January 8, 2018
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AWB to host bipartisan call with legislators on Hirst water rights issue this Wednesday

Fixing the 2016 Supreme Court ruling on well drilling known as the Hirst decision is a top priority in AWB's new Rural Jobs Legislative Objective. Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, is a legislative lead on addressing the Hirst ruling. AWB held a conference call last week with Rep. Springer which included the good news that House Democrats are no longer pursuing a temporary fix for Hirst, but are instead looking at a permanent, bipartisan solution.

This Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., AWB will hold another conference call with Rep. Springer on the issue. Also joining the call will be Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee. AWB members are invited to join the call to hear the latest updates and ask questions.

Contact Mike Ennis, AWB government director for infrastructure and rural issues, to learn more about the Hirst issue, and contact Connie Carlson to become part of this Wednesday's conference call with Reps. Springer and Taylor.



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... Washington state Treasurer Duane Davidson has urged lawmakers and the governor to keep their hands off the state's rainy-day fund, noting that we are in an economic expansion, which is the time to be saving, not borrowing.

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