Posts Tagged ‘Hirst decision’

Senate Passes Hirst Water Bill, Again

Yesterday we talked about lawmakers in Olympia likely heading into a third special session, as the current second overtime ends Wednesday and with no operating budget deal in sight. But it’s not just education funding drawing out the budget negotiations, lawmakers also want to tackle issues surrounding homelessness, mental health, natural resources and the Hirst…

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Second Special Legislative Session Likely to Become Third

Washington lawmakers are nearing the end of their second special session, and with no signs that the Senate and House are any closer to agreement on education funding, the necessity of a third overtime session seems all but inevitable. In addition to satisfying a state Supreme Court ruling on increasing state money to basic education,…

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Legislature Ends One Special Session, Starts a Second

12th District Representative Mike Steele joins Chris Hansen to talk about the final day of a special legislative session tomorrow and starting a second special session Thursday. The state’s fiscal year ends July 1, so lawmakers must pass a two-year budget by June 30. But Steele says party politics are holding up the process.

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State Senate Re-Passes Hirst ‘Fix,’ No Compromise in Sight on Education

In its first vote of the special session, the state Senate approved passed legislation to provide a so-called “fix” to the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. Sponsored by Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick, chair of the Senate committee on water, the legislation was approved with a bipartisan Senate vote during the 2017 regular session. However, the…

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Chelan County Commission Update – Keith Goehner

Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner joins Chris Hansen to talk about new recreational marijuana regulations proposed by the county planning commission, how the county cooperates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, potential impacts to the county from the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision and efforts to fund a replacement for the Goodwin Road Bridge in Cashmere.

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