OLYMPIA, Wash. – Sens. Jim Hargrove and Brian Hatfield released the following statement today on the governor’s decision to veto two sections of Senate Bill 6263, which would have created a statute for the existence of a Coastal Advisory Council:
I was disappointed at the governor’s decision to veto a section of Senate Bill 6263 which required the formation of the Washington State Coastal Solutions Council. The continued existence of a council made up of local government, tribal officials and marine business representatives is critical to the continued conversations between the Department of Ecology, the governor’s office and those who live and work in marine communities. Without the certainty of the statute, the advisory council can be ignored by the departments, leaving those communities without a place at the table. This is a bill created and designed to facilitate marine management planning. In order to end up with the best plan, it is important that all voices are heard and I intend on continuing to work toward that end.