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27
Feb

Is there value in hosting drug injection sites?

On Monday, the Senate Health Care committee considered SB 5223, a bill that responds to Seattle’s latest action that permitted two safe injection sites for heroin users.  SB 5223 would ban them.    Last year, Seattle King County Public Health convened a task force of experts that could provide guidance on the heroine and opiate epidemic occurring in the county.  The Heroin and

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27
Feb

Transportation & Public Works Update (2-20-17)

The 2017 legislative session passed its first cut-off milestone last Friday at which time policy bills needed to be reported out of committee.  Fiscal bills, including transportation and capital budget committee bills have until Friday, February 24th to get their bills reported out of committee. HB 1367, which allows counties to spend public funds on private roads, did not make

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24
Feb

House Committee Approves County Fiscal Flexibility and Local Revenue Tools Legislation

A bi-partisan group of legislators on the House Appropriations Committee passed HB 2006 on Thursday evening, a bill being supported by WSAC and sponsored by Representative Koster. Under the leadership of Representatives Springer, Volz and Wilcox, the bill received 25 votes from the 30 member committee. After negotiation and amendment the bill does three things: Mental health local option sales

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23
Feb

Grants Available to Protect Commercial Forests

This year, the Recreation and Conservation Office will accept grant applications for projects to conserve commercial forests in the newly created Forestland Preservation Category of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.