2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

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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6
Mar

Foundational Public Health Services Passes the House!    

HB 1432, concerns Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) and directs Department of Health (DOH) to work with LHJs and develop a shared services project for epidemiology assessment and communicable disease monitoring and response.  It also addresses longer term public health needs through the development of a public health improvement plan. Utilized as a vehicle to discuss FPHS with legislators, advocates highlight

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