December 15, 2014
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Attorney General proposes rules on disclosure of data breach; AWB wants your input

AWB is planning a meeting to take feedback from members about a draft law, proposed by the state attorney general’s office, regarding data theft. The proposed law, which would modify RCWs 19.255 and 42.56, aims to enhance the state’s data breach notification statute, and could affect a number of Washington employers.

AWB is hosting a meeting with representatives of the attorney general’s office at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 to learn more and to share the perspective of businesses as the draft law is shaped before submission to the Legislature.

Contact Government Affairs Director Bob Battles at 800.521.9325 by Jan. 1 if you plan to attend. He can also provide details on the proposed legislation.



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Budget 101: State employee pay raises 'financially feasible'?

By Rob McKenna, Smarter Government Washington

Under state law, any collectively bargained pay raises and benefit increases for state employees must be declared "financially feasible for the state" by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). While this review sounds like a good idea, it isn't useful if OFM chooses to willfully ignore reality so that it can give its stamp of approval.

That's the situation the state currently finds itself in. The Governor's Office negotiated pay and benefit hikes with state employee unions, and OFM has declared the new costs to be financially feasible "considering the state's obligations...in combination with the current and forecasted economic and revenue conditions for Washington.

Apparently OFM considers the McCleary education funding case to be mere detail...

READ MORE: Click here for the full commentary at Smarter Government Washington
WHAT WORKS

State can move forward on transportation -- by looking back

By Sen. Curtis King

Amid all the finger-pointing and half-truths regarding the Legislature's alleged failure to pass and fund a transportation plan, a glance back at the 2003 "nickel package" provides the best tutorial on how to successfully get a transportation-revenue package through the Legislature and to the governor's desk. The themes from over a decade ago run startlingly parallel to today.

READ MORE: Click here for the full commentary in Crosscut
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