The 2017 Legislative Session begins in January of 2017. The Washington Fire Chiefs Legislative Committee has polled our members to establish our “Top 5 Goals” for the 2016 session, which were presented for adoption at our conference in Spokanethe end of May. In addition, you will see bills we are following for 2017 begin to be added to the bill tracker as the session starts. The following has been established as our 2017 direction (the 2018 Top 5 Legislative Priorities will be set at the WFC Conference on May 25th):

    • Sustainable Fire/EMS funding (examples)
      ~Raise the E.M.S. levy cap to $.75/$1000 of A.V. 
      ~Change fire levy funding to mirror port authorities which are outside the $10 constitutional limit 
      ~Simple majority for RFA benefit service charge renewal 
      ~Restructure the 1% Lid Limit
      ~Tax exempt facilities required to enter contract for fire protection

    • RFA structural equity with fire districts

    • Statewide CBRNE response planning & funding

    • Capital improvements for Fire Training Academy

    • Support recommendations from volunteer recruitment & retention incentives committee (examples)     
      ~Volunteer FF’s opt into employer medical insurance pool       
      ~Employer tax credit for volunteer FF response during working hours


    Posted: Jul 9, 2015
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    Legislative Session Update

    The Third Special Session of the 2015 Legislature began Sunday, June 28 after a tentative deal on the Operating Budget was reached early morning Saturday, June 27.  Both the House and Senate passed the Operating Budget on Monday, June 29, and the Governor signed it into law shortly thereafter, thus avoiding a partial government shutdown.  But while the Operating Budget has been passed, as well as the Capital Budget and new gas tax increase for the Transportation Revenue Package, there is still work to be done, as disagreements linger regarding the potential suspension of I-1351 regarding reductions in class sizes for grades 4-12, as well as on the bonding components of the Capital and Transportation budgets.  It is expected that legislators will return to Olympia sometime after the Fourth of July holiday in hopes of completing their work sooner than later.

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    Posted: Feb 5, 2015
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    Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with SB 5840 and HB 2007.  These legislative bills will provide the enabling legislation needed to create a State Plan Amendment "SPA" which will allow Washington's public ambulance providers to participate in the Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT) supplemental reimbursement program, through the federal government...

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