Mike Hoover

25
Mar

Tax Penalty Hit to Counties Fixed (For Now)!

On a Saturday at the end of a major legislative cutoff, the House of Representatives amended a bill, HB 1105, to take out penalties on delinquent property tax payments. The amendment was unexpected and had not previously been considered by any committee or chamber this Session. Whatever the merits of the proposal, it represents about a $25 million per year

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11
Mar

Wrongful Death Changes Expected to Cost Over $7.5M Annually

This week, a report commissioned by the Liability Reform Coalition was released. The Milliman Group, a highly-respected independent public policy firm, determined that the proposed changes to wrongful death liability law will result in over $7.5 million per year in additional costs to local governments, and the expected number of lawsuits filed is estimated to expand by 10% per year

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2
Mar

Playing Defense in Olympia

With both the policy and fiscal committee cutoffs occurring in Olympia, my work switches largely to defense. The bills we are working to pass—prepaid ballot postage for elections, state paying for election costs regardless of the year, and public records assistance—are more or less in the form in which we want them, but the challenge is to keep them in

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25
Feb

Wrongful Death Bills Continue Moving in Olympia

Both the Senate (SB 5163) and House (HB 1135) versions of the wrongful death bills have been passed out of their respective policy committees and have now also been heard in the fiscal committees (the House bill was heard in Appropriations earlier this week; the Senate bill was heard in the Committee on Ways & Means earlier this month). The Washington State Association

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