7/22/17 | Olympia | Rep. Tom Dent ~
We went on the floor Thursday morning just before 10:00 am. No roll call, just gaveled in as pro-forma.
Without a roll call we were unable to do a procedural motion. All day spent ready to vote and complete the people’s business. Just before 6:00 pm the other side left the chamber and we received the message that session had ended.
I believed at the beginning of the session the Hirst fix was the most important issue we faced, and I still believe that. The Hirst decision is going to have a negative effect on rural Washington, and eventually all Washingtonians. We will see property values in rural areas drop and values increase in the urban areas. Our building industry will suffer. Folks who have saved and planned for their dream home will watch their dream disappear. And then there is the private property issue.
Rep Dent’s comments about the impact of the Hirst bill mirror the reality of what has already been experienced in Upper Kittitas County. This was brought about by the change in the use of exempt wells forced on the community by the DOE. | Editor
The Hirst bill passed off the senate floor 4 times this year, but was never brought to floor of the house even though the votes were there to pass it. Special interest prevented this legislation from becoming law. As a result there will not be a capital budget which will have an effect on school construction, mental health support and many other needed programs for our state.
A very disappointing end to the longest session in Washington State history. I, and many other members will continue to work for a water fix in the future.