Wilcox passes efficiency bill through House

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Wilcox passes efficiency bill through House

Today, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 2440, sponsored by Rep. J.T. Wilcox.

“I've never felt that passing a large number of bills was my purpose in Olympia. There are some areas in business, agriculture budgeting and efficiency where I feel I have expertise and I try to concentrate on the areas I know best,” said Wilcox, R-Yelm. “This bill represents what I have talked about with my constituents so many times – making government more efficient.”

House Bill 2440 would allow the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the ability to fight wildfires on land managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Currently, the DNR is only authorized to prevent and suppress fires on timber land, which the agency manages. If a fire continues into non-forested lands, DFW must take over because it manages those public lands.

Wilcox said the bill promotes cooperation between the two agencies and also protects rural lands that might otherwise have a gap in fire protection.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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