April 20th 2018

COLAs for LEOFF Plan 1

Effective April 1, 2018

Below is a table for the LEOFF Plan 1 COLA as of April 1, 2018. To see all COLA percentages, click here.



Inslee vetoes controversial legislative public records bill

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Washington state's carbon tax bill dies in Legislature

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Washington State Investment Trust
(State Bank)


Senator Bob Hasegawa has introduced Senate Bill 5464 which would establish the Washington Investment Trust (State Bank). Click here for more details.

Public Records Act

Legislators that Voted for Senate Bill 6617


Bill History
2018 REGULAR SESSION
Feb 22
Read first time, rules suspended, and placed on second reading calendar. (View Original Bill)

Feb 23
Floor amendment(s) adopted.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 41; nays, 7; absent, 1; excused, 0. (View 1st Engrossed) (View Roll Calls)

IN THE HOUSE
Feb 23
Read first time, rules suspended, and placed on second reading calendar.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 83; nays, 14; absent, 0; excused, 1. (View Roll Calls)

Roll Call
ESB 6617
Legislative records
3rd Reading & Final Passage
2/23/2018

Yeas: 41 Nays: 7 Absent: 1 Excused: 0
Voting Yea: Senators Angel, Bailey, Becker, Billig, Braun, Brown, Chase, Cleveland, Conway, Darneille, Dhingra, Ericksen, Fortunato, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hawkins, Hobbs, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, McCoy, Mullet, Nelson, Padden, Palumbo, Pedersen, Rivers, Rolfes, SaldaƱa, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Takko, Van De Wege, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, Zeiger

Voting Nay: Senators Baumgartner, Carlyle, Fain, Miloscia, O`Ban, Ranker, Wagoner

Absent: Senator Walsh


Yeas: 83 Nays: 14 Absent: 0 Excused: 1
Voting Yea: Representatives Appleton, Barkis, Bergquist, Blake, Buys, Chandler, Chapman, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, DeBolt, Dent, Doglio, Dolan, Dye, Eslick, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Gregerson, Griffey, Haler, Hansen, Hargrove, Harris, Hayes, Holy, Hudgins, Irwin, Jenkin, Jinkins, Johnson, Kagi, Kirby, Klippert, Kloba, Kretz, Kristiansen, Lovick, Lytton, MacEwen, Macri, Manweller, Maycumber, McBride, McCabe, McCaslin, McDonald, Morris, Nealey, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Pettigrew, Pike, Pollet, Riccelli, Robinson, Rodne, Ryu, Santos, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shea, Slatter, Springer, Stanford, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Tarleton, Taylor, Tharinger, Valdez, Van Werven, Vick, Volz, Wilcox, Wylie, Chopp

Voting Nay: Representatives Caldier, Fey, Graves, Harmsworth, Kilduff, Kraft, Muri, Orwall, Pellicciotti, Reeves, Sawyer, Stambaugh, Walsh, Young

Absent:

Excused: Representative Smith

Washington State Retirement Systems and Pension Funding

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For information on LEOFF 1, see pages 16, 17, 23, 31, 32, 33, and 34.

Use Increased State Revenue to Reduce Unfunded Pension Liabilities

Washington State Capital

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Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Retirement System RCW 41.26.030

Many members have been calling on what medical services they can receive. Please section 19 of this RCW, and please note subsection I:


(19) "Medical services" for plan 1 members, shall include the following as minimum services to be provided. Reasonable charges for these services shall be paid in accordance with RCW 41.26.150.

  • (a) Hospital expenses: These are the charges made by a hospital, in its own behalf, for
  • (i) Board and room not to exceed semiprivate room rate unless private room is required by the attending physician due to the condition of the patient.
  • (ii) Necessary hospital services, other than board and room, furnished by the hospital.
  • (b) Other medical expenses: The following charges are considered "other medical expenses," provided that they have not been considered as "hospital expenses".
  • (i) The fees of the following:
    • (A) A physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.71 RCW;
    • (B) An osteopathic physician and surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.57 RCW;
    • (C) A chiropractor licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.25 RCW.
      • (ii) The charges of a registered graduate nurse other than a nurse who ordinarily resides in the member's home, or is a member of the family of either the member or the member's spouse.
      • (iii) The charges for the following medical services and supplies:
    • (A) Drugs and medicines upon a physician's prescription;
    • (B) Diagnostic X-ray and laboratory examinations;
    • (C) X-ray, radium, and radioactive isotopes therapy;
    • (D) Anesthesia and oxygen;
    • (E) Rental of iron lung and other durable medical and surgical equipment;
    • (F) Artificial limbs and eyes, and casts, splints, and trusses;
    • (G) Professional ambulance service when used to transport the member to or from a hospital when injured by an accident or stricken by a disease;
    • (H) Dental charges incurred by a member who sustains an accidental injury to his or her teeth and who commences treatment by a legally licensed dentist within ninety days after the accident;
    • (I) Nursing home confinement or hospital extended care facility;
    • (J) Physical therapy by a registered physical therapist;
    • (K) Blood transfusions, including the cost of blood and blood plasma not replaced by voluntary donors;
    • (L) An optometrist licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.53 RCW.
    Click here to read the complete RCW.

LEOFF 1 Coalition December 2017 Newsletter

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Pension and Investments

Washington state high court rules pension benefit reductions are constitutional
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State Legislators

Please read this
Bakenhus Decision 1956

RETIREMENT LAWS
of the
WASHINGTON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
and
FIREFIGHTERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Original 1970 Manual
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Medical Benefits For Plan1 Members
Wa.St. RCW 41.26.030 Section 19
Last Updated March 2017


Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Plan 1 Hand Book

Contact - 1-800-547-6657
Last Updated March 2017


Department of Retirement Systems

Leoff1 Plan Disability Benefits
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Leoff1 Plan Disability Board Guidelines
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What To Do When
A Death Occurs

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Planning Frequently
Asked Questions

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Social Security
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TTY: 1-800-352-0778

Veteran’s Benefits
After Death Occurs

Benefits:
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Health Care:
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VA Inspector General:
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Veterans Crisis Line:
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