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Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman request Clallam County reopening

Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman request Clallam County reopening

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) and Reps. Steve Tharinger (Port Townsend) and Mike Chapman (D-Port Angeles) today asked Gov. Jay Inslee to extend the same pandemic reopening opportunities to Clallam County that Grays Harbor and Jefferson counties have received. The three 24th Legislative District lawmakers sent a letter to ...

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Van De Wege bill to stabilize nursing home residency becomes law

Van De Wege bill to stabilize nursing home residency becomes law

Legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Inslee will protect residents in nursing homes from being displaced in the middle of the coronavirus crisis by enacting measures to stem the closures of struggling homes. “The rate of Medicaid reimbursements has not kept up with actual costs in nursing homes, and that’s ...

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Van De Wege bill to boost regional wineries becomes law

Van De Wege bill to boost regional wineries becomes law

A new law signed today by Gov. Inslee will increase the ability of regional organizations to host events that promote local wineries and draw tourists to a wide variety of local businesses. “Groups like the Olympic Peninsula Winery Association pay excessively redundant and exorbitant fees every single time they host an ...

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Senate passes bill to align timber industry with state carbon goals

Senate passes bill to align timber industry with state carbon goals

State agencies would recognize and support efforts by timber companies to reduce carbon emissions through reforestation, afforestation, timber harvesting, and the planting of forested buffers in riparian areas, under a House bill passed on a 46-3 vote today by the Senate. “There’s a longstanding presumption that timber harvesting and environmental protection ...

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Senate passes Van De Wege bill to update nursing home Medicaid rates

Senate passes Van De Wege bill to update nursing home Medicaid rates

Legislation passed unanimously today by the Senate would help stem closures of nursing homes by accelerating the schedule for increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates. “The rate of Medicaid reimbursements has not kept up with actual costs in nursing homes,” said Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), the bill’s sponsor. “This short-term action ...

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Bill to simplify prosecution of wildlife abuses passes Legislature

Bill to simplify prosecution of wildlife abuses passes Legislature

Legislation passed today by the Senate will reclassify most minor fish and wildlife crimes as civil infractions, simplifying prosecution and reducing court costs, while also enabling the suspension of hunting and fishing privileges for egregious violations. Having already passed the House, House Bill 2571 now goes to the governor to ...

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Senate budget adds $5 million to help rural exporters hurt by coronavirus

Senate budget adds $5 million to help rural exporters hurt by coronavirus

The operating budget passed today by the Senate would add $5 million in assistance for local businesses whose trade has been decimated by international reactions to the coronavirus pandemic, at the request of state lawmakers representing the 19th and 24th legislative districts. Though the funds may be requested by a number ...

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Van De Wege bill would align timber industry with state carbon goals

Van De Wege bill would align timber industry with state carbon goals

State agencies would recognize and support efforts by timber companies to reduce carbon emissions through reforestation, afforestation, timber harvesting, and the planting of forested buffers in riparian areas, under legislation passed Thursday by the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee. “There’s a presumption out there that timber harvesting and ...

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Van De Wege staffed by new legislative assistant

Van De Wege staffed by new legislative assistant

The new legislative assistant to Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) brings strong familiarity and knowledge of the communities that make up the 24th Legislative District. Van De Wege’s office is now managed by Peter Steelquist, an experienced political staffer and native of Sequim. “I have had the very good fortune of ...

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Legislature funds study of state production of generic drugs

Legislature funds study of state production of generic drugs

The operating budget passed late today by the Legislature includes $20,000 to fund a study of the feasibility of the state producing certain generic drugs.

“The rising cost of prescription drugs is a strain on many households, even for longtime drugs like insulin that haven’t changed over the ...

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