Posts Tagged ‘Washington Supreme Court’

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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Senate Bill to ‘Fix’ Hirst Decision in House Limbo

During this year’s legislative session in Olympia, lawmakers have been debating what to do about a decision by the state Supreme Court on water rights and the use of domestic wells. The high court ruling in October said counties must ensure, independently of the state, that water is physically and legally available before issuing building…

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State Senate Passes Hirst Decision ‘Fix’ for Water Rights

During this year’s legislative session in Olympia, lawmakers have been debating what to do about a decision by the state Supreme Court on water rights and the use of domestic wells. The high court ruled in October said counties must ensure, independently of the state, that water is physically and legally available before issuing building…

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12th District Legislators Update – Brad Hawkins

12th District Senator Brad Hawkins calls in live from Olympia for his weekly chat to talk about the Supreme Court’s Hirst decision and a potential legislative “fix” and hearings today in the Senate’s Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee, one of which is on the Hirst ruling.

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Senate Bill Tackles Supreme Court Water Wells Decision

A public hearing is scheduled for today in Olympia before the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee on the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. The court ruling changed how counties decide to approve or deny building permits that use wells for a water source. Critics say it creates challenges for rural landowners and…

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