2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

6
Mar

Public Records Bill Passed Out of the House

HB 1595 passed out of the House with a vote of 75-22 and HB 1594 passed with a vote of 79-18. Both bills now move to the Senate. SHB 1594 includes a study of establishing a statewide internet portal for public records management and provides $25,000 for the study. The current version also authorizes a $1 surcharge on county recorded

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6
Mar

Legislature Responds to Lead in Drinking Water     

A bill that addresses contaminated drinking water that stems from the lead content in drinking water found in water infrastructure (pipes, connections, and fixtures) is making its way through the legislative process.  SB 5745 sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer (L-48, D) awaits floor action in the Senate.   The bill will need to pass out of the Senate by 5

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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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