Two bills sponsored by Rep. Griffey unanimously advance out of committee

Two bills sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey moved one step closer to becoming law today. Both bills were unanimously passed by the Local Government Committee.

“I’m very happy to see these bills move forward in the process,” said Griffey, R-Allyn. “I put in a lot of work to get both of these bills right so they could be passed this session.”

House Bill 2889 would require any city or town that operates its own water, sewer or wastewater, or stormwater utility and imposes a tax or fee on the operation of that utility, to disclose the tax or fee on the billing statements it provides to its customers.

“I believe customers should know when they’re paying taxes, how much, and to whom those taxes are being paid,” said Griffey. “People should not have to ask for a public records request to find out what tax rate they’re paying.”

House Bill 2783 would require the State Building Code Council (SBCC) to develop a permitting process for mobile on-demand gasoline providers. It would also mandate that such a permit need only be obtained once for each mobile fueling vehicle.

The bill would also require the SBCC to develop criteria to identify standard locations at which mobile on-demand gasoline providers can operate without prior approval, as well as nonstandard sites where prior approval is required. 

“This bill is about public safety, but it’s also about improving this industry as a viable business opportunity,” said Griffey. “Everyone involved got together and found a way to help get these trucks permitted and safely off the ground, and they established effective safety protocols to make it happen.”

Those involved in creating the bill also worked to establish a fee to pay for the program so local jurisdictions would not have to foot the bill. The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to run for 60 days and end on March 12.


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