Rep. J.T. Wilcox statement on passage of House Bill 2610

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Rep. J.T. Wilcox statement on passage of House Bill 2610

Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, released the following statement on the passage of House Bill 2610:

“This evening the House took the unfortunate and unbelievable step of voting to drastically change the form of government for the citizens of Thurston County, imposing on residents a five-person county commission. House Bill 2610, as was heard and passed out of committee, originally only pertained to counties with 300,000 or more residents. The bill was then amended on the floor by Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, to specifically include Thurston County without allowing residents to have their voices heard.

“Initially, the vote failed. However, the Speaker intentionally left voting open while members of the majority caucus blatantly twisted the arms of their colleagues. It finally passed on a party-line vote, 50-43. These tactics to ram legislation through the House without proper public input should not be tolerated.

“Shutting people out of public debate is not in keeping with the values of open and transparent government, and I believe it causes great harm to the public process. The people of Thurston County and Washington state deserve better than they received tonight.”

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