Protecting employee information from public disclosure.
(Zack Hudgins, Tukwila)
HB 1888 has received bipartisan majority votes in both the House and Senate, and is ready for the governor’s signature.
In its current form, it gives all public employee birthdates and photos the same protection from public disclosure that law enforcement employees currently have. It also exempts disclosure of individual employees’ demographic information. Employers would be required to notify employees if there’s a public disclosure request for information found in the employee’s personnel, training, supervisory, or payroll file.
Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, emailed, or met with their legislators about the need to protect public employee privacy and safety.
Providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.
(Laurie Dolan, Olympia)
HB 1521 has received bipartisan majority votes in both the House and Senate and is ready for the governor’s signature.
The bill will require additional transparency and accountability when state agencies decide to contract out state employees’ work. It has been worked like crazy over the years, and finally passed this year. It will require that state agencies and colleges document their decision-making process if they decide to contract out our members’ work. It also requires that contracts contain provisions that ensure the contractor – not the public – is responsible if state employees have to come back and redo work that contractors have botched.
The bill to require community colleges to adopt a uniform fiscal reporting system (so that we can easily see the condition of a college’s finances) has transformed, butterfly-like, into a budget proviso at the Office of Financial Management. We’ll be tracking it to make sure the proviso stays in the final budget.
Session is scheduled to end this Thursday, March 12.