Washington is the first state to sign a Long Term Care Act into law. Governor Inslee has signed the LTC Trust Act into law, following approval in the House (55-41) and Senate (26-22). While there are certainly benefits to the idea of long term care insurance, since estimates say 70% of us will need it, this program…

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FME Chamber has a new member, and I am excited for this partnership. But there are not nearly enough people in our business community who know what they do. Their vision, according to Don, “is to be a trusted partner and an asset to our community.” They collaborate with local community colleges provide customized business…

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What is House Bill 2957 A Washington Supreme Court ruling in January found the state Department of Ecology did not have the authority to regulate indirect air emissions, but the Legislature could grant them that authority. House Bill 2957 is the Legislature’s response to that ruling. Rather than restricting the Department of Ecology’s authority to…

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Weekly Legislative ReportFebruary 2, 2020 WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS Since the start of session on January 13, 1,717 new bills have been introduced in the Washington State Legislature, making for a grand total of 4,198 bills this biennium. With six weeks left, February 7 is the last opportunity for a bill to exit policy committees in its…

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Welcome Back Washington State’s 66th Biennium resumed this week in Olympia. Washington’s legislative cycle is two years long, with the sessions lasting 105 days in odd-numbered years and 60 days in even. 2020 is therefore a short session expected to end March 12. New Speaker, New House History was further made on Monday as Rep.…

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Monday, January 13 marks the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session, which looks to be a short, 60 day session that will end on time. The big issues legislators expect to tackle include: Homelessness — the Governor’s budget proposed a $318 million spending increase in this arena Transportation — Legislators must look at how…

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Jan 6 is the last day to submit public comments on the gas tax that The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is proposing. As a Chamber of Commerce, we know this will impact our businesses, as well as us as individual residents of Pierce County. While this tax will not have much of a direct…

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Paid Family and Medical Leave is a benefit for almost all employees in Washington. Starting soon, on January 1, 2020, employees can apply to receive this benefit through the Employment Security Department. Accordingly, employers are required to make sure that your employees have information about the program. This poster from www.paidleave.wa.gov is downloadable and printable.…

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PROPOSAL FOR HIGHEST COST OF GAS IN THE COUNTRY Attend the public hearing December 19th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (12:30-4:30pm and 5-8pm). Provide comments and feedback via email to CleanFuels@pscleanair.org.  All comments are due by January 6, 2020. Learn more: https://www.pscleanair.org/528/Clean-Fuel-Standard

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