Some Bills Survive First Cutoff Date of 2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 regular legislative session has now passed its first significant cutoff. So far 2,080 bills have been introduced, and policy-related bills needed to be approved by a policy committee by Friday, Feb. 17 to remain alive in the legislative process.

The deadline for bills to pass fiscal committees is this coming Friday, Feb. 24, and the deadline for bills to pass their house of origin is Wednesday, March 8.

Below are summaries and status reports of some bills that we have been working on or closely following.

Pay Equity

Below are summaries and status reports (as of Feb. 21, 2017) of the equal pay bills that we have been closely following.

HB 1506 – Addressing Workplace Practices to Achieve Gender Pay Equity: This bill revises the state’s equal pay laws but adds additional penalties above wage recovery and multiple causes of action – both of which we are concerned about. The bill passed the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee and has received a hearing in House Appropriations. It has not been schedule for executive action.

SB 5836 – Enhancing Enforcement of the Equal Pay Act: The issue of gender pay equity is one that will continue to be negotiated throughout the remainder of the session. This bill is a title-only bill that passed out of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee. The committee heard testimony on other bills but decided to pass this bill as a vehicle for possible compromise language.