People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon January 13, 2014
Washington Legislature Convenes With Election Year Issues On Agenda
Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:00 pm
The political divide is already on display in the Washington state capitol as lawmakers convened for their 60-day election year session.
The first gavels fell at noon Monday.
You can expect to see lawmakers teeing up some election year red meat on both sides of the aisle. The recent Boeing machinists vote suggests that pensions are going to be a hot topic. As are worker rights, especially in the wake of a recent vote in the city of Sea-Tac to approve a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Other issues that are on the agenda: from Democrats, a paid sick leave proposal; and from Republicans, proposed changes to Washington’s workers’ compensation system.
In Olympia, Democrats control the House while a mostly Republican coalition is in charge of the state Senate.