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RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 2-7-2020

RPEC Weekly ACTION Newsletter – 2-7-2020

In This Edition

  • Plan 1 COLA Hearing
  • 2020 Legislative Day
  • WA State Legislative Bill Summary

Plan 1 COLA Update

The Senate Ways & Means Committee held a hearing yesterday and heard testimony on SB 5400 (a 3% COLA for PERS 1 & TRS 1 retirees with a cap of $62.50 per month).  RPEC Vice-President Nancy Heley provided testimony on behalf of RPEC members and PERS retirees.

The cutoff for this bill to move from committee is this coming Tuesday, February 11th. We need to encourage Senate members of the Ways & Means Committee to move forward with this bill and allow a vote from the Senate floor.

ACTION: Please call your Senators that are members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee listed below and ask them to support SB 5400, a much needed 3% increase for Plan 1 retirees and to move it from committee to a floor vote in the Senate. Their legislative district and office number is listed next to their name.

Member Phone
Rolfes, Christine (23rd LD)
Chair
(360) 786-7644
Frockt, David (46th LD)
Vice Chair
(360) 786-7690
Mullet, Mark (5th LD) (360) 786-7608
Braun, John (20th LD) (360) 786-7638
Brown, Sharon (8th LD) (360) 786-7614
Honeyford, Jim (15th LD) (360) 786-7684
Becker, Randi (2nd LD) (360) 786-7602
Billig, Andy (3rd LD) (360) 786-7604
Carlyle, Reuven (36th LD) (360) 786-7670
Conway, Steve (29th LD) (360) 786-7656
Darneille, Jeannie (27th LD) (360) 786-7652
Dhingra, Manka (45th LD) (360) 786-7672
Hasegawa, Bob (11th LD) (360) 786-7616
Hunt, Sam (22nd LD) (360) 786-7642
Keiser, Karen (33rd LD) (360) 786-7664
Liias, Marko (21st LD) (360) 786-7640
Muzzall, Ron (10th LD) (360) 786-7618
Pedersen, Jamie (43rd LD) (360) 786-7628
Rivers, Ann (18th LD) (360) 786-7634
Schoesler, Mark (9th LD) (360) 786-7620
Van De Wege, Kevin (24th LD) (360) 786-7646
Wagoner, Keith (39th LD) (360) 786-7676
Warnick, Judy (13th LD) (360) 786-7624
Wilson, Lynda (17th LD) (360) 786-7632

2020 Legislative Day

The 2020 RPEC/WEA-Retired Joint Legislative Day held on Monday February 3rd, was a huge success in both member attendance and the number of face-to-face meetings with legislators at the Capitol. We also had a great turnout by both members and legislators at our reception that same evening. The reception is an informal setting for legislators and members to discuss issues and share stories without the pressures of the 15 minute meeting time allocation during the day at the Capitol.

We were joined again this year by members of the Washington Education Association – Retired and made a strong representation with over 200 retirees at the Capitol Building and at Legislators’ offices.

Look for more information in our upcoming Winter 2020 RPEC Today! newsletter being mailed very soon. We also have tons of pictures that we have posted on our RPEC Facebook page which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RPECWA.

WA State Legislative Bill Summary

If you are interested in seeing the full list of bills we are tracking, please visit the following link: http://www.rpecwa.org/bill-summary-2-7-2020/

Full Text and updates on these bills can be found by searching for the bill number at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

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