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Honeyford’s bills move through Senate committees ahead of deadline

OLYMPIA - As the deadline to get committee approval of Senate policy bills passed last Friday, it became clear that Republican Sen. Jim Honeyford had been successful in shepherding through a number of his proposals - nine in all last week alone for the Sunnyside solon.

“It really is something to see when state government moves so efficiently,” Honeyford noted.

“Since the Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus has been leading the Senate, it seems everything is running a little smoother than in previous years. I’m pleased to see so many of my bills move forward, and I hope they’ll meet with equal success should they make it to the House of Representatives.”

In numerical order, these Honeyford-sponsored bills received approval in the Senate this week:

Senate Bill 6040, which would help prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels from infesting Washington waterways, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks;

Senate Bill 6052, which would require the state Department of Natural Reso-urces, Department of Fish and Wildlife and State Parks and Recreation Commission to submit certain information to the legislature before attempting to acquire habitat or recreation lands, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks;

Senate Bill 6053 would revise collective-bargaining provisions relating to agency shop fees required by a union security provision; it was approved Friday by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor;

Senate Bill 6087, which would stipulate that state and federal agencies must take precautions to protect the economic viability of agricultural operations and minimize the conversion of agricultural land to other uses, was approved Tuesday by the bipartisan Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development;

Senate Bill 6206, which would expand the definition of “telecommunications systems” in state law to cover equipment that provides power to telecommunications devices, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor;

Senate Bill 6238 would allow the holder of a liquor license who either owns a contract liquor store, or the rights to a store, to sell the license at market value and relocate the store; it was approved Monday by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor;

Senate Bill 6277, which allows someone with an electrical training certificate to apply one hour of every two hours of unsupervised telecommunications system installation work experience toward eligibility for examination for a limited energy system certificate of competency, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor;

Senate Bill 6402, which would revise the definition of “agricultural product,” for the purposes of extending the state’s business and occupation tax credit, to include honey bee products and bee pollination services, was approved Thursday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee; and

Senate Bill 6467, which declares certain permit-exempt wells in the Skagit River Basin are not subject to interruption from in-stream flow rules previously established for the basin, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, and Water and Rural Economic Development.

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