The Washington State Association of Counties, the collective voice of Washington’s counties for over one hundred years.

Fish Passage Barriers

Check out the latest video on the WSAC Legislative Priorities. This video focuses on how to fix Washington’s fish passage barriers. Snohomish County Leaders were interviewed about the issue and look at what the problems and solutions are for these fish barriers. Fish barriers prevent salmon from spawning and create a strain on the salmon population, endangering the orca population.

Foundational Public Health Services

One of WSAC’s four priorities is securing more funding for Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS). Councilor John Blom and Dr. Alan Melnick star in our latest video focused on the measles outbreak in Clark County. We explore why funding for FPHS is so important in the fight against measles and how public health keeps our communities safe.


What are they and why do they matter?

Public Defense

Access to a defense attorney is a fundamental constitutional right where the responsibility has been passed down to counties. The Legislature funds less than 4% of the costs and counties spend $156 million annually. For equal access to justice, the Legislature must fund the full cost of trial court public defense services.

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Unfunded Mandates

The Legislature has continued to shift costs through policy changes and legislation down to county government. To pay for these unfunded mandates, counties divert funds from road maintenances leaving critical public safety positions unfilled to meet the obligations from the state. Counties oppose any changes that will increase county costs without funding attached.

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Fish Barriers

Counties support legislation and funding that will help to remove fish barriers with a regional and watershed approach in mind. Just fixing state fish barriers will do nothing to solve the overall problem. The Legislature must provide funding to remove fish barriers at the state and local level as well as the necessary tools to meet the 2030 mandate.

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Public Health

Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) is a set of public health programs and services that every citizen should have access to. While creating a responsive and sustainable public health system and ensure healthy and economically vital communities across Washington. Supporting FPHS funding for local health jurisdictions creates a system able to respond to threats.

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september 2019

16sepAll Day19WSEMA 2019 Annual Conference(All Day) Skamania Lodge, 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way

20sep8:30 am12:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting8:30 am - 12:00 pm Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926

20sep12:30 pm3:30 pmLSC Meeting12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926

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