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Sunday Spin 4: What’s in a name?

Legislation often is loathe to use proper names, so lawmakers sometimes result to elaborate descriptions instead. That’s the case with House Bill 1063, which sets up a way for a tribe to enter an agreement on fuel taxes with a county.

What tribe in which county? One that is “west of the Cascade mountain range that borders Puget Sound with a population of at least 118,000 but less than 250,000.”

Translation: The Samish tribe in Whatcom County.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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