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Skagit County - Charter Push to Deny Rights

Only seven counties in Washington State have adopted the charter system of government. Seven out of 39 is almost 18% which is not an amount that signifies a large interest in this governing format statewide. The majority of residents of the 32 traditional counties see no advantage in changing their style of local governing. In fact, an argument can be made the charter system is not a good fit for the seven which adopted it. Charter counties become expensive in increased salary costs, bureaucracy laden, and less responsive to constituents.

6091 "Hirst Solutions" in Spokane County Less Than Acceptable

How is that Hirst Fix working out for ya?  In Spokane County, the answer is shamefully, woefully, not well!  Spokane County's response to the latest in fix for Hirst, 6091 which is now session law,  is to go ahead with a questionable water bank that will be severely intrusive and seriously devalue properties with covenances stating restricted water use, and requiring an easement for the property right of the air space above your home so you may be monitored for enforcement purposes!  6091 fails by many miles, far short of the much needed oversight of Agencies and Local Government that a well-constructed constitutionally based bill should have.  Ecology has written with the help of Spokane County Commissioners, Water Resource Managers and Aspect Consulting a systemic method to deny the people of Spokane County the d

STAND UP FOR SKAGIT COUNTY WATER RIGHTS!

For too many years, the people of Skagit County have wrongfully had their water rights stolen from them.  CAPR worked hard through the CAPR Skagit County chapter to right the wrongs by educating people about how this Phony Water Crisis came about, and helping Richard Fox and his family in legal battles to restore his water rights.  This battle was fought by the Fox Family on behalf of thousands of people in Skagit who had their water rights interrupted or stolen.  http://caselaw.findlaw.com/wa-court-of-appeals/1731705.html

Now there is an opportunity to right the wrongs that have been done to the Fox Family and many hundreds of other families in Skagit County.

Senate Amends SB 6091 (Hirst) UPDATED

Today, January 13, 2018, the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee SB 6091 is amended and can be seen here:

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/6091-S.pdf  It is now in the Rules committee, where it will either languish and compete with other "Hirst Fix" bills, or will be voted in Rules to go to the Senate floor for a vote.  

The Phony Water Crisis Continues, Legislative Style, Hirst Heist Rolls On...

Everyone wants a piece

Yesterday, the Washington State Legislature started the new Legislative session with great ceremony and fanfare in Olympia.  On the first day of session, every year, the legislators walk down the aisle, Democrats on the left, Republicans on the right as they stride to their respective seats.  The flag ceremony, the anthem, new leadership sworn in, newly electeds recognized by their peers, and the visitor’s gallery is filled to capacity.  Thus begins the clock for the countdown to the end of the “short” session.  Every second that ticks by, a certain sense of urgency grips the state.  From long, painful experience we know our freedoms and our pocketbooks will not be safe as long as the legislature remains in session in Olympia.

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