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Web Special For WA Legislative Watchers: Excerpts from GSI Legislative Forum

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WEB SPECIAL: Excerpts from Greater Spokane Incorporated's annual legislative forum.

Moderator: GSI State Lobbyist Jim Hedrick

Panelists: Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville); Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland); Rep. Mike Volz (R-Spokane); Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane)

Topics: K-12 education/McCleary decision; Water rights/Hirst decision; paid sick leave; sexual harassment; carbon tax/business climate; gas tax/pay per mile; health care costs

Legislators respond to McCleary, the increase in public spending to satisfy the court and the court's response. 1. Sen. Billig; 2. Sen. Schoesler; 3. Rep. Volz

An extended discussion of the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision (relating to regulation of water rights in rural areas). 1. History by Jim Hedrick; 2. Sen. Schoesler; 3. Rep. Springer; 4. Rep. Volz; 5. Sen. Billig; 6. Rep. Springer
Washington's new paid sick leave law: 1. Rep. Springer

How will the legislature handle sexual harassment? 1. Sen. Schoesler; 2. Rep. Springer; 3. Sen. Billig; 4. Rep. Volz

Governor Inslee's proposed carbon tax/state business climate/initiatives/Washington's tax system. 1. Rep. Volz; 2. Sen. Billig; 3. Sen. Schoesler; 4. Rep. Springer

How will the state replace its gas tax?/Pay per mile pilot project. 1. Sen. Billig; 2. Sen. Schoesler

How will the state address growing health care costs and their effect on the business community? 1. Rep. Springer