House republicans try to add classified employees to PEBB

Yesterday, House republicans attempted to amend HB 1843 by adding classified employees to PEBB.  1843 is the House democrat’s McCleary solution (check out previous entries).  There was an impassioned plea from Representatives Drew MacEwen, Dave Hayes, Dan Griffey, Ed Orcutt and Bob McCaslin to help out classified employees and PSE members.  Really nice to hear their support for us.

Though the amendment failed on a party line vote of 47 republicans voting yes and 50 democrats voting no, it was good to hear the two democratic opposition speakers say this is a problem that needs to be fixed this session.

Here is the debate on the amendment:

 

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