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State legislative report 01/31: First legislative deadline approaching

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Friday marked the 19th day of the 2022 Legislative Session. Committees are still holding hearings on new bills as well as scheduling bills for executive action (voting bills out of policy and fiscal committees). Bills are continuously being revised as they move through the legislative process which requires ongoing monitoring and review. As of ... Read More »

WSDA: Farmers in one county would lose 11,000 acres to mandatory buffers

From the Capital Press Mandatory riparian buffers sought by Gov. Jay Inslee could take up more than 11,000 acres of farmland in Skagit County and nearly 5,000 acres in Lewis County, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

State legislative report 01/23: In hearing, ag comes out in force against buffer bill

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last week concluded the second week of the 60-day session. Legislative committees have been busy with packed agendas holding hearings on new bills and voting to advance bills out of their policy committee.  As of Jan. 21, more than 500 bills have been introduced in the House and more than 400 in the Senate. Less ... Read More »

State legislative report 01/14: Legislature hits the ground running in short 60-day session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington Legislature convened on Monday, Jan 10, for a short, 60-day session. Short sessions have been described as drinking from a fire hose since everything happens on a condensed timeframe, and this year is no exception. Prior to the session even starting, the legislature had prefiled more than 500 new pieces of legislation for ... Read More »

State’s 2022 Legislative Session looks to be fast-paced

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Jan. 10, the Washington State Legislature will be back for a 60-day session. It is the second year of the legislative biennium and a “short” legislative session. Legislators will meet in a “hybrid” format, conducting some activities virtually and some in-person. All committee work will be completed again through Zoom and aired on TVW, ... Read More »

House, Senate announce plans for upcoming session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The House and Senate have now both approved session plans utilizing a hybrid in-person/virtual format.  Senate and House committee hearings will remain remote, with the public being able to testify remotely like last session. The Senate and House plans, however, take different approaches to public access, in-person member participation requirements and vaccine and testing verification. ... Read More »

A little bit of normalcy heading into 2022

By Michelle Hennings Executive Director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers The last six months have been interesting here at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). I feel like a little bit of normalcy is starting to set in as we’ve been having some in-person meetings, which has been quite refreshing. I think this will be our new normal, both ... Read More »

Washington proposes wildfire smoke rule twice as strict as California’s

From the Capital Press Washington regulators are proposing farms alter schedules or hand out masks to filter wildfire smoke even if the air quality remains at a level the Environment Protection Agency calls “acceptable.” The rule could be in place by the end of June and would be triggered when the federal Air Quality Index reaches 69, on a scale ... Read More »

The high cost of farming in Washington, including new overtime bill, is taking its toll

From the Seattle Times What do real estate agents, salespeople, vessel crews and farmers all have in common? Their work hours are often long and unpredictable, and until recently, Washington law included an overtime exemption recognizing those unique circumstances. During the recently completed legislative session, only agriculture’s exemption was targeted and removed. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Legislative report 04/26: Session ends

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist On Sunday night, the final gavel came down, and the 2021 Legislative Session adjourned Sine Die. It was a session unlike any other, held almost entirely remotely and with the campus closed to the public due to the pandemic. While people could testify remotely, oftentimes, people were not able to testify because of the high ... Read More »