10 Years of Economic Threat is Abated

We all can recall the startling injustice the Sackett family endured, fighting to build on a development lot and being denied due to the presence of "wetlands".

From the Pacific Legal Foundation: Washington, D.C.; March 30, 2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally withdrawn an administrative compliance order it issued in 2007 against Michael and Chantell Sackett, removing the threat of crushing fines that the couple has lived under for more than a decade.


CAPR 2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up

March 16,  2020

My well-developed sense of cynicism aside, I am pleased the 2020 Legislative Session has ended with Sine Die proclaimed after 8:00 pm on March 12.  I have read of rumors there will be a possible emergency session at some undefined time.  That aside, I have not experienced a more disheartening session since we began our lobbying efforts in 2015.  A sense of corruption, weakness, and agenda building permeates our state capitol. 

To Register to Attend the 2020 CAPR Conference and Banquet Use This Page

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Speak Out on Landlord/Tenant Legislation!

Among CAPR Members there are private landlords, those who provide a variety of housing for rental.  Private landlords supply 97% of this country’s rental housing, yet they are among the most highly regulated private property owners adhering to law in land use regulation, and adhering to law in the heavily regulated rental and leasing market.  Landlords understand the need to protect tenants but also have a need to protect their investments in their properties all while continuing to provide affordable housing to many in Washington.

This legislative session the list of bills opposed by landlords are provided below with the rationale for opposition:  You can call 800 562 6000 and/or email your legislator to voice your opinion on legislation!

"Climate Change" Bills Will Impact You!

We are about half-way into the 2020 Washington State legislative session and are dealing with the legislative clearing 1200 new bills in addition to bills that did not pass last year being forced through the session for yet another try having been thwarted last session.  The most important way to back up the minority fighting for you and your rights in Olympia is to call legislators and thank them, or if your legislator has shown a tendency to vote in favor of bills you disagree with, be sure to call, and email to show your disapproval. 800 562 6000

Hirst Fix Still Needs Fixing, Ecology's WRIA 1 Nooksack Rule

Ecology gets it wrong in the birthplace of Hirst, WRIA 1, Nooksack Rule does not comport to legislative intent in ESSB 6091, "Hirst Fix" legislation. Senators Ericksen, Honeyford, Short, and Warnick provide Ecology with comment regarding legislative intent, and the proposed rule errors which make the rule unlawful.  The rule wrongfully would restrict water use on lawns and gardens, includes drought triggered water use restrictions, deviates from the "maximum annual average" method of measuring water use, and proposes to meter future water use.

CAPR Whatcom has prepared analysis and review of the proposed rule in this comprehensive document which provides deep insight into the proposed rule and the flaws within it.


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