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17
Feb

Sheriffs and Police Officers Speak to the Importance of HB 1764

Olympia – Public safety officers reminded us how important HB 1764 is to the safety of our local communities. This video was recorded live on Facebook. See the the original Facebook post here. “Counties have 11% fewer employees then they had in 2008, there are 5% fewer road deputies then there were in 2008 as well” said Eric Johnson the Executive Director

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17
Feb

Voting Rights Act Advances in House

Senate Pursues a Different Approach Last week the House State Government Committee moved forward the state Voting Rights Act – HB 1800. This bill continues to concern WSAC, because it will likely increase the number of lawsuits counties face. WSAC staff testified in committee, bringing up the fact that counties do not have the same authority as cities to change

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17
Feb

Counties Should Provide Services for Free, According to House Committees

Two Bills that Would Have Meant Real Dollars for Counties Fail to Advance. Unfortunately, the House Local Government Committee and House State Government Committee chairs decided not to advance two bills that would have meant real dollars for the county current expense fund. HB 1993 was introduced  by Representative Volz and would have allowed counties to charge a fee for

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17
Feb

Policy Cutoff at the Legislature this Week

The last two weeks have been busier than usual, even by legislative standards. Friday the 17th was the first deadline for bills to be advanced out of their policy committee. Any policy bills that were still in committee on Friday afternoon are considered “dead” for further legislative action. Legislative cutoffs such as this always generate considerable emotion among legislators and

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