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Third time is the charm for riparian habitat bills
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Feb 1, 2023

In our currently partisan legislative landscape, it is momentous to see a bipartisan bill that takes into consideration the concerns of everyone at the table. The newest solution to salmon recovery and riparian habitat – HB 1720 – is a mixture of ideas from both sides of the aisle and superior to the “buffer bills” from the last legislative session and the beginning of the current session.

The proposed bill sets out a plan for “fully voluntary, regionally focused” riparian habitat plans, acknowledges the programs currently in place like the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) and the federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, and looks toward solutions for every part of our state’s vast and varied geography. 

The communities of tribal members and fishermen who rely on salmon for cultural ceremonies, food, and income, deserve to weigh-in on how stocks and habitats are maintained. Landowners affected by plans to increase stocks and improve habitat also deserve to have a say in what happens to their land.

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Are those your cattle? New brand bill will help figure it out
By PAM LEWISON  | 
Feb 1, 2023

Livestock identifications and inspections have long been a challenge for ranchers in Washington state. The challenges have largely been financial, causing the Washington State Department of Agriculture to consider cutting funding for those identifications and inspections. Commonly called the “brand program,” keeping the livestock identification department financially healthy and solvent has been a long road.

The Senate is working to fix those difficulties with SB 5439.

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HB 1200 would require public employers to give employees’ personal information to unions
By ELIZABETH HOVDE  | 
Jan 31, 2023

Want your personal contact information shared with people? A lot of us don’t. In fact, before sharing someone’s contact information, etiquette demands that we get permission before doing so or we simply give the person being sought the contact information of the person hoping to get in touch with him or her. 

To heck with that when it comes to unions wanting the personal information of employees within their spheres of influence. House Bill 1200 and Senate Bill 5273 would require public employers to provide employees' personal information to exclusive bargaining representatives at regular intervals. The House bill has made it through the House Committee on Labor and Workplace Standards with a “do pass” recommendation and it is moving along in the process.

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