“We need to take a fresh look at what it takes to open doors of opportunity for all men and women.”
– Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, remarking on a bill to promote equal pay for women in the state.
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Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, and Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, announced the introduction of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, aimed at updating the state’s Equal Pay Act which hasn’t been revised since 1943. The act would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share information about how much they are paid, and force employers to give valid reasons for pay disparities.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 1126 would create the Eve Uphold Act, named for a child who died at a state-licensed daycare in Seattle. The measure would require the Department of Early Learning to form a committee for reviewing child fatalities that occur in an early learning program, a licensed child care center or child care home. The House Committee on Early Learning and Human Services will have a hearing on the bill in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building at 10 a.m.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
A bill that would recognize telemedicine as a service that can be reimbursed by insurance companies will receive a hearing before the Senate Health Care Committee. The hearing for Senate Bill 5175 will take place at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
Members of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will consider a bill that would require public employee contract negotiations to occur in public meetings. Senate Bill 5329 will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
House Bill 1552 would legalize industrial hemp production in Washington state. The bill would also require Washington State University to study whether hemp production is feasible and desirable. The proposal will receive a hearing before the House Committee on Commerce and Gaming at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Native American Lobby Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Capitol. The event will include a drum circle in the rotunda of the Legislative Building.