Legislative Bulletin

11
Feb

The Weeks Behind and Ahead

With nearly two weeks left before the first policy committee cutoff, well over 1900 bills have been introduced. And, both the House and Senate have already begun floor action. The House has already sent 18 bills over to the Senate while the Senate sent 6 to the House. Governor Inslee has already signed one bill into law – HB 1064,

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11
Feb

Recycling in Focus for Legislature

Several strategies to effectively manage the challenges local and statewide recycling programs are facing related to China’s “National Sword” Policy are front and center this legislative session. We’ve already discussed a couple of these proposals, including a ban on single-use plastic straws (SB 5077), a ban on certain types of single-use plastic shopping bags (HB 1205 and SSB 5323), and

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11
Feb

Does your county use automated decision making?

Will you be able to sort your email without submitting an “algorithmic accountability report” to the state? An interesting bill crept up on us last week that has some unfortunate consequences.  HB 1655, sponsored by Rep. Hudgins, was heard on Feb. 6th and is scheduled for executive action on February 15th. This bill prohibits public agencies from developing, procuring, or

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11
Feb

Investing in Public Health is Investing in Our Future

Like most Americans, investing and thinking about the future is not easy. Investing money now for the future is less appealing and often less feasible when the here and now is full of crises and mandates. Plus, there is the appeal of funding initiatives and priorities that make your communities attractive places to call home. This year, the state legislature

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