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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here's a quick flash alert from Rep. John Koster. . .

Important business and employer bills are coming up for a hearing. Click on the links below for more information. (Committee times/locations subject to change.)

House Environment Committee
Monday, Feb 13, 1:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room B,  John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1372  – Updating the framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Washington based upon best available climate science.

House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee
Monday, Feb 13, 1:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room E, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1953 – Addressing maximum penalties under the Washington industrial safety and health act.

House Public Safety Committee
Monday, Feb 13, 1:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room D, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1806 –  Increasing monetary penalties for crimes committed by corporations.

House Appropriations Committee
Monday, Feb. 13, 3:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room A, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

House Business and Financial Services
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. – Hearing Room B, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia  

  • House Bill 1966 –  Addressing the minimum operating requirements and the review of plans necessary to be included in the small business retirement marketplace.

House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee
Tuesday, Feb 14, 1:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room E, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Tuesday, Feb 14, 10 a.m. – House Hearing Room B, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

House Finance Committee
Tuesday, Feb 14, 3:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room A, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia  

  • House Bill 2005 –  Improving the business climate in this state by simplifying the administration of municipal general business licenses.
  • House Bill 1343 –  Modifying the Washington main street program by increasing the total amount of tax credits allowed under the program and making administrative changes to the program.

House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Wednesday, Feb 15, 8 a.m. – House Hearing Room B, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1692  – Concerning agriculture and farming.
  • House Bill 1916 – Creating a business and occupation tax exemption for certain sales of commercial fertilizer, agricultural crop protection products and seed.

House Appropriations Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room A, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1144  – Amending the state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.
  • House Bill 1300  – Simplifying and enforcing employee status under employment laws to ensure fairness to employers and employees and address the underground economy.
  • House Bill 1123 – Concerning tourism marketing.
  • House Bill 1301  – Concerning the employee anti-retaliation act.

House Appropriations Committee
Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m. – House Hearing Room A, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1298  – Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position.
  • House Bill 1486  – Creating the Washington wage recovery act.
  • House Bill 1506 – Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity.

House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Friday, Feb 17, 10 a.m. – House Hearing Room A, John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia

  • House Bill 1564  – Concerning pesticide exposure and notification of certain pesticide applications.

To comment on a bill, click on the link and then look for the button on the right-hand side that says, “Comment on this bill.” Go here to learn how to testify on a bill. Call my office if you need more information.

Sincerely,

John Koster

State Representative John Koster
39th Legislative District
RepresentativeJohnKoster.com
122G Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
john.koster@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7816 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000