14
Jan

The “Clam” Before the Storm

Although rumors are running rampant about what to expect for legislation dealing with natural resources and the environment, very little has materialized in the form of actual filed bills to date. Here is a short list of some of the legislation I’m tracking: HB 1037 – Allowing the Use of Chemicals to Prevent the Decline of Aquaculture.  This bill would

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18
Dec

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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5
Mar

Natural Resource Bills Still Alive

Natural Resources bills could be alive until the end budget negotiations The Marbled Murrelet study bill passed off the Senate floor Friday morning with a vote of 35 to 14. HB 2285 establishes an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at DNR to study the impacts of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan. The Senate amended the

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26
Feb

Natural Resources, still a focus in the Legislature

The Marbled Murrelet study bill, HB 2285 that establishes an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at DNR to study the impacts of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan is scheduled for “exec” of Ways and Means this week. We need the Senate to pass it off the floor and match the House budget with funding for

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