AWB Committees & Councils
A broad cross-section of association members serve on the issue councils, committees and task force groups that guide AWB and set policy goals. Over the years, AWB’s membership — representing businesses large and small, urban and rural and from both sides of the Cascades — has become one of the most effective and respected grassroots political and economic forces in the state.
All members are welcome and encouraged to participate in these committees. Contact Gary Chandler, AWB vice president of government affairs, to find out how to participate in any of the following committees:
Government Affairs Council - The Government Affairs Council or "GAC" reviews current and proposed legislation to determine its impact on AWB members. In addition, the GAC reviews recommendations from all AWB committees and councils on proposed policies and legislative objectives and forwards their recommendations to AWB Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
- Education and Training Committee - The Education and Training Committee makes recommendations on current and proposed legislation concerning K-12 and higher education issues. Its focus is to make policy recommendations to ensure that Washington has a well-educated and technically competent workforce. This committee identifies workforce training programs needed in high-demand job markets and develops proposals to address employment gaps raised by an aging workforce. It also develops programs to prepare workers to meet the challenge of a job market in which technology, math and science skills are increasingly essential.
- Regulatory Reform Committee - Monitors state agency activities, makes recommendations on proposed rules & monitors the progress of the governor’s executive order on regulatory reform and legislative reform efforts.
Small Business Policy Council - Chaired by the vice chair of AWB’s board of directors, this council provides a small-business perspective on state agency activities and AWB’s overall legislative agenda. Council members also serve as grassroots contacts on legislative and regulatory issues.
- Tax and Fiscal Policy Council- This council reviews existing and proposed revenue and fiscal legislation and regulations to determine their impact on AWB members. It also reviews legislative objectives submitted by committees within its jurisdiction. The council also proposes legislation to achieve AWB's legislative goals and formulates positions on current or proposed tax and fiscal matters.
Transportation Committee - This committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning the transportation system in our state. It also monitors state government activities in this area, particularly the Washington State Department of Transportation.
- Environmental Affairs Council - Serves as an umbrella group for AWB’s environmental committees. It recommends policy objectives & reviews proposed legislative objectives developed by these committees.
- Air Quality Committee - Serves as a forum for information about air operating permits, the state implementation plan for the federal Clean Air Act & air quality laws & regulations. Comprised of technical experts from major manufacturing facilities, as well as their consultants and attorneys.
- Climate Change Subcommittee - To be determined.
- Energy Committee - Focuses on ensuring abundant energy supply at a reasonable cost to help foster a positive business climate for WA ST. Comprised of utilities, direct service industries, commercial & retail businesses, & large industrial users.
- Land Use Committee - Focuses on growth management, shoreline management & SEPA-related legislation & regulations. It monitors the state Dept. of Commerce and the WA ST Dept. of Ecology. Comprised of members with development interests, agriculture, timber, rural land owners & attorneys advising these members.
- MTCA (Model Toxics Control Act) - Focuses on policy & funding issues related to the Model Toxics Control Act, which sets strict standards for hazardous waste cleanups. Members of this group help to ensure funding from the MTCA account is not diverted for unintended purposes.
- PBT Work Group - Deals solely with the Dept. of Ecology’s efforts to implement a state strategy for PBTs (Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxics). Comprised of representatives and technical experts from a variety of businesses & industries working to ensure that a PBT strategy equitably addresses all sources of these chemicals.
- Water Quality Committee - Deals with legislation & regulations affecting water quality in streams, rivers & Puget Sound and with wastewater discharge (NPDES) permits. Also, focuses on the quality of water and habitat available for salmon. Comprised of members involved in manufacturing, although seafood companies & agricultural interests are also involved.
- Water Resources Committee - Focuses efforts on the water quantity policies of the Dept. of Ecology & works to ensure water policies provide for an appropriate balance for the use of this scarce resource. Comprised of industry, agriculture & development interests.
Human Resources Issues:
- Employment Law Committee - For employment law attorneys who make recommendations on issues ranging from discrimination law to wage & hour law and monitors the performance of the WA ST Human Rights Commission & L&I Employment Standards Division.
- Health Care Committee - Reviews & makes recommendations on current & proposed health care legislation & monitors regulatory activity.
- Unemployment Insurance Committee - Recommends positions on unemployment insurance issues & monitors the performance of the state Employment Security Department.
- Workers’ Compensation Committee - Recommends positions on workers’ compensation issues & monitors the performance of L&I’s Insurance Services Division.
- Workplace Safety Committee - Reviews & makes recommendations on proposed L&I workplace safety rules & policies. Subcommittees are often formed to address issues such as violence, ergonomics & first aid.