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15th District lawmakers submit proposals for new 2013 session

OLYMPIA - Repealing the Growth Management Act was just one of many proposals submitted recently by local lawmakers as they prepare for their second week of the new legislative session in Olympia.

David Taylor (R-Moxee) submitted HB 1167 for consideration, which if approved would repeal the Growth Management Act in its entirety.

Other legislative changes recently proposed by Taylor include HB 1110 (addressing respirator requirements for asbestos abatement projects), HB 1111 (concerning management of the state's real property) and HB 1163 (regarding administrative procedures to promote accountability, transparency and economic relief).

Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) recently introduced SB 5035, which makes appropriations for construction and maintenance of state buildings, schools and colleges, as well as purchase of public lands, parks and other property for the 2013-15 biennium.

Honeyford has also proposed SB 5002, which would permit mosquito control district personnel to enter adjacent lands to inspect and, if necessary, treat mosquito breeding places. It also authorizes the districts to remove undergrowth in the carrying out their duties.

Honeyford's other recent legislative proposals include SB 5054, which would creates a process for the Department of Fish and Wildlife to acquire land for purposes of wildlife areas, water access sites or other habitat or recreation purposes. If approved, it would require the department to file requests for approval of property acquisition with the legislature and the Office of Financial Management.

Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) has also been active in Olympia. His recently proposed legislation includes HB 1072. If approved it would authorize the Department of Agriculture to create a grant program that provides training programs for agricultural workers, subject to dedicated funding. A grant recipient may receive up to $750,000 per year. This act would expire July 1, 2016.

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