27
Mar

Will the legislature tax e-cigarettes?

This week the House Finance Committee will consider move one of two bills that would tax vapor products often referred to as e-cigarettes.  Public health advocates support this tax because the excise tax helps to address youth access by making the products less affordable for youth.  The bill sponsors also see a need for revenue to offset another policy bill

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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

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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6
Mar

Statewide Drug Take Back Program Can Save Lives   

Take a moment to read the Everett Herald’s recent commentary by Representative Strom Peterson and then, let your legislator know how important this program is or would be in your County. Find your legislator here. Guest editorial by Representative Strom Peterson in The Everett Herald: Statewide Drug Take Back Programs Can Save lives. March 5th, 2017) See the article here.  HB

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