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Mon., Feb. 10, 2014, 6:23 p.m.

Oil transport bill gets committee OK

OLYMPIA -- The public would have access to more information about crude oil moving through the state by rail or barge under a proposal sent to the House Monday.

On a mostly partisan 18-12 vote, the House Appropriations Committee sent HB 2347 to the committee that schedules bills for debate after Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, said the public's right to know what's moving through their communities "is paramount to public safety."

Republicans said they believe the bill still needs work to answer concerns by the oil industry about confidential information about shipments being released.

To read previous coverage about oil transport legislation, click here.

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