November 2020 Meeting Preview

Legislature and Getting to Know Your Subcommittees

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Joanna Eide, assistant director of government and external relations for the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, OMBWE, will give a presentation on the Washington state legislature at the ICSEW’s November meeting. Following her presentation, meeting attendees will be divided into breakout rooms to learn about the ICSEW’s subcommittees and participate in interactive subcommittee work.

The meeting will take place via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, November 17.

About Joanna Eide: Eide joined OMBWE as its government and external relations director of January of 2020. Eide also serves as the agency’s tribal liaison as well as its small business liaison. Prior to OMBWE, Joanna was the legislative director at the Department of Natural Resources, where she developed, managed, and oversaw all legislative affairs for the agency. Prior to DNR, she was the Policy and Rules Coordinator and Tribal Liaison at the Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Subcommittee Breakout Room Instructions

ICSEW representatives and alternates will need to select a subcommittee at the time of registration. The registration link will have the option to select a subcommittee. You will be assigned to the subcommittee you selected at the time you register. If you select “uunsure” to which subcommittee to learn about/join, you will have the option to select one during the meeting.

Note: All ICSEW representatives are required to serve on at least one subcommittee during their term. The ICSEW has eight subcommittees to choose from: communications, conference, legislative & policy, membership, mentorship, professional development, public outreach and partnerships. Descriptions on the subcommittees’ work can be found here or by visiting each subcommittee page.

Registration Information

Zoom: To participate via Zoom, please register for the meeting on EventBrite.

 After you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link.

The agenda will be posted to the ICSEW current agenda page at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Facebook Live: To attend the meeting via Facebook, please visit the ICSEW’s Facebook page at the time of the meeting. A recording of the meeting will also be posted to the ICSEW’s Facebook page under the videos tab a couple of days after the meeting.

Meeting Etiquette

Please refrain from using the video function during presentations. Due to a high volume of attendees, it can put a strain on broadband and disrupt the audio and visuals of the presenters. We welcome—and encourage—you to turn your cameras back on during smaller group breakout sessions.

Learn about the Legislature at ICSEW Nov. 2019 Meeting

ICSEW Representatives 2019

The Legislative process can be complex and confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. The ICSEW’s November meeting will have sessions on understanding the legislative process, how to track bills that are important to you and easy ways to engage with your legislators and make them work for you.

The meeting takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Washington State Department of Corrections’ Headquarters building (the Edna Lucille Goodrich building), 7345 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater. All regular ICSEW meetings are free and open to anyone, regardless of gender or employment status. An hour-long ICSEW executive board meeting immediately follows the regular meeting, which is also open for attendees to observe.

Parking:

Parking is limited. The DOC has a few visitor spaces and there are a few spaces on 78th Ave. However, we encourage carpooling or utilizing the Mountain View Church parking lot which is located at the corner of Linderson Way and Israel Road. Please make sure to have photo ID with you at check-in. InterCity Transit also provides free bus fare for state employees with a STAR pass. To receive your star pass, please contact your agency’s commute trip reduction coordinator.

Session Presenters

Nick Streuli, Legislative & Executive Operations Director, Employment Security Department Getting Involved in the 2019-20 Legislative Session

Nick was appointed as the Legislative & Executive Operations Director for the Washington State Employment Security Department in October 2016. Nick has served in a variety of roles most recently as Special Policy Assistant to the Commissioner and Federal Government Liaison.

As part of his role with ESD, Nick works with the legislature on unemployment insurance, workforce development, and Paid Family and Medical Leave issues. This includes providing technical assistance to legislators and stakeholders, advising the agency on legislative strateg, and advocating for legislation to develop the nation’s best and most future ready workforce with opportunities for all.

Former Washington State Sen. Karen Fraser, Legislature 101

Karen Fraser (born September 12, 1944) was a Washington State Senator (Democrat) and served 24 years in the Washington State Senate, representing the 22nd Legislative District, which includes OlympiaLaceyTumwater, and north Thurston County.

She held many senior leadership positions in the Senate including: Democratic Caucus Chair; Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee; Chair of the Capital Budget; Chair of the Senate’s administrative committee; and Chair of policy committees pertaining to environment, energy, water, parks and recreation, shorelines, Puget Sound and state employee pensions. She served on the Rules Committee and on many other policy committees.

Prior to serving in the Senate, she served four years as a state representative. She served as a local elected official for 15 years, including becoming the first woman mayor of Lacey, second woman Thurston County Commissioner, and the first woman president of the Washington State Association of Counties.

Paid Family Leave and BRG Roundtable

The meeting will also include a session on Paid Family Medical Leave, presented by April Amundson, a policy and rules manager for the Employment Security Department, as well as a lunchtime panel with a RAIN Business Resource Group representative. RAIN stands for Rainbow Alliance Inclusion Network. RAIN helps Washington state create safe and inclusive workplaces where every LGBTQ+ employee can bring their authentic self to work, enabling them to do their best work for Washingtonians. Ayanna Coleman will be leading the panel discussion.

Statewide business resource groups, BRGs, bring together groups of employees and their allies who have a common interest or characteristic. A list of Business Resource Groups is on the Office of Financial Management’s website.

Registration

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For more information about the difference ICSEW makes in the lives of Washingtonians visit our website at www.icsew.wa.gov

View the agenda here.

Bill Alert: SB 5327

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ICSEW BILL ALERT SB 5327

Expanding career connected learning opprotunities

Link to the bill: SB 5327

Why does this bill matter to you?

Creates a career connected learning cross-agency work group to:

  • Scale up and expand high-quality career connected learning opportunities in communities across the state; and
  • Coordinate agency functions and external partnerships and carry out certain duties and responsibilities.

