Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We reached the conclusion of our 60-day regular session on March 10. While state lawmakers had some great accomplishments during the session, unfortunately we came up short on approving the supplemental operating and capital budgets. This resulted in an immediate, 30-day special session that will conclude when bipartisan agreements are reached on these budgets.
Some legislation approved the last few days of session was put on hold, or vetoed, by Gov. Jay Inslee in an attempt to create movement in the budget process. This left the future of one of my bills, House Bill 2807, uncertain. The measure passed 96-0 in the state House of Representatives and 46-1 in the state Senate.
I am excited to share with you that this bill was signed into law this afternoon by the governor! The heavy-haul corridor in Lewiston, Idaho, will now extend into Washington state for the movement of agricultural goods and commodities by overweight vehicles, which are not to exceed 129,000 pounds. The heavy-haul corridor designates portions of State Routes 128 and 193, harmonizing weight limits on a road serving the Port of Lewiston and the Port of Whitman at Wilma. This bill had strong bipartisan support and will go into effect on January 1, 2017.
I want to sincerely thank the Port of Whitman, and Commissioner Tom Kammerzell, for bringing this issue to my attention and for their hard work, dedication and support of this legislation. We continue to experience extensive growth at our ports and this heavy-haul corridor designation serves as an essential component for the economic development of Eastern Washington and fosters our interstate relationships.
As always, I thank you for taking the time to read my email updates. I encourage you to get in touch with me with any comments, questions or concerns. Please also feel free to share my email updates with your family, friends and neighbors.
It is an honor to serve you!