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Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia

Sun., March 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.

Those related to the outdoors and fish and wildlife resources include:

HB 1465: Exempting from public disclosure personal information about people who report or respond to wolf attacks in Washington. (The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and other supporters have cited death threats received by state employees, ranchers and others and say the measure is needed to protect those who deal with wolves.)

HB 1647: Increasing revenue to the state wildlife account by adjusting recreational fishing and hunting fees.

HB 1257: Allowing beavers to be released west of the Cascades.

HB 1353: Commissioning an elk management pilot project that focuses initially on the Colockum elk herd to reduce collisions on I-90 and impact on crops.

HB 1428/SB 5466: Increasing protections for fish from construction projects in state waters.

HB 1429/SB 5303: Boosting effort to curb the spread of aquatic invasive species.

HB 1865: Reauthorizing fee for Columbia River recreational salmon and steelhead endorsement program.

SB 5474: Initiating proactive steps to address elk hoof disease that is rampant in areas of Western Washington. Substitute version would put Washington State University instead of the state Fish and Wildlife Department in charge of monitoring affected elk and coming up with solutions.

SJR 8206: Amending the state Constitution through a general election vote to preserve the right to hunt and fish.



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