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2020 Legislative Priorities: An Overview

Fish Barriers

Counties support legislation and funding that will help to remove fish barriers with a regional and watershed approach in mind. Just fixing state fish barriers will do nothing to solve the overall problem. The Legislature must provide funding and long-term commitment from the state to remove county-owned fish barriers; stop eliminating project match requirements; funding for monitoring and maintenance of passable culverts; streamlining project permitting; and tools that assist in project delivery.

Public Defense

Access to a defense attorney is a fundamental constitutional right where the responsibility has been passed down to counties. The Legislature funds less than 4% of the costs and counties spend $156 million annually. For equal access to justice, the Legislature must fund the full cost of trial court public defense services.

Unfunded Mandates

The Legislature has continued to shift costs through policy changes and legislation down to county government. To pay for these unfunded mandates, counties divert funds from road maintenances leaving critical public safety positions unfilled to meet the obligations from the state. Counties oppose any changes that will increase county costs without funding attached.

Involuntary Treatment Act Court Funding

Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) allows the courts to commit individuals to a free-standing behavioral health Evaluation and Treatment (E&T) facility or psychiatric hospital against their will for a limited time period. These involuntary civil commitments are meant to provide for the evaluation and treatment of individuals with a mental or substance use disorder who may be gravely disabled or pose a danger to themselves or others, and who refused or are unable to enter treatment on their own. However, funding for ITA must be separate and distinct from other healthcare funding and must not cut into existing non-Medicaid behavioral health crisis funding.

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Have you checked the weather recently? Between rain, snow, and wind, nearly every part of our state is getting some winter! Make sure to check roads before big trips, and give the WSDOT website a look. Be safe, our #WAcounties all have their unique winter weather!

#IHeartWACounties #WA39

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Events Calendar

january, 2020

22janAll Day23Human Services Committee Meeting(All Day) Event:Affiliate ConferenceAffiliate:ACHS

22jan6:00 pm8:00 pmLSC Roundtable6:00 pm - 8:00 pm WSAC Downstairs Conference RoomEvent:Legislative Steering Committee

23jan8:00 am1:00 pmLSC Meeting8:00 am - 1:00 pm Pritchard Building - Washington RoomEvent:Legislative Steering Committee

31jan1:30 pm3:30 pmLSC Webinar1:30 pm - 3:30 pm WSAC Upstairs Conference RoomEvent:Legislative Steering Committee

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