County Council outlines priorities for state Legislature session

'Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through the Pierce County Council chambers, councilmembers were stirring, while visions of Washington state legislative priorities for 2022 danced in their heads.

The council’s top-six priorities for the 60-day session of the Washington State Legislature beginning Jan. 10 are pandemic response, housing and homelessness, public safety and human services, environment and land use, economic development and fiscal sustainability, and infrastructure.

In discussing its legislative priorities at the Dec. 14 meeting, the council proposed, discussed and passed 11 amendments to the relevant resolution, causing Chair Derek Young to quip, “That took almost as long as the legislative session is going to last.”

Because of the short legislative session — sessions in even-numbered years run for 60 days, while sessions in odd-numbered years go for 120 days — and COVID-19 protocols, Young said this year’s meeting of the state Legislature would be limited in scope.

“There’s going to be subject areas that probably we don’t get much movement on in the next session, and hopefully that will change in the next Legislature,” he said.


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