Protecting property rights: A permanent Hirst solution

In her dissenting opinion, Justice Debra L. Stephens wrote:

“The majority’s decision hinges on an interpretation of RCW 19.27.097 that is unsupported by the plain language of the statute, precedent, or common sense.”

You can read the full decision here.

Since the October 2016 state Supreme Court ruling known as Hirst, House Republicans have held fast for a permanent solution that will restore property owners’ rights to build on their land while still protecting our environment. Senate Bill 6091 does that, restoring certainty to rural families.

Hirst history and solution (Senate Bill 6091)

Hirst water map, including Water Resource Inventory Areas

Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, may have said it best:

“We started this process with an urban state Supreme court dictating new water law across rural parts of the state with a one-size-fits-all approach. With the rights of rural citizens and private property owners in mind, I believe we ended with an acceptable compromise that will help ensure citizens will be able to access water to realize the American Dream of owning a home; one that keeps housing affordable in rural Washington.”

Listen below for details on the permanent Hirst solution.

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