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6
Mar

Transportation & Public Works Update (2-28-17)

The legislature’s fiscal bill cutoff was Friday, February 2oth, so several bills have been moved to the dead bill list. Several infrastructure financing bills did not make it past cutoff.  The Senate is focused on passing SB 5033 (Keiser), which gives authority to the Public Works Board to develop a bond-pooling program.  This bond-pooling program requires a constitutional amendment to put

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6
Mar

Senate Moves Hirst Bill

The Senate moved SB 5239 by a vote of 28 to 21 last week.  This bill makes fixes to the state supreme court decision Hirst v Whatcom County. It was amended several times and as it comes to the House, is a focused fix to the court decision that is shutting down rural development and permit exempt wells. We don’t know

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6
Mar

Foundational Public Health Services Passes the House!    

HB 1432, concerns Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) and directs Department of Health (DOH) to work with LHJs and develop a shared services project for epidemiology assessment and communicable disease monitoring and response.  It also addresses longer term public health needs through the development of a public health improvement plan. Utilized as a vehicle to discuss FPHS with legislators, advocates highlight

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6
Mar

Statewide Drug Take Back Program Can Save Lives   

Take a moment to read the Everett Herald’s recent commentary by Representative Strom Peterson and then, let your legislator know how important this program is or would be in your County. Find your legislator here. Guest editorial by Representative Strom Peterson in The Everett Herald: Statewide Drug Take Back Programs Can Save lives. March 5th, 2017) See the article here.  HB

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