Haler’s bill to help streamline local county operations passes House
The Washington State House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill designed to help local counties work together more efficiently and effectively.
House Bill 1145, sponsored by Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, would allow two or more county legislative authorities to hold joint meetings and vote on agenda items if they are dealing with issues of mutual concern.
“Under current law, county commissioners cannot meet together to discuss issues of mutual interest or benefit,” said Haler. “In some cases, like with Benton and Franklin counties, the two entities are separated by a river and a few miles. The fact is, many issues facing our local governments cross jurisdictional lines. My bill is another tool in the toolbox for county officials to work on behalf of their constituents more efficiently and effectively.”
Haler's bill passed unanimously and now moves to the state Senate for further consideration.
The 105-day 2015 legislative session is scheduled to end April 26.
###Washington State House Republican Communications