WSFA Members and Fair Friends,
Washington State Fairs Association Legislative Day at the Capitol will be Thursday, February 22, 2018. This year will be more interesting than ever because we have Fair bills to support.HB 2725 and SB 6368
- Updating laws concerning agricultural fairs, youth shows, and exhibitions are Department of Agriculture bills. They update the statute and bring the language in line with current practices.HB 2765 and SB 6386
- Ensuring the funding of fairs allow the Fair fund to grow for the first time in twenty years! These bills are based on a recently passed law in California that diverts the state portion of sales tax generated on Fairgrounds to the Fair fund. Right now, the Fair Fund comes out of the general fund, so we are swapping general fund dollars for general fund dollars, but we are also tying the Fair Fund to rural economic development. The bill includes a floor and a ceiling, so the Fair fund cannot decrease but it can increase. No taxes are increased.
Legislators need to hear from you. They need to know how important fairs are to communities and to youth programs. They need to hear about the economic development that fairs make possible. Attending Legislative day gives you the opportunity to meet with legislators in person and explain the importance of the Fair Fund. No one can communicate better with your legislators than you, their constituent. It would be great to see a huge turnout this year. Service members
are welcome, too. Who better to talk about rural economic development than those of you who earn your living at fairs?
Please make your appointments now to visit with your Legislators on February 22nd. Schedules fill up quickly so the sooner you request, the more likely you are to get an appointment.
If you are not sure who your legislators are, find out here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
The easiest way to request an appointment is via email. Find email addresses here:http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx?Cha...
If your legislative district has more than one fair, please coordinate appointments and go together.
After making your appointments, please send to Gale at email@example.com so we can chart all the contacts.Thursday, February 22:
At 8:00 AM we will meet in Conference Room ABC near the front entrance of the Cherberg Building. We will go over the Fair bills answer questions and prepare for legislative appointments. At 9:00 AM, depart for meetings with Legislators. The Cherberg building is on the lower left corner of the map. State Capitol Campus Parking Information
Capitol Campus Map
Complete the registration from below and email back to Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org.