January 30, 2017
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SB 5032 and 5149: Paid family leave

AWB testified this afternoon on Senate bills 5032 and 5149, both of which would implement paid family leave, but with different impacts on employers.

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SB 5299 and SB 5531: Pregnancy accommodation

Two bills that would provide accommodations for pregnancy in the workplace were up for public hearing this afternoon in the Senate. AWB offered an employer's perspective on the bills during public testimony.

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HB 1500: Adding new layers to tax transparency

House Bill 1500 will be heard in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. This bill adds unnecessary layers to Washington's strong transparency laws and threatens the predictability and stability of Washington's tax code.

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HB 1596: Mandatory reporting of high-priority chemicals

House Bill 1596 would expand chemical reporting requirements to a wide array of products. Adding these reporting requirements would, in practical terms, become a de facto ban on their use, with no demonstrable safety benefit.

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SB 5183 and HB 1282: Career and technical education funding

AWB testified in support of Senate Bill 5183 and House Bill 1282 last week as part of our ongoing support for career and technical education.

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House Bill 1809: Tax credits for clean alternative fuel commercial vehicles

The bipartisan House Bill 1809 would help make Washington's air even clear and the commercial vehicles on its highways even greener. This bill came about through AWB's Alternative Fuels Task Force.

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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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