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Olympia Happenings Related To Our Tech Industry

The WTIA has been focused on the upcoming legislative session that will start in Olympia in January. During the month of November the legislature conducted working sessions to start to explore policy topics of interest to the legislators and begin the bill drafting process. Topics that we are particularly interested in in this upcoming session are in the areas of privacy, education funding (particularly increased funding to enable more Computer Science degrees in the state), workforce development and the discussion around the extension of the R&D tax credit. Continue reading

Invasive Technologies Work Session in Olympia Nov. 19

Hello readers,

As you have seen in previous posts, there is an ongoing legislative effort to regulate what are termed “invasive technologies”.  On November 19 in Olympia, there will be a work session to discuss these issues.

The three main topics of proposed legislation deal with regulating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), putting sideboards around government’s use of technology in surveillance and probably most relevant to the tech industry is a proposal to control one’s digital footprint.

Here is the link to the Nov. 19 work session:

The format for the work session is not yet determined but should be a wide ranging conversation that includes tech industry stakeholders.  WTIA is currently reviewing the proposals to determine a position to take, if necessary.

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Legislation Proposed by “Invasive Technologies” Work Group

Right to remove online content bill draft rec’d 10-16-13

Government surveillance bill draft rec’d 10-16-13

Invasive Technology Work Plan 10-15-13

Regulating recreational UAVs 10-16-13

Hello Readers,

In an earlier post we gave you information about the legislative work group formed to examine “invasive technologies”. This is under the auspices of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee of the Washington state legislature:

Attached are several documents relating to the work group’s efforts. One is the group’s plan for legislation for the 2014 session and beyond and the other three documents are proposed legislation on the topics of removing online content from social networking sites, limiting technology-enhanced government surveillance and regulating the use and operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

WTIA will be reviewing this proposed legislation. It is important that technology companies pay attention to what happens in Olympia as it affects their operations and costs of doing business.

If you find provisions in these proposals that concern you, please contact WTIA at or by phone at 206-448-3033 x101.

Attend Tech Cities – Tech Industry Event This Friday in Redmond

Hello Readers,

A great event is taking place this Friday, Oct. 11 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond.

It is a Tech Cities Coalition – Tech Industry event where Gov. Jay Inslee will speak, Hadi Partovi, founder of will talk about computer science education and Bill Richter, Isilon/EMC CEO will give remarks on the state of the tech industry.

Redmond Mayor John Marchione and WTIA CEO Michael Schutzler will co-host this no cost event that begins at 8:30 a.m and ends at 1:30 p.m.

See attached agenda for more details. The Tech Cities Coalition is a group of Washington cities that either have a significant presence of tech companies or wish to attract more tech companies to their area.

WTIA has established a solid working relationship with these cities to help each other achieve public policy goals around education, intrastructure and business/economic climate issues.

Space is limited so if you are interested in attending, please contact WTIA’s vice president of government affairs, Lew McMurran to attend. His email address is

WA Tech Cities Coalition (WTC2) Mtg Agenda 10 11 13-FINAL