Legislative Bulletin

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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22
Apr

Mix-ups and an 11th Hour Vote Pass Vaccine Exemptions

Come cut-off time… you never know what can happen. Bills live on, die, are negotiated at length – all in last-ditch efforts to make it through the final cut-off. One such bill added extra drama on Wednesday and has been one of the most controversial bills this session. HB 1638 – which removes the personal and philosophical exemptions from MMR

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19
Apr

Will It Take Extra Innings to Get the Work Done?

We’ve made it to the last week of session! But the big question on everyone’s mind is – will lawmakers end on time, or will it take an extra session to get the work done? As the days wane on it is becoming clear there remain several big-budget sticking points between the House and Senate. Many fear the April 28

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15
Apr

Death By a Thousand Cuts

It’s that time of session when you can pretty much tell what bills the legislature is likely to pass and you’ve seen all of the budget drafts except for the final version. Thus, we can have a pretty good understanding of how the legislative session might shape up for the counties. While there are bills that will add resources to

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