The following organizations participated on the task force to develop the legislation.
Washington Council of County Surveyors (WCCS),
Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington (LSAW),
DNR Public Land Survey Office (PLSO),
Washington State Dept. of Transportation,
WA State Association of County Auditors,
City of Bellingham,
City of Bellevue,
City of Seattle
The Washington State Legislature is one month away from the end of this year's regular legislative session and, to date, there is not even a single bill that has been introduced the provides for new transportation revenues.
With the release of the March 17th revenue forecast, we now know that the revenue picture for the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget has been stabilized, and with passage of the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the State has effectively recovered in relation to those budgets.
However, the status of transportation funding is not so fortunate looking into the future. There is information reported that the state's gas consumption will not recover for over ten years. That will be a severe ongoing deficit to overcome and the needs are only continuing to grow. Transportation needs your attention today.
Please help us convey the message to Olympia that clear action needs to happen this legislative session. Do not kick the can down the road.
2014 – LSAW voted to support monument preservation legislation.
2014 – 2020 LSAW Monument Preservation Committee, in conjunction with a Monument Preservation Task Force, developed a strategy and draft legislation to address monument preservation through the creation of the SMPP.
2021 – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through an agency request, arranged for Senator Sam Hunt to sponsor the legislation and introduced SB 5224.
February 2, 2021 – SB 5224 was heard in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources, and Parks Committee.
Five key members of LSAW and Cliff Webster, AELC Lobbyist, presented compelling testimony during the hearing.
Fifteen LSAW members registered their support electronically during the meeting.
Senate Committee Members asked good questions, requiring LSAW and DNR to provide additional background regarding the complexities of the bill.
February 10, 2021 – An online meeting, secured by AELC Lobbyist Cliff Webster, was held with Senator Van De Wege, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources, and Parks Committee.
In attendance were Pat Beehler, representing DNR; Jon Warren, representing LSAW, and Cliff Webster, AELC Lobbyist.
During the meeting we provided clarification to resolve perceived issues with the bill.
Senator Van De Wege expressed support for the bill and encouraged us to continue working on it.
After meeting with Senator Van De Wege, it is clear that we have a better chance at passing the bill by holding it in committee until the 2022 legislative session next year. This provides an opportunity to meet with key stakeholders and build consensus with potential opposition.
Between now and December 2021, the LSAW Monument Preservation Committee will meet with key stakeholders and develop strategic alliances, as necessary.
The LSAW Monument Preservation Committee would like to thank the LSAW members who took time to attend our webinar and contact their representative(s). In order to be successful, we will need to build on our grassroots effort. Here is how you can help:
Watch for a request for information coming from the LSAW Executive Office. We will be gathering information so that we can query our membership list by legislative district.
Attend LSAW Monument Preservation Committee informational meetings (like the webinar hosted last month) to stay up-to-date on the progress of the legislation.
Spread awareness through your Chapter
While there is still work to do, the good news is, we have formed a new relationship with Senator Van De Wege, who has demonstrated support and optimism for the passage of the bill next year. We are excited to see this process through and will count on you for your support! Stay tuned for more information!
By providing your legislative district, you will help LSAW to develop a database for grassroots lobbying efforts. Not sure of your district? Use this link to locate your district - https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
Discuss and promote the SMPP during Chapter meetings and anytime you network with other Land Surveyors.
Click Here to Download SMPP White Paper (for information only - not to distribute to legislators)
If you have questions regarding the process or the legislation, feel free to contact us.
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