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Published on Friday, February 6, 2015

Local transportation revenue options bill gets hearing

HB 1593 sponsored by Rep. Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) was heard in the House Transportation Committee on February 4. Mayor Shane Bowman of Battleground, Deputy Mayor Larry Smith of Vancouver, Councilmember Dave Asher of Kirkland, and Covington City Manager Regan Bolli all testified in support. These city officials shared the transportation needs of their communities and how these tools would help them meet these needs.

Another local options bill, HB 1757 sponsored by Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma), will be heard on Thursday, February 12 at 3:30 in the House Transportation Committee. The Senate version, SB 5813 sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. We would welcome testifiers on either of these bills and encourage cities to communicate with their legislators about how important these tools are for maintaining local transportation systems.

Categories: Transportation