Legislative Bulletin

15
Jan

Funding Cuts Threaten Public Health

The public expects that our governmental public health system to be able to respond to and work to protect and improve the health of our residents.  In order to fulfill these expectations—and statutory duties, the system needs a core set of funded services available across the state. Simply put, for public health to work effectively anywhere, it must work effectively

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15
Jan

Guest Blog: Lodging Tax

This guest blog is written by Morgan Hickel who is the State Government Affairs Manager from the Washington Hospitality Association.  Generating and improving local tourism is critically important to all communities, residents, and businesses in the state of Washington. Recently, however, our members have expressed challenges with the local lodging tax process and the transparency in the use of these dollars. Under Washington

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15
Jan

Week 2 – Land Use & Environment Bills

HB 1987- Affordable Housing Prevents counties from restricting the density of affordable housing development on property owned by a religious organization under certain conditions. This would require Counties to allow the density of the affordable housing development on religious owned properties to exceed density limits by two times the maximum density requirement of other structures. HB 2607 – UGA’s and

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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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