In this week’s update:

For more on WSNA’s 2019 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties click here.

Week 10 recap #

Our bills continue to move through the legisla­tive process – and this week one of those bills was highlighted on TVW’s Legisla­tive Review. On Monday, our workplace violence preven­tion bill, HB 1931, was heard by the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee. WSNA member Stevie Lynne Krone, RN and WSNA Associate Director of Public Affairs Travis Elmore, RN testi­fied in support of this legis­la­tion. WSNA member Wes McMahan also joined us in Olympia to lend his support for the rest breaks bill.

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On Tuesday, both our priority bills (workplace violence, HB 1931 and rest breaks, SHB 1155) were voted out of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee. These bills were both referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee, where hearings have been sched­uled for Tuesday, March 26.

Budget news #

The State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council met on March 20, and revenues are up $307 million for the current biennium (2017 – 19) and $554 million for the 2019 – 21 biennium. This means the legis­la­ture has more funding to work with it digs into its biennial budget.

Following the revenue forecast, the House will release its budget on Monday. The Senate is expected to unveil its budget shortly thereafter.

Rest breaks bill update #

On Tuesday, our rest break bill (SHB 1155) was voted out the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee and is now headed to the Senate Ways & Means Committee. A hearing has been sched­uled for Tuesday.

Your support and advocacy remain crucial to ensuring that this bill continues to make its way to the Senate floor! We continue to need your help as this bill makes its way on to the Senate Ways & Means Committee. We know that when nurses speak, lawmakers listen! If you haven’t done so already, click here to tell your legis­la­tors to support rest breaks for nurses.

Also, please visit the WSNA Facebook page where you’ll find a #Break­sAre­AL­ife­saver frame that you can apply to your own profile photo – you’ll find it at the top of our page. Encourage your friends, family members and co-workers to add this frame to their profile picture to show that they support rest breaks for health care workers!

Workplace violence prevention bills #

Our workplace violence bill HB 1931, was heard by the Senate Labor Committee on Monday. WSNA member Stevie Lynne Krone, RN, from Spokane and WSNA Associate Director of Public Affairs, Travis Elmore RN, testi­fied in support of this legis­la­tion. Their testi­mony was featured in a segment of this week’s TVW’s Legisla­tive Review”.

This bill updates the defin­i­tion of workplace violence; requires health care facil­i­ties to update their workplace violence preven­tion plans every three years (with an annual review of incidents and any neces­sary adjust­ments) and outlines what needs to be included in those plans; and, provide speci­ficity around what elements must be included in workplace violence preven­tion train­ings. Tell your legis­la­tors that this bill is impor­tant for nurses!

Attend your Legislative Town Hall #

Legis­la­tors are contin­uing to hold Town Hall meetings this weekend. Please show up at these events and ask your legis­la­tors to support uninter­rupted rest breaks and workplace violence preven­tion!

You can find the list of Legisla­tive Town Hall meetings on the WSNA website.

If you need to look up your Legisla­tive District, you can do that by entering your home address on the District Finder avail­able on the Legislature’s website.

Please look for texts and regular email updates on legisla­tive action as the legisla­tive session continues – thank you for partic­i­pa­tion in the process!