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Inslee signs tech-spending bill that is stripped of contracting out language

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday that aims to bring more security and results from the state’s estimated $1 billion a year outlay for information technology and services.

I’ve written a print story about Senate Bill 5891 for print editions of The Olympian and News Tribune. One high profile element of the bill requires state agencies and universities to have IT security plans and gives the state’s relatively new chief information officer, Michael Cockrill, a leading role in setting standards for that security.

The legislation also creates a purchasing pool for technology projects, lets smaller pilot projects bypass

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Employees at The Evergreen State College go on strike; picket lines on campus

Updated at 1:22 p.m. to add quotes from Rep. Chris Reykdal, details about alternate Evergreen campus classrooms and quote from executive director of the Washington Federation of State Employees.

Updated at 2:33 p.m. to add statement from The Evergreen State College.

Updated at 3:20 p.m. to add information on strike legality.

Student services employees at The Evergreen State College in Olympia went on strike Tuesday after failing to reach an agreement with administrators regarding firing procedures and pay.

The 57 Evergreen employees, which include resident advisers, academic counselors and athletic coaches, were joined by a few hundred supporters from the

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Put treadmills at work stations to help workers get fit? Wash. wellness bill doesn’t go as far as Oregon idea

A story out of Oregon on Monday shows a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist using a treadmill while also working at his computer work station – a melded set-up designed to make desk work less bad for a person’s health. The headline on the piece by’s Melissa Maynard calls treadmill desks the “latest in office supplies,’’ and it does not appear to be an April Fools Day spoof.

The featured doctor, James Levine, invented the device and he was using the device when he testified via teleconference to a recent Oregon committee hearing. Some lawmakers led by

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House panel hears bill making it easier for governor, unions to sort out local issues

Democratic Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater got a hearing Thursday on a bill to tinker with the historic 2002 law that gave state employees the right to bargain collectively for wages and health benefits. House Bill 1804 would modify the law so that issues particular to a particular agency’s workers can be bargained away from the “big tables” where the governor and unions are typically negotiating on the bigger picture issues.

See the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee’s hearing on the so-called “supplemental bargaining” provisions here on TVW.

Reykdal said current rules

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