House Bill 2267, sponsored by Representative Jan Angel, passed out of the House Local Government Committee on Tuesday. This bill would give decision-making authority to local jurisdictions regarding alternative and traditional sewer systems and emerging sewer technologies that may be used in their urban growth areas. It would also address the requirement that jurisdictions create sewer plans and demonstrate how they will be funded 25 years into the future.
“The Growth Management Act asks our communities how they plan to fund this expensive infrastructure 25 years from now. That expectation is unrealistic,” said Angel, R-Port Orchard. “No one could have guessed ten years ago that we would be dealing with the economy that we have right now. The same thing could happen again in the future. Local governments don’t possess a crystal ball to see what will happen many years from now, and it is an undue burden that shouldn’t be placed on them.”
House Bill 2267 is just one of five bills that Angel has sponsored which have passed out of committee.
“Due to the short session, and the speed in which legislation must move, getting five bills out of committee validates the necessity and importance of these new measures,” Angel said.
Below is a quick summary of Angel’s other four bills:
- House Bill 2344 would ensure citizens receive fair treatment relating to unemployment compensation.
- House Bill 2270 would create consistency in local communities regarding the placement of signage for traffic cameras.
- House Bill 2305 would authorize port districts to contract for certain public works services which they have not had in the past.
- House bill 2152 would repeal the two-year time extension for final plats and subdivisions. It would also establish new five-year limits for land use requirements. This gives developers, who have navigated the costly permitting process, the ability to keep the status they have worked hard to get in this down economy.
Policy cut-off was yesterday, Jan. 31. Bills voted out of committee, like those above, now head toward the House floor.
Information provided by Washington House Republicans.