2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

21
Jan

Laura’s Bill Roundup

HB 2503 – Zoning Regulations Regarding the accessory dwelling units (ADU) allowed under the Growth Management Act and allowing counties flexibility in regulating and placing ADU’s. HB 2518 – Mobile Home Parks Deals with the siting of mobile home parks for senior citizen affordable housing.  This is a permissive bill not requiring the siting of these parks, but allowing counties

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21
Jan

Week 3 Public Health Update

The second week of session was full of activity on opiates. The Governor held a news briefing on Monday, outlining his strategy and legislation (HB 2489 and SB 6150) for addressing the opiate crisis. His proposal has similarities to the Attorney General but provides additional emphasis on treatment and prevention strategies. WSALPHO, like other healthcare and public health agencies, supports

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21
Jan

LSC Visits Olympia

Olympia, WA – Last Thursday the Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) held their first committee meeting of the year at the Capitol Campus. With ten new members joining LSC this year, the agenda included briefings on communication strategies and legislative priorities before face-to-face meetings with legislators.  WSAC Priorities One of WSAC’s legislative priorities this session is to secure full funding for

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19
Jan

Hirst Bill Signed!

Last night the legislature passed a bipartisan, bicameral solution for issues facing rural water stemming from the Hirst Supreme Court decision.  The capital budget and bond bills were also passed and have been signed by the Governor. Since the Supreme Court decision of October 2016, Counties have been left without certainty in land use planning and liability in permitting. The

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