Senate action eases building-permit anxiety over well-water sourcing; House action next
March 15, 2017
OLYMPIA, Mar. 13 - A Senate-passed bill allowing local governments to approve development using Department of Ecology (DOE) water rules awaits action in the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.
It passed the Republican controlled state Senate Feb. 28 on a 28-21 vote. It is now assigned to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and awaits a public hearing date.
SB 5239's primary sponsor is Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake), who chairs the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee.
The legislation comes in response to the Hirst decision, in which the state Supreme Court ruled that counties must determine what water is available before i...