147 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)

Official Title as Introduced: Census Equality Act

This bill aims to modify the federal data collection by requiring the collection of information on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in decennial census and the American Community Survey (ACS).

Get informed

And then Let Your Voice be Heard: Go to My Vote and contact your representatives.