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2017 LEGISLATURE

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

    RECENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS

    Posted: Jan 26, 2015
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    Legislative Session Update

    The 2015 Legislature convened on Monday, January 12 for the 105-day session.   A flurry of early action on fire-related bills has kept us all busy.  Nearly 60 bills are already on the tracking list as of this writing, with plenty more expected in the coming weeks. For a complete list of fire service bills, position papers and other information see:WFC Legislative Site. To view testimony live or recorded earlier go to TVW and search by bill number or committee that is hearing the bill...

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