It’s been a busy week. Here’s a quick update.
Protecting our workers
Based on concerns I heard from constituents, I introduced two bills last week that will better protect workers in our community and across our state:
- HB 1380 increases protections for utility workers assaulted on the job. I testified on my bill to the House Public Safety Committee, and I hope it will be voted upon next week.
- HB 1395 protects construction workers from wage theft. I testified on my bill to the House Labor Committee, and I hope it will be voted upon next week.
I also heard from many of you this week regarding the introduction of Senate Bill 5326, which seeks to prohibit salons from subleasing space. I oppose this bill, and I am pleased that it no longer appears to be proceeding in the Senate.
Protecting our community
While public safety is generally a local government issue, I want to make sure I am serving our community needs at the state level. After hearing from our local police that the state police academy was too slow to get newly hired recruits on the streets, I co-sponsored HB 1253. This bill better funds the Law Enforcement Academy in Burien, so that training can start earlier so our new recruits will no longer have to wait six months before starting Academy training.
I also joined police and community activists in supporting HB 1064, which the Governor is signing on Monday, to provide better training and de-escalation techniques to law enforcement officers.
Finally, I’m pleased that the Safe City Camera replacement program is now underway in Federal Way. I funded this last year in the State budget, so law enforcement can better identify criminal hot spots.
Protecting our democracy
My efforts to reform government on the side of the people are moving forward:
- We are one step closer to closing the ‘revolving door’ of elected officials becoming lobbyists in our state. I successfully passed my bill, HB 1067, out of the House State Government Committee this week.
- We are also finally dusting off our corporate crime statutes for the first time since 1925. I passed my Corporate Crime Act through the House Public Safety Committee yesterday. If signed into law, my bill will increase current corporate criminal penalties by 100 times.
- And just today in the House State Government Committee, I passed my HB 1379, which will stop political action committees from hiding the sources of their donors from the voters.
Please reach out if I can ever be of assistance.
Rep. Mike Pellicciotti