18
Mar

Public Health on the Hill

Last week, WSALPHO attended the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) annual Public Health on the Hill in Washington DC. As the state affiliate for Washington, WSALPHO has an important role in communicating the importance of local public health and the need for stable funding at the federal level to support local programs. Joined by two local

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11
Mar

Exciting Week for Public Health

Foundational Public Health Services – through HB 1497 – just got a big show of support on the Hill. On Tuesday, the House voted 94-4 to pass HB 1497 off the floor. This is an increase in bi-partisan support for FPHS from 2017’s session. The bill is now in Senate Health and Long Term Care committee and we’re excitedly awaiting

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8
Mar

Culvert Work Session and Bills on the Move

As we move into week #9 things are again a bit quieter as Legislators continue to debate bills on the House and Senate floors. The cutoff for bills to get out of their house-of-origin is Wednesday, March 13. Get my bill list here. After this date, any bill that has not moved out of the house it originated in is considered

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4
Mar

Fiscal Committee Cutoff #1

The legislature passed another major milestone on Friday, the date of the first fiscal committee cutoff. Bills had to be moved out of the fiscal committees – House Transportation, Finance, Capital Budget, and Appropriations; and Senate Transportation and Ways and Means – in order to keep moving this session. However, while no bill is ever truly dead until the legislature

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