Washington State Legislative Update

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House Bill 1071: Regarding state and private partnerships for managing salmon hatcheries
Introduced by Rep. Brian Blake (D) on January 15, 2013, removes from current law a requirement that the Department of Fish and Wildlife establish public-private partnership agreements to restore and operate salmon hatcheries already closed. This act also modifies business plan requirements to allow for the harvest of chum salmon in designated areas.

House Bill 1072: Creating the agricultural labor skills and safety grant program
Introduced by Rep. Bruce Chandler (R) on January 15, 2013, authorizes the Department of Agriculture to create a grant program to provide training programs for agricultural workers, subject to dedicated funding. A grant recipient may receive up to $750,000 per year. This act expires on July 1, 2016.

House Bill 1073: Concerning payments to counties in lieu of property taxes on state-owned land
Introduced by Rep. Norm Johnson, (R – Yakima) (R) on January 15, 2013, modifies current law to redirect state property tax payments on state lands to the State, instead of to concerned counties.

House Bill 1074: Concerning requirements governing and associated with plat approvals
Introduced in the House on January 15, 2013, modifies current law regarding plat approvals to extend final plat approval from 9 to 10 years.

House Bill 1075: Concerning the number of Puget Sound Dungeness crab fishery licenses
Introduced by Rep. Kristine Lytton, (Anacortes) (D) on January 15, 2013, modifies current law to increase from 2 to 4 the number of vessels that can be designated on a Dungeness crab fisher license.

Senate Bill 5002: Concerning mosquito control districts
Introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R) on January 14, 2013, permits mosquito control districts to enter lands adjacent to the district to inspect and, if necessary, treat mosquito breeding places and authorizes the districts to remove undergrowth in the carrying out their duties.

Senate Bill 5011: Prohibiting the state of Washington and its political subdivisions from adopting and developing environmental and developmental policies that infringe or restrict private property rights without due process
Introduced by Sen. Don Benton (R) on January 14, 2013, prohibits the state and any municipalities or other political entities within the state from adopting policies which infringe or restrict private property rights without due process of law. This act also prohibits any political entities within the state from engaging with any nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations defined in the U.N.’s Agenda 21.

Senate Bill 5013: Requiring a vote of the people before all annexations
Introduced by Sen. Don Benton (R) on January 14, 2013, requires that proposals to annex land to a city or town must be approved by a majority of voters in the area to be annexed. In certain cases involving unincorporated areas or boundary revisions, this act requires the written approval of all registered voters or property owners in the area.

Senate Bill 5014: Limiting the power of eminent domain
Introduced by Sen. Don Benton (R) on January 14, 2013, prohibits state government from using the power of eminent domain to take private land or property unless it is to be used for the construction of a public use facility or the provision of a public service necessary for public health or safety.