Bill 1232 (concerning the definition of commercial agricultural purposes)
by Rep. Bill Hinkle, (R-Cle Elum) (R) on January 15, 2009, defines "commercial
agricultural purposes" to include current farming practices and activities
related to the raising, harvesting, feeding, breeding, managing, selling, care,
or training of a farm product. Provides that the act applies retroactively to
taxes levied for collection in 2008 as well as prospectively.
Bill 5162 (Providing loans to small cities for appeals under the growth
by Sen. Steve Hobbs, (D-Lake Stevens) (D) on January 15, 2009, creates the
growth management appeals legal assistance account and requires the director of
the department of community, trade, and economic development to develop, by
rule, a program for the loan of city costs associated with the appeal of a
critical areas ordinance .
Bill 5165 (Implementing a regional transfer of development rights program)
by Sen. Fred Jarrett, (D-Mercer Island) (D) on January 15, 2009, requires the
department of community, trade, and economic development to establish a
regional transfer of development rights program for central Puget Sound
counties, cities and towns that is voluntary, incentive-based, and separate,
but compatible with existing local transfer of development rights program. (See
also Companion HB 1172).
Bill 5169 (Regarding specialized forest products and permitting)
by Sen. Jim Hargrove, (D-Hoquiam) (D) on January 15, 2009, to enact the
recommendations by the work group created in 2007 to further regulate
permitting process of activities involving specialized forest products.
Concerns property rights of landowners of specialized forest resources.
Involves activities such as the sale, harvesting and transporting of
specialized forest products made with cedar, cascara bark, and other northwest
evergreen foliage. Affects the production of wood fence materials, shake
roofing materials, as well as transactions involving the sale and transport of
huckleberry and Christmas tree products among others. (See also Companion
Bill 5179 (Revaluation of property impacted by government restrictions)
by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, (D-Camano Island) (D) on January 15, 2009,
provides that revaluations must consider reductions ordered by any court or
appellate body based on government restrictions to ensure consistent treatment
of government restrictions on property throughout the state, and to relieve
burdens on property owners .