Weekly Update: Friday Marks the Session’s First Legislative Cutoff

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Friday Marks the Session’s First Legislative Cutoff

Friday is an important day on the legislative calendar – it is the first cutoff date of the session. This means that bills that did not advance beyond their policy committee will not likely move forward for the rest of the session. In the first four weeks of the session, more than 2,000 bills have been introduced! Most of these bills will not survive past Friday – the hard reality of a short legislative session. For more in-depth information about what is happening during the session, email State Communications Manager Nicole Vukonich.


Thank You for Attending Hill Climb 2018!

Monday marked another successful Hill Climb event! Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy day to meet with other Washington Hospitality Association members and legislators. If you were not able to join us this year, don’t worry. Next year, Hill Climb 2019 will be on Jan. 28, so mark your calendars now!


Washington Hospitality Member Survey Coming Soon

Starting this month, you may receive a call from Verometrics, a market research company. Your Association is conducting the biennial survey to find out what you, our member, feel about how we are doing. The results provide the Board and the Association team key information in setting Association goals. When you receive the call, we highly encourage you to take the time to provide this important feedback. If you have any questions regarding the membership survey, contact Sheryl Jackson.


Hospitality Industry Involved in Seattle I-124 Rulemaking

In Seattle, the rulemaking process for Initiative 124, also called the Hotel Employee Health and Safety Ordinance, is now underway. The initiative has been in effect since Nov. 30, 2016, and established safety, workload and health insurance requirements at Seattle hotels. The Office of Labor Standards is holding weekly stakeholder meetings for rulemaking through mid-March, including meetings specifically for hotel employers and hospitality management representatives. Seattle Hotel Association members and the local GA team are engaged in the process. Please email Teddi McGuire if you would like to receive meeting announcements.


Meetings to Address Seattle Area Homelessness Under Way

One Table, a regional approach to addressing homelessness launched by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and others, held its first meeting in January. One Table’s 75 participants, including business leaders, service providers and elected officials, are tasked with evaluating the success of programs that address the root causes of homelessness. They will make recommendations on effective solutions in April. Homelessness crosses city boundaries, and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and the Seattle Hotel Association support this regional approach to a regional problem.


Seattle Jobs Tax Proposal Likely in the Works

At the city level, the Progressive Revenue Task Force is expected to develop a jobs tax proposal to raise revenue for city-based homelessness initiatives. Stay tuned for more information from the Seattle government affairs team on this important issue.


College Place to Move Forward with Short-Term Rental Regulations

The College Place City Council agreed to move forward with regulating short-term rentals by using the city’s Planning Commission. The commission will take the issue on later this summer after the city has finished updating its comprehensive plan and development regulations, which are scheduled to be complete by the end of June. This comes after the City of Walla Walla implemented strict regulations on non-owner occupied short-term rentals late last year. Walla Walla County is also working on short-term rental regulations. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.



L&I Offering Paid Sick Leave Training Webinars – Register Now!

Get informed on the state’s new paid sick leave program through training webinars presented by L&I throughout February. Register now.



What You Need to Know About Filing I-9 Immigration Forms – Seminar, Feb. 23

In 2018, we expect the current administration to quadruple the number of I-9 investigations for employers. Do you feel confident that you have an I-9 form completed for all of your employees? Are the forms are completed properly? Join immigration partner Davis Bae from the law firm Fisher Phillips for a Feb. 23 webinar and a brief discussion on electronically filing I-9 forms. Register here. For more information, email Kim Lyons or call her at 503.205.8088.


2018 Nutrition Executive Study Group Conference: March 6-7, Seattle

The annual National Restaurant Association’s Nutrition Executive Study Group Conference has been at the forefront of thought-provoking content and emerging best practices, as well as attended by some of the industry’s best. This conference was created as a forum for nutrition professionals in the restaurant industry to network and discuss opportunities and challenges they face on a daily basis. The agenda is packed with informative sessions including “Staying Relevant in an Ever-Changing Environment,” “How Allergens are Impacting Your Restaurant,” “The Freshest Insights in New Food Trends” and more. Registration is filling up quickly! To secure your reduced-rate hotel room, register by Friday, Feb. 9. Click here for the full agenda and more information about the event.



Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage and Kona Kai Coffee on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Matt Farrell and Jennifer Ferry, co-owners of Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage, in La Conner. Andy and Paul then chat with Mychal Boiser, executive director of Kona Kai Coffee, in Kent.


Eye on Hospitality: Just Say No to Forced Labor

Not in our house! This is what hotels throughout the U.S. are telling human traffickers. The hospitality industry is taking a strong stand against forced labor because human traffickers have a history of exploiting of the privacy and anonymity of hotels and motels. Read more…



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