Legislative Bulletin

22
Apr

Final Stretch!

This week brought a lot of news, as the final weeks of Session often do. The wrongful death bill, SB 5163, was passed by the House and is expected to be signed into law by the Governor shortly. Despite coming close, we were unable to get any changes to the bill to limit liability to only the amount for which

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22
Apr

Does the State Care About Local Zoning?

An important decision was published this week in the Court of Appeals case Kittitas County v. Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. The key legal question being considered was whether the Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to only approve licensing applications that conform with local zoning laws. The Appellate Court (Court) said

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22
Apr

Mix-ups and an 11th Hour Vote Pass Vaccine Exemptions

Come cut-off time… you never know what can happen. Bills live on, die, are negotiated at length – all in last-ditch efforts to make it through the final cut-off. One such bill added extra drama on Wednesday and has been one of the most controversial bills this session. HB 1638 – which removes the personal and philosophical exemptions from MMR

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19
Apr

Will It Take Extra Innings to Get the Work Done?

We’ve made it to the last week of session! But the big question on everyone’s mind is – will lawmakers end on time, or will it take an extra session to get the work done? As the days wane on it is becoming clear there remain several big-budget sticking points between the House and Senate. Many fear the April 28

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