Chambers workforce development bill approved by House committee

A bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers seeking to create employment opportunities for young people has advanced out of the House Commerce and Gaming Committee.

Under House Bill 1483, liquor licensees with privileges for manufacturing or producing beer, wine, spirits, or any other type of alcohol would be permitted to allow 18- to 20-year-old employees to work in the manufacturing and production side of the business so long as an adult age 21 or older was on duty supervising. The bill would not allow employees under the age of 21 to sell, serve or consume alcohol.

Chambers, R-Puyallup, who serves as the ranking Republican on the House College and Workforce Development Committee, says House Bill 1483 would open up career pathways for 18- to 20-year-olds in every part of the state.

“With this bill, we have an opportunity to create jobs and provide long-term career pathways for young people in our cities, suburbs and small towns,” said Chambers. “Making this common-sense change to existing law would allow us to connect prospective employees with companies in an industry that plays a critical role in our state's economy. I'm heartened by the strong bipartisan support this bill has received, and look forward to continuing to advocate for its passage as it moves through the legislative process.”

House Bill 1483 has been referred to the House Rules Committee for further action.


Washington State House Republican Communications