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Bills scheduled for executive session today

Several new bills are scheduled for executive session in their respective committees today. While these are not the only bills scheduled for executive session today, here are a few bills we have our eye on that might move Tuesday. 

House Bill 2327, which aims to address sexual misconduct on college campuses, requires post-secondary educational institutions to finish sexual misconduct investigations and issue findings in writing about the results of the investigation, which include whether or not sexual misconduct claims are substantiated. Written findings of the investigation must be included in that employee’s employment or personnel file. 

The bill would also require colleges and universities to have job applicants at that school sign statements of findings into sexual misconduct investigations before that candidate is hired. Schools would also have to provide written findings of sexual misconduct investigations about a current or former employee to other employers who request that information about the person in question. The bill also requires the Student Achievement Council to conduct a statewide climate assessment to judge how prevalent sexual harassment is on college campuses.

House Bill 1660 would level the playing field for low-income high school students, requiring school districts to submit plans to the state that expands opportunities for these students to participate in extracurricular activities. This bill would also make the process for collecting extracurricular activity fees from low-income students be the same as the process for charging these fees to other students. Schools boards, under this bill, would also have to discount extracurricular fees for low-income students and directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to pick four school districts for a pilot publication of data related to low-income students participating in extracurricular activities. 

In the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee, House Bill 2681 is scheduled for executive session. This bill is meant to protect long-term home health care workers from abuse, discrimination and harassment. It would require long-term care employers to provide written policies on workplace abuse and harassment that address abuse or discrimination from a patient or their family, as well as keep records of incidents reported to that employer. Long-term care employers would also be required to submit annual reports on data collected under their policies to the Department of Social & Health Services. Civil penalties would be levied on care providers that do not comply. 

Senate Bill 5900, which was introduced last year, made a comeback this session and is scheduled to be in executive session in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. This bill promotes access to veterans benefits by former members of the military who are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) community by creating the position of LGBTQ Coordinator in the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.

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