WACOPS Achieved Passage of 5 key Pieces of Legislation.

Written on 07/11/2019

Following is a list of bills WACOPS actively worked to influence passage and bills WACOPS advocated to fail or change.

SHB 1064 – Alterations to Initiative I-940 Use of Force and Training

·        Modifies Initiative 940, including provisions relating to training, the criminal liability standard for use of deadly force, independent investigations of deadly force incidents, and rendering of first aid.

·        Requires the state to reimburse a peace officer for reasonable defense costs when he or she is found not guilty or charges are dismissed in certain circumstances.

HB 1909 – PTSD Privacy Protections

·        Requires the Department of Labor and Industries to notify employers and workers upon the allowance of a claim of their rights and responsibilities under this act.

·        Subjects an employer to a civil penalty of $1,000 for each occurrence where the employer or employer's authorized representative reveals information in an injured worker's claim file regarding a mental health condition or treatment to any person other than an authorized representative.

HB 1913 – Identifying Presumed Conditions for LE and Fire Fighters

·        Creates an occupational disease presumption for heart problems and infectious diseases for law enforcement officers.

·        Requires the director of the Department of Labor and Industries to create an advisory committee on occupational disease presumptions, made up of specified scientists.

HB 2144 – LEOFF 2 Benefit Improvement Funding

·        Transfers $300 million from the Law Enforcement Officers' and Firefighters' Plan 2 Retirement Fund to the Benefit Enhancement Account.

·         Eliminates biennial transfers from the State General Fund Transfer Local Public Safety Enhancement Account.

SSB 5355 - LEOFF GAP for Some LE and Fire Fighters

·        Allows a law enforcement officer or firefighter to transfer service credits earned in a different retirement system into the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System Plan 2, under specific circumstances.