January 6, 2020
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Legislature to focus on transportation, climate, technology and more

The Washington Legislature will meet for a 60-day session on Jan. 13. Last year's session produced a two-year operating budget, but there's still lots to cover. Transportation, technology, housing and climate-related issues have appeared in the news in recent weeks, signaling a busy session.

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Washington employers face flurry of new regulations in 2020

The new year began with several new rules for Washington employers: Paid Family and Medical Leave, a ban on most noncompete agreements and a higher minimum wage. Connect with AWB's HR and Employment Law webinar series to get the latest updates.

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No consensus on removal of Snake River Dams

There are benefits and liabilities with the four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River, a new report commissioned by the Legislature says. But there's no consensus on whether they should be removed or retained.

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Join the "Capitol Conversations" at AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb Jan. 28

The annual AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb allows AWB members to take their business issues and concerns directly to our elected officials. Non-members can register for the reception, but the Hill Climb and legislative update are members-only, exclusive-access opportunities. If your business is a member of AWB, register today! If it's not, click here to learn more about the benefits of joining.

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AWB's latest Legislative Review, Fast Facts Year in Review helps employers prepare for 2020

AWB's annual Legislative Review examines the 2019 session in depth, with a wide-ranging look at all the proposed and final bills that affected employers, and a popular Vote Record. And be sure to check out our 2019 Fast Facts Year in Review, which hit the high points of our work here and across the world.

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Forward into Space Investment

Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times