HB 1207: Extension of Drivers Licenses to 8 years with the ability to online renew and upload home photos.
OPPOSE. PROTEC17 members who work in the Department of Licensing have expressed many concerns with this proposed legislation — the most important of which is public safety. While it may be helpful to have to visit the DOL office less to renew a drivers license, PROTEC17 DOL members help keep our roads safe by doing assessments and vision exams. Additionally, this legislation poses issues on several levels with the ability to upload photos from home – only every 16 years. It could also be cost prohibitive for low-income or others to pay for an 8-year license. (House Transportation Committee)
SB 5061: Unemployment insurance tax relief for businesses and improve unemployment benefits for working people.
AMMEND. As written, this bill would do more for businesses than for workers. PROTEC17 advocates amending this bill to address the crisis in our unemployment system, such as requiring speedy payment of claims, waiving overpayments, auditing past denials, and more. (Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Senate Committee). PASSED and signed into law on Feb. 8.
HB 1076: The ‘Worker Protection Act’
SUPPORT. The Worker Protection Act would expand the legal tools workers can use to enforce their rights. (House Workplace and Labor Committee)
HB 1406: Billionaires Tax
SUPPORT. This bill would tax the skyrocketing wealth of billionaires in our state, and the money collected would be reinvested to fund a just and equitable recovery from the current economic crisis. (House Finance Committee)
HB 1297: Working Families Tax Credit
SUPPORT. This bill would get money into the pockets of low-wage workers. (House Finance Committee)
SB 5149/HB1201: Fund Public Health through a tax on insurance companies
SUPPORT. These companion bills propose an assessment on insured lives in the form of $3.25 per member/per month tax on health carriers, Medicaid managed care, and third-party administrators. Once fully realized, it would provide $200 million/year for public health. (Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee)
HB 1110: Improve the structure and transparency of Health Boards.
SUPPORT. (House Health Care and Wellness Committee)
SB 5371: Funding for Public Health through a sugary beverage/soda tax.
SUPPORT. This bill will have a hearing on Mon., 2/22 from 8-9:30 a.m. If you are a PROTEC17 Public Health member and would like to give live testimony, please let PROTEC17 Executive Director Karen Estevenin know ASAP. She will register all PROTEC17 members as a panel. It would be important for members to share their own experiences working in Public Health. Testimony is usually between 90 sec – 2 min.
SB 5021: Mitigating the effect of expenditure reduction efforts on retirement benefits for public employees
SUPPORT. This bill provides that specified public pensions will not be reduced as a result of compensation reductions that are part of a public employer’s expenditure reduction efforts during the 2019-2021 and 2021-23 fiscal biennia. It also provides that the pension benefit of an employee covered by a pension system that is administered by the Department of Retirement Systems is not reduced as a result of participation in an unemployment insurance shared work program.