Growth Management Hearings

HB 2728 speaks to the impartial participation of members of the growth management hearings board on matters before the board and a member’s prior involvement to parties in a hearing.

Hirst Decision

HB 2937 is a new bill drafted to recognize that the legislation addressing the Hirst case excluded the Skagit basin WRIA’s number 3 and 4. The bill speaks to the implementation of the 1996 memorandum of agreement.  It is being considered a statement bill to continue the discussion for a solution in the Skagit basin.

International Wildland-Urban Interface Code

SB 6109 is a returning bill dealing with the state building code adopting the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code. The language makes several exceptions to the code, yet counties have previously had concerns with other portions of the WUI code.

Critical Areas Ordinance

SB 6328 seeks to prioritize local peer-reviewed science and similar geographical science for best available science used in Critical Areas Ordinance.  It also allows for all parties to retain experts for hearing before the Growth Management Hearings Boards.

Military Installation

SB 6456 is the companion bill to HB 2341 regarding incompatible development around a military installation. Counties were working with the House sponsor and have moved to oppose when amendments did not remove a mandatory requirement regarding development. The Senate version was heard Thursday, January 25 and written testimony was submitted from Commissioner Price-Johnson of Island County and Commissioner Kate Dean of Jefferson County came to testify in person.

Recycling Outreach

HB 2914 addresses recycling issues evolving due to changes in the market and tasking the Department of Ecology and the Utilities and Transportation Commissions to develop a public outreach strategy on recycling.

State Investment Board

SB 6539 is a new bill being heard on Monday, January 29th and directs the Department of Natural Resources to endeavor to generate an average of two hundred and thirty million dollars from state lands and forestlands each year. The bill also requires DNR to evaluate its land portfolio and include analysis of earning potential and options for other investment ways to enhance revenue, including the sale of lands to invest in a state investment board.

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Laura first became involved in government as a city council member for the city of Newport Washington and later became a County Commissioner in Pend Oreille County. She served for 6 years and represented the region on statewide and national boards. Laura and her family moved to Olympia in November of 2012 and she has worked for WSAC for four years doing policy work on natural resources, land use and environmental issues.