Senate advances bills that expands county liability – SB 6015 represents a substantial expansion to the number of people who may file a claim and the damages for which they may seek redress for wrongful death. It is expected to considerably increase the costs to public entities. The bill passed off the Senate floor Friday night on a mostly partisan vote.
House and Senate fiscal bills that didn’t pass out of their respective Appropriations and Ways & Means Committees were added to the pile of dead bills for the session. A caveat to this is that a bill that is deemed necessary to implement the budget can be resurrected or inserted into an omnibus bill later in the session. Unfortunately, SHB
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,
Land Use Bills There are a few land use bills we are watching for floor action. HB 2931 would increase energy efficiency requirements on residential buildings under the permit fee statute. It has been amended to change the lower efficiency requirement be the default standard. Also in the House is HB 2023 from last year that would preempt the effective