Grant/loan money for town’s wastewater collection system looks to be forthcoming

Waterville Mayor Royal DeVaney told town council members at their regular Feb. 5 meeting that the 2019 state budget contains $85,000 in loan and grant money for the Town of Waterville from the Department of Ecology to repair and update the town’s wastewater collection system.
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House unanimously approves Steele’s service animal bill

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure on Feb. 8 that would make it a civil infraction for a person to misrepresent their pet as a service animal. Rep. Mike Steele, R-Chelan, who authored the bill, says the idea came from a 12th District business owner. While drafting the measure, the lawmaker consulted with members of the disabled community and businesses...
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‘Ban the Box’ bill advances in the state House of Representatives

OLYMPIA — A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives with a 52-46 vote.
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State Senate pushes its own car tab tax reduction measure

OLYMPIA — Just in time to meet the cutoff deadline to move bills out of committees, the state Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill that would lower car tab taxes, matching similar efforts in the House.
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Condotta legislation requiring transparency with liquor prices passes House

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives approved a bill on Feb. 8 that would require licensed spirit retailers to display the total sale price of each container. Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, who authored House Bill 2563, says the legislation was driven by complaints from consumers and store clerks. “Spirits are the only product on our shelves that the list price is not what shows...
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Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate

OLYMPIA — Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries and to parents of adults.
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CCC announces lending rates for February

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation has announced interest rates for February.
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Conservation districts to hold annual meeting

The South Douglas and Foster Creek Conservation Districts, and Douglas County Crop Improvement Association will hold their annual meeting from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Feb. 13 at the NCW Fairgrounds Community Hall in Waterville.
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South Douglas CD to meet Feb. 12

WATERVILLE — The South Douglas Conservation District will hold its annual planning meeting at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Douglas County Fire District 1 building in Waterville. For more information, call 745-9160.  
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Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

OLYMPIA — A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward.
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