22
Apr

Mix-ups and an 11th Hour Vote Pass Vaccine Exemptions

Come cut-off time… you never know what can happen. Bills live on, die, are negotiated at length – all in last-ditch efforts to make it through the final cut-off. One such bill added extra drama on Wednesday and has been one of the most controversial bills this session. HB 1638 – which removes the personal and philosophical exemptions from MMR

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13
Apr

Solid Funding for Solid Waste

On April 9th, local solid waste managers, environmental public health directors, and county commissioners came to the capital to advocate for local solid waste financial assistance (LSWFA). Used for the development, implementation, and enforcement of solid waste management plans (including recycling and hazardous materials), LSWFA funding is distributed statewide to all counties. The funding source for LSWFA has been the

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5
Apr

2SHB 1497 Signed by Governor!

On April 3rd, Governor Inslee signed 2HB 1497 - regarding foundational public health services. This law establishes a new framework and collaborative decision-making process between state and local governments in allocating funding to public health services. This is an exciting time for WSAC and WSALPHO and is the culmination of hard work dating back at least seven years. With FPHS
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29
Mar

Early Senate Floor Votes Support Public Health!

While the hill was abuzz with budget talk, the Senate voted bills off the floor supporting local public health. First, and most excitedly, HB 1497 – foundational public health services (FPHS) passed with a 44-1 (4 absent) vote! This is a tremendous show of bi-partisan support for governmental public health, particularly local public health. WSAC and WSALPHO advocated heavily on

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