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State Bills page keeps us informed!

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The Washington State Legislature convenes on January 14, 2019. Bills will be introduced and hearings scheduled through most of the session. On our State Bills page we: 1. Track bills that reflect Democratic values or impact Jefferson County. 2. Let you know when important hearings occur. 3. Show you how to watch remotely if you don’t want to drive all the way to Olympia. 4. Show you how to comment on and influence bills that you have an interest in.

Check it out at: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/state-bills/

FYI: “Dark Money” – movie showing in Port Townsend Jan. 14, 2019

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Join Meaningful Movies Port Townsend at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 14, 2019 in the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary for DARK MONEY, a political thriller that examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

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Washington Post: House Democrats’ 1st bill aims for sweeping reforms

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[caption id="attachment_7670" align="alignleft" width="299"] (Photo from CBS News)[/caption] WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday unveiled more details of their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package that would limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-democrats-1st-bill-targets-big-donors-voting-access/2018/11/30/8562c098-f48f-11e8-99c2-cfca6fcf610c_story.html?utm_term=.93c64d41ad5a

Cantwell’s Earthquake Resilience Bill Signed into Law Legislation helps states prepare for earthquakes, improve early warning systems

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) earthquake resilience bill has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. Senator Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act (NEHRP) to modernize safety programs and help states prepare for and respond to earthquakes, as well as provide important resources to improve earthquake early warning, monitoring, and research. 

Click on the following link for more details: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/news/press-releases/-cantwells-earthquake-resilience-bill-signed-into-law

FYI: Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Comment Period re: Growler Jets – Dec. 19

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today announced a public meeting to receive comments on the effects to historic properties from the increase of aircraft, including the EA-18A Growler, and aircraft operations and development of support facilities at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington.

The public meeting will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST on December 19, 2018, location still to be determined. Click on link below for more details.

https://www.achp.gov/news/achp-invites-public-comment-effects-historic-district-due-growler-expansion-naval-air-station?fbclid=IwAR0LcwEDW8LNpffGzxqHngZZEO0D56ONBLT3mpLT_4WNMukoKya1-NB8Pmo

FYI: RE: GUN RANGES: CALL TO ACTION!

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December 10, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Fort Worden Commons, Port Townsend

Please join us to support adoption of the recommended amendments of the Jefferson County Planning Commission by the Board of County Commissioners at their public hearing on “harmonizing” Title 18, “land use” rules for gun ranges, with the already-adopted Title 8 “safety” ordinance for gun ranges. The amendments include:
1. Prohibiting military and law enforcement training at commercial shooting facilities; 2. Requiring the restricting of shooting hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 3. Prohibiting landing an aircraft or discharging firearms from an aircraft or a drone at a commercial shooting facility; 4. Requiring a 500-yard setback of shooting areas around any lake greater than 20 acres; 5. Requiring a 16-foot-high noise barrier above grade at shooting ranges; and 6. Requiring all shooting areas to be fenced to a minimum height of eight feet. Public Meeting Notice For more details go to: https://tarbooridgecoalition.org/

FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

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[caption id="attachment_7621" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo from USFA.FEMA.gov.[/caption]

Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and
variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.

Volume II: NCA4_Ch01_Summary-Findings

For entire Vol. II assessment go to: https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/

Volume I presents an assessment of the physical science
underlying this report: science2017.globalchange.gov

FYI: Dept. of Commerce Community Workshop: Oct. 30!

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Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum, WA, 98325

The Washington State Department of Commerce is drafting a Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility as a technical resource for local governments to use in planning for development near military installations. This workshop is the next of seven community workshops to capture opinions and comments for the project. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOC/bulletins/21480fa  

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