Weekly Update: Bills Supported by Hospitality Remain Alive After Legislative Cut-off

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Bills Supported by Hospitality Remain Alive After Legislative Cut-off

March 8 marked the half-way point in the scheduled 105-day legislative session. We successfully advocated for several bills. Legislation that passed the cut-off includes HB 1893/SB 5665, allowing members to use credit cards for alcohol purchases; SB 5713, allowing the Education Foundation to apply for state grants applying toward training programs; and SB 5145, allowing members to work with craft distillers to create a private label brand. This was a great outcome. We will continue working on bills impacting the state budget, including HB 1123/SB 5251 – creating a statewide tourism marketing program; HB 2015 – securing funding for the convention center; and SB 5829 – enacting a statewide paid family leave program. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


U.S. House Bill to Repeal and Replace Affordable Care Act

This week Republicans, in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a bill to repeal and replace key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation is now being considered by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means committees, formally kicking off the legislative process. Among other provisions, the legislation removes the ACA’s penalties for individuals who fail to get coverage and for large employers who fail to offer coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. Much of the final language in the ACA repeal-and-replace bill is still under discussion. Stay tuned for more information on this important issue.


Seattle Office of Labor Standards Funding Approved

On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved an agreement to dedicate funding for the Office of Labor Standards. The agreement means no new taxes on businesses. It will instead establish a dedicated account within its general fund paid for by existing revenue from the city’s business and occupation tax. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Women Having Big Impact on Hospitality Industry

March is Women’s History month. Women are leaders in hospitality and we celebrate them. Follow us on Facebook to read interesting facts about the women of our industry. For example, women-owned restaurants grew at a rate more than three times faster than the overall restaurant industry in recent years, and this year women managers surpassed their male counterparts at 51 percent of the workforce in Washington. The James Beard Foundation has Women in Culinary Leadership program, which women can apply for by March 12 here. The program mentors and trains women aspiring to careers in the culinary industry.


Washington Hospitality Magazine’s March Issue on Its Way to Your Mailbox

Washington Hospitality Magazine’s March issue is out. We celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at women in hospitality. It should reach you within the next few days.


Two Minute Video: What you need to know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the past week’s news you need to know, including movement on key state legislative items, the Seattle syrup tax; registrations for first-ever local Hospitality Summit and the Spokane Chapter meeting.



Save the Date! Pierce County Membership Meeting, March 30

Attention: Pierce County members. Don’t miss Washington Hospitality’s Pierce County membership meeting to be held on March 30, 9-10 a.m., at the Tacoma Downtown Holiday Inn Express & Suites on 2102 South C Street. We’ll be discussing Initiative 1433 (minimum wage), the tourism bill and other measures in the Legislature, local government affairs and the upcoming Pierce County hiring event. The event is free, but please RSVP. For more information, contact Samantha Louderback.


Don’t Miss Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4

Register now for the first-ever Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, presented by Food Services of America. Don’t miss this event! Interested in exhibiting? Tables are filling up fast! Contact Michele Holmes for sponsorship opportunities and registration questions. Be on the lookout for more information on Summit Spokane in May 2017 and Summit Tacoma in June 2017.


Washington Hospitality Hiring Event Has 100+ Job Opportunities and Vetted Employees

On April 13, the Washington Hospitality Association is hosting a new kind of hiring event. The purpose of the day is to connect Pierce County citizens with opportunities, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. This event is different from typical job fairs as it removes roadblocks to employment such as lack of transportation, certifications, permits uniform needs, food assistance, and much more. The event will be held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more…



Nicholson & Associates and H2O on This Week’s DineNW Radio show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz talk insurance with Eric Belgau, of Nicholson & Associates. Andy and Paul then chat with Rick Star, co-owner of the Anacortes Brewery, Rockfish Grill and H2O.


Eye on Hospitality: Washington State Driver’s Licenses Get a Makeover

Keep an eye out for Washington state’s new driver’s licenses. Business owners, who are required by law to prevent anyone under 21 from accessing alcohol, need to know that the state began issuing driver licenses and ID cards with new designs that do a better job protecting residents from identity theft than was done by the old licenses.  The cards not only look different, but also contain state-of-the-art security features, including fine-line printing and ultraviolet ink, for preventing fraud and identity theft. Read more…