OLYMPIA - An advisory council that provides a coastal perspective on Washington's ocean policies has been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inlsee.
Under Senate Bill 5603, the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council will be written into state statute. The council was created by the Department of Ecology in 2011 as a stakeholder group comprised of representatives from coastal industries. SB 5603, sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield, will allow the governor to appoint representatives to advocate for the best interests of coastal communities and industries.
Cattle traceability bill signed into law 5/21/2013
OLYMPIA - A bill signed into law this week will bring Washington in line with federal regulations calling for all dairy cattle to be identified when they come into the state or enter the marketplace.
Senate Bill 5767 requires that dairy cattle be individually identified by state-issued green tags on bull calves and infertile female calves that are under 30 days of age. In addition to bringing the state in line with federal regulations, the records generated by the sale of the tags will create a record of the cattle entering the Washington market, bill sponsor Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, said.
VIDEO: Beef Day 2013!!!!! 4/16/2013
Sen. Brian Hatfield welcomes the Washington Cattlemen’s Association to Olympia for Beef Day 2013.
OLYMPIA - Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond has released the following statement on the budget proposed by the Washington State Senate:
"First we need to thank the people who helped to bring this process together. Senators Hill and Baumgartner from one side of the aisle and Senators Hargrove and Nelson from the other have worked together on a tremendously difficult process in a bipartisan manner that must be admired and appreciated. I know they will continue to work together as we move toward Sine Die.
“This is not a Democratic budget and this is not a Republican budget and that’s a darn good start.” – Sen. Brian Hatfield
A bill moving through the Washington State Legislature would give coastal businesses more say in the management of coastal water issues. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
OLYMPIA - The interests of the men and women who rely on the Washington coastline for their living would be better represented in Olympia under a bill passed today by the Washington State Senate.
Senate Bill 5603, sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, would write the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council into state law. Originally created by the Department of Ecology in 2011 as a stakeholder group, the council was comprised of representatives from coastal industries to provide a local, coastal perspective when implementing the state's coastal and ocean policy. Hatfield’s bill would put the council into statute, allowing the governor to appoint representatives to advocate for the best interests of coastal communities and industries.