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A list of current Bills

If you are authorized to contact your legislators, please ask them to support the Fair bills listed below. (Some public employees are not allowed to contact legislators while representing their agency.)

HB 2725 and SB 6368 - Updating laws concerning agricultural fairs, youth shows, and exhibitions.

HB 2765 and SB 6386 – Ensuring the funding of fairs.

Heather Hansen
Office: 360-705-2040
Cell: 360-480-5567
E-mail: heather@wafriends.org

Upcoming Events

Agriculture & Natural Resources (House) -
HHR B, JLOB - 1/23 @ 10:00am
HB 2725 - Public Hearing - Updating laws concerning agricultural fairs, youth shows, and exhibitions.

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks (Senate) -
SHR 3, - 1/25 @ 1:30pm
SB 6386 - Public Hearing - Ensuring the funding of fairs.

High Priority Bills

Bill Details

Status

Sponsor

Position


HB 2725 (SB 6368)

Fairs, youth shows, & expos

H Ag & Nat Res

Blake

Support

Updating laws concerning agricultural fairs, youth shows, and exhibitions.


HB 2765 (SB 6386)

Ag. fair funding/sales taxes

H Approps

Blake

Support

Ensuring the funding of fairs.


SB 6076

Animal cruelty/sexual

S Law & Justice

Palumbo

Oppose

Concerning animal cruelty in the first degree.(As written, could inadvertently ban milking, castration, A.I., preg checking and other routine farm practices.)


SB 6368 (HB 2725)

Fairs, youth shows, & expos

S Econ Developmen

Warnick

Support

Updating laws concerning agricultural fairs, youth shows, and exhibitions.


SB 6386 (HB 2765)

Ag. fair funding/sales taxes

S Ag/Water/Natur

Warnick

Support

Ensuring the funding of fairs.


Medium Priority Bills

Bill Details

Status

Sponsor

Position


HB 2571 (SB 6429)

Ag. fair employee overtime

H Labor & Workpl

Stambaugh

Support

Addresses compensation for employment in excess of a forty-hour workweek as it applies to seasonal employees at concessions and recreational establishments at agricultural fairs.


HB 2639

Mobile food units

H HC/Wellness

Buys

Support

Exempts a permit holder operating a mobile food unit from state board or local health jurisdiction requirements to operate from an approved commissary or servicing area if certain requirements are met.


HB 2822

Service animal misrepresentation

H Judiciary

Steele

Support



SB 6429 (HB 2571)

Ag. fair employee overtime

S Labor & Commerc

Zeiger

Support

Addressing overtime compensation for seasonal employees at agricultural fairs.


Low Priority Bills

Bill Details

Status

Sponsor

Position


SB 6430

Ag. fairgrounds/alcohol

S Labor & Commerc

Zeiger

Support

Concerning the consumption of alcohol for certain special events held on agricultural fairgrounds.


SB 6431

Ag. fair concessionaires

S Labor & Commerc

Zeiger

Support

Authorizing certain fairs with special occasion licenses to have multiple concessionaires.


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Bills Scheduled...

We have two bills up for hearing next week!
Agriculture & Natural Resources (House) -
HHR B, JLOB - 1/23 @ 10:00am
HB 2725 - Public Hearing - Updating laws concerning agricultural fairs, youth shows, and exhibitions.

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks (Senate) -
SHR 3, - 1/25 @ 1:30pm
SB 6386 - Public Hearing - Ensuring the funding of fairs.

For more information, contact Heather Hansen
120 Union Ave., Suite 204, Olympia, WA 98501
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Fair Fund intact...

Governor Inslee signed a new 2-year state operating budget at 11:00 PM June 30. It included $2 million per year for the Fair Fund. This is the same amount that has been allocated to the Fair Fund for most of the past 20 years.

The legislature did not pass a capital budget yesterday. The capital budget is being held due to failure to reach agreement on fixing the Hirst decision which limited the ability to drill new wells in most of Washington. Senators want a fix for that before agreeing to release the capital budget. (The Hirst issue is very important to most of rural Washington.)

That means, at this time, there is no money for health and safety grants. However, the legislature plans to continue to work toward agreement on a capital budget in July. If they reach an agreement, fair grants will probably be included.

The new operating budget also includes $500,000 for the Department of Commerce to work with the Washington Tourism Alliance to develop a tourism marketing plan.

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Driving Directions

  • Feel free to to drop by the Capital and speak with your legislator's office, or the Governor's office.
  • From I-5 Southbound: Take 'Exit 105 to State Capitol,' keep left for Exit 105A, and continue for 0.6 miles. Merge with traffic on the left and continue in the left hand lane of 14th Ave SW through the roundabout (Jefferson St.) and under the tunnel 0.4 mi to Capitol Blvd. Continue across Capitol Blvd to the Capitol Building on Sid Snyder Ave SW (14th Ave becomes Sid Snyder Ave).
  • From I-5 Northbound: Take Exit 105 and bear left for the State Capitol/City Center exit. Cross over Interstate 5 and keep in the left lane on 14th Ave SE. through the roundabout (Jefferson St) and under the tunnel 0.4 mi to Capitol Blvd. Continue across Capitol Blvd to the Capitol Building on Sid Snyder Ave SW (14th Ave becomes Sid Snyder Ave).
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