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2021 LEGISLATURE

  • The 2021 Legislative Session begins in January of 2021. The Washington Fire Chiefs Legislative Committee has polled our members to establish our “Top 5 Goals” for the 2021 session, which were assembled by the Legislative Committee based on membership feedback. In addition, you will see bills we are following for 2021 begin to be added to the bill tracker as the session starts. Due to the uncertainty surrounding this year's session, the following priorities have been established as a draft, and may be updated that the political climate unfolds.

COVID-19-Related Proposals

Monitor Opportunities for COVID-Related Financial Support to Fire Districts and RFAs (both State and Federal CARES Act)
Monitor Impacts of EMS Recertification Delays
Monitor Impacts of COVID-Related Mitigation Requirements on Fire Personnel
Monitor Options Regarding COVID-19 as a Presumptive Occupational Disease

       Police Accountability Proposals

Monitor Impacts of Changes to Qualified Immunity for First Responders 
Monitor Impacts of Changes to Collective Bargaining Agreements
Monitor Impacts of Changes that Impact 911 Call Centers
Monitor Impacts of Law Enforcement Duties on Scene Security for Fire/EMS Response

General Operations/Policy Proposals

      Explore Incentive Options for Ongoing Regionalization Efforts (example: benefit charge authority, etc.)
Early Deployment/Pre-Positioning for Wildland/Mobilization
               Protecting DNR Wildland Firefighting Resources
Giving Fire Protection Districts Authority to Increase the Number of Commissioners from 5 to 7 Members
Explore Options Related to the 1% Property Tax Growth Limit
Clarify Piggybacking Authority Related to Job Order Contracts

 WSAFM-Related Proposals

 Monitor Food Truck Fire Safety Proposals
Monitor Impacts of Code Suspensions/Delays due to COVID-19 and Homeless/Affordable Housing Efforts
 Protect Key Programs and Funding within the State Fire Marshal’s Office

RECENT LEGISLATIVE NEWS

Posted: Sep 17, 2019
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Interim Update

Following the adjournment of the 2019 Legislature in April, attention has focused primarily on Governor Inslee’s presidential campaign, as well as the House Democrats’ decision on who would succeed Frank Chopp (D-43, Seattle) as Speaker of the House.  A handful of other changes at the Legislature have also occurred.

Governor & Statewide Elected Office News

The first major domino has fallen as Governor Inslee has given up his presidential campaign and will be running for Governor a third time.  With the decision, many top-level Democrats will remain in their current positions rather than challenging the incumbent Governor.  State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has pivoted to running for re-election as AG...

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