1047 – Medication disposal system. 

This bill establishes a drug take-back program for the safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications, funded by drug manufacturing companies.  Take-back programs require Department of Health approval.  Program sunsets in 2029. An amended bill was passed out of the House, yeas, 86; nays, 12 and passed unanimously out of the Senate, yeas, 49; nays, 0. Concerns about preempting local programs were addressed by language which sets criteria for take-back programs, mirroring existing programs.  Other proposed amendments which sought to weaken the bill were fought down. 

1054 – Tobacco and vapor products, age to purchase.

This bill, commonly referred to as Tobacco 21 would protect youth from tobacco and vapor products by increasing the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco and vapor products.  There is also a companion bill – 5025 – in the Senate. Both bills are considered dead.

1476 – On-site sewage.

This bill identifies best management practices with accountability in on-site program management plans to ensure the ongoing viability of safe, reliable, on-site sewage systems in marine counties.  This bill would add significant costs to counties and includes several unfunded mandates.  Local health jurisdictions testified in opposition to this bill, primarily due to the high cost to counties.  The bill passed out of the House but has died in the Senate.

2420 – Also on-site sewage.

Declares an intent to ensure that only requirements that are reasonable, appropriately tailored, and necessary are imposed on the installation, operation, maintenance, or repair of on-site sewage systems. WSALPHO was able to amend the bill with language that would stipulate when monitoring contracts and easements are necessary.  There is concern that this bill isn’t necessary because these exemptions are already outlined in the administrative rules and can be addressed in the rule-making process.  It also contradicts 1476, another on-site septic bill.  The bill passed out of the House and moved through the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology committee.  There is an indication that this bill will die in the Senate. 

2489 – Opioid Use Disorder. 

The Governor’s Opioid agenda which would increase access to treatment services; coordinate services within the mental health, treatment and health care systems, support community partnerships and prevention efforts, expand the PMP. This bill has been labeled as NTIB as there is a significant allocation to these activities through state agencies. Local agencies, particularly mental health and treatment providers would receive some of the allocated funding. An amended bill passed unanimously out of the House; yeas, 98; nays, 0.   It has gone through Senate Health and Long-Term Care and Ways and Means Committees. It is currently on second reading in the Senate. Its companion bill, 6150 has been placed on “X” file in the Senate.

2639 – Mobile food units. 

Would require regulating authority (local health jurisdictions) to exempt certain mobile food units from an inspection if the unit meets exemption criteria. WSALPHO worked to clear up ambiguous language and supported the bill. There is very little financial impact to counties. The amended bill passed out of the House and Senate, both unanimously. 

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Jaime Bodden

Jaime Bodden is the Managing Director for WSALPHO. Previously, Jaime managed and oversaw the operations of a small health department as Health Officer/Director. Additionally, Jaime has experience in community engagement, health promotion, global health, and health policy. She holds Master degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.
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