2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

12
Jan

On the Lookout for Water Bills

A legislative “fix” for the Hirst decision yet to be dropped. A couple of water bills have been pre-filed for the beginning of the 2017 legislative session.  A bill to address the impacts of the Hirst supreme court decision has yet to be dropped.  A water bill of note, that looks to address issues arising from the Foster decision is

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12
Jan

Public Health Crises Embattling Washington

Public health community requests funding from Legislature to strengthen Foundational Public Health Services. There have been a number of communicable disease outbreaks in Washington in recent months, including nearly 80 cases of noro virus in a Spokane homeless shelter in November, over 100 cases of mumps in King County in December, and a current epidemic of influenza across the state,

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10
Jan

What’s the focus for Public Health this session?

WSALPHO legislative priorities and pre-filed PH bills: In November 2016, the WSALPHO Board approved a Legislative Agenda that includes targeted policy and budget items to focus on in 2017. The efforts will be led by WSALPHO’s legislative co-chairs, Jeff Ketchel (Snohomish County), Art Starry (Thurston County), legislative committee members and contracted lobbying assistance from Brynn Brady The top WSALPHO priority

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10
Jan

Public Health is Essential

Public Health is Essential is a campaign for funding that supports core public health services statewide. Within the coming weeks, you may begin to hear the tag line, Public Health is Essential in a variety of media.  This campaign is referring to WSALPHO’s and other public health partners top legislative priority- a state down payment that funds what is referred

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