Gov. Inslee vetoed 27 bills Thursday night. Here are five interesting bills that got the ax.
Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday evening vetoed 27 bills as a message to the Legislature that he wants a budget agreement.
Many of the bills vetoed were housekeeping measures and would accomplish things as procedural as to clarify the “recordkeeping requirements of secondary commercial fish receivers,” whatever that means. Others, like the bill allowing some Washington farmers licenses to grow hemp, would be substantial steps in protracted legislative conversations.
Lawmakers can override a veto with a two-thirds majority. Or they could reintroduce the bills in the special session and pass them again, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, told the Times last night.
Here’s what five of the most interesting vetoed bills would have done:
• Senate Bill 6398 would push the state Department of Health to reconsider its food-safety rules for Asian rice-based noodles and Korean rice cakes. As The News Tribune reports, proponents of the bill argue rice noodles don’t need to be refrigerated and are not at risk of spoiling at room temperature. Refrigeration reportedly ruins the noodles.
• Senate Bill 6206 would legalize and license the growth of industrial hemp. The bill would create a pilot program supervised by the state Agriculture Department allowing selected growers to farm on certain plots of land. If it received funding, Washington State University could study the program and analyze whether officials should “encourage and support the development of an industrial hemp industry in the state of Washington.”
• Senate Bill 6354 would require state universities and colleges to develop plans that would give students who transferred early from a two-year technical or community college to a four-year college the ability to “reverse transfer” credits toward associate degrees.
• Senate Bill 6498 would prevent alcohol- and drug-addiction recovery sponsors from testifying in civil lawsuits about people they sponsor.
• Senate Bill 6326 would let car dealers keep electronic vehicle records instead of paper records. They would have to keep one year of paper records instead of five.
The governor also signed 10 bills related to public safety, health and law enforcement. Here’s a list of all the bills the governor took action on Thursday.