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  • Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update – Session Final - The Washington State Legislature completed its 60-day session with no expectation of a special session for unresolved issues.  At the conclusion of the session, several legislators announced plans to not seek reelection.  The chair of the House Transportation Committee, Judy Clibborn, announced that she would not be running again.  Rep. Clibborn has been a great […]
  • Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update – Week 8 - Last Friday was the cutoff for bills to be passed by the opposite house.  The legislature is in its final week of the session which ends on Thursday, March 8th.  Bills that were amended before they were passed one chamber must again be passed by the opposite as the final legislation, or amendments must be […]
  • Transportation & Public Works Legislative Update – Week 7 - Today is the cutoff for policy-related bills passed out of the opposite house to be passed out of transportation committees.  There are a few bills of interest to counties on the calendar for consideration.  E2SHB 1332, concerning dangerous objects on county roads and bridges, is expected to be passed out of Senate Transportation.  Another bill, […]
  • Transportation and Public Works Legislative Update– Week 6 - Today is day 44 of the 60 day legislative sessions.  Capital, operating, and transportation budgets are being rolled out with the first hearing on the Senate capita budget held yesterday.  Hearings on the operating and transportation budgets are scheduled for today. The Senate supplemental capital budget makes increases in a number of projects with some […]
  • Transportation and Public Works Legislative Update – Week 5 - House and Senate fiscal bills that didn’t pass out of their respective Appropriations and Ways & Means Committees were added to the pile of dead bills for the session.  A caveat to this is that a bill that is deemed necessary to implement the budget can be resurrected or inserted into an omnibus bill later […]
  • Transportation and Public Works Legislative Update – Week 4 - After the  cutoff for policy-related bills last Friday, several bills from last session and this session are dead.  The cut-off for fiscal bills is tomorrow, February 6th, so any bills not receiving a hearing or being moved out of committee will likewise be dead for the session. Rep. Wilcox’s bill to fund fish barrier removals, […]
  • Transportation and Public Works Legislative Report – week 3 - The House Ag & Natural Resources committee heard HB 2902, fish habitat/barrier removal, which provides $50 million in funding for fish barrier removals for the remainder of the biennium.  The bill had several people testify in strong support.  The bill is scheduled for executive session for February 1st.  If you support this bill, please let […]
  • Transportation and Public Works Legislative Report-Week2 - The good news is that legislature worked out issues on exempt wells last week and subsequently passed the 2017-19 capital budget.  The capital budget includes – for the first time – funding for the Fish Barrier Removal Board.  A list of all projects can be found here.  Fish barrier projects can be found by selecting […]
  • Transportation and Public Works Legislative Report - The 2017-19 capital budget remains the biggest unresolved issue from the last session.  The capital budget was held up over exempt well issues brought about by the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision.  There has been talk of a compromise on that issue after which the capital budget will be passed in much the same form […]
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