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RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 1-13-2022

RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 1-13-2022

In This Edition

  • HB 1721 – Plan 1 COLA Bill in House Appropriations
  • SB 5676 – Plan 1 COLA Bill in Senate Ways & Means
  • Legislative Bill Summary

HB 1721 and SB 5676 are identical pieces of legislation providing a 3% one-time cost of living adjustment for Plan 1 retirees capped at $110 per month.  Both bills have been scheduled for hearings on Monday, January 17th.  Please follow the four Action Items in this email to make sure that both bills make it out of committee.

HB 1721 – Plan 1 COLA Bill in House Appropriations

HB 1721, a one-time 3% Plan 1 COLA, has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee will hear the bill on Monday. January 17 at 3:30 pm.

Action Item #1:

While we will support this legislation to provide short-term help, we still need to impress upon legislators the need for permanent relief for Plan 1 retirees. Please call, write, or email your representative serving on the Appropriations Committee (see list below) and encourage them to support the one-time 3% Plan 1 COLA bills. Include our formal “ask” below, but also provide a brief story – the agency you worked for and how long, how long you’ve been retired, and how the lack of a regular Plan 1 COLA has impacted you.

Tell your Legislator – “We encourage the legislature to restore a permanent Plan 1 COLA for our oldest public servants. Please support HB-1721, a one-time Plan 1 COLA which will provide short-term relief for retirees.” 

If you are unsure of your Legislative District, go to this link and enter your address: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

House Appropriations Committee

Member Dist Email Phone
Ormsby, Timm (D) 3 timm.ormsby@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7946
Bergquist, Steve (D) 11 steve.bergquist@leg.wa.gov (253) 214-3275
Gregerson, Mia (D) 33 mia.gregerson@leg.wa.gov (253) 981-6278
Macri, Nicole (D) 43 nicole.macri@leg.wa.gov (206) 333-4228
Stokesbary, Drew (R) 31 drew.stokesbary@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7846
Chambers, Kelly (R) 25 kelly.chambers@leg.wa.gov (360) 746-3670
Corry, Chris (R) 14 chris.corry@leg.wa.gov (509) 907-6087
MacEwen, Drew (R) 35 drew.macewen@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7902
Boehnke, Matt (R) 8 matt.boehnke@leg.wa.gov (509) 315-2315
Caldier, Michelle (R) 26 michelle.caldier@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7802
Chandler, Bruce (R) 15 bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7960
Chopp, Frank (D) 43 frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov (206) 905-6681
Cody, Eileen (D) 34 eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov (564) 888-2493
Dolan, Laurie (D) 22 laurie.dolan@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7940
Dye, Mary (R) 9 mary.dye@leg.wa.gov (564) 888-2380
Fitzgibbon, Joe (D) 34 joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov (564) 888-2362
Frame, Noel (D) 36 noel.frame@leg.wa.gov (206) 962-5098
Hansen, Drew (D) 23 drew.hansen@leg.wa.gov (206) 333-2975
Harris, Paul (R) 17 paul.harris@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7976
Hoff, Larry (R) 18 larry.hoff@leg.wa.gov (360) 419-5592
Jacobsen, Cyndy (R) 25 Cyndy.Jacobsen@leg.wa.gov (253) 449-8545
Johnson, Jesse (D) 30 jesse.johnson@leg.wa.gov (206) 333-2989
Lekanoff, Debra (D) 40 debra.lekanoff@leg.wa.gov (360) 419-5266
Pollet, Gerry (D) 46 gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov (206) 307-0409
Rude, Skyler (R) 16 skyler.rude@leg.wa.gov (509) 593-4559
Ryu, Cindy (D) 32 cindy.ryu@leg.wa.gov (206) 307-0769
Schmick, Joe (R) 9 joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov (253) 275-1425
Senn, Tana (D) 41 tana.senn@leg.wa.gov (425) 279-5345
Springer, Larry (D) 45 larry.springer@leg.wa.gov (425) 947-8921
Steele, Mike (R) 12 mike.steele@leg.wa.gov (509) 782-3436
Stonier, Monica Jurado (D) 49 monica.stonier@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7872
Sullivan, Pat (D) 47 pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7858
Tharinger, Steve (D) 24 steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov (564) 888-2366

Action Item #2:

The committee meeting will be virtual. We are asking members to follow our instructions detailed in the document at this link – Instructions – and sign up in support of the respective bill being heard. Remember, under Organization, please use “RPEC member, Plan 1 (or 2 or 3) retiree”.

If you wish to sign in supporting this bill, please do so prior to the meeting on Monday.

SB 5676 – Plan 1 COLA Bill in Senate Ways & Means

SB 5676, a one-time 3% Plan 1 COLA, has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee. The Ways & Means Committee will hear the bill on Monday. January 17 at 4:00 pm.

Action Item #3:

While we will support this legislation to provide short-term help, we still need to impress upon legislators the need for permanent relief for Plan 1 retirees. Please call, write, or email your senator serving on the Ways & Means Committee (see list below) and encourage them to support the one-time 3% Plan 1 COLA bills. Include our formal “ask” below, but also provide a brief story – the agency you worked for and how long, how long you’ve been retired, and how the lack of a regular Plan 1 COLA has impacted you. 

Tell your Legislator – “We encourage the legislature to restore a permanent Plan 1 COLA for our oldest public servants. Please support SB-5676, a one-time Plan 1 COLA which will provide short-term relief for retirees.” 

If you are unsure of your Legislative District, go to this link and enter your address: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Senate Ways & Means Committee 

Member Dist Email Phone
Rolfes, Christine (D) 23 christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7644
Frockt, David (D) 46 david.frockt@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7690
Robinson, June (D) 38 june.robinson@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7674
Wilson, Lynda (R) 17 lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7632
Brown, Sharon (R) 8 sharon.brown@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7614
Schoesler, Mark (R) 9 mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7620
Honeyford, Jim (R) 15 jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7684
Billig, Andy (D) 3 andy.billig@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7604
Braun, John (R) 20 john.braun@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7638
Carlyle, Reuven (D) 36 reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7670
Conway, Steve (D) 29 steve.conway@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7656
Dhingra, Manka (D) 45 manka.dhingra@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7672
Gildon, Chris (R) 25 chris.gildon@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7648
Hasegawa, Bob (D) 11 bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7616
Hunt, Sam (D) 22 sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7642
Keiser, Karen (D) 33 karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7664
Mullet, Mark (D) 5 mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7608
Muzzall, Ron (R) 10 ron.muzzall@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7618
Pedersen, Jamie (D) 43 jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7628
Rivers, Ann (R) 18 ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7634
Van De Wege, Kevin (D) 24 kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7646
Wagoner, Keith (R) 39 keith.wagoner@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7676
Warnick, Judy (R) 13 judith.warnick@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7624
Wellman, Lisa (D) 41 lisa.wellman@leg.wa.gov (360) 786-7641

Action Item #4:

The committee meeting will be virtual. We are asking members to follow our instructions detailed in the document at this link – Instructions – and sign up in support of the respective bill being heard. Remember, under Organization, please use “RPEC member, Plan 1 (or 2 or 3) retiree”.

If you wish to sign in supporting this bill, please do so prior to the meeting on Monday.

Legislative Bill Summary 

Below is a link to the bills we are tracking as they move through the legislative process. Full Text and updates on these bills can be found by searching for the bill number at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

Please visit https://rpecwa.org/2022-legislative-bill-summary/ for a list of bills currently of focus to RPEC.

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