February 28th – 2013 Regular Legislative Session Day 46

These are the final five bills we are considering in the Appropriations Committee today.

House Bill 1180 increases from $152,000 to $214,000 the lump-sum death benefit that is paid to survivors Volunteer Fire Fighters’ and Reserve Officers’ Relief and Pension System (VFFRORPS) members who die as a result of injuries or sickness that are the result of the performance of duties; indexes the lump-sum death benefits to the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton Consumer Price Index, up to 3 percent per year beginning July 1, 2013; and replaces the monthly death benefits payable to the parents or legal guardians of surviving children of VFFRORPS members so to provide $500 per dependent child,
unemancipated or under 18 years of age.

House Bill 1348 requires community and technical college boards of trustees to award to full and part-time academic employees step increases based on collective bargaining agreements, and permits the step increases to exceed compensation provided by the Legislature.

Substitute House Bill 1671 creates a legislative task force to examine specific components of the Working Connections Child Care Program; defines in statute Early Achievers and the Child Care Consumer and Provider Bill of Rights; requires Department of Early Learning to create a parent and provider oversight board and revise certain rules relating to Working Connections Child Care Program.

House Bill 1968 requires the Department of Early Learning, in consultation with the Fire Marshal’s office, to adopt licensing standards that allow children who attend classes in a school building during school hours to remain in the same building to participate in before school or after-school programs and requires the Washington State Patrol, through the Fire Marshal’s office, to adopt licensing standards that allow children who attend classes in a school building during school hours to remain in the same building to participate in before-school or afterschool programs.

Substitute House Bill 1764 limits the number of geoduck diver licenses the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) can issue after January 1, 2014, to 77; provides requirements for geoduck diver license renewals; requires the WDFW to revoke a geoduck diver license where the license holder has violated a Department of Natural Resources’ harvest agreement plan of operation two or more times; and creates the Geoduck Safety Advisory Committee that is responsible for establishing a safety program for geoduck diver license holders.

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