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Legislative Update

Legislative Update...

Yesterday the House of Representatives released its proposed budgets for the 2019-2021 biennium. The House operating budget includes $2 million year for the Fair fund as in the past. No increase is included. Both of the bills that would have increased the Fair Fund are dead.

The House Capital budget does not include any funding for grants.

The Senate budgets will be out either Friday or Monday. If they include money for fairs, the two sides will negotiate on a final budget.

The best hope for getting grant money or additional revenue for the Fair Fund is to call Legislators now. Next best is an e-mail.

Find your legislators here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

Find there contact information here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members

SSB 5218 requires a local, state, or federal enforcement agency (regulatory authority) with jurisdiction over a mobile food unit to accept a completed and approved plan review of a mobile food unit from another regulatory authority if the applicant has obtained a valid permit to operate from the other regulatory authority and the applicant provides:

  • a copy of the current operating permit from the original regulatory authority;
  • a copy of the complete approved plan review from the original regulatory authority;
  • the most recent inspection report of the mobile food unit from the original regulatory authority that demonstrates compliance with the food safety standards.

This Bill has passed both House and Senate!!

This bill would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Washington. It is unclear how much benefit it may provide to food units associated with fairs because the permitting process is different for events than for units that set up individually.

As always, please let me know if you have questions.

Heather Hansen

Washington State Fairs Association
Office: 360-705-2040
Cell: 360-480-5567
E-mail: heather@wafriends.org

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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