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Published on Friday, March 3, 2017

Hirst/Foster water bill passes the Senate

SB 5239 passed the Senate with a 28-21 vote, with all 25 Republicans voting yes, joined by three Democrats. We are thankful for Sen. Judy Warnick's (R- Moses Lake) leadership on this bill. Many of the Democrats who spoke against the bill indicated that they understand the need to address the issues caused by the Hirst decision, but were concerned about how the bill specifically pursued that goal. We look forward to the next phase of discussions on this issue and still believe common ground can be found.