Establishes the career connected learning grant program as a competitive grant program to advance the strategic plan. Creates the career connected learning account and allows the employment security department to use funds deposited in the account for purposes of the grant program. Requires the following to employ or contract with at least one career connected learning coordinator: The state board for community and technical colleges, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the regional universities, and The Evergreen State College. Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board, in cooperation with operating agencies of the state training system and private career schools and colleges, to: Ensure that expansion of K-12 and postsecondary opportunities for career connected learning is incorporated into the state plan adopted for the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins career and technical education improvement act.

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: HB 1601

Bill alert HB 1601

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ICSEW BILL ALERT HB 1601

Creating universal worker protections act

Link to the bill: HB 1601

Why does this bill matter to you?

Creates the Employee Fair Classification Act, which creates new provisions prohibiting the misclassification of employees as independent contractors and creates remedies, including civil penalties and damages.

  • Provides for the creation of workers’ boards, when certain thresholds are met, to set minimum pay rates and other labor standards for workers in certain industries.
  • Establishes procedures for creating portable benefits for workers in certain industries.
  • Specifies certain rights for workers and prohibits retaliation.
  • Requires contributing agents to provide data and reports about workers.
  • Requires the Department of Labor and Industries to investigate complaints, impose sanctions, conduct surveys, and fulfill other duties.

 

 

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: SB 5395

Bill alert SB 5395

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ICSEW BILL ALERT SB 5395

Concerning comprehensive sexual health education

Link to the bill: SB 5395

Why does this bill matter to you?

How does it apply to state employed women?

Requires each public school, by September 1, 2020, to provide comprehensive sexual health education as an integral part of the curriculum that is evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive for all students regardless of their protected class status under the state civil rights act, and includes information and skills-based instruction that:

(1) Encourages healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection and are free from violence, coercion, and intimidation;

(2) Teaches how to identify and respond to attitudes and behaviors that contribute to sexual violence; and

(3) Emphasizes the importance of affirmative consent as a requirement before sexual activity. Requires instruction and materials to be inclusive and use language and strategies that recognize all members of a protected class under the state civil rights act. Requires the superintendent of public instruction to develop comprehensive sexual health education instructional materials review tools and make them available on his or her web site.

 

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: HB1056

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ICSEW BILL ALERT HB 1056

CREATING A TASK FORCE TO IDENTIFY THE ROLE OF THE WORKPLACE IN HELPING CURB DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Link to the bill: HB 1056

Why does this bill matter to you?

How does it apply to state employed women?

Since government is a large employer, findings from this task force could affect state agencies.

  • Creates a Joint Legislative Task Force on domestic violence and workplace resources to identify the role of the workplace in helping to curb domestic violence.

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: SB 5393

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ICSEW BILL ALERT SB 5393: College Promise Scholarship

Link to the bill: SB 5393

Why does this bill matter to you?

How does it apply to state employed women?

Creates the Washington college promise scholarship program to:
(1) Replace the state need grant program; and
(2) Provide a statewide free college program for eligible participants and greater access to post secondary education for state residents.

Requires the office of student financial assistance to:
(1) Implement and administer the program;
(2) Establish rules for implementation of the program; and
(3) Award Washington college promise scholarships to eligible students beginning in academic year 2021-2022.

  • Requires the legislature to appropriate funding for the program.
  • Requires the caseload forecast council to estimate the anticipated caseload of the program and submit the caseload forecast.
  • Repeals certain statutes in chapter 28B.92 RCW regarding the state need grant program.
  • Repeals chapter 28B.119 RCW (the Washington promise scholarship program).

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: SB 5139

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ICSEW BILL ALERT SB 5139: Concerning Daylight Savings Time

Link to the bill: SB 5139

Current Status from leg.wa.gov:

Why does this bill matter to you?

How does it apply to state employed women?

Declares an intent to observe daylight saving time year-round, if authorized by United States Congress, & review potential impact the time zone has on border communities between this state and other states to determine whether to seek authorization through the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to change to Mountain Std Time year-round if Daylight Savings is not authorized by Congress.

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: HB 1053

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ICSEW BILL ALERT HB 1053: Concerning Feminine Hygiene Tax

Link to the bill: HB 1053

Current Status from leg.wa.gov:

Why does this bill matter to you?

How does it apply to state employed women?

  • Provides a sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products.

 

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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:

Bill Alert: HB 1039

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Bill Alert HB1039Adobe PDF Document

ICSEW BILL ALERT HB 1039: Concerning opioid overdose medication at kindergarten through twelfth grade schools and higher education institutions

Link to the bill: HB 1039

Current Status from leg.wa.gov:

  • Dec 10: Prefiled for introduction.
  • Jan 14: First reading, referred to Health Care & Wellness. (View Original Bill)
  • Jan 25: Public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM. (Committee Materials)
  • Feb 6: Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)
  • Feb 8: Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). (Committee Materials)

Why does this bill matter to you?

How does it apply to state employed women?

Increases access to opioid overdose medication at kindergarten through twelfth grade schools and institutions of higher education. Authorizes a school to obtain and maintain opioid overdose medication through a standing order. Requires the office of the superintendent of public instruction to: (1) In consultation with the department of health, develop opioid-related overdose policy guidelines and training requirements for public schools and school districts; and (2) Develop and administer a grant program to provide funding to public schools with any of grades kindergarten through twelve and public institutions of higher education to train personnel on the administration of the medication to respond to symptoms of an overdose. Requires a public institution of higher education with a residence hall housing at least one hundred students to develop a plan for: (1) The maintenance and administration of opioid overdose medication in and around the residence hall; and (2) The training of designated personnel to administer the medication.

Find Your Legislators

Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000

Note:

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: