2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

24
Jul

Implementation of the Public Records Legislation

As you know, the Legislature passed HB 1594 and HB 1595 during the 2017 regular legislative session. The two bills authorize agencies to charge for the transmission of electronic records, make changes to the definition of an “identifiable public record”, create a local government grant program and require certain agencies to start reporting public records information to the Joint Legislative

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21
Jul

End of 3rd Special Session a Double-Loss for Counties

Yesterday when the Washington Legislature adjourned it was another unsatisfactory conclusion for counties, who were already deeply disappointed by the outcomes from the first 160 days of legislative action. The results didn’t get any better with an additional 30 days; the legislature failed to provide relief for counties who are now required to produce duplicative and costly water resource information

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20
Jul

Negotiations On Hirst Breakdown

Counties are not the water authority in Washington State and if required to determine connectivity and impairment for such small scale impacts as permit-exempt wells, it could take decades to develop the resources and expertise to manage water use in each county and the state will end up with 39 different “water codes” across the state. (Hirst Decision) As you

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30
Jun

Legislature Fails to Protect Public Safety

Olympia, WA – The Washington State Legislature released its operating budget, which disappointingly did not address the financial crisis facing communities across Washington. The budget failed to replace the arbitrary 1% cap on property revenue—the major funding source for counties and cities—with a cap actually tied to the factors that drive costs like inflation and the rate of population growth. “We

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