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,

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19
Feb

Public Health Update – Week 6

Drug Take-Back Program Still alive this session is one of WSALPHO’s top priority bills.  SHB 1047 protects the public’s health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications. Almost identical to local programs already in place in Snohomish and King counties, the bill requires manufacturers that sell drugs in the state to operate a Drug

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18
Feb

On-site Sewage Systems & Unfunded Mandates

On-site sewage systems (OSS) remains an important public health topic in practice and also in policy and the legislature. Each session, there are several bills posted addressing OSS from all different perspectives.  This past week, an OSS bill from the last session made a reappearance. HB 1476 (Peterson) passed the House floor and was referred to Energy, Environment, and Technology

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16
Feb

Public Health Workers on the Hill

Olympia - On February 7th, approximately 150 public health workers descended on Olympia to meet with the legislature and discuss public health issues impacting Washingtonians across the state.  The event was organized by the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) and participants included local health jurisdictions, the state department of health, community agencies, advocacy groups, and students.  WSALPHO helped sponsor
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