15
Jan

Transportation & Public Works Report

The 2017-19 capital budget remains the biggest unresolved issue from the last session. The capital budget was held up over exempt well issues brought about by the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision.  There has been talk of a compromise on that issue after which the capital budget will be passed in much the same form that was agreed on in

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8
Jan

DFW Civil Enforcement Bill Introduced

Representative Fitzgibbon introduced HB 2337 giving the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) civil enforcement authority for hydraulic project related violations. DFW’s civil enforcement authority currently is limited to a fine of $100 per day. The bill authorizes increasing the civil penalty to $10,000 per violation for infractions below the ordinary high water line and retains the current $100 per

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20
Mar

Senate Transportation Budget Released

Senate Releases Proposed 2017-19 Transportation Budget The Senate released its nearly $8.7 billion spending plan for the 2017-19 biennium today.  The plan includes an increase of $166 million over the February 2016 forecast. The budget provides $9.7 million for 2017-19 along with $25.1 million in direct distributions to counties that was adopted under the Connecting Washington Act in 2015. These funds are in addition

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13
Mar

Transportation & Public Works Update

  Legislative Update: March 10, 2017 The legislature reached the cutoff where bills needed to pass out of the house of origin over to the opposite chamber for hearings.  Attention will now turn to the state budget.  The budget is expected to be out shortly after the new state revenue forecast comes out next week. There are a couple of

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