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;
most recent inspection report of the mobile food unit from the original
regulatory authority that demonstrates compliance with the
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
As always, please let me know if you have questions.
Washington State Fairs Association