Last Thursday on January 16th, 2014, Senator Pam Roach hosted a committee hearing on the Growth Management Act (GMA). The GMA was passed in Washington State in 1990 and the cost to Counties, the State, Cities and most importantly the individual property owner has skyrocketed. The committee heard testimony from the public which begins around 25 minutes into the video. Also, I received an email from a friend who attended this event, which I am sharing with the readers here on SML Liberty Road.
Roger and I managed to find our way to Olympia yesterday where Roger delivered a few words during Senator Pam Roach’s hearing on the Growth Management Act. There were several others whose names you will recognize who also testified during the hearing, including Freedom Foundation’s Glen Morgan and hydro-geologist Ed Kilduff. There was also an outstanding blast (against the GMA) delivered by CATO Institute’s Senior Fellow and author, Randall O’Toole. It begins around minute 52:25 or so. O’Toole’s talk followed remarks delivered by Futurewise’s attorney, Tim Trihimovich. If you view nothing else, I’m confident you’ll enjoy O’Toole’s remarks, which included a well-directed jab at Trihimovich’s familiar propaganda. Most of the speakers spoke for 5 minutes or less. All of them were very well-spoken and interesting, I thought, and for the most part were able to present in a way that wasn’t overly-technical.
This hearing turned out to be a much bigger deal than Roger and I expected it to be before arriving there. It was the first time since enactment of Washington State’s GMA that a committee of the legislature has sought to undertake a review of the law. Kudos to Senator Roach for taking this one on.
Enjoy!GMA Hearing Video