SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Reported by Senate Committee On:
Ways & Means, February 17, 2009
Title: An act relating to transfers of accumulated leave of employees of the state school for the blind and the school for the deaf.
Brief Description: Authorizing the transfer of accumulated leave of employees of the state school for the blind and the school for the deaf.
Sponsors: Senators Pridemore and Shin; by request of Washington State School for the Blind.
Committee Activity: Ways & Means: 2/05/09, 2/17/09 [DP].
SENATE COMMITTEE ON WAYS & MEANS
Majority Report: Do pass.
Signed by Senators Prentice, Chair; Fraser, Vice Chair, Capital Budget Chair; Tom, Vice Chair, Operating Budget; Zarelli, Ranking Minority Member; Brandland, Carrell, Fairley, Hobbs, Honeyford, Keiser, Kline, Kohl-Welles, McDermott, Murray, Parlette, Pflug, Pridemore, Regala, Rockefeller and Schoesler.
Staff: Jenny Greenlee (786-7711)
Background: State and school district employees earn leave time for vacations, illness, and other purposes. Accumulated leave of certificated and classified employees is transferrable to and from one school district to another, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Educational Service Districts (ESDs).
In 2008 the Legislature extended this transferability to between the K-12 and higher education schools. However, K-12 and ESD employees cannot transfer their accumulated leave if they accept employment at the Washington State School for the Blind or the Washington School for the Deaf, which are state agencies. Similarly, employees of these schools lose their leave if they transfer to a K-12 school or ESD.
Summary of Bill: The transfer of accumulated leave of K-12 and ESD employees to and from the Washington State School for the Blind and School for the Deaf is authorized.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: This bill provides a great recruiting tool for the School for the Blind and School for the Deaf. It will provide flexibility and help attract teachers to these highly specialized positions.
OTHER: The bill contains language limiting the rate at which employees can accumulate leave. The union employees at the schools may wish to bargain for more leave instead of salary increases and this bill might limit their ability to bargain.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Dean Stenehjem, Washington State School for the Blind; Rick Hauan, Washington School for the Deaf.
OTHER: Lorana Myers, Washington Federation of State Employees.