Perhaps the third time will be the charm for senator Judy Warnick. Once again, the Washington Senate has sent legislation to address the Hirst decision to the state House. Warnick, author of Senate Bill 5239, known as the Hirst Fix, says this legislation is vital for Washington.
“The people that own property in the rural areas especially who are in need of a well to put in a home have not been able to do it because the counties have been handed the task of deciding whether there’s enough water, or sufficient water there.”
She noted that counties, especially rural less populated countries, are not equipped to handle that responsibility. Warnick said she’s hopeful sending the legislation to the House for the third time this year.
“I’m understanding they have a draft out there that we might be able to look at. I’ve had discussions with the House, I’ve had discussions with the tribes, and so I’m cautiously optimistic we’re going to get a bill this year.”
The Moses Lake Republican added if lawmakers don’t act there will be a lot of people across the Evergreen state hurting.
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