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It’s the law: Van De Wege bill bans destructive seabed mining

It’s the law: Van De Wege bill bans destructive seabed mining

Seabed mining, a growing industry that destroys natural habitat to extract minerals and deposits from the ocean floor, is prohibited in offshore Washington waters by legislation signed into law today by the governor. “This will ensure that our offshore habitat and marine life will never be subject to seabed mining, a ...

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Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds takes effect

Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds takes effect

Effective immediately, grants to boost the state’s salmon population are exempt from sales and B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220, which took effect upon being signed today by the governor, codifies that nonprofits do not need to pay sales-and-use tax on grants for salmon recovery and extends the business-and-occupation tax deduction ...

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Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds passes House

Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds passes House

Legislation passed unanimously today by the House will ensure that grants to boost the state’s salmon population cannot be subjected to sales or B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220, which already passed the Senate, codifies that nonprofits do not need to pay sales-and-use tax on grants for salmon recovery and extend ...

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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to allow lower-cost generic drugs

Senate passes Van De Wege bill to allow lower-cost generic drugs

Costly prescription drugs could become available to Washingtonians in the form of far less expensive generic products, under legislation passed today by the Senate. “We want generics to be as cheap and safe as possible,” Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), said. “There are too many everyday medications that are costing ...

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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds

Senate passes Van De Wege bill to maximize salmon recovery funds

Legislation passed 48-1 today by the Senate would ensure that grants to boost the state’s salmon population cannot be subjected to sales or B&O taxes. Senate Bill 5220 would codify that nonprofits do not need to pay sales-and-use tax on grants for salmon recovery and extend the business-and-occupation tax deduction ...

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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to ban destructive seabed mining

Senate passes Van De Wege bill to ban destructive seabed mining

Legislation passed unanimously today by the Senate would ban seabed mining, a growing industry that ravages natural habitat to extract minerals and deposits from the ocean floor. “So far, seabed mining has not been practiced in our state, and this legislation will ensure that it never is,” said Sen. Kevin Van ...

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Van De Wege’s generic drug bill clears key committee

Van De Wege’s generic drug bill clears key committee

Legislation to make less expensive prescription drugs available to Washingtonians cleared a pivotal committee today, positioning it for a vote before the full Senate. Senate Bill 5203, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, (D-Sequim), was approved by the Senate Ways & Means Committee shortly before the cut-off deadline that ...

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Van De Wege bill would open door to more local parks capacity

Van De Wege bill would open door to more local parks capacity

Local governments would be able to improve, expand and add public parks to satisfy historically high demand, under legislation passed by the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee. “The coronavirus pandemic has reconnected people with the pleasures and enjoyment of outdoor activities,” said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), the sponsor ...

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Van De Wege bill targets ‘unnecessarily high cost of drugs’

Van De Wege bill targets ‘unnecessarily high cost of drugs’

Costly prescription drugs could become available to Washingtonians in the form of far less expensive generic products, under legislation passed today out of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. “Generics are a cheaper alternative to many name-brand drugs but just as safe and effective,” Sen. Kevin Van De Wege ...

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Lawmakers call for ‘fair and sound’ metrics for 24th District communities

Lawmakers call for ‘fair and sound’ metrics for 24th District communities

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Port Townsend) and Rep. Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) released this statement today in response to the business reopening metrics announced Thursday by Gov. Jay Inslee: “Gov. Inslee’s recent change to the Roadmap to Recovery has left Clallam and Jefferson counties at a ...

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