Olympia Update – Week 1

Washington’s 105-day legislative session started on Monday with both houses landing in solid Democrat control after this year’s election.  The size of the majorities, combined with a new majority leader in the senate and the announcement that Speaker Chopp will step down after this year, along with Governor Inslee’s presidential campaign exploration, should add up to a year potentially unlike

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Governor Inslees’s Budget Proposal

Last Thursday, Governor Inslee released his proposed 2019 budgets. Generally, the governor’s budgets are seen as an executive and judicial branch “wish list” that the legislature will consider along with their own priorities. The following is a summary list of the expenditures and new revenue proposed by Governor Inslee that may be of interest to the Counties. We won’t see

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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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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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