Legislative Bulletin

12
Jan

JLARC Votes to Adopt Report on Homeless Youth

JLARC Votes to Adopt Report on Homeless Youth The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee Members voted to adopt a report on unaccompanies homeless youth this week. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) presented the results of its study on state-funded programs and services provided to unaccompanied homeless youth as directed by the Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection

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12
Jan

Public Records Stakeholder Group Makes Progress

Stakeholders reviewed legislative proposals in December and bills likely introduced early in the 2017 legislative session. Representatives McBride and Nealey convened a public records stakeholder group from June through December 2016. The group included representatives from cities, counties, school districts, newspapers, the Coalition for Open Government and the State Auditors Office. At the final stakeholder meeting, the group reviewed bill

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12
Jan

On the Lookout for Water Bills

A legislative “fix” for the Hirst decision yet to be dropped. A couple of water bills have been pre-filed for the beginning of the 2017 legislative session.  A bill to address the impacts of the Hirst supreme court decision has yet to be dropped.  A water bill of note, that looks to address issues arising from the Foster decision is

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12
Jan

Public Health Crises Embattling Washington

Public health community requests funding from Legislature to strengthen Foundational Public Health Services. There have been a number of communicable disease outbreaks in Washington in recent months, including nearly 80 cases of noro virus in a Spokane homeless shelter in November, over 100 cases of mumps in King County in December, and a current epidemic of influenza across the state,

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