The 2019 Legislative Session is On

The 2019 Legislative Session began Monday, Jan. 14, and is scheduled to run 105 days. During this time, the Legislature will craft a new two-year state budget and pass policy bills to accompany the budget. This session, the Washington Hospitality Association is working on two priority issues: affordable housing and workforce development. We are proud to partner with Unlock the Door to Affordable Homeownership, a coalition of nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Washington.

Read more about the State Government Affairs session priorities here. If you would like to receive the weekly Legislative News updates, please contact Nicole Vukonich to be added to the list.

If you would like to participate on the Government Affairs Committee weekly legislative calls, please contact Katie Doyle. The calls are open to all active members and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays until the end of April.

Tell Us the Ways You Give Back to Your Community

Do you sponsor a youth sports team? Donate to local nonprofits? Are you feeding federal furloughed workers? We would love to know all the wonderful things our members are doing in communities across Washington. Tell us how you give back. This information may be used by the communications team to highlight the generosity of our membership. Please contact Nicole Vukonich to share your story.

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#Whyichoosehospitality – Tell Your Story at Hill Climb on Jan. 28

Are you ready to tell your legislators #whyichoosehospitality? Have you registered for Hill Climb? It’s our association’s largest grassroots event of the year and you won’t want to miss out. Be sure to let us know your first job in hospitality! We know that nine out of 10 owners and operators have worked their way up the hospitality career ladder. This session we will focus on workforce development, affordable housing and much more. RSVP today.

Association Members Receive FREE Human Trafficking Prevention Training

A powerful solution to end human trafficking is proving to be effective inside Washington state hotels – when staff members are trained in what to look for. The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation is partnering with the nonprofit Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) to increase access to human trafficking awareness training for the state’s hotel employees. Starting this month, which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, BEST’s training will be offered to the 6,500 Washington Hospitality Association members and their teams free of charge. To learn more or participate in training, visit

Food Safety Advisory Council to Hear Proposal to Reduce Single-use Plastic Gloves Jan. 24

On Jan. 24, the Food Safety Advisory Council (FSAC) and the state Department of Health will hear and deliberate on the Washington Hospitality Association’s petition surrounding the allowance of minimal bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food. There will be an opportunity during the meeting held at the Department of Health’s Kent Regional Office for the public to provide input from 10:30-11 a.m. Currently, the FSAC is not accepting written comments on this topic. To reserve your spot, please email Samantha Louderback by Monday, Jan. 21.

Seattle: Evening of Hope Coming Feb. 2

The Seattle Hotel Association will present its 22nd Annual Evening of Hope Gala, Feb. 2, at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. This year, the event will raise funds for StolenYouth, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to ending sex trafficking in Washington and empowering those who have been affected. Tickets are $375 and are available here. For more information, click here.

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