Legislative Update - 03-12-2018



 Doug Levy – 3/12/18

“Gone but not Forgotten.”  That title belongs to a 1993 novel and a 2005 made-for-television movie, but it is also an apt one for the 2018 Legislature.

This Session will be remembered for a blizzard of legislation on use of force; gender pay equity; gun-violence measures that were (and weren’t) passed; housing and homelessness measures done and one that got away; property tax relief; “net neutrality”; preventing sexual harassment in the workplace; the Voting Rights Act and voting-registration reforms; “Breakfast After the Bell” – and much more.  It was a Session that saw lawmakers succeed in meeting McCleary obligations but fall short in enacting carbon or capital gains taxes, rebating Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, and abolishing the death penalty.  And of course, there was the surreal passage of and retreat from a hastily-devised Public Records Act bill.

It also wouldn’t be right to pen this report without acknowledging some lawmakers – several of them shining lights – who are making the 2018 Session their last one.  The list includes Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane/6th Dist.), who is running for Spokane County Treasurer; House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn, who leaves an incredible transportation investment legacy; House Human Services & Early Learning Chair Ruth Kagi, whose imprint on legislation impacting children is equally indelible; House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen; and Reps. Larry Haler (R-Richland/8th Dist.), Terry Nealey (R-Dayton/16th Dist.), Liz Pike (R-Camas/18th Dist.), Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie/5th Dist.), and Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup/25th Dist.).

On the heels of Session, the media has produced a series of articles these last few days on winners and losers from 2018, the ambitious agenda of (narrow) majority Democrats, and the ones that got away.  In true egalitarian fashion, I’ve linked two articles each from the Seattle Times, (Tacoma) News Tribune, and (Everett) Herald – all very good reads and reviews of the 60-day Session just completed.

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2018 Symposium: SHRM Activity Code Correction

Symposium SHRM Activity ID

Report your SHRM credit hours with this Activity ID code.

LWHRA 2018 Symposium BannerLWHRA is proud to offer HR professionals the opportunity to earn credit hours toward their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credentials. Earning one of these professional distinction makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field and sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

The 2018 LWHRA Symposium was approved for 6 SHRM PDCs. We encourage all professionals who attended to report their PDCs using the activity code below. This is a SHRM Activity ID clarification to the number we have listed in past emails.

 SHRM Activity ID: 18-A0Q5I


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LWHRA is a 2017 SHRM Learning System Champion!

LWHRA has been awarded 2017 SHRM Learning System Champion Status! This status recognizes our chapter's hard work and dedication to the professional development and the continued education of our members in the pursuit of SHRM Certification.

Want to know more about SHRM Certifications?

Advance your career by gaining the knowledge, skills, and behavioral competencies associated with the SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® credentials. These credentials are among the first HR certification focused on teaching and testing practical, real-life information.

5 Awesome Reasons Students Shouldn't Miss LWHRA's 2018 Symposium

5 Reasons for Students to Attend Symposium

It's never too early to think about your HR career, your goals, and your aspirations! LWHRA's 2018 Symposium gives you a fantastic opportunity to Connect Grow Serve with HR professionals. Read more about some of the reasons why you should attend the 2018 Symposium.

  1. Meet committed, passionate HR professionals - The Symposium is the largest all-day event organized by the LWHRA and attracts over 350 HR professionals. Attending the Symposium gives you the chance to meet and hear from industry leaders, strategists, and leading HR thinkers, like this year's keynote speaker, Scott Pitasky, Vice President HR Consumer at Amazon.

  2. Let HR Professionals meet YOU - The Symposium program includes morning and afternoon breaks to meet and greet, and a 1.5-hour lunch & panel discussion, providing you with plenty of opportunities to network with potential mentors and experts. Expand your network and connect; you never know who could be a career advisor, mentor, or potential employer.

  3. Learn new, practical skills in HR -  The program has been developed with you in mind. It covers 5 tracks - Fundamentals, Strategy & Growth, Leadership Development, Culture & Engagement, and HR Labs. You can pick and choose which sessions to attend, giving you the opportunity to delve deeper into areas you are familiar with or discover completely new topics and skills.

  4. Learn about the latest industry trends and provide your perspective - The Symposium includes a track for HR Labs which provide attendees with the opportunity to actively participate in facilitated discussions on the latest trends including continuous performance feedback, culture initiatives, and developing unique benefits and perks to stand out in the job market.
  5. Earn SHRM & HRCI credits at a special student discounted rate - We are offering a special discounted registration rate for students. LWHRA understands that students like you will become the next generation to enter into the HR workforce and we want to connect with you! So register today and bring your bright ideas on February 13th.

Student Registration Rates

Register now to take advantage of this early registration offer. Lock in the early registration rate and pay later by selecting the "invoice me" later option when filling out your registration form.

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