Legislative & Policy Subcommittee


Improve the lives of state-employed women by making policy recommendations to the Governor and state agencies with respect to desirable changes in program and law especially in the area of education, training, career development, and other conditions of employment.


Chair: Lonna Hocker, Department of Revenue

Co-Chair: Melissa Cheesman, Utilities and Transportation

What We Do

  • Represent the voice of women through ICSEW
  • Advise the Governor concerning changes to legislation, rules, regulations, and policies relating to improving the lives of state-employed women.
  • Advise state agencies on policy and workplaces issues relating to improving the lives of state-employed women.
  • Train subcommittee members to track and report on legislation
  • Prepare a Special Legislative Issue of the InterAct Newsletter after the legislative session ends

2017 Legislative Session

Update 1/25/2017

The ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee is tracking bills that may be of interest to state-employed women. Here’s a partial list of bills we’re tracking. We encourage you to take a few minutes, on your own time to learn about these proposals and share your opinion with your senator and representatives. To find their contact information, use this link: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder. To learn how to share your opinion on specific bills, use this link: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/.

HB 1006 Protecting the right to work.
HB 1116/ SB 5032 Implementing family and medical leave insurance.
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 retail sales and use tax.
SB 5073 Concerning recommendations from the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly force in community policing.
SB 5140 Concerning enforcement of the equal pay act and worker communications about wages and employment opportunities.
SB 5149 Addressing paid family leave.