SB 5029

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:
Government Operations & Elections, January 18, 2007

Title: An act relating to veterans' scoring criteria in examinations.

Brief Description: Revising veterans' scoring criteria in examinations.

Sponsors: Senators Hobbs, Fairley, Roach, Kastama, Swecker, Pridemore, Keiser, Rasmussen and Shin.

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Government Operations & Elections: 1/16/07, 1/18/07 [DP].


Majority Report: Do pass.Signed by Senators Fairley, Chair; Oemig, Vice Chair; Roach, Ranking Minority Member; Benton, Kline, Pridemore and Swecker.

Staff: Amy Van Horn (786-7784)

Background: Honorably discharged veterans receive a score adjustment on examinations taken to apply for state jobs, known as civil service exams. The Department of Personnel makes the score adjustment, adding five or ten percentage points to a veteran's test score depending on the veteran's status. The score adjustments apply only to initial hiring exams, and not exams taken to earn a promotion.

Summary of Bill: The score adjustment for eligible veterans must be applied to civil service exams whether the state hires a private company to administer the exams, or administers the exams itself.

Appropriation: None.

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 simply closes a loophole in current law. The Veterans Legislative Coalition supports this bill.

Persons Testifying: PRO: Senator Steve Hobbs; Dennis Primoli, Veterans Legislative Coalition (VLC); John E. Lee, Director, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.