Tag: Department of Health


2SHB 1497 Signed by Governor!

On April 3rd, Governor Inslee signed 2HB 1497 - regarding foundational public health services. This law establishes a new framework and collaborative decision-making process between state and local governments in allocating funding to public health services. This is an exciting time for WSAC and WSALPHO and is the culmination of hard work dating back at least seven years. With FPHS
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Early Senate Floor Votes Support Public Health!

While the hill was abuzz with budget talk, the Senate voted bills off the floor supporting local public health. First, and most excitedly, HB 1497 – foundational public health services (FPHS) passed with a 44-1 (4 absent) vote! This is a tremendous show of bi-partisan support for governmental public health, particularly local public health. WSAC and WSALPHO advocated heavily on

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On-site Sewage Systems & Unfunded Mandates

On-site sewage systems (OSS) remains an important public health topic in practice and also in policy and the legislature. Each session, there are several bills posted addressing OSS from all different perspectives.  This past week, an OSS bill from the last session made a reappearance. HB 1476 (Peterson) passed the House floor and was referred to Energy, Environment, and Technology

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Week 3 Public Health Update

The second week of session was full of activity on opiates. The Governor held a news briefing on Monday, outlining his strategy and legislation (HB 2489 and SB 6150) for addressing the opiate crisis. His proposal has similarities to the Attorney General but provides additional emphasis on treatment and prevention strategies. WSALPHO, like other healthcare and public health agencies, supports

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