2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

5
Mar

Natural Resource Bills Still Alive

Natural Resources bills could be alive until the end budget negotiations The Marbled Murrelet study bill passed off the Senate floor Friday morning with a vote of 35 to 14. HB 2285 establishes an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at DNR to study the impacts of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan. The Senate amended the

Read more

5
Mar

Wrongful Death Fails to Pass House

Late last Friday the House made one more attempt to push through SB 6015, the bill that would significantly increase local government liability pertaining to wrongful death.  We had been hearing rumors all day that it might be the “5 o’clock” bill.  The 5 o’clock bill is the last bill that a chamber brings up before the 5:00 pm floor

Read more

5
Mar

Public Health Bills Roundup

1047 – Medication disposal system.  This bill establishes a drug take-back program for the safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications, funded by drug manufacturing companies.  Take-back programs require Department of Health approval.  Program sunsets in 2029. An amended bill was passed out of the House, yeas, 86; nays, 12 and passed unanimously out of the Senate, yeas,

Read more

2
Mar

County Leaders Meet with the Governor

Olympia - On Thursday, March 1st, WSAC’s Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) gathered for its last legislative session meeting in Olympia. County leaders from across the state were scheduled to meet with Governor Inslee to discuss concerns counties have about pending legislation and the impact that proposed legislation will have on general fund budgets. LSC members were also prepared to discuss
Read more