Jaime Bodden

19
Feb

Public Health Update – Week 6

Drug Take-Back Program Still alive this session is one of WSALPHO’s top priority bills.  SHB 1047 protects the public’s health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications. Almost identical to local programs already in place in Snohomish and King counties, the bill requires manufacturers that sell drugs in the state to operate a Drug

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18
Feb

On-site Sewage Systems & Unfunded Mandates

On-site sewage systems (OSS) remains an important public health topic in practice and also in policy and the legislature. Each session, there are several bills posted addressing OSS from all different perspectives.  This past week, an OSS bill from the last session made a reappearance. HB 1476 (Peterson) passed the House floor and was referred to Energy, Environment, and Technology

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16
Feb

Public Health Workers on the Hill

Olympia - On February 7th, approximately 150 public health workers descended on Olympia to meet with the legislature and discuss public health issues impacting Washingtonians across the state.  The event was organized by the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) and participants included local health jurisdictions, the state department of health, community agencies, advocacy groups, and students.  WSALPHO helped sponsor
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12
Feb

Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes

Secure Drug Take-Back Act Passes in Washington House Bill would be first of its kind in the nation Last week Friday, the Washington House approved new secure medicine return legislation with an 86-12 bipartisan vote. The law (ESHB 1047) requires drug manufacturers to finance and coordinate a convenient and secure take-back system for unused medicines. When the program is launched,

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