Washington lawmakers are working to combine the administrative functions of the Department of Early Learning and the Department of Social and Health Services into a new agency. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families will oversee state functions related to children. An oversight board and ombudsman office will monitor the new agency and provide a way for people with concerns to be heard. Read more here.
Many people interviewed for the 2016 State Auditor report on administrative hearings felt the process was unfair. Read more here. As of May 2017, it appears that no state agencies adopted the state auditor's recommendations or addressed the perception of unfairness in the regular 2017 legislative session. Read more here.
Posted by Elizabeth Steen
In Washington, 41 of the 55 state-chartered credit unions offer “member business lending.” They had $44.1 billion in assets and a combined business lending program totaling $3.5 billion. Richland-based HAPO joins a growing number of credit unions adding business lending to a service lineup that was once limited to checking and savings accounts, car loans and residential mortgages. Click to read more.
It’s a crime wave we hear little about — elder abuse.
Most notably, scammers taking advantage of people in their care, often stealing their life savings, other times physically abusing them.
House Democrats have released their proposed 2017-19 operating budget that includes over $7 billion in increased basic education spending over four years and a variety of new taxes to pay for it, including a capital gains income tax. At a Monday, March 27 press conference, top-ranking House leaders argued their proposal would comply with the 2012 McCleary decision while providing sufficient funding for other state programs. Read More.
On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) prevents a person nominated to fill a vacant office requiring presidential appointment and Senate confirmation from performing the duties of that office in an acting capacity. Read More.
As of January 1, 2018 consumer loan companies originating and servicing residential mortgage loans and non-residential loans in Washington will need to comply with new surety bond requirements. Read More.