Long-Term Care and Sasquatch: An Update on the Legislative Session

Editor’s note: This commentary was originally published on the Employment Security Department’s legislative blog.

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From ESD Government Relations Director Nick Streuli:

Today marks the first policy cutoff date for bills to pass their respective committees to remain alive, followed by next Tuesday’s fiscal cutoff date. Once we pass these milestones, the number of daily bill introductions will drop significantly. Then, legislative and agency staff will switch gears from analyzing new bills to reviewing amendments, substitutes and other proposed changes to bills we are watching.

A few highlights from the past week:

  • Members have introduced nearly 1,400 bills so far.
  • ESD’s Long-Term Care agency request bill – SB 6267 – passed out of policy committee.

Legislative factoid
Did you know the state tree is a Western Hemlock? How about the state’s dance, gem or waterfall? Symbols often are adopted after a concerted effort by citizens, organizations or school children to request a bill and have an item recognized for its importance to the state.

On a similar note, the Legislature is once again trying to adopt Sasquatch as the official cryptid (a creature that has been claimed to exist but never proven to exist) of Washington state, but it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Maybe next session.

 

ICSEW Bill Alert: SB 6672

As part of its work, the ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee provides Bill Alerts during the current legislative cycle. Its purpose is to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them.

As state employees, we cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals in accordance with RCW 42.52.160 and RCW 42.52.180, laws concerning ethics in public service and use of public resources for political campaigns.

ICSEW asks that you share opinions in an ethical way, using your own personal time, phone, computers, devices and resources.

View full image here: ICSEW Bill Alert SB 6672

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ICSEW Bill Alert SJ 5291

As part of its work, the ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee provides Bill Alerts during the current legislative cycle. Its purpose is to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them.

As state employees, we cannot use state time or resources to lobby for or against legislative proposals in accordance with RCW 42.52.160 and RCW 42.52.180, laws concerning ethics in public service and use of public resources for political campaigns.

ICSEW asks that you share opinions in an ethical way, using your own personal time, phone, computers, devices and resources.

View full image here: 2020 Bill Alert SJ 5291

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2019 Transition Celebration Recap

Story and Photos by Tanyah Williams, Washington State Patrol
& Rachel Friederich  ICSEW Communications Chair
 

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ICSEW members listen to a tour guide inside the Legislative Building rotunda

More than 60 ICSEW members and guests attended the ICSEW’s annual Transition Ceremony & Celebration at the Washington State Legislative Building in Olympia July 16. 

The ICSEW welcomed 31 people who had become representatives or alternate members for their state agencies over the past fiscal year. The ICSEW also recognized 20 representatives and alternate representatives who had completed their service.

It also included two professional development trainings and an update from Rep. Doglio about new legislation impacting women and families that went into effect July 1 and work of the Washington State Women’s Commission.  The commission works to improve the well-being of all women in the state of Washington. It has up of nine voting members and four seats held by legislators who serve as non-voting advisory members. Doglio holds one of the legislative member seats.

Renee Smith

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Renee Smith talks about making work more human

Renee Smith, Director of the Workplace Transformation at the Results Washington, Office of the Governor, spoke on Human Work:  Leading and Teaming in an Era of Empathy.   

Smith says the best, most productive teams, are ones that make workplaces more human though loving gestures. But historically, workers have been trained to work in environments that are the opposite of love: fear.

Smith did research on this phenomenon by collecting “fear” and “love” themed stories form employees about how they were treated by leaders.  She said in fear environments, people:

  • Do not know how to be successful after change
  • Betrayed
  • Humiliated
  • Isolated during personal crisis
  • Uncomfortable during personal crisis

By contrast, in love-centered environments, employees said they:

  • Leaders cared about them
  • Had a healthy team/family
  • Felt supported in a personal crisis

So how do we make work more human?

Smith offered these tips:

  • Be there for each other
  • No more “Mean Girls” (raise each other up and don’t gossip about each other)
  • Question assumptions
  • Question ideal-era norms

She concluded her presentation with these words of wisdom:

  1. When people are comfortable, they perform better.
  2. Take off your mask.  They hide our real beauty.  They prevent us from connecting authentically.
  3.  Align words and actions.
  4. Bring our whole selves and welcome others to bring theirs.
  5. Transform workplaces with love and empathy.”

Beth Doglio

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Rep. Beth Doglio gives an update about the Women’s Commission

Doglio, who represents the state’s 22nd legislative district, said the commission identified 15 priority bills in the 2019 legislative session, 11 of which passed. Doglio talked about a few of the bills enatacted into law at the Transition Celebration including:

  • HB 1303, which removes certain restrictions on subsidized health care for students at higher education institutions
  • HB 1713, which improves law enforcement response to mission and murdered Native American Women
  • HB 1166, which provides funding to eliminate a backlog of more than 10,000 untested rape kits
  • HB 1696,legislation designed to reduce the gender wage gap which prevents private employers from asking perspective candidates about their past wage histories
  • SB 5258, which would require companies that employ people who work in isolated environments (such as hostel housekeepers, janitors and security guards) to provide electronic panic buttons and sexual harassment prevention training

Linda Tilson

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Linda Tilson talks about the ins and outs of networking

All attendees participated in a ‘lunch and learn’ session “Networking from a Place of Giving,” with Linda Tilson. Tilson is the co-founder of Coaching Hub.  Coaching Hub is a coaching platform that connects clients, coaches and people that support coaches together in order to accomplish their mission and vision.

Participants learned how to network using “appreciative inquiry.” Tilson says the concept of this form of networking is to “train your brain to actively listen.”

She says when most people go to a networking session, they’re taught the “30-second elevator pitch,” which is often rehearsed and scripted with key points you want to say.  But when you use appreciative inquiry, your mission is to listen to what a person is saying to find out what’s important to them.

“You lead with love, and logic comes second,” Tilson said.

For the exercise, participants paired up with a partner to respond to the question “If you could do more of something, what would it be?”  The person who was listening was supposed to ask follow-up questions to their partner to learn about the other person’s passions. At the end of the exercise, each participant had to introduce their partner and talk about something they learned about the person.

Tilson said by using “appreciative inquiry” in networking, it sets you up for more organic conversations and gives you more opportunities to share information freely and openly.

Meeting Minutes, along with the annual report and Transition Celebration program can be found here.