WSIA Weekly, 2.20.15
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Legislature hits major cutoff today for bills to keep moving
Today marks the deadline for non-budget and non-transportation bills in the 2015 legislative session to be voted out of their committee of origin to remain generally alive for further consideration. Of the 30 workers' comp bills we're tracking, twenty have survived today's cutoff, including a mix of WSIA priorities like benefit calculation accuracy and occupational disease fixes, as well as L&I's priority bills and a handful of union/claimant counsel priorities. The process now moves toward positioning for floor votes in the House and Senate. To follow along with all the action, check out our weekly legislative update available by clicking here (member login required; e-mail us if you've forgotten).
WSIA president Donna Egeland appointed Self-Insurance Ombuds
Yesterday, it was announced that Donna Egeland, outgoing Director of Employee Medical Relations for Alaska Airlines, has been appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as the next Ombuds for injured workers of self-insured employers. Donna is also the outgoing president of WSIA, having served in that role since 2013 and having been a volunteer leader in our organization for nearly 15 years before that. Read more about the appointment on our blog, and join us on Facebook congratulating Donna and wishing her the best on this exciting new move into public service.