All posts by Kirsten Smith

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Legislators Reach Deal on Capital Budget & Hirst

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The State Legislature finally approved Washington’s 2017-18 capital budget Thursday night, sending the $4.2 billion construction spending plan for major projects to the governor. The impasse was broken when Democrat and Republican negotiators reached an agreement on a Hirst “fix” to address the 2016 state Supreme Court ruling on rural…

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Olympia Update: Week 2

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Week 2 was another busy one in Olympia: over 1,000 new bills have been added to the hundreds still alive from 2017 and committee and floor votes are happening quickly. This year is a short session, which means that we are already halfway to the first calendar cutoff where a…

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Hirst Decision Background

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The Hirst Decision In October 2016, a 6-3 ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court changed how counties decide to approve or deny building permits that use wells for a water source.  In Whatcom County vs. Hirst, Futurewise, et al., the court ruled that the county failed to comply with…

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