Paul Jewell

22
Apr

Does the State Care About Local Zoning?

An important decision was published this week in the Court of Appeals case Kittitas County v. Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. The key legal question being considered was whether the Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to only approve licensing applications that conform with local zoning laws. The Appellate Court (Court) said

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13
Apr

Fire in the Senate

A major hearing took place this week in the Senate as the Ways and Means Committee heard SB 5996 for the first time. This bill, known as the Wildfire Prevention and Suppression Act, was recently proposed and is intended to create a dedicated program for providing funding to improve the fire-fighting capabilities of our state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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7
Apr

Toxic Tax Transformation

Along with the release of their Capital Budget proposal (SSB 5134), the Senate also recently proposed SB 5993, a measure intended to reform the financial structure of the model toxics control program. The model toxics control program is administered by the Department of Ecology, under the authority of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). MTCA is the state’s environmental cleanup

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4
Apr

When We All Lose

Whenever someone dies too young, we all lose something. We lose the person, who and what that person was, and what he or she would’ve become. I was shocked and sorrowful to receive the news last week of the tragic death of Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Thompson. The loss of Deputy Thompson in the line of duty is a

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