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2017 LEGISLATURE

The 2018 Legislative Session begins in January of 2018. The Washington Fire Chiefs Legislative Committee has polled our members to establish our “Top 5 Goals” for the 2018 session, which were presented for adoption at our WFC Board Meeting in September based on membership feedback. In addition, you will see bills we are following for 2018 begin to be added to the bill tracker as the session starts. The following has been established as our 2018 direction:

  • Sustainable funding for Fire, Rescue and EMS 
  • Fire Training Academy
  • 1% levy limit restructure
  • GEMT Implementation
  • EMS cap raised to .75/1000AV
  • Change funding to outside $10.00 limit
  • JATC program

  • Wildland Fire Policy Issues
    • Pre-positioning
    • Fast Aerial Attacks
    • Pre-Fire Mitigation 

  • Incentivize Regionalization
    • Identify and Remove Barriers
    • Identify statewide all-hazard response advantages 
    • Funding advantages     

  • Volunteer FF Recruitment and Retention 
    • Consider additional incentives
    • Bolster WFC program
    • Regional coordinator grant 

  • Hazardous Materials Planning and ResponseUpdate State CBRNE plan
    • Oil by Rail Safety
    • Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety

RECENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS

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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