Amendments Offered by Senator Hughes
Senate Finance Committee
Senator Hughes offered the following amendments on February 7, 2017, which were tabled and not considered:
A00105 to Senate Bill 201 – This amendment would amend the Special Tax Provisions for Poverty to increase the additional income allowance for dependents by $1,000 to $10,500.
A00114 to Senate Bill 202 – This amendment reduces the Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07% to 2.99%.
Senator Hughes offered the following amendments on January 31, 2017:
Senate Bill 181 – Performance Based Budgeting
This amendment was adopted unanimously:
A00087 – This amendment provides for a review of the efficiency of tax credits by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). The review would be done in batches of three or four tax credits per year. Over the course of five years, all tax credits would be reviewed. The tax credits would also be reviewed every five years to ensure they are meeting the original intent of the tax credit and whether or not the tax credit should be terminated or amended to be more efficient.
This amendment was not adopted.
A00088 – This amendment moves the initiation date for performance based budgeting to the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Local Government Committee
Senator Hughes offered the following amendments on January 25, 2017, which were not adopted.
Senate Bill 10 – Sanctuary Cities
A00016 – This amendment would create a new exception to sovereign immunity in instances in which an individual is improperly detained pursuant to an ICE request and in compliance with the requirements of the underlying bill.
A00017 – This amendment would require the Commonwealth to reimburse municipalities for the full cost of any civil judgement imposed against the municipality for its compliance with the underlying bill.
A00018 – This amendment would create a new exception to governmental immunity for instances in which an individual is improperly stopped, searched, or detained as a result of racial profiling.
Senate Bill 128 – Paid Sick Leave Preemption
A00029 – This amendment requires all employers to offer employees paid sick leave. Sick leave will be earned at a rate of one hour per every 30 hours. An employee may not use sick days until after the 90th day of employment. Employers may cap the total number of days at 7 per year. Employees may carry over up to 10 days annually of unused sick time. Employers are not required to pay out unused time when an employee leaves; however, if an employee returns to employment within 1 year, the employer must reinstate the leave. Each employer must provide each employee with written notice of the leave policy. Employees can file complaints for violations with the Department of Labor and Industry and employers may be fined up to $5,000. A civil action for violations can be brought by the Secretary of L&I, the Attorney General or the employee.