The City Council has created a list of legislation they will support at the state level, including funding for the Guemes Channel Trail, reconciliation between recreational and medical marijuana, and continued ferry operations without cuts in international service.
The list of legislative priorities isn’t really new, but has been formalized in a bullet list which Council member Liz Loveless praised for being on a single sheet of paper (when printed). Here’s the list…
City of Anacortes 2015 Legislative Priorities
- Anacortes supports including funding for the completion of the multimodal Guemes Channel Trail which when complete will connect from Washington Park to March’s Point: $2.5M
- Anacortes supports the reconciliation between recreational and medical marijuana consistent with I‐502.
- Anacortes supports maintaining the Washington State Ferry services without further reductions to the international run between Anacortes and Sidney, BC.
- Anacortes supports clarification of recreational immunity for trails that may also be considered a part of a transportation corridor.
- Anacortes supports legislation to address freight rail safety and congestion issues, oil spill responses, and first responder training for hazardous materials.
- Anacortes supports sharing marijuana revenue with cities that allow marijuana retail, processor, and producer facilities in order to address public safety and other local impacts.
- Anacortes supports allowing both the state and local governments the option of replacing the property tax cap up to the rate of inflation or 1 percent, whichever is higher.
- Anacortes supports dedicating a portion of any new fuel tax revenue to direct distributions to cities and counties for their local road maintenance needs.
- Anacortes supports increasing the emergency medical services levy lid.
- Anacortes supports maintaining funding sources for social service programs that impact our most vulnerable adults and children (i.e. chemical and alcohol dependency treatment, senior services, early childhood education, mental health services).
- Anacortes supports state funding, supervision, and management of public defense to provide criminal defense services for the indigent.
- Anacortes supports legislation that removes barriers to law enforcement agencies’ use of body worn cameras. Specifically modifications to the existing law that protects victim’s privacy, protects law enforcement from malicious or over‐reaching requests, while offering a reasonable accommodation to the public’s right to information.