Tag Archives: Legislature

Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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Update on Water: County Council approves continued funding of Planning Unit (03/11/2014)

UPDATE: On Saturday, March 22, 2014 there were three programs on KGMI dealing with; the Planning Unit, on water resource planning and “Rural Life – Then and Now.”  I’ve provided links SML for anyone who wishes to listen and learn more on this terrificly important issue.   Last Tuesday’s Council meeting was lengthy, but very important issues were discussed, approved or moved forward for public introduction.  One of those issues was to approve funding for the WRIA 1 Planning Unit (water resource inventory assessment area one) to hold meetings with the many participating governmental and public groups who draw water for the purpose of human or agricultural benefit.  The Planning Unit is made up of the stakeholders who have the legal standing (as purveyors of water) and the expertise to fulfill the goals set forth by the Washington State Legislature to resolve pending and future water rights for the State of Washington. Also, last week I received an email from local Bellingham Herald journalist, political blog contributor, Ralph Schwartz, regarding the Planning Unit.  Because there is an undercurrent of an effort to circumvent the Planning Unit’s authority to do its job, I believe it is incumbent upon me to share this …

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42nd District Washington State Lawmakers – Hold Town Hall – Feb. 22nd, 2014 in Blaine, WA.

Email: doug@senatorericksen.com ● Phone: (360)786-7682 ● Web: www.SenatorEricksen.com 414 Legislative Building ● PO Box 40442 ● Olympia, WA 98504-0412 Committees: Energy, Environment & Telecommunications, Chair; Transportation;  Rules FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 13, 2014 42nd District lawmakers to host town hall meetings Feb. 22 Forty-second District Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-Lynden, and Senator Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will host a joint town hall on Saturday, Feb. 22. at the Blaine high school. People are invited to ask questions and make comments. Buys, Overstreet and Ericksen will also give attendees a briefing on the legislative session. The details are as follows: TOWN HALL MEETING SATURDAY, FEB. 22 From 10 a.m. to Noon Blaine High School Performing Arts Center 1055 H Street, Blaine, WA 98230 For more information about Rep. Buys, visit: www.representativevincentbuys.com For more information about Rep. Overstreet, visit: www.representativejasonoverstreet.com For more information about Senator Ericksen, visit: www.dougericksen.src.wastateleg.org # Doug Ericksen, Washington State Senator, 42nd District, Olympia office: (360) 786-7682  E-mail: doug@senatorericksen.com  Web site: www.SenatorEricksen.com Update your subscriptions, modify your password or email address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in. If you have questions …

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State Supreme Court finds 2/3rd Requirement Unconstitutional

Published by “The Olympia Report” written by Jeff.Rhodes Feb. 28, 2013 The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday lowered the threshold required to pass the massive tax increases mandated by its own McCleary decision and fund a long list of programs supported by Democrats in both houses of the Legislature by overturning Initiative 1053 and its two-thirds majority standard. In a 6-3 opinion authored by Justice Susan Owens, the court ruled that, “Article II, section 22 (of the Washington State Constitution) states that ‘(n)o bill shall become a law unless … a majority of the members elected to each house’ vote in its favor. The plain language, constitutional history and weight of persuasive authority support reading this provision as setting both a minimum and a maximum voting requirement.” That opinion was criticized in a pair of stinging dissents by Justices Charles Johnson and James Johnson. “In its eagerness to embroil itself in the political arena, the majority abandons any semblance of judicial restraint to declare the process of legislative enactment constitutionally infirm,” Charles Johnson wrote. “For the past two decades, the people of this state have repeatedly voted for the supermajority provision, as has the Legislature when no initiative occurred. …

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