Administrative State

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".

https://pacificlegal.org/case/sackett-v-environmental-protection-agency/

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the Pacific Legal Foundation: Washington, D.C.; March 30, 2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally withdrawn an administrative compliance order it issued in 2007 against Michael and Chantell Sackett, removing the threat of crushing fines that the couple has lived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

https://pacificlegal.org/press-release/epa-withdraws-compliance-order-against-sacketts/

 

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. 

Modern Wolf Management and Policy in Washington State How Citizens Lost the Ability to Comment in Public on Management

By Cindy Alia, December 16, 2019

There are two ways to deal with a problem, one is to work to create legislation and regulation factually based on actual, real, and measurable impacts, consequences, and effects on the citizens of Washington state, as do those individuals currently losing or spending revenue to solve the problem. Alternatively, the problem can be dealt with by driving emotional pleas and litigation enabled by building a base of those who have bought into the emotional landscape as acolytes of a distinct group of serial sue and settle organizations also referred to as the environmental cartel, those standing to benefit financially.

Supreme Court Reverses King County Superior Court Decision, Allowing King County to Charge “rent” for the Use of Rights of Way

By Cindy Alia December 13, 2019

Early in December, the State Supreme Court quietly and somewhat contradictorily reversed a Superior Court Decision that disallowed King County's ordinance to charge a fee for utilities use of rights of way.

A tax by any other name…

Timeline

On November 7, 2016, the King County Council adopted Ordinance 18403 to authorize the imposition and collection of rent from water, sewer, gas and electric utilities using county roads and rights-of-way.  According to the county the Ordinance would generate $10,000,000 yearly, which will be deposited to the County’s general fund. On December 29, 2017, the county Facilities Management Division adopted the rule for Determining Franchise Compensation to implement the Ordinance. The rule was effective as of January 29, 2018.

Post Recovery Wolf Management Comments - Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights

CAPR has submitted comments to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in response to solicited comments from WDFW for public input to Post Recovery Wolf Management.  You may comment as well at this link: https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/gray-wolf/post-recovery-planning/public-input  CAPR used Option 2 for commenting as it is the easiest way to submit a comment.  The commenting period ends on November 1.

CAPR comments are reflective of the concerns we have heard from many in various areas regarding the management needs of Washington State.

Public comment to WDFW re Post Recovery Wolf Management

Submitted by Cindy Alia

Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights

